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  • Page 1 HP WIRELESS CARD WL110 UICK NSTALL UIDE...
  • Page 2 The warranties for HP products are set forth in the express limited warranty statements accompanying such products. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty.
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Finding Information ________________________________ 1-12 chapter 2: Installation for Windows ___________________________ 2-1 Introduction ________________________________________ 2-1 Insert your hp wireless PC card WL110 __________________ 2-3 Install Drivers ______________________________________ 2-4 Before You Start the Installation ____________________ 2-4 What You Need to Know __________________________ 2-4...
  • Page 4 Use your hp wireless PC card WL110 ___________________ 3-2 Radio Antennae_________________________________ 3-2 Remove the hp wireless PC card WL110 _____________ 3-2 Maintenance of your hp wireless PC card WL110 ______ 3-4 View Other Computers_______________________________ 3-4 Using the Client Manager ____________________________ 3-6...
  • Page 5 appendix A: Card Specifications ____________________________ Physical Specifications ______________________________ Electrical Characteristics_____________________________ Networking Characteristics ___________________________ Regulatory Information ______________________________ Radio Characteristics________________________________ appendix B: Troubleshooting ________________________________ B-1 LED Activity ___________________________________ B-1 Can Not Connect To The Network __________________ B-6 LEDs Work But Can’t Connect to Network ___________ B-6 appendix C: Installation for Windows CE ______________________ C-1 Introduction ________________________________________ C-1 Installing the 11 Mbps Wireless LAN Driver __________ C-3...
  • Page 6 Installing the 11 Mbps Wireless LAN Driver _____________ D-2 Overview ______________________________________ D-2 Start Installation ________________________________ D-3 Enable PCMCIA Services_________________________ D-4 Enable Network Support__________________________ D-5 1-iv...
  • Page 7: Kit Contents

    1 About 11 Mbps Wireless Kit Contents The hp wireless PC card WL110 kit includes the items as pictured in Figure 1-1: a. One hp wireless PC card WL110. b. A transparent protective casing for storing your hp wireless PC card WL110 while not in use.
  • Page 8 Figure 1-1 Kit Contents Note: In order to extend the life of the hp wireless PC card WL110 hardware it is advised to store the card in the protective casing whenever carrying the computer on travel without operating the device.
  • Page 9: Network Options

    Network Options The hp wireless PC card WL110 Kit enables you to: Connect your computer to a Peer-to-Peer workgroup of wireless computing devices (see Figure 1-2 on page 1-4). Connect your computer to a Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) network that includes a WL310 Gateway (see Figure 1-3 on page 1-5).
  • Page 10: Home Office Networking

    Figure 1-2 Peer-to-Peer Wireless Workgroup You can use this option to setup a temporary or ad-hoc network in environments where no access points are available (for example in Small Office/Home Office (SOHO) environments). As long as the stations are within range of one another, this is the easiest and least expensive way to set up a wireless network.
  • Page 11 Figure 1-3 Connect to a Residential Gateway (RG) All you need to do is connect the wireless computers to the WL310 Gateway, and you are ready to: Share files and printers, and Access the Internet via the built-in modem of the WL310 Gateway.
  • Page 12: Enterprise Networking

    Enterprise Networking Figure 1-4 Stand Alone Wireless LAN With the WL410 Access Point and/or WL510 Access Point you can connect to a corporate Local Area Network (LAN) infrastructure to have wireless access to all network facilities. LAN Infrastructures may either be: Stand-alone wireless LANs as pictured in Figure 1-4.
  • Page 13 Figure 1-5 LAN Infrastructure It’s Easy The hp wireless PC card WL110 functions like any standard wired Ethernet card, but 11 Mbps Wireless LAN does not need any wires! Where an Ethernet card requires a cable connection to a hub and/or patch panel, the cable physically ties you down to the location of the wired connection.
  • Page 14: Hp Wireless Pc Card Wl110 Features

    PC card WL110 Features The hp wireless PC card WL110 is a wireless network card that fits into any standard PC Card Type II slot. The hp wireless PC card WL110 has two LED indicators and two integrated antennas.
  • Page 15 Figure 1-6 The hp wireless PC card WL110 a. Integrated Antennas b. Radio LED Off - No wireless activity Blinking - Sensing/transmitting wireless data c. Power ON/OFF LED Solid Green - standard operational mode Blinking Green - Power Management mode d.
  • Page 16 Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) radio technology that complies with the “IEEE 802.11 standard on wireless LANs (Revision B)”. The hp wireless PC card WL110 supports the following wireless LAN features: Automatic Transmit Rate Select mechanism in the transmit range of 11, 5.5, 2 and 1 Mbit/s.
  • Page 17: About The Cd-Rom

    Software License Agreement, do not download, copy or install the software. It is the policy of hp to improve products as new technology, components, software and firmware become available. Before you proceed with the...
  • Page 18: Finding Information

    Finding Information The Quick Install Guide was designed to give you a brief introduction about the hp wireless PC card WL110 and the wireless network system. In this printed document you will find the most important information to get your wireless network up and running, with a minimum set of parameters for the MS-Windows 95/ 98, NT, 2000, ME and MS-Windows CE operating systems.
  • Page 19: Chapter 2: Installation For Windows

    4. Set the wireless LAN properties (see page 2-8). 5. Finish installation (see page 2-14). Note: If you intend to use the hp wireless PC card WL110 in the WL510 Access Point, please refer to the documentation that was shipped with the device.
  • Page 20 Monitor your network connection. To install the Client Manager software, proceed as follows: 1. Insert the software CD-ROM that came with your hp wireless PC card WL110 kit into your computer. Your operating system will automatically start the CD.
  • Page 21: Insert Your Hp Wireless Pc Card Wl110

    If any of the items described appear to be damaged or missing, please contact your supplier. 2. Insert the hp wireless PC card WL110 into the PC Card slot of your computer as pictured in Figure 2-1. Installation for Windows 2-3...
  • Page 22: Install Drivers

    Figure 2-1 Inserting the hp wireless PC card WL110 into Your Computer Install Drivers Before You Start the Installation Before you start the installation, you are advised to keep the Windows CD-ROM or software diskettes close at hand. If your computer came with a factory-installed Windows operating system, these files will be stored on your computer’s hard disk, in the form of cabinet (*.cab) files.
  • Page 23: Driver Installation For Windows

    Help Driver Installation for Windows Most Microsoft Windows operating systems support “Plug & Play” for hp wireless PC card WL110s. Once you insert the hp wireless PC card WL110 into your computer, these operating systems will automatically: Detect the card, and enable the driver, or...
  • Page 24 Windows 2000: D:\Drivers\Win_2000 Windows ME: D:\Drivers\Win_ME Windows 98: D:\Drivers\Win_98 Windows 95: D:\Drivers\Win95 Windows NT: D:\Drivers\Win_NT Windows XP: D:\Drivers\Win.XP When finished installing the drivers, Windows automatically opens the Add/Edit Configuration Profile window. 3. Continue with “Set Windows Network Properties” on page 2-7. Note: If your computer does not detect the new hardware you can consult appendix B “Troubleshooting”.
  • Page 25: Set Windows Network Properties

    Set Windows Network Properties If this is the very first time that Networking support is installed onto your computer, the Windows operating system will prompt you to enter a computer and workgroup name. These names will be used to identify your computer on the Microsoft Network Neighborhood.
  • Page 26: Wireless Lan Properties

    Windows on-line help information. Wireless LAN Properties After installing the drivers, Windows will open the Add/Edit Configuration Profile window for your hp wireless PC card WL110 as pictured in Figure 2-3. Figure 2-3 Add/Edit Configuration Profile window Installation for Windows...
  • Page 27: Configuration Profile

    Configuration Profile The Add/Edit Configuration Profile window enables you to specify one or more network connection profiles. For example you can set up profiles for your office, your home or an ad-hoc workgroup to share files with your colleagues or friends while being “on the road”. For more information about the different types of networks, refer to “Network Options”...
  • Page 28: Basic Settings

    Note: The number and type of parameters you need to specify may differ according to the selected connection type. For information about the various options press the key or click the button. Help Figure 2-4 Edit Configuration window Basic Settings To connect to a wireless network, all you need to specify is: 2-10 Installation for Windows...
  • Page 29 A valid Network Name (Optional) a valid Encryption key Network Name The Network Name is a case-sensitive string of alphanumeric characters in the range of “a” to “z”, “A” to “Z” and “0”to “9“. It connects you to the wireless LAN, like a cable would connect a wired computer to an Ethernet LAN.
  • Page 30 Alternatively you may choose to enter the value “ANY” (all character upper-case) to connect to any IEEE 802.11 compliant wireless network in the vicinity of your computer. Proceed with the Encryption Key settings, or click confirm and return to the Add/Edit Configuration Profile window.
  • Page 31: Advanced Parameters

    When connecting to a Peer-to-Peer workgroup, enter the key as agreed upon by the workgroup participants. When connecting to a corporate LAN via the Access Point profile, the encryption tab allows you to enter up to four different keys in either alphanumerical or hexadecimal format.
  • Page 32: Finish The Installation

    Windows Installation CD-ROM or diskettes. When you had a hp wireless PC card WL110 installed on your computer before, most of these files are already available on your hard disk drive. If you do not have the...
  • Page 33: After Restarting Your Computer

    After Restarting Your Computer After you have restarted your computer, the Windows operating system will: 1. Detect the hp wireless PC card WL110 (you can hear the two-tone sound of the PC Card Socket Controller). 2. Load the driver 3. Display a dialog box requesting you to enter a Windows user name and password.
  • Page 34: Verifying Installation

    Check if the Windows task bar displays the PC Card icon as pictured in Figure 2-5. Check the LEDs on your hp wireless PC card WL110. — A steady green Power LED indicates the hp wireless PC card WL110 is active.
  • Page 35: Chapter 3: Working With 11 Mbps Wireless Lan And Windows

    Wireless LAN and Windows Introduction This chapter provides general information on how to: Use your hp wireless PC card WL110 View Other Computers View Wireless Link Quality View/Modify hp wireless PC card WL110 Settings Working with 11 Mbps Wireless LAN and Windows 3-1...
  • Page 36: Use Your Hp Wireless Pc Card Wl110

    Remove the hp wireless PC card WL110 If you do not need the wireless connectivity of your hp wireless PC card WL110, you can remove the card from its slot as pictured in Figure 3-1. CAUTION:When removing the hp wireless PC card WL110 you will lose your connection to the network.
  • Page 37 You are advised to always disable the hp wireless PC card WL110 prior to removing the card from the PC Card slot. This will allow the Windows operating system to: Log off from the network server Disable the driver Disconnect power to the PC Card slot (which will extend battery life for mobile computers).
  • Page 38: Maintenance Of Your Hp Wireless Pc Card Wl110

    PC card WL110 for wireless communications, extend its life by storing it inside the transparent plastic casing that was shipped with the product. To clean the hp wireless PC card WL110, gently wipe it with a soft (damp) cloth. CAUTION:To avoid damage to the hp wireless PC card WL110 do not use abrasive materials, or rinse the card with liquids.
  • Page 39 2. Scroll down the list of files and folders to look for the item Network Neighborhood 3. Double-click the item to display all Network Neighborhood stations in your Microsoft Networking Group. 4. To display other workgroups in the network environment, double-click the icon.
  • Page 40: Using The Client Manager

    Verify the quality of your wireless connection to the network. View/Modify the configuration settings of your wireless hp wireless PC card WL110. The Client Manager will start automatically every time you power up your computer. The Client Manager icon is displayed in the “System Tray”...
  • Page 41: View Wireless Link Quality

    Click the icon once with your left mouse button to retrieve a more detailed status overview. Click the icon once with your right mouse button to display a menu with more options. View Wireless Link Quality You can use the Client Manager icon on the Windows task bar to verify the link quality of your network connection.
  • Page 42: View/Modify Hp Wireless Pc Card Wl110 Settings

    You have moved out of range of the network. Peer-to-Peer network connection Blank View/Modify hp wireless PC card WL110 Set- tings If you would like to view or modify 11 Mbps Wireless LAN parameters, for example because you would like to connect to another network or type of network, proceed as follows: 1.
  • Page 43 Windows task bar. 2. Select Programs > hp > wireless networking > Client Manager Alternatively you can to change the hp wireless PC card WL110 configuration via the Control Panel: 1. Click the button from the Windows task bar.
  • Page 44 4. (Optional) Change the parameters you would like to modify, and click button to confirm your changes, or button to ignore your modifications. Cancel 3-10 Working with 11 Mbps Wireless LAN and Windows...
  • Page 45: Chapter 4: Advanced Settings

    4 Advanced Settings Introduction Although your hp wireless PC card WL110 will work fine in most network environment with the basic settings as described on chapter 2 “Installation for Windows”, you may wish to explore the advanced parameters options as displayed on the Configuration window for your adapter.
  • Page 46: Advanced Parameters Tab

    Advanced Parameters Tab This tab of the Edit Configuration window allows you to adjust a number of parameters related to the performance of your wireless adapter. Figure 4-1 Setup Advanced Parameters Card Power Management allows you to extend the battery life of (mobile) wireless devices. Interference Robustness allows you to remedy slow performance related to in-band interference from devices like microwave ovens.
  • Page 47 RTS/CTS Medium Reservation controls the deferral behavior of wireless devices. Enabling this option may improve reliability of the network when: — many wireless stations operate in an environment with relatively few access points, and — network performance is poor network due to excessive frame collisions at the access points.
  • Page 48: Admin Parameters Tab

    Admin Parameters Tab The Admin parameters tab allows LAN Administrators to ensure that your adapter settings match specific settings that apply to the entire network. Figure 4-2 Setup Admin Parameters Distance between Access Points allows you to control network performance in relation to the number of access points in your network.
  • Page 49: Appendix A: Card Specifications

    -10° to 60° C humidity 10 to 90% Storage Although the hp wireless PC card WL110 may still operate in the range of -20° to 70°C, operation outside the range of 0° to 55° C may no longer be according to specifications...
  • Page 50: Electrical Characteristics

    Electrical Characteristics 10 mA Doze Mode 180 mA Receive Mode 280 mA Transmit Mode Power Supply A-2 Card Specifications...
  • Page 51: Networking Characteristics

    Networking Characteristics Compatibility • IEEE 802.11 Standard for Wireless LANS (DSSS) • Wi-Fi (Wireless Fidelity) certified by the Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance (WECA). Host Operating Microsoft Windows® 95: System • NDIS3 Miniport Driver Microsoft Windows® NT v4.0: • NDIS4 Miniport Driver Microsoft Windows®...
  • Page 52: Regulatory Information

    Regulatory Information Wireless communication is often subject to local radio regulations. Although wireless networking products have been designed for operation in the license-free 2.4 GHz band, local radio regulations may impose a number of limitations to the use of wireless communication equipment. Note: Refer to the flyer “Information to the User”...
  • Page 53: Radio Characteristics

    Radio Characteristics R-F Frequency Band 2.4 GHz (2400-2500 MHz) Supported sub- 2412 channels 2417 2422 2427 2432 2437 2442 2447 2452 2457 (default) 2462 2467 2472 2484 Modulation Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum Technique CCK 11 & 5.5 Mb/s, DQPSK for 2 Mb/s and DBPSK for 1 Mb/s Spreading 11-chip Barker Sequence...
  • Page 54 Encryption 128-bit (RC4), also supports 64-bit RC4/WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy) Range/Transmit Rate 11 Mb/s 5.5 Mb/s 2 Mb/s 1 Mb/s Open Office 160 m 270 m 400 m 550 m (525 ft.) (885 ft.) (1300 ft.) (1750 ft.) Semi-Open Office 50 m 70 m 90 m...
  • Page 55 The range of your wireless devices can be affected when the antennas are placed near metal surfaces and solid high- density materials. Range is also impacted due to “obstacles” in the signal path of the radio that may either absorb or reflect the radio signal. The listed ranges are typical values when used indoors in “office environments”...
  • Page 56 When installing hp wireless PC card WL110s the channel configuration is managed as follows: For wireless clients that operate in an 11 Mbps Wireless LAN Infrastructure, the hp wireless PC card WL110 will automatically start operation at the channel identified by the access points. When roaming between different access points the station can dynamically switch to another channel if required.
  • Page 57: Appendix B: Troubleshooting

    Mbps Wireless LAN product, the error may be related to various causes: Out-of range situation, which prevents the hp wireless PC card WL110 from establishing a wireless connection with the network. Configuration mismatch, which prevents the hp wireless PC card WL110 from establishing a wireless connection with the (correct) network.
  • Page 58 A conflict of the hardware with another device. The starting point to troubleshoot problems with your wireless network is looking at the LED activity of the hp wireless PC card WL110. Table B-1 provides an overview of the various modes of operation and the associated LED activity.
  • Page 59 Table B-1 LED Activity Power Radio Description/Action Continuou Blinking Standard operational mode. s Green • Card is powered on. • Sensing/transmitting wireless data. • Card is powered on. • No wireless activity. No action is required. Flicker Flicker Power Management mode: •...
  • Page 60 Power Radio Description/Action Both LEDs blink once The hp wireless PC card WL110 works fine, but every 10 seconds did not yet succeed establishing a wireless connection with the wireless Infrastructure. Actions: • Contact the LAN Administrator to verify the Network Name assigned to the wireless infrastructure.
  • Page 61 • Verify the versions of the driver, and the embedded software in the hp wireless PC card WL110 (also referred to as Station firmware). • Check our website at: http://www.hp.com download and install the latest embedded software and driver.
  • Page 62: Can Not Connect To The Network

    Can Not Connect To The Network If your hp wireless PC card WL110 seems to be working fine, but you are not able to connect to the network, this error might be due to a configuration mismatch. For example if both LEDs of your hp wireless PC card...
  • Page 63 Network Properties 4. From the list of installed components, check if the TCP/IP protocol is installed. -> hp wireless PC card WL110 If this protocol is not yet installed, click the but- ton and select the protocol from the list. Refer TCP/IP to the Windows Help for more information.
  • Page 64 DHCP server installed. 1. Right-click on your desktop. Network Neighborhood 2. Select from the pop-up menu to display the Properties dialog box. Network Properties 3. Select the tab, and click Configuration TCP/IP hp wireless PC card WL110 B-8 Troubleshooting...
  • Page 65 4. Click to display the dialog box. Properties TCP/IP Properties Make sure the option is selected. Specify an IP address Note: In accordance with private IP addressing you can use IP addresses from with the 192.168.0.1 192.168.0.254 Subnet Mask of 255.255.255.0 Each computer on the network must have a unique IP address.
  • Page 66 Client Manager shows a wireless connection) the computer probably has not been updated to Service Pack 1. 1. Insert the software CD-ROM that came with your hp wireless PCI adapter WL210 kit into your computer. Your operating system will automatically start the CD.
  • Page 67: Appendix C: Installation For Windows Ce

    These devices come with different processors and versions of the CE operating system. You can use the 11 Mbps Wireless LAN hp wireless PC card WL110 on any device that matches the requirements listed in the table on the following page.
  • Page 68 SH3, SH4 R3000, R4100 SA1100 WinCE212 2.12 i486,i586 To determine whether you can use the hp wireless PC card WL110 on your Windows CE device proceed as follows: 1. Click the button on the Windows Taskbar. 2. Click on , then...
  • Page 69: Installing The 11 Mbps Wireless Lan Driver

    ‘Windows CE Services’ to transfer data between the desktop computer and the handheld device. To install the hp wireless PC card WL110 in your CE device, you will need to: 1. Run an installation program to copy the driver and configuration files to the Windows CE “synchronization...
  • Page 70 2. Select your language. 3. Click on “ ” Windows CE/Pocket PC 4. Next select the Windows CE operating system that matches your CE device. 5. Follow the instructions on your screen. 6. When finished, use the serial cable and/or docking station to connect your Windows CE device to your computer.
  • Page 71: Using 11 Mbps Wireless Lan With Windows Ce

    LAN driver files for Windows CE for troubleshooting hints. Using 11 Mbps Wireless LAN with Windows CE When you insert the hp wireless PC card WL110 card into your Windows CE device, it will start operation with the following factory-set defaults: Connect to a Network Infrastructure Use the Network Name “ANY”...
  • Page 72: Modifying Configuration Parameters

    Client Manager is not available for other versions of Windows CE. Modifying Configuration Parameters To view or modify the settings of your hp wireless PC card WL110, open the Control Panel on your Windows CE device and double-click the Wireless Network icon.
  • Page 73 The chapters about other Windows operating systems described earlier in this document. Installation for Windows CE C-7...
  • Page 74 C-8 Installation for Windows CE...
  • Page 75: Appendix D: Installation For Windows Nt

    Unlike Windows 95/98/2000 and ME, Windows NT 4.0 does not support “Plug & Play” and “Hot Swapping” of PC Cards: In order to start the driver installation for your hp wireless PC card WL110, you will need to “introduce” the card to the operating system.
  • Page 76: Installing The 11 Mbps Wireless Lan Driver

    Administrators - can manage and control the overall configuration of the workstation. Note: To install (or uninstall) the hp wireless PC card WL110 in a Windows NT environment, you will need to login as the “Administrator”, or ensure that your login profile provides the same level of privileges.
  • Page 77: Start Installation

    2. Enable PCMCIA Services (page D-4) 3. Enable Network Support (page D-5) for the workstation. Start Installation To install the hp wireless PC card WL110 on a computer running Windows NT 4.0, proceed as follows: 1. Insert the hp wireless PC card WL110 into your computer.
  • Page 78: Enable Pcmcia Services

    Service Pack v6a from the Microsoft website ( ) prior http://www.microsoft.com to installing the hp wireless PC card WL110. Enable PCMCIA Services To allow the Windows NT operating system to detect PC Cards in the computer’s PC Card slot, you must enable the PC Card Socket controller, identified as the PCMCIA device.
  • Page 79: Enable Network Support

    Figure D-1 Enable the PCMCIA service for Windows NT 4. Click the button on the right side of the Startup Devices window, and set the Startup type for the item PCMCIA to Boot 5. Click to confirm and return to the Devices window. 6.
  • Page 80 CD-ROM 6. Follow the instructions on your screen and restart your computer when prompted to do so. 7. Configure your hp wireless PC card WL110 as described in chapter 2 “Installation for Windows”. D-6 Installation for Windows NT...