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Version 1.01 | 04/25/2014

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Wireless AC600 Dual Band High-Gain USB Adapter
DWA-172

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  • Page 1: User Manual

    Version 1.01 | 04/25/2014 User Manual Wireless AC600 Dual Band High-Gain USB Adapter DWA-172...
  • Page 2: Preface

    Preface D-Link reserves the right to revise this publication and to make changes in the content hereof without obligation to notify any person or organization of such revisions or changes. Manual Revisions Revision Date Description February 10, 2014 • Initial release for Revision A1 1.01...
  • Page 3: Table Of Contents

    Technical Specifications ............43 Connect to a Wireless Network ..........17 Windows® 8 ...................17 Using Windows 7 ...............19 ® Using Windows Vista ..............20 ® Using Windows XP ..............21 ® Wireless Security ..............22 What is WPA? ................22 D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 4: Product Overview

    Section 1 - Product Overview Product Overview Package Contents • D-Link DWA-172 Wireless AC600 Dual Band High-Gain USB Adapter • Manual and Warranty on CD • D-Link Wireless Connection Manager on CD • Quick Installation Guide System Requirements • A computer or laptop with an available USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 port •...
  • Page 5: Introduction

    Environmental factors may adversely affect wireless signal range. Up to 433Mbps wireless speeds achieved when connecting to other 802.11ac devices. Data throughput may also be limited by the product’s interface, less than 480 Mbps for a USB 2.0 interface. The inclusion of a specific product or manufacturer does not imply its endorsement of D-Link or the D-Link product. Computer must adhere to Microsoft’s recommended System Requirements.
  • Page 6: Features

    • Dual Band N Technology for use in 2.4GHz or 5GHz Networks • Wireless AC Technology for Superior Wireless Performance • Access Secure Networks using WPA™ or WPA2™ • Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ (WPS) Push Button for Easy Connection to a Wireless Network • External 3dBi omni-directional antenna D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 7: Hardware Overview

    Section 1 - Product Overview Hardware Overview USB Port Used to connect the DWA-172 to your computer. WPS Button Press the WPS button to automatically connect to a WPS-enabled wireless router or access point and establish connectivity. D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 8: Installation

    Remove Existing Installations If you’ve installed a different manufacture’s adapter or a different model D-Link adapter, make sure the software is uninstalled before installing the new software. Some utilities may cause a conflict with the new software. If you plan to use multiple adapters at different times, make sure the utilities are not set to load when your computer boots up.
  • Page 9: Disable Other Wireless Adapters

    Section 2 - Installation Disable Other Wireless Adapters Most newer laptops may include a built-in wireless adapter. To prevent any conflicts with the D-Link wireless adapter, it is recommended to disable the wireless adapter (as well as any unused Ethernet adapters).
  • Page 10 Click Yes to disable the adapter. The adapter is now disabled. When disabled, a red X will be displayed. Disabling the adapter will not remove the drivers. If you would like to use the adapter, simply right-click it and select Enable. D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 11: Wireless Installation Considerations

    1. Keep the number of walls and ceilings between the D-Link adapter and other network devices to a minimum - each wall or ceiling can reduce your adapter’s range from 3-90 feet (1-30 meters.) Position your devices so that the number of walls or ceilings is minimized.
  • Page 12: Adapter Installation

    Section 2 - Installation Adapter Installation Warning: Do NOT install the DWA-172 USB Adapter into your computer before installing the driver software from the D-Link CD. Turn on the computer and Insert the D-Link DWA-172 Driver CD in the CD-ROM drive.
  • Page 13 Section 2 - Installation The InstallShield Wizard window will appear. Click Next Insert the adapter into an available USB port on your computer. Click Install Click Finish to complete your setup. Click Finish D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 14: Wi-Fi Protected Setup (Wps)

    “Push Button Configuration” (PBC) is a external button on the adapter that connects you to other WPS-enabled devices. A connection can be established by clicking the button, then pushing the physical button on the access point or wireless router within 120 seconds. Refer to next page. D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 15: Push Button

    2. Press the WPS button located on your access point or router to continue. This screen will appear once you have successfully established connection with your network. D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 16 The adapter will try to establish connectivity to your access point or wireless router. When this screen appears, you have successfully established connectivity. Click Finish to complete your setup. WPS UI will save the wireless connection profile named “security.htm” on the desktop D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 17: Connect To A Wireless Network

    1. Click on the wireless computer icon in your system tray (lower- right corner next to the time). 2. A list of available wireless networks will appear. 3. Click the wireless network (SSID) you want to connect to and then click Connect. D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 18 If you get a good signal but cannot access the Internet, confirm the encryption by reviewing the profile or check the TCP/IP settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking Basics section in this manual for more information. D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 19: Using Windows 7

    Click on a network (displayed using the SSID) and click the Connect button. If you get a good signal but cannot access the Internet, check your TCP/IP settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking Basics section in this manual for more information. D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 20: Using Windows Vista

    Click on a network (displayed using the SSID) and click the Connect button. If you get a good signal but cannot access the Internet, check you TCP/IP settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking Basics section in this manual for more information. D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 21: Using Windows ® Xp

    Click on a network (displayed using the SSID) and click the Connect button. If you get a good signal but cannot access the Internet, check your TCP/IP settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking Basics section in this manual for more information. D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 22: Wireless Security

    Section 4 - Wireless Security Wireless Security This section will show you the different levels of security you can use to protect your data from intruders. The DWA-172 offers the following types of security: • WPA2-PSK (Pre-Shared Key) • WPA-PSK (Pre-Shared Key)
  • Page 23: Using Windows ® 7

    If you are joining an existing network, you will need to know the security key or passphrase being used. 1. Click on the wireless icon in your system tray (lower-right corner). 2. The utility will display any available wireless networks in your area. D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 24 If you get a good signal but cannot access the Internet, check your TCP/IP settings for your wireless adapter. Refer to the Networking Basics section in this manual for more information. 4. The following window appears while your computer tries to connect to the router. D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 25 It may take 20-30 seconds to connect to the wireless network. If the connection fails, please verify that the security settings are correct. The key or passphrase must be exactly the same as on the wireless router. D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 26: Using Windows Vista

    Wireless Utility by right-clicking on the ® wireless computer icon in your system tray (lower right corner of screen). Select Connect to a network. 2. Highlight the wireless network (SSID) you would like to connect to and click Connect. D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 27 It may take 20-30 seconds to connect to the wireless network. If the connection fails, please verify that the security settings are correct. The key or passphrase must be exactly the same as on the wireless router. D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 28: Using The Windows Xp Utility

    XP Wireless Utility by right-clicking ® on the wireless computer icon in your system tray (lower-right corner of screen). Select View Available Wireless Networks. 2. Highlight the wireless network (SSID) you would like to connect to and click Connect. D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 29 It may take 20-30 seconds to connect to the wireless network. If the connection fails, please verify that the WPA-PSK settings are correct. The WPA-PSK passphrase must be exactly the same as on the wireless router or access point. D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 30: Troubleshooting

    Section 5 - Troubleshooting Troubleshooting This chapter provides solutions to problems that can occur during the installation and operation of the DWA-172. Read the following descriptions if you are having problems. (The examples below are illustrated in Windows XP. If you have a different ®...
  • Page 31 Section 5 - Troubleshooting Click the + sign next to Network Adapters. Right-click on D-Link Wireless AC600 Dual Band USB Adapter with Signal Plus. Select Properties to check that the drivers are installed properly. Look under Device Status to check that the device is working properly.
  • Page 32 3. The computer with the DWA-172 installed is unable to connect to the wireless network and/or the Internet. • Check that the LED indicators for the broadband modem are indicating normal activity. If not, there may be a problem with the broadband connection.
  • Page 33 If Security is enabled, make sure that the correct encryption keys are entered on both the DWA-172 and the access point. Double-click on the WLAN icon in the taskbar > click Encryption. Check to see that the key selected is set to the same key as other devices on the network.
  • Page 34: Wireless Basics

    D-Link wireless products are based on industry standards to provide easy-to-use and compatible high-speed wireless connectivity within your home, business or public access wireless networks. Strictly adhering to the IEEE standard, the D-Link wireless family of products will allow you to securely access the data you want, when and where you want it. You will be able to enjoy the freedom that wireless networking delivers.
  • Page 35 Why D-Link Wireless? D-Link is the worldwide leader and award winning designer, developer, and manufacturer of networking products. D-Link delivers the performance you need at a price you can afford. D-Link has all the products you need to build your network.
  • Page 36 Who uses wireless? Wireless technology as become so popular in recent years that almost everyone is using it, whether it’s for home, office, business, D-Link has a wireless solution for it. Home • Gives everyone at home broadband access •...
  • Page 37 The wireless connection in public places is usually called “hotspots”. Using a D-Link USB Adapter with your laptop, you can access the hotspot to connect to Internet from remote locations like: Airports, Hotels, Coffee Shops, Libraries, Restaurants, and Convention Centers.
  • Page 38: Wireless Modes

    An Infrastructure network contains an Access Point or wireless router. All the wireless devices, or clients, will connect to the wireless router or access point. An Ad-Hoc* network contains only clients, such as laptops with wireless USB Adapters. All the adapters must be in Ad-Hoc mode to communicate. D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 39: Networking Basics

    Check your IP address After you install your new D-Link wireless adapter and have established a wireless connection, by default, the TCP/IP settings should be set to obtain an IP address from a DHCP server (i.e., router) automatically. To verify your IP address, please follow the steps below.
  • Page 40: Statically Assign An Ip Address

    • Press the Windows key and then type IP. Click Settings on the right side and then click View Network Connections. • Right-click on the adapter which represents your D-Link wireless network adapter. • Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP /IPv4) and click Properties.
  • Page 41: Windows 7/Windows Vista Users

    Windows Vista, click on Manage network connections along the left panel in the window. For Windows 7, click on Change adapter settings. • Right-click on the Local Area Connection which represents your D-Link wireless network adapter which will be connected to your network.
  • Page 42: Windows Xp Users

    XP - Click on Start > Control Panel. Make sure you are in Classic View. Double-click on the Network Connections icon. ® • Right-click on the Local Area Connection which represents your D-Link wireless network adapter (or other adapter) which will be connected to your router.
  • Page 43: Technical Specifications

    * Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11ac, 802.11n and 802.11g specifications. Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate. Environmental factors will adversely affect wireless signal range. D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...
  • Page 44 IEEE 802.11g operation of this product in the U.S.A. is firmware-limited to channels 1 through 11. This equipment has been SAR-evaluated for use in laptops (notebooks) with side slot configuration. For detailed warranty information applicable to products purchased outside the United States, please contact the corresponding local D-Link office.
  • Page 45 (1)Ce périphérique ne doit pas causer d’interférence et. (2)Ce périphérique doit accepter toute interférence, y compris les interférences pouvant perturber le bon fonctionnement de ce périphérique. 以下警語適用台灣地區 注意 ! 依據 低功率電波輻射性電機管理辦法 第十二條 : 經型式認證合格之低功率射頻電機,非經許可,公司、商號或使用者均不得擅自變更頻率、加大功率或變更原設計之特性及功能。 第十四條 : 低功率射頻電機之使用不得影響飛航安全及干擾合法通信;經發現有干擾現象時,應立即停用,並改善至無干擾時方得繼續使 用。 前項合法通信,指依電信規定作業之無線電信。低功率射頻電機須忍受合法通信或工業、科學及醫療用電波輻射性電機設備之干擾。 在5.25-5.35秭赫(GHz)頻帶內操作之無線資訊傳輸設備,限於室內使用 D-Link DWA-172 User Manual...

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