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Wireless local area network card for 802.11g & 802.11b wireless networks.
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  • Page 1: Copyright Information

    Warranty Statement, up to the listed contract price of each product. ASUS will only be responsible for or indemnify you for loss, damages or claims based in contract, tort or infringement under this Warranty Statement.
  • Page 2 ® Wireless Local Area Network Card WL-107g (For 802.11g & 802.11b Wireless Networks) User’s Manual...
  • Page 3 Product warranty or service will not be extended if: (1) the product is repaired, modified or altered, unless such repair, modification of alteration is authorized in writing by ASUS; or (2) the serial number of the product is defaced or missing.
  • Page 4 Harkort Str. 25, D-40880 Ratingen, Germany Telephone +49-2102-95990 +49-2102-959911 Online contact www.asuscom.de/sales Technical Support Telephone +49-2102-95990 +49-2102-959911 Online support www.asuscom.de/support Web site www.asuscom.de/news ASUS COMPUTER (Middle East and North Africa) Address P.O. Box 64133, Dubai, U.A.E. Telephone +9714-283-1774 +9714-283-1775 Web site www.ASUSarabia.com ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 5: Table Of Contents

    ASUS WLAN Card Utilities Introduction ........10 Installation Procedures ............... 10 System Requirements ................ 11 Installing the ASUS WLAN utilities and driver ....... 12 Configuring the ASUS WLAN utility ..........13 Soft AP (Windows XP Only) ............... 15 Soft AP Access Control and WDS ..........16 Reading the ASUS WLAN Status Indicators .........
  • Page 6 FCC Radio Frequency Interference Requirements ...... 72 FCC RF Exposure Guidelines (Access Points) ......72 FCC RF Exposure Guidelines (Wireless Cards) ......73 Canadian Department of Communications ........73 Operation Channel for Different Domains .......... 73 France Restricted Frequency Band ............ 74 ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 7 ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 8: Introduction

    PCMCIA compliant “wireless” network interface card (NIC) for any computer equipped with a PC Card slot (available mainly in Notebook PCs). The ASUS WLAN Card is designed to be fully compliant with both the IEEE 802.11g and IEEE802.11b wireless local area network (Wireless LAN) standards.
  • Page 9: The Asus Wireless Lan Family

    Chapter 1 - Introduction The ASUS Wireless LAN Family The ASUS Wireless LAN family contains a complete solution for wireless local area networks in the office or at home. For 802.11b Wireless Networks ASUS ASUS WLAN WLAN 802.11b 802.11b Access Point...
  • Page 10 LAN adapter that fits into a Notebook PC’s PCMCIA Type II slot with Cardbus support. The ASUS WLAN 802.11b/a Router (WL-600) creates a wireless network using the IEEE 802.11b and 802.11a wireless standards and allows sharing a single Internet connection.
  • Page 11: Control Center

    Site Monitor The Site Monitor utility measures the signal-to- noise (SNR) values of available wireless networks. TroubleShooting The TroubleShooting utility provides a flowchart to solve connection problems between the ASUS WLAN card and a wireless network. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 12: Installation Procedures

    ASUS WLAN Card into your computer. Follow these two easy steps before using the ASUS WLAN card. 1. Install the ASUS WLAN card utilities and driver from the support CD. 2. Insert the ASUS WLAN card into your computer. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 13: Installing The Asus Wlan Utilities And Driver

    Chapter 2 - Installation Installing the ASUS WLAN utilities and driver Follow these instructions to install the ASUS WLAN card utilities and driver. Insert the support CD and an autorun menu will appear. If your autorun is disabled, double click SETUP.EXE in the root directory of the support CD.
  • Page 14: Configuring The Asus Wlan Utility

    Configuring the ASUS WLAN utility After installing the ASUS WLAN Card Utilities, you will need to make some settings before being able to use your wireless connection. Double-click the ASUS WLAN Control Center icon to start the utility.
  • Page 15 Click Apply to save your settings 6. You can also see the connection quality on 5. Check the “Status” page to see the “Asso- the “Connection” page. Click OK to exit the ciation State”. It should show “Connected - utility. xx:xx:xx:xx:xx:xx”. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 16: Soft Ap (windows Xp Only)

    Chapter 2 - Installation Soft AP (Windows XP Only) Soft AP mode allows the ASUS WLAN card to act as a virtual access point. The computer needs to be connected to a wired network using an Ethernet connection in order to provide network access to WLAN clients.
  • Page 17: Soft Ap Access Control And Wds

    Access Control and WDS Settings Clicking Apply after configuring Soft AP will give Here is a view of the extra Soft AP tabs from two extra tabs - Access Control and WDS. the Basic page. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 18 IMPORTANT: If the end points of a chain are connected to each other a loop is created. Normally it is advised to avoid loops involv- ing bridges as it can lead to performance breakdowns, and broad- cast and multi-cast storms. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 19: Reading The Asus Wlan Status Indicators

    Chapter 2 - Installation Reading the ASUS WLAN Status Indicators The part of the ASUS WLAN Card that protrudes out of the PCMCIA socket consists of two LEDs that indicate the status of the ASUS WLAN Card . LNK (Link) LED OFF: No power, error, or not connected to a wireless AP or Router.
  • Page 20: Software Reference

    3. Software Reference Chapter Overview The ASUS WLAN Card software includes several utilities • ASUS WLAN Control Center – Makes it easy to launch applications and activate network location settings. • Mobile Manager – A convenient tool to setup and manage network location settings.
  • Page 21: Windows Xp Wireless Options

    Only use XP wireless function – Only use “Windows XP” wireless network settings to configure the ASUS WLAN Card. Only use ASUS utilities and disable XP wireless function – Only use “ASUS WLAN Card utilities” to configure the ASUS WLAN Card.
  • Page 22: Asus Wlan Control Center

    Starting the Control Center manually • Select ASUS WLAN Control Center in Windows Start menu. • Double click the ASUS WLAN Control Center icon on the desktop. Windows Start Menu Using the Control Center Taskbar The Control Center Taskbar menu display the following information: •...
  • Page 23 Wireless Settings – Launches Wireless Settings application. • Activate Configuration – Allows you to set which profile to use. • Mobile Manager – Launches Mobile Manager application. • Site Monitor – Launches the Site Monitor application. Right-Click Menu ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 24 Access Points within range. • Wireless Option (Windows XP only) – Sets your Windows XP wire- less networking environment. Taskbar Icon - Launch Wireless Settings Double-clicking the taskbar icon: • Launches the Wireless Settings application. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 25: Site Monitor

    Windows Start Menu Starting Site Monitor • Click the Windows Start button, select Programs | ASUS Utility | WLAN Card | Site Monitor. • Right-click the Control Center icon on the Windows taskbar and then click Site Monitor.
  • Page 26 During the test, the Start button toggles to Stop. You can click Start button to begin the link test and click Stop button at any time to terminate the test. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 27: Wireless Settings Utility

    Windows Start Menu Right-Click Menu Note: If you have more than one ASUS WLAN device, you will be given a device selection window when you launch the “Wireless Set- tings” utility. Select the appropriate model if you face this situation.
  • Page 28: Status - Status Tab

    Chapter 3 - Reference Status - Status Tab You can view the information about the ASUS WLAN Card from the general menu. These fields are blank if the ASUS WLAN Card does not exist. Scanning Connected You can turn OFF the ASUS WLAN Card by clicking the “Disable Radio”...
  • Page 29: Mac Address

    Displays the radio channel that the card is currently tuned. This number changes as the radio scans the available channels. Current Data Rate Displays the current transmit data rate in megabits per second (Mbps). See Chapter 5 - Glossary ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 30 When you travel from work to home, for example, choose a “home” profile that contains all your settings for home use. When you travel back to work, choose an “office” profile. Click apply first if you have not. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 31 You can uncheck it if you have many access points and do not want to constantly switch to different networks. If you want to use a particular profile. You can also check it here. Taskbar Right-Click | Cursor over Activate Configuration ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 32: Status - Connection Tab

    Chapter 3 - Reference Status - Connection Tab You can view the current link statistics about the ASUS WLAN Card. These statistics are updated once per second and are valid only if the ASUS WLAN Card exists. Connected Scanning Frame Sent/Received Transmitted - The number of frames that were transmitted.
  • Page 33: Status - Ip Config Tab

    IP Renew - Clicking this button will attempt to renew the DHCP IP address for the ASUS WLAN Card in case you want to obtain a new IP address. NOTE: The IP Release and IP Renew buttons can only be used on the ASUS WLAN Card that is configured with DHCP.
  • Page 34: Network Type

    Network Name (SSID) Use the SSID field to configure the SSID for the ASUS WLAN Card. You can enter a new SSID or select one from the drop-down list box. SSID stands for “Service Set Identifier”, which is a string used to identify a wireless LAN.
  • Page 35: Data Rate

    Chapter 3 - Reference Channel Use the Channel field to select the radio channel for ASUS WLAN Card. In an "infrastructure" network, your ASUS WLAN Card will automatically select the correct frequency channel required to communicate with an Access Point, this parameter will be fixed in "Auto"...
  • Page 36: Config - Encryption Tab

    Chapter 3 - Reference Config - Encryption Tab Lets you configure the ASUS WLAN Card encryption settings. For data confidentiality in a wireless environment, IEEE 802.11 specifies a Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) algorithm to offer transmission privacy similar to wired network. The WEP uses keys to encrypt transmit data packets and decrypt received data packets.
  • Page 37: Default Key

    You then click the Apply button to create your encryption keys. After you click the Apply button, the Wireless Settings Utility uses asterisks to mask your keys. NOTE: Click the Apply or OK button to save the encryption set- tings. The keys you entered will be masked by asterisks. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 38 “Initialization Vector” (not under user control). This together makes 64 bits (40 + 24). Some vendors refer to this level of WEP as 40 bits and others refer to this as 64 bits. ASUS WLAN products use the term 64 bits when referring to this lower level of encryption.
  • Page 39: Survey - Site Survey Tab

    Survey - Site Survey Tab Use the Site Survey tab to view statistics on the wireless networks available to the ASUS WLAN Card. The Site Survey tab is read-only with no user configurable data fields. Use the Site Survey tab to view the following network parameters.
  • Page 40: About - Version Info Tab

    Chapter 3 - Reference About - Version Info Tab Uses the Version Info tab to view program and ASUS WLAN Card version information. The program version information field includes the Copyright and utility version. The version information includes the NDIS version, driver name, and driver version.
  • Page 41: Link State

    Chapter 3 - Reference Link State ASUS WLAN Card “Link State” icon appears on the left side of the ASUS WLAN Card Settings. Use the icon to view the current signal status. Excellent Link Quality (Infrastructure) Good Link Quality (Infrastructure)
  • Page 42: Mobile Manager Utility

    Windows Start Menu your location. Starting Mobile Manager • Click the Windows Start button, select Programs | ASUS Utility | WLAN Card | Mobile Manager. • Right-click the Control Center icon on the Windows taskbar and then click Mobile Manager.
  • Page 43: Main Window

    INI File. The INI file can be placed on a floppy diskette and then imported by other computers using Mobile Manager. This can also be used as a backup feature for yourself. Exit - Close the Mobile Manager utility. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 44: Edit Menu

    Small Icons - Displays small icons for each configuration. List - Shows the configuration names in a list. Details - The Detailed view expands this list to include information about the configurations. The information includes configuration name, type, and description. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 45: Help Menu

    Contents - Displays the WinHelp contents window (the one you are reading now) for online Help. About Mobile Manager - Displays the version number and copy- right information for Mobile Manager. Click on the logo to connect to ASUS’ website. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 46: New Configuration Wizard

    ASUS WLAN Card installed in your PC. • Wired Local Area Network Configuration: You must have a NIC (LAN card) (other than ASUS WLAN Card) installed in your PC. • Dialup Networking Configuration: You must have a modem in- stalled in your PC.
  • Page 47: Edit Configuration

    Double-click one existing configuration on the Main window. Then the Edit Configuration dialog starts. The Edit Configuration dialog contains various settings, which you select by clicking the buttons at the left of the window. Each setting is described below. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 48: General Settings

    Network logon options – Specify how Windows 9x clients try to logon. Select Quick logon to wait until the shared network drives is actually used to attempt the login. Select Logon and restore network connections to logon to all shared network drives when the user logs into Windows. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 49: Wireless Settings

    Access Point. SSID Using the SSID filed to configure the SSID setting for the ASUS WLAN Card. SSID stands for Service Set Identifier, which is a string used to identify a wireless LAN. You will only be able to connect with an Access Point, which has the same SSID.
  • Page 50: Wep Key

    Magic Word column, then it will auto- matically generate WEP Keys. Manual Assignment - Manual type WEP keys which valid values include numbers, a~f, and A~F. Default Key Determines which entry in the default key table to use for transmitted packets. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 51 Domain – Enter the TCP/IP domain name for your network.The full domain name consists of one or more names that are separated by dots, for example, “asus.com”. DNS Server Search Order – Specify the DNS Servers in the desired order to search for DNS information.
  • Page 52: Advanced Options

    Select Enable software compression checkbox to specify whether incoming or outgoing information is compressed before it is sent. This is useful to speed up the transfer of information. Compression occurs only if both computers are using compatible compression. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 53 Use IP header compression – Specifies whether Dial-Up Networking uses IP header compression for this connection. IP header compression optimizes data transfer between computers. Use default gateway on remote network – Specifies whether IP traf- fic is routed to the WAN connection by default. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 54: Internet Settings

    Edit Configuration dialog box. Click Cancel button to close the Edit Configuration dialog box without saving any changes you have made. Click Close button to close the Edit Configuration dialog box and save any changes that you have made. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 55: Ad Hoc

    Chapter 3 - Reference Ad Hoc The ASUS Wireless LAN card when set to Ad Hoc mode can connect to other wireless device(s) in a wireless network called an Ad Hoc network. To connect the ASUS Wireless LAN card to another wireless device: 1.
  • Page 56 6. Click the Connection tab to dis- 5. Click the Status button to verify play the connection strength and if the ASUS Wireless LAN card link quality between the ASUS is connected to the device. If Wireless LAN card and the wire- connection is established, the less device.
  • Page 57: Troubleshooting Utility

    “Change your location by a few feet and try again.” The main point here is that your ASUS WLAN Card’s SSID and WEP security settings must match that of a nearby access point. Move closer to the access point if necessary.
  • Page 58 SSID broadcasts not detected: “Change your settings and try again.” The main point here is that your ASUS WLAN Card’s MAC address must be allowed and not prohibited from joining the access point. Clicking the last box will send you to the Wireless Settings utility.
  • Page 59 MAC address is not among them. 4. After configuration is successful, you will get a current status of: “You have a connection with an Access Point.” You can close the TroubleShooting utility and begin using your wireless network. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 60: Windows Xp Wireless Properties

    Chapter 3 - Reference Windows XP Wireless Properties 1. Double-click System icon in the Control Panel. 2. Double-click ASUS WLAN ... 3. The “General” page will show status, dura- 4. The “Wireless Networks” page will show tion, speed, and signal strength. Signal Available networks and Preferred networks.
  • Page 61 Windows XP Wireless Properties (Cont.) 5. The “Authentication” page allows you to add 6. The “Advanced” page allows you to set fire- security settings. Read Windows help for wall and sharing. Read Windows help for more information. more information. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 62: Troubleshooting

    Follow the procedure below to configure your ASUS WLAN Card. a. Verify that the “Network Type” is in “Infrastructure” mode. b. Verify that the “SSID” of your ASUS WLAN Card is set to the same “SSID” of an Access Point.
  • Page 63 Follow the procedure below to configure your ASUS WLAN Card. a. Verify that the “Network Type” is in “Ad Hoc” mode. b. Verify that the “SSID” of your ASUS WLAN Card is set to the same “SSID” of the other station (or another ASUS WLAN Card).
  • Page 64: Glossary

    COFDM uses 48 of these subchannels for data, while the remaining four are used for error correction. COFDM delivers higher data rates and a high degree of multipath reflection recovery, thanks to its encoding scheme and error correction. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 65 This option allows you to select the default WEP key. This option allows you to use WEP keys without having to remember or write them down. The WEP keys generated using the Pass Phrase is compatible with other ASUS WLAN products. The Pass Phrase option is not as secure as manual assignment.
  • Page 66 The most widely used LAN access method, which is defined by the IEEE 802.3 standard. Ethernet is normally a shared media LAN meaning all devices on the network segment share total bandwidth. Ethernet networks operate at 10Mbps using CSMA/CD to run over 10-BaseT cables. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 67 802.11a uses an entirely different encoding scheme, called OFDM (orthogonal frequency division multiplexing). The 802.11b spectrum is plagued by saturation from wireless phones, microwave ovens and other emerging wireless technologies, such as Bluetooth. In contrast, 802.11a spectrum is relatively free of interference. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 68 The TCP/IP standard protocol that defines the IP datagram as the unit of information passed across an Internet and provides the basis for connectionless packet delivery service. IP includes the ICMP control and error message protocol as an integral part. It provides the functional equivalent of ISO OSI Network Services. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 69 A basic message unit for communication across a network. A packet usually includes routing information, data, and sometimes error detection information. Pass Phrase The Wireless Settings utility uses an algorithm to generate four WEP keys based on the typed combination. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 70: Subnet Mask

    Any device containing IEEE 802.11 wireless medium access conformity. Subnet Mask A subnet mask is a set of four numbers configured like an IP address. It is used to create IP address numbers used only within a particular network. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 71 For earlier Windows Operating systems, a WPA capable supplicant is required such as Funk Software’s Odyssey Client. WLAN (Wireless Local Area Network) This is a group of computers and other devices connected wirelessly in a small area. A wireless network is referred to as LAN or WLAN. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 72: Safety Information

    Reprinted from the Code of Federal Regulations #47, part 15.193, 1993. Washington DC: Office of the Federal Register, National Archives and Records Administration, U.S. Government Printing Office. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 73: Fcc Radio Frequency Interference Requirements

    [20cm] between the radiator and your body. Use only with supplied antenna. Unauthorized antenna, modification, or attachments could damage the transmitter and may violate FCC regulations. CAUTION: Any changes or modifications not expressly approved in this manual could void your authorization to use this device. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 74: Fcc Rf Exposure Guidelines (wireless Cards)

    Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada. Operation Channel for Different Domains N. America 2.412-2.462 GHz Ch01 through CH11 Japan 2.412-2.484 GHz Ch01 through Ch14 Europe ETSI 2.412-2.472 GHz Ch01 through Ch13 ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 75: France Restricted Frequency Band

    This requirement is likely to change over time, allowing you to use your wireless LAN card in more areas within France. Please check with ART for the latest information (www.art-telecom.fr) NOTE: Your ASUS WLAN Card transmits less than 100mW, but more than 10mW. ASUS WLAN Card...
  • Page 76: Contact Information

    General Fax: +49-2102-959911 Technical Support Online Support: www.asuscom.de/support Support Fax: +49-2102-959911 Component Support: +49-2102-95990 Notebook Support: +49-2102-959910 ASUS COMPUTER (Middle East and North Africa) Company Address: P.O. Box 64133, Dubai, U.A.E. General Telephone: +9714-283-1774 Web Site Address: www.ASUSarabia.com General Fax: +9714-283-1775...

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