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Version 5.0 | 09/09/2014
User Manual
Wireless N Nano USB Adapter
DWA-131

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  • Page 1 Version 5.0 | 09/09/2014 User Manual Wireless N Nano USB Adapter DWA-131...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Connecting to a Wireless Network .........16 Using Mac OS ................16 Using Windows 8 ...............18 Using Windows 7 ...............20 Configuring Wireless Security ........22 Troubleshooting ..............25 Wireless Basics ..............29 Wireless Modes ................33 Networking Basics ............34 Check your IP address ...............34 D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 3: Product Overview

    Section 1 - Product Overview Product Overview Package Contents • D-Link DWA-131 Wireless N Nano 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 port •...
  • Page 4: Introduction

    Compact in size, robust in speed the DWA-131 Wireless N Nano USB Adapter is great for travel and a convenient solution for providing high performance wireless connectivity to your desktop or notebook PC. Enjoy the many benefits of wireless connectivity today! * Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11g and 802.11n specifications.
  • Page 5: Features

    • You can securely connect to a wireless network using WPA/WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access) providing you a much higher level of security for your data and communication than has previously been available. • Position the DWA-131 almost anywhere in your workspace to achieve the best reception possible •...
  • Page 6: Hardware Overview

    Section 1 - Product Overview Hardware Overview USB Connector Used to connect the DWA-131 to your computer. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 7: Installation

    Remove Existing Installations If you’ve installed a different manufacturer’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 8: Disable Other Wireless Adapters

    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). From the desktop, right-click on the My Computer icon and select Properties.
  • Page 9 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-131 User Manual...
  • Page 10: 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 11: Driver Installation

    D: represents the drive letter of your CD-ROM drive). Once the D-Link Portable WiFi installation screen appears, you have two options. If you wish to use the DWA-131 as a client device to connect to a wireless router or access point, click Setup.
  • Page 12 Section 2 - Installation When the installation finishes, click Complete. The DWA-131 driver is now installed. You may now insert the DWA-131 into your computer’s USB port, and connect to a wireless network using your computer’s operating system. See Connecting to a Wireless Network on page 16 for information about how to connect to your network using your DWA-131.
  • Page 13: Using Softap

    Start menu. The interface for the SoftAP feature appears in the lower-right of the screen. If the DWA-131 is not already connected to the USB port of your computer, then you will be prompted to do so.
  • Page 14 Section 3 - Using SoftAP One the DWA-131 is connected, clients can connect to your network. The SSID of the access point will be displayed, along with the MAC address, security level, Station Count, and network Traffic. To change the SSID and the security key, click Config.
  • Page 15 Section 3 - Using SoftAP To turn off SoftAP mode and switch the DWA-131 back to the wireless client mode, right-click on the Portable WiFi icon and select Station Mode. This will exit the Portable WiFi app and restore your previous network connection using the DWA-131 as a client (if you had configured it to connect automatically).
  • Page 16: Connecting To A Wireless Network

    To quickly access your Wi-Fi information and settings, click the Wi-Fi icon on the menu bar. Clicking on this icon will display a list of all wireless networks within range of your computer. Select the desired network by clicking on the network name. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 17 Note: To avoid having to enter your network security key each time you connect, check Remember this network. Once the connection is successfully established, you will see a check by the name of your wireless network. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 18: Using Windows 8

    To join an existing network, locate the wireless network icon in the taskbar, next to the time display. Wireless Icon Clicking on this icon will display a list of wireless networks which are within connecting proximity of your computer. Select the desired network by clicking on the network name. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 19 WPS button on your router at this point to enable the WPS function. When you have established a successful connection to a wireless network, the word Connected will appear next to the name of the network to which you are connected. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 20: Using Windows 7

    If you receive the Wireless Networks Detected bubble, click on the center of the bubble to access the utility. You can also click on the wireless icon in your system tray (lower-right corner). Wireless The utility will display any available wireless networks in your area. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 21 Highlight the wireless network (SSID) you would like to connect to 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 Networking Basics on page 34 for more information. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 22: Configuring Wireless Security

    1. Click on the wireless icon in your system tray (lower-right corner). Wireless 2. The utility will display any available wireless networks in your area. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 23 Section 4 - Connecting to a Wireless Network 3. Highlight the wireless network (SSID) you would like to connect to and click the Connect button. 4. The following window appears while your computer tries to connect to the router. D-Link DWA-131 User Manual...
  • Page 24 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-131 User Manual...
  • Page 25: Troubleshooting

    Section 5 - Troubleshooting Troubleshooting This chapter provides solutions to problems that can occur during the installation and operation of the DWA-131. Read the following descriptions if you are having problems. The examples below are illustrated in Windows 7. If you have a different ®...
  • Page 26 Section 5 - Troubleshooting Click the + sign next to Network Adapters. Right-click on D-Link DWA-131 USB Adapter. Select Properties to check that the drivers are installed properly. D-Link DWA-131 USB Adapter Look under Device Status to check that the device is working properly. Click OK to continue.
  • Page 27 The computer does not recognize the DWA-131 Wireless N Nano USB Adapter. Make sure that the DWA-131 Wireless N Nano USB Adapter is properly seated in the computer’s USB port. If Windows does not detect the hardware upon insertion of the adapter, make sure to completely remove drivers that were previously loaded.
  • Page 28 If Security is enabled, make sure that the correct encryption keys are entered on both the DWA-131 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 29: 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 30 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 31 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 32 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 33: 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-131 User Manual...
  • Page 34: 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 35: Statically Assign An Ip Address

    Network and Sharing Center icon and then 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. • Highlight Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP /IPv4) and click Properties.
  • Page 36: Technical Specifications

    * Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 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-131 User Manual...

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