OfficeConnect® Wireless 11g Access Point User Guide

3CRWE454G72

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Part No. DUA0045-4AAA01 Rev. 01 Published July 2003

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CONTENTS
ABOUT THIS GUIDE
Naming Convention 7 Conventions 8 Feedback about this User Guide Related Documentation 9 Product Registration 9

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INTRODUCING THE ACCESS POINT
OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point 12 Access Point Advantages 13 Package Contents 13 Minimum System and Component Requirements Front Panel 14 Rear Panel 16

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HARDWARE INSTALLATION
Introduction 17 Safety Information 17 Positioning the Access Point 17 Using the Rubber Feet 18 Wall Mounting 18 Powering Up the Access Point 19 Connecting the Access Point 19

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RUNNING THE SETUP WIZARD
Accessing the Wizard 21 Password 26 LAN Settings 26 Wireless Settings 28 Summary 30

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ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION
Navigating Through the Access Point Configuration Pages Main Menu 31 Option Tabs 32 Welcome Screen 32 Notice Board 33 Password 33 Wizard 34 LAN Settings 34 Unit Configuration 34 DHCP Clients List 38 Wireless Settings 39 Configuration 39 Encryption 41 Configuring WPA Encryption 41 Configuring WEP Encryption 42 Connection Control 44 Client List 47 Profile 48 System Tools 50 Restart 50 Configuration 50 Upgrade 51 Status and Logs 53 Status 54 Logs 54 Support and Feedback 54 31

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CLIENT BRIDGE MODE CONFIGURATION
What is Client Bridge Mode? 57 Switching to Client Bridge Mode 57 Configuring Client Bridge Mode 58 Welcome Menu 58 LAN Settings 59 Wireless Settings 59 Configuration 60 Encryption 60

Restart 63 Status and Logs 63 Support and Feedback

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TROUBLESHOOTING
Basic Connection Checks 65 Browsing to the Access Point Configuration Screens 65 Forgotten Password and Reset to Factory Defaults 66 Wireless Networking 66 Alert LED 68 Recovering from Corrupted Software 68 Frequently Asked Questions 69

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USING DISCOVERY
Running the Discovery Application 71 Windows Installation (95/98/2000/Me/NT) 71

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IP ADDRESSING
The Internet Protocol Suite 73 Managing the Access Point over the Network 73 IP Addresses and Subnet Masks 73 How does a Device Obtain an IP Address and Subnet Mask? DHCP Addressing 75 Static Addressing 75 Auto-IP Addressing 75

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS
Standards 78

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SAFETY INFORMATION END USER SOFTWARE LICENSE AGREEMENT GLOSSARY INDEX REGULATORY NOTICES FOR THE WIRELESS 11G ACCESS POINT

.3com. 3Com recommends that during the initial configuration that this is connected to the same switch or hub as the Access Point. If a release note is shipped with the OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point and contains information that differs from the information in this guide. consequently. Most user guides and release notes are available in Adobe Acrobat Reader Portable Document Format (PDF) on the 3Com World Wide Web site: http://www. This guide is intended for use by those responsible for installing and setting up network equipment.com Naming Convention Throughout this guide. Category 3 and Category 5 Twisted Pair Cables are referred to as Twisted Pair Cables throughout this guide. the OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point is referred to as the “Access Point”. The PC used to configure the Access Point is referred to as the “admin computer”. it assumes a basic working knowledge of LANs (Local Area Networks). follow the information in the release note.ABOUT THIS GUIDE This guide describes how to install and configure the OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point (3CRWE454G72).

” If you must press two or more keys simultaneously. you must type something.com Please include the following information when commenting: ■ ■ ■ Document title Document part number (on the title page) Page number (if appropriate) . and software button names.8 ABOUT THIS GUIDE Conventions Table 1 and Table 2 list conventions that are used throughout this guide. Please e-mail comments about this document to 3Com at: pddtechpubs_comments@3com. select Contents. Examples: From the Help menu. Example: Press Ctrl+Alt+Del Italics are used to: ■ ■ Words in italics Emphasize a point. Information that alerts you to potential personal injury. Click OK. They will help make our documentation more useful to you. Table 2 Text Conventions Convention The words “enter” and “type” Keyboard key names Description When you see the word “enter” in this guide. or device. Information that alerts you to potential loss of data or potential damage to an application. system. and then press Return or Enter. ■ Feedback about this User Guide Your suggestions are very important to us. the key names are linked with a plus sign (+). Table 1 Notice Icons Icon Notice Type Information note Caution Warning Description Information that describes important features or instructions. Do not press Return or Enter when an instruction simply says “type. Identify menu names. Denote a new term at the place where it is defined in the text. menu commands.

please refer to the Support and Safety Information sheet. For information about contacting Technical Support. each Access Point document set includes one Installation Guide. You can now register your Access Point on the 3Com web site and receive up-to-date information on your product: http://www. This guide contains the instructions you need to install and configure your Access Point.Conventions 9 Example: ■ ■ ■ OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point User Guide Part Number DUA0045-4AAA01 Page 24 Do not use this e-mail address for technical support questions.3com. Related Documentation In addition to this guide.com/register/ Product Registration .

10 ABOUT THIS GUIDE .

the same power.1 INTRODUCING THE ACCESS POINT Welcome to the world of networking with 3Com®. bringing networks to the small office. Computer networks have proved to be one of the fastest modes of communication but. you can harness the benefits of wireless networking. flexibility. communication and sharing information is crucial. In the modern business environment. . the small office user. Now. only large businesses could afford the networking advantage. and protection that has been available only to large corporations. The products that compose the OfficeConnect range give you. until recently. The OfficeConnect® product range from 3Com has changed all this.

you can be sure it will work reliably with certified equipment from other manufacturers.12 CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCING THE ACCESS POINT OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point The OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point is designed to provide a cost-effective means of connecting wired and wireless networks. available to dozens of wireless clients. such as printers. Because the Access Point is a WI-FI certified device. Figure 1 Example Network Computer Power Adapter Hub / Switch 3Com Wireless 11g Access Point Wireless User Wireless User . e-mail and network resources. A single Access Point makes the Internet.

. Unix and Macintosh computers Easy-to-use.Access Point Advantages 13 Access Point Advantages The advantages of the Access Point include: ■ Cross-platform operation for compatibility with Windows. Package Contents The Access Point kit includes the following items: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ One OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point One power adapter for use with the Access Point Four rubber feet One Ethernet cable One CD-ROM containing the Access Point Discovery program and this User Guide Installation Guide One Support and Safety Information Sheet One Warranty Flyer ■ ■ ■ If any of these items are missing or damaged. Web-based setup and configuration Provides centralization of all network address settings (DHCP) Shares network resources between both wired and wireless computers Operates as either: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ an Access Point (providing networking for wireless clients) a Client Bridge (providing access to a wireless network for a single client) ■ ■ Support for Wireless Equivalent Privacy (WEP) and Wi-Fi Protected Access® (WPA) encryption methods. please contact your retailer.

or The administrator has invoked the Reset to Factory Defaults command. or Mozilla 1. Off . such as Netscape 4. Internet Explorer 5.2.0 or higher. as described below. An Ethernet 10Mbps or 10/100 Mbps or 10/100/1000 Mbps NIC. Mac OS 8.1 or higher.The Access Point is operating normally.14 CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCING THE ACCESS POINT Minimum System and Component Requirements Your Access Point requires that the computer(s) and components in your network be configured with at least the following: ■ A computer with an operating system that supports TCP/IP networking protocols (for example Windows 95/98/NT/Me/2000/XP.5 or higher). or The system software is in the process of being upgraded ■ ■ . A Web browser program that supports JavaScript.11g wireless NIC.Indicates one of the following conditions: ■ The Access Point has just been started up and is running a self-test routine.Front Panel 1 2 3 4 WLAN Alert Power Enabled LAN Status 3CRWE454G72 OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point 1 Alert LED Orange Indicates a number of different conditions. An 802. Unix. Flashing quickly . Figure 2 Access Point .11b or 802.7 or higher. ■ ■ ■ Front Panel The front panel of the Access Point contains a series of indicator lights (LEDs) that help describe the state of various networking and connection operations.

Flashing slowly . If the LED is flashing. Refer to Chapter 6 “Troubleshooting”. If the LED is off. If the LED is flashing. If the LED is off. data is being transmitted or received. 4 Wireless LAN (WLAN) Status LED Yellow If the LED is on it indicates that wireless networking is enabled. If you have used the reset button to reset the unit to Factory Defaults. The port will automatically adjust to the correct speed and duplex. the connected device is switched off. Refer to Chapter 6 “Troubleshooting”. 3 LAN Status LED Green (100Mbps link) / yellow (10Mbps link) If the LED is on. Continuously on . . or there is a problem. the link is OK and data is being transmitted or received. wait until the Access Point has completed the current operation and the alert LED is Off.Front Panel 15 In each of these cases.A fault has been detected with your Access Point during the start-up process. The Access Point will then enter the start-up sequence and resume normal operation. the Wireless LAN has been disabled in the Access Point. follow steps 5 to 6 in “Forgotten Password and Reset to Factory Defaults” on page 66. or there is a problem with the connection (refer to Chapter 6 “Troubleshooting”). the link between the port and the next piece of network equipment is OK. and is waiting for you to release the reset button. nothing is connected.The Access Point has completed the Reset to Factory Defaults process. 2 Power LED Green Indicates that the Access Point is powered on.

CAUTION: Do not force the antennae round further than 90 degrees in either direction. Figure 3 Access Point .Rear Panel 6 5 7 8 9 5 OK Ethernet RESET 5 Wireless Antennae The antennae on the product should be placed in a ‘V’ position when initially installed. a reset button. there may be a problem with the power adapter or adapter cable. Do not use any other adapter. . If the LED is off. 8 Ethernet Port Use the supplied patch cable to connect the Access Point to the LAN.16 CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCING THE ACCESS POINT Rear Panel The rear panel (Figure 3) of the Access Point contains one LAN port. 7 Power Adapter OK LED Green Indicates that the power adapter is supplying Power to the Access Point. a power adapter OK LED and a power adapter socket. The port will automatically adjust to the correct speed and duplex. 9 Reset Button This button allows you to reset the unit to factory defaults. 6 Power Adapter Socket Only use the power adapter supplied with this Access Point.

A suitable location might be on top of a high shelf or similar furniture to optimize wireless connections to computers in both horizontal and vertical directions. is centrally located to the wireless computers that will connect to the Access Point. if necessary. allowing wider coverage. Positioning the Access Point You should place the Access Point in a location that: ■ allows convenient connection to the computer or other ethernet device that will be connected to the LAN port on the rear panel. Setting up your computers for networking with the Access Point. AVERTISSEMENT: Veuillez lire attentivement la section “Consignes importantes de sécurité” avant de mettre en route. VORSICHT: Bitte lesen Sie den Abschnitt “Wichtige Sicherheitshinweise” sorgfältig durch. Safety Information WARNING: Please read the “Safety Information” section in Appendix D before you start. bevor Sie das Gerät einschalten. ■ ■ . including: ■ ■ Connecting the Access Point to your network.2 Introduction HARDWARE INSTALLATION This chapter will guide you through a basic installation of the Access Point. and access to the rear panel connectors. allows easy viewing of the front panel LED indicator lights.

Water or moisture cannot enter the case of the unit. do not wall mount stacked units. dry and sturdy and make two screw holes which are 150 mm (5. You will need two suitable screws to wall mount the unit. leaving their heads 3 mm (0. Only stick the feet to the marked areas at each corner of the underside of your Access Point. 3Com recommends you provide a minimum of 25 mm (1 in.12 in. . Wall Mounting There are two slots on the underside of the Access Point that can be used for wall mounting.9 in. Air flow around the unit and through the vents in the side of the case is not restricted. and sources of electrical noise such as radios. gently push the unit on to the wall and move it downwards to secure. CAUTION: Only wall mount single units. ■ ■ Using the Rubber Feet Use the four self-adhesive rubber feet to prevent your Access Point from moving around on your desk or when stacking with other flat top OfficeConnect units. To do this: 1 Ensure that the wall you use is smooth.) clear of the wall surface. Cabling is away from power lines. When in line.) clearance. 3 Remove any connections to the unit and locate it over the screw heads. ensure that it is within reach of the power outlet. flat.18 CHAPTER 2: HARDWARE INSTALLATION When positioning your Access Point. fluorescent lighting fixtures. When wall mounting the unit. transmitters and broadband amplifiers. 2 Fix the screws into the wall. ensure: ■ ■ It is out of direct sunlight and away from sources of heat.) apart.

Figure 4 Connecting the Access Point Hub / Switch 3CRWE4 1196 WLAN LAN Status OfficeC onn ect 11M bps Wir eless Access Poin t Wireless users t Aler OfficeConnect Wireless Access Point To use your Access Point to connect to the wireless LAN to the wired LAN: 1 Insert one end of the supplied Ethernet (RJ-45 Category 5) cable into the LAN port on the rear panel of the Access Point.Powering Up the Access Point 19 Powering Up the Access Point To power up the Access Point: 1 Plug the power adapter into the power adapter socket located on the back panel of the Access Point. 2 Insert the other end of the cable into the RJ-45 port on switch or hub. . Check that the LAN status LED lights on the Access Point. You have now completed the hardware installation of your Access Point. Next you need to set up your computers so that they connect to the Access Point. Connecting the Access Point The first step for installing your Access Point is to physically connect it to a switch or hub. See Figure 4. 2 Plug the power adapter into a standard electrical wall socket.

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2 Insert the Access Point CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive on your computer. select Discovery. note that you may lose contact with the Access Point if you change the wireless configuration. To use the Setup Wizard: 1 Ensure that you have at least one computer connected to the Access Point. To communicate with the Access Point. your wireless NIC should be set as follows: ■ ■ Encryption — none Service Area Name/SSID — 3Com The Access Point setup program is Web-based. which means that it is accessed through your Web browser (Netscape Navigator. However. Refer to Chapter 2 for details on how to do this. Internet Explorer or Mozilla). A menu will appear. Discovery will find the Access Point even if it is unconfigured or misconfigured. you may configure the Access Point from a wireless admin computer but.3 Accessing the Wizard RUNNING THE SETUP WIZARD 3Com recommends that you perform the initial Access Point configuration from a computer that is directly connected to the LAN port and not from a wireless connection. .

If the discovery application finds multiple Access Points compare the serial number on the Discovered Devices Screen with the serial number on the base of your Access Point. . Highlight the Wireless 11g Access Point by clicking on it. Figure 6 Discovered Access Point Screen 4 Figure 6 shows an example Discovered Devices screen.22 CHAPTER 3: RUNNING THE SETUP WIZARD Figure 5 Discovery Welcome Screen 3 When the Welcome screen is displayed. select the NIC from which the Access Point will be discovered. and press Next. Then click on Next and wait until the application discovers the Access Points connected to your LAN.

Accessing the Wizard 23 Figure 7 Discovery Finish Screen 5 Click on Finish to launch a web browser and display the login page for the Access Point as shown in Figure 8. 6 To log in. Figure 8 Access Point Login Screen . enter the password (the default setting is admin) in the System Password field and click Log in (Figure 8).

b Select the wireless mode for the Access point: ■ Select Access Point (default) if the Access Point is to be used to provide networking for wireless clients. See Chapter 4 for configuration information. ■ The Country & Mode Selection screen is only displayed on initial configuration of the Access Point.24 CHAPTER 3: RUNNING THE SETUP WIZARD 7 If the password is correct. or . See Chapter 5 for configuration information. Select Client Bridge Mode if the Access Point is to be used to provide access to a wireless network for a single client. Figure 9 Country Selection Screen 8 When you have logged in and selected a country and operating mode either: ■ The Welcome screen will appear (Figure 10). Select the Wizard tab and click Wizard. the Country & Mode Selection screen appears. (Figure 9) a Select the country in which the Access Point is to operate.

9 Click Next. 10 You will be guided step by step through a basic setup procedure.Accessing the Wizard 25 ■ If your Access Point has not been configured before. the Wizard will launch automatically (refer to Figure 11). Figure 10 Welcome Screen Figure 11 Wizard Screen .

Write the new password down and keep it in a safe place.26 CHAPTER 3: RUNNING THE SETUP WIZARD Password Figure 12 Change Administration Password Screen When the Change Administration Password screen (Figure 12) appears. so that you can change your settings in the future. The Access Point is shipped from the factory with a default password. Password is case sensitive. There are three options. 3Com recommends entering a new password when setting up the Access Point for the first time. 2. Click Next. 1. then a new password in both the New Password and Confirm Password boxes. type the Old Password. . LAN Settings Figure 13 LAN Settings Screen This screen determines how the Access Point obtains its IP address. admin.

Specify an IP address manually .The Access Point will obtain an IP address from a DHCP server already operating on your network. Figure 14 LAN IP Address Screen Specify an IP address manually and enable DHCP server . This screen displays a suggested LAN IP address and subnet mask of the Access Point. . The screen shown in Figure 14 is displayed. It also allows you to change the IP address and subnet mask.The Access Point contains a Dynamic Host Configuration (DHCP) server that can automatically configure the TCP/IP settings of every computer on your network.Accessing the Wizard 27 Obtain IP Address automatically . The screen shown in Figure 15 opens.Select this option to manually configure the IP address of the Access Point. To activate the DHCP Server option. select Specify an IP Address manually and Enable DHCP server. 3Com recommends that you manually assign your Access Point a static IP address.

Wireless Settings Figure 16 Wireless Configuration Screen This screen displays the current Channel and Service Area Name. Before enabling the DHCP Server. . if this is not appropriate. make your required changes. It also allows you to change these settings. ensure that there are no other DHCP servers running on your network. The largest available continuous IP pool will be automatically entered. Two further fields are available for you to enter the Start address of an address pool and an End address.28 CHAPTER 3: RUNNING THE SETUP WIZARD Figure 15 DHCP Server Setup Screen This screen displays a suggested LAN IP address and subnet mask of the Access Point. There are a maximum of 14 channels. It also allows you to change the IP address and subnet mask.

2 Enter a Service Area Name/SSID. If you are configuring the Access Point from a wireless computer any changes you make to the wireless configuration will result in communication between the Access Point and your computer being lost. The Service Area Name default for 3Com products is “3Com”. You should however make a note of the channel you select as this may be useful if you experience problems with your clients. . 3Com strongly recommends that you change the SSID to something other than the default. This is why 3Com strongly recommends that you configure the Access Point from a wired computer. If your clients use a different Service Area Name then they will not be able to communicate with the Access Point. Up to 32 (case sensitive) characters can be entered for the Service Area Name. The choice of channel is less important as Clients will generally search all of the available channels. It is very important that you set up your wireless clients to use the same Service Area Name or SSID as the one you use on this screen. For information on improving your Wireless network security see “Wireless Settings” on page 39. 1 Select a channel for the Access Point to use or Clear Channel Select if you want the Access Point to choose an unused channel on start-up.Accessing the Wizard 29 the number available to you is dependent on the country in which you reside.

Your Access Point is now configured and ready for use.30 CHAPTER 3: RUNNING THE SETUP WIZARD Summary Figure 17 Configuration Summary Screen When you complete the Setup Wizard. . a configuration summary will display. you may need to reconfigure the computer you are using in order to make contact with the Access Point again. If you have made changes to the LAN Settings or wireless configuration options. See Chapter 5 for a detailed description of the Client Bridge Mode configuration screens. 3Com recommends that you print this page for your records. See Chapter 4 for a detailed description of the Access Point configuration screens. Verify the configuration information of the Access Point and then click Finish to save your settings.

The URL is http://<IP Address of the Access Point>. setup DHCP server parameters.1.allows the administrator to perform maintenance activities on the Access Point.displays the current status and activity logs of the Access Point.168. Support . Wireless Settings . and is provided as a reference. ■ Welcome . System Tools . allows you to change your password. Main Menu At the left side of all screens is a main menu. browse to the Access Point by entering the URL in the location bar of your browser.1. When you click on a topic from the main menu.enables /disables access from wireless computers.allows you to configure IP address and subnet mask information. and display the DHCP client list. Status and Logs . that page will appear in the main part of the screen.4 Navigating Through the Access Point Configuration Pages ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION This chapter describes all the screens available through the Access Point configuration pages. see Chapter 5 to configure your Access Point. for example http://192. and provides facilities for improving the security of the wireless network. as shown in Figure 18 on page 32. If your Access Point is set up in Client Bridge Mode. and launch the Wizard LAN Settings .contains a comprehensive online help system ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ . When you have browsed to the Access Point.displays the firmware version of the Access Point. log in using your system password (default admin). To get to the configuration pages.

Getting Help On every screen. .32 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION Option Tabs Each corresponding menu page may also provide sub-sections which are accessed through the use of tabs (see Figure 18 for example). To access a sub-section. a Help button is available which provides access to the context-sensitive online help system. Welcome Screen Figure 18 Access Point Welcome Screen The Welcome section allows you to view the Notice board and to change your Password. You can also gain access to the Configuration Wizard. simply click on the required tab. Click Help for further assistance and guidance relating to the current screen. (See “Accessing the Wizard” on page 21 for details).

To do this: 1 Enter the current password in the Old Password field 2 Enter the new password in the New Password field 3 Enter the new password again in the Confirm Password field 4 Click Apply to save the new password . Password Figure 20 Password Screen Changing the Administration Password You can change the password to prevent unauthorized access to the Administration System.Welcome Screen 33 Notice Board Figure 19 Notice Board Screen The Notice Board is used to display configuration warning messages.

LAN Settings Unit Configuration The LAN Settings menu provides the following options: The LAN Settings screen is used to determine how the LAN IP address of your Access Point is obtained. to launch the configuration wizard. . See “Forgotten Password and Reset to Factory Defaults” on page 66 Wizard Figure 21 Wizard Screen Click WIZARD.34 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION The password is case sensitive. It can be obtained automatically or you can manually configure the IP address and optionally configure the DHCP server.. Refer to Chapter 3 for information on how to run the wizard. If you have forgotten your password you need to reset the Access Point..

Select Dynamic IP Address (automatically allocated) and the screen shown in Figure 22 is displayed.xxx. If the Access Point is set to obtain an IP address automatically and is unable to contact a DHCP server then it will allocate itself an address in the 169.LAN Settings 35 Figure 22 Unit Configuration Screen Dynamic IP Address 3Com recommends that you manually assign your Access Point a static IP address.xxx range.254. . Check all your settings and click Apply.

Before enabling the DHCP Server. ensure that there are no other DHCP servers running on your network. DHCP Server The DHCP server will give out addresses to both wired and wireless clients.36 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION Manually setting the IP address 3Com recommends that you assign your Access Point a static IP address. The screen shown in Figure 23 is displayed. click in the Enable check box.1. 3 If you want to use the Access Point as a DHCP Server.1. . 1 Select Unit Configuration and then select Static IP Address (to be specified manually). See “DHCP Server” for more information about configuring the DHCP server. The default static IP address of the Access Point is 192. and then click Apply.168. Figure 23 Unit Configuration Screen For Static IP Address 2 Enter the Access Point IP Address and Subnet Mask in the LAN Settings field. 4 Check all of your settings.

4 Enter any Default Gateway and DNS (Domain Name Server) addresses if required. Alternatively you can manually enter Start and End addresses for the IP address pool. Figure 24 DHCP Server Configuration Screen 3 Clicking Auto Range automatically selects the largest range of addresses available for your network. . The screen shown in Figure 24 is displayed.LAN Settings 37 If you want the Access Point to function as a DHCP server on your network. carry out the following: 1 Select Unit Configuration and then select Static IP Address (to be specified manually). The DHCP server supports up to a maximum of 253 addresses. The screen shown in Figure 23 is displayed. 2 Enter the IP address details as described in “Manually setting the IP address” and click Enable against The Access Point acts as a DHCP Server. 5 Check your settings and click Apply.

For each device that is connected to the LAN the following information is displayed: ■ IP address — The Internet Protocol (IP) address issued to the client machine. MAC Address — The Media Access Control (MAC) address of the client’s network card. The IP address would then be available for another device if there were no other IP addresses available. The list is only created when the Access Point is set up as a DHCP server. the client list will grow to a maximum number of 253 clients. The lease time is set at 12 hours. Host Name — The client machine’s host name. ■ ■ ■ ■ As you connect more devices. If a PC has been switched off. Client Type — Whether the client is connected to the access point by wired or wireless connection.38 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION DHCP Clients List Figure 25 DHCP Clients List Screen The DHCP Clients List provides details on the devices that are connected to the LAN. The Release button allows the lease time for the IP address that has been issued to a device to be cleared. Clients that have fixed addresses will get the same IP address each time they connect. Fix — This box is checked if the IP address is fixed to the MAC address of the client’s network card. using the Release button would allow the 12 hour lease time to be cleared. . if configured.

there will be a reduction in the performance of your network.see page 40 2. If this seems to be the case. Change the SSID from its default value . Channel Selection The Channel Selector allows you to specify which channel the Access Point will transmit and receive on. Enable Encryption . no wireless PCs can gain access to your Wired or Wireless LAN through this Access Point. but if they don't you must configure them to use the same channel number as the Access Point.see page 41 3.see page 44 Configuration Figure 26 Configuration Screen Enable Wireless Networking Allows you to enable/disable the wireless section of your LAN.Wireless Settings 39 Wireless Settings To improve the security of your wireless network. Enable Connection Control . Usually the Wireless computers will scan to find the correct channel. When disabled. If another Access Point nearby is using the same channel as you. 3Com recommends that you: 1. you should select a different channel number. .

If you set the Access Point to Disable Broadcast SSID. the Access Point will not broadcast the Service Area Name/SSID of your wireless network. This will prevent unauthorized clients from detecting your SSID and attempting to connect to your network. Your Wireless computers must be configured with exactly the same name or you will not be able to establish a connection. Service Area Name/SSID This allows you to name your Wireless network. 3Com recommends that you change the default name. When the tickbox is checked. See “Channels” on page 97 for a list of channels approved by each country. By default the Access Point uses the name “3Com”. Disable Broadcast SSID This feature can be used to improve the security of your wireless network. Clear Channel Select allows the Access Point to automatically select an available channel when first powered on. The field will accept any alphanumeric string and has a maximum length of 32 characters. Ensure that the PC is included in the authorized Wireless PCs list if Connection Control is enabled. Have the same Service Area Name as the Access Point. The Service Area Name may also be referred to as “ESSID” depending on your networking vendor. In order that your wireless computers can connect to the Access Point. . your client will not list the Access Point SSID when this feature is enabled. you must: ■ ■ ■ ■ Use Infrastructure Mode not Adhoc Mode. See page 44. the Access Point will not allow access to clients with the SSID field set to “any”. Use the same encryption type and keys as the Access Point.40 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION Valid channels are country dependent. If you have a wireless client that can detect all the available SSIDs in your area. 3Com recommends that you install your wireless network with this feature disabled and then enable it once you have set up the Access Point and wireless clients.

it is important to remember that with encryption disabled. This key is used to start the dialog between the Access Point and the client. 3Com recommends that you get the network working with encryption disabled first and then enable it as the last step. WEP — Wireless Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is a 64 bit or 128 bit encryption method with user configurable fixed keys. Enabling encryption has no security effect on data transmitted through wired (Ethernet) connections or through your connections to the Internet. During this dialog.Wireless Settings 41 Access Point Name This option allows you to name the Access Point. Admin. This option is useful if you have several Access Point units and want to be able to easily identify them. provided by its longer key and dynamic changes made to the key over time. you may name them Marketing. Research. Configuring WPA Encryption The only configuration that is needed for WPA is to enter the pre-shared key. The encryption methods used by the Access Point secure data transmitted through wireless communications between the Access Point and its wireless clients. For example. If you enable encryption on the Access Point. Encryption When setting up wireless networks. ■ WPA provides a higher level of security. The pre-shared key can be entered as a 256 bit series of hexadecimal digits or as a pass-phrase. a new key is agreed. The field accepts any alphanumeric string upto a maximum of 32 characters. This will simplify setting up your network. anyone with a Wireless PC can eavesdrop on your network. you must reconfigure your wireless PCs to use exactly the same Encryption Type and Keys otherwise the devices will not understand each other. The Access Point supports two types of encryption: ■ WPA — Wi-FI Protected Access (WPA) is a 256 bit encryption method with keys that change over time. . 3Com recommends that you use WPA with any clients which support it. than those encrypted using WEP. making it more difficult to eavesdrop on wireless networks encrypted using WPA.

128 bit will result in a higher level of security. . To enter the pre-shared key as a pass-phrase: 1 Select Enabled . 2 Enter a phrase of between 8 and 63 characters in length in the Passphrase field. but may cause a slight decrease in performance. Configuring WEP Encryption There are two levels of WEP encryption available. Each field can contain a hexadecimal number from 00 to ff. 64 bit (sometimes referred to as 40 bit) and 128 bit.Pre-Shared Passphrase from the WPA Encryption Type drop-down box. Use the Wireless Encryption Type box to select the desired level. This passphrase will be used to generate a 256 bit key. 2 Enter a pair of hexadecimal digits in each of the 32 Key fields.Manual Pre-shared Key from the WPA Encryption Type drop-down box. 3 Click Apply to generate the key. for example 1a.42 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION Figure 27 Encryption Keys Screen showing WPA configuration To enter the pre-shared key as hexadecimal digits: 1 Select Enabled . 3 Click Apply to generate the key.

There are four methods available to generate the encryption keys: ■ Manual Key Entry . The string must be exactly 5 characters for 64 bit ■ ■ . A-F) number used to encrypt and decrypt the data.This method allows you to manually enter hex keys. the Manual Hex Key method is supported by most vendors. There can be up to 4 keys and each key can be as long as 26 digits. Hexadecimal numbers are formed from 0-9 and A-F. A single string will automatically generate 4 unique keys for 64 or 128 bit WEP. ASCII . If you are experiencing difficulty. The text is much easier to remember than hex keys but it relies on your wireless adapters also supporting this feature. 3Com Encryption String . Virtually all manufacturers support this scheme. Different manufacturers have developed different ways of converting plain text and so interoperability is not guaranteed.This method is supported by some adapter cards running under Windows XP. Enter a two digit hexadecimal number in every box.Wireless Settings 43 Encryption Keys Figure 28 Encryption Keys Screen showing WEP configuration A Key is a hexadecimal (0-9. The Access Point also offers a number of methods for converting plain text into hex keys. The string can contain any alphanumeric characters and must be between 6 and 30 characters long.This method is supported by 3Com Wireless products.

Connection Control This screen allows you to determine if all Wireless PCs or just authorised Wireless PCs can use the Access Point. You can change the selected key periodically to increase the security of your network. However. If you encounter any difficulty when you enable WEP ensure that you check that each key on your wireless computer is exactly the same as each key on your Access Point. The passphrase can be up to 31 characters long and may contain any alphanumeric characters. .This is another common method and similar to the 3Com Encryption string. If you have other wireless products choose the scheme that is compatible with these. You can leave a string blank provided this Key is not selected as the Active Transmit Key. then enter the appropriate information. Select from the drop down list the key generation method you wish to use. Key 2 on the Wireless computer must match Key 2 on the Access Point and so on. The Active Transmit Key selects which of the 4 Keys the Access Point uses when it transmits. In other words. the passphrase will generate 4 different keys. Key number 1 on the Wireless computer must have the same Hex number as Key number 1 on the Access Point.44 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION WEP and 13 characters for 128 bit WEP. If this is the case ensure it is the same as Key 1 on the Access Point and that it is selected as the active transmit key. this method only generates 1 key which is replicated for all 4 keys. In 64 bit WEP. Select Connection Control to display the screen shown in Figure 29. Some wireless adapters have only one key available on their WEP configuration page. You must enter a separate string for each of the 4 Keys. in 128 bit WEP. ■ Passphrase .

it will automatically be added to the Authorised Wireless PC list. If you enable this feature from a Wireless PC. Authorised Wireless PCs Figure 30 Connection Control Detail Screen . any wireless computer that has the same Service Area Name/SSID. channel and encryption settings as the Access Point can connect to it.Wireless Settings 45 Figure 29 Connection Control Screen A higher level of security can be achieved for your wireless network if you use both encryption and you specify only certain wireless computers can connect to the Access Point. By default. Select Only Authorised Wireless PCs can connect to the Access Point to enable and configure this feature.

Figure 31 MAC Address Table Click Close to discard all changes. You may also add the entries manually if you know the MAC address. Modifying a MAC Address 1 Click on the MAC address to be modified in the table (Figure 31). . channel and encryption settings as the Access Point. 2 Modify the MAC address in the pop-up window. Deleting a MAC Address The connection rights for a Wireless PC listed in the table can be removed by pressing Delete for that entry in the table. hold down the Ctrl key while clicking on the addresses. The screen shown in Figure 30 opens. To add a MAC address that is not in the list. enter the MAC address in the appropriate fields. The MAC address can only be edited manually. Once an entry has been deleted it cannot be undone. Please wait 30 seconds for changes to take effect. 3 Click Add. You will find this screen easier to use if you set up and make a note of all of your wireless PCs on your network first. Valid characters are '0-9'. 2 Select one or more MAC addresses of the Wireless PCs that you want to allow to connect to the Access Point. and have the same Service Area Name/SSID. A MAC address consists of 12 characters.46 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION To create a list of Wireless computers that can access the Access Point: 1 Press New. The list on the Connection Control window contains the MAC addresses of all Wireless PCs that are in range. 3 Press Apply to accept the changes. To select multiple MAC addresses. currently operating. and 'A-F'.

the distance from the Access Point and any items obstructing and interfering with the signal. ■ ■ As you connect more devices to the Wireless LAN. . Connection Speed — The actual speed of the wireless connection. For each device that is connected to the Wireless LAN the following information is displayed: ■ MAC Address — The Media Access Control (MAC) address of the client’s wireless network card. the client list will grow to a maximum of 128 (the maximum number of wireless devices that the Access Point can support). The speed depends on the specification of the wireless network card.Wireless Settings 47 Client List Figure 32 Client List Screen The Wireless Client List provides details on the devices that are connected to the Wireless LAN. Client Type — The specification of the client’s wireless network card. The list is only created when Wireless Networking is enabled.

. The Access Point can generate a profile so that you do not need to configure your Wireless PCs manually. ■ Encryption settings from the Access Point This is configured on the Encryption tab under the Wireless Settings option. Once the profile has been saved it can be copied on to another PC and imported into the 3Com Wireless Network Adapter. The profile contains three items as follows: ■ Service Area Name/SSID of the Access Point This is configured on the Configuration tab under the Wireless Settings option. ■ Profile Name This is used to identify the profile once it has been imported into the Wireless Network Adapter configuration software. 2 Your browser will then prompt you to enter a file name and folder location in which to save the profile.48 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION Profile Figure 33 Profile Screen Some 3Com Wireless Network Adapters allow you to import Wireless configurations via a ‘profile’. Saving a Profile To set up a profile (once the Service Area Name/SSID and Encryption settings have been configured in the Access Point): 1 Enter a Profile Name (up to 25 alphanumeric characters) and then click Save Profile.

the Wireless Network Adapter cannot connect to the Access Point. If. . check that: ■ the adapter is within range of the Access Point if Connection Control has been enabled in the Access Point. the MAC address of the Wireless Network Adapter must be included in the list of authorised Wireless PCs. once the profile is imported. refer to the User Guide that accompanies your 3Com Wireless Network Adapter(s).Wireless Settings 49 For instructions on how to import a profile.

50 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION System Tools The main frame of the System Tools screen includes three administration items: Restart. Any network users who are currently connected to the Access Point will have their access interrupted whilst the restart takes place. Configuration. and Upgrade (Figure 34). and they may need to reboot their computers when the restart has completed and the Access Point is operational again. you can choose to restart the Access Point by selecting Restart the Access Point. Configuration Figure 35 Configuration Screen . Restart Figure 34 Restart Screen If your Access Point is not operating correctly. simulating the effect of power cycling the unit. No configuration information will be lost but the log files will be erased.

System Tools 51 Select the Configuration tab to display the Configuration screen (Figure 35). The password will remain unchanged. and then click RESTORE to copy the data into the Access Point's memory. You may need to reconfigure and restart your computer to re-establish communication with the Access Point. click RESET. Reset to Factory Default If you want to reset the settings on your Access Point to those that were loaded at the factory. To communicate with the Access Point you may need to rerun the DISCOVERY software to find out the IP address of the Access Point. The Access Point reverts to a DHCP client and will therefore restart requiring a new IP address. Upgrade Figure 36 Upgrade Screen . See Appendix A for more information. You will lose all your configuration changes. press Browse to locate the backup file on your computer. Restore Configuration Data If you want to reinstate the configuration settings previously saved to a file. Resetting the Access Point to its Factory default settings is the only way to switch between Access Point and Client Bridge modes. Backup Configuration Click BACKUP to save the current Access Point configuration. You will be prompted to download and save a file to disk.

and is complete when the Alert LED has stopped flashing and is permanently off. you first need to download the software from the 3Com support web site to a folder on your computer. The file will be copied to the Access Point. “Troubleshooting”.52 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION The Upgrade facility allows you to install on the Access Point any new releases of system software that 3Com may make available. To install new software. the Access Point will restart. select Browse to tell your web browser where this file is on your computer. if you do. refer to Chapter 6. The upgrade procedure can take up to two minutes. If the Alert LED comes on continuously after a failed upgrade. and then click Apply. it is recommended that you make a backup of the configuration beforehand. Make sure that you do not interrupt power to the Access Point during the upgrade procedure. the connection between the computer and the Access Point is lost while the new software is being copied to the Access Point). the software may be corrupted and the Access Point may not start up properly afterwards. . Although the upgrade process has been designed to preserve your configuration settings. in case the upgrade process fails for any reason (for example. Once you have done this. and once this has completed.

. The Status screen displays a tabular representation of your network and Internet connection.Status and Logs 53 Status and Logs Figure 37 Status and Logs Screen Selecting Status and Logs from the main menu displays the Status and Logs screens (Figure 37) in your Web browser window.

Logs Support and Feedback Figure 38 Support Screen . including a summary of the configuration Logs will allow you to view the events logged by the Access Point You may be asked to refer to the information on the Status and Logs screens if you contact your supplier for technical support.54 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION Status Status displays the current unit status.

Support and Feedback 55 Selecting the Support tab from the Support/Feedback screen displays the support links screen. . allows you to provide feedback to 3Com on the operation of your Access Point (Figure 38). which contains a list of Internet links that provide information and support concerning the Access Point (Figure 38). This screen should not be used to obtain technical support. Selecting the Feedback tab from the Support/Feedback screen displays the feedback screen.

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3Com recommends that backup your configuration before changing the mode of the Access Point. To switch the Access Point to Client Bridge mode: 1 Click on the System Tools menu followed by the Configuration tab. 2 Click the RESET. You may need to use the Discovery Application to reconnect to your Access Point after it has been reset to factory default settings. button in the Reset to Factory Default section. Switching to Client Bridge Mode To switch your Access Point to Client Bridge mode you must reset the Access Point to its factory default settings. The Access Point will restart.5 What is Client Bridge Mode? CLIENT BRIDGE MODE CONFIGURATION Client Bridge Mode is a secondary mode of the Access Point.. select: a The country in which the Access Point is to operate. In this mode it will not longer act as an access point and will not provide wireless networking for other clients. . 3 When the Country & Mode Selection screen appears. b Client Bridge Mode as the operating mode of the Access Point. allowing one computer to access a wireless network. 4 Click Apply. See Appendix A. When in Client Bridge Mode the Access point will act as a Wireless client. When you reset the Access Point to its factory default settings you will lose all configuration information..

You can also gain access to the Configuration Wizard. you can configure it using the configuration Wizard or by setting options manually. Welcome Menu Figure 39 Access Point Welcome Screen The Welcome section allows you to view the Notice board and to change your Password. 2 Click the WIZARD. See “Password” on page 33 for details of the Password screen. The configuration wizard will display options relevant to configuring Client Bridge mode and will therefore differ from those shown in Chapter 3. See “Wizard” on page 34 for details of the Wizard screen. button and follow the instructions provide on-screen. To configure the Access Point using the configuration wizard: 1 Click the Welcome menu. To configure the Access Point manually see the sections in the rest of this chapter.58 CHAPTER 5: CLIENT BRIDGE MODE CONFIGURATION Configuring Client Bridge Mode Once the Access Point has been switched into Client Bridge mode.. The Welcome screens are the same under Access Point mode and Client Bridge mode: ■ ■ ■ See “Notice Board” on page 33 for details of the Notice Board screen.. followed by the Wizard tab. .

3 Check all of your settings. The Access Point must be allocated a free address within your wireless network’s subnet to function correctly. 2 Enter an IP Address and Subnet Mask in the LAN Settings field.168. Figure 40 Unit Configuration Screen To change the LAN settings for your Access Point: 1 Select Unit Configuration. The screen shown in Figure 40 is displayed.1. Client Bridge mode does not support DHCP. .1. Wireless Settings The Wireless Settings menu allows to enter the details of the wireless network to which you are connecting. These can be obtained from your network administrator. and then click Apply. You must set a static IP address for your Access Point when in Client Bridge mode.LAN Settings 59 LAN Settings The LAN Settings screen allows you to set the IP Address and Subnet Mask of your Access Point. The default static IP address of the Access Point is 192.

Device Name This option allows you to name the Access Point. The field accepts any alphanumeric string upto a maximum of 32 characters. you will not be able to gain access to your Wireless LAN through this Access Point. This option allows your network administrator to identify wireless clients. Service Area Name/SSID Enter the name of your wireless network. The Access Point supports two types of encryption: ■ WPA — Wi-FI Protected Access (WPA) is a 256 bit encryption method with keys that change over time. When disabled. In Client Bridge mode.60 CHAPTER 5: CLIENT BRIDGE MODE CONFIGURATION Configuration Figure 41 Configuration Screen Enable Wireless Networking Allows you to enable/disable wireless access to your LAN. it is important to remember that with encryption disabled. If you do not enter the name correctly. WEP — Wireless Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is a 64 bit or 128 bit encryption method with user configurable fixed keys. Access Points are commonly named after their user or location (if fixed). ■ . anyone with a Wireless PC can eavesdrop on your network. you will not be able to connect to your wireless network. Encryption When setting up wireless networks.

If you enable WEP. as supplied by your network administrator. The Access Point can only use one type of encryption to access the wireless network. for example 1a. provided by its longer key and dynamic changes made to the key over time. enter a pair of hexadecimal digits in each of the 32 Key fields.Pre-shared Passphrase if you have been suppled with a passphrase For a pre-shared key. the options for WEP will not be available.Wireless Settings 61 WPA provides a higher level of security. Each field can contain a hexadecimal number from 00 to ff. Figure 42 Encryption Keys Screen To set up WPA encryption on your Access Point: 1 In the WPA Encryption Type drop-down box select one of the Enabled options: ■ Select Enabled .Manual Pre-shared key if you have been supplied a set of hexadecimal digits Select Enabled . ■ ■ 3 Click Apply to enter the key. If you enable WPA. For a pre-shared passphrase enter the passphrase in the Passphrase field. . the options for WPA will not be available. ■ 2 Enter the pre-shared key or passphrase in the fields provided. 3Com recommends that you use WPA if supported by your wireless network.

this method only generates 1 key which is replicated for all 4 keys. In 64 bit WEP. Passphrase . Hexadecimal numbers are formed from 0-9 and A-F. Virtually all manufacturers support this scheme. The string must be exactly 5 characters for 64 bit WEP and 13 characters for 128 bit WEP. A single string will automatically generate 4 unique keys for 64 or 128 bit WEP. However. There are four methods available: ■ Manual Key Entry . The passphrase can be up to 31 characters long and may contain any alphanumeric characters.This method is supported by 3Com Wireless products. You must enter a separate string for each of the 4 Keys. ASCII . ■ ■ ■ 3 Click Apply to enter the key. You can leave a string blank provided this Key is not selected as the Active Transmit Key.This method is supported by some adapter cards running under Windows XP.62 CHAPTER 5: CLIENT BRIDGE MODE CONFIGURATION To set up WEP encryption on your Access Point: 1 In the WEP Encryption Type drop-down box select the strength of the encryption supported by your wireless network. the passphrase will generate 4 different keys. 2 Select the method used to generate the WEP encryption key.This method allows you to manually enter hex keys. in 128 bit WEP. The string can contain any alphanumeric characters and must be between 6 and 30 characters long. Enter a two digit hexadecimal number in every box. . 3Com Encryption String .This is another common method and similar to the 3Com Encryption string.

See “Configuration” on page 50 for details of the Configuration screen. which contains a list of Internet links that provide information and support concerning the Access Point. ■ Status and Logs Selecting Status and Logs from the main menu displays the Status and Logs screens in your Web browser window. and Upgrade (Figure 43). Support and Feedback Selecting the Support tab from the Support/Feedback screen displays the support links screen. The Status and .System Tools 63 System Tools The main frame of the System Tools screen includes three administration items: Restart. See “Logs” on page 54 for details of the Logs screen. Restart Figure 43 Restart Screen The System Tools screens are the same under Access Point mode and Client Bridge mode: ■ ■ See “Restart” on page 50 for details of the Restart screen. Configuration. The Status and Logs screens are the same under Access Point mode and Client Bridge mode: ■ ■ See “Status” on page 54 for details of the Status screen. See “Upgrade” on page 51 for details of the Upgrade screen.

.64 CHAPTER 5: CLIENT BRIDGE MODE CONFIGURATION Logs screens are the same under Access Point mode and Client Bridge mode: ■ See “Support and Feedback” on page 54 for details of the Support and Feedback screens.

Make sure that the computer can communicate with other devices on the network. and that any corresponding LEDs are also illuminated. Ensure that the NIC is configured for autonegotiation. check the following: ■ Confirm that the physical connection between your computer and the Access Point is OK. admin computer and switch together but cannot browse to the Access Point configuration screens. Ensure that the computers have completed their start-up procedure and are ready for use. Select the Connections tab and click on the LAN Settings button at the bottom. Ensure that you do not have a Web proxy enabled on your computer. ■ ■ . check that you do not have a faulty cable.6 Basic Connection Checks TROUBLESHOOTING ■ Check that the Access Point is connected to your switch or hub and that all the equipment is powered on. and that the link status LEDs on the Access Point and NIC are illuminated and indicating the same speed (10Mbps or 100Mbps). ■ ■ Browsing to the Access Point Configuration Screens If you have connected your Access Point. Check also that the Uplink/Normal switch is in the correct position. Make sure that the Use Proxy Server option is unchecked. Some NICs do not have status LEDs. If the link status LED does not illuminate for the LAN port. Check that the LAN port link status LED on the Access Point are illuminated. Go to the Control Panel and click on Internet Options. Ensure that your computer is configured correctly. Try a different cable. in which case a diagnostic program may be available that can give you this information. Some network interfaces may not be correctly initialised until the start-up procedure has completed.

1). Verify that each Wireless computer has either Windows 95 or higher or MAC OS 8. . and after approximately 30 seconds will start to flash more slowly (typically 2 seconds on. The Alert LED will flash as the Access Point starts up.1.11b or 802. 3 Release the Reset button. Wireless Networking ■ Ensure that you have a Wi-Fi certified 802. 4 Re-apply power to the Access Point. 2 Hold down the Reset button on the rear of the unit and re-apply power to the Access Point. If you cannot browse to the Access Point. you may reconnect your network as it was before. 5 When the configuration wizard has completed.168. Once the Alert LED has started to flash slowly. ■ Forgotten Password and Reset to Factory Defaults If you can browse to the Access Point configuration screen but cannot log on because you do not know or have forgotten the password. http://192. You may need to restart your computer before you attempt this. the DISCOVERY software changes the IP address of the Access Point so that it is in the same subnet as your admin computer. 1 Remove power from the Access Point.66 CHAPTER 6: TROUBLESHOOTING ■ When entering the address of the Access Point into your web browser. All other computer users will lose their network connections whilst this process is taking place. re-run the DISCOVERY software described in Appendix A to discover the Access Point and the IP address it has been allocated from the DHCP server. Keep Reset button held down and remove power from the Access Point. so choose a time when this would be convenient.5 or higher. and you will need to run the configuration wizard again before you can re-establish your wireless network. If there is no DHCP server on your network. and when the start-up sequence has completed.11g wireless adapter for each wireless computer. and that it is correctly installed and configured. follow the steps below to reset the Access Point to it’s factory default configuration. ensure that you use the full URL including the http:// prefix (e. 2 seconds off). browse to the IP address of the Access Point and run the configuration wizard.g. CAUTION: All your configuration changes will be lost.

and you may have other devices at your location that operate in this frequency band. 40/64 or 128 bit) and that all devices are using the same keys. ensure that the wired NIC is disabled. This is generally a licence free band for low power applications. Sources of interference: The 2. If a wireless computer has not located the ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ . The Access Point is designed to operate in Infrastructure mode. You should take care to ensure that there are no devices like microwave ovens for example close to the Access Point or wireless computers as this could affect receiver sensitivity and reduce the performance of your network. Place one antenna vertically and one horizontally to improve coverage. If you have a wired and wireless NIC in the same computer. Ensure that the Wireless Clients are using the same SSID or Service Area Name as the Access Point. If you are having difficulty connecting or are operating at a low speed try changing the antenna positions on the rear of the Access Point. Additionally consider moving the wireless computer closer to the Access Point to confirm that the building structure or fittings are not adversely affecting the connectivity. Ad Hoc mode is not supported by the Access Point. Ensure that you have the Wireless computer enabled in the list of allowed MAC addresses if you are using Wireless Connection control on the Access Point. it should be lit if wireless is enabled and will flash when there is wireless activity. Ensure that the TCP/IP settings for all devices are correct. The SSID is case-sensitive Ensure that you are using the same level of security on all of your wireless computers (None. If you are unsure try relocating both the wireless computers and the Access Point to establish whether this problem exists.11b.Wireless Networking 67 ■ Verify that your wireless computers are configured to work in Infrastructure mode and not Ad Hoc mode.4Ghz ISM band is used for 802. Most wireless computer Adapters will scan the channels for the wireless Access Point. If this resolves the problem consider relocating the Wireless computer or select Clear Channel Select on the Access Point. Check the status of the Access Point Wireless LED. and the same order of keys where appropriate. For more effective coverage you can try reorientating your antennae. If not lit go to “Wireless Settings” on page 39 and enable wireless networking.

Please refer to your Wireless computer adapter documentation and vendor to do this. the Alert LED will go out. wait 10 seconds and then re-apply power. Remove power from the Access Point.68 CHAPTER 6: TROUBLESHOOTING Access Point then try initiating a search manually if the client software supports this feature or manually set the channel on your wireless computer to correspond to the Access Point channel number.168. this indicates that the software has detected a possible fault with the hardware. In this condition. If you are not achieving the speed you had anticipated then try moving the antenna on the Access Point or moving the Wireless computer closer to the Access Point. 2Mbps and 1Mbps. Follow the instructions below to upload a new copy of the system software to a Access Point unit in this state. it is possible that the system software has become corrupted. As the signal quality weakens then the speed falls back to a lower speed. . In general the closer you are to the Access Point the better the speed. DHCP is disabled. ■ If the Alert LED does not go out following start up. Once the Access Point has started normal operation. Applications are generally available with the computer wireless card to carry out a site survey. the Access Point will enter a “recovery” state. Consult your Wireless Card documentation and vendor for more details.11b standard will automatically choose the best speed depending on the quality of your connection. but illuminates continuously. The speeds are 11Mbps.1. If the Alert LED comes on continuously again.1.5Mbps.com) and upload it to the Access Point to see if this clears the fault (refer to “Recovering from Corrupted Software” below). Recovering from Corrupted Software If the Alert LED remains permanently on following power-up. contact your supplier for further advice. Use this application to find the optimal siting for your wireless computer. If this does not fix the problem. In an ideal network the Access Point should be located in the centre of the network with Wireless computers distributed around it. 5. and the LAN IP address is set to 192. Locate the copy of the Access Point software on the accompanying CD-ROM or 3Com web site (http://www.3com. Alert LED The Alert LED will flash when the Access Point unit is first powered up while the system software checks the hardware for proper operation. then a fault has been detected. ■ Speed of connection: The 802.

7 Reconnect your Access Point to your network.168. Do not forget to reconfigure the computer you used for the software upload. 2 You will need to reconfigure this computer with the following static IP address information: ■ ■ ■ IP address: 192.168.168. Frequently Asked Questions How do I reset the Access Point to Factory Defaults? See “Forgotten Password and Reset to Factory Defaults” on page 66. How many wireless clients does the Access Point support? . enter the following URL in the location bar: http://192.Frequently Asked Questions 69 Ensure that one of your computers has a copy of the new software image file stored on its hard disk or available on CD-ROM.255. This will connect you to the Microcode Recovery utility in the Access Point. 1 Remove power from the Access Point and connect the admin computer to the LAN port. Enter the path and filename of the software image file. run the self-test and.255. The latest software is available on 3Com’s Web site at: www. if successful. and re-apply power to the Access Point.2 Subnet mask: 255. resume normal operation. the Access Point will restart. The Alert LED will go out. If the Access Point does not resume normal operation following the upload. 4 Using the Web browser on the computer.1.1 3 Restart the computer.com.0 Default Gateway address: 192.1. Contact your supplier for advice. it may be faulty.1. 5 Follow the on-screen instructions. 6 When the upload has completed.3com.1.

3com. 7 days a week. It is updated daily with information from 3Com technical support services. and it is available 24 hours a day. switches and wireless access points connected to the Access Point. reliable means of expanding your network.3com. There is a single LAN ports on the Access Point. How are additional computers connected? You can expand the number of connections available on your LAN by using hubs. What other online resources are there? The 3Com Knowledgebase at: http://knowledgebase.70 CHAPTER 6: TROUBLESHOOTING A maximum of 128 wireless clients are supported. 3Com wireless access points and OfficeConnect hubs and switches provide a simple.3com. or visit: http://www. contact your supplier for more information.com.com/ Where can I download software upgrades for the Access Point? Upgrades to the Access Point software are posted on the 3Com support web site. accessible by visiting: http://www. .com is a database of technical information covering all 3Com products.

A menu will appear. Discovery will find the Access Point even if it is unconfigured or misconfigured. Windows Installation (95/98/2000/Me/NT) 1 Insert the Access Point CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive on your computer. the Access Point on initial power-up will attempt to obtain an IP address from your local DHCP server. select Discovery. Figure 44 Discovery Welcome Screen . If you are unable to use the Discovery application.A Running the Discovery Application USING DISCOVERY 3Com provides a user friendly Discovery application for detecting the Access Point on the network. Consult your DHCP Server log to obtain the IP address that was allocated to your Access Point.

and press Next. Highlight the Wireless 11g Access Point by clicking on it. Figure 45 Discovered Access Point Screen 3 Figure 45 shows an example Discovered Devices screen.72 APPENDIX A: USING DISCOVERY 2 When the Welcome screen is displayed. select the NIC from which the Access Point will be discovered. Then click on Next and wait until the application discovers the Access Points connected to your LAN. Figure 46 Discovery Finish Screen 4 Click on Finish to launch a web browser and display the login page for the Access Point. .

In addition to the IP address. An IP address identifies the address of the device to which data is being sent and the address of the destination network. Managing the Access Point over the Network To manage a device over the network. All networks are divided into smaller sub-networks and a subnet mask is a number that enables a device to identify the sub-network to which it is connected. . you need to set a subnet mask. Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is probably the most widely known and is a combination of two of the protocols (IP and TCP) working together.x where n is a decimal number between 0 and 255 and x is a number between 1 and 254 inclusive.n. IP addresses have the format n.B The Internet Protocol Suite IP ADDRESSING The Internet protocol suite consists of a well-defined set of communications protocols and several standard application protocols. an IP Address alone is not enough to make your device operate. However.n. the Access Point must be correctly configured with the following IP information: ■ ■ An IP address A Subnet Mask IP Addresses and Subnet Masks Each device on your network must have a unique IP address to operate correctly. TCP/IP is an internationally adopted and supported networking standard that provides connectivity between equipment from many vendors over a wide variety of networking technologies.

255.168. ■ .188 192.0 255. split into two parts but is structured differently: ■ Part one (‘192. all devices on the network must have: ■ ■ The same sub-network address. where there are more devices. the IP address of ‘192.74 APPENDIX B: IP ADDRESSING For your network to work correctly.255.0 255. Type One In a small network. The only value that will be different is the specific host device number.168. An example IP address is ‘192.8’) identifies the device within the network.100.0 Type Two In larger networks.100. Table 3 IP Addressing and Subnet Masking Device PC 1 PC 2 PC 3 Access Point IP Address 192. In using the Access Point.100’) identifies the network on which the device resides.168.33 192.8’) identifies the device within the network.168. Part two (‘. you will probably only encounter two types of IP Address and subnet mask structures.100.255. See Table 3 for an example about how a network with three computers and a Access Point might be configured.255.0’. The same subnet mask.100. ■ This type of IP Address operates on a subnet mask of ‘255.8 192.168.100.255.100.72 Subnet Mask 255.100.255.255.168. again. This value must always be unique.168.168.100.255.168’) identifies the network on which the device resides.8’ is split into two parts: ■ Part one (‘192.255. the IP address of ‘192.255. Part two (‘. However.0 255.8’ is.8’. the size of the network determines the structure of this IP Address.

230 192. DHCP is particularly useful for networks with large numbers of users on them.0. Windows 98 or Windows NT 4. Static Addressing You must enter an IP Address and the subnet mask manually on every device.72 Subnet Mask 255.0.155 192.How does a Device Obtain an IP Address and Subnet Mask? 75 This type of IP Address operates on a subnet mask of ‘255.002.168. Table 4 IP Addressing and Subnet Masking Device PC 1 PC 2 PC 3 PC 4 Access Point IP Address 192.255.0’.0 255. which allows computers on your network to obtain an IP address and subnet mask automatically. See Table 4 for an example about how a network (only four computers represented) and a Access Point might be configured. Also.0.255.30 192. Using a static IP and subnet mask means the address is permanently fixed.168.255.255. using DHCP means that the same IP address and subnet mask will never be duplicated for devices on the network.0 255.255.0 How does a Device Obtain an IP Address and Subnet Mask? There are three different ways to obtain an IP address and the subnet mask.201.100.113.002.0 255.168. These are: ■ ■ ■ Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Addressing Static Addressing Automatic Addressing (Auto-IP Addressing) DHCP Addressing The Access Point contains a DHCP server.0.255.0. Automatic IP addressing is a scheme where devices allocate themselves Auto-IP Addressing .0.168.8 192. DHCP assigns a temporary IP address and subnet mask which gets reallocated once you disconnect from the network. Network devices use automatic IP addressing if they are configured to acquire an address using DHCP but are unable to contact a DHCP server.0.0 255.168. DHCP will work on any client Operating System such as Windows® 95.

. If two devices allocate themselves the same address.0. Automatic IP addressing support was introduced by Microsoft in the Windows 98 operating system and is also supported in Windows 2000.255.x. the conflict is detected and one of the devices allocates itself a new address.0).76 APPENDIX B: IP ADDRESSING an IP address at random from the industry standard subnet of 169.254.x (with a subnet mask of 255.

18. OFDM Encryption: 40/64 bit WEP. 36.400-2. automatic fallback to 48. 54 Mbps -66 dBm typical Modulation: CCK. 24. OFDM Encryption: 40/64 bit WEP. automatic fallback to 5. QPSK. or 1 Mbps Maximum channels: 14 Range up to 304. 5. 2. WPA Maximum clients: 128 O/P Power: 18dBm Standard IEEE 802. 24. 128 bit WEP. 12.400-2. Wireless 11g Access Point Interfaces LAN connection . BPSK. or 6 Mbps Maximum channels: 14 Range up to 304.5 Mbps: -85 dBm.8m (1000ft) Frequency: (US/Canada/Europe) 2.11b. 2. 36.4835 GHz Sensitivity: 6. WPA Maximum clients: 128 O/P Power 18dBm .C TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS This section lists the technical specifications for the OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point. QPSK. 11 Mbps -82 dBm typical Modulation: CCK. BPSK.10Mbps/100Mbps dual speed Ethernet port (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX) WLAN Interfaces Standard IEEE 802.11g. 128 bit WEP. 12. Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) Transmission rate: 11bps.4835 GHz Sensitivity: 1. 18.8m (1000ft) Frequency: (US/Canada/Europe) 2. Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) Transmission rate: 54Mbps. 48 Mbps: -85 dBm.5.

Wi-Fi UL60950 CSA 22.11g. 15.9 BThU/hr Humidity 0 % to 90 % (non-condensing) humidity Dimensions ■ ■ ■ Width = 220 mm (8.11b.209.2 #60950 IEC 60950 EN 60950 EN 55022 Class B EN 55024 CISPR 22 FCC Part 15 Class B* ICES-003 Class B CNS 13438 Class A ETSI EN 301 489–17 CFR 47 FCC Part 15. 802. RSS-210 Safety: EMC: Radio Environmental: EN 60068 (IEC 68) . 23.3 in.78 APPENDIX C: TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Operating Temperature 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 105 °F) Power 7VA.1 lbs) Standards Functional: ISO 8802/3 IEEE 802.) Weight Approximately 500 g (1. ETS 300 328 (2.249.4 GHz ISM band wide band transmission systems.) Depth = 135 mm (5.) Height = 24 mm (1 in. 15.7 in.3 IEEE 802.207.247 and 15.

Cable Specifications The Access Point supports the following cable types and maximum lengths: ■ Category 3 (Ethernet) or Category 5 (Fast Ethernet or Dual Speed Ethernet) Twisted Pair — shielded and unshielded cable types.79 *See “FCC Statement” on page 97 for conditions of operation.5 or higher Unix Ethernet Performance Wireless Performance The Access Point complies to the IEEE 802. ■ . System Requirements Operating Systems The Access Point will support the following Operating Systems: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Windows 95/98 Windows NT 4. Maximum cable length of 100m (327.86 ft).3i.0 Windows ME Windows 2000 Windows XP Mac OS 8. The Access Point has been designed to conform to the Wi-Fi interoperability test standard. u and x specifications.

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WARNING: Exceptional care must be taken during installation and removal of the unit. contact your supplier. Follow all directions carefully. You must read the following safety information carefully before you install or remove the unit: WARNING: The Access Point generates and uses radio frequency (rf) energy. WARNING: This unit operates under SELV (Safety Extra Low Voltage) conditions according to IEC 60950. In some environments. the use of rf energy is not permitted. If you have a physical problem with the unit that cannot be solved with problem solving actions in this guide. . WARNING: To ensure compliance with international safety standards. The conditions are only maintained if the equipment to which it is connected also operates under SELV conditions. You can only remove power from the unit by disconnecting the power cord from the outlet. The user should seek local advice on whether or not rf energy is permitted within the area of intended use. WARNING: Only stack the Access Point with other OfficeConnect units. WARNING: The socket outlet must be near to the unit and easily accessible. WARNING: There are no user-replaceable fuses or user-serviceable parts inside the Access Point. only use the power adapter that is supplied with the unit.D Important Safety Information SAFETY INFORMATION WARNING: Warnings contain directions that you must follow for your personal safety.

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WARNING: Disconnect the power adapter before moving the unit. WARNING: RJ-45 ports. These are shielded RJ-45 data sockets. They cannot be used as telephone sockets. Only connect RJ-45 data connectors to these sockets.

Wichtige Sicherheitshinweise
VORSICHT: Warnhinweise enthalten Anweisungen, die Sie zu Ihrer eigenen Sicherheit befolgen müssen. Alle Anweisungen sind sorgfältig zu befolgen. Sie müssen die folgenden Sicherheitsinformationen sorgfältig durchlesen, bevor Sie das Geräts installieren oder ausbauen: VORSICHT: Der Access Point erzeugt und verwendet Funkfrequenz (RF). In manchen Umgebungen ist die Verwendung von Funkfrequenz nicht gestattet. Erkundigen Sie sich bei den zuständigen Stellen, ob die Verwendung von Funkfrequenz in dem Bereich, in dem der Bluetooth Access Point eingesetzt werden soll, erlaubt ist. VORSICHT: Bei der Installation und beim Ausbau des Geräts ist mit höchster Vorsicht vorzugehen. VORTSICHT: Stapeln Sie das Geräts nur mit anderen OfficeConnect Gerätes zusammen. VORSICHT: Aufgrund von internationalen Sicherheitsnormen darf das Gerät nur mit dem mitgelieferten Netzadapter verwendet werden. VORSICHT: Die Netzsteckdose muß in der Nähe des Geräts und leicht zugänglich sein. Die Stromversorgung des Geräts kann nur durch Herausziehen des Gerätenetzkabels aus der Netzsteckdose unterbrochen werden. VORSICHT: Der Betrieb dieses Geräts erfolgt unter den SELV-Bedingungen (Sicherheitskleinstspannung) gemäß IEC 60950. Diese Bedingungen sind nur gegeben, wenn auch die an das Gerät angeschlossenen Geräte unter SELV-Bedingungen betrieben werden.

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VORSICHT: Es sind keine von dem Benutzer zu ersetzende oder zu wartende Teile in dem Gerät vorhanden. Wenn Sie ein Problem mit dem Access Point haben, das nicht mittels der Fehleranalyse in dieser Anleitung behoben werden kann, setzen Sie sich mit Ihrem Lieferanten in Verbindung. VORSICHT: Vor dem Ausbau des Geräts das Netzadapterkabel herausziehen. VORSICHT: RJ-45-Anschlüsse. Dies sind abgeschirmte RJ-45-Datenbuchsen. Sie können nicht als Telefonanschlußbuchsen verwendet werden. An diesen Buchsen dürfen nur RJ-45-Datenstecker angeschlossen werden.

Consignes importantes de sécurité

AVERTISSEMENT: Les avertissements présentent des consignes que vous devez respecter pour garantir votre sécurité personnelle. Vous devez respecter attentivement toutes les consignes. Nous vous demandons de lire attentivement les consignes suivantes de sécurité avant d’installer ou de retirer l’appareil: AVERTISSEMENT: L’Access Point fournit et utilise de l'énergie radioélectrique (radio fréquence -rf). L'utilisation de l'énergie radioélectrique est interdite dans certains environnements. L'utilisateur devra se renseigner sur l'autorisation de cette énergie dans la zone prévue. AVERTISSEMENT: Faites très attention lors de l'installation et de la dépose du groupe. AVERTISSEMENT: Seulement entasser le moyer avec les autres moyeux OfficeConnects. AVERTISSEMENT: Pour garantir le respect des normes internationales de sécurité, utilisez uniquement l'adaptateur électrique remis avec cet appareil. AVERTISSEMENT: La prise secteur doit se trouver à proximité de l’appareil et son accès doit être facile. Vous ne pouvez mettre l’appareil hors circuit qu'en débranchant son cordon électrique au niveau de cette prise.

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AVERTISSEMENT: L’appareil fonctionne à une tension extrêmement basse de sécurité qui est conforme à la norme CEI 60950. Ces conditions ne sont maintenues que si l'équipement auquel il est raccordé fonctionne dans les mêmes conditions. AVERTISSEMENT: Il n’y a pas de parties remplaceables par les utilisateurs ou entretenues par les utilisateurs à l’intérieur du moyeu. Si vous avez un problème physique avec le moyeu qui ne peut pas être résolu avec les actions de la résolution des problèmes dans ce guide, contacter votre fournisseur. AVERTISSEMENT: Débranchez l'adaptateur électrique avant de retirer cet appareil. AVERTISSEMENT: Ports RJ-45. Il s'agit de prises femelles blindées de données RJ-45. Vous ne pouvez pas les utiliser comme prise de téléphone. Branchez uniquement des connecteurs de données RJ-45 sur ces prises femelles.

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24. 2. If connected to an Ethernet network. An Access Point is a device through which wireless clients connect to other wireless clients and which acts as a bridge between wireless clients and a wired network. The rates will switch automatically depending on range and environment. 5. It offers lower performance than infra-structure mode. such as Ethernet. Ad Hoc mode is a configuration supported by most wireless clients. The IEEE specification for 10 Mbps Ethernet over Category 3. The IEEE specification for wireless Ethernet which allows speeds of up to 54 Mbps.5 and 11 Mbps data rates. the access point monitors Ethernet traffic and forwards appropriate Ethernet messages to the wireless network.11g 10BASE-T 100BASE-TX Access Point Ad Hoc mode Auto-negotiation . 36. 48 and 54 Mbps data rates. used by the Access Point. The IEEE specification for 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet over Category 5 twisted-pair cable. while also monitoring wireless client radio traffic and forwarding wireless client messages to the Ethernet LAN. 12. Wireless clients can be moved anywhere within the coverage area of the access point and still connect with each other. (see also Infra-structure mode.) Some devices in the OfficeConnect range support auto-negotiation. The standard provides for 1. Auto-negotiation is where two devices sharing a link. It is used to connect a peer to peer network together without the use of an access point. 4 or 5 twisted pair cable.GLOSSARY 802. The rates will switch automatically depending on range and environment. The standard provides for 6. automatically 802.11b The IEEE specification for wireless Ethernet which allows speeds of up to 11 Mbps.

the OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point allows you to choose different radio channels in the wireless spectrum. the bandwidth of Fast Ethernet is 100 Mbps.88 GLOSSARY configure to use the best common speed. because it supports both Ethernet (10 Mbps) and Fast Ethernet (100 Mbps) speeds. Category 5 can be used in Ethernet (10BASE-T) and Fast Ethernet networks (100BASE-TX) and can transmit data up to speeds of 100 Mbps. The term used to described the desktop PC that is connected to your network. Bandwidth The information capacity.4GHz spectrum within which the Gateway operates. The bandwidth for 802.11g is 54 Mbps. One of five grades of Twisted Pair (TP) cabling defined by the EIA/TIA-586 standard. Windows 98 and Windows NT 4. 100BASE-TX half duplex.3 standard for Ethernet and is an operation that takes place in a few milliseconds. Category 5 cabling is better to use for network cabling than Category 3. measured in bits per second. The bandwidth for 802. Windows 95. Category 3 Cables Category 5 Cables Channel Client DHCP . 10BASE-T full duplex. that a channel can transmit. These assignments are made by the DHCP server software that runs on Windows NT Server. Auto-negotiation is defined in the IEEE 802. Windows 98 will allocate itself an address if no DHCP server can be found.0 contain software that assigns IP addresses to workstations on a network. Similar to any radio device. The order of preference (best first) is: 100BASE-TX full duplex. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol. This protocol automatically assigns an IP address for every computer on your network. and 10BASE-T half duplex. and Windows 95 and Windows 98 will call the server to obtain the address. A channel is a particular frequency within the 2. The bandwidth of Ethernet is 10 Mbps. Category 3 is voice grade cable and can only be used in Ethernet networks (10BASE-T) to transmit data at speeds of up to 10 Mbps.11b wireless is 11Mbps. One of five grades of Twisted Pair (TP) cabling defined by the EIA/TIA-586 standard.

in effect. Hubs are similar to repeaters. but not at the same time. Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation. The OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point uses two types of encryption. so that when a domain name is requested (as in typing “3com. Ethernet networks use CSMA/CD to transmit packets at a rate of 10 Mbps over a variety of cables. A LAN specification developed jointly by Xerox. An Ethernet system that is designed to operate at 100 Mbps.45.34. Encryption ESSID Ethernet Ethernet Address Fast Ethernet Firewall Full Duplex Half Duplex Hub . which allows Internet host computers to have a domain name (such as 3com. Electronic protection that prevents anyone outside of your network from seeing your files or damaging your computers. A method for providing a level of security to wireless data transmissions. Contrast with full duplex.8). WPA and WEP. You must have the same ESSID entered into the Access Point and each of it's wireless clients. A system that allows packets to be transmitted and received at the same time and. The DNS server address used by the computers on your home network is the location of the DNS server your ISP has assigned. WPA is a more powerful level of encryption than WEP. A device that regenerates LAN traffic so that the transmission distance of that signal can be extended. Extended Service Set Identifier. A system that allows packets to transmitted and received. however they connect more LANs than a repeater and are generally more sophisticated. the user is sent to the proper IP address.com” into your Internet browser).com) and one or more IP addresses (such as 192. in that they connect LANs of the same type.GLOSSARY 89 DNS Server Address DNS stands for Domain Name System. See MAC address. A DNS server keeps a database of host computers and their respective domain names and IP addresses. The ESSID is a unique identifier for your wireless network. doubles the potential throughput of a link.

You will need to ensure all of your clients are set up to use infra-structure mode in order for them to communicate with the Access Point. The address is written as four octets separated with periods (full-stops). This American organization was founded in 1963 and sets standards for computers and communications. and is made up of a network section. A unique identifier for a device attached to a network using TCP/IP. IP is part of the TCP/IP set of protocols that describe the routing of packets to addressed devices. this group is responsible for the development of the SNMP protocol. Internet Service Provider. LANs are characterized by high transmission speeds over short distances (up to 1000 metres). A network of end stations (such as PCs. an optional subnet section and a host section. servers) and network devices (hubs and switches) that cover a relatively small geographic area (usually not larger than a floor or building). Infra-Structure mode is the 802. a subnet number. IP is a layer 3 network protocol that is the standard for sending data through a network. IETF Infra-structure mode IP IP Address ISP LAN MAC .90 GLOSSARY IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. Internet Protocol Address. and a host number. In the network management area. A protocol specified by the IEEE for determining which devices have access to a network at any one time. Media Access Control. Local Area Network. Internet Engineering Task Force. An organization responsible for providing engineering solutions for TCP/IP networks. An ISP is a business that provides connectivity to the Internet for individuals and other businesses or organizations. An IP address consists of 32 bits divided into two or three fields: a network number and a host number or a network number. printers.11g configuration supported by the Access Point. (see also Ad Hoc mode) Internet Protocol.

A standard connector used to connect Ethernet networks. Network Network Interface Card (NIC) Protocol RJ-45 Server SSID Subnet Address Subnet mask Subnets . A Network is a collection of computers and other computer equipment that are connected for the purpose of exchanging information or sharing resources. for example. A computer in a network that is shared by multiple end stations. A network that is a component of a larger network. is a set of four numbers configured like an IP address. Service Set Identifier. The rules dictate format. A NIC is also known as an adapter or adapter card. An extension of the IP addressing scheme that allows a site to use a single IP network address for multiple physical networks. that enables you to connect it to the network.GLOSSARY 91 MAC Address Media Access Control Address. timing. Servers provide end stations with access to shared network services such as computer files and printer queues. Most devices that connect to a LAN have a MAC address assigned to them as they are used to identify other devices in a network. others span continents. some are within a single room. A layer 2 address associated with a particular network device. Some vendors of wireless products use SSID interchangeably with ESSID. which may be a part of the TCP/IP information provided by your ISP. It is used to create IP address numbers used only within a particular network (as opposed to valid IP address numbers recognized by the Internet. which must assigned by InterNIC). The “RJ” stands for “registered jack”. Also called the hardware or physical address. MAC addresses are 6 bytes long. a computer. A subnet mask. A set of rules for communication between devices on a network. A circuit board installed into a piece of computing equipment. Networks vary in size. sequencing and error control.

WECA) The term used to describe a desktop or mobile PC that is wirelessly connected to your wireless network Another term for ESSID (Extended Service Set Identifier) WEP Wi-Fi Wireless Client Wireless LAN Service Area Wizard A Windows application that automates a procedure such as installation or configuration. This is the certification granted by WECA to products that meet their interoperability criteria.11g.11b. This is the name for two of the most well-known protocols developed for the interconnection of networks. (see also 802. TCP/IP Traffic WECA The movement of data packets on a network. Switches are similar to bridges.11b and 802. TCP relates to the content of the data travelling through a network — ensuring that the information sent arrives in one piece when it reaches its destination. Originally a UNIX standard. Wireless Fidelity.11b. .11g. as well as the address of the destination network. however they connect more LANs than a bridge and are generally more sophisticated. Encryption strength is 40/64 bit or 128 bit. A shared key encryption mechanism for wireless networking.92 GLOSSARY Switch A device that interconnects several LANs to form a single logical LAN that comprises of several LAN segments. Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance. small business and home environments. TCP/IP is now supported on almost all platforms. Wi-Fi) Wired Equivalent Privacy. and is the protocol of the Internet. 802. 802. Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol.11g wireless networking products and to promote the standard for enterprise. in that they connect LANs of a different type. An industry group formed to certify cross vendor interoperability and compatibility of 802. IP relates to the address of the end station to which data is being sent. (see also 802.

GLOSSARY 93 WLAN Wireless Local Area Network. Encryption strength is 256 bit. A dynamically changing encryption mechanism for wireless networking. Wi-Fi Protected Access. A WLAN is a group of computers and devices connected together by wireless in a relatively small area (such as a house or office). WPA .

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63 Support Links 55. 28. 38. 34. 33 Profile 48 R Reset to Factory Defaults 51. 73 L LAN 26. 33 Automatic Addressing 75 MAC Address deleting 46 modifying 46 N Network addresses 73 Networking wireless 66 NIC wireless 14 C Cable Specifications 79 Channels 97 Configuration backup 51 restore 51 Conventions notice icons. 73 Summary 30 Support Information 54. 72 Logs 54 T TCP/IP 27. 75 Discovery Application 71 S Setup Wizard 21. 63 D DHCP 27.INDEX A Access 13 Addresses IP 73 Administration Password 26. 28. 66 Restart 50. 34 Specifications technical 77 Static Addressing 75 Status 54 Subnet Mask 27. 63 F Forgotten Password 66 I Internet addresses 73 IP Address 27. 59 LED 14 Login 23. 34. 73 Technical specifications 77 standards 77 Time Zone 50 M . About This Guide 8 Country Selection 24 P Password 23. About This Guide 8 text.

60 settings 28. 60 connection control 44 encryption 41.96 INDEX U Unit Configuration 34 Upgrade 51 W Wireless authorised PCs 45 channel selection 39 client list 47 configuration 39. 60 LED 15 networking 66 NIC 14 service area name 40. 59 . 39.

Uruguay. However. Indonesia. Belgium. Canada. Singapore. Mexico. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. Argentina. Sweden. United Kingdom. Austria. may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Switzerland. This equipment generates. Paraguay. Germany. Russia. . Norway. Hungary. Jordan Israel Japan 1–11 10–13 5–7 1–14 FCC Statement This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device. login to the management interface and select your country from the drop down list. Costa Rica. uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and. Malaysia. there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. Bahrain. United States France. Turkey. Belarus. Philippines. Greece. For proper installation. Liechtenstein. Thailand. Finland. China. Spain. Croatia.” ICES-003. and the Canadian Department of Communications Equipment Standards entitled. Taiwan. Columbia.REGULATORY NOTICES FOR THE WIRELESS 11G ACCESS POINT Channels Use of the Wireless 11g Access Point is only authorized for the channels approved by each country. Cyprus. Peru. Poland. Slovenia. Hong Kong. Italy. South Korea. Saudi Arabia. “Digital Apparatus. Portugal. Venezuela. Netherlands. Chile. if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions. Table 5 below details the channels permitted by the local regulatory agencies: Table 5 Channels Channels 1–13 Country Australia. Denmark. Brazil. pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. New Zealand. Lithuania. Ireland. Czech Republic. South Africa. India. Iceland. Luxembourg.

DC 20402. In order to meet FCC emissions limits. is in conformity with the following standards or other normative documents: ■ ■ ANSI C63. which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on. Relocate the equipment with respect to the receiver. subpart B 15. the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: ■ ■ ■ ■ Reorient the receiving antenna. 004-000-00345-4. Washington.109 (a)Class B Radiated Emissions Limits 15.109 (g)Class B Radiated Emissions Limits ■ . Stock No.4-1992 Methods of Measurement Federal Communications Commission 47 CFR Part 15.98 Information to the User If this equipment does cause interference to radio or television reception. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help. FCC Declaration of Conformity We declare under our sole responsibility that the Model: 3CRWE454G72 Description: Wireless 11g Access Point to which this declaration relates. Plug the equipment into a different outlet so that equipment and receiver are on different branch circuits. this equipment must be used only with cables which comply with IEEE 802.107 (a)Class B Conducted Limits 15.107 (e)Class B Conducted Limits 15. Government Printing Office. Move the equipment away from the receiver.S.3. ■ The user may find the following booklet prepared by the Federal Communications Commission helpful: How to Identify and Resolve Radio-TV Interference Problems This booklet is available from the U.

CSA Statement This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations. . Nevertheless. EMC Directive 89/336/EEC as amended by European Directive 93/68/EEC and the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive 99/5/EC. the 3Com OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point shall be used in such manner that the potential for human contact during normal operation is minimized. any changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment. The distance between the antennas and the user should not be less than 20 cm.99 Exposure to Radio Frequency Radiation: The radiated output power of the 3Com OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point is far below the FCC radio frequency exposure limits. Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du Canada. CE Statement (Europe) This product complies with the European Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC. BSMI Statement FCC CAUTION: To assure continued compliance.

In order to comply with the FCC RF exposure requirements. this device is intended to be operated indoors and away from windows to provide maximum shielding. Equipment (or it's transmit antenna) that is installed outdoors is subject to licensing.) CAUTION: The 3Com OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point has been certified as a mobile computing device as per FCC Section 2.S.1091. . Potential RF Interference (Canada) CAUTION: To prevent radio interference to the licensed service.100 RF Exposure Compliance Statement (U. the 3Com OfficeConnect Wireless Cable/DSL Gateway must only be installed with approved antennas and a minimum separation distance of 20 cm (8 in) must be maintained from the antenna to any nearby persons.

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Corporate Headquarters. All other company and product names may be trademarks of their respective companies. Santa Clara.3com. 5500 Great America Parkway. To learn more about 3Com products and services.3Com Corporation. DUA0045-4AAA01 Rev.com All specifications are subject to change without notice. visit our World Wide Web site at www. Copyright © 2003 3Com Corporation. 3Com and OfficeConnect are registered trademarks of 3Com Corporation. All rights reserved. CA 95052-8145. USA. 01 .

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