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Part No. DUA0045-4AAA01 Rev. 01 Published July 2003
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ABOUT THIS GUIDE
Naming Convention 7 Conventions 8 Feedback about this User Guide Related Documentation 9 Product Registration 9
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
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
RUNNING THE SETUP WIZARD
Accessing the Wizard 21 Password 26 LAN Settings 26 Wireless Settings 28 Summary 30
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
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
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
Running the Discovery Application 71 Windows Installation (95/98/2000/Me/NT) 71
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
SAFETY INFORMATION END USER SOFTWARE LICENSE AGREEMENT GLOSSARY INDEX REGULATORY NOTICES FOR THE WIRELESS 11G ACCESS POINT
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.3com. 3Com recommends that during the initial configuration that this is connected to the same switch or hub as the Access Point. the OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point is referred to as the “Access Point”. Category 3 and Category 5 Twisted Pair Cables are referred to as Twisted Pair Cables throughout this guide.ABOUT THIS GUIDE This guide describes how to install and configure the OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point (3CRWE454G72). The PC used to configure the Access Point is referred to as the “admin computer”. . 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.com Naming Convention Throughout this guide. This guide is intended for use by those responsible for installing and setting up network equipment. follow the information in the release note. it assumes a basic working knowledge of LANs (Local Area Networks).
menu commands. Table 1 Notice Icons Icon Notice Type Information note Caution Warning Description Information that describes important features or instructions. Table 2 Text Conventions Convention The words “enter” and “type” Keyboard key names Description When you see the word “enter” in this guide. Denote a new term at the place where it is defined in the text. Examples: From the Help menu. and then press Return or Enter. Do not press Return or Enter when an instruction simply says “type. or device. system. you must type something. select Contents.” If you must press two or more keys simultaneously. Click OK. ■ Feedback about this User Guide Your suggestions are very important to us. Example: Press Ctrl+Alt+Del Italics are used to: ■ ■ Words in italics Emphasize a point. and software button names. Please e-mail comments about this document to 3Com at: email@example.com Please include the following information when commenting: ■ ■ ■ Document title Document part number (on the title page) Page number (if appropriate) . Identify menu names.8 ABOUT THIS GUIDE Conventions Table 1 and Table 2 list conventions that are used throughout this guide. Information that alerts you to potential loss of data or potential damage to an application. They will help make our documentation more useful to you. Information that alerts you to potential personal injury. the key names are linked with a plus sign (+).
com/register/ Product Registration .3com. 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. please refer to the Support and Safety Information sheet. For information about contacting Technical Support. Related Documentation In addition to this guide. each Access Point document set includes one Installation Guide.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.
10 ABOUT THIS GUIDE .
communication and sharing information is crucial. . In the modern business environment. bringing networks to the small office.1 INTRODUCING THE ACCESS POINT Welcome to the world of networking with 3Com®. The OfficeConnect® product range from 3Com has changed all this. the small office user. Now. the same power. The products that compose the OfficeConnect range give you. flexibility. until recently. and protection that has been available only to large corporations. only large businesses could afford the networking advantage. you can harness the benefits of wireless networking. Computer networks have proved to be one of the fastest modes of communication but.
Figure 1 Example Network Computer Power Adapter Hub / Switch 3Com Wireless 11g Access Point Wireless User Wireless User . available to dozens of wireless clients. A single Access Point makes the Internet. such as printers. Because the Access Point is a WI-FI certified device. you can be sure it will work reliably with certified equipment from other manufacturers. e-mail and network resources.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.
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. Unix and Macintosh computers Easy-to-use. . please contact your retailer.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.
Refer to Chapter 6 “Troubleshooting”. the link is OK and data is being transmitted or received. If the LED is off. or there is a problem with the connection (refer to Chapter 6 “Troubleshooting”). and is waiting for you to release the reset button. The Access Point will then enter the start-up sequence and resume normal operation. . nothing is connected. If the LED is off. If you have used the reset button to reset the unit to Factory Defaults. Refer to Chapter 6 “Troubleshooting”. 2 Power LED Green Indicates that the Access Point is powered on. or there is a problem. 4 Wireless LAN (WLAN) Status LED Yellow If the LED is on it indicates that wireless networking is enabled. follow steps 5 to 6 in “Forgotten Password and Reset to Factory Defaults” on page 66. the Wireless LAN has been disabled in the Access Point. If the LED is flashing. 3 LAN Status LED Green (100Mbps link) / yellow (10Mbps link) If the LED is on. the connected device is switched off.A fault has been detected with your Access Point during the start-up process. Flashing slowly . Continuously on . the link between the port and the next piece of network equipment is OK.The Access Point has completed the Reset to Factory Defaults process. data is being transmitted or received.Front Panel 15 In each of these cases. wait until the Access Point has completed the current operation and the alert LED is Off. The port will automatically adjust to the correct speed and duplex. If the LED is flashing.
9 Reset Button This button allows you to reset the unit to factory defaults. Do not use any other adapter. there may be a problem with the power adapter or adapter cable. a power adapter OK LED and a power adapter socket. Figure 3 Access Point . The port will automatically adjust to the correct speed and duplex. 7 Power Adapter OK LED Green Indicates that the power adapter is supplying Power to the Access Point. 6 Power Adapter Socket Only use the power adapter supplied with this Access Point. 8 Ethernet Port Use the supplied patch cable to connect the Access Point to the LAN. CAUTION: Do not force the antennae round further than 90 degrees in either direction.16 CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCING THE ACCESS POINT Rear Panel The rear panel (Figure 3) of the Access Point contains one LAN port.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. If the LED is off. a reset button. .
■ ■ . including: ■ ■ Connecting the Access Point to your network. Setting up your computers for networking with the Access Point. allowing wider coverage. if necessary. allows easy viewing of the front panel LED indicator lights.2 Introduction HARDWARE INSTALLATION This chapter will guide you through a basic installation of the Access Point. and access to the rear panel connectors. 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. 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. bevor Sie das Gerät einschalten. Safety Information WARNING: Please read the “Safety Information” section in Appendix D before you start. is centrally located to the wireless computers that will connect to the 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.
.) clear of the wall surface. do not wall mount stacked units. flat.12 in. You will need two suitable screws to wall mount the unit.) apart.) clearance. ■ ■ 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. Air flow around the unit and through the vents in the side of the case is not restricted. When in line. Cabling is away from power lines. and sources of electrical noise such as radios. dry and sturdy and make two screw holes which are 150 mm (5. ensure: ■ ■ It is out of direct sunlight and away from sources of heat. Only stick the feet to the marked areas at each corner of the underside of your Access Point. 2 Fix the screws into the wall.18 CHAPTER 2: HARDWARE INSTALLATION When positioning your Access Point. 3Com recommends you provide a minimum of 25 mm (1 in. Water or moisture cannot enter the case of the unit. transmitters and broadband amplifiers. fluorescent lighting fixtures. Wall Mounting There are two slots on the underside of the Access Point that can be used for wall mounting. CAUTION: Only wall mount single units.9 in. When wall mounting the unit. 3 Remove any connections to the unit and locate it over the screw heads. gently push the unit on to the wall and move it downwards to secure. To do this: 1 Ensure that the wall you use is smooth. ensure that it is within reach of the power outlet. leaving their heads 3 mm (0.
See Figure 4. .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. You have now completed the hardware installation of your Access Point. 2 Insert the other end of the cable into the RJ-45 port on switch or hub. 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. Connecting the Access Point The first step for installing your Access Point is to physically connect it to a switch or hub. 2 Plug the power adapter into a standard electrical wall socket. Check that the LAN status LED lights on the Access Point. Next you need to set up your computers so that they connect to the Access Point.
20 CHAPTER 2: HARDWARE INSTALLATION .
Discovery will find the Access Point even if it is unconfigured or misconfigured. 2 Insert the Access Point CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive on your computer. Refer to Chapter 2 for details on how to do this. select Discovery. . your wireless NIC should be set as follows: ■ ■ Encryption — none Service Area Name/SSID — 3Com The Access Point setup program is Web-based. Internet Explorer or Mozilla). However. note that you may lose contact with the Access Point if you change the wireless configuration. which means that it is accessed through your Web browser (Netscape Navigator. To communicate with the Access Point. A menu will appear. you may configure the Access Point from a wireless admin computer but. To use the Setup Wizard: 1 Ensure that you have at least one computer connected to the Access Point.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.
Figure 6 Discovered Access Point Screen 4 Figure 6 shows an example Discovered Devices screen. 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. and press Next. Highlight the Wireless 11g Access Point by clicking on it. 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.22 CHAPTER 3: RUNNING THE SETUP WIZARD Figure 5 Discovery Welcome Screen 3 When the Welcome screen is displayed. .
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).
See Chapter 5 for configuration information. the Country & Mode Selection screen appears. Select Client Bridge Mode if the Access Point is to be used to provide access to a wireless network for a single client. Select the Wizard tab and click Wizard. 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. (Figure 9) a Select the country in which the Access Point is to operate. See Chapter 4 for configuration information. ■ The Country & Mode Selection screen is only displayed on initial configuration of the Access Point. or . 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).24 CHAPTER 3: RUNNING THE SETUP WIZARD 7 If the password is correct.
10 You will be guided step by step through a basic setup procedure. Figure 10 Welcome Screen Figure 11 Wizard Screen .Accessing the Wizard 25 ■ If your Access Point has not been configured before. 9 Click Next. the Wizard will launch automatically (refer to Figure 11).
26 CHAPTER 3: RUNNING THE SETUP WIZARD Password Figure 12 Change Administration Password Screen When the Change Administration Password screen (Figure 12) appears. Click Next. . so that you can change your settings in the future. 1. Password is case sensitive. then a new password in both the New Password and Confirm Password boxes. type the Old Password. Write the new password down and keep it in a safe place. LAN Settings Figure 13 LAN Settings Screen This screen determines how the Access Point obtains its IP address. 2. admin. There are three options. The Access Point is shipped from the factory with a default password. 3Com recommends entering a new password when setting up the Access Point for the first time.
.Select this option to manually configure the IP address of the Access Point. Specify an IP address manually .The Access Point contains a Dynamic Host Configuration (DHCP) server that can automatically configure the TCP/IP settings of every computer on your network. 3Com recommends that you manually assign your Access Point a static IP address. select Specify an IP Address manually and Enable DHCP server. 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.Accessing the Wizard 27 Obtain IP Address automatically . To activate the DHCP Server option. It also allows you to change the IP address and subnet mask. The screen shown in Figure 14 is displayed.The Access Point will obtain an IP address from a DHCP server already operating on your network. The screen shown in Figure 15 opens.
It also allows you to change these settings. ensure that there are no other DHCP servers running on your network. make your required changes. . Before enabling the DHCP Server. There are a maximum of 14 channels. if this is not appropriate. It also allows you to change the IP address and subnet mask. Two further fields are available for you to enter the Start address of an address pool and an End address. Wireless Settings Figure 16 Wireless Configuration Screen This screen displays the current Channel and Service Area Name. The largest available continuous IP pool will be automatically entered.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.
For information on improving your Wireless network security see “Wireless Settings” on page 39. Up to 32 (case sensitive) characters can be entered for the Service Area Name. 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. 2 Enter a Service Area Name/SSID.Accessing the Wizard 29 the number available to you is dependent on the country in which you reside. If your clients use a different Service Area Name then they will not be able to communicate with the Access Point. 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. You should however make a note of the channel you select as this may be useful if you experience problems with your clients. The Service Area Name default for 3Com products is “3Com”. 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. 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.
See Chapter 5 for a detailed description of the Client Bridge Mode configuration screens.30 CHAPTER 3: RUNNING THE SETUP WIZARD Summary Figure 17 Configuration Summary Screen When you complete the Setup Wizard. you may need to reconfigure the computer you are using in order to make contact with the Access Point again. a configuration summary will display. 3Com recommends that you print this page for your records. Your Access Point is now configured and ready for use. 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. If you have made changes to the LAN Settings or wireless configuration options. .
When you click on a topic from the main menu. Main Menu At the left side of all screens is a main menu. that page will appear in the main part of the screen.displays the firmware version of the Access Point. The URL is http://<IP Address of the Access Point>.contains a comprehensive online help system ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ . setup DHCP server parameters. and provides facilities for improving the security of the wireless network.allows you to configure IP address and subnet mask information.enables /disables access from wireless computers. and display the DHCP client list. and is provided as a reference. Wireless Settings .displays the current status and activity logs of the Access Point. and launch the Wizard LAN Settings .4 Navigating Through the Access Point Configuration Pages ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION This chapter describes all the screens available through the Access Point configuration pages. When you have browsed to the Access Point.allows the administrator to perform maintenance activities on the Access Point. Support . see Chapter 5 to configure your Access Point. System Tools . log in using your system password (default admin).1.1. for example http://192.168. If your Access Point is set up in Client Bridge Mode. as shown in Figure 18 on page 32. allows you to change your password. Status and Logs . To get to the configuration pages. browse to the Access Point by entering the URL in the location bar of your browser. ■ Welcome .
You can also gain access to the Configuration Wizard. a Help button is available which provides access to the context-sensitive online help system. To access a sub-section. Getting Help On every screen. Click Help for further assistance and guidance relating to the current screen. Welcome Screen Figure 18 Access Point Welcome Screen The Welcome section allows you to view the Notice board and to change your Password. simply click on the required tab. . (See “Accessing the Wizard” on page 21 for details).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 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 .Welcome Screen 33 Notice Board Figure 19 Notice Board Screen The Notice Board is used to display configuration warning messages. Password Figure 20 Password Screen Changing the Administration Password You can change the password to prevent unauthorized access to the Administration System.
. Refer to Chapter 3 for information on how to run the wizard. 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..34 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION The password is case sensitive. If you have forgotten your password you need to reset the Access Point. . It can be obtained automatically or you can manually configure the IP address and optionally configure the DHCP server. See “Forgotten Password and Reset to Factory Defaults” on page 66 Wizard Figure 21 Wizard Screen Click WIZARD.
Select Dynamic IP Address (automatically allocated) and the screen shown in Figure 22 is displayed.xxx.LAN Settings 35 Figure 22 Unit Configuration Screen Dynamic IP Address 3Com recommends that you manually assign your Access Point a static IP address. 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. .254.xxx range. Check all your settings and click Apply.
The default static IP address of the Access Point is 192.168. . 1 Select Unit Configuration and then select Static IP Address (to be specified manually). 4 Check all of your settings. and then click Apply.1. 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. 3 If you want to use the Access Point as a DHCP Server. See “DHCP Server” for more information about configuring the DHCP server. Figure 23 Unit Configuration Screen For Static IP Address 2 Enter the Access Point IP Address and Subnet Mask in the LAN Settings field. ensure that there are no other DHCP servers running on your network.1. click in the Enable check box. Before enabling the DHCP Server. The screen shown in Figure 23 is displayed.
. Figure 24 DHCP Server Configuration Screen 3 Clicking Auto Range automatically selects the largest range of addresses available for your network. 5 Check your settings and click Apply.LAN Settings 37 If you want the Access Point to function as a DHCP server on your network. The screen shown in Figure 23 is displayed. Alternatively you can manually enter Start and End addresses for the IP address pool. The screen shown in Figure 24 is displayed. The DHCP server supports up to a maximum of 253 addresses. 4 Enter any Default Gateway and DNS (Domain Name Server) addresses if required. carry out the following: 1 Select Unit Configuration and then select Static IP Address (to be specified manually). 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.
Fix — This box is checked if the IP address is fixed to the MAC address of the client’s network card. the client list will grow to a maximum number of 253 clients. The IP address would then be available for another device if there were no other IP addresses available. MAC Address — The Media Access Control (MAC) address of the client’s network card. ■ ■ ■ ■ As you connect more devices. Host Name — The client machine’s host name. 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. 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 lease time is set at 12 hours. using the Release button would allow the 12 hour lease time to be cleared. Clients that have fixed addresses will get the same IP address each time they connect. The list is only created when the Access Point is set up as a DHCP server. The Release button allows the lease time for the IP address that has been issued to a device to be cleared. if configured. .
Change the SSID from its default value . 3Com recommends that you: 1. .see page 40 2. you should select a different channel number. but if they don't you must configure them to use the same channel number as the Access Point. there will be a reduction in the performance of your network.see page 44 Configuration Figure 26 Configuration Screen Enable Wireless Networking Allows you to enable/disable the wireless section of your LAN. Enable Connection Control . Enable Encryption .Wireless Settings 39 Wireless Settings To improve the security of your wireless network. If this seems to be the case.see page 41 3. When disabled. Usually the Wireless computers will scan to find the correct channel. If another Access Point nearby is using the same channel as you. Channel Selection The Channel Selector allows you to specify which channel the Access Point will transmit and receive on. no wireless PCs can gain access to your Wired or Wireless LAN through this Access Point.
See page 44. Disable Broadcast SSID This feature can be used to improve the security of your wireless network. When the tickbox is checked. you must: ■ ■ ■ ■ Use Infrastructure Mode not Adhoc Mode.40 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION Valid channels are country dependent. Have the same Service Area Name as the Access Point. See “Channels” on page 97 for a list of channels approved by each country. your client will not list the Access Point SSID when this feature is enabled. In order that your wireless computers can connect to the Access Point. 3Com recommends that you change the default name. Ensure that the PC is included in the authorized Wireless PCs list if Connection Control is enabled. Your Wireless computers must be configured with exactly the same name or you will not be able to establish a connection. the Access Point will not broadcast the Service Area Name/SSID of your wireless network. . If you have a wireless client that can detect all the available SSIDs in your area. If you set the Access Point to Disable Broadcast SSID. This will prevent unauthorized clients from detecting your SSID and attempting to connect to your network. Use the same encryption type and keys as the Access Point. 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. Clear Channel Select allows the Access Point to automatically select an available channel when first powered on. the Access Point will not allow access to clients with the SSID field set to “any”. Service Area Name/SSID This allows you to name your Wireless network. The Service Area Name may also be referred to as “ESSID” depending on your networking vendor. By default the Access Point uses the name “3Com”. The field will accept any alphanumeric string and has a maximum length of 32 characters.
For example. . The pre-shared key can be entered as a 256 bit series of hexadecimal digits or as a pass-phrase. WEP — Wireless Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is a 64 bit or 128 bit encryption method with user configurable fixed keys. than those encrypted using WEP. During this dialog. it is important to remember that with encryption disabled. Research. provided by its longer key and dynamic changes made to the key over time. ■ WPA provides a higher level of security. Admin. This option is useful if you have several Access Point units and want to be able to easily identify them. making it more difficult to eavesdrop on wireless networks encrypted using WPA. 3Com recommends that you use WPA with any clients which support it. you must reconfigure your wireless PCs to use exactly the same Encryption Type and Keys otherwise the devices will not understand each other. This key is used to start the dialog between the Access Point and the client. This will simplify setting up your network. a new key is agreed. If you enable encryption on the Access Point. 3Com recommends that you get the network working with encryption disabled first and then enable it as the last step. 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. Configuring WPA Encryption The only configuration that is needed for WPA is to enter the pre-shared key. anyone with a Wireless PC can eavesdrop on your network. The encryption methods used by the Access Point secure data transmitted through wireless communications between the Access Point and its wireless clients.Wireless Settings 41 Access Point Name This option allows you to name the Access Point. Encryption When setting up wireless networks. you may name them Marketing. The field accepts any alphanumeric string upto a maximum of 32 characters. Enabling encryption has no security effect on data transmitted through wired (Ethernet) connections or through your connections to the Internet.
To enter the pre-shared key as a pass-phrase: 1 Select Enabled . Configuring WEP Encryption There are two levels of WEP encryption available.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. 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. 2 Enter a phrase of between 8 and 63 characters in length in the Passphrase field. 64 bit (sometimes referred to as 40 bit) and 128 bit. for example 1a. but may cause a slight decrease in performance. Each field can contain a hexadecimal number from 00 to ff. 128 bit will result in a higher level of security. This passphrase will be used to generate a 256 bit key. Use the Wireless Encryption Type box to select the desired level.Pre-Shared Passphrase from the WPA Encryption Type drop-down box.
The text is much easier to remember than hex keys but it relies on your wireless adapters also supporting this feature.This method is supported by some adapter cards running under Windows XP.This method allows you to manually enter hex keys. There can be up to 4 keys and each key can be as long as 26 digits. The string must be exactly 5 characters for 64 bit ■ ■ . A-F) number used to encrypt and decrypt the data. 3Com Encryption String . There are four methods available to generate the encryption keys: ■ Manual Key Entry . The string can contain any alphanumeric characters and must be between 6 and 30 characters long. Different manufacturers have developed different ways of converting plain text and so interoperability is not guaranteed.This method is supported by 3Com Wireless products. the Manual Hex Key method is supported by most vendors. The Access Point also offers a number of methods for converting plain text into hex keys. If you are experiencing difficulty. A single string will automatically generate 4 unique keys for 64 or 128 bit WEP. ASCII . Enter a two digit hexadecimal number in every box. Virtually all manufacturers support this scheme.Wireless Settings 43 Encryption Keys Figure 28 Encryption Keys Screen showing WEP configuration A Key is a hexadecimal (0-9. Hexadecimal numbers are formed from 0-9 and A-F.
The Active Transmit Key selects which of the 4 Keys the Access Point uses when it transmits. then enter the appropriate information. Select from the drop down list the key generation method you wish to use. You must enter a separate string for each of the 4 Keys. 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 will generate 4 different keys. Select Connection Control to display the screen shown in Figure 29. In 64 bit WEP. In other words.This is another common method and similar to the 3Com Encryption string. 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. in 128 bit WEP. You can change the selected key periodically to increase the security of your network. You can leave a string blank provided this Key is not selected as the Active Transmit Key. ■ Passphrase . However. Some wireless adapters have only one key available on their WEP configuration page.44 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION WEP and 13 characters for 128 bit WEP. Connection Control This screen allows you to determine if all Wireless PCs or just authorised Wireless PCs can use the Access Point. If you have other wireless products choose the scheme that is compatible with these. Key number 1 on the Wireless computer must have the same Hex number as Key number 1 on the Access Point. Key 2 on the Wireless computer must match Key 2 on the Access Point and so on. this method only generates 1 key which is replicated for all 4 keys. . The passphrase can be up to 31 characters long and may contain any alphanumeric characters.
If you enable this feature from a Wireless PC. any wireless computer that has the same Service Area Name/SSID.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. Select Only Authorised Wireless PCs can connect to the Access Point to enable and configure this feature. Authorised Wireless PCs Figure 30 Connection Control Detail Screen . By default. channel and encryption settings as the Access Point can connect to it. it will automatically be added to the Authorised Wireless PC list.
and 'A-F'. 3 Click Add. .46 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION To create a list of Wireless computers that can access the Access Point: 1 Press New. 3 Press Apply to accept the changes. 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. 2 Modify the MAC address in the pop-up window. 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. The screen shown in Figure 30 opens. You may also add the entries manually if you know the MAC address. hold down the Ctrl key while clicking on the addresses. The list on the Connection Control window contains the MAC addresses of all Wireless PCs that are in range. To add a MAC address that is not in the list. The MAC address can only be edited manually. Modifying a MAC Address 1 Click on the MAC address to be modified in the table (Figure 31). enter the MAC address in the appropriate fields. 2 Select one or more MAC addresses of the Wireless PCs that you want to allow to connect to the Access Point. A MAC address consists of 12 characters. Please wait 30 seconds for changes to take effect. Once an entry has been deleted it cannot be undone. currently operating. To select multiple MAC addresses. channel and encryption settings as the Access Point. Valid characters are '0-9'. Figure 31 MAC Address Table Click Close to discard all changes. and have the same Service Area Name/SSID.
The speed depends on the specification of the wireless network card. . the distance from the Access Point and any items obstructing and interfering with the signal. Connection Speed — The actual speed of the wireless connection. Client Type — The specification of the client’s wireless network card. ■ ■ As you connect more devices to the Wireless LAN.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. The list is only created when Wireless Networking is enabled. 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).
■ Profile Name This is used to identify the profile once it has been imported into the Wireless Network Adapter configuration software. 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. 2 Your browser will then prompt you to enter a file name and folder location in which to save the profile. 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. ■ Encryption settings from the Access Point This is configured on the Encryption tab under the Wireless Settings option. .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’. Once the profile has been saved it can be copied on to another PC and imported into the 3Com Wireless Network Adapter. The Access Point can generate a profile so that you do not need to configure your Wireless PCs manually.
check that: ■ the adapter is within range of the Access Point if Connection Control has been enabled in the Access Point. If. refer to the User Guide that accompanies your 3Com Wireless Network Adapter(s). the MAC address of the Wireless Network Adapter must be included in the list of authorised Wireless PCs. the Wireless Network Adapter cannot connect to the Access Point.Wireless Settings 49 For instructions on how to import a profile. once the profile is imported. .
Restart Figure 34 Restart Screen If your Access Point is not operating correctly. Configuration. Configuration Figure 35 Configuration Screen . and Upgrade (Figure 34). Any network users who are currently connected to the Access Point will have their access interrupted whilst the restart takes place. No configuration information will be lost but the log files will be erased. simulating the effect of power cycling the unit. you can choose to restart the Access Point by selecting Restart the Access Point. and they may need to reboot their computers when the restart has completed and the Access Point is operational again.50 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION System Tools The main frame of the System Tools screen includes three administration items: Restart.
The password will remain unchanged. press Browse to locate the backup file on your computer. Backup Configuration Click BACKUP to save the current Access Point configuration. Resetting the Access Point to its Factory default settings is the only way to switch between Access Point and Client Bridge modes. 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. click RESET. Restore Configuration Data If you want to reinstate the configuration settings previously saved to a file. Reset to Factory Default If you want to reset the settings on your Access Point to those that were loaded at the factory. You may need to reconfigure and restart your computer to re-establish communication with the Access Point.System Tools 51 Select the Configuration tab to display the Configuration screen (Figure 35). See Appendix A for more information. You will be prompted to download and save a file to disk. You will lose all your configuration changes. Upgrade Figure 36 Upgrade Screen . and then click RESTORE to copy the data into the Access Point's memory.
you first need to download the software from the 3Com support web site to a folder on your computer. Once you have done this. The file will be copied to the Access Point. in case the upgrade process fails for any reason (for example. Make sure that you do not interrupt power to the Access Point during the upgrade procedure. the Access Point will restart. the software may be corrupted and the Access Point may not start up properly afterwards. and once this has completed. the connection between the computer and the Access Point is lost while the new software is being copied to the Access Point). The upgrade procedure can take up to two minutes. refer to Chapter 6.52 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. and is complete when the Alert LED has stopped flashing and is permanently off. If the Alert LED comes on continuously after a failed upgrade. . if you do. and then click Apply. select Browse to tell your web browser where this file is on your computer. it is recommended that you make a backup of the configuration beforehand. “Troubleshooting”. To install new software. Although the upgrade process has been designed to preserve your configuration settings.
. 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.
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. Logs Support and Feedback Figure 38 Support Screen .54 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION Status Status displays the current unit status.
. This screen should not be used to obtain technical support. which contains a list of Internet links that provide information and support concerning the Access Point (Figure 38).Support and Feedback 55 Selecting the Support tab from the Support/Feedback screen displays the support links screen. Selecting the Feedback tab from the Support/Feedback screen displays the feedback screen. allows you to provide feedback to 3Com on the operation of your Access Point (Figure 38).
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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. 2 Click the RESET. The Access Point will restart. See Appendix A. b Client Bridge Mode as the operating mode of the Access Point. 3Com recommends that backup your configuration before changing the mode of the Access Point. allowing one computer to access a wireless network.5 What is Client Bridge Mode? CLIENT BRIDGE MODE CONFIGURATION Client Bridge Mode is a secondary mode of the Access Point. In this mode it will not longer act as an access point and will not provide wireless networking for other clients. select: a The country in which the Access Point is to operate.. You may need to use the Discovery Application to reconnect to your Access Point after it has been reset to factory default settings. When you reset the Access Point to its factory default settings you will lose all configuration information. 4 Click Apply.. To switch the Access Point to Client Bridge mode: 1 Click on the System Tools menu followed by the Configuration tab. 3 When the Country & Mode Selection screen appears. When in Client Bridge Mode the Access point will act as a Wireless client. button in the Reset to Factory Default section. .
The configuration wizard will display options relevant to configuring Client Bridge mode and will therefore differ from those shown in Chapter 3... you can configure it using the configuration Wizard or by setting options manually.58 CHAPTER 5: CLIENT BRIDGE MODE CONFIGURATION Configuring Client Bridge Mode Once the Access Point has been switched into Client Bridge mode. followed by the Wizard tab. . 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. See “Password” on page 33 for details of the Password screen. button and follow the instructions provide on-screen. You can also gain access to the Configuration Wizard. To configure the Access Point manually see the sections in the rest of this chapter. To configure the Access Point using the configuration wizard: 1 Click the Welcome menu. Welcome Menu Figure 39 Access Point Welcome Screen The Welcome section allows you to view the Notice board and to change your Password. See “Wizard” on page 34 for details of the Wizard screen. 2 Click the WIZARD.
Wireless Settings The Wireless Settings menu allows to enter the details of the wireless network to which you are connecting. Figure 40 Unit Configuration Screen To change the LAN settings for your Access Point: 1 Select Unit Configuration. The default static IP address of the Access Point is 192. Client Bridge mode does not support DHCP.1.168. and then click Apply.LAN Settings 59 LAN Settings The LAN Settings screen allows you to set the IP Address and Subnet Mask of your Access Point. The screen shown in Figure 40 is displayed. 3 Check all of your settings. 2 Enter an IP Address and Subnet Mask in the LAN Settings field. The Access Point must be allocated a free address within your wireless network’s subnet to function correctly. You must set a static IP address for your Access Point when in Client Bridge mode.1. These can be obtained from your network administrator. .
In Client Bridge mode. it is important to remember that with encryption disabled. ■ . The field accepts any alphanumeric string upto a maximum of 32 characters. WEP — Wireless Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is a 64 bit or 128 bit encryption method with user configurable fixed keys. This option allows your network administrator to identify wireless clients. Encryption When setting up wireless networks. 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. you will not be able to gain access to your Wireless LAN through this Access Point.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. anyone with a Wireless PC can eavesdrop on your network. When disabled. If you do not enter the name correctly. Device Name This option allows you to name the Access Point. Service Area Name/SSID Enter the name of your wireless network. Access Points are commonly named after their user or location (if fixed). you will not be able to connect to your wireless network.
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 . the options for WPA will not be available. as supplied by your network administrator. Each field can contain a hexadecimal number from 00 to ff. 3Com recommends that you use WPA if supported by your wireless network. ■ 2 Enter the pre-shared key or passphrase in the fields provided.Pre-shared Passphrase if you have been suppled with a passphrase For a pre-shared key. The Access Point can only use one type of encryption to access the wireless network. enter a pair of hexadecimal digits in each of the 32 Key fields. for example 1a. . If you enable WPA. If you enable WEP.Manual Pre-shared key if you have been supplied a set of hexadecimal digits Select Enabled .Wireless Settings 61 WPA provides a higher level of security. the options for WEP will not be available. For a pre-shared passphrase enter the passphrase in the Passphrase field. ■ ■ 3 Click Apply to enter the key. provided by its longer key and dynamic changes made to the key over time.
There are four methods available: ■ Manual Key Entry . You can leave a string blank provided this Key is not selected as the Active Transmit Key. Hexadecimal numbers are formed from 0-9 and A-F. the passphrase will generate 4 different keys. this method only generates 1 key which is replicated for all 4 keys.This is another common method and similar to the 3Com Encryption string. A single string will automatically generate 4 unique keys for 64 or 128 bit WEP. 3Com Encryption String . Enter a two digit hexadecimal number in every box.This method allows you to manually enter hex keys. In 64 bit WEP.This method is supported by some adapter cards running under Windows XP. The passphrase can be up to 31 characters long and may contain any alphanumeric characters. in 128 bit WEP. ■ ■ ■ 3 Click Apply to enter the key.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. However. Passphrase . Virtually all manufacturers support this scheme.This method is supported by 3Com Wireless products. . You must enter a separate string for each of the 4 Keys. ASCII . The string must be exactly 5 characters for 64 bit WEP and 13 characters for 128 bit WEP. The string can contain any alphanumeric characters and must be between 6 and 30 characters long. 2 Select the method used to generate the WEP encryption key.
The Status and .System Tools 63 System Tools The main frame of the System Tools screen includes three administration items: Restart. Support and Feedback Selecting the Support tab from the Support/Feedback screen displays the support links screen. See “Logs” on page 54 for details of the Logs screen. See “Configuration” on page 50 for details of the Configuration screen. and Upgrade (Figure 43). ■ Status and Logs Selecting Status and Logs from the main menu displays the Status and Logs screens in your Web browser window. See “Upgrade” on page 51 for details of the Upgrade 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. which contains a list of Internet links that provide information and support concerning the Access Point. 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.
.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.
Select the Connections tab and click on the LAN Settings button at the bottom. Go to the Control Panel and click on Internet Options. Make sure that the Use Proxy Server option is unchecked. Ensure that your computer is configured correctly. ■ ■ Browsing to the Access Point Configuration Screens If you have connected your Access Point. ■ ■ . Check that the LAN port link status LED on the Access Point are illuminated. Make sure that the computer can communicate with other devices on the network. Check also that the Uplink/Normal switch is in the correct position. If the link status LED does not illuminate for the LAN port. and that the link status LEDs on the Access Point and NIC are illuminated and indicating the same speed (10Mbps or 100Mbps). Some NICs do not have status LEDs. Ensure that you do not have a Web proxy enabled on your computer. Ensure that the computers have completed their start-up procedure and are ready for use. admin computer and switch together but cannot browse to the Access Point configuration screens. check the following: ■ Confirm that the physical connection between your computer and the Access Point is OK.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 any corresponding LEDs are also illuminated. Ensure that the NIC is configured for autonegotiation. check that you do not have a faulty cable. Try a different cable. Some network interfaces may not be correctly initialised until the start-up procedure has completed. in which case a diagnostic program may be available that can give you this information.
ensure that you use the full URL including the http:// prefix (e. Wireless Networking ■ Ensure that you have a Wi-Fi certified 802.11b or 802. All other computer users will lose their network connections whilst this process is taking place. If you cannot browse to the Access Point. Keep Reset button held down and remove power from the Access Point. 5 When the configuration wizard has completed. Once the Alert LED has started to flash slowly. browse to the IP address of the Access Point and run the configuration wizard.66 CHAPTER 6: TROUBLESHOOTING ■ When entering the address of the Access Point into your web browser. CAUTION: All your configuration changes will be lost. and after approximately 30 seconds will start to flash more slowly (typically 2 seconds on. 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. http://192.1. so choose a time when this would be convenient.5 or higher. you may reconnect your network as it was before.1). and you will need to run the configuration wizard again before you can re-establish your wireless network. ■ 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. . Verify that each Wireless computer has either Windows 95 or higher or MAC OS 8. the DISCOVERY software changes the IP address of the Access Point so that it is in the same subnet as your admin computer. and when the start-up sequence has completed. 3 Release the Reset button.168. The Alert LED will flash as the Access Point starts up.11g wireless adapter for each wireless computer.g. and that it is correctly installed and configured. If there is no DHCP server on your network. 2 seconds off). 1 Remove power from the Access Point. 4 Re-apply power to the Access Point. follow the steps below to reset the Access Point to it’s factory default configuration. 2 Hold down the Reset button on the rear of the unit and re-apply power to the Access Point. You may need to restart your computer before you attempt this.
If a wireless computer has not located the ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ . Ensure that the TCP/IP settings for all devices are correct. This is generally a licence free band for low power applications. 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. and the same order of keys where appropriate. Place one antenna vertically and one horizontally to improve coverage. Sources of interference: The 2. Check the status of the Access Point Wireless LED. 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. If not lit go to “Wireless Settings” on page 39 and enable wireless networking. Ad Hoc mode is not supported by the Access Point. The Access Point is designed to operate in Infrastructure mode.11b. If you are unsure try relocating both the wireless computers and the Access Point to establish whether this problem exists. ensure that the wired NIC is disabled. For more effective coverage you can try reorientating your antennae. If this resolves the problem consider relocating the Wireless computer or select Clear Channel Select on the Access Point. 40/64 or 128 bit) and that all devices are using the same keys. Ensure that the Wireless Clients are using the same SSID or Service Area Name as the Access Point. Most wireless computer Adapters will scan the channels for the wireless Access Point.Wireless Networking 67 ■ Verify that your wireless computers are configured to work in Infrastructure mode and not Ad Hoc mode. and you may have other devices at your location that operate in this frequency band. 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. The SSID is case-sensitive Ensure that you are using the same level of security on all of your wireless computers (None. If you have a wired and wireless NIC in the same computer. it should be lit if wireless is enabled and will flash when there is wireless activity. 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.4Ghz ISM band is used for 802.
In an ideal network the Access Point should be located in the centre of the network with Wireless computers distributed around it. DHCP is disabled. it is possible that the system software has become corrupted.5Mbps. Once the Access Point has started normal operation. and the LAN IP address is set to 192. . If the Alert LED comes on continuously again. Follow the instructions below to upload a new copy of the system software to a Access Point unit in this state. In general the closer you are to the Access Point the better the speed. 2Mbps and 1Mbps.com) and upload it to the Access Point to see if this clears the fault (refer to “Recovering from Corrupted Software” below).3com. contact your supplier for further advice. In this condition. this indicates that the software has detected a possible fault with the hardware. the Alert LED will go out. 5. Please refer to your Wireless computer adapter documentation and vendor to do this. If this does not fix the problem. the Access Point will enter a “recovery” state. 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. As the signal quality weakens then the speed falls back to a lower speed. Use this application to find the optimal siting for your wireless computer. Remove power from the Access Point. wait 10 seconds and then re-apply power. ■ If the Alert LED does not go out following start up. but illuminates continuously.168. Consult your Wireless Card documentation and vendor for more details. 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.1.11b standard will automatically choose the best speed depending on the quality of your connection. Applications are generally available with the computer wireless card to carry out a site survey. The speeds are 11Mbps. Recovering from Corrupted Software If the Alert LED remains permanently on following power-up. then a fault has been detected.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. ■ Speed of connection: The 802. Locate the copy of the Access Point software on the accompanying CD-ROM or 3Com web site (http://www.1.
1.3com. Frequently Asked Questions How do I reset the Access Point to Factory Defaults? See “Forgotten Password and Reset to Factory Defaults” on page 66.0 Default Gateway address: 192. 2 You will need to reconfigure this computer with the following static IP address information: ■ ■ ■ IP address: 192.1.2 Subnet mask: 255.255. if successful.1.255. the Access Point will restart. The latest software is available on 3Com’s Web site at: www.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.com. it may be faulty. 1 Remove power from the Access Point and connect the admin computer to the LAN port. If the Access Point does not resume normal operation following the upload. This will connect you to the Microcode Recovery utility in the Access Point. Do not forget to reconfigure the computer you used for the software upload. and re-apply power to the Access Point. enter the following URL in the location bar: http://192. 4 Using the Web browser on the computer.168.168. How many wireless clients does the Access Point support? .168.1. run the self-test and. 7 Reconnect your Access Point to your network. Contact your supplier for advice. resume normal operation. The Alert LED will go out. 6 When the upload has completed. Enter the path and filename of the software image file.1 3 Restart the computer. 5 Follow the on-screen instructions.
70 CHAPTER 6: TROUBLESHOOTING A maximum of 128 wireless clients are supported.com. accessible by visiting: http://www.3com. It is updated daily with information from 3Com technical support services. . switches and wireless access points connected to the Access Point. What other online resources are there? The 3Com Knowledgebase at: http://knowledgebase. 7 days a week. 3Com wireless access points and OfficeConnect hubs and switches provide a simple.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. How are additional computers connected? You can expand the number of connections available on your LAN by using hubs. There is a single LAN ports on the Access Point. and it is available 24 hours a day.3com.com is a database of technical information covering all 3Com products. reliable means of expanding your network. or visit: http://www.3com. contact your supplier for more information.
Windows Installation (95/98/2000/Me/NT) 1 Insert the Access Point CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive on your computer. Discovery will find the Access Point even if it is unconfigured or misconfigured. select Discovery. If you are unable to use the Discovery application. A menu will appear. the Access Point on initial power-up will attempt to obtain an IP address from your local DHCP server. Figure 44 Discovery Welcome Screen . Consult your DHCP Server log to obtain the IP address that was allocated to your Access Point.A Running the Discovery Application USING DISCOVERY 3Com provides a user friendly Discovery application for detecting the Access Point on the network.
select the NIC from which the Access Point will be discovered.72 APPENDIX A: USING DISCOVERY 2 When the Welcome screen is displayed. 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. . and press Next. Figure 45 Discovered Access Point Screen 3 Figure 45 shows an example Discovered Devices screen. Highlight the Wireless 11g Access Point by clicking on it.
n.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. Managing the Access Point over the Network To manage a device over the network.x where n is a decimal number between 0 and 255 and x is a number between 1 and 254 inclusive. However. 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. In addition to the IP address. you need to set a subnet mask. an IP Address alone is not enough to make your device operate. 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. IP addresses have the format n. . An IP address identifies the address of the device to which data is being sent and the address of the destination network. 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. 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.
255. Type One In a small network. the IP address of ‘192. where there are more devices.168.100’) identifies the network on which the device resides.168.168. the size of the network determines the structure of this IP Address.255.168.255.8’ is.168. The same subnet mask. all devices on the network must have: ■ ■ The same sub-network address.100. This value must always be unique.168’) identifies the network on which the device resides.100. Table 3 IP Addressing and Subnet Masking Device PC 1 PC 2 PC 3 Access Point IP Address 192.0’.8’) identifies the device within the network.100. The only value that will be different is the specific host device number.0 255.100. However. Part two (‘. you will probably only encounter two types of IP Address and subnet mask structures.74 APPENDIX B: IP ADDRESSING For your network to work correctly.33 192.168.255.255. In using the Access Point.8’. An example IP address is ‘192.100. See Table 3 for an example about how a network with three computers and a Access Point might be configured.8’ is split into two parts: ■ Part one (‘192. split into two parts but is structured differently: ■ Part one (‘192.255. ■ .100.72 Subnet Mask 255.0 Type Two In larger networks.255. again.100. the IP address of ‘192. Part two (‘.255.8’) identifies the device within the network.188 192.8 192.168.255.0 255.100.255.168.0 255. ■ This type of IP Address operates on a subnet mask of ‘255.
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’.0. Using a static IP and subnet mask means the address is permanently fixed.30 192.168.255. Automatic IP addressing is a scheme where devices allocate themselves Auto-IP Addressing . DHCP assigns a temporary IP address and subnet mask which gets reallocated once you disconnect from the network.168.002. Static Addressing You must enter an IP Address and the subnet mask manually on every device. Network devices use automatic IP addressing if they are configured to acquire an address using DHCP but are unable to contact a DHCP server.0.0.168.0. using DHCP means that the same IP address and subnet mask will never be duplicated for devices on the network.8 192.How does a Device Obtain an IP Address and Subnet Mask? 75 This type of IP Address operates on a subnet mask of ‘255.155 192.0 255.230 192. DHCP is particularly useful for networks with large numbers of users on them.0.0 255. DHCP will work on any client Operating System such as Windows® 95.255.002.255.0 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.72 Subnet Mask 255.0 255.0.168.168. Also.113. Table 4 IP Addressing and Subnet Masking Device PC 1 PC 2 PC 3 PC 4 Access Point IP Address 192.201.0. See Table 4 for an example about how a network (only four computers represented) and a Access Point might be configured.255.0 255. Windows 98 or Windows NT 4.100.255. which allows computers on your network to obtain an IP address and subnet mask automatically.255.
0). Automatic IP addressing support was introduced by Microsoft in the Windows 98 operating system and is also supported in Windows 2000.254. .255. the conflict is detected and one of the devices allocates itself a new address.x (with a subnet mask of 255.0.76 APPENDIX B: IP ADDRESSING an IP address at random from the industry standard subnet of 169. If two devices allocate themselves the same address.x.
4835 GHz Sensitivity: 1. WPA Maximum clients: 128 O/P Power: 18dBm Standard IEEE 802.C TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS This section lists the technical specifications for the OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point. 24. BPSK. OFDM Encryption: 40/64 bit WEP. Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) Transmission rate: 54Mbps. BPSK. 5. automatic fallback to 5.4835 GHz Sensitivity: 6. QPSK. 18. 24.11b.11g.5. 36. 128 bit WEP.400-2. 12.8m (1000ft) Frequency: (US/Canada/Europe) 2.10Mbps/100Mbps dual speed Ethernet port (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX) WLAN Interfaces Standard IEEE 802. OFDM Encryption: 40/64 bit WEP. 36.8m (1000ft) Frequency: (US/Canada/Europe) 2. 2. or 1 Mbps Maximum channels: 14 Range up to 304. 54 Mbps -66 dBm typical Modulation: CCK. 2. WPA Maximum clients: 128 O/P Power 18dBm . QPSK. Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) Transmission rate: 11bps. 11 Mbps -82 dBm typical Modulation: CCK.400-2. or 6 Mbps Maximum channels: 14 Range up to 304.5 Mbps: -85 dBm. 18. Wireless 11g Access Point Interfaces LAN connection . 128 bit WEP. automatic fallback to 48. 12. 48 Mbps: -85 dBm.
247 and 15. Wi-Fi UL60950 CSA 22.4 GHz ISM band wide band transmission systems.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. RSS-210 Safety: EMC: Radio Environmental: EN 60068 (IEC 68) . ETS 300 328 (2.11b.7 in.9 BThU/hr Humidity 0 % to 90 % (non-condensing) humidity Dimensions ■ ■ ■ Width = 220 mm (8.) Weight Approximately 500 g (1.) Height = 24 mm (1 in.249.3 IEEE 802.11g.78 APPENDIX C: TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Operating Temperature 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 105 °F) Power 7VA. 23.) Depth = 135 mm (5.209.207. 15.1 lbs) Standards Functional: ISO 8802/3 IEEE 802.3 in. 15. 802.
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. The Access Point has been designed to conform to the Wi-Fi interoperability test standard. System Requirements Operating Systems The Access Point will support the following Operating Systems: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Windows 95/98 Windows NT 4.86 ft).0 Windows ME Windows 2000 Windows XP Mac OS 8. Maximum cable length of 100m (327. u and x specifications.3i.
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D Important Safety Information SAFETY INFORMATION WARNING: Warnings contain directions that you must follow for your personal safety. the use of rf energy is not permitted. only use the power adapter that is supplied with the unit. If you have a physical problem with the unit that cannot be solved with problem solving actions in this guide. . WARNING: This unit operates under SELV (Safety Extra Low Voltage) conditions according to IEC 60950. WARNING: To ensure compliance with international safety standards. In some environments. The conditions are only maintained if the equipment to which it is connected also operates under SELV conditions. WARNING: Only stack the Access Point with other OfficeConnect units. WARNING: There are no user-replaceable fuses or user-serviceable parts inside the Access Point. WARNING: The socket outlet must be near to the unit and easily accessible. 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: Exceptional care must be taken during installation and removal of the unit. The user should seek local advice on whether or not rf energy is permitted within the area of intended use. contact your supplier. You can only remove power from the unit by disconnecting the power cord from the outlet. Follow all directions carefully.
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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.
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.
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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If connected to an Ethernet network. The rates will switch automatically depending on range and environment.11g 10BASE-T 100BASE-TX Access Point Ad Hoc mode Auto-negotiation . Ad Hoc mode is a configuration supported by most wireless clients. such as Ethernet. The IEEE specification for wireless Ethernet which allows speeds of up to 54 Mbps. used by the Access Point. 24.5 and 11 Mbps data rates. Auto-negotiation is where two devices sharing a link. It offers lower performance than infra-structure mode.11b The IEEE specification for wireless Ethernet which allows speeds of up to 11 Mbps. Wireless clients can be moved anywhere within the coverage area of the access point and still connect with each other. 36. The IEEE specification for 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet over Category 5 twisted-pair cable. (see also Infra-structure mode. It is used to connect a peer to peer network together without the use of an access point. The IEEE specification for 10 Mbps Ethernet over Category 3.GLOSSARY 802.) Some devices in the OfficeConnect range support auto-negotiation. The standard provides for 1. the access point monitors Ethernet traffic and forwards appropriate Ethernet messages to the wireless network. 4 or 5 twisted pair cable. The rates will switch automatically depending on range and environment. 5. 48 and 54 Mbps data rates. while also monitoring wireless client radio traffic and forwarding wireless client messages to the Ethernet LAN. 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. automatically 802. 12. 2. The standard provides for 6.
Category 3 Cables Category 5 Cables Channel Client DHCP . that a channel can transmit. Category 5 cabling is better to use for network cabling than Category 3.88 GLOSSARY configure to use the best common speed. Windows 98 will allocate itself an address if no DHCP server can be found. 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. 10BASE-T full duplex. Similar to any radio device. The bandwidth for 802. the bandwidth of Fast Ethernet is 100 Mbps. Windows 95.3 standard for Ethernet and is an operation that takes place in a few milliseconds.11g is 54 Mbps. The bandwidth for 802. The bandwidth of Ethernet is 10 Mbps. 100BASE-TX half duplex. One of five grades of Twisted Pair (TP) cabling defined by the EIA/TIA-586 standard. measured in bits per second.11b wireless is 11Mbps. and Windows 95 and Windows 98 will call the server to obtain the address. A channel is a particular frequency within the 2. This protocol automatically assigns an IP address for every computer on your network.4GHz spectrum within which the Gateway operates. the OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point allows you to choose different radio channels in the wireless spectrum. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol.0 contain software that assigns IP addresses to workstations on a network. Auto-negotiation is defined in the IEEE 802. 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. The order of preference (best first) is: 100BASE-TX full duplex. One of five grades of Twisted Pair (TP) cabling defined by the EIA/TIA-586 standard. because it supports both Ethernet (10 Mbps) and Fast Ethernet (100 Mbps) speeds. These assignments are made by the DHCP server software that runs on Windows NT Server. and 10BASE-T half duplex. The term used to described the desktop PC that is connected to your network. Windows 98 and Windows NT 4. Bandwidth The information capacity.
WPA and WEP. A DNS server keeps a database of host computers and their respective domain names and IP addresses. Ethernet networks use CSMA/CD to transmit packets at a rate of 10 Mbps over a variety of cables. A system that allows packets to be transmitted and received at the same time and. doubles the potential throughput of a link. WPA is a more powerful level of encryption than WEP.45. The ESSID is a unique identifier for your wireless network. however they connect more LANs than a repeater and are generally more sophisticated.34. Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation. so that when a domain name is requested (as in typing “3com. The OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point uses two types of encryption. in that they connect LANs of the same type. You must have the same ESSID entered into the Access Point and each of it's wireless clients. but not at the same time.GLOSSARY 89 DNS Server Address DNS stands for Domain Name System. Extended Service Set Identifier. which allows Internet host computers to have a domain name (such as 3com. the user is sent to the proper IP address. The DNS server address used by the computers on your home network is the location of the DNS server your ISP has assigned. A method for providing a level of security to wireless data transmissions. A device that regenerates LAN traffic so that the transmission distance of that signal can be extended. Encryption ESSID Ethernet Ethernet Address Fast Ethernet Firewall Full Duplex Half Duplex Hub . in effect.com” into your Internet browser). A system that allows packets to transmitted and received. An Ethernet system that is designed to operate at 100 Mbps. See MAC address. A LAN specification developed jointly by Xerox.com) and one or more IP addresses (such as 192. Hubs are similar to repeaters.8). Contrast with full duplex. Electronic protection that prevents anyone outside of your network from seeing your files or damaging your computers.
An organization responsible for providing engineering solutions for TCP/IP networks. and a host number. IP is part of the TCP/IP set of protocols that describe the routing of packets to addressed devices. printers. A network of end stations (such as PCs. A unique identifier for a device attached to a network using TCP/IP.11g configuration supported by the Access Point. In the network management area.90 GLOSSARY IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. This American organization was founded in 1963 and sets standards for computers and communications. LANs are characterized by high transmission speeds over short distances (up to 1000 metres). an optional subnet section and a host section. Internet Service Provider. The address is written as four octets separated with periods (full-stops). (see also Ad Hoc mode) Internet Protocol. Media Access Control. An IP address consists of 32 bits divided into two or three fields: a network number and a host number or a network number. Internet Engineering Task Force. and is made up of a network section. IETF Infra-structure mode IP IP Address ISP LAN MAC . servers) and network devices (hubs and switches) that cover a relatively small geographic area (usually not larger than a floor or building). Local Area Network. IP is a layer 3 network protocol that is the standard for sending data through a network. A protocol specified by the IEEE for determining which devices have access to a network at any one time. Internet Protocol Address. this group is responsible for the development of the SNMP protocol. An ISP is a business that provides connectivity to the Internet for individuals and other businesses or organizations. 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. Infra-Structure mode is the 802. a subnet number.
A subnet mask. A NIC is also known as an adapter or adapter card. sequencing and error control. The “RJ” stands for “registered jack”. Networks vary in size. is a set of four numbers configured like an IP address. Servers provide end stations with access to shared network services such as computer files and printer queues. Network Network Interface Card (NIC) Protocol RJ-45 Server SSID Subnet Address Subnet mask Subnets . which must assigned by InterNIC).GLOSSARY 91 MAC Address Media Access Control Address. A computer in a network that is shared by multiple end stations. Some vendors of wireless products use SSID interchangeably with ESSID. others span continents. The rules dictate format. some are within a single room. 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. A set of rules for communication between devices on a network. A circuit board installed into a piece of computing equipment. MAC addresses are 6 bytes long. timing. A Network is a collection of computers and other computer equipment that are connected for the purpose of exchanging information or sharing resources. Also called the hardware or physical address. a computer. 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. A standard connector used to connect Ethernet networks. Service Set Identifier. 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 may be a part of the TCP/IP information provided by your ISP. for example. A network that is a component of a larger network. A layer 2 address associated with a particular network device.
Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance. (see also 802. A shared key encryption mechanism for wireless networking. Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol.11b. TCP/IP is now supported on almost all platforms. Originally a UNIX standard.11g wireless networking products and to promote the standard for enterprise. however they connect more LANs than a bridge and are generally more sophisticated. 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. 802.11b. 802. Switches are similar to bridges. . IP relates to the address of the end station to which data is being sent.11b and 802. in that they connect LANs of a different type.11g. An industry group formed to certify cross vendor interoperability and compatibility of 802.11g.92 GLOSSARY Switch A device that interconnects several LANs to form a single logical LAN that comprises of several LAN segments. as well as the address of the destination network. This is the name for two of the most well-known protocols developed for the interconnection of networks. Encryption strength is 40/64 bit or 128 bit. Wireless Fidelity. small business and home environments. and is the protocol of the Internet. Wi-Fi) Wired Equivalent Privacy. This is the certification granted by WECA to products that meet their interoperability criteria. (see also 802. 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. TCP/IP Traffic WECA The movement of data packets on a network.
Encryption strength is 256 bit. A WLAN is a group of computers and devices connected together by wireless in a relatively small area (such as a house or office). Wi-Fi Protected Access.GLOSSARY 93 WLAN Wireless Local Area Network. A dynamically changing encryption mechanism for wireless networking. WPA .
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33 Profile 48 R Reset to Factory Defaults 51. About This Guide 8 Country Selection 24 P Password 23. 63 D DHCP 27. 34. 34 Specifications technical 77 Static Addressing 75 Status 54 Subnet Mask 27. 34. 59 LED 14 Login 23. 63 F Forgotten Password 66 I Internet addresses 73 IP Address 27. 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. 28. 73 L LAN 26. About This Guide 8 text.INDEX A Access 13 Addresses IP 73 Administration Password 26. 73 Summary 30 Support Information 54. 72 Logs 54 T TCP/IP 27. 66 Restart 50. 63 Support Links 55. 75 Discovery Application 71 S Setup Wizard 21. 38. 28. 73 Technical specifications 77 standards 77 Time Zone 50 M .
59 . 60 connection control 44 encryption 41. 60 settings 28. 39.96 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.
Liechtenstein. Bahrain. if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions. Brazil. 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. New Zealand. Argentina. Taiwan. Belarus. Venezuela. Iceland. Denmark. United States France. Germany. For proper installation. uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and. Uruguay. Netherlands. Cyprus. Russia. login to the management interface and select your country from the drop down list.” ICES-003. This equipment generates. pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Switzerland. may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Columbia. Paraguay. Spain. Turkey. there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. Mexico. Croatia. Czech Republic. Ireland. Hungary. South Korea. Costa Rica. China. South Africa. Finland. Saudi Arabia. Austria. United Kingdom. Peru. Luxembourg. Table 5 below details the channels permitted by the local regulatory agencies: Table 5 Channels Channels 1–13 Country Australia.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. Thailand. Slovenia. India. Malaysia. Sweden. Greece. and the Canadian Department of Communications Equipment Standards entitled. However. Indonesia. Chile. Philippines. Singapore. Norway. Lithuania. Hong Kong. Portugal. Poland. Italy. Belgium. “Digital Apparatus. Canada. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. .
Government Printing Office. Washington. Stock No.3. this equipment must be used only with cables which comply with IEEE 802.S. Move the equipment away from the receiver. the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: ■ ■ ■ ■ Reorient the receiving antenna.107 (e)Class B Conducted Limits 15. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help. is in conformity with the following standards or other normative documents: ■ ■ ANSI C63.98 Information to the User If this equipment does cause interference to radio or television reception.109 (a)Class B Radiated Emissions Limits 15.107 (a)Class B Conducted Limits 15. 004-000-00345-4. Relocate the equipment with respect to the receiver. ■ 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. In order to meet FCC emissions limits. FCC Declaration of Conformity We declare under our sole responsibility that the Model: 3CRWE454G72 Description: Wireless 11g Access Point to which this declaration relates.4-1992 Methods of Measurement Federal Communications Commission 47 CFR Part 15. DC 20402. which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on.109 (g)Class B Radiated Emissions Limits ■ . subpart B 15. Plug the equipment into a different outlet so that equipment and receiver are on different branch circuits.
the 3Com OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point shall be used in such manner that the potential for human contact during normal operation is minimized.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. EMC Directive 89/336/EEC as amended by European Directive 93/68/EEC and the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive 99/5/EC. BSMI Statement FCC CAUTION: To assure continued compliance. . CSA Statement This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference-Causing Equipment Regulations. any changes or modifications not expressly approved by the party responsible for compliance could void the user’s authority to operate this equipment. CE Statement (Europe) This product complies with the European Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC. Nevertheless. Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du Canada. The distance between the antennas and the user should not be less than 20 cm.
this device is intended to be operated indoors and away from windows to provide maximum shielding.100 RF Exposure Compliance Statement (U. 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. Potential RF Interference (Canada) CAUTION: To prevent radio interference to the licensed service.1091. 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. .S. In order to comply with the FCC RF exposure requirements.
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