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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.ABOUT THIS GUIDE This guide describes how to install and configure the OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point (3CRWE454G72). . If a release note is shipped with the OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point and contains information that differs from the information in this guide.com Naming Convention Throughout this guide. 3Com recommends that during the initial configuration that this is connected to the same switch or hub as the Access Point. This guide is intended for use by those responsible for installing and setting up network equipment. follow the information in the release note. consequently. 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. it assumes a basic working knowledge of LANs (Local Area Networks). The PC used to configure the Access Point is referred to as the “admin computer”.
you must type something. Information that alerts you to potential loss of data or potential damage to an application. Example: Press Ctrl+Alt+Del Italics are used to: ■ ■ Words in italics Emphasize a point.” If you must press two or more keys simultaneously. the key names are linked with a plus sign (+). and software button names. Information that alerts you to potential personal injury. select Contents. Identify menu names. or device. menu commands. Do not press Return or Enter when an instruction simply says “type. Click OK. Table 1 Notice Icons Icon Notice Type Information note Caution Warning Description Information that describes important features or instructions. and then press Return or Enter.8 ABOUT THIS GUIDE Conventions Table 1 and Table 2 list conventions that are used throughout this guide.com Please include the following information when commenting: ■ ■ ■ Document title Document part number (on the title page) Page number (if appropriate) . ■ Feedback about this User Guide Your suggestions are very important to us. Table 2 Text Conventions Convention The words “enter” and “type” Keyboard key names Description When you see the word “enter” in this guide. system. They will help make our documentation more useful to you. Examples: From the Help menu. Please e-mail comments about this document to 3Com at: pddtechpubs_comments@3com. Denote a new term at the place where it is defined in the text.
For information about contacting Technical Support. please refer to the Support and Safety Information sheet. You can now register your Access Point on the 3Com web site and receive up-to-date information on your product: http://www.3com. Related Documentation In addition to this guide. This guide contains the instructions you need to install and configure your Access Point.Conventions 9 Example: ■ ■ ■ OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point User Guide Part Number DUA0045-4AAA01 Page 24 Do not use this e-mail address for technical support questions. each Access Point document set includes one Installation Guide.com/register/ Product Registration .
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flexibility. Now. Computer networks have proved to be one of the fastest modes of communication but. only large businesses could afford the networking advantage. the same power.1 INTRODUCING THE ACCESS POINT Welcome to the world of networking with 3Com®. The OfficeConnect® product range from 3Com has changed all this. In the modern business environment. you can harness the benefits of wireless networking. bringing networks to the small office. . The products that compose the OfficeConnect range give you. the small office user. communication and sharing information is crucial. and protection that has been available only to large corporations. until recently.
you can be sure it will work reliably with certified equipment from other manufacturers. A single Access Point makes the Internet. such as printers.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. e-mail and network resources. Because the Access Point is a WI-FI certified device. available to dozens of wireless clients. Figure 1 Example Network Computer Power Adapter Hub / Switch 3Com Wireless 11g Access Point Wireless User Wireless User .
. 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. Unix and Macintosh computers Easy-to-use. please contact your retailer. 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.Access Point Advantages 13 Access Point Advantages The advantages of the Access Point include: ■ Cross-platform operation for compatibility with Windows.
If the LED is off. and is waiting for you to release the reset button. If the LED is flashing. 3 LAN Status LED Green (100Mbps link) / yellow (10Mbps link) If the LED is on.A fault has been detected with your Access Point during the start-up process. data is being transmitted or received. the Wireless LAN has been disabled in the Access Point. The Access Point will then enter the start-up sequence and resume normal operation. or there is a problem. Refer to Chapter 6 “Troubleshooting”. 4 Wireless LAN (WLAN) Status LED Yellow If the LED is on it indicates that wireless networking is enabled. wait until the Access Point has completed the current operation and the alert LED is Off.Front Panel 15 In each of these cases. If the LED is off. the link is OK and data is being transmitted or received. 2 Power LED Green Indicates that the Access Point is powered on. Continuously on . the link between the port and the next piece of network equipment is OK. If the LED is flashing. The port will automatically adjust to the correct speed and duplex. or there is a problem with the connection (refer to Chapter 6 “Troubleshooting”). nothing is connected. Refer to Chapter 6 “Troubleshooting”. the connected device is switched off. If you have used the reset button to reset the unit to Factory Defaults.The Access Point has completed the Reset to Factory Defaults process. . Flashing slowly . follow steps 5 to 6 in “Forgotten Password and Reset to Factory Defaults” on page 66.
7 Power Adapter OK LED Green Indicates that the power adapter is supplying Power to the Access Point. The port will automatically adjust to the correct speed and duplex.16 CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCING THE ACCESS POINT Rear Panel The rear panel (Figure 3) of the Access Point contains one LAN port. a reset button. . If the LED is off. 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. there may be a problem with the power adapter or adapter cable. CAUTION: Do not force the antennae round further than 90 degrees in either direction. Figure 3 Access Point .Rear Panel 6 5 7 8 9 5 OK Ethernet RESET 5 Wireless Antennae The antennae on the product should be placed in a ‘V’ position when initially installed. a power adapter OK LED and a power adapter socket. Do not use any other adapter. 9 Reset Button This button allows you to reset the unit to factory defaults.
if necessary. Setting up your computers for networking with the Access Point. allowing wider coverage. ■ ■ . AVERTISSEMENT: Veuillez lire attentivement la section “Consignes importantes de sécurité” avant de mettre en route. is centrally located to the wireless computers that will connect to the Access Point. bevor Sie das Gerät einschalten. Safety Information WARNING: Please read the “Safety Information” section in Appendix D before you start. including: ■ ■ Connecting the Access Point to your network. 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. allows easy viewing of the front panel LED indicator lights. and access to the rear panel connectors.2 Introduction HARDWARE INSTALLATION This chapter will guide you through a basic installation of 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. VORSICHT: Bitte lesen Sie den Abschnitt “Wichtige Sicherheitshinweise” sorgfältig durch.
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. ensure: ■ ■ It is out of direct sunlight and away from sources of heat. To do this: 1 Ensure that the wall you use is smooth. leaving their heads 3 mm (0. do not wall mount stacked units. . and sources of electrical noise such as radios. fluorescent lighting fixtures.9 in. flat. Air flow around the unit and through the vents in the side of the case is not restricted. Water or moisture cannot enter the case of the unit. Cabling is away from power lines.) clearance. dry and sturdy and make two screw holes which are 150 mm (5. 2 Fix the screws into the wall. ■ ■ 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. ensure that it is within reach of the power outlet.) clear of the wall surface. transmitters and broadband amplifiers. Wall Mounting There are two slots on the underside of the Access Point that can be used for wall mounting. 3Com recommends you provide a minimum of 25 mm (1 in.18 CHAPTER 2: HARDWARE INSTALLATION When positioning your Access Point. When wall mounting the unit. You will need two suitable screws to wall mount the unit. CAUTION: Only wall mount single units.12 in. Only stick the feet to the marked areas at each corner of the underside of your Access Point. When in line.) apart.
2 Insert the other end of the cable into the RJ-45 port on switch or hub. You have now completed the hardware installation of your Access Point. Check that the LAN status LED lights on the Access Point. . 2 Plug the power adapter into a standard electrical wall socket. Figure 4 Connecting the Access Point Hub / Switch 3CRWE4 1196 WLAN LAN Status OfficeC onn ect 11M bps Wir eless Access Poin t Wireless users t Aler OfficeConnect Wireless Access Point To use your Access Point to connect to the wireless LAN to the wired LAN: 1 Insert one end of the supplied Ethernet (RJ-45 Category 5) cable into the LAN port on the rear panel of the Access Point.Powering Up the Access Point 19 Powering Up the Access Point To power up the Access Point: 1 Plug the power adapter into the power adapter socket located on the back panel of the Access Point. Connecting the Access Point The first step for installing your Access Point is to physically connect it to a switch or hub. See Figure 4. Next you need to set up your computers so that they connect to the Access Point.
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which means that it is accessed through your Web browser (Netscape Navigator. your wireless NIC should be set as follows: ■ ■ Encryption — none Service Area Name/SSID — 3Com The Access Point setup program is Web-based. 2 Insert the Access Point CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive on your computer. note that you may lose contact with the Access Point if you change the wireless configuration. Internet Explorer or Mozilla). However. you may configure the Access Point from a wireless admin computer but.3 Accessing the Wizard RUNNING THE SETUP WIZARD 3Com recommends that you perform the initial Access Point configuration from a computer that is directly connected to the LAN port and not from a wireless connection. Discovery will find the Access Point even if it is unconfigured or misconfigured. . A menu will appear. Refer to Chapter 2 for details on how to do this. To communicate with the Access Point. select Discovery. To use the Setup Wizard: 1 Ensure that you have at least one computer connected to the Access Point.
select the NIC from which the Access Point will be discovered. 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.22 CHAPTER 3: RUNNING THE SETUP WIZARD Figure 5 Discovery Welcome Screen 3 When the Welcome screen is displayed. Then click on Next and wait until the application discovers the Access Points connected to your LAN. Highlight the Wireless 11g Access Point by clicking on it. and press Next. . Figure 6 Discovered Access Point Screen 4 Figure 6 shows an example Discovered Devices screen.
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. enter the password (the default setting is admin) in the System Password field and click Log in (Figure 8). Figure 8 Access Point Login Screen . 6 To log in.
the Country & Mode Selection screen appears. or . 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.24 CHAPTER 3: RUNNING THE SETUP WIZARD 7 If the password is correct. See Chapter 5 for configuration information. See Chapter 4 for configuration information. (Figure 9) a Select the country in which the Access Point is to operate. Select the Wizard tab and click Wizard. Select Client Bridge Mode if the Access Point is to be used to provide access to a wireless network for a single client. ■ The Country & Mode Selection screen is only displayed on initial configuration of the Access Point. 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).
Accessing the Wizard 25 ■ If your Access Point has not been configured before. the Wizard will launch automatically (refer to Figure 11). 9 Click Next. 10 You will be guided step by step through a basic setup procedure. Figure 10 Welcome Screen Figure 11 Wizard Screen .
. 1. 2. There are three options. LAN Settings Figure 13 LAN Settings Screen This screen determines how the Access Point obtains its IP address. admin. 3Com recommends entering a new password when setting up the Access Point for the first time. type the Old Password.26 CHAPTER 3: RUNNING THE SETUP WIZARD Password Figure 12 Change Administration Password Screen When the Change Administration Password screen (Figure 12) appears. so that you can change your settings in the future. Click Next. Password is case sensitive. then a new password in both the New Password and Confirm Password boxes. Write the new password down and keep it in a safe place. The Access Point is shipped from the factory with a default password.
Specify an IP address manually .Select this option to manually configure the IP address of the Access Point.The Access Point contains a Dynamic Host Configuration (DHCP) server that can automatically configure the TCP/IP settings of every computer on your network. select Specify an IP Address manually and Enable DHCP server. It also allows you to change the IP address and subnet mask. . Figure 14 LAN IP Address Screen Specify an IP address manually and enable DHCP server . The screen shown in Figure 15 opens. To activate the DHCP Server option. This screen displays a suggested LAN IP address and subnet mask of the Access Point.The Access Point will obtain an IP address from a DHCP server already operating on your network.Accessing the Wizard 27 Obtain IP Address automatically . The screen shown in Figure 14 is displayed. 3Com recommends that you manually assign your Access Point a static IP address.
It also allows you to change the IP address and subnet mask. Wireless Settings Figure 16 Wireless Configuration Screen This screen displays the current Channel and Service Area Name. if this is not appropriate. The largest available continuous IP pool will be automatically entered. There are a maximum of 14 channels. ensure that there are no other DHCP servers running on your network. . Two further fields are available for you to enter the Start address of an address pool and an End address.28 CHAPTER 3: RUNNING THE SETUP WIZARD Figure 15 DHCP Server Setup Screen This screen displays a suggested LAN IP address and subnet mask of the Access Point. make your required changes. Before enabling the DHCP Server. It also allows you to change these settings.
. Up to 32 (case sensitive) characters can be entered for the Service Area Name. 2 Enter a Service Area Name/SSID. For information on improving your Wireless network security see “Wireless Settings” on page 39. 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. If your clients use a different Service Area Name then they will not be able to communicate with the Access Point. You should however make a note of the channel you select as this may be useful if you experience problems with your clients. 3Com strongly recommends that you change the SSID to something other than the default. The choice of channel is less important as Clients will generally search all of the available channels. 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. This is why 3Com strongly recommends that you configure the Access Point from a wired computer.Accessing the Wizard 29 the number available to you is dependent on the country in which you reside. 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. The Service Area Name default for 3Com products is “3Com”.
you may need to reconfigure the computer you are using in order to make contact with the Access Point again. Your Access Point is now configured and ready for use. See Chapter 4 for a detailed description of the Access Point configuration screens.30 CHAPTER 3: RUNNING THE SETUP WIZARD Summary Figure 17 Configuration Summary Screen When you complete the Setup Wizard. See Chapter 5 for a detailed description of the Client Bridge Mode configuration screens. a configuration summary will display. 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. 3Com recommends that you print this page for your records.
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 click on a topic from the main menu.allows you to configure IP address and subnet mask information. log in using your system password (default admin). If your Access Point is set up in Client Bridge Mode. When you have browsed to the Access Point. as shown in Figure 18 on page 32. browse to the Access Point by entering the URL in the location bar of your browser.1.168. and display the DHCP client list. Support . setup DHCP server parameters.allows the administrator to perform maintenance activities on the Access Point. and launch the Wizard LAN Settings . Wireless Settings . System Tools . that page will appear in the main part of the screen.contains a comprehensive online help system ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ . Status and Logs . ■ Welcome . allows you to change your password. Main Menu At the left side of all screens is a main menu. for example http://192.1. see Chapter 5 to configure your Access Point. and provides facilities for improving the security of the wireless network. The URL is http://<IP Address of the Access Point>. and is provided as a reference.displays the firmware version of the Access Point.enables /disables access from wireless computers.displays the current status and activity logs of the Access Point. To get to the configuration pages.
Getting Help On every screen. . You can also gain access to the Configuration Wizard.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). Welcome Screen Figure 18 Access Point Welcome Screen The Welcome section allows you to view the Notice board and to change your Password. (See “Accessing the Wizard” on page 21 for details). a Help button is available which provides access to the context-sensitive online help system. Click Help for further assistance and guidance relating to the current screen. simply click on the required tab. To access a sub-section.
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.
. to launch the configuration wizard.. It can be obtained automatically or you can manually configure the IP address and optionally configure the DHCP server. If you have forgotten your password you need to reset the Access Point. 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. Refer to Chapter 3 for information on how to run the wizard.34 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION The password is case sensitive. See “Forgotten Password and Reset to Factory Defaults” on page 66 Wizard Figure 21 Wizard Screen Click WIZARD..
. Check all your settings and click Apply.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. Select Dynamic IP Address (automatically allocated) and the screen shown in Figure 22 is displayed.254.xxx range.
3 If you want to use the Access Point as a DHCP Server. 4 Check all of your settings. and then click Apply. 1 Select Unit Configuration and then select Static IP Address (to be specified manually).36 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION Manually setting the IP address 3Com recommends that you assign your Access Point a static IP address.168. See “DHCP Server” for more information about configuring the DHCP server. The default static IP address of the Access Point is 192.1. Figure 23 Unit Configuration Screen For Static IP Address 2 Enter the Access Point IP Address and Subnet Mask in the LAN Settings field. click in the Enable check box. . ensure that there are no other DHCP servers running on your network. The screen shown in Figure 23 is displayed.1. DHCP Server The DHCP server will give out addresses to both wired and wireless clients. Before enabling the DHCP Server.
The screen shown in Figure 23 is displayed.LAN Settings 37 If you want the Access Point to function as a DHCP server on your network. . 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. 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. 4 Enter any Default Gateway and DNS (Domain Name Server) addresses if required. Figure 24 DHCP Server Configuration Screen 3 Clicking Auto Range automatically selects the largest range of addresses available for your network. carry out the following: 1 Select Unit Configuration and then select Static IP Address (to be specified manually). 5 Check your settings and click Apply.
For each device that is connected to the LAN the following information is displayed: ■ IP address — The Internet Protocol (IP) address issued to the client machine. Fix — This box is checked if the IP address is fixed to the MAC address of the client’s network card. The IP address would then be available for another device if there were no other IP addresses available. if configured. Client Type — Whether the client is connected to the access point by wired or wireless connection. MAC Address — The Media Access Control (MAC) address of the client’s network card. the client list will grow to a maximum number of 253 clients. The lease time is set at 12 hours. The list is only created when the Access Point is set up as a DHCP server. 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. Host Name — The client machine’s host name. If a PC has been switched off. The Release button allows the lease time for the IP address that has been issued to a device to be cleared.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. ■ ■ ■ ■ As you connect more devices. .
Enable Connection Control . you should select a different channel number. If this seems to be the case. Enable Encryption . If another Access Point nearby is using the same channel as you. Change the SSID from its default value . but if they don't you must configure them to use the same channel number as the Access Point. Channel Selection The Channel Selector allows you to specify which channel the Access Point will transmit and receive on.see page 41 3. Usually the Wireless computers will scan to find the correct channel.see page 44 Configuration Figure 26 Configuration Screen Enable Wireless Networking Allows you to enable/disable the wireless section of your LAN. When disabled. there will be a reduction in the performance of your network.see page 40 2. 3Com recommends that you: 1.Wireless Settings 39 Wireless Settings To improve the security of your wireless network. . no wireless PCs can gain access to your Wired or Wireless LAN through this Access Point.
The Service Area Name may also be referred to as “ESSID” depending on your networking vendor. If you set the Access Point to Disable Broadcast SSID. In order that your wireless computers can connect to the Access Point. the Access Point will not broadcast the Service Area Name/SSID of your wireless network. By default the Access Point uses the name “3Com”.40 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION Valid channels are country dependent. Disable Broadcast SSID This feature can be used to improve the security of your wireless network. Service Area Name/SSID This allows you to name your Wireless network. The field will accept any alphanumeric string and has a maximum length of 32 characters. your client will not list the Access Point SSID when this feature is enabled. Have the same Service Area Name as the Access Point. Use the same encryption type and keys as the Access Point. When the tickbox is checked. you must: ■ ■ ■ ■ Use Infrastructure Mode not Adhoc Mode. See “Channels” on page 97 for a list of channels approved by each country. 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. This will prevent unauthorized clients from detecting your SSID and attempting to connect to your network. Clear Channel Select allows the Access Point to automatically select an available channel when first powered on. Your Wireless computers must be configured with exactly the same name or you will not be able to establish a connection. . See page 44. 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. If you have a wireless client that can detect all the available SSIDs in your area. the Access Point will not allow access to clients with the SSID field set to “any”.
The pre-shared key can be entered as a 256 bit series of hexadecimal digits or as a pass-phrase. 3Com recommends that you use WPA with any clients which support it. The Access Point supports two types of encryption: ■ WPA — Wi-FI Protected Access (WPA) is a 256 bit encryption method with keys that change over time. 3Com recommends that you get the network working with encryption disabled first and then enable it as the last step. If you enable encryption on the Access Point. a new key is agreed. This option is useful if you have several Access Point units and want to be able to easily identify them. For example. Research. ■ WPA provides a higher level of security. Admin. Configuring WPA Encryption The only configuration that is needed for WPA is to enter the pre-shared key. 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. .Wireless Settings 41 Access Point Name This option allows you to name the Access Point. it is important to remember that with encryption disabled. you may name them Marketing. than those encrypted using WEP. During this dialog. This will simplify setting up your network. Encryption When setting up wireless networks. The field accepts any alphanumeric string upto a maximum of 32 characters. making it more difficult to eavesdrop on wireless networks encrypted using WPA. Enabling encryption has no security effect on data transmitted through wired (Ethernet) connections or through your connections to the Internet. anyone with a Wireless PC can eavesdrop on your network. provided by its longer key and dynamic changes made to the key over time. The encryption methods used by the Access Point secure data transmitted through wireless communications between the Access Point and its wireless clients. WEP — Wireless Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is a 64 bit or 128 bit encryption method with user configurable fixed keys.
3 Click Apply to generate the key. Use the Wireless Encryption Type box to select the desired level. for example 1a. 64 bit (sometimes referred to as 40 bit) and 128 bit. Each field can contain a hexadecimal number from 00 to ff.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 . 2 Enter a phrase of between 8 and 63 characters in length in the Passphrase field. 128 bit will result in a higher level of security. This passphrase will be used to generate a 256 bit key. 2 Enter a pair of hexadecimal digits in each of the 32 Key fields. but may cause a slight decrease in performance.Pre-Shared Passphrase from the WPA Encryption Type drop-down box.Manual Pre-shared Key from the WPA Encryption Type drop-down box. 3 Click Apply to generate the key. Configuring WEP Encryption There are two levels of WEP encryption available. . To enter the pre-shared key as a pass-phrase: 1 Select Enabled .
This method allows you to manually enter hex keys. Hexadecimal numbers are formed from 0-9 and A-F. Enter a two digit hexadecimal number in every box. Different manufacturers have developed different ways of converting plain text and so interoperability is not guaranteed. 3Com Encryption String . The string can contain any alphanumeric characters and must be between 6 and 30 characters long. The string must be exactly 5 characters for 64 bit ■ ■ . Virtually all manufacturers support this scheme. ASCII .Wireless Settings 43 Encryption Keys Figure 28 Encryption Keys Screen showing WEP configuration A Key is a hexadecimal (0-9.This method is supported by 3Com Wireless products. the Manual Hex Key method is supported by most vendors. A-F) number used to encrypt and decrypt the data. There are four methods available to generate the encryption keys: ■ Manual Key Entry . The text is much easier to remember than hex keys but it relies on your wireless adapters also supporting this feature. A single string will automatically generate 4 unique keys for 64 or 128 bit WEP. If you are experiencing difficulty. The Access Point also offers a number of methods for converting plain text into hex keys.This method is supported by some adapter cards running under Windows XP. There can be up to 4 keys and each key can be as long as 26 digits.
You must enter a separate string for each of the 4 Keys. Some wireless adapters have only one key available on their WEP configuration page. In other words. You can leave a string blank provided this Key is not selected as the Active Transmit Key. Connection Control This screen allows you to determine if all Wireless PCs or just authorised Wireless PCs can use the Access Point. ■ Passphrase . The Active Transmit Key selects which of the 4 Keys the Access Point uses when it transmits.This is another common method and similar to the 3Com Encryption string. in 128 bit WEP. Key 2 on the Wireless computer must match Key 2 on the Access Point and so on. The passphrase can be up to 31 characters long and may contain any alphanumeric characters. Key number 1 on the Wireless computer must have the same Hex number as Key number 1 on the Access Point. You can change the selected key periodically to increase the security of your network. Select Connection Control to display the screen shown in Figure 29. then enter the appropriate information. the passphrase will generate 4 different keys. 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 64 bit WEP. If you have other wireless products choose the scheme that is compatible with these.44 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION WEP and 13 characters for 128 bit WEP. Select from the drop down list the key generation method you wish to use. However. this method only generates 1 key which is replicated for all 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.
it will automatically be added to the Authorised Wireless PC list. channel and encryption settings as the Access Point can connect to it.Wireless Settings 45 Figure 29 Connection Control Screen A higher level of security can be achieved for your wireless network if you use both encryption and you specify only certain wireless computers can connect to the Access Point. If you enable this feature from a Wireless PC. By default. Authorised Wireless PCs Figure 30 Connection Control Detail Screen . any wireless computer that has the same Service Area Name/SSID. Select Only Authorised Wireless PCs can connect to the Access Point to enable and configure this feature.
3 Click Add. currently operating. 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. Figure 31 MAC Address Table Click Close to discard all changes. 3 Press Apply to accept the changes. To add a MAC address that is not in the list. channel and encryption settings as the Access Point. Once an entry has been deleted it cannot be undone. 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. A MAC address consists of 12 characters. 2 Select one or more MAC addresses of the Wireless PCs that you want to allow to connect to the Access Point. The screen shown in Figure 30 opens. The MAC address can only be edited manually. 2 Modify the MAC address in the pop-up window. Please wait 30 seconds for changes to take effect. and have the same Service Area Name/SSID.46 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION To create a list of Wireless computers that can access the Access Point: 1 Press New. Deleting a MAC Address The connection rights for a Wireless PC listed in the table can be removed by pressing Delete for that entry in the table. hold down the Ctrl key while clicking on the addresses. You may also add the entries manually if you know the MAC address. To select multiple MAC addresses. Valid characters are '0-9'. and 'A-F'. . The list on the Connection Control window contains the MAC addresses of all Wireless PCs that are in range.
the client list will grow to a maximum of 128 (the maximum number of wireless devices that the Access Point can support).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. ■ ■ As you connect more devices to the Wireless LAN. Connection Speed — The actual speed of the wireless connection. For each device that is connected to the Wireless LAN the following information is displayed: ■ MAC Address — The Media Access Control (MAC) address of the client’s wireless network card. Client Type — The specification of the client’s wireless network card. the distance from the Access Point and any items obstructing and interfering with the signal. . The list is only created when Wireless Networking is enabled. The speed depends on the specification of the wireless network card.
The Access Point can generate a profile so that you do not need to configure your Wireless PCs manually. ■ Profile Name This is used to identify the profile once it has been imported into the Wireless Network Adapter configuration software. ■ 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’. 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. 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. Once the profile has been saved it can be copied on to another PC and imported into the 3Com Wireless Network Adapter.
Wireless Settings 49 For instructions on how to import a profile. once the profile is imported. refer to the User Guide that accompanies your 3Com Wireless Network Adapter(s). check that: ■ the adapter is within range of the Access Point if Connection Control has been enabled in the Access Point. If. 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.
Restart Figure 34 Restart Screen If your Access Point is not operating correctly. simulating the effect of power cycling the unit. you can choose to restart the Access Point by selecting Restart the Access Point. No configuration information will be lost but the log files will be erased. Any network users who are currently connected to the Access Point will have their access interrupted whilst the restart takes place. and they may need to reboot their computers when the restart has completed and the Access Point is operational again. Configuration. Configuration Figure 35 Configuration Screen . and Upgrade (Figure 34).50 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION System Tools The main frame of the System Tools screen includes three administration items: Restart.
You will be prompted to download and save a file to disk. The Access Point reverts to a DHCP client and will therefore restart requiring a new IP address. Reset to Factory Default If you want to reset the settings on your Access Point to those that were loaded at the factory. Backup Configuration Click BACKUP to save the current Access Point configuration. The password will remain unchanged. and then click RESTORE to copy the data into the Access Point's memory. press Browse to locate the backup file on your computer. 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). 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. Restore Configuration Data If you want to reinstate the configuration settings previously saved to a file. You will lose all your configuration changes. click RESET. Upgrade Figure 36 Upgrade Screen . See Appendix A for more information.
the software may be corrupted and the Access Point may not start up properly afterwards. and then click Apply. you first need to download the software from the 3Com support web site to a folder on your computer. Once you have done this. select Browse to tell your web browser where this file is on your computer. The upgrade procedure can take up to two minutes. “Troubleshooting”. Although the upgrade process has been designed to preserve your configuration settings. To install new software. If the Alert LED comes on continuously after a failed upgrade. the Access Point will restart. if you do. and once this has completed. 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 connection between the computer and the Access Point is lost while the new software is being copied to the Access Point). and is complete when the Alert LED has stopped flashing and is permanently off.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. The file will be copied to the Access Point. refer to Chapter 6. . it is recommended that you make a backup of the configuration beforehand.
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. . The Status screen displays a tabular representation of your network and Internet connection.
Logs Support and Feedback Figure 38 Support Screen . including a summary of the configuration Logs will allow you to view the events logged by the Access Point You may be asked to refer to the information on the Status and Logs screens if you contact your supplier for technical support.54 CHAPTER 4: ACCESS POINT CONFIGURATION Status Status displays the current unit status.
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. . allows you to provide feedback to 3Com on the operation of your Access Point (Figure 38). Selecting the Feedback tab from the Support/Feedback screen displays the feedback screen.
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2 Click the RESET. select: a The country in which the Access Point is to operate. b Client Bridge Mode as the operating mode of the Access Point.. To switch the Access Point to Client Bridge mode: 1 Click on the System Tools menu followed by the Configuration tab. In this mode it will not longer act as an access point and will not provide wireless networking for other clients. 3 When the Country & Mode Selection screen appears. When you reset the Access Point to its factory default settings you will lose all configuration information.. 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. See Appendix A. . When in Client Bridge Mode the Access point will act as a Wireless client. 3Com recommends that backup your configuration before changing the mode of the Access Point. allowing one computer to access a wireless network. button in the Reset to Factory Default section. 4 Click Apply.5 What is Client Bridge Mode? CLIENT BRIDGE MODE CONFIGURATION Client Bridge Mode is a secondary mode of the Access Point. The Access Point will restart. You may need to use the Discovery Application to reconnect to your Access Point after it has been reset to factory default settings.
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. Welcome Menu Figure 39 Access Point Welcome Screen The Welcome section allows you to view the Notice board and to change your Password..58 CHAPTER 5: CLIENT BRIDGE MODE CONFIGURATION Configuring Client Bridge Mode Once the Access Point has been switched into Client Bridge mode. See “Wizard” on page 34 for details of the Wizard screen. To configure the Access Point manually see the sections in the rest of this chapter. 2 Click the WIZARD.. followed by the Wizard tab. See “Password” on page 33 for details of the Password screen. You can also gain access to the Configuration Wizard. To configure the Access Point using the configuration wizard: 1 Click the Welcome menu. The configuration wizard will display options relevant to configuring Client Bridge mode and will therefore differ from those shown in Chapter 3. button and follow the instructions provide on-screen. . you can configure it using the configuration Wizard or by setting options manually.
You must set a static IP address for your Access Point when in Client Bridge mode. The default static IP address of the Access Point is 192. . 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. 3 Check all of your settings. Client Bridge mode does not support DHCP. These can be obtained from your network administrator. 2 Enter an IP Address and Subnet Mask in the LAN Settings field. Figure 40 Unit Configuration Screen To change the LAN settings for your Access Point: 1 Select Unit Configuration. The screen shown in Figure 40 is displayed.1. Wireless Settings The Wireless Settings menu allows to enter the details of the wireless network to which you are connecting. The Access Point must be allocated a free address within your wireless network’s subnet to function correctly.168.1.
Service Area Name/SSID Enter the name of your wireless network. Device Name This option allows you to name the Access Point. WEP — Wireless Equivalent Privacy (WEP) is a 64 bit or 128 bit encryption method with user configurable fixed keys. When disabled. you will not be able to gain access to your Wireless LAN through this Access Point. If you do not enter the name correctly. Access Points are commonly named after their user or location (if fixed).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. 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. The field accepts any alphanumeric string upto a maximum of 32 characters. ■ . you will not be able to connect to your wireless network. it is important to remember that with encryption disabled. In Client Bridge mode. anyone with a Wireless PC can eavesdrop on your network. This option allows your network administrator to identify wireless clients.
■ 2 Enter the pre-shared key or passphrase in the fields provided. 3Com recommends that you use WPA if supported by 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 .Manual Pre-shared key if you have been supplied a set of hexadecimal digits Select Enabled . If you enable WEP. ■ ■ 3 Click Apply to enter the key. Each field can contain a hexadecimal number from 00 to ff. the options for WPA will not be available. If you enable WPA. .Pre-shared Passphrase if you have been suppled with a passphrase For a pre-shared key. for example 1a. provided by its longer key and dynamic changes made to the key over time. The Access Point can only use one type of encryption to access the wireless network. For a pre-shared passphrase enter the passphrase in the Passphrase field. as supplied by your network administrator. the options for WEP will not be available.Wireless Settings 61 WPA provides a higher level of security. enter a pair of hexadecimal digits in each of the 32 Key fields.
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.This method allows you to manually enter hex keys. Passphrase . 3Com Encryption String . Hexadecimal numbers are formed from 0-9 and A-F. in 128 bit WEP. 2 Select the method used to generate the WEP encryption key.This method is supported by some adapter cards running under Windows XP. ASCII . In 64 bit WEP. Enter a two digit hexadecimal number in every box. You must enter a separate string for each of the 4 Keys. the passphrase will generate 4 different keys. ■ ■ ■ 3 Click Apply to enter the key. . You can leave a string blank provided this Key is not selected as the Active Transmit Key. The string can contain any alphanumeric characters and must be between 6 and 30 characters long. A single string will automatically generate 4 unique keys for 64 or 128 bit WEP. However. Virtually all manufacturers support this scheme.This is another common method and similar to the 3Com Encryption string. this method only generates 1 key which is replicated for all 4 keys. The string must be exactly 5 characters for 64 bit WEP and 13 characters for 128 bit WEP.This method is supported by 3Com Wireless products. There are four methods available: ■ Manual Key Entry . The passphrase can be up to 31 characters long and may contain any alphanumeric characters.
The Status and . Configuration. The Status and Logs screens are the same under Access Point mode and Client Bridge mode: ■ ■ See “Status” on page 54 for details of the Status screen. 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. which contains a list of Internet links that provide information and support concerning the Access Point.System Tools 63 System Tools The main frame of the System Tools screen includes three administration items: Restart. See “Logs” on page 54 for details of the Logs screen. See “Upgrade” on page 51 for details of the Upgrade 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 “Configuration” on page 50 for details of the Configuration screen. Support and Feedback Selecting the Support tab from the Support/Feedback screen displays the support links 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. .
and that any corresponding LEDs are also illuminated. ■ ■ . in which case a diagnostic program may be available that can give you this information. Go to the Control Panel and click on Internet Options. Try a different cable. Ensure that the NIC is configured for autonegotiation. Make sure that the computer can communicate with other devices on the network. Some NICs do not have status LEDs. ■ ■ 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. If the link status LED does not illuminate for the LAN port. Ensure that your computer is configured correctly. Ensure that you do not have a Web proxy enabled on your computer. Check also that the Uplink/Normal switch is in the correct position. and that the link status LEDs on the Access Point and NIC are illuminated and indicating the same speed (10Mbps or 100Mbps). Make sure that the Use Proxy Server option is unchecked. admin computer and switch together but cannot browse to the Access Point configuration screens. check that you do not have a faulty cable. Ensure that the computers have completed their start-up procedure and are ready for use. Select the Connections tab and click on the LAN Settings button at the bottom.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. check the following: ■ Confirm that the physical connection between your computer and the Access Point is OK. Some network interfaces may not be correctly initialised until the start-up procedure has completed.
4 Re-apply power to the Access Point.66 CHAPTER 6: TROUBLESHOOTING ■ When entering the address of the Access Point into your web browser.11b or 802. so choose a time when this would be convenient. If you cannot browse to the Access Point. and that it is correctly installed and configured. and you will need to run the configuration wizard again before you can re-establish your wireless network. 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.g. Once the Alert LED has started to flash slowly.11g wireless adapter for each wireless computer. and after approximately 30 seconds will start to flash more slowly (typically 2 seconds on. and when the start-up sequence has completed. 5 When the configuration wizard has completed. ■ 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. 1 Remove power from the Access Point.1. you may reconnect your network as it was before. browse to the IP address of the Access Point and run the configuration wizard. . Wireless Networking ■ Ensure that you have a Wi-Fi certified 802. the DISCOVERY software changes the IP address of the Access Point so that it is in the same subnet as your admin computer.1). 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. All other computer users will lose their network connections whilst this process is taking place. Keep Reset button held down and remove power from the Access Point. The Alert LED will flash as the Access Point starts up. http://192. Verify that each Wireless computer has either Windows 95 or higher or MAC OS 8. 3 Release the Reset button. 2 seconds off). ensure that you use the full URL including the http:// prefix (e.168.5 or higher. CAUTION: All your configuration changes will be lost. You may need to restart your computer before you attempt this. If there is no DHCP server on your network.
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. Ensure that the TCP/IP settings for all devices are correct. If a wireless computer has not located the ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ . Check the status of the Access Point Wireless LED. If this resolves the problem consider relocating the Wireless computer or select Clear Channel Select on the Access Point. Ensure that the Wireless Clients are using the same SSID or Service Area Name as 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. and you may have other devices at your location that operate in this frequency band. If you have a wired and wireless NIC in the same computer.4Ghz ISM band is used for 802. Ad Hoc mode is not supported by the Access Point. Additionally consider moving the wireless computer closer to the Access Point to confirm that the building structure or fittings are not adversely affecting the connectivity. 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. 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. it should be lit if wireless is enabled and will flash when there is wireless activity. For more effective coverage you can try reorientating your antennae. 40/64 or 128 bit) and that all devices are using the same keys. The Access Point is designed to operate in Infrastructure mode. If you are unsure try relocating both the wireless computers and the Access Point to establish whether this problem exists. and the same order of keys where appropriate. Place one antenna vertically and one horizontally to improve coverage.Wireless Networking 67 ■ Verify that your wireless computers are configured to work in Infrastructure mode and not Ad Hoc mode. If not lit go to “Wireless Settings” on page 39 and enable wireless networking. This is generally a licence free band for low power applications. ensure that the wired NIC is disabled. Most wireless computer Adapters will scan the channels for the wireless Access Point. Sources of interference: The 2.11b.
5. but illuminates continuously. then a fault has been detected. ■ If the Alert LED does not go out following start up. wait 10 seconds and then re-apply power.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.11b standard will automatically choose the best speed depending on the quality of your connection. If this does not fix the problem. Remove power from the Access Point. If the Alert LED comes on continuously again.5Mbps. Consult your Wireless Card documentation and vendor for more details. As the signal quality weakens then the speed falls back to a lower speed.1. Follow the instructions below to upload a new copy of the system software to a Access Point unit in this state.1. . 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. ■ Speed of connection: The 802. In this condition. Please refer to your Wireless computer adapter documentation and vendor to do this. In general the closer you are to the Access Point the better the speed. this indicates that the software has detected a possible fault with the hardware. Applications are generally available with the computer wireless card to carry out a site survey. Once the Access Point has started normal operation. In an ideal network the Access Point should be located in the centre of the network with Wireless computers distributed around it. it is possible that the system software has become corrupted. DHCP is disabled.3com. 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. and the LAN IP address is set to 192. Use this application to find the optimal siting for your wireless computer. the Alert LED will go out. 2Mbps and 1Mbps. Locate the copy of the Access Point software on the accompanying CD-ROM or 3Com web site (http://www.168. Recovering from Corrupted Software If the Alert LED remains permanently on following power-up. the Access Point will enter a “recovery” state. contact your supplier for further advice. The speeds are 11Mbps.com) and upload it to the Access Point to see if this clears the fault (refer to “Recovering from Corrupted Software” below).
1. enter the following URL in the location bar: http://192. Contact your supplier for advice. The latest software is available on 3Com’s Web site at: www. 7 Reconnect your Access Point to your network.168. Enter the path and filename of the software image file. and re-apply power to the Access Point.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. if successful. 6 When the upload has completed. 5 Follow the on-screen instructions.168.1. The Alert LED will go out.3com. run the self-test and.com. 4 Using the Web browser on the computer. resume normal operation.1 3 Restart the computer.255.1.2 Subnet mask: 255. 1 Remove power from the Access Point and connect the admin computer to the LAN port. it may be faulty. How many wireless clients does the Access Point support? . Do not forget to reconfigure the computer you used for the software upload.1. If the Access Point does not resume normal operation following the upload.255. This will connect you to the Microcode Recovery utility in the Access Point. Frequently Asked Questions How do I reset the Access Point to Factory Defaults? See “Forgotten Password and Reset to Factory Defaults” on page 66. the Access Point will restart.168. 2 You will need to reconfigure this computer with the following static IP address information: ■ ■ ■ IP address: 192.0 Default Gateway address: 192.
There is a single LAN ports on the Access Point.com is a database of technical information covering all 3Com products. How are additional computers connected? You can expand the number of connections available on your LAN by using hubs.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.3com. and it is available 24 hours a day. What other online resources are there? The 3Com Knowledgebase at: http://knowledgebase. accessible by visiting: http://www.3com. contact your supplier for more information. . 3Com wireless access points and OfficeConnect hubs and switches provide a simple. It is updated daily with information from 3Com technical support services. reliable means of expanding your network.3com.70 CHAPTER 6: TROUBLESHOOTING A maximum of 128 wireless clients are supported.com. switches and wireless access points connected to the Access Point. or visit: http://www. 7 days a week.
A menu will appear. Consult your DHCP Server log to obtain the IP address that was allocated to your Access Point. the Access Point on initial power-up will attempt to obtain an IP address from your local DHCP server. Discovery will find the Access Point even if it is unconfigured or misconfigured. Windows Installation (95/98/2000/Me/NT) 1 Insert the Access Point CD-ROM in the CD-ROM drive on your computer. Figure 44 Discovery Welcome Screen . If you are unable to use the Discovery application.A Running the Discovery Application USING DISCOVERY 3Com provides a user friendly Discovery application for detecting the Access Point on the network. select Discovery.
72 APPENDIX A: USING DISCOVERY 2 When the Welcome screen is displayed. and press Next. Highlight the Wireless 11g Access Point by clicking on it. Figure 46 Discovery Finish Screen 4 Click on Finish to launch a web browser and display the login page for the Access Point. Figure 45 Discovered Access Point Screen 3 Figure 45 shows an example Discovered Devices screen. Then click on Next and wait until the application discovers the Access Points connected to your LAN. select the NIC from which the Access Point will be discovered. .
In addition to the IP address. . 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.n. an IP Address alone is not enough to make your device operate. 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. 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. However. An IP address identifies the address of the device to which data is being sent and the address of the destination network. 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. 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.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. IP addresses have the format n.n. you need to set a subnet mask.
74 APPENDIX B: IP ADDRESSING For your network to work correctly.255. Part two (‘. ■ This type of IP Address operates on a subnet mask of ‘255.168.255.255.255.0 255. split into two parts but is structured differently: ■ Part one (‘192.100.168’) identifies the network on which the device resides.8’.0’.168.8’) identifies the device within the network. The same subnet mask.100’) identifies the network on which the device resides.255.255.255.8’ is.0 255. the IP address of ‘192. the IP address of ‘192. all devices on the network must have: ■ ■ The same sub-network address.8’ is split into two parts: ■ Part one (‘192.168.100.168.255.100. where there are more devices. ■ .0 Type Two In larger networks.100.255.188 192. In using the Access Point.33 192.168. Part two (‘.0 255.8 192.100.100. Table 3 IP Addressing and Subnet Masking Device PC 1 PC 2 PC 3 Access Point IP Address 192.168. The only value that will be different is the specific host device number. This value must always be unique.100. you will probably only encounter two types of IP Address and subnet mask structures.168.255.168. See Table 3 for an example about how a network with three computers and a Access Point might be configured.72 Subnet Mask 255. the size of the network determines the structure of this IP Address.100. However.8’) identifies the device within the network. again. Type One In a small network. An example IP address is ‘192.
Network devices use automatic IP addressing if they are configured to acquire an address using DHCP but are unable to contact a DHCP server.255.168. DHCP is particularly useful for networks with large numbers of users on them.0. Also.201.113.0 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.0 255.002.155 192.168.168.100.0.255. DHCP assigns a temporary IP address and subnet mask which gets reallocated once you disconnect from the network.8 192. Table 4 IP Addressing and Subnet Masking Device PC 1 PC 2 PC 3 PC 4 Access Point IP Address 192.0.0.0 255.How does a Device Obtain an IP Address and Subnet Mask? 75 This type of IP Address operates on a subnet mask of ‘255.168. See Table 4 for an example about how a network (only four computers represented) and a Access Point might be configured. Using a static IP and subnet mask means the address is permanently fixed.0.72 Subnet Mask 255. DHCP will work on any client Operating System such as Windows® 95.0’.255.255.255.0 255. Static Addressing You must enter an IP Address and the subnet mask manually on every device. using DHCP means that the same IP address and subnet mask will never be duplicated for devices on the network.168.0. which allows computers on your network to obtain an IP address and subnet mask automatically. Windows 98 or Windows NT 4.30 192.230 192. These are: ■ ■ ■ Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) Addressing Static Addressing Automatic Addressing (Auto-IP Addressing) DHCP Addressing The Access Point contains a DHCP server.002.0 255.0.255. Automatic IP addressing is a scheme where devices allocate themselves Auto-IP Addressing .
x. . If two devices allocate themselves the same address.0.x (with a subnet mask of 255.0). Automatic IP addressing support was introduced by Microsoft in the Windows 98 operating system and is also supported in Windows 2000.255. the conflict is detected and one of the devices allocates itself a new address.76 APPENDIX B: IP ADDRESSING an IP address at random from the industry standard subnet of 169.254.
BPSK. automatic fallback to 5. 24.4835 GHz Sensitivity: 6. 128 bit WEP. WPA Maximum clients: 128 O/P Power 18dBm . 5. 54 Mbps -66 dBm typical Modulation: CCK. Wireless 11g Access Point Interfaces LAN connection . 36. QPSK. BPSK.400-2. OFDM Encryption: 40/64 bit WEP.8m (1000ft) Frequency: (US/Canada/Europe) 2. 2. Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) Transmission rate: 54Mbps. automatic fallback to 48. 11 Mbps -82 dBm typical Modulation: CCK.11g. 128 bit WEP.5 Mbps: -85 dBm. or 1 Mbps Maximum channels: 14 Range up to 304. 48 Mbps: -85 dBm. QPSK.400-2. or 6 Mbps Maximum channels: 14 Range up to 304.5. OFDM Encryption: 40/64 bit WEP.C TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS This section lists the technical specifications for the OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point. 12. WPA Maximum clients: 128 O/P Power: 18dBm Standard IEEE 802. 12. 36.11b.8m (1000ft) Frequency: (US/Canada/Europe) 2. Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum (DSSS) Transmission rate: 11bps. 24. 18.4835 GHz Sensitivity: 1. 18.10Mbps/100Mbps dual speed Ethernet port (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX) WLAN Interfaces Standard IEEE 802. 2.
ETS 300 328 (2.209.3 in.78 APPENDIX C: TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS Operating Temperature 0 °C to 40 °C (32 °F to 105 °F) Power 7VA.9 BThU/hr Humidity 0 % to 90 % (non-condensing) humidity Dimensions ■ ■ ■ Width = 220 mm (8. 802.3 IEEE 802. 15.11b. RSS-210 Safety: EMC: Radio Environmental: EN 60068 (IEC 68) .1 lbs) Standards Functional: ISO 8802/3 IEEE 802.11g.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. 15.) Weight Approximately 500 g (1.249.) Height = 24 mm (1 in.4 GHz ISM band wide band transmission systems. 23.207. Wi-Fi UL60950 CSA 22.7 in.) Depth = 135 mm (5.247 and 15.
Maximum cable length of 100m (327. ■ .79 *See “FCC Statement” on page 97 for conditions of operation. 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.3i. u and x specifications. System Requirements Operating Systems The Access Point will support the following Operating Systems: ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ ■ Windows 95/98 Windows NT 4.86 ft). The Access Point has been designed to conform to the Wi-Fi interoperability test standard.5 or higher Unix Ethernet Performance Wireless Performance The Access Point complies to the IEEE 802.0 Windows ME Windows 2000 Windows XP Mac OS 8.
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WARNING: To ensure compliance with international safety standards. 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. WARNING: This unit operates under SELV (Safety Extra Low Voltage) conditions according to IEC 60950. WARNING: There are no user-replaceable fuses or user-serviceable parts inside the Access Point. You can only remove power from the unit by disconnecting the power cord from the outlet. Follow all directions carefully. WARNING: Only stack the Access Point with other OfficeConnect units. contact your supplier. The conditions are only maintained if the equipment to which it is connected also operates under SELV conditions. The user should seek local advice on whether or not rf energy is permitted within the area of intended use. 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. the use of rf energy is not permitted. .D Important Safety Information SAFETY INFORMATION WARNING: Warnings contain directions that you must follow for your personal safety. WARNING: The socket outlet must be near to the unit and easily accessible. In some environments.
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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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It offers lower performance than infra-structure mode. The standard provides for 1. Auto-negotiation is where two devices sharing a link. such as Ethernet. (see also Infra-structure mode. The IEEE specification for 100 Mbps Fast Ethernet over Category 5 twisted-pair cable. The IEEE specification for wireless Ethernet which allows speeds of up to 54 Mbps.11g 10BASE-T 100BASE-TX Access Point Ad Hoc mode Auto-negotiation . The rates will switch automatically depending on range and environment.5 and 11 Mbps data rates. 12.11b The IEEE specification for wireless Ethernet which allows speeds of up to 11 Mbps.GLOSSARY 802. while also monitoring wireless client radio traffic and forwarding wireless client messages to the Ethernet LAN. 24. The rates will switch automatically depending on range and environment. It is used to connect a peer to peer network together without the use of an access point. If connected to an Ethernet network. 4 or 5 twisted pair cable. 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. 36. Ad Hoc mode is a configuration supported by most wireless clients. automatically 802. The IEEE specification for 10 Mbps Ethernet over Category 3. 2. used by the Access Point. The standard provides for 6. 48 and 54 Mbps data rates. 5. Wireless clients can be moved anywhere within the coverage area of the access point and still connect with each other. the access point monitors Ethernet traffic and forwards appropriate Ethernet messages to the wireless network.) Some devices in the OfficeConnect range support auto-negotiation.
Bandwidth The information capacity. The bandwidth for 802. The term used to described the desktop PC that is connected to your network. One of five grades of Twisted Pair (TP) cabling defined by the EIA/TIA-586 standard. 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. Windows 98 and Windows NT 4. These assignments are made by the DHCP server software that runs on Windows NT Server. The order of preference (best first) is: 100BASE-TX full duplex.88 GLOSSARY configure to use the best common speed. The bandwidth of Ethernet is 10 Mbps. Category 3 Cables Category 5 Cables Channel Client DHCP . Windows 95. 100BASE-TX half duplex.11g is 54 Mbps.3 standard for Ethernet and is an operation that takes place in a few milliseconds. because it supports both Ethernet (10 Mbps) and Fast Ethernet (100 Mbps) speeds. Category 5 cabling is better to use for network cabling than Category 3. the bandwidth of Fast Ethernet is 100 Mbps.11b wireless is 11Mbps. Similar to any radio device.4GHz spectrum within which the Gateway operates. Windows 98 will allocate itself an address if no DHCP server can be found. that a channel can transmit. 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. A channel is a particular frequency within the 2. One of five grades of Twisted Pair (TP) cabling defined by the EIA/TIA-586 standard.0 contain software that assigns IP addresses to workstations on a network. The bandwidth for 802. 10BASE-T full duplex. and Windows 95 and Windows 98 will call the server to obtain the address. Auto-negotiation is defined in the IEEE 802. the OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point allows you to choose different radio channels in the wireless spectrum. measured in bits per second. and 10BASE-T half duplex. This protocol automatically assigns an IP address for every computer on your network. Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol.
A system that allows packets to transmitted and received. Extended Service Set Identifier. but not at the same time. The ESSID is a unique identifier for your wireless network. doubles the potential throughput of a link. WPA is a more powerful level of encryption than WEP. See MAC address. Electronic protection that prevents anyone outside of your network from seeing your files or damaging your computers. A LAN specification developed jointly by Xerox. Ethernet networks use CSMA/CD to transmit packets at a rate of 10 Mbps over a variety of cables. 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.8). in effect. WPA and WEP. A device that regenerates LAN traffic so that the transmission distance of that signal can be extended.34. Encryption ESSID Ethernet Ethernet Address Fast Ethernet Firewall Full Duplex Half Duplex Hub . A system that allows packets to be transmitted and received at the same time and. 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.45. The OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point uses two types of encryption. the user is sent to the proper IP address.com” into your Internet browser). Contrast with full duplex. Hubs are similar to repeaters. however they connect more LANs than a repeater and are generally more sophisticated. so that when a domain name is requested (as in typing “3com. A DNS server keeps a database of host computers and their respective domain names and IP addresses. which allows Internet host computers to have a domain name (such as 3com. An Ethernet system that is designed to operate at 100 Mbps.com) and one or more IP addresses (such as 192. Intel and Digital Equipment Corporation.GLOSSARY 89 DNS Server Address DNS stands for Domain Name System.
IETF Infra-structure mode IP IP Address ISP LAN MAC . IP is part of the TCP/IP set of protocols that describe the routing of packets to addressed devices. a subnet number. In the network management area. LANs are characterized by high transmission speeds over short distances (up to 1000 metres). This American organization was founded in 1963 and sets standards for computers and communications. and is made up of a network section. printers. An organization responsible for providing engineering solutions for TCP/IP networks. Internet Engineering Task Force. 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. IP is a layer 3 network protocol that is the standard for sending data through a network. an optional subnet section and a host section. An IP address consists of 32 bits divided into two or three fields: a network number and a host number or a network number.11g configuration supported by the Access Point. Media Access Control. Infra-Structure mode is the 802. and a host number. The address is written as four octets separated with periods (full-stops). An ISP is a business that provides connectivity to the Internet for individuals and other businesses or organizations. Local Area Network. Internet Protocol Address.90 GLOSSARY IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. (see also Ad Hoc mode) Internet Protocol. Internet Service Provider. A unique identifier for a device attached to a network using TCP/IP. servers) and network devices (hubs and switches) that cover a relatively small geographic area (usually not larger than a floor or building). A protocol specified by the IEEE for determining which devices have access to a network at any one time. this group is responsible for the development of the SNMP protocol. A network of end stations (such as PCs.
The rules dictate format. A set of rules for communication between devices on a network. Networks vary in size. Some vendors of wireless products use SSID interchangeably with ESSID. Servers provide end stations with access to shared network services such as computer files and printer queues. A Network is a collection of computers and other computer equipment that are connected for the purpose of exchanging information or sharing resources. that enables you to connect it to the network. others span continents. An extension of the IP addressing scheme that allows a site to use a single IP network address for multiple physical networks. a computer. sequencing and error control. A subnet mask. 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.GLOSSARY 91 MAC Address Media Access Control Address. A standard connector used to connect Ethernet networks. Network Network Interface Card (NIC) Protocol RJ-45 Server SSID Subnet Address Subnet mask Subnets . The “RJ” stands for “registered jack”. 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. some are within a single room. A network that is a component of a larger network. for example. which must assigned by InterNIC). is a set of four numbers configured like an IP address. MAC addresses are 6 bytes long. A computer in a network that is shared by multiple end stations. Also called the hardware or physical address. A circuit board installed into a piece of computing equipment. A layer 2 address associated with a particular network device. timing. A NIC is also known as an adapter or adapter card.
11g.11b and 802. TCP/IP is now supported on almost all platforms. 802.11b. This is the certification granted by WECA to products that meet their interoperability criteria. . Wi-Fi) Wired Equivalent Privacy. A shared key encryption mechanism for wireless networking. Switches are similar to bridges.11g. TCP/IP Traffic WECA The movement of data packets on a network. An industry group formed to certify cross vendor interoperability and compatibility of 802.11b. Originally a UNIX standard. however they connect more LANs than a bridge and are generally more sophisticated.11g wireless networking products and to promote the standard for enterprise. IP relates to the address of the end station to which data is being sent. (see also 802. 802. Wireless Ethernet Compatibility Alliance. Encryption strength is 40/64 bit or 128 bit. Wireless Fidelity.92 GLOSSARY Switch A device that interconnects several LANs to form a single logical LAN that comprises of several LAN segments. Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. 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. in that they connect LANs of a different type. (see also 802. TCP relates to the content of the data travelling through a network — ensuring that the information sent arrives in one piece when it reaches its destination. 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. and is the protocol of the Internet. small business and home environments.
GLOSSARY 93 WLAN Wireless Local Area Network. A WLAN is a group of computers and devices connected together by wireless in a relatively small area (such as a house or office). WPA . Wi-Fi Protected Access. Encryption strength is 256 bit. A dynamically changing encryption mechanism for wireless networking.
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63 Support Links 55. 34 Specifications technical 77 Static Addressing 75 Status 54 Subnet Mask 27. About This Guide 8 Country Selection 24 P Password 23. 33 Profile 48 R Reset to Factory Defaults 51. 63 F Forgotten Password 66 I Internet addresses 73 IP Address 27. 38. 34. 75 Discovery Application 71 S Setup Wizard 21. 59 LED 14 Login 23. 28. 63 D DHCP 27. 66 Restart 50. 73 Summary 30 Support Information 54. 34. About This Guide 8 text. 72 Logs 54 T TCP/IP 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 Technical specifications 77 standards 77 Time Zone 50 M . 73 L LAN 26.INDEX A Access 13 Addresses IP 73 Administration Password 26.
96 INDEX U Unit Configuration 34 Upgrade 51 W Wireless authorised PCs 45 channel selection 39 client list 47 configuration 39. 60 settings 28. 59 . 60 connection control 44 encryption 41. 60 LED 15 networking 66 NIC 14 service area name 40. 39.
Luxembourg. Sweden. India. uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and. and the Canadian Department of Communications Equipment Standards entitled. Philippines. However. Columbia. Bahrain. Czech Republic. Netherlands. “Digital Apparatus. Norway. Belarus. Poland. Lithuania. South Africa. Finland. Liechtenstein. This equipment generates. Saudi Arabia.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. Hungary. Mexico. there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. Brazil. Singapore. New Zealand. Switzerland. Indonesia. Peru. Chile. Canada. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. Venezuela. Russia. Cyprus. Taiwan. Croatia. Denmark. United States France. pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. Table 5 below details the channels permitted by the local regulatory agencies: Table 5 Channels Channels 1–13 Country Australia. South Korea. Thailand. Malaysia. Argentina. Greece. For proper installation. Belgium. Germany. Costa Rica. Iceland. Uruguay. . if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions. Slovenia. 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. may cause harmful interference to radio communications. Paraguay. United Kingdom. Hong Kong. login to the management interface and select your country from the drop down list. Ireland. Portugal. Spain. Italy. Austria. Turkey. China.” ICES-003.
In order to meet FCC emissions limits. Government Printing Office.4-1992 Methods of Measurement Federal Communications Commission 47 CFR Part 15. Stock No.3. Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help. is in conformity with the following standards or other normative documents: ■ ■ ANSI C63. subpart B 15. Relocate the equipment with respect to the receiver.109 (a)Class B Radiated Emissions Limits 15.109 (g)Class B Radiated Emissions Limits ■ . this equipment must be used only with cables which comply with IEEE 802. Washington.107 (a)Class B Conducted Limits 15. FCC Declaration of Conformity We declare under our sole responsibility that the Model: 3CRWE454G72 Description: Wireless 11g Access Point to which this declaration relates. 004-000-00345-4. DC 20402. Plug the equipment into a different outlet so that equipment and receiver are on different branch circuits. Move the equipment away from the receiver. which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on. ■ 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. the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures: ■ ■ ■ ■ Reorient the receiving antenna.S.107 (e)Class B Conducted Limits 15.98 Information to the User If this equipment does cause interference to radio or television reception.
EMC Directive 89/336/EEC as amended by European Directive 93/68/EEC and the Radio and Telecommunications Terminal Equipment Directive 99/5/EC. the 3Com OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point shall be used in such manner that the potential for human contact during normal operation is minimized. The distance between the antennas and the user should not be less than 20 cm. Nevertheless.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. 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. Cet appareil numérique de la classe B respecte toutes les exigences du Règlement sur le matériel brouilleur du Canada. CE Statement (Europe) This product complies with the European Low Voltage Directive 73/23/EEC. BSMI Statement FCC CAUTION: To assure continued compliance. .
100 RF Exposure Compliance Statement (U. this device is intended to be operated indoors and away from windows to provide maximum shielding.S. 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.) CAUTION: The 3Com OfficeConnect Wireless 11g Access Point has been certified as a mobile computing device as per FCC Section 2. Equipment (or it's transmit antenna) that is installed outdoors is subject to licensing.1091. In order to comply with the FCC RF exposure requirements. Potential RF Interference (Canada) CAUTION: To prevent radio interference to the licensed service. .
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