Cisco Systems Network Card WUSB54GSC User Manual

CWomipracet less-G  
2.4GHz  
802.11g  
USB Network Adapter  
with SpeedBooster  
User Guide  
WIRELESS  
Model No.  
WUSB54GSC  
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Chapter 1: Introduction  
Welcome  
network: a series of computers or devices  
connected for the purpose of data sharing, storage,  
and/or transmission between users.  
Thank you for choosing the Compact Wireless-G USB Network Adapter with SpeedBooster. With this Adapter, your  
wireless networking experience will be faster and easier than ever.  
How does the Adapter do this? Like all wireless products, the Adapter allows for greater range and mobility  
within your wireless network. Connecting to your PC via the USB port means that this Adapter leaves the PC’s  
slots open for other purposes. This adapter communicates over the 802.11g wireless standard, one of the newest  
wireless standards, to communicate with your network.  
adapter: a device that adds network functionality to your PC.  
802.11g: an IEEE wireless networking standard that specifies a  
maximum data transfer rate of 54Mbps, an operating frequency  
of 2.4GHz, and backward compatibility with 802.11b devices.  
But what does all of this mean?  
Networks are useful tools for sharing computer resources. You can access one printer from different computers  
and access data located on another computer's hard drive. Networks are even used for playing multiplayer video  
games. So, networks are not only useful in homes and offices, they can also be fun.  
PCs equipped with wireless cards and adapters can communicate without cumbersome cables. By sharing the  
same wireless settings, within their transmission radius, they form a wireless network.  
And now, with SecureEasySetup, setting up your network and your Compact Wireless-G USB Network Adapter is  
easier than ever.  
Use the instructions in this Guide to help you connect the Adapter, set it up, and configure it for your network.  
These instructions should be all you need to get the most out of the Adapter.  
Chapter 1: Introduction  
Welcome  
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What’s in this Guide?  
This user guide covers the steps for setting up and using the Compact Wireless-G USB Network Adapter.  
Chapter 1: Introduction  
This chapter describes the Adapter’s applications and this User Guide.  
Chapter 2: Planning Your Wireless Network  
This chapter discusses a few of the basics about wireless networking.  
Chapter 3: Getting to Know the Compact USB Adapter  
This chapter describes the physical features of the Adapter.  
Chapter 4: Setting Up and Connecting the USB Adapter  
This chapter shows you how to setup and connect the Adapter.  
Chapter 5: Using the Wireless Network Monitor  
This chapter show you how to use the Adapter’s Wireless Network Monitor.  
Appendix A: Troubleshooting  
This appendix describes some problems and solutions, as well as frequently asked questions, regarding  
installation and use of the Adapter.  
Appendix B: Using Windows XP Wireless Configuration  
This appendix describes how Windows XP users can use Window’s built-in wireless configuration to monitor  
their Adapter.  
Appendix C: Wireless Security  
This appendix discusses security issues regarding wireless networking and measures you can take to help  
protect your wireless network.  
Appendix D: Windows Help  
This appendix describes how you can use Windows Help for instructions about networking, such as installing  
the TCP/IP protocol.  
Appendix E: Glossary  
This appendix gives a brief glossary of terms frequently used in networking.  
Appendix F: Specifications  
This appendix provides the Adapter’s technical specifications.  
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Appendix G: Warranty Information  
This appendix supplies the Adapter’s warranty information.  
Appendix H: Regulatory Information  
This appendix supplies the Adapter’s regulatory information.  
Appendix I: Contact Information  
This appendix provides contact information for a variety of Linksys resources, including Technical Support.  
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Chapter 2: Planning your Wireless Network  
Network Topology  
A wireless network is a group of computers, each equipped with one wireless adapter. Computers in a wireless  
network must be configured to share the same radio channel. Several PCs equipped with wireless cards or  
adapters can communicate with one another to form an ad-hoc network.  
ad-hoc: a group of wireless devices  
communicating directly with each other (peer-  
to-peer) without the use of an access point  
Linksys wireless adapters also provide users access to a wired network when using an access point or wireless  
router. An integrated wireless and wired network is called an infrastructure network. Each wireless PC in an  
infrastructure network can talk to any computer in a wired network infrastructure via the access point or wireless  
router.  
access point: device that allows wireless-  
equipped computers and other devices to  
communicate with a wired network.  
infrastructure: Configuration in which a  
wireless network is bridged to a wired  
network via an access point.  
An infrastructure configuration extends the accessibility of a wireless PC to a wired network, and can double the  
effective wireless transmission range for two wireless adapter PCs. Since an access point is able to forward data  
within a network, the effective transmission range in an infrastructure network can be doubled.  
Roaming  
roaming: the ability to take a wireless  
device from one access point's range to  
another without losing the connection.  
Infrastructure mode also supports roaming capabilities for mobile users. Roaming means that you can move your  
wireless PC within your network and the access points will pick up the wireless PC's signal, providing that they  
both share the same channel and SSID.  
ssid: your wireless network’s name  
Before enabling you consider roaming, choose a feasible radio channel and optimum access point position.  
Proper access point positioning combined with a clear radio signal will greatly enhance performance.  
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Network Topology  
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Network Layout  
Linksys wireless access points and wireless routers have been designed for use with 802.11a, 802.11b, and  
802.11g products. With 802.11g products communicating with the 802.11b standard and some products  
incorporating both “a” and “g”, products using these standards can communicate with each other.  
802.11b: an IEEE wireless networking standard  
that specifies a maximum data transfer rate of  
11Mbps and an operating frequency of 2.4GHz.  
Access points and wireless routers are compatible with 802.11a, 802.11b and 802.11g adapters, such at the PC  
Cards for your laptop computers, PCI Card for your desktop PC, and USB Adapters for when you want to enjoy USB  
connectivity. Wireless products will also communicate with the wireless PrintServer.  
switch: device that is the central point of connection for  
computers and other devices in a network, so data can  
be shared at full transmission speeds.  
When you wish to connect your wired network with your wireless network, network ports on access points and  
wireless routers can be connected to any of Linksys's switches or routers.  
router: a networking device that connects multiple networks  
together, such as a local network and the Internet.  
With these, and many other, Linksys products, your networking options are limitless. Go to the Linksys website at  
Chapter 2: Planning your Wireless Network  
Network Layout  
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Chapter 3: Getting to Know the Compact Wireless-G USB  
Network Adapter  
The LED Indicators  
The Adapter's LEDs display information about network activity.  
Figure 3-1: Front Panel  
Link  
Green. The Link LED flashes when there is network activity.  
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The LED Indicators  
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Chapter 4: Setting up and Connecting the USB Adapter  
The USB Adapter is set up with the Setup Wizard that comes on the CD enclosed with the Adapter. This chapter  
will guide you through the setup procedure.  
IMPORTANT: Do not connect the Adapter until you are instructed to  
do so or the setup will not work.  
Starting the Setup Wizard  
To begin the setup process, insert the Setup Wizard CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive. The Setup Wizard should  
run automatically, and the Welcome screen should appear. If it does not, click the Start button and choose Run.  
In the field that appears, enter D:\setup.exe (if “D” is the letter of your CD-ROM drive).  
On the Welcome screen, you have the following choices:  
Figure 4-1: Setup Wizard’s Welcome Screen  
Click Here to Start - Click the Click Here to Start button to begin the software installation process.  
User Guide - Click the User Guide button to open this User Guide.  
Exit - Click Exit to exit the Setup Wizard.  
1. To install the Adapter, click the Click Here to Start button on the Welcome screen.  
2. After reading the License Agreement, click Next if you agree and want to continue the installation, or click  
Cancel to end the installation.  
Figure 4-2: Setup Wizard’s License Agreement  
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Starting the Setup Wizard  
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3. The necessary files will be installed onto your PC.  
Figure 4-3: Installing files  
4. The Setup Wizard will now prompt you to connect the Adapter to your PC’s USB port. Connect the Adapter’s  
connector to one of the USB ports on your computer. Once you’ve connected, click Next.  
5. Windows 98SE and ME users will need to restart their PCs.  
Figure 4-4: The Connecting the Adapter Screen  
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Starting the Setup Wizard  
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