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  AP411W Super G™ Wireless Access Point: FAQ  
     
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1. How do I configure the AP411W as AP Client mode?
2. How do I configure the AP411W as Repeater mode?
3. How do I configure encryption with AP411W?
4. Why is WPA unavailable?
5. How do I upgrade the firmware for AP411W?
6. How do I change the channel for AP411W?
7. How do I configure Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multi-Point Bridge mode with AP411W?
   
   
  1. How do I configure the AP411W as AP Client mode?

In order to configure your AP411W as an AP Client, you will need to know the wireless MAC address of the wireless router that you want it connected to. Some routers have up to three different MAC addresses (WAN, LAN, WLAN), so it is very important that you make sure you are using the correct one.

If you are using encryption on your wireless router, you will need to have this information as well. At this time, the access point only works with WEP encryption when in AP Client mode. WPA is not supported.

First, follow the quick installation guide that came with the access point up to Section 3, Step 7. If you cannot locate the quick installation guide, you can also find a copy of it on our website: http://www.airlink101.com/downloads/images/ap411w_qig.pdf.

Once you are in the access point's web based configuration page:
Click Advanced Setup -> Configuration -> AP Mode Settings
Choose "AP Client" mode and enter the wireless MAC address of your wireless router.
Click "Apply"

Then click Maintenance -> Restart System
Click the Restart button next to "Apply Settings and Restart"

Now your AP411W is in AP Client mode and should allow you to connect to your router. If you are using encryption on your router, you will still need to configure your encryption.

If you are having trouble making a connection after following the steps above, you can try manually setting an IP address on the computer/device that you have the ap411w connected to.

You might also be experiencing some interference. Try changing channels on your wireless router.

For best results and guaranteed compatibility, we recommend using the AirLink101 AP411W Super G™ Wireless Access Point with the AirLink101 AR410W Super G™ Wireless Router and AirLink101 Super G™ Wireless cards.

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  2. How do I configure the AP411W as Repeater mode?

In order to configure your AP411W as an AP Repeater, you will need to know the wireless MAC address of the wireless router that you want it connected to. Some routers have up to three different MAC addresses (WAN, LAN, WLAN), so it is very important that you make sure you are using the correct one.

First, follow the quick installation guide that came with the access point up to Section 3, Step 7. If you cannot locate the quick installation guide, you can also find a copy of it on our website: http://www.airlink101.com/downloads/images/ap411w_qig.pdf.

Once you are in the access point's web based configuration page:
Click Advanced Setup -> Configuration -> AP Mode Settings
Choose "AP Repeater" mode and enter the wireless MAC address of your wireless router.
Click "Apply"

Then click Maintenance -> Restart System
Click the Restart button next to "Apply Settings and Restart"

Now your AP411W is in AP Repeater mode and should be extending the range of your network. If you are using WEP on your router, you will not need to configure your encryption for the Repeater since the Repeater will repeat the WEP of your router. Repeater does not support WPA.

If you are having trouble making a connection after following the steps above, might be experiencing some interference. Try changing channels on the wireless router.

For best results and guaranteed compatibility, we recommend using the AirLink101 AP411W Super G™ Wireless Access Point with the AirLink101 AR410W Super G™ Wireless Router and AirLink101 Super G™ Wireless cards.

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  3. How do I configure encryption with AP411W?

Two types of encryption are supported by the AP411W: WEP and WPA
Currently WPA only works in regular access point mode, while WEP works in all modes.

In order to configure encryption on your access point you will first need to follow the quick installation guide that came with the access point up to Section 3, Step 7. If you can not locate the quick installation guide, you can also find a copy of it on our website:
http://www.airlink101.com/downloads/images/ap411w_qig.pdf.

Once you are in the access point's web based configuration page:
Click Advanced Setup -> Configuration -> Security Settings

Once you've decided on an encryption type (either WEP or WPA) follow the appropriate instructions below.

For WEP Encryption, select the following settings:
Authentication: Shared Key
Encryption: Enabled

For Key Type you can either choose ASCII or HEX.
With ASCII you can use any combination of letters or numbers to make your encryption key. If you choose HEX, you are limited to using only numbers 0-9 and letters A-F.

Select your key size of either 64-bit or 128-bit
If you are using:
ASCII and 64-bit your key has to be 5 characters long
HEX and 64-bit your key has to be 10 characters long
ASCII and 128-bit your key has to be 13 characters long
HEX and 128-bit your key has to be 26 characters long

For Valid Key choose "First".
Now in "First Key" you need to create a key based on the guidelines listed above. The most common setting is 64-bit HEX, which would mean that your key would have to be 10 characters long and can only be made up of numbers 0-9 and letters A-F. Here is an example of a 64-bit HEX key: 1a2b3c4e5f

For WPA Encryption, select WPA for Authentication and click "Apply".
Click on PSK for WPA Mode.
In the Pass Phrase box, enter your password. Your password must be at least 8 characters long and no longer than 63.

Once you have configured your encryption using the settings above click "Apply"
Then click Maintenance -> Restart System
Click the Restart button next to "Apply Settings and Restart"

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  4. Why is WPA unavailable?

Currently, WPA is only supported in regular access point mode. If you are using any of the other modes, WPA will not be available.

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  5. How do I upgrade the firmware for AP411W?

You can find the latest firmware for your access point on our website at: http://www.airlink101.com/downloads/ap411w.html.

Upgrading the firmware is very simple. You need to first obtain a copy of the firmware file. You will also need a ZIP compression utility like WinZip, or you can use the one built in to Windows XP.

You need to make sure that you are doing all of these steps from a computer that is physically connected to your access point. If you do this from a wireless computer, or when the access point is wirelessly connected to your router, you may PERMANENTLY DAMAGE your access point.

First, extract the firmware file from the ZIP archive that you downloaded from our website.

Log in to the access point's web based configuration page (http://10.0.0.1)
Click Advanced Setup -> Maintenance -> Update Firmware
Click the Browse button next to the Update File box
Browse to the location of the firmware file, highlight it and click Open
Then click OK and wait
Do not disturb/unplug the access point until the process is complete or you may cause PERMANENT DAMAGE to your access point.

Then click Maintenance -> Restart System
Click the Restart button next to "Apply Settings and Restart"

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  6. How do I change the channel for AP411W?

Changing channels on the access point is a very important thing to try if you are getting unstable connections, slow speeds, short operating range/low signal, or if wireless connections are not working at all. The reason for this is interference. Because wireless devices use a very common radio frequency to communicate with each other, they experience a lot of interference that will degrade the quality of the signal and lower overall performance.

Log in to the access point's web based configuration page (http://10.0.0.1)
Click Advanced Setup -> Configuration -> WLAN Parameter Settings

Before changing channels you will need to either "Disable" Super-G mode, or select "Super-G Mode without Turbo" from the Super-G Mode pull down menu. After that, you can go up to channel. There are eleven (1-11) different channels to choose from.

Select your channel and click "Apply"
Then click Maintenance -> Restart System
Click the Restart button next to "Apply Settings and Restart"

The best thing to do would be to start with channel 1 and work you way up through 11. Each time you change the channel, you may need to restart your wireless computers/devices in order for them to pick up the new signal.

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  7. How do I configure Point-to-Point and Point-to-Multi-Point Bridge mode with AP411W?

For these modes to work, you are required to use ap411w access points throughout your network. These modes will not work if you try to use them with any other brand of access point.

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