The Access Point will allow multiple Wireless
clients to communicate with each other and
to systems connected via network cables on a LAN:
most PC-Card are shipped with software, which contains a default
configuration allowing easy
connection of wireless clients to the Access-Point, either with
minimal or sometime no need for
configuring the WLAN card, it is highly recommended to become
familiar with the setup,
especially the security
features of the Access-Point.
The following example
shows a Belkin PC-Card (F5D7010), but other WLAN PC-cards
have similar configurations (to be able to comply to the
world-wide standard for 802.11b/g ).
||Start the installation of the software
shipped with the WLAN
Define the location for the
installation of the software,
best to accept the default
||The installation procedure
for the Belkin PC-Card
requests to insert the PC-Card
as part of the software setup.
Once the PC-vard is inserted,
it should display a message
"Found PCMCIA Device"
||The prcedure to install the
software for the PC-card is
Since the new PCMCIA
device was found, the
"Hardware Setup Wizard"
continue with "Next".
||the Wizard continues
||On Windows XP, you may
get the warning, that the
driver for the network card
has not passed Windows Logo
Ignore the message by selecting
||The installation continue by
on some version of Windows,
you may get prompted to
insert the Windows SETUP
CD-ROM (to allow Windows
to install network components).
The installation should finish.
On some version of Windows,
you may be prompted to
restart the system (Windows98),
other version will tell you that the
new Network hardware is
ready to be used (XP ):
It will now be required to configure the Wireless network
||Locate the configuration software
for the WLAN card, it will most
probably an icon in your taskbar.
use it to display the current settings.
Locate the configuration of the
network (in this case via
If the Access-point was configure to broadcast
the network identification, SSID,
then it should be displayed (in my example:
If the Access-Point is configured without security (no WEP), then
you should be ready,
go back to the setup icon and select to "Connect":
The setup software should indicate, that you have now a WLAN
All other steps of the network card setup are identical to
configuring an Ethernet network adapter,
please view the network pages related to your operating system.
Example: Windows XP:
"Network Neighborhood" /
"My Network Places"
||"Status" of the
||The tab "Support"
will show you the
in this case the IP-address
was assigned via
automatic IP Address
if you use manually
display the Properties
of the WLAN connection
and assign the IP-address.
This was an easy setup, because the Access-Point was broadcasting
the SSID and is not
using encryption (WEP), but your WLAN is not secure, it is open
for anybody to connect.
In the next steps, you need to make the WLAN secure.