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v2.50 Software Access Point Installation Instructions for Windows 95, 98, and NT 4.0

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Windows 95/98 Windows NT 4.0

Installing ZoomAir v2.50 Access Point Software under Windows 95 and 98

Installing ZoomAir v2.50 in a Windows 95 or Windows 98 computer is a two-step process:

  • Inserting the ZoomAir card.
  • Running the ZoomAir setup software.

Note: If you are installing ZoomAir on a computer that has a previous version of ZoomAir installed on it, or if you ever need to uninstall the ZoomAir PC Card, refer to the Uninstalling ZoomAir instructions.

Before you begin, download the first of the two ZoomAir v2.50 Access Point Software self-extracting files available on this web site, either to a disk or your computer's hard drive, whichever you prefer.

Inserting the ZoomAir Card

  1. Make sure the computer is turned off.
  2. Insert the ZoomAir Card into the PC Card slot, being careful that it goes in straight. The label with the ZoomAir logo should be facing up. The card should slide in easily part-way and then offer slight resistance as the pins are engaged. Do not force the card.

Running the ZoomAir Setup Program

Follow these steps:

  1. Turn on the computer. When the setup program starts, click Next.
  2. You will be asked to type in a unique SSID (Service Set Identifier), which is a name for your wireless network.
    • If you are adding an access point to an existing wireless network, or converting a client to an access point, you can use the existing SSID.
    • If this is a new installation and you are sure your network will not be near any other ZoomAir wireless networks, you can accept the default. Otherwise enter a word or phrase.

    This identifier must be the same for all computers that will be in the same wireless network. Members of your network should regard the SSID as a password and keep it secret. The SSID is case-sensitive; you must use capital and lower-case letters in the same way for all ZoomAir units.

  3. The setup program will begin copying files. At some point the program will ask you for the second of the two self-extracting files downloadable from our web site. Do not change the path information in this dialog box. Click Next.
  4. Once copying is complete, click Yes or Finish to restart your computer.

When you restart the computer, you should see an icon like the one shown here in the system tray (at the right-hand end of the taskbar). This icon may take several seconds to appear and will be red or green depending on whether the ZoomAir PC Card is linked with another client.

Adding IP Addresses

If your network uses the TCP/IP protocol and you are not using DHCP, you need to add IP Addresses to the Network setup for each ZoomAir Wireless LAN computer, including the access point.

For a wireless network that will connect to a wired network, your network administrator can give you the addresses to use.

If you are setting up a wireless-only network with an access point, you can set the IP address as follows:

  1. Go to Network Control Panel: Right-click on Network Neighborhood and then on Properties.
  2. Click on the entry for TCP/IP -> Zoom Telephonics 802.11 - PCMCIA Adapter.
  3. Click on Properties and then on the IP Address tab if it is not already selected. See the following illustration.

  4. Click on Specify an IP Address and then enter the IP Address and Subnet Mask. For a private network such as a LAN, you can use almost any numbers for the IP Address. However, the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA) has designated certain blocks of numbers for private networks so that they do not conflict with Internet addresses.

    Unless your network administrator tells you otherwise, you can use the following:

    IP Address - 192.168.0.1 for the access point, and
    192.168.0.2 through 192.168.0.253 for the wireless clients.

    Note that the first three groups of numbers (192.186.0) must be the same for every member of the network and that the final number (1 through 253) must be unique for each member of the network.

    Subnet Mask - Use the same number, 255.255.255.0, for all members.

  5. Click OK and then click OK in the Network dialog box. If you are asked if you want to restart the computer, click Yes. You may be asked for the installation CD for the operating system; if so, insert the CD for the operating system that matches the computer you are working on.

Removing the ZoomAir Card

If you ever need to remove your ZoomAir Card, do not simply pull it from the PC Card slot. It is not hot-swappable.

Follow this procedure: In your computer's system tray, click on the icon for PCMCIA devices. Follow the prompts to stop your PCMCIA device. You may then remove the ZoomAir Card. If there is no PCMCIA icon in the taskbar, shut down the computer and turn off the power before removing the ZoomAir Card.

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Installing ZoomAir v2.50 Access PointSoftware under Windows NT

Note: Windows NT Service Pack 4.0 or greater is recommended.

Installing ZoomAir v2.50 in a Windows NT 4.0 computer is a two-step process:

  • Running the ZoomAir setup software.
  • Inserting the card.

Tip: If you are installing ZoomAir on a computer that has a previous version of ZoomAir installed on it, or if you ever need to uninstall the ZoomAir PC Card, refer to the Uninstalling ZoomAir instructions.

Running the ZoomAir Setup Program

You must run the ZoomAir setup program before installing your ZoomAir PC Card. Follow these steps:

  1. Log in as Administrator.

    Download the first of the two ZoomAir Access Point Software self-extracting files available on this web site, either to a disk or your computer's hard drive, whichever you prefer. Click Start | Run and type d:\setup.exe, where d is the name of the drive, and click OK.

  2. The ZoomAir setup program will start. Click Next.
  3. You will be asked to type in a unique SSID (Service Set Identifier), which is a name for your wireless network.
    • If you are adding an access point to an existing wireless network, or converting a client to an access point, you can use the existing SSID.
    • If this is a new installation and you are sure your network will not be near any other ZoomAir wireless networks, you can accept the default. Otherwise enter a word or phrase.
      This identifier must be the same for all computers that will be in the same wireless network. Members of your network should regard the SSID as a password and keep it secret. The SSID is case-sensitive; you must use capital and lower-case letters in the same way for all ZoomAir units.
  4. The Select Ethernet Adapter dialog box will appear. If your computer has a wired NIC that you will be using, select Wired Adapter, otherwise select None, then click Next.
  5. The setup program will begin copying files. At some point the program will ask you for the second of the two self-extracting files downloadable from our web site. Do not change the path information in this dialog box. Click Next.
  6. You may be asked for the Windows NT installation CD. If so, insert the CD that came with this particular computer. Note: Copying files from the Windows CD may take some time. Click Next.
  7. A Network Configuration dialog box will appear briefly. Do not enter any information; the setup program will take of care of this. Hit Cancel.
  8. When the Setup Complete message displays, you will be prompted to restart your computer. Click Yes and Finish.

Inserting the ZoomAir Card

  1. The computer should be turned off.
  2. Insert the ZoomAir Card into its slot, being careful that it goes in straight. The label with the ZoomAir logo and the LED indicators should be facing up. The card should slide in easily part-way and then offer slight resistance as the pins are engaged. Do not force the card.

When you restart the computer, you should see an icon like the one shown here in your computer's system tray (at the right-hand end of the taskbar). The icon may take several seconds to appear; it resembles a small computer monitor. This icon may be red or green depending on whether the ZoomAir PC Card is linked with another client.

Specifying IP Settings

  1. The Microsoft TCP/IP Properties dialog box will appear. The entry Zoom Telephonics 802.11 - PCMCIA Card should be in the Adapter box. If it is not, click the down arrow and scroll down to it.
  2. Click on Specify an IP Address.

    If you are connecting to a wired LAN, your network administrator should be able to tell you the IP addresses you must use for the ZoomAir Access Point and the ZoomAir wireless client units.

    If you are setting up the Access Point for a wireless-only network, you can use the following:

    IP Address - 192.168.0.n, where n is any number from 1 to 253. The number you substitute for "n" must be unique for each computer on the network. You may want to keep a list as you go.

    Subnet Mask - Use the same number, 255.255.255.0, for all computers on the network.

    You may also need a Default Gateway setting or DNS Servers, but your System Administrator can provide you with this information.

    Click OK. When you are prompted to restart the computer, click Yes.

Removing the ZoomAir Card

If you ever need to remove your ZoomAir Card, do not simply pull it from the PC Card slot. It is not "hot-swappable." You must shut down the computer and turn off the power before removing the ZoomAir Card.

 

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