Installing ZoomAir v2.51 Client
under Windows 95, Windows 98 and Windows ME
Installing your ZoomAir Wireless PC Card in a Windows 95 or
Windows 98 computer is a two-step process:
- Inserting the 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 document
Before you begin, download the
first of the two ZoomAir Client v2.50 self-extracting files
available on this web site, either to a floppy diskette or
your computer's hard drive, whichever you prefer.
Inserting the ZoomAir Card
- Make sure the computer is turned off.
- Insert the ZoomAir Card into the PC Card slot, taking care
it goes in straight. The label with the ZoomAir logo should
face up. The card should slide in easily most of the way,
offering slight resistance as the pins are engaged. Do
not force it.
Running the ZoomAir Setup Program
As the computer restarts, you will be taken through the steps
to run the ZoomAir setup program. Follow these steps:
- Turn on the computer. Click Start | Run and type a:\zoomair.exe,
where a is the letter of the drive, and click OK.
The setup program will start. Click Next.
- You will be asked to type a unique SSID (Service
Set Identifier), which is a name for your wireless network.
If you're sure your network won't be near any other ZoomAir
wireless networks, 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.
- Select a network mode when the setup program prompts for
it. Your two choices are Ad Hoc and Infrastructure.
Choose Ad Hoc unless you are installing a client in
an infrastructure network.
- The setup program will begin copying files. At some point
the setup program will ask you for the second of the two
ZoomAir Client V2.50 self-extracting files downloadable from
our web site. Do not change the path information in this
dialog box. Click Next.
You may also be asked for the Windows installation CD. If so, insert the
CD that came with this particular computer. Note: Copying files from
the Windows CD may take some time.
- A Network Configuration dialog box may appear briefly.
Do not enter any information; the setup program will take
care of this.
- When the Setup Complete message displays, you will
be prompted to restart your computer. Click Yes and Finish.
the computer has restarted, you should see an icon like the
one shown here in the system tray (at the right-hand end of
the taskbar). The icon may take several seconds to appear;
it resembles a small computer monitor. If this is the first
ZoomAir Card you have installed, the icon will be red.
Repeat this installation for the second ZoomAir Card. If you
have accepted the default settings, the two cards should begin
to communicate. You can verify this because the icon in the
system tray will turn green. (The change in color may take
As you add each new ZoomAir Card to a computer, it should
join the wireless LAN and display a green icon in its system
Your installation is now complete. If you are installing a
wireless ad hoc network, all of your network clients should
be connected to each other. If you are installing an infrastructure
network, all of your network clients should be connected to
a Software Access Point.
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 system tray (the area
at the right end of the taskbar), 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.