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v2.51 Client Installation Instructions
for Windows 95, 98, ME, and NT 4.0

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Windows NT 4.0

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 for instructions.

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
  1. Make sure the computer is turned off.
  2. 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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.

  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. A Network Configuration dialog box may appear briefly. Do not enter any information; the setup program will take care of this.
  6. When the Setup Complete message displays, you will be prompted to restart your computer. Click Yes and Finish.

After 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 several seconds.)

As you add each new ZoomAir Card to a computer, it should join the wireless LAN and display a green icon in its system tray.

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.

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Installing ZoomAir v2.50 Client under Windows NT

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

Installing your ZoomAir Wireless PC Card in a Windows NT 4.0 computer is a two-step process:

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

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

  1. Log in as Administrator.
    Download the first of the two ZoomAir Client V2.50 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 a:\zoomair.exe, where a is the letter of the drive, and click OK.
  2. The ZoomAir setup program will start. Click Next.
  3. Select ZoomAir 802.11 Client Software from the list and click Next.
  4. You will be asked to type in a unique SSID (Service Set Iden-tifier), which is a name for your wireless network. If you are sure your network will not be near any other ZoomAir wire-less 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.

  5. Select a network mode when the program prompts for it. Your choices are Ad Hoc and Infrastructure. Choose Ad Hoc unless you are installing a client in an infrastructure network.
  6. The setup program will begin copying files. At some point the 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.
  7. A Network Configuration dialog box may appear briefly. Do not enter any information; the setup program will take care of this. Click Cancel.
  8. When the Setup Complete message displays, you will be prompted to restart your computer. Click Yes and Finish.

Inserting the ZoomAir Card

The next step is to install the ZoomAir Card. Follow these instructions:
  1. The computer should be turned off.
  2. Insert the ZoomAir Card into its slot, taking care that it goes in straight. The label with the ZoomAir logo and the LED indicators should face up. The card should slide in easily most of the way and then offer slight resistance as the pins are en-gaged. Do not force the card.
  3. 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). 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. Click on the ZoomAir icon to verify that it is running in client mode.

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 several seconds.)

As you add each new ZoomAir Card to a computer, it should join the wireless LAN and display a green icon in its system tray.

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: Shut down the computer and turn off the power before removing the ZoomAir Card.

 

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