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HP Compaq Business Notebook nx9100 - Configuring Communications

Configuring Communications
Configuration prerequisites
The notebook has a factory option Wireless Mini PCI wireless LAN card. Before you can use the card, you must configure it for the wireless network in which you want to participate. To learn about the features of the Wireless Mini PCI 802.11a/b/g, 802.11b/g, or 802.11b wireless LAN card.
NOTE: Ad-Hoc Mode
In Ad-Hoc mode, the driver for the 802.11a/b/g and 802.11b/g cards is set to 802.11b by default. This is because the 802.11g spec requires devices to default to 802.11b. The user can change to 802.11g in the drop-down box on the Advanced tab. This is only in ad-hoc mode; in infrastructure mode, the driver will find and use both 802.11g and 802.11b access points. 
Before you configure the WLAN connection, obtain the following information from the wireless network administrator:
  • Network names (SSID) of the specific wireless networks to connect to
  • Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP) or Wireless Protected Access (WPA) key information (if any) for the networks to connect to
  • For Microsoft Windows networking, the customer name and workgroup name
  • For a network account, a user name and password
  • An IP address (if not using a DHCP server)
  • If any of the networks are connected to an authenticationserver
To connect to a wireless network, you must configure a network profile. Windows XP users can configure the WLAN device using the Windows XP Wireless Zero Configuration utility.
Configuring with Windows XP Wireless Zero Configuration
Configuring a profile for a listed network not requiring a WEP key
  1. Press the wireless on-off button to turn wireless 802.11b or 802.11g communication on. The wireless indicator light turns on when wireless communication is turned on.
    • On the HP Pavilion zx5000, the wireless on-off button is at the top of the keyboard, just below the Quick Launch buttons.
    • On the Compaq Presario R3000, the wireless on-off button is on the front right corner of the notebook.
  2. When Windows detects available networks, a bubble pops up on the screen. Click the bubble to see a list of available wireless networks.
  3. Select the desired wireless network to connect to and click the Connect button to connect to the listed wireless network.
  4. The operating system connects to the wireless network and displays the signal strength.
Configuring a profile for a listed network requiring a WEP key
  1. Press the wireless on-off button to turn wireless 802.11b or 802.11g communication on. The wireless indicator light turns on when wireless communication is turned on.
  2. Configure the wireless network connection with the appropriate settings. Obtain the following settings to be from the wireless network administrator:
    • SSID
    • WEP Key
    • Key index number
Configuring a profile for an unlisted network not requiring a WEP key
Obtain the SSID from from the wireless network administrator:
  1. Click Start > Control Panel (Classic View) > Network Connections
  2. Right-click Wireless Network Connection, and then click Properties.
  3. Click the Wireless Networks tab.
  4. Click Add.
  5. Type the network name in the Network name (SSID) box.
  6. If the network does not have an authentication server, disable IEEE 802.1x authentication. Under the Authentication tab, clear the Enable network access control using IEEE 802.1x check box.
    NOTE: XP Requirements
    The default settings in Microsoft Windows XP Service Pack 1 require IEEE 802.1x authentication. With IEEE 802.1x authentication enabled, connecting to a network requires a connection with an authentication server. If the network has no authentication server, the connection is disabled every 3 minutes.
  7. Click OK. The network name and icon appear at the top of the list under Preferred networks.
  8. Click OK to activate the network connection.
Configuring a profile for an unlisted network requiring a WEP key
Obtain the following settings from the wireless network administrator:
  • SSID
  • WEP key
  • Key Index number
  1. Click Start > Control Panel (Classic View) > Network Connections.
  2. Right-click Wireless Network Connection, then click Properties.
  3. Click the Wireless Networks tab. Click Add.
  4. Type the network name in the Network name (SSID) box.
  5. Select the Data encryption (WEP enabled) check box.
  6. Clear the The key is provided for me automatically check box.
  7. Type the network key in the Network key box and again in the Confirm network key box.
  8. If the network does not have an authentication server, disable IEEE 802.1x authentication.
  9. Under the Authentication tab, clear the Enable network access control using IEEE 802.1x check box.
  10. Type the key index in the Key index (advanced) box.
  11. Click OK. The network name and icon appear at the top of the list under Preferred networks.
  12. Click OK to activate the network connection.
Configuring the W500  802.11a/b/g or W400 802.11b/g WLAN device
W400 and W500 WLAN devices use the Atheros Client Configuration utility (ACU). This software is is preloaded on Windows 2000 notebooks, and available via web download for Windows XP notebooks. After you install the ACU, an icon is displayed in the Windows task bar. The following graphics show the icon and the various states and meanings that are displayed. 2.4 is displayed in the graphic if the radio is operating at 2.4GHz; 5 is displayed when operating at 5GHz. When the radio is in a no link state the frequency band toggles between 2.4 and 5 while it scans through those frequencies.

To start the utility, double click on the icon in the Windows task bar.
Create or modify a profile
To create or modify a profile using ACU:
  1. Double click the ACU icon in the Windows task bar.
  2. Click the Profile Management tab.
  3. Click the New or Modify button.
  4. In the Profile Name box, type a unique name that describes the wireless network you connecting to.
  5. In the SSID boxes, type the SSID that matches the wireless network you are connecting to. You can configure a single profile to match up to three different SSIDs.
  6. Click the Security tab.
  7. Choose the security settings that are required on the wireless network.
  8. If necessary, click the Advanced tab to configure advanced settings.
Activate a profile
To create or modify a profile using ACU:
  1. Double click the ACU icon in the Windows task bar.
  2. Click the Profile Management tab.
  3. In the Profile box, highlight the profile that you want to activate.
  4. Click the Activate button.
Configuring the PRO/Wireless 2100
The Intel PRO/Wireless 2100 WLAN device uses the Intel PROSet configuration utility. This software is available via web download for Windows XP notebooks. After you install the utility, an icon is displayed in the Windows task bar. The following graphics show the icon and the various states and meanings that are displayed.
Icon
Meaning
Wireless radio is turned off
Wireless radio is turned on, but WLAN Device is not connected
Wireless radio is connected. Icons display signal strength in varying degrees: 
  • Yellow - poor connection 
  • Full green - excellent connection
To start the utility, double click the icon in the Windows task bar. Click on the following links for procedures on setting up profiles using Intel PROSet:
  • Create or modify a profile
    1. Double click the PROSet icon in the Windows task bar.
    2. Click the Networks tab.
    3. Click the Add... button.
    4. In the Profile Name box, type a unique name that describes the wireless network you connecting to.
    5. In the Network Name (SSID) box, type the SSID that matches the wireless network you are connecting to.
    6. Choose the operating mode (Infrastructure or Ad hoc).
    7. If necessary, click the Mandatory AP to specify the MAC address of a Mandatory Access Point.
    8. Click the Next button.
    9. Choose the appropriate security settings for the network.
    10. Click the Finish button to create the profile
  • Activate a profile
    1. Double click the PROSet icon in the Windows task bar.
    2. Click the Networks tab.
    3. Highlight the Profile Name that you want to connect to.
    4. Click the Connect button.

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