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Setting Up a Peer Network: DW WLAN Card User Guide

Setting Up a Peer Network: DW WLAN Card User Guide

* What is a peer network?

* How do I set up a basic peer network?

* How do I configure my peer network?

* What are the available PeerNet commands and what do they do?

* How do I allow peer devices to join my peer network using Wi-Fi Protected Setup technology?

* What conditions are indicated by the appearance of the PeerNet icon?


What is a peer network?

A peer network is a network in which one computer can connect directly to another computer. This capability is accomplished by enabling access point (AP) functionality on one of the computers. Other computers can then connect to this computer in the same way that they would connect to a physical AP. If Internet Connection Sharing is enabled on the computer that has the AP functionality, computers that connect to that computer have Internet connectivity as well.

A basic peer network, which requires no networking knowledge or experience to set up, should meet the needs of most home users and small businesses. By default, a basic peer network is configured with the strongest available security (see How do I set up a basic peer network?).

For users who are familiar with wireless networking technology, advanced configuration features are available to do the following:

 

How do I set up a basic peer network?

This section provides instructions for:

To set up a basic network:

    1.
    Right-click the PeerNet icon in the Windows notification area (the area of your screen where the time is displayed), and then click Start Peer Network. Your peer network is automatically configured to use WPA2-Personal security with AES encryption, which together provide the most secure type of connection available and the most privacy.
    2.
    In Peer Network Key, type a network key (passphrase) of your choosing in the space provided, and then click OK. The network key must be either 8 to 63 characters in length or exactly 64 characters using the numbers 0–9 and the letters a–f (letters can be uppercase or lowercase). Thereafter, if you stop your peer network and then start it again, you do not have to type the network key.

 

NOTE: You should use a different network key than the one you use to connect to your physical wireless router/AP.

When your peer network is started, it is visible to other Wi-Fi enabled computers that are within range.

To start your peer network:

Right-click the PeerNet icon in the Windows notification area (the area of your screen where the time is displayed), and then click Start Peer Network.

You also can start your peer network whenever you are configuring it.

    1.
    Right-click the PeerNet icon, and then click Configure Peer Network.
    2.
    In Configure Peer Network, click Start.

To stop your peer network:

Right-click the PeerNet icon, and then click Stop Peer Network.

 

How do I configure my peer network?

This section provides instructions for:

 

NOTE:

Your peer network is automatically configured to use your computer name as the network name of your peer network. If you prefer, you can assign a different network name.

If it is not possible for a peer device to match the default security settings on your peer network, and you want to allow that device to join your peer network, you must change the security settings of your peer network to match those of the peer device.

Besides the default security setting of WPA2-Personal security with AES encryption, the other types of security that are available on your peer network are:

Open

The WPA-Personal type of security can be set to use either AES or TKIP encryption to achieve data privacy. The Open type of security can be set to use either WEP encryption or no encryption (None). WPA-Personal security is stronger than Open security.

If you set up a peer network on another computer and want each computer to join the peer network of the other, you must change the DHCP server IP address on one of the peer networks.

If you notice that the operating speed of your peer network is decreasing, the likely reason is that the traffic on the default channel is congested, that there is signal interference, or both. By changing to a channel that has less congestion and less interference, you might experience an increase in operating speed.

To share your Internet connection:

    1.
    Right-click the PeerNet icon in the Windows notification area, and then click Configure Peer Network.
    2.
    In Configure Peer Network, select the Enable Internet Connection Sharing check box, and then click Save.

 

NOTE: You must have administrator privileges to enable Internet Connection Sharing.

To change the network name:

    1.
    Right-click the PeerNet icon in the Windows notification area, and then click Configure Peer Network.
    2.
    In Configure Peer Network, in the space provided, type the network name you prefer, and then click Save.

To change security settings:

    1.
    Right-click the PeerNet icon in the Windows notification area, and then click Configure Peer Network.
    2.
    In Configure Peer Network, click Advanced.
    3.
    Under Security settings:

In the Security type list, select the security type that matches the security type set on the peer device.

In the Encryption type list, select the encryption type that matches the encryption type set on the peer device.

 

NOTE: The network key must be either 8 to 63 characters in length or exactly 64 characters using the numbers 0–9 and the letters a–f (letters can be uppercase or lowercase).

To change the DHCP server IP address:

    1.
    At one of the computers, right-click the PeerNet icon in the Windows notification area, and then click Configure Peer Network.
    2.
    In Configure Peer Network, clear the Enable Internet Connection Sharing check box if it is selected, and then click Advanced.
    3.
    Under Other settings, change the DHCP Server IP address from 192.168.16.1 to 192.168.10.1.
    5.
    Click Save.

To change the operating channel:

    1.
    Right-click the PeerNet icon in the notification area, (the area of your screen where the time is displayed), and then click Configure Peer Network.
    2.
    In Configure Peer Network, click Advanced.
    3.
    Under Other settings, select another channel in the Channel list, and then click Save.

 

NOTE:

Your peer network operates on the selected channel only if your computer is not connected to a Wi-Fi network through a wireless router/AP. Once your computer is connected to such a network, your peer network operates on the same channel as that being used by the wireless router/AP regardless of the channel you selected for your peer network.

Right-click the DW WLAN Card Utility icon in the notification area, and then click Congestion Analysis.

 

What are the available PeerNet commands and what do they do?

To display the list of available PeerNet commands, right-click the PeerNet icon in the Windows notification area. The following commands are available for performing specific tasks or operations:

 

Help Files

Opens an online version of this user guide

About

Displays the version and date of the PeerNet software

Start Peer Network/Stop Peer Network

Starts/Stops your peer network

Accept a WPS Device/Stop Accepting a WPS Device

Allows WPS devices to join your peer network/Discontinues allowing WPS devices to join your peer network

Peer Information

Displays the number of connected peers, and the physical address, IP address, and computer name of each peer device that has joined your peer network

Configure Peer Network

Opens Configure Peer Network at the basic level

 

How do I allow peer devices to join my peer network using Wi-Fi Protected Setup technology?

Before a peer device can join your peer network using Wi-Fi Protected Setup technology, both you and the operator of the peer device must agree on whether the peer device will use the push button method or the PIN method to join. Then you must issue the Accept a WPS Device command.

To configure the WPS settings on your peer network:

    1.
    Right-click the PeerNet icon in the notification area, and then click Configure Peer Network.
    2.
    In Configure Peer Network, click Advanced.
    3.
    Under WPS settings, click Use push button method to allow WPS devices to join your peer network using the push button method, or click Use PIN method to allow WPS devices to join your peer network using the PIN method.

To allow WPS devices to join your peer network:

    1.
    After you have started your peer network, right-click the PeerNet icon in the notification area, and then click Accept a WPS Device.
    2.
    If you configured WPS settings to use the PIN method for authorizing access, in the space provided, type the 8-digit PIN that matches the PIN generated by the WPS device, and then click Open.

 

NOTE: For a WPS device to be accepted when it tries to access your network using the PIN method, it must connect within the period of time that WPS devices are being accepted. Unless you click Stop Accepting a WPS Device (from the PeerNet icon menu), your peer network automatically stops accepting WPS devices approximately two minutes after you click Open.

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If you configured WPS settings to use the push button method for authorizing access, your peer network automatically allows the WPS device to join your peer network.

 

What conditions are indicated by the appearance of the PeerNet icon?

The the following conditions are indicated by the appearance of the PeerNet icon:

 

PeerNet Icon Appearance

Indication

Your peer network is idle.

Your peer network is started.

Your peer network is accepting WPS devices and is awaiting a WPS connection.

One or more peers are connected to your peer network.

The radio is off.

The physical adapter is not available.

 


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