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Configuring 802.11b/g Wireless Settings

To configure the wireless settings of your 802.11 b/g wireless access point:

  1. From main menu under Setup, select Wireless Settings 11b/g. The Wireless Settings 11b/g screen will display as shown in Figure 2-10 below.
  2. Figure 2-10

  3. Configure the Wireless LAN settings based on the following field descriptions:
    • Turn Radio On. On by default, you can also turn off the radio to disable access through this device. This can be helpful for configuration, network tuning, or troubleshooting activities.
    • Wireless Mode. From the pull-down menu, select the desired wireless operating mode. The options are:
      • Auto (11g/11b) - Both 802.11g and 802.11b wireless stations can be supported. This is the default.
      • 11g Only - Only 802.11g wireless stations can be used.
      • 11b Only - All 802.11b wireless stations can be used. (The 802.11g wireless stations can still be used if they can operate in 802.11b mode.)
    • Channel/Frequency. From the pull-down menu, select the channel you wish to use on your wireless LAN. The wireless channel in use will be between 1 to 11 for US and Canada, 1 to 13 for Europe and Australia. The default is channel 11.
    • It should not be necessary to change the wireless channel unless you experience interference (shown by lost connections and/or slow data transfers). Should this happen, you may need to experiment with different channels to see which is the best. See the article on "Wireless Channels" available on the NETGEAR website. (A link to this article and other articles of interest can be found in Appendix B, Related Documents."). By default, the channel is set to Auto, where the wireless access point automatically selects the most optimal channel for you. When selecting or changing channels, some points to bear in mind:

      • If using multiple access points, it is better if adjacent access points are manually set use different channels to reduce interference. The recommended channel spacing between adjacent access points is 5 channels (for example, use channels 1 and 6, or 6 and 11).
      • In "Infrastructure" mode, wireless stations normally scan all channels, looking for an access point. If more than one access point can be used, the one with the strongest signal is used. This can only happen when the various access points are using the same SSID.
    • Data Rate. From the pull-down menu, select the available transmit data rate of the wireless network. The possible data rates supported are: Best, 1 Mbps, 2 Mbps, 5.5 Mbps, 11 Mbps, 12 Mbps, 24 Mbps, 36 Mbps, 48 Mbps, and 54 Mbps. The default is Best.
    • Output Power. From the pull-down menu, select the transmit power of the access point. The options are Full, Half, Quarter, Eighth, and Min. Decrease the transmit power if two or more APs are close together and use the same channel frequency. The default is Full. (The transmit power may vary depending on the local regulatory regulations.
  4. Click Apply to save your 802.11b/g wireless settings.

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