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Configuring Basic Wireless Settings

The following section describes how to configure the basic wireless settings for the 802.11b, 802.11bg and 802.11ng modes.

To configure the NETGEAR Wireless-N Access Point wireless settings of your wireless access point:

  1. From the main menu under Configuration, select Wireless.The Wireless Settings screen displays as shown in Figure 2-5.
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    Figure 2-5  Basic wireless settings

  3. Configure the Wireless LAN settings based on the following field descriptions:
    • Wireless Mode. Select the desired wireless operating mode by clicking inside the appropriate radio button:
      • 11b - 802.11b wireless stations can be used (802.11g and 802.11ng wireless stations can still be used if they can operate in 802.11b mode.).
      • 11bg - both 802.11b and 802.11bg wireless stations can be used (802.11n wireless stations can still be used if they can operate in 11bg mode).
      • 11ng - 802.11ng, 802.11g and 802.11b wireless stations can be used.
      • The default is 11ng.

    • 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 Network Name (SSID). Enter a 32-character (maximum) service set ID in this field; the characters are case sensitive. When the wireless access point is deployed in "infrastructure" mode, the SSID assigned to a wireless device must match the wireless access point SSID in order for the wireless device to communicate with the WN802T v2. If they do not match, you will not get a wireless connection to the WN802T v2. The default is NETGEAR.
    • Broadcast Wireless Network Name. If enabled, the wireless access point broadcasts its SSID allowing wireless stations which have a "null" (blank) SSID to adopt the correct SSID. If set to Disable, the SSID is not broadcast. The default is Enable.
    • 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 Auto.
    • Do not 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. Alternatively, you can select the Auto channel option for the AP to intelligently pick the channel with least interference. 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). When selecting or changing channels, some points to bear in mind:

      • Access points use a fixed channel. You can select the channel used. This allows you to select a channel which provides the least interference and best performance. In the USA and Canada, 11 channels are available
      • If using multiple access points, it is better if adjacent access points use different channels to reduce interference. NETGEAR recommends a channel spacing of 5 channels (for example, channels 1, 6, and 11). between adjacent access points.
      • 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.
    • MCS Index/Data Rate. From the pull-down menu, select the available transmit data rate of the wireless network. Also, depending on the band selected, the set of rates will vary. (When Auto Channel is enabled in the 802.11ng mode, then the default Channel Width mode is 20MHz). The possible data rates supported are:
      • Data Rates for Channel Width=20MHz and Guard Interval=short (400ms): Best, 7.2, 14.4, 21.7, 28.9, 43.3, 57.8, 65, 72.2, 14.44, 28.88, 43.33, 57.77, 86.66, 115.56, 130, & 144.44 Mbps
      • Data Rates for Channel Width=20MHz and Guard Interval=long (800ms): Best, 6.5, 13, 19.5, 26, 39, 52, 58.5, 65, 13, 26, 39, 52, 78, 104, 117, & 130 Mbps
      • Data Rates for Channel Width=40MHz and Guard Interval=short: Best, 15, 30, 45, 60, 90, 120, 135, 150, 30, 60, 90, 120, 180, 240, 270, & 300 Mbps
      • Data Rates for Channel Width=40MHz and Guard Interval=long: Best, 13.5, 27, 40.5, 54, 81, 108, 121.5, 135, 27, 54, 81, 108, 162, 216 Mbps, 243, & 270 Mbps
      • The default is Best, which is the optimal setting.

    • Channel Width. From the pull-down menu, select the desired channel width.
      • 20 MHz - This is the static, legacy mode. It gives the least throughput.
      • 40 MHz - This is the static, high-throughput mode.
      • 20/40 MHz - This is the dynamic, compatibility mode. Legacy clients can operate at 20 MHz and 11n clients can operate at 40 MHz.
    • Guard Interval. From the pull-down menu, select the desired guard interval. The guard interval protects from interference from other transmissions. The default is Auto.
    • Output Power. From the pull-down menu, select the transmit power of the access point. The options are Full, Half, Quarter, Eighth, and Minimum. 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 wireless settings.

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