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802.11b Product Family- Frequently Asked Questions
1. What is a wireless network and how can it help me?
Wireless networks use radio frequencies (RF) as an alternative
to standard Ethernet cabling as means of networking
multiple PCs. Wireless networking enables notebook PC
users to roam throughout a building while remaining
connected to corporate network resources such as Internet/Intranet,
email, network file servers and printers. In addition
wireless networks extend existing Ethernet networks
to remote locations within a building where standard
cabling installation would be difficult or expensive.
2. What do I need to set up a wireless network?
Depending on the range and number of users, you will
need one or more of the following:
a. ME102 802.11b Wireless Access Point – Performs
the bridging function between wireless nodes and standard
Ethernet networks. Multiple Access Points can be used
to extend the coverage of a wireless network.
b. MA401 802.11b Wireless PC Card – Allows notebook
PCs to connect to a wireless network. In combination
with an Access Point, one can roam throughout the office
or building while still having access to corporate email
and the Internet.
c. MA301 802.11b Wireless PCI Card – Enables desktop
PCs to connect to a Wireless network. In combination
with the ME102 Access point, one can set up LAN based
exclusively on 802.11b Wireless technology, or extend
an existing Ethernet LAN to remote PCs where standard
cabling would be difficult or expensive. Must be combined
with an MA401 802.11b Wireless PC Card. MA401 PC Card
is sold separately.
3. What is the IEEE 802.11b standard?
The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers
(IEEE) is a standards body, which has defined an 11
Mbps wireless specification, 802.11b, to ensure multi-vendor
4. What is the technology used?
The technology is based on Direct Sequence Spread Spectrum
(DSSS) operating in the 2.4 GHz frequency spectrum.
5. How is it different from Bluetooth?
Bluetooth is suited for Personal Area Networks for a
range of less than 30 feet. It is good way of synchronizing
a PDA with your computer without the need of any wires.
802.11b wireless solutions are best suited for Local
Area Network applications for connecting your laptops
or desktops into a common network.
6. What is an access point?
An access point has two primary purposes; 1) To act
as a wireless extension to an existing Ethernet network
and 2) To coexist with additional access points in order
to extend the coverage of a wireless network throughout
7. Will the ME102 802.11b Wireless Access Point work
with my Cable/DSL router?
Yes, the ME102 Access Point can be combined with a Cable/DSL
Gateway Router (such as an NETGEAR FR314) in order to
share the Cable/DSL connection over a wireless network.
8. What are some common causes of interference?
Any wireless device operating in the 2.4 GHz spectrum,
including 2.4 GHz cordless phones, microwave ovens as
well as neighboring 802.11b wireless LAN’s.
9. Will it interfere with my cordless telephone?
If you have a 2.4 GHz cordless phone, then potentially
the 802.11b Wireless network and the phone can interfere
with one another. In order to avoid the interference,
change the channel on the cordless phone or at the Access
10. What operating systems do the products support?
The MA401 PC Card and the MA301 PCI adapter support
Windows 95/B, 98, NT4, 2000 and Me.
11. Is the MA401 PC Card hot insert-able?
The MA401 802.11b Wireless PC Card is hot insert-able
for notebook PCs. It is NOT hot insert-able when combined
with the MA301 802.11b Wireless PCI Adapter for desktop
PCs. Make sure the power is turned OFF whenever inserting
or removing the MA401 from the MA301 PCI Adapter.
12. What do I need to connect my desktop to a wireless
You will need a MA301 802.11b Wireless PCI Adapter and
a MA401 802.11b Wireless PC Card. The MA401 is sold
separately. Insert the MA401 into the slot of the MA301
PCI adapter while the power is OFF.
13. What is the difference between Infrastructure mode
and ad-hoc mode?
a. Ad-hoc mode allows for peer-to-peer networking, so
that several PCs on the same wireless network can share
files. There is no means of gaining access to the corporate
Ethernet network or Internet connection.
b. Infrastructure mode requires the use of one or more
Access Points. Infrastructure mode enables wireless
nodes to connect to a standard Ethernet network or a
14. How secure is it?
There are essentially three items that ensure privacy
for your wireless network. The first is Direct Sequence
Spread Spectrum, which prevents would-be hackers from
eavesdropping your wireless network. The second item
is the SSID, which is a local password that is common
among all the PCs on the wireless network. Finally,
the third item is WEP encryption. The encryption passkey
must be identical on all nodes on the network.
15. What is the SSID?
The SSID is a common password unique to each Wireless
network. Only those devices with a common SSID can communicate
with one another on the network. An additional level
of privacy can be attained with WEP encryption.
16. What is WEP Encryption?
The IEEE 802.11b specification has defined a function
referred to as the Wired Equivalent Privacy (WEP). This
function defines a form of encryption, which provides
privacy equivalent to a wired Ethernet network. As with
a wired network, one should consider using additional
VPN type software to ensure the highest levels of security.
17. What are the range and data rates that I can expect?
The range will vary based on many sources including;
interference, number of floors and walls, building materials
used and presence of large metal objects. These factors
can drastically affect the results presented below.
If multiple access points are being used to extend coverage,
we recommend placing the access points on different
i. 11 Mbps – 175 ft (53 m)
ii. 5.5 Mbps – 270 ft (82 m)
iii. 2 Mbps – 400 ft (122 m)
iv. 1 Mbps – 500 ft (152 m)
i. 11 Mbps – 835 ft (255 m)
ii. 5.5 Mbps – 1155 ft (352 m)
iii. 2 Mbps – 1320 ft (402 m)
iv. 1 Mbps – 1650 ft (503 m)
18. Can I roam from one access point to another within
Yes, multiple ME102 access points can be used to increase
the coverage of a wireless network within a building.
Each MA401 PC Card will automatically attain connection
with the access point with the strongest signal. In
order to provide seamless roaming from access point
to access point, it is best to select a common SSID
and WEP passkey for all devices on the wireless network.
19. How can I use the MA401 PC Card to access my email
at airports and hotels?
You must subscribe with a mobile Internet service provider
such as MobileStar or WayPort. These services are available
in select locations.
20. Are the NETGEAR 802.11b Wireless products suited
for the home?
Yes, especially for telecommuters looking for interoperability
between the home or office. For users interested in
taking advantage of their broadband Cable/DSL connection
for multimedia applications such as streaming audio
and video as well as gaming we recommend our Multimedia
Wireless Home Network product family.
21. Does NETGEAR 802.11b Wireless products work with
NETGEAR Multimedia Wireless Home Network products?
No, currently the two are incompatible. The 802.11b
Wireless products are a standards based solution which
are well suited for small office, home office applications
such as telecommuting. The Multimedia Wireless Home
Network has features not available for 802.11b products
such as Multimedia based Quality of Service (QoS), automatic
interference avoidance and peer-to-peer networking.
22. How do I get support?
NETGEAR provides free 24x7 Technical support at 1-888-NETGEAR.
23. Is the SSID case sensitive?
Yes, you must enter the SSID exactly at each node on
24. What is the difference between 40-bit and 64-bit
Actually, when vendors are referring to 40-bit or 64-bit
encryption, they are referring to one and the same encryption
algorithm. The technique uses a 40-bit user key and
a 24-bit initialization vector. The user sets the 40-bit
key, but he/she has no control over the 24-bit initialization