NETGEAR ME103 User Manual

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Reference Manual for the ME103 802.11b ProSafe Wireless Access Point



August 2003


Network Basic Input Output System. An application programming interface (API)

for sharing services

and information on l

ocal-area networks (LANs). Provides for communication between stations of a

network where each station is given a name. These names are alphanumeric names, 16 characters in length.


Combined with the IP address, the IP Subnet Mask allows a device to know which other addresses are local
to it, and which must be reached through a gateway or router.
A number that explains which part of an IP address comprises the network address and which part is the host
address on that network. It can be expressed in dotted-decimal notation or as a number appended to the IP
address. For example, a 28-bit mask starting from the MSB can be shown as or as /28
appended to the IP address.

Network Address Translation

A technique by which several hosts share a single IP address for access to the Internet.


A block of information sent over a network. A packet typically contains a source and destination network
address, some protocol and length information, a block of data, and a checksum.

Point-to-Point Protocol

PPP. A protocol allowing a computer using TCP/IP to connect directly to the Internet.


Short for Remote Authentication Dial-In User Service, RADIUS is an authentication system.
Using RADIUS, you must enter your user name and password before gaining access to a network. This
information is passed to a RADIUS server, which checks that the information is correct, and then authorizes
access. Though not an official standard, the RADIUS specification is maintained by a working group of the


A protocol in which routers periodically exchange information with one another so that they can determine
minimum distance paths between sources and destinations.


A device that forwards data between networks. An IP router forwards data based on IP source and
destination addresses.


A Service Set Identification is a thirty-two character (maximum) alphanumeric key identifying a wireless
local area network. For the wireless devices in a network to communicate with each other, all devices must
be configured with the same SSID.