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Reference Manual for the ME103 802.11b ProSafe Wireless Access Point


Basic Installation and Configuration

August 2003

Understanding Basic Wireless Settings

To configure the wireless settings of your wireless access point, click the Wireless Settings link in
the Basic section of the main menu of the browser interface. The Basic Wireless Settings menu
will appear, as shown below.

Figure 3-8: Basic Wireless Settings menu

The Basic Wireless Settings menu options are discussed below:

Country Domain. This field identifies the region where the ME103 can be used. It may not be
legal to operate the wireless features of the wireless access point in a region other than one of
those identified in this field. There is no default country domain, and the channel is set to 11.
Unless a country domain is selected, the channel cannot be changed.

Channel. This field identifies which operating frequency will be used. It should not be
necessary to change the wireless channel unless you notice interference problems or setting up
the ME103 near another access point. See

“Wireless Channels” on page B-7

for more

information on wireless channels.

Access points use a fixed channel. You can select the channel used. This allows you to
choose 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. 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.