How to set up and test basic wireless connectivity – NETGEAR ME103 User Manual

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Reference Manual for the ME103 802.11b ProSafe Wireless Access Point


Basic Installation and Configuration

August 2003

How to Set Up and Test Basic Wireless Connectivity

Follow the instructions below to set up and test basic wireless connectivity. Once you have
established basic wireless connectivity, you can enable security settings appropriate to your needs.


Log in to the ME103 using the MDI/MDIX name printed on the bottom of the unit or at its
default address of

or at whatever IP address the unit is currently

configured. Use the default user name of admin and default password of password, or
whatever password you set up.


Click the Wireless Settings link in the main menu of the ME103.


Choose a suitable descriptive name for the wireless network name (SSID). In the SSID box,
enter a value of up to 32 alphanumeric characters. The default SSID is NETGEAR.

Note: The SSID of any wireless access adapters must match the SSID you configure in the
ME103 802.11b ProSafe Wireless Access Point. If they do not match, you will not get a
wireless connection to the ME103.


Select the Country Domain in which the wireless interface will operate.


Set the Channel. It should not be necessary to change the wireless channel unless you notice
interference problems or are near another wireless access point. Select a channel that is not
being used by any other wireless networks within several hundred feet of your wireless access
point. For more information on the wireless channel frequencies see

“Wireless Channels” on

page B-7



For initial configuration and testing, leave the Wireless Card Access List set to “Everyone”
and the Encryption Strength set to “Disabled.”


Click Apply to save your changes.


Configure and test your PCs for wireless connectivity.

Program the wireless adapter of your PCs to have the same SSID and channel that you
configured in the ME103. Check that they have a wireless link and are able to obtain an IP
address by DHCP from the ME103.

Once your PCs have basic wireless connectivity to the ME103, you can configure the advanced
wireless security functions.


If you are configuring the ME103 from a wireless PC and you change the SSID,

channel, or security settings, you will lose your wireless connection when you click
Apply. You must then change the wireless settings of your PC to match the new settings.