NETGEAR ME103 User Manual

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Reference Manual for the ME103 802.11b ProSafe Wireless Access Point

Advanced Configuration


August 2003

Table 5-1.

Advanced Wireless Settings Fields



Operating Mode

You can select the following options:
• Wireless Access Point
• Point-to-Point Bridge
• Point-to-Multi-Point Bridge

Worldwide Mode

If you enable 802.11d, you will have access to additional regulatory domains.

Broadcast Wireless

Network Name

If you disable broadcast of the SSID, only devices that have the correct SSID can
connect. Disabling SSID broadcast nullifies the wireless network ‘discovery’ feature
of some products such as Windows XP.

Wireless Separation

Enable wireless separation avoid channel assignment interference.

Basic Rate

This field determines which data communications rate will be used. It should not be
necessary to change from the default of Auto-negotiate unless you notice
interference problems. There are times when lowering the data rate will help assure
a more reliable wireless connection.


Use these parameters to set the radio frequency communications settings.

RTS Threshold

The packet size used to determine whether it should use the CSMA/CD (Carrier
Sense Multiple Access with Collision Detection) or the CSMA/CA (Carrier Sense
Multiple Access with Collision Avoidance) mechanism for packet transmission.


This is the maximum packet size used for fragmentation. Packets larger than the
size programmed in this field will be fragmented. The Fragment Threshold value
must be larger than the RTS Threshold value.

Beacon Interval

Specifies the data beacon rate between 20 and 3000.

Preamble Type

A long transmit preamble may provide a more reliable connection or slightly longer
range. A short transmit preamble gives better performance. Long is the default.

Antenna Selection

You can select the following options:
• Primary (R)
• Secondary (L)
• Diversity - note that ME103 diversity is provided in receive mode only, not in

transmit mode. The PRIMARY RF port provides transmit and receive. The
SECONDARY provides receive mode only.

Output Power

Lowering the output power level lets you reduce the chance of interference with
other nearby access points and reduces the coverage range. You can set the power
output level of the transmitter to these options: 18dbm (64mw), 17dbm (50mw),
15dbm (30mw), 13dbm (20mw), 7dbm (5mw), 0dbm (1mw).