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Drivers FileMate PCI Wireless Network Adapter driver (ZIP file)
Drivers FileMate PCI Wireless Network Adapter driver for Windows 7 (RAR file*)
Drivers Linux Driver for the PCI-N Wireless Adapter (ZIP file)
 
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How can I find the IP address of my network card in Windows XP?
The following FAQ applies to Windows XP:

You can get information regarding your Network Interface Card´s IP address by using the IPCONFIG command.

Step 1 Click Start, then select Run.


Step 2 In the Run command box, type cmd and click OK.


Step 3 In the Command Prompt window, type ipconfig and press Enter.


Step 4 Locate the Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection. Under this header, you will find the IP address of your adapter.

Note: A wireless adapter will display as Ethernet Adapter Wireless Area Connection.

You can get more network information by typing ipconfig/all
 
What can I do if I am having wireless connection problems?
Signal strength drop or fluctuation are common causes of RF interference.

Try these basic troubleshooting steps:
Change the channel on your access point or wireless router.
Change the location of your wireless products. Subtle changes (2-3 feet) can make a big difference. Do not put the access point or wireless router in a cabinet or enclosure.
2.4GHz phones, X-10, and Bluetooth devices will interfere with your wireless network. Change the location of the base for your phone, or downgrade to 900 MHz phones, or upgrade to 5.8GHz phones.
The wireless signal will degrade (or die completely) when going through brick (fireplace), metal (file cabinet), steel, lead, mirrors, water (fish tank), large appliances, glass, etc.

If your wireless connection is only dropping during large file transfers or when a large number of wireless clients are connecting, change the preamble on all wireless devices to short.
 
How do I install my network adapter in Windows Vista?
Note: The following steps are only a suggestion. We cannot guarantee that the following steps will work in every situation.

Step 1: Physically install the network adapter.

Step 2: Boot the computer. Wait for Vista to recognize the new hardware. Once it prompts you to locate the driver. Click Locate And Install Driver Software (Recommended)
.

Step 3: If Vista fails to locate the drivers internally or online, it will prompt you to insert the Driver Disk.


Step 4: Once the disk is inserted the Vista will locate the driver from the CD and install it. Click Next to continue.


Step 5: After the drivers are installed, Vista will tell you the card has installed properly and is ready to use. You should not have to reboot.
 
What can I do if I am having wireless connection problems?
Step 1 From the desktop, right-click on the Network Neighborhood icon (Win ME - My Network Places) and select Properties.

Highlight TCP/IP and click the Properties button. If you have more than 1 adapter, then there will be a TCP/IP "Binding" for each adapter. Highlight TCP/IP > (your network adapter) and then click Properties.


Step 2 Click Specify an IP address.

Enter in an IP address that is on the same subnet as the LAN IP address on your router. Example: If the router´s LAN IP address is 192.168.0.1, make your IP address 192.168.0.X where X is a number between 2 and 99. Make sure that the number you choose is not in use on the network.

Step 3 Click on the Gateway tab.


Enter the LAN IP address of your router here (192.168.0.1). Click Add when finished.

Step 4 Click on the DNS Configuration tab.


Click Enable DNS. Type in a Host (can be any word). Under DNS server search order, enter the LAN IP address of your router (192.168.0.1). Click Add.

Step 5 Click OK twice. When prompted to reboot your computer, click Yes.

After you reboot, the computer will now have a static, private IP address.
 
How do I assign a static IP address to my adapter on Windows 2000?
Step 1 Right-click on My Network Places and select Properties.


Step 2 Right-click on the Local Area Connection which represents your network card and select Properties.

Step 3 Highlight Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) and click Properties.


Click Use the following IP address and enter an IP address that is on the same subnet as the LAN IP address on your router. Example: If the router´s LAN IP address is 192.168.0.1, make your IP address 192.168.0.X where X is a number between 2 and 99. Make sure that the number you choose is not in use on the network.

Set Default Gateway the same as the LAN IP address of your router (192.168.0.1).

Set Primary DNS the same as the LAN IP address of your router (192.168.0.1).

Secondary DNS is not needed or enter a DNS server from your ISP.

Click OK twice. You may be asked if you want to reboot your computer. Click Yes.
 
How do I assign a static IP address to my adapter on Windows XP?
Step 1 Click Start and select Control Panel.

Step 2 Open the Network Connections window.

Step 3 Right click the adapter, left click Properties


• For Ethernet (hardwired) adapters, use the item listed as Ethernet Adapter Local Area Connection.
• For Wireless adapters, use the item listed as Ethernet Adapter Wireless Area Connection.

Step 4 Scroll down the list of items and select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then click Properties.

Step 5 Select the round button near Use the following IP address:
You will now need to enter your adapter´s IP address, the netmask, default gateway and DNS IP.

Important note on IP addresses:
A valid IP address must contain four octets (segments separated by decimals) having values that fall between zero and 255. Each IP address in your network must be unique; no two devices should have the same IP address. Zero and 255 should not be used in a valid IP address´ last octet. They are used as placeholders and for network utilities. (Do not use 192.168.0.0 or 192.168.0.255 for a device´s IP address)

Your IP address must match the first three octets of your Gateway IP, when using the default netmask of 255.255.255.0. You may pick any number for the last octet of your IP address that falls between zero and 255.

For example, if your Gateway IP address is 192.168.0.1, your adapter´s IP may be 192.168.0.2 or 192.168.0.254.

The "Subnet mask" field sets your netmask. You will be using 255.255.255.0, unless a network technician has set up an advanced network.

The "Default Gateway" field sets the gateway IP address your adapter will use for Internet access. By defining the gateway, you are directing your data to the device that has Internet access. If you are using a router, the router´s IP address would be your gateway. If you have no router and connect directly to your cable or DSL modem for internet access, you will use that modem´s IP address as your gateway IP. If you are using Internet connection sharing, use the IP address of the adapter that was set up to share the Internet connection.

• Most D-Link routers use a default IP address of 192.168.0.1
• Most Linksys routers use 192.168.1.1
• Many VoIP routers use 192.168.15.1
• Internet Connection Sharing default: 192.168.0.1

Step 6 You must now set your adapter´s DNS (Domain Name Services) server address. Your ISP may have a specific DNS server that they want you to use. Inquire with your ISP what DNS IP address you should use. Otherwise, you may refer to your router or modem´s IP address if that device supports DNS relay. The secondary DNS server is not required, it is used as a backup.

Step 7 Click OK at the bottom of the Internet Protocol window to save the settings.

Step 8 Click OK at the bottom of the adapter´s Properties window to save the settings.

Your adapter is now assigned a static (manual) IP address, Netmask, gateway IP and DNS server IP.
 
How do I assign a static IP address to my adapter on Windows Vista?

Step 1 Click on the Windows logo, to open the Start menu.

Step 2 Select Control Panel.


Step 3 Select Network and Internet.`


Step 4 Select Network and Sharing Center.


Step 5 From the left side, select Manage Network Connections.


Step 6 Right click on the adapter you wish to assign the IP address to, and select Properties.


Step 7 Highlight Internet Protocol and click Properties.


Step 8 Select the radio button next to Use The Following IP Address and enter the desired IP address, Subnet Mask, and Default Gateway. When finished, press OK.

 
How do I assign a static IP address to my adapter on Mac OS 7.5 to 9.2?
Step 1 Go to Apple > Control Panels > and down to TCP/IP.

Step 2 In the Connect Via field select Ethernet Built-in, select Manually in the Configure field.

Step 3 Type in your IP Address, Subnet Mask, Router Address, and Name Server Address in the boxes provided. Close out of the window making sure to select Ok to save your changes.
 
How do I assign a static IP address to my adapter on Mac OS X?
Step 1 Go to Apple > System Preferences > double-click on either of the Network icons.

Step 2 The first Configure field should read Ethernet built-in. The Configure field under the TCP/IP tab should be set Manually.

Step 3 Type in your IP Address, Subnet Mask, Router Address, and Name Server Address´ in the boxes provided. Close out of the window making sure to select Save to save your changes.
 
How do I renew my IP address(DHCP) for my network adapter?

Note: The following FAQ demonstrates the usage of the Command Prompt in Windows XP.

Step 1: Click Start and select Run
.

Step 2: In the Run command box, type cmd and click OK.


Step 3: In the command prompt, type ipconfig/release.


Step 4: After the IP addresses are released, type ipconfig/renew.


Step 5: Your adapter will send a request for a DHCP (automatically) obtained IP address, Netmask, gateway, and DNS if auto-DNS is enabled.

If you are having problems obtaining an IP address using DHCP, you may want to try to static (manual) the IP address. Click here for assistance.

Note: Verify that you have a DHCP server on your network, such as a router. Most routers have a setting to disable or enable DHCP.
 
How do I enable DHCP on my adapter?
Step 1: Open the Control Panel on your PC. Select Network Connections

Using Classic view:


Using Category view:



You will then need to select Network Connections if you are using Cagegory view:


Step 2: Right click the adapter and select Properties

• For Ethernet (hardwired) adapters, use the item listed as Ethernet Adapter Local Area Connection.
• For Wireless adapters, use the item listed as Ethernet Adapter Wireless Area Connection.



Step 3: Scroll down the list of items and select Internet Protocol (TCP/IP), then click Properties.


Step 4: Select the radio button labeled Obtain an IP address automatically


Step 5: Click OK on the Internet Protocol properties window to save settings.

Step 6: Click OK on the adapter´s properties window to save settings.


Your adapter is now set to obtain its IP address using DHCP. You may have to right-click the adapter and select Repair to request the new IP using DHCP.
 
Why shouldn´t I use WEP encryption on my Draft N device?
WEP encryption is not part of the proposed 802.11n standard, it is not possible to communicate at Draft N speeds while using WEP encryption.
 
How do I connect to a Wireless Network?
Step 1 Right click the Wireless status Icon in the task bar, to open the Wireless Manager.


Step 2 Select Wireless Manager.


Step 3 Highlight the SSID you wish to connect to.
(if your SSID is not visible, press the Refresh key)

Step 4 Click Connect.
 
How do I install my wireless card?
Installing a PCI wireless card might seem like a bit of an adventure -- after all, you have to open the case, find where to put the thing, close it again... and then you have to deal with the software! Even if you've never opened your computer before, though, you shouldn't have too much trouble with it if you follow this simple 10 step guide.

Step 1: Look at the Manual. Yes, I know it seems like a dull thing to do, but you really need to at least skim the manual for things if you're going to go putting them in your computer. It's much better to do it now than to realise afterwards that you missed an essential step in the installation. A few cards, for example, require you to install the software before installing the card -- do this now if you need to.

Step 2: Switch the Computer Off. Before you even think about opening the computer, you've got to switch it off. You should use the 'Shut Down' option to make sure that the computer will start fresh next time, and wait for it to shut down completely.

Step 3: Unplug the Computer. To be safe, you should disconnect the computer from the power supply now. If there is anything connected to the computer, you should unplug that from the power too, as well as unplugging the wires from the back of the computer. If you're nervous that you won't remember which wire goes where when it's time to put them back again, you could draw a diagram before you start this step. Most modern computers have a matching color coding system on the rear panel. Pink goes to pink, green to green etc.

Step 4: Remove the Case. To avoid damaging your computer's parts or electrocuting yourself, you should be wearing an anti-static wristband (also known as a ground strap) whenever you open your computer. If you're not sure how to get the case off, consult your computer's manual. It's usually just a matter of unscrewing, though -- but make sure you keep the screws somewhere where they won't get lost.

Step 5: When the cover is removed, the first thing to do is to locate the PCI slots on your motherboard, different motherboards have different amounts of PCI slots, for example you may already have a PCI card installed, in which case just choose an empty slot to install your new PCI card. PCI slots are long, rectangular slots inside the computer. Some of the available PCI slots might be used by existing modems or Ethernet cards. If there's no space for your new wireless card, then you might need to remove some of this old equipment.

Step 6: Insert the PCI Card. If you're using a PCI slot that hasn't been used before, you'll need to unscrew the piece of metal filling the gap in the back of the computer created by there being no card there. Make sure you store this piece in a safe place, in case you ever need it again. When you insert the PCI card into the slot, do it as carefully as you can. Try not to touch any of the circuits on the card. Once it's in the slot, you will need to press firmly, but don't use too much force. You should also make sure that you point the wireless card's antenna upwards.

Step 7: Close the Case. Just do what you did in step 4 in reverse -- put it all back together.

Step 8: Plug In and Start. You need to plug your computer back in and start it. If you don't want to re-attach all your cables right now, you will at least need to plug in the keyboard, mouse and monitor. Many people are scared when they turn on their computer again after installing a PCI card and it doesn't work -- only to find that the error was caused by them not reconnecting their keyboard! When you reboot your machine Windows (or other OS) should find the card automatically, it will then prompt you for the driver disk/cd that came with your card, insert the CD and follow the on-screen instructions.

Step 9: Install Drivers and Software. Once the computer's done starting, it should notice it has some new hardware. This is when you should insert the CD that came with the card, and leave Windows to do its thing. If everything's gone to plan, the PCI card should be set up automatically. If things don't happen automatically, try inserting the CD before you panic.

Step 10: Configure Your Network. Your PCI wireless card gives your computer a permanent wireless connection. The first time you use it, you should be asked which wireless network you want to connect to. Choose your wireless network from the list, and you're ready to go!
 
 
 
 
 
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