JAHT 54Mbps wireless Bridge & Wireless LAN & Cardbus
Posted by: VMan on: 23.08.2004 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
JAHT 54Mbps wireless Bridge
Wireless LAN & Cardbus
PART 1 – Packaging
The design on the box is nice as you can see in the pictures above and has all the specs printed on the back, once I opened the box I thought the it was nicely laid out but nothing spectacular.
None of the units where protected by foam but all arrived in perfect condition and all where wrapped in an anti-static bags with the drivers on a CD-ROM not a floppy disk which is nice, the WP-4001B2 bridge itself is nice and compact and has plenty of ventilation which adds to the design it also has green LED’s that show various this such as connection speed ect.
The manual that is supplied with the bridge is easy to follow if you have a good knowledge of computers, but a novice user might have some trouble understanding some of the terms and instructions that are used, the manual for the wireless LAN & Cardbus are on CD and are much easier to follow as things are clearly stated and there are a lot of diagrams to follow.
I was also supplied with some High-Gain ( aerials for a higher range output as my computers are two floors apart and the standard RP-SMA antenna supplied with the bridge does not have the power to transmit over such a large distance, though loads of walls and such, these High-Gain aerials are capable of transmitting trough walls and floors up to a larger distance than standard and are essential if you live in a large building and want to connect your PC/notepad onto your wireless network.
So overall I think the packaging is nice and the layout is fine, the only problem I have is with the
PART 2 – Preparing the System
So let’s setup our bridge and get your wireless network up and running, installing the bridge is very basic, screw on the aerial using a network lead, plug the bridge into a spare port on your hub, connect the 12v AC adapter and that’s it.
For the wireless LAN card it is the same as any Ethernet adapter, plug the card into a spare PCI slot, boot your computer and install the drivers off the disk, everything is automated so you only have to follow the on screen instructions this is the same for the Cardbus so again the install is very basic and any competent user could complete it without much trouble.
Now everything is in place and the bridge is connected to your hub it is time to collaborate the bridge so that your Ethernet and Wireless network can communicate, this is very easy as everything is already collaborated but if you wished it is easily configured through a web browser, the bridge has the normal ESSID and 64/128/152 WEP encryption but also lets you configure your wireless LAN using MAC access control and the ability to hide your ESSID so that you can fully protect your wireless network.
I did have a little trouble collaborating the notebook wireless Cardbus adapter as I couldn’t get it to communicate with the rest of my network, but after some trial and error I did eventually solve the problem, but because of this I think a novice computer user would find it very difficult to configure the Cardbus so I would only recommend it to someone who has good knowledge of computers or computer networks.
Configuring the wireless PCI adapter was simple as it is automatically setup by windows so it is very user friendly and hassle free.
Part 3 – Performance
First the detailed specifications for the:
IEEE 802.11,IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g standards
802.11g - OFDM 802.11b - CCK, DQPSK, DBPSK
802.11g: 54,48,36,24,18,12,9,6Mbps, auto fallback under noisy environment 802.11b: 11, 5.5, 2, 1Mbps, auto fallback under noisy environment
64(40)/128/152 bit WEP Encryption WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access) 802.1x and Access Control List Build-in RADIUS Server
AP Station - Ad Hoc Station - Infrastructure AP Bridge - Point to Point AP Bridge - Point to
10/100Mbps UTP Port x 5
One RP-SMA Detachable Antenna
12V DC, 1A Linear Power Adaptor
FCC Class B, CE Mark