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Create a Wireless Network

Updated on November 21, 2014

Wireless Networks

  • In the Networking Closet:
    • Place the 802.11b/g/n wireless access point on the rack shelf. The 802.11b/g/n wireless access point has transmission speeds up to 600 Mbps, has a signal range of 300 ft. or more, and is backwards compatible with other wireless standards which use the 2.4GHz frequency.
    • Connect an Ethernet twisted pair cable to the Ethernet port on the wireless access point and the Ethernet Port 22 on the existing switch in the rack.
    • Provide power to the wireless access point.
  • In the IT Administration office:
    • Slide the wireless switch on the front of the laptop to the on (I) position. This will enable the integrated wireless network interface card on the laptop.
    • Connect the laptop to the TrendNet-BGN wireless network.
    • Create a wireless network profile while connecting to the wireless network.

Complete the Following Steps

  1. On the Shelf, expand the Wireless Access Points category.
  2. Read the device descriptions to identify the correct wireless access point. Drag the wireless access point to the rack shelf.
  3. Switch to the back view of the rack.
  4. To plug in the wireless access point, expand the Cables category on the Shelf.
  5. Select the power adapter.
  6. In the Selected Component window, drag the DC power connector to the port on the wireless access point.
  7. In the Selected Component window, drag the AC adapter end to an empty outlet on the rack's UPS.
  8. To connect the wireless access point to the switch, select the Cat5e cable on the Shelf.
  9. In the Selected Component window, drag a connector to the Ethernet port on the back of the wireless access point.
  10. Switch to the front of the rack.
  11. In the Selected Component window, drag the other Cat5e cable connector to Port 22 on the switch.
  12. To enable the integrated wireless network interface on the laptop in the IT Administration office to the wireless network, go to the IT Administration office.
  13. Click the wireless switch on the front of the laptop. This will slide the switch to the on (I) position.
  14. To connect IT-Lap to the wireless network, click the Windows icon on the laptop's screen.
  15. Click the networking icon in the Task Bar and click the TrendNet-BGN wireless network.
  16. Ensure that the Connect automatically checkbox is selected and click Connect.
    Note: To confirm the connection, click the networking icon in the Task Bar again or open the Network and Sharing Center.

Select a Wireless Adapter

To complete this lab, select and install an 802.11n wireless adapter. 802.11n adapters:

  • Have transmission speeds beyond 300 Mbps.
  • Operate in the 2.4 GHz range (and in some cases, the 5 GHz range as well).

Complete the following steps:

  1. To select and install the wireless adapter on the vendor's laptop in the Lobby (Gst-Lap), switch to the Back view of the laptop.
  2. On the Shelf, expand the Wireless Adapters category.
  3. Read the description for each device and identify the one that meets the requirements.
  4. Drag the wireless adapter to the USB port on the back of the laptop.
  5. Switch to the Front view of the Laptop, and click the Windows icon on the laptop's screen.
  6. Click the networking icon in the Task Bar and click the CorpNetWireless wireless network.
  7. Ensure that the Connect automatically checkbox is selected and click Connect.
  8. Enter the security key, and click OK.
  9. To configure the wireless access point to not broadcast the SSID, go to the Server operating system.
  10. In the address bar of Internet Explorer, type 192.168.0.1. Press the Enter key.
  11. In the pop-up dialog, enter the authentication credentials, and click OK.
  12. Click Wireless > Basic on the left of the Web page.
  13. Select the Disable option for Broadcast Network Name (SSID).
  14. Scroll down and click Apply.

Configure Wireless Profiles

To complete this lab, use the Network and Sharing Center to create a wireless network profile manually with the following settings:

  • Network name (SSID) = CorpNetWireless
  • Security type = WPA2-Personal
  • Encryption type = AES
  • Security Key/Passphrase = CoRpN3t421
  • Start this connection automatically = Enabled
  • Connect even if the network is not broadcasting = Enabled

Complete the following steps:

  1. To manually create the wireless network profile on the laptop in the IT Administrator Office (IT-Lap), click the networking icon in the Task Bar and select Open Network and Sharing Center.
  2. Click Set up a new connection or network.
  3. Select Manually connect to a wireless network and click Next.
  4. Configure the security parameters to connect to the wireless network. Click Next.
  5. If you configured the profile settings correctly, the CorpNetWireless network should show as successfully added.
  6. Click Close.
  7. To delete the out-of-date profile, click the Manage wireless network link.
  8. Select the profile in the list, and click Remove.
  9. Click Yes.

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      Jacob Barnard 2 years ago from Gloucestershire

      Thank you for the help!