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- 5 GHz Wireless Ethernet
- Wireless Best Practices
Depending on the topology and units selected the NetWave wireless Access Points and Clients will need to be configured. We strongly recommend configuring the devices in a lab environment to reduce having to deal with configuration issues in the field. Due to the close proximity of the units in a lab environment, it is recommended that the devices be placed face down on a desk to absorb the RF energy.
The Netwave Kits are a complete package containing everything you need to transmit a single Ethernet data stream between a remote Client location and the Access Point and no additional configuration is needed. Easy to use visual indicators show when the antennas are correctly aligned and units connected. Each kit ships with MAC Lock enabled for added security and for quick setup.
We recommend the following guidelines for configuring your NetWave products.
- IP Addressing – It is essential that each device have a unique IP address. Non-kit hardware is shipped with the default IP address (192.168.10.101). This should be the first configuration change.
- Wireless Mode – Non-kit hardware will need to have their wireless mode set to either AP or Client. Once this is done and the IP addresses have been changed, the Clients will connect to the AP if all the setting as are kept at default.
- SSID – It may be necessary to change the SSID if you have other NetWave wireless products sharing the same airspace.
- Admin Password – Default login information can be easily found in the user manual. In non-lab environments, it is recommended that the end user change the password.
NOTE: If the password is lost, a factory reset will need to be initiated which will reset all user configuration including the factory set MAC lock configurations.
- Channel Frequency – In the default auto mode, the AP will scan all frequencies and select an operational channel with the least amount of interference. For most instances this is the correct setting but if several APs are being deployed at a particular site, manual AP frequency selection is recommended
- Channel Spectrum Width – By default, the NetWave AP will determine if it will use 20 or 40MHz. 40MHz bandwidth supports the highest throughput. In noisier environments, the AP will choose 20MHz as this narrower channel bandwidth is less susceptible to interference. The effect of this reduced channel bandwidth is the link throughput is reduced. There is also a 10MHz option for those extremely noisy environments. The end user may select this option under these conditions. The trade-off being better stability but less throughput. 10MHz is the most robust setting against RF interference but it provides less throughput when compared to 20 and 40MHz bandwidth
- Saving and Backup – After making any changes to the configuration, the user must select “apply” then “save”.