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HP V-M200 802.11n Access Point - Configuring a simple wireless network

Topology

This procedure describes how to configure a simple wireless network that enables to establish a wireless connection to the Internet through the V-M200. Other wireless network configurations are possible. See the HP V-M200 802.11n Access Point Management and Configuration Guide. The topology of this simple wireless network is illustrated as follows:

1 - Wireless community
2 - HP V-M200 providing 802.11a/b/g/n wireless services
3 - Router with DHCP server
4 - Internet

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Configuring the computer

  1. Disconnect the computer LAN port and configure it to use a static IP address in the range 192.168.1.2 to 192.168.1.254 and a subnet mask of 255.255.255.0 . Set the default gateway to 192.168.1.1 and DNS server to 192.168.1.1 . For example to do this in Windows Vista, use Control Panel , Network and Sharing Center , Manage Network Connections , Local Area Connection , right-click Properties then select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) , Properties .

  2. Disable any wireless connection on the computer.

  3. Connect the cables:

    • If using a power supply, use an Ethernet cable to connect the computer to the V-M200 Ethernet port.

    • If using a PoE switch, use Ethernet cables to connect the computer and the V-M200 to an unused factory-default PoE switch.

    • If using a PoE injector, use Ethernet cables to connect the computer to the data in port of the PoE injector and the V-M200 to the data and power out port of the PoE injector.

  4. Power on the V-M200:

    • If using a power supply, connect it to the V-M200 then power on the supply.

    • If using a PoE switch or injector, power it on.

    Initially, the V-M200 power light will blink once every two seconds. Wait approximately a minute until it begins blinking once per second before proceeding to the next step.

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Logging in

A factory-default V-M200 is assumed.

NOTE: The V-M200 is managed via its Web-based management tool using at least Microsoft Internet Explorer 7/8 or Mozilla Firefox 3.x.

The management tool is organized with menus and sub-menus. Instructions for making menu selections, such as "select Wireless , Radio " instruct to select the Wireless menu and then the Radio sub-menu, as follows:

1 - Main-menu
2 - Sub-menu
  1. In a Web browser, specify address: https://192.168.1.1 .

  2. At the security certificate prompt, select the option that allows to continue to the Website.

  3. On the Login page, specify admin for both Username and Password and then select Login .

  4. On the License Agreement page, read the agreement and then select Accept License Agreement .

  5. The registration page appears. It is recommended to select Cancel now and then register later by selecting Maintenance , Registration .

  6. In some regions, a Country prompt appears. Select the country in which the V-M200 will operate.

    CAUTION: The correct country must be selected.

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Testing the wireless network

For the purpose of this example, the network to which the V-M200 is connected must have a DHCP server and an Internet connection. Furthermore, the Network name (SSID) is assumed to be HP Networking , and the Security method is WPA2 with PreShared Key .

  1. Disconnect the computer from the PoE switch or injector or the V-M200.

  2. Power off the V-M200:

    • If using a power supply, disconnect it.

    • If using a PoE switch or injector, disconnect the Ethernet cable from the V-M200.

  3. Use an Ethernet cable to connect the switch or the data in port of the injector to the network.

  4. Reconnect and power on the V-M200:

    • If using a power supply, use an Ethernet cable to connect the V-M200 to the network and reconnect the V-M200 power supply.

    • If using a PoE switch or injector, use an Ethernet cable to reconnect the V-M200 to the PoE switch or the data and power out port of the injector.

  5. Enable the wireless network interface of the computer and verify that it is set to Obtain an IP address automatically .

    For example, to do this in Windows Vista, use Control Panel , Network and Sharing Center , Manage Network Connections , Wireless Network Connection , right-click Properties and select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) , Properties , and make sure that Obtain an IP address automatically and Obtain a DNS server address automatically are both enabled.

  6. Connect the computer to the new wireless network. For example, in Windows Vista, from the Network and Sharing Center , select Connect to a network and then select the network name from the list of available wireless networks. A short wait might be necessary for the new wireless network name to appear in the wireless networks list.

  7. Select WPA2 security and specify the chosen preshared key.

  8. Confirm that Internet can be browsed using the wireless network.

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Configuring additional settings

The V-M200 management tool is now available wirelessly or wired at https://<IP address> where <IP address> is the V-M200 IP address from IP configuration.

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