Readme.txt Driver File Contents (ds-360p2.exe)
Driver Package File Name: ds-360p2.exe
DIGITAL RoamAbout DS/PC Card Software Version: V3.60 June 15, 1997
(Same as V3.50, except for the README files.)
(Using the WaveLAN Technology)
RoamAbout DS/PC Card Software comprises drivers, configuration tools and
diagnostic tools. This readme.txt contains information that pertains to
this software but was not available at the time that the User's Guide
The kit now includes two floppies. The first is for DOS and Windows 3.1x
systems and the second is for Windows 95 and Windows NT based systems.
The Windows 95 / NT floppy has readme files on it, readme95.txt and
The DOS/Windows 3.1x kit, has not changed, other than the readme files from
These README file contains information on installing the drivers on a
DOS & Windows 3.1x system. Refer to the Readme95 & ReadmeNT for assistance
in installing on a Windows 95 & NT system.
Table of Contents:
1. Installation notes
2. Technical Constraints
3. Certified Notebooks
4. Known potential problems
5. Currently unsupported functions
6. Software versions
7. RoamAbout Client Driver Command Line Options
8. RoamAbout Access Point MIBs
9. Technical Support
1. Installation notes.
1.1 RoamAbout DS Installation.
If Card Services & Socket Services (CS&SS) is installed on your Notebook
computer, run the Network Installation program first as supplied by the
Network supplier. Then run the Install program (INSTALL.EXE) provided
on this diskette. The Install program will take care of the
Client Driver installation and the specific RoamAbout parameters.
If CS&SS is not available, install CS&SS first. As an alternative, you
can also install the RoamAbout Point Enabler as described in the User's
Guide. In this case, execute the batch file CPY2HDSK. This will copy
the drivers and utilities to your hard drive. When executing this batch
file you need to give it an input of the destination directory
(ie CPY2HDSK C:\ROAMABT).
After installing, you can then make a Utilities disk by executing
UTL2BOOT (no parameters). You need to execute this from the directory
that you installed the software to. This will make a DOS bootable
2. Technical Constraints.
As the ODI driver is built to include the latest NetWare technologies, it
requires an up-to-date protocol stack. LSL should be version 2.11 or
higher, IPXODI, NETX or the VLMs should be of the same level.
To use new functions in the ODI driver, and to optimize the usage of
conventional memory, using VLMs is recommended.
As this version of the NetWare protocol stack may not yet be available at
your location, we have provided the latest update of this software on the
RoamAbout installation diskette. These files are not copied to your
hard disk during the installation. If you need these, you can copy them
to your hard disk with the following command:
xcopy a:\vlm\*.* c:\roamabt\vlm\
Then execute VLMUP.BAT (available in the VLM subdirectory) to extract all
NetWare information. Read VLMUP4.TXT for information on how to install
this software. If you do not have the Novell VLM stack implemented,
run the standard Novell Client Installation program as provided with
your NetWare Operating System before doing this upgrade, or copy only
LSL.COM and IPXODI.COM from these updates.
2.2 Phantom binding.
The RoamAbout drivers on this diskette, if used in combination with Card
Services & Socket Services, support Phantom binding. This means that
the network software may be started without the RoamAbout card actually
inserted in a PCMCIA slot. This functionality is also dependent on the
support of the Network Operating System, it may not operate correctly
in all environments.
Windows for Workgroups in combination with the NDIS driver may
cause WfW to hang in the Start-up screen. If this happens on your system,
make sure the RoamAbout card is inserted in the PCMCIA slot and the
Antenna Module is connected before starting Windows.
3. Certified Notebooks.
The number of Notebooks on which RoamAbout DS/PC Card has been certified
is growing constantly. In the past we have included a list, but with the
number of Notebooks coming onto the market every week, there is no way
to keep a list upto date.
Provided that the Notebook/Laptop supports Card & Socket Services (under
MS-DOS) or is running Windows 95 or Windows NT, they should all work
provided that they can supply the 3 watts (600mA) for the RoamAbout 915
and the 2 watts (400mA) for the RoamAbout 2400 at the PCMCIA interface.
4. Known potential problems.
4.1 System Power Management.
The Power Management of your system may interfere with the correct
operation of some applications. If an application appears to
be hanging, you may try to remove and re-insert the RoamAbout card.
If this problem occurs regularly, it is advised to disable your system's
4.2 IPC Porta-PC P5E-486/DSTN.
On the IPC Porta-PC P5E-486/DSTN, the RoamAbout drivers will not operate
correctly in combination with CS&SS. More information about this is not
yet available at the time of the release of this software.
4.3 OEMSETUP.INF not compatible with IBM DOS Requester.
The file OEMSETUP.INF supplied on this disk is suitable for use with
Windows For Workgroups. It can however not be used for IBM DOS Requester.
To install IBM DOS Requester copy OEMSETUP.IBM to OEMSETUP.INF. The disk
is now ready for IBM DOS Requester installation. To make this disk
suitable for Windows For Workgroups again copy OEMSETUP.WFW back to
4.4 AT&T 3115 PenPC.
On the AT&T 3115 PenPC the IRQ line is hardwired. Only an IRQ of 13 is
supported. In case the enabler is used see the user's guide for
information on how to specify an IRQ of 13. In case Card & Socket
Services is used see section 7 of this readme file on how to specify an
IRQ of 13 for the RoamAbout Client Driver.
4.5 Updating existing PC to run with C&SS.
When using Windows for Workgroups, you will need to go into the Network
Icon group and remove the driver and then go and reinstall it from this
new kit. There are some PROTOCOL.INI parameters that have changed.
After you reinstall the driver, you then need to run A:INSTALL from
5. Currently unsupported functions.
Power Management is not available in the NDIS driver.
6. Software versions.
The following software is provided on this diskette:
DOS/Windows 3.1x disk
DOS ODI Driver: WVLAN05.COM version 3.06
DOS NDIS 2 driver: WVLAN09.DOS version 4.10
CS&SS Client Driver: WAVECLI.EXE version 1.05
Enabler: ENABLER.SYS version 2.7
CS&SS based Installation program: INSTALL.EXE version 1.04
non-CS&SS installation utilities: INSTCONF.EXE version 2.02
SETCONF.EXE version 1.03
Point to Point Diagnostic Utility: PTPDIAG.EXE version 4.19
Frequency Select Utility: WFREQSEL.EXE version 1.18
WaveMONITOR Diagnostic Utility: WMONITOR.EXE version 2.12
Netware VLM protocol stack: VLMUP4.EXE
DIGITAL RoamAbout Access Point MIBS MIBS.EXE
Windows 95/NT disk
Windows 95 & NT Driver WVLAN22.SYS version 1.17
WVLAN22.INF Info file for 95
OEMSETUP.INF Info file for NT
WVLAN22.DLL DLL file for NT
WVLAN22.HLP Help file for NT
WV2UIF.VXD File for 95
Diagnostics Utilities 95/NT SETUP.EXE (self installing)
WMAN_CL.EXE Diagnostic Utility
WMAN_CL.HLP Help module for Utility
Readme file for Windows 95 README95.TXT
Readme file for Windows NT READMENT.TXT
7. RoamAbout Client Driver Command Line Options.
The following command line options are available for the RoamAbout DS
client driver. This driver is installed in the CONFIG.SYS by the RoamAbout
Installation program when running with C&SS.
DEVICE=WAVECLI.EXE [/IRQ=X] [/PORT=XYZ] [/IBM] [/F] [/V]
/IRQ=X Specifies the IRQ (hex value) to be used for the
RoamAbout PC Card. This switch can be used if the IRQ which
is automatically assigned by Card Services somehow does not
seem to work on your machine, or if you want the card to use
a specific IRQ.
/PORT=XYZ Specifies the base address (hex value) of the I/O ports to be
used for the RoamAbout PC Card. This switch can be used if
the PORT which is automatically assigned by Card Services
somehow does not seem to work on your machine, or if you want
the card to use a specific PORT. XYZ should be a multiple
of 8, e.g. 300, 308, 310, 318 etc.
/IBM This switch may be needed with some versions of IBM Card and
/F This switch disables the resource reservation mechanism of
the RoamAbout Client Driver. It can be used if your version of
Card Services does not support the resource reservation
function. You may have to use this switch if you have a very
old version of Card Services. If used, you should also
startup your machine with the RoamAbout PC Card present.
/V This switch instructs the RoamAbout Client Driver to display
informational messages to the screen. In case you have a
problem, we advise you to turn this switch on and record
the messages displayed by the RoamAbout Client Driver before
calling for support.
8. RoamAbout Access Point MIBS.
If you plan to use an SNMP Management station to manage your Access
Points, we have included the appropriate MIBS on this RoamAbout
software diskette. You will need to build them on your management
In addition to these MIBS for your SNMP Management station, you will
find a RoamAbout Access Point configurator utility on our WWW site,
at no charge.
9. Technical Support.
If you encounter problems when installing or using this product or have
questions about our other RoamAbout products, you can reach DIGITAL
customer support at the following number:
Telephone: 1-800-354-9000 (then choose option #2, sofware)
You can always consult our BBS (Bulletin Board Service) and WWW (World
Wide Web) page to see if new versions of the software are available
The RoamAbout Wireless LANs specific Home Page is at:
The DIGITAL's Networks Home Page is at:
The Networks BBS number is:
1-978-506-5777 (after Nov 10, 1997)
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