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Madge Smart Wireless Support Software Release 1.2
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Introduction
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The Madge Smart Wireless family of products allow you to build standards-based, enterprise-class, secure wireless LAN solutions.  Products in the family include:

* The Smart Wireless Access Point 802.11b (Madge part number: 95-10)
* The Smart Wireless Advanced PCMCIA Adapter 802.11b (Madge part number: 95-31)
* The Smart Wireless PCI Adapter 802.11b (Carrier only) (Madge part number: 95-20)
* The Smart Wireless Access Server (Madge part number: 95-01)

Visit the Madge web-site (www.madge.com) for additional product information.  Also check for updated software, firmware and drivers at (www.madge.com/software).

This document provides release notes for the Access Point (95-10) and Adapters (95-20 & 95-31) of the family.  The release notes for the Access Server (95-01) can be found on the CD-ROM that accompanies the Access Server.

CD-ROM contents
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All Access Points and Adapters are shipped with a common CD-ROM called the Smart Wireless Support Software CD-ROM.  The CD-ROM has the following folder structure:

+---Acrobat             Adobe Acrobat Reader version 5.0
+---AP                  802.11b Access Point files             
|   +---Firmware            Firmware for the 802.11b Access Point
|   |   \---1.4.3.2736          Version 1.4.3.2736 for the Access Point
|   +---Utilities           TFTP Server and Access Point Browser
|   \---WNM                 The Wireless Network Manager for AP management 
+---Documents           User Guides, Setup Guides and other documents
|   \---DOCs
+---PcCard              802.11b PCMCIA Adapter files
|   +---Driver              Drivers for the 802.11b PCMCIA Adapter
|   |   +---Linux
|   |   +---OSR2_INF
|   |   +---WIN2K
|   |   +---WIN9X
|   |   +---WinCE
|   |   +---WINNT
|   |   \---WINXP
|   \---Utility             WLAN Utility for configuring PCMCIA Adapters        
\---PciAdapter          Drivers for the PCI Adapter (95-20)

Release 1.2 component version numbers
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The version numbers of the six components of the Smart Wireless Support Software Release 1.2 are:

1.  Access Point firmware:         1.4.3.2736
2.  Wireless Network Manager:      1.2.7.395
3.  Wireless LAN Utility:          1.2.0.171
4.  Access Point utilities (set):  1.1.0.6
        AP Browser:                    1.0.0.6            
        TFTP Server:                   1.0
5.  PCMCIA Adapter drivers (set):  1.2
        PCMCIA card firmware:          1.4.9
        PCMCIA Adapter driver:         1.7.29
6.  PCI Adapter drivers (set):     1.1
    
It is recommended that all previous versions of the Access Point firmware, the Wireless Network Manager, the Wireless LAN Utility and the Access Point utilities are upgraded to the latest versions shown above.

Upgrading a previous release
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If you have already installed Smart Wireless Support Software 1.1 components, such as the Wireless LAN Utility or the Wireless Network Manager, you must remove these components before upgrading to those in this 1.2 Release.  When following the installation procedure, you will be prompted to either "Repair" or " Remove" the component. Select "Remove" to remove the component from release 1.1, and then repeat the installation procedure to install 1.2 components. Note that if you attempt to use the 1.2 release to "Repair" a 1.1 installation, the installed components will remain unchanged.  When you have completed an upgrade, you should start each component and check its version number against those listed above.

802.11b Access Point release notes
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1. The Access Point can be configured using either a Web Browser to access the built-in web-management pages, or by using the Wireless Network Manager (WNM) program on a PC.  In addition, the Smart Wireless Access Server (95-01) can automatically discover and manage Access Points in accordance with pre-defined configuration and security policies.

2. The factory default configuration for an Access Point is defined in Section 5.1 of the Access Point User Guide on the CD-ROM.  The principle default settings are:

    IP Address:             192.168.0.1 (if automatic allocation via DHCP does not succeed)
    Subnet mask:            255.255.255.0
    Username:               root
    Password:               root
    802.11b Security mode:  128-bit WEP
    SNMP read community:    public
    SNMP write community:   public

Note that you can press the SF-Reset button on the housing of a powered-on Access Point to reset the configuration settings to the factory default values.  If you power-cycle an Access Point (e.g. remove and replace the DC power plug) it will be reset using the last configuration settings that were saved.

3. The Access Point supports an Enterprise MIB (Management Information Base) that can be accessed using SNMP.  The MIB definition is a text file named "InterEpoch_MIB_20020926.txt" which can be found in the "Documents" folder on the CD-ROM.

4. The UTP cable supplied with an Access Point is a 'cross-over' cable.  This can be used for connecting an Access Point to a computer equipped with a suitable RJ-45 Ethernet port for initial configuration purposes.  In this case there is no need for an Ethernet hub or switch.

5. The main changes to the Access Point firmware since the previous release (1.4.1.2662) are:

    a. Improved DHCP operation:
          - automatic DHCP lease renewal,
          - improved compatibility with ADSL routers,
          - improved performance
    b. Universal Plug and Play (uPnP) now operates over the wireless LAN as well as the wired LAN.
    c. Improved RADIUS operation by supporting additional accounting attributes.
    d. Improved software watchdog functionality.
    e. Revised MIB with enhanced diagnostic and security features.
    f. The default SNMP write community string changed to "public" (from "private").
    g. Improved performance when WEP is enabled.
    h. RF transmission is now disabled before a reset is actioned to improve the status reporting of a wireless client computer.

6. The main changes to the Wireless Network Manager since the previous release (1.2.7.382) are:

    a. Improved AP Browser and Communication tabs:
          - new icons indicate which APs can or cannot be joined, depending on the SSID set in the Communication Tab.
          - the AP list automatically refreshes every 60 seconds,
          - the SSIDs of discovered APs are now shown in the drop-down list on the Communication Tab.
          - the SSID value shown on the Communication Tab is no longer automatically updated after a "Join" operation.
    b. Improved signal strength diagnostics.
    c. Cosmetic improvements to the "Generate Report" feature.
    d. Various cosmetic improvements to the user interface.

Note: points 6a and 6b are only relevant to computers with a Smart Wireless Advanced PCMCIA Adapter installed.

PCMCIA Adapter release notes
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1. For laptop PCs with a free PCMCIA slot: install the PCMCIA Adapter first, then its driver and finally the configuration utility (either the Madge Wireless LAN Utility for Windows 98/Me/2000 or the PRISM configuration utility for Windows 95/NT).  Windows XP has built-in support for configuring wireless adapters so installation of the Wireless LAN Utility or the PRISM configuration utility is not required.

2. If the Wireless LAN Utility is installed first, followed by the PCMCIA Adapter, it is possible that the Utility will not recognise the Adapter.  To recover from this, remove the PCMCIA adapter and then reinsert it.

3. When removing a PCMCIA Adapter from a PC be sure to disable (stop) the card first, using the standard Windows "Unplug or Eject Hardware" utilty, typically found on the Taskbar.  Removing a PCMCIA adapter without first stopping it can cause data loss or system crashes.

4. The Linux drivers included on the CD are not supported by Madge.  Recompilation of the Linux kernel may be necessary to enable support for the PCMCIA adapter.

5. The main changes to the Wireless LAN Utility since the previous release (1.1.0.158) are:

    a. Improved 802.1x operation:
          - automatic logon without having to reselect a certificate,
          - improved status reporting,
          - automatic re-authentication when a RADIUS session times out.
    b. Improved behaviour at Windows reboot to ensure WLAN Utility starts up consistently.
    c. Improved DHCP operation: following re-authentication (e.g. when roaming on the same subnet) the client attempts to maintain any TCP sessions to connected servers.
    d. Improved AP Browser:
          - new icons indicate which APs can or cannot be joined, depending on the SSID set in the Communication Tab.
          - the AP list automatically refreshes every 60 seconds,
          - the SSIDs of discovered APs are now shown in the drop-down list on the Communication Tab.
          - the SSID value shown on the Communication Tab is no longer automatically updated after a "Join" operation.
    e. Improved signal strength and "ping" diagnostics.
    f. Cosmetic improvements to the "Generate Report" feature.
    g. Various cosmetic improvements to the user interface.

PCI Adapter release notes
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1. Install the drivers for the PCI Adapter BEFORE inserting the adapter into a free PCI slot in a PC.  If this procedure is not followed there is a possibility that the wrong drivers could be used resulting in unexpected behaviour of the Wireless LAN Utility and/or the Wireless Network Manager.

2. There is no need to install the drivers under Windows XP.

3. When inserting a PCMCIA Adapter into the PCI Adapter make sure it is inserted the correct way round.  See the warning label on the PCI Adapter or refer to the PCI Adapter User Guide on the CD-ROM.

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