README9X.TXT Driver File Contents (HF000X_080.ZIP)

Driver Package File Name: HF000X_080.ZIP
File Size: 187.0 KB

ReadMe File for HF000X V0.8 Windows 95/A/B/C, 98 /SE, ME Driver package part

   Table of contents

   1. Overview
   2. Contents
   3. Installation
   4. Driver options
   5. FAQ
   6. Known issues
   7. Revision history
   8. Disclaimer
   9. Copyright notices

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1. Overview

   HF000X is a driver package for the Diamond Multimedia HomeFree Wireless
   LAN line of cards and adapters for Windows 95, 98, ME, 2k, 2k3, NT3.51,
   NT4, LH and XP operating systems, supporting PCMCIA, ISAPNP and PCI
   cards and adapters.

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2. Contents
 
   HF000X contains the following files for Windows 95, 98 and ME

   BIGSKYLN.VXD  - The VxD Memory trace device
   WIN95A  .TXT  - The easy network installation guide for Windows 95A
   WIN95B  .TXT  - The easy network installation guide for Windows 95B
   WIN95C  .TXT  - The easy network installation guide for Windows 95C
   WIN98   .TXT  - The easy network installation guide for Windows 98
   WIN98SE .TXT  - The easy network installation guide for Windows 98SE
   WINME   .TXT  - The easy network installation guide for Windows ME     
   HF000X  .INF  - The combined INF file for 9X and NT 5 based operating systems
   HF000X9 .CAT  - The Windows 98/SE, ME dummy catalog file
   HOMEPING.EXE  - The HomeFree wireless lan utility (WLU)
   HOMEPING.TXT  - The WLU ReadMe
   README9X.TXT  - This file
   SKYHOOK .VXD  - The Windows 95 support
   SKYLINE .SYS  - The W9X driver for HomeFree WLAN cards and adapters

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3. Installation

   You MUST be familiar with network terms and setup procedures.

   For an easy step-by-step network and driver installation, browse the
   'GUIDES' folder in your distibution copy of 'HF000X', read and print
   the guide for your operating system and follow its instructions.

   Additional internet sharing utilites from the original manufacturers
   windows 9X installation software are not are not neccesary for Windows
   ME and XP, both including the 'Network Installation Assistent' to
   create a diskette, containing necessary files to grant support for
   bridge based internet access from client machines.

   You may use network properties and settings to configure workgroups,
   shared drives, etc.
   

   Example

    W9x TCP/IP configuration
   
     User        : GUEST           (Setup)
     Computername: COMP1           (Setup / network properties, ident.)
     Workgroup   : HOMEFREE        (Network properties, identification)
     Description : MYNETWORK       (Network properties, identification)
     IP-Address  : 192.168.000.001 (Protocol properties)
     Subnet mask : 255.255.255.000 (Protocol properties)
     DNS         : -               (Protocol properties)
     CoNetId     : MYNETWORK       (Network properties, adv. / HomePing)

    ME TCP/IP configuration

     User        : GUEST           (Setup)
     Computername: COMP2           (Setup / network properties, ident.)
     Workgroup   : HOMEFREE        (Network properties, identification)
     Description : MYNETWORK       (Network properties, identification)
     IP-Address  : 192.168.000.002 (Protocol properties)
     Subnet mask : 255.255.255.000 (Protocol properties)
     DNS         : -               (Protocol properties)
     CoNetId     : MYNETWORK       (Network properties, adv. / HomePing)

    XP TCP/IP configuration

     User        : GUEST           (Setup)
     Computername: COMP3           (Setup / network properties, ident.)
     Workgroup   : HOMEFREE        (Network properties, identification)
     Description : MYNETWORK       (Network properties, identification)
     IP-Address  : 192.168.000.003 (Protocol properties)
     Subnet mask : 255.255.255.000 (Protocol properties)
     DNS         : -               (Protocol properties)
     CoNetId     : MYNETWORK       (Driver / network properties, adv.)


     CoNetId 'MYNETWORK' is 'hardwired' into the INF file. To customize
     the entry use the driver / network advanced properties page or the
     'HomePing' WLU to change the default or current value.

     All text entries should or must be in upper case.


   Windows 95 defaults to 'IPX/SPX' without 'NetBIOS', no shared resources or
   access rights during network installation. 'TCP/IP' protocol, shared drives
   and printers, access rights and path have to be supplied manualy. Additional
   information about network installation and configuration is supplied in the
   'easy step-by-step installation guide' files 'WIN95A.TXT', 'WIN95B.TXT'
   and 'WIN95C.TXT'.

   Windows 98/SE and ME default to 'TCP/IP', no shared resources or access
   rights during network installation. Shared drives and printers, access
   rights and path have to be supplied manualy. Additional information about
   network installation and configuration is supplied in the 'easy step-by-step
   installation guide' files 'WIN98.TXT', 'WIN98SE.TXT' and 'WINME.TXT'.

   Windows XP Home and Pro default to 'TCP/IP', no shared resources or access
   rights during network installation. Shared drives and printers, access rights
   and path have to be supplied manualy.  Additional information about network
   installation and configuration is supplied in the 'easy step-by-step install-
   ation guide' file 'WINXP.TXT'.

   XP and XP with Service Pack 1 do not support 'NetBEUI', use
   'NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS compatible protocol' for XP and
   'IPX/SPX compatible protocol' with activated
   'NetBIOS over IPX/SPX' to connect W9X/ME to XP instead.

   XP with Service Pack 2 supports 'NetBEUI'.

   Minimum 'TCP/IP' configuration is preferable to and more reliable than
   'NetBIOS' over 'IPX/SPX'.


   Configurations testet
 
    Protocol           OS      Adapter  Driver       OS     Adapter  Driver
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    TCP/IP  connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Diamond) to W2K  / HFPCI    (Generic)  
    TCP/IP  connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to W2K  / HFPCI    (Generic)  
    TCP/IP  connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Diamond) to W2K3 / HFPCI    (Generic)  
    TCP/IP  connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to W2K3 / HFPCI    (Generic)  
    TCP/IP  connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to W98  / HFISAPNP (Generic)
    TCP/IP  connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to W98  / HFISAPNP (Diamond)
    TCP/IP  connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to W98  / HFPCI    (Generic)  
    TCP/IP  connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to W98  / HFPCI    (Diamond)  
    TCP/IP  connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WLH  / HFPCI    (Generic)
    TCP/IP  connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WME  / HFISAPNP (Generic)
    TCP/IP  connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WME  / HFISAPNP (Diamond)
    TCP/IP  connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WME  / HFPCI    (Generic)  
    TCP/IP  connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WME  / HFPCI    (Diamond)  
    TCP/IP  connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WXP  / HFPCI    (Generic)

    TCP/IP  connecting W95B    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WME  / HFPCI    (Generic)  
    TCP/IP  connecting W95B    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WME  / HFPCI    (Diamond)  
    TCP/IP  connecting W95B    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WXP  / HFPCI    (Generic)

    TCP/IP  connecting W95C    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WME  / HFPCI    (Generic)  
    TCP/IP  connecting W95C    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WME  / HFPCI    (Diamond)  
    TCP/IP  connecting W95C    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WXP  / HFPCI    (Generic)

    TCP/IP  connecting W98     / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to W2K  / HFPCI    (Generic)  
    TCP/IP  connecting W98     / HFPCMCIA (Diamond) to W2K  / HFPCI    (Generic)  
    TCP/IP  connecting W98     / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to W2K3 / HFPCI    (Generic)  
    TCP/IP  connecting W98     / HFPCMCIA (Diamond) to W2K3 / HFPCI    (Generic)  
    TCP/IP  connecting W98     / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WLH  / HFPCI    (Generic) 
    TCP/IP  connecting W98     / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WME  / HFPCI    (Generic)  
    TCP/IP  connecting W98     / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WME  / HFPCI    (Diamond)  
    TCP/IP  connecting W98     / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WXP  / HFPCI    (Generic)

    TCP/IP  connecting W98SE   / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WXP  / HFPCI    (Generic)

    NetBEUI connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to W98  / HFPCMCIA (Generic)
    NetBEUI connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to W98  / HFPCMCIA (Diamond)
    NetBEUI connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WME  / HFPCI    (Generic)
    NetBEUI connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WME  / HFPCI    (Diamond)

    IPX/SPX connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to WXP  / HFPCI    (Generic)
    IPX/SPX connecting W95A    / HFPCMCIA (Diamond) to WXP  / HFPCI    (Generic)


   Configurations untestet

    TCP/IP  connecting WNT3.51 / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to any
    TCP/IP  connecting WNT3.51 / HFISAPNP (Generic) to any
    TCP/IP  connecting WNT3.51 / HFPCI    (Generic) to any
    TCP/IP  connecting WNT4    / HFPCMCIA (Generic) to any
    TCP/IP  connecting WNT4    / HFISAPNP (Generic) to any
    TCP/IP  connecting WNT4    / HFPCI    (Generic) to any

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4. Driver options

    Physical driver and network parameters can be modified, changing default
    values in the network properties advanced tab, optimizing performance
    or to customize settings.
    
     'Default CoNetId' (network identification) is a unique identifier
      distinguishing accessable nodes of one wireless lan from foreign
      wlans.

       Default     : 'MYNETWORK'
       Max. length : 32 letters and digits
       Case        : Upper and lower case possible

     'Driver Description' is automaticaly administered by the system,
      no user interface available.

      Default      : 'Auto'

     'Interrupt Number' is automaticaly administered by the system, no
      user interface available.

       Default     : 'Auto'

     'I/O Base Address' is automaticaly administered by the system, no
      user interface available.

       Default     : 'Auto'

     'Maximum Link Speed' limits the actual transfer speed (bitrate) of
      possible connections; higher bitrats available, because of hardware
      capability of the IFR controller, but not tested. 

       Default     : 1 Mbps
       Values      : 1, 2, 4 Mbps (12, 24, 48 MHz IFR controller clock)

     'Network Address' allows to substitude the current network address.

       Default     : 'Auto'
       Max. length : 12 hexadecimal letters and digits
       Case        : Upper case only

     'Tx Minimum Holdoff' defines timeout holdoff to prevent packet
      collisions. 

       Default      : 1000
       Range        : 0...10000
       Step         : 100

     'Vendor Description' identifies the vendor of the network.

      Default      : 'HOMEFREE'
      Max. length  : 32 letters and digits
      Case         : Upper and lower case possible 

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5. FAQ

   Q. Can 'HF000X' replace the manufacturer's driver packages?
   A. 'HF0009' contains only necessary and compatible parts. It provides the
      functionality and support needed and usual for wireless lan products.

   Q. Windows 95 OSR1 reports missing files 'HOMEPING.DOC' and 'SVRAPI.DLL'
      during installation and several others during removal of the manu-
      facturer's driver package.
   A. The installation and removal procedures and sequences are cleaned up. 

   Q. Windows ME crashes during installation of the manufacturer's drivers.
   A. The original drivers missused 'SKYNDI.DLL' for extended installation
      options. The complete procedure is no longer used.

   Q. HomePing won't report any visible nodes.
   A. Add the protocol 'NetBEUI' to your bindings.
      HomePing must be running on every node to be reported.

   Q. Are common wireless lan utilities and sniffers compatible with the
      HomeFree wlan?
   A. HomeFree wireless lan emulates an IEEE 802.3 cable based lan. It's
      Windows 95/98 driver design restricts performance and interface,
      providing support for common and advanced protocol analysation on
      network protocol level only.
      (-> NetGroup 'Analayser', System Internals 'TDIMON')   
    
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6. Known issues

   None.

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7. Revision history

   08/21/2004, V0.1, Crosscompare version for ALL_OS.INF assembled
   07/19/2005, V0.2, All OS version stripped down to W9X/ME only
   07/28/2005, V0.3, Optional parameters added
   08/03/2005, V0.4, HomePing WLU support added
   08/08/2005, V0.5, Reintegration into ALL_OS.INF
   12/01/2005, V0.6, Advanced network properties, WHQL conformity
   01/04/2006, V0.7, Minor changes and additions, network installation guides
   03/04/2006, V0.8, Updated INF and ReadMe

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8. Disclaimer

   This driver is provided in good faith and the hope that it is useful for
   users, however the author explicitly disclaims all liability for damages
   that are a result of the usage of this driver.

   The author is not affiliated with any company mentioned, nor is any support
   available from them.

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9. Copyright notices

   BIGSKYLN.VXD, SKYHOOK.VXD and SKYLINE.SYS are Copyright (C) Alation Systems
    , Inc.
   HOMEPING.EXE is Copyright (C) Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc.
   HomeFree (R) is Registered Trademark (TM) Diamond Multimedia Systems, Inc.
   Windows (R) 95, 98, ME, 2K, 2K3, NT3.51, NT4, LH and XP are Copyright (C) Microsoft Corp.
   NetGroup Analsyser is Copyright (C) Politecnico di Torino, Italy
   TDIMON is Copyright (C) Mark Russinovich
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