READMENT.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 2K/2K3/LH/NT3.51/NT4/XP 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 2k, 2k3, NT3.51, NT4, LH, XP,
   95, 98 and ME operating systems, supporting PCMCIA, ISAPNP and PCI cards
   and adapters.

   Windows NT 3.51/4.0 development is discontinued. Included support for all
   cards and adapters is not functional and for documentary and experimental
   purposes only! Refer to the folder 'Obsolete' for the related material.

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2. Contents
 
   HF000X contains the following files for NT based operating systems

   WIN2K   .TXT  - The easy network installation guide for Windows 2K
   WIN2K3  .TXT  - The easy network installation guide for Windows 2K3
   WINLH   .TXT  - The easy network installation guide for Windows LH
   WINNT351.TXT  - The easy network installation guide for Windows NT3.51
   WINNT4  .TXT  - The easy network installation guide for Windows NT4
   WINXP   .TXT  - The easy network installation guide for Windows XP

   HF000X  .INF  - The combined INF file for 9X and NT 5 based operating systems
   HF000XN .CAT  - The dummy catalog file for NT 5 based operating systems
   READMENT.TXT  - This file
   SKYLINE .SYS  - The W9X driver for HomeFree WLAN cards and adapters

   HF000X  .DSK  - The Disk Tag       file for NT3.51/4.0 Operating system
   SKYLINE .HLP  - The HLP            file for NT3.51/4.0 operating system
   SKYLINE .HPJ  - The Help Project   file for NT3.51/4.0 operating system
   SKYLINE .RTF  - The Help Rich Text file for NT3.51/4.0 operating system
   OEMSETUP.INF  - The INF            file for NT3.51/4.0 operating system

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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 utilites from the original manufacturers windows 9X drivers
   are not compatible with and to Windows NT3.51/4, 2000, 2003, LH or XP.
   Replacements are not available.

   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. compatible with and to W9X settings and properties.
   

   Example

    W9X TCP/IP configuration
   
     User        : GUEST           (Setup)
     Computername: COMP1           (Setup / network properties, ident.)
     Workgroup   : HOMEFREE        (Network properties, ident.)
     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 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. 

   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.

   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.

   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' for W9X instead.

   XP with Service Pack 2 supports 'NetBEUI'.

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


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

    TCP/IP  connecting W2K3    / HFPCI (Generic) to W95A / HFPCMCIA (Generic)
    TCP/IP  connecting W2K3    / HFPCI (Generic) to W95A / HFPCMCIA (Diamond)
    TCP/IP  connecting W2K3    / HFPCI (Generic) to W98  / HFPCMCIA (Generic)
    TCP/IP  connecting W2K3    / HFPCI (Generic) to W98  / HFPCMCIA (Diamond)

    TCP/IP  connecting WLH     / HFPCI (Generic) to W95A / HFPCMCIA (Generic)
    TCP/IP  connecting WLH     / HFPCI (Generic) to W98  / HFPCMCIA (Generic)

    TCP/IP  connecting WXP     / HFPCI (Generic) to W95A / HFPCMCIA (Generic)
    TCP/IP  connecting WXP     / HFPCI (Generic) to W95A / HFPCMCIA (Diamond)
    TCP/IP  connecting WXP     / HFPCI (Generic) to W95B / HFPCMCIA (Generic)
    TCP/IP  connecting WXP     / HFPCI (Generic) to W95B / HFPCMCIA (Diamond)
    TCP/IP  connecting WXP     / HFPCI (Generic) to W95C / HFPCMCIA (Generic)
    TCP/IP  connecting WXP     / HFPCI (Generic) to W95C / HFPCMCIA (Diamond)
    TCP/IP  connecting WXP     / HFPCI (Generic) to W98  / HFPCMCIA (Generic)
    TCP/IP  connecting WXP     / HFPCI (Generic) to W98  / HFPCMCIA (Diamond)
    TCP/IP  connecting WXP     / HFPCI (Generic) to W98SE/ HFPCMCIA (Generic)
    TCP/IP  connecting WXP     / HFPCI (Generic) to W98SE/ HFPCMCIA (Diamond)

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


   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 advanced network properties page, 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 hard-
      ware 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. Driver (V0.3-0.8) crashes 2000, 2003 and XP after idle periods in
      single machine environement.
   A. Deactivate device when unneeded.

   Q. Bubblegum boxes keep popping up, reporting endlessly 'No cable connec-
      ted' and 'Cable reconnected'.
   A. Deactivate device when no network connection is available.

   Q. During driver installation (V0.3-0.8) the system crashes sometimes
      after a short period of time. Running programs seem to accelerate this.
   A. An active second node (even unconfigured) and terminating all running
      programs prevents this.

   Q. Data transfer speeds with Windows 2003 servers seem slower than those
      with Windows 2000 servers.
   A. Adjust 'Tx Minimum HoldOff' to compensate different response timings.   

   Q. HF000X for Windows 9X supports HomePing WLU. Can HomePing be used with
      2000, 2003 and XP, too?
   A. HomePing is unable to open the registry as needed. Additional para-
      meters can be emulated. BIGSKYLN.VXD can't be opened.
      Driver limitations keep other wireless lan utilities from recognizing
      HomeFree cards and adapters, use protocol analysation utilities instead.
      (-> NetGroup 'Analayser', System Internals 'TDIMON')  

   Q. Why was the development of HF000X for NT 3.51/4.0 discontinued?
   A. NDIS for NT 3.51/4.0 does not support 'NdisMQueryAdapterResources',
      a workaround is not functional. The driver for Diamond HomeFree wlan
      cards and adapters can't claim system assigned hardware resource para-
      meters. Limited support for PCMCIA and ISA cards may be made available
      by user intervention.

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6. Known issues

   'Unpredictable crashes with driver V0.3-0.8'

    Users report system crashes within minutes to hours after startup, if no
    second node is available, but never when connected, greater vulnerability
    of Windows 2003 compared to XP and almost none of Windows 2000.

    Use the latest driver to obtain higher stability. 

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7. Revision history

   08/21/2004, V0.1, Crosscompare version for ALL_OS.INF assembled
   08/25/2004, V0.2, All OS version stripped down to XP only
   09/01/2004, V0.3, Additional skyline parameters isolated/preset
   08/03/2005, V0.4, Minor additions, updated ReadME
   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 ReadMe, Additional guides, Beta NT3.51/4/LH support 

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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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