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    Wireless 54Mbps/108Mbps 11g Cable/DSL
    Router User Guide
    3Com Corporation
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    This guide describes how to install and configure the OfficeConnect 
    Wireless 54Mbps/108Mbps 11g cable/DSL Router(3CRWER100-75 and 
    This guide is intended for use by those responsible for installing and 
    setting up network equipment; consequ ently, it assumes a basic working 
    knowledge of LANs (Local Area Networks) and Internet Router systems.
    If a release note is shipped with the OfficeConnect Wireless 
    54Mbps/108Mbps 11g  cable/DSL Router
    !and contains information that 
    differs from the information  in this guide, follow the information in the 
    release note.
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    Naming ConventionThroughout this guide, the OfficeConnect Wireless 54Mbps/108Mbps !
    11g Cable/DSL Router is referred to as the “Router”.
    Category 3 and Category 5 Twisted Pair Cables are referred to as Twisted 
    Pair Cables throughout this guide. 
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    Documentation In addition to this guide, 
    each Router document set includes one 
    Installation Guide. This guide contains the instructions you need to install 
    and configure your Router. 
    Welcome to the world of networking with 3Com®. In the modern 
    business environment, communication and sharing information is crucial. 
    Computer networks have proved to be one of the fastest modes of 
    communication but, until  recently, only large businesses could afford the 
    networking advantage. The OfficeConnect
    ®product range from 3Com 
    has changed all this, bringing networks to the small office.
    The products that compose the OfficeConnect range give you, the small 
    office user, the same power, flexibility, and protection that has been 
    available only to large corporat ions. Now, you can network the 
    computers in your office, connect them all to  a single Internet outlet, and 
    harness the combined power of all of your computers.
    11g cable/DSL 
    RouterThe OfficeConnect Wireless 54Mbps/108Mbps 11g cable/DSL Router is 
    designed to provide a cost-effective means of sharing a single broadband 
    Internet connection amongst several wired and wireless computers. The 
    Router also provides protection in the form of an electronic “firewall”, 
    preventing anyone outside of your  network from seeing your files or 
    damaging your computers.  The Router can also prevent your users from 
    accessing Web sites which you find unsuitable.
    Figure 1
     shows an example network withou t a Router. In this network, 
    only one computer is connected to th e Internet. This computer must 
    always be powered on for the other computers on the network to access 
    the Internet. 
    Figure 1    Example Network Without a Router
    When you use the Router in your network ( Figure 2), it becomes your 
    connection to the Internet. Connections can be made directly to the 
    Router, or to an OfficeConnect Switch or  Hub, expanding the number of 
    computers you can have in your network.
    Figure 2    Example Network Using a Wireless 11g Cable/DSL Router 
    Router Advantages13
    Router AdvantagesThe advantages of the Router include:
    ■Shared Internet connection for  both wired and wireless computers
    ■High speed 802.11g wireless networking
    ■No need for a dedicated, “always on” computer serving as your 
    Internet connection
    ■Cross-platform operation for compatibility with Windows, Unix and 
    Macintosh computers
    ■Easy-to-use, Web-based setup and configuration
    ■Provides centralization of all network address settings (DHCP)
    ■Acts as a Virtual server to enable remote  access to Web, FTP, and other 
    services on your network
    ■Security — Firewall protection agai nst Internet hacker attacks and 
    encryption to protect wireless network traffic
    ■Filtered access of inappropriate Web sites using the built-in URL filter
    Package ContentsThe Router kit includes the following items:
    ■One OfficeConnect Wireless 54Mbp s/108Mbps 11g cable/DSL Router
    ■One power adapter for use with the Router
    ■Four rubber feet
    ■One Ethernet cable
    ■One CD-ROM containing the Quick Installation Guide!and this User 
    ■Installation Guide
    ■One Support and Safety Information Sheet
    ■One Warranty Flyer
    If any of these items are missing or damaged, please contact your retailer. 
    Minimum System 
    and Component 
    RequirementsYour Router requires that the computer(s) and components in your 
    network be configured with at least the following:
    ■A computer with an operating system that supports TCP/IP 
    networking protocols (for example Windows 95/98/NT/Me/2000/XP, 
    Unix, Mac OS 8.5 or higher).
    ■An Ethernet 10Mbps or 10/100 Mbps NIC for each computer to be 
    connected to the four-por t switch on your Router.
    ■An 802.11b or 802.11g wireless NIC.
    ■A cable modem or DSL modem with an Ethernet port (RJ-45 
    ■An active Internet access account.
    ■A Web browser that supports Ja vaScript, such as Netscape 4.7 or 
    higher, Internet Explorer 5.0 or higher, or Mozilla 1.2.1 or higher.
    Front PanelThe front panel of the Router  contains a series of indicator lights (LEDs) 
    that help describe the status of various networking and connection 
    Figure 3    Router - Front Panel
    1 Alert LED
    Indicates a number of different conditions, as described below.
    Off  - The Router is operating normally.
    Flashing quickly  - Indicates one of the following conditions: 
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