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Wi-Fi Configuration Settings

    Introduction

    The MK3 now supports Wi-Fi with its latest firmware update. Keep in mind the distance restrictions & extarnal factors, which affect signal strength. Signal strength is determined by your router as it is reliant on its aerials & the respective gain of each. See "Wireless Installation Considerations" further down for more detail.

    CONTENT

    Configuration

    Create a plain text file on a USB flash drive called cswifi.txt. This file must have 2 lines as follows:

    ssid=access_point_name

    password=access_point_password

     

    ·         Plug the flash drive in to the USB port on the clock.

    ·         Navigate to the “Network setting” menu (#72)

    ·         Enter the administrator card (9970).

    ·         Accept your network settings.

    ·         Select “Yes” to “Set WiFi from USB drive”

     

    The clock will reboot with the new settings where the IP address can be viewed on the LCD.

    Requirement

    • A standard FAT32 formatted USB flash drive.
    • Wireless access point name & password.

     

    Supports WPA personal (WPA-PSK) as well as WPA2 personal (WPA2-PSK) for Wi-Fi configurations.

    Hardware

    A Wi-Fi dongle,  D-Link DWA-131 rev.E1 will be included into & fitted inside the clock when the requirement for a Wi-Fi clock is specified. Both 3350 & 3370 supports the Wi-Fi option.

    Firmware Version History

    Version 3.01c & higher required

    Notes

    Keep in mind the dongle has its own MAC address. So where MAC address filtering is configured on the network, one would have to retrieve the address first.

    Check out the attached document below "Wireless Networks" for 19 most common factors, which affect wireless LAN performance.

    Wireless Installation Considerations

    The D-Link wireless adapter lets you access your network using a wireless connection from virtually anywhere within the operating range of your wireless network. Keep in mind, however, that the number, thickness and location of walls, ceilings, or other objects that the wireless signals must pass through, may limit the range. Typical ranges vary depending on the types of materials and background RF (radio frequency) noise in your home or business. The key to maximizing wireless range is to follow these basic guidelines:

    1. Keep the number of walls and ceilings between the D-Link adapter and other network devices to a minimum - each wall or ceiling can reduce your adapter’s range from 3-90 feet (1-30 meters.) Position your devices so that the number of walls or ceilings is minimized.
    2. Be aware of the direct line between network devices. A wall that is 1.5 feet thick (.5 meters), at a 45-degree angle appears to be almost 3 feet (1 meter) thick. At a 2-degree angle it looks over 42 feet (14 meters) thick! Position devices so that the signal will travel straight through a wall or ceiling (instead of at an angle) for better reception.
    3. Building Materials make a difference. A solid metal door or aluminum studs may have a negative effect on range. Try to position access points, wireless routers, and computers so that the signal passes through drywall or open doorways. Materials and objects such as glass, steel, metal, walls with insulation, water (fish tanks), mirrors, file cabinets, brick, and concrete will degrade your wireless signal.
    4. Keep your product away (at least 3-6 feet or 1-2 meters) from electrical devices or appliances that generate RF noise.
    5. If you are using 2.4GHz cordless phones or X-10 (wireless products such as ceiling fans, lights, and home security systems), your wireless connection may degrade dramatically or drop completely. Make sure your 2.4GHz phone base is as far away from your wireless devices as possible. The base transmits a signal even if the phone in not in use.
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