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Setting up the Wireless-B Media Adapter

The Linksys WMA11B (Wireless-B Media Adapter) lets you bring the digital music and pictures stored on your computer to your Home Entertainment Center, without running cables through the house. Using a wireless connection, the Media Adapter displays your digital photographs on the TV for the whole family to enjoy. And your digital music collection is finally freed from those little computer speakers and can play in full glory through your stereo system.

To setup the Wireless-B Media Adapter, please refer to the following steps:

NOTE: If you want to set up the Adapter using your TV (without running the Setup Wizard on a PC), click here.

Step 1:
Insert the Setup CD-ROM into your CD-ROM drive. The Setup Wizard should run automatically, and it should appear automatically.

NOTE: If the Setup Wizard does not appear, click Start button and choose Run. In the field that appears, enter D:\setup.exe (where "D" is the letter of your CD-ROM drive).

  • Setup - Click the Setup button to begin the installation process.
  • Install Utility on PC - Click the Install Utility on PC button to install the Adapter's Utility on your PC.
  • User Guide - Click the User Guide button to open the PDF file of this User Guide.
  • LINKSYS Web - Click the LINKSYS Web button to visit the Linksys website, www.linksys.com.
  • Exit - Click the Exit button to exit the Setup Wizard.

Step 2:
To install the Adapter, click the Setup button on the Welcome screen.

Step 3:
If you are using the Adapter for the first time, click Install to install the Adapter Utility on your PC.

NOTE: This Utility will enable your PC to send digital pictures and music files to the Adapter. If you have already installed the Adapter Utility on your PC, click Skip and proceed to Step 9.

Step 4:
If the latest Windows Installer components are not detected on your PC, it will ask you to update them. Click Next to proceed.

NOTE: After these components are updated, you will be asked to reboot your PC. Click Yes. After the PC reboots, you will be returned to the screen shown Step 3. Click Install and proceed to Step 5.

Step 5:

If Microsoft .NET Framework version 1.0 is not detected on your PC, then it will ask you to install it. Click Next.


Step 6:
Windows will ask you if you want to install the Microsoft .NET Framework Package. Click Yes to proceed.


Step 7:
Read the License Agreement, click Next to proceed.

Step 8:
To use the music and pictures held in the default folders, click Next. To use a different folder, click Add and follow the on-screen directions.


Note: If your host computer is configured for multiple users and you have access to their folders, then you can add each user's folders.

Step 9:
If you are setting up the Adapter using a wireless-equipped computer, click Next.

NOTE: If you are setting up the Adapter using a wired computer, make sure the Adapter's Ethernet LED is solidly lit. This indicates that the Adapter is properly connected to your wired network.

Step 10:
The screen shown displays a list of Wireless-B Media Adapters that have been found on your network, along with the settings for the Adapter whose name is highlighted. To select the Adapter you are currently installing, click its name in the Adapters Found box. Then click the Next button.

Step 11:
Choose whether the Adapter will be connected to your wireless or wired network AFTER you have configured it. If you will connect the Adapter to your PC or router wirelessly, then click the Yes button for the Wireless Network choice. If you will connect the Adapter to your PC or router using an Ethernet network cable, then click the Yes button for the Wired Network choice. Click the Next button.

Step 12:
Enter a unique name for the Adapter in the Device Name field. If you network has a router or other DHCP server, select Automatically for the Network Setting, and click the Next button.

If the Adapter requires a static IP address, select Static IP for the Network Setting. Enter a unique IP Address that is in the range of IP addresses appropriate for your network. In the Subnet Mask field, enter the Subnet Mask of your network; all devices on your network must use the same Subnet Mask. You must specify an IP Address and Subnet Mask for the Adapter on this screen. Then click the Next button.

NOTE: If you set a static IP address on the Adapter, then you may also need to set a static IP address on your PC.

Step 13:
If you will connect the Adapter to your PC or router using an Ethernet network cable AFTER configuration, then go to Step 15.

If you will connect the Adapter to your PC or router wirelessly AFTER configuration, then the Basic Wireless Settings screen will appear.

The Mode setting shows a choice of two wireless modes. Select Infrastructure if you want the Adapter to communicate using an access point or wireless router. Select Ad-Hoc if you want the Adapter to communicate directly with a wireless PC.

In the SSID field, enter your wireless network's SSID or name. This is the unique name shared by all devices in a wireless network. The SSID is case-sensitive and should have 32 characters or fewer.

If the Adapter is set to Ad-Hoc mode, then select the channel setting of your existing wireless network. This is the channel on which the network broadcasts its wireless signal.

Select the authentication type used by your network, Open System or Shared Key. For Open System authentication, the sender and recipient do not use a WEP key for authentication. For Shared Key authentication, the sender and recipient use a WEP key for authentication. If you are not sure about which setting to use, Linksys recommends that you keep the default setting, Open System.

Click the Next button.

Step 14:
To enable WEP encryption, select a level of WEP encryption, 64-bit or 128-bit, and then enter a Passphrase.

If you want to enter the WEP key manually, then complete the KEY #1 field.

If you want to disable WEP encryption, keep the default, Disabled. Click the Next button to continue.

Step 15:
Review your settings on the Confirmation screen before you save them. Click the Save button to continue.

Step 16:
On the Congratulations screen, click the Exit button. The Wireless-B Media Adapter is now properly configured.

Step 17:
If you have installed the Adapter Utility during the Setup Wizard, you will see the Utility's icon   in the system tray of your taskbar.

NOTE: If the program hangs on displaying the message "waiting for host" although the signal strength is high, try disabling the Windows Firewall and rebooting the PC. Make sure the PC has a connection to the network.


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