Netgear WN203v2 Owner's Manual

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Installation Guide
ProSAFE® Single Band 802.11n Wireless Access Point WN203
Follow the instructions in this installation guide to set up your ProSAFE® Single
Band 802.11n Wireless Access Point WN203. For information about advanced
configuration options, see the reference manual.
Note: In this installation guide, the Wireless Access Point WN203 is referred to as
the access point.
Package Contents
Unpack the box and verify the contents:
Wireless Access Point WN203
Two external 2.4 GHz antennas
Straight-through Category 5 Ethernet cable
Power adapter and cord (12V, 1A)
Two wall mount screws and anchors
Resource CD
Installation guide
Set Up the Access Point
Setting up the access point consists of three short procedures:
Attach the antennas and connect the access point to your computer.
Configure the LAN and wireless access settings.
Test wireless connectivity.
Estimated total time for these procedures: 15 minutes.
Tip: Before you mount the access point in a high location, first set up and
test the access point to verify wireless network connectivity.
Attach the Antennas and Connect the Access Point to
Your Computer
1. Attach the antennas to the SMA antenna connectors on the back panel.
2. Prepare a computer with
an Ethernet adapter:
a. If this computer is
already part of your
network, record its
TCP/IP configuration
b. Configure the
computer with a static
IP address of and a
subnet mask of
3. Insert an Ethernet cable
in the Ethernet port of
the computer (point A in
the illustration).
4. Securely insert the other
end of the cable into the
Ethernet LAN port on the
back panel of the access point (point B in the illustration).
5. Connect the power adapter to the access point and plug the power adapter
into a power outlet.
6. Verify the following:
Power LED. The Power LED is green. If the Power LED is off, check the
connections, and check if the power outlet is controlled by a wall switch
that is turned off.
Test LED. The Test LED blinks amber at startup and turns off after about
one minute.
LAN LED. The LAN LED indicates LAN speeds: green for 1000 Mbps,
amber for 100 Mbps or 10 Mbps. If no link is detected, the LAN LED is off.
WLAN LED. The WLAN LED is blue, indicating that the wireless LAN
(WLAN) is ready.
LAN port
Console port
Antenna connector Antenna connector
Configure the LAN and Wireless Access Settings
1. On the computer that is connected to the access point, enter in the address field of a browser.
A login window displays.
2. Enter admin for the user name and
password for the password, both in
lowercase letters.
The web management interface of the
access point displays. The menu lets
you navigate to the various screens.
3. Select Configuration > System > Basic > General from the menu.
a. In the Access Point Name field, enter a unique name or leave the default
b. From the Country/Region drop-down list, select the country where the
access point is installed.
c. Click Apply.
4. Select Configuration > IP > IP Settings from the menu.
By default, the access point has a static IP address of with a
subnet mask of, and the DHCP client is disabled.
a. Configure the IP settings for your LAN.
b. Click Apply.
Tip: If you configure the access point as a DHCP client, reserve an
IP address on the DHCP server in your network by binding the
access point’s MAC address to the IP address that is issued by
the DHCP server. The next time that you log in to the access
point, you need to use the reserved IP address.
5. Select Configuration > Security > Profile Settings from the menu.
a. Configure one or more security profiles for your wireless network.
b. After configuring each security profile, click Apply.
6. Select Configuration > Wireless > Advanced > Wireless Settings.
a. Next to Antenna, select the External radio button to enable the external
b. Click Apply.