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by Brent Raynor

  • Wi-Fi signals from a router in a house range from 75 to 150 feet, depending on obstacles and their density. Range extenders or wireless repeaters can be effective, but run at much slower speeds. The Moxa AWK-3121 is designed to connect a remote computer to a wireless LAN over a TCP/IP network. It supports IEEE 802.11a/b/g standards.  Included are two 1 dbi dipole antennas, with a range up to 300′.  The range can be increased by using omni-directional (Dipole) or directional (Yagi) antennas.  Omni-directional antennas spread the signal throughout the house; whereas, directional focus the signal to a specific location.

  • In order to connect the Moxa AWK-3121 to an exisiting wireless router, make sure the encryption method is WPA2-PSK and the wireless key is a match.  Avoid using WEP since it is vulnerable to attack.

 

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  • Configure the Moxa AWK-3121 as an access point (AP or WAP).
  • Apply 12-48VDC power or use PoE (Power over Ethernet). The Moxa AWK-3121 takes 20 seconds to run through its diagnostic state.
  • The state light will go from red to green and the red fault light will turn off.

 

 

 

  • If the fault light does not go out, this could be a caused by an IP address conflict. Check the Moxa AWK-3121’s configuration. You can also reset the Moxa AWK-3121 to the default configuration, by inserting a paperclip into the reset hole, located above the Moxa logo. Apply gentle pressure to the inside pin and hold it down for five seconds. Release and the AWK-3121 will recycle to its ready state.

  • Computer Hardware Setup
  • Connect the Moxa AWK-3121 toto a notebook or PC using an Ethernet cable.
  • The Moxa AWK-3121 supports MDI/MDI-X auto sensing. This means you can use a straight-through or crossover cable. Once it is connected to the computer, the led indicator on the AWK-3121’s LAN port will illuminate.

  • Computer Wireless Setup
  • Go to Start, Settings and Network Connections.

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  • Select Wireless Network Connection

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  • Right click on the Wireless Network Connection icon and select View Wireless Networks.  

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  • MOXA (default name) will appear as the SSID. This is the WLAN (wireless network LAN) identification name.

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         Moxa AWK-3121 Configuration

  • Open the Moxa AWK Search Utility.
  • Search AWK only 

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  • The AWK Search Utility will appear.
  • Click on the Search tab.

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  • Double click on the Moxa AWK-3121 that is going to be configured.

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  • The computer’s web browser will open.
  • The Moxa default username is admin and the password is root. For security reasons, we strongly recommend changing the default password.                                                            Select Maintenance  -> Password, and then follow the on-screen instructions to change the password.

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  • Select Wireless Settings.

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  • In the Basic Wireless Settings, the standard default is Channel 6.  Recommend doing a site survey and trying channels 1, 6, or 11.
  • If you experience any interference, simply change the channel.

 

  • Select Operation Mode.
  • SelectWireless Enable.
  • Select AP as the Operation Mode.

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  • Select WLAN.
  • Select WLAN Security Settings.
  • Security mode is WPA2.
  • WPA type is personal.
  • Encryption method is TKIP.
  • Enter a phrase or password that matches the computer’s wireless network connection‘s password.

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  • Slect Save Configuration
  • Select Restart
  • During start-up, the signal bar status on the Moxa AWK-3121 will illuminate.

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  • Make sure your computer only has a wireless connection.
  • Type a web address in your browser (ie.  manuauto.com).

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At Manufacturers Automation Inc., we are dedicated to customer service and want to make your experience with Moxa a pleasant one.

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1600 King Street North
P.O. Box 602
St. Jacobs, ON N0B 2NO
800-387-6268 Tel. 519-664-3300 Tel.
519-664-1600 Fax.