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October 28, 2004 6:18:33 PM

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Hello,

I borrowed a NowiresNeeded Accespoint from a friend but without a
driver. I was wondering if someone might have this driver since the
website of the manufacturer is offline and the AP can't be configured
via web-interface.

Thanks,
Sander.

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Anonymous
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October 29, 2004 4:23:25 AM

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"Sander" <teddy_p(nospamhere)@planet.nl> wrote in message
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[Original titel "Search for driver NowiresNeeded Accesspoint"]

> I borrowed a NowiresNeeded Accespoint from a friend but without a
> driver. I was wondering if someone might have this driver since the
> website of the manufacturer is offline and the AP can't be configured
> via web-interface.

This is not the first time product support evaporates in less than three
years after product introduction.

NoWires Needed was started in Bilthoven, The Netherlandsin 1994.
"No Wires Needed (NWN) is a leader in high-speed, IEEE 802.11-based
wireless LAN technology and products NWN is the first vendor to ship an
11 Mbps WLAN product that implements all IEEE 802.11 mandatory
features including WEP security."
http://wiki.uni-konstanz.de/wiki/bin/view/Wireless/NoWi...

The company was sold to Intersil in 2000:
"NoWires Needed is an OEM provider of wireless equipment for several of
the LAN wireless vendors, including BreezeCom and Compaq."
"During the course of our tests, the company was purchased by Intersil
(the company that makes the Prism chipset)."
http://www.nwc.com/1113/1113f24.html?ls=NCJS_1113bt

Intersil was the maker of the PRISM® WLAN chip set:
(Used also in NoWires Needed products)
http://www.intersil.com/cda/products/?pageid=39

In August 2003 Intersil sold of their Wireless product group:
"Intersil Corporation (NASDAQ: ISIL), a world leader in the design and
manufacture of high performance analog solutions, announced today that
it has completed the sale of its Wireless Networking Product Group to
GlobespanVirata, Inc. (NASDAQ: GSPN)."
http://www.intersil.com/pr/shell/0,1091,1063,00.html

On March 1, 2004 GlobespanVirata, Inc merged with Conexant Systems, Inc:
http://www.emweb.com/
- Press release:
- http://www.conexant.com/news_events/news_files/03012004...
- WiFi Planet news story:
- http://www.wi-fiplanet.com/news/article.php/3103221

The Conexant web site offers support only to "registered customers".
I do not think you will find anything there even if you register:
http://www.conexant.com/

***

The NoWires Needed "Parrot 1100" 11Mbps access point was also sold as the
Compaq WL400:
"Compaq's access point is a NoWires Needed OEM product. The access point
is manageable only via the NoWires Needed management software, which--as
we mention below--isn't particularly user friendly."
http://www.nwc.com/1113/1113f24.html?ls=NCJS_1113bt

Directron.com sells the Compaq WL400 access point for US $59.99:
http://www.directron.com/wl400.html (See picture)

Management software is available on the HP web site:
"This SoftPaq contains the AP Manager for the Compaq WL 400 Hardware
Access Point, as well as a firmware upgrade."
http://h18007.www1.hp.com/support/files/wlan/us/downloa...

You may also find the software here:
http://www.treiberupdate.de/treiber-download/download.p...

***

The management software only runs under MS Windows (98 - 2000).
In theory it should be possible to manage the access point through SNMP.
(This is what the software in fact does.)

***

I year ago I bought some Compaq WL400 access points on eBay for about US $29
each. The best thing about this access point is that it has two external
antenna connectors, both are standard SMA connectors! (Nor reverse polarity
or threaded.) Otherwise the mechanics are good, as you would expect from a
device with an original price of $899.

Last year I found software and information on the NoWires Needed and
Intersil web sites. ( http://www.nwn.com/ http://www.nowiresneeded.com/ )
As you mentioned, the sites are now down.

I did some experimenting with the different firmware versions. The Parrot
1100 and Compaq WL400 firmwares and management software seem to be
interchangable.

NoWires Needed sold the Parrot 1100 with three other firmware versions:
- Bridge master (for connecting two Ethernet networks)
- Bridge client -"-
- Client bridge (for connecting a printer etc.)

All four devices seem to have the same hardware. Only the color of the case
differs.

I tried to install the bridge firmware on the Compaq WL400. The bridge
client firmware would not install. I did manage to install the bridge master
firmware, but in fact this seemed to be the same as the access point.

***

One problem with the Compaq WL400 access point is that there seems to be no
way of controlling the output power. I would like to use the access point
outside with strong directional antennas. In Europe this requires that the
output power is tuned down.

There seems to be a firmware version floating around which increases the
output power. This is of cause of no use in my case.
http://www.wireless-chat.net/internet/COMPAQ_WL400_and_...

***

NoWires Needed also released another 11Mbps access point, the Parrot 1148.
I do not know if this was ever sold anywhere. I have a copy of the
accompanying CD-ROM (.zip file, 7497kB)


[Added copy to news:comp.sys.hp.hardware followups to
news:alt.internet.wireless]

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October 29, 2004 2:39:22 PM

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On Fri, 29 Oct 2004 00:23:25 +0300, "Petri Krohn"
<petri.krohn@iki.fi-n-l-a-n-d.invalid> wrote:

>
>NoWires Needed also released another 11Mbps access point, the Parrot 1148.
>I do not know if this was ever sold anywhere. I have a copy of the
>accompanying CD-ROM (.zip file, 7497kB)
>
>
>[Added copy to news:comp.sys.hp.hardware followups to
>news:alt.internet.wireless]

Hello,

Thanks for your reply. I tried the management software for the WL400
but that unfortunately didn't work.
I also emailed intersil and they also told me it was taken over by
conexant. But there is no means of contacting them (conexant) via the
web. Only some phone numbers.

I could use that CD-ROM, just to see if it'll work.

http://www.studiored.com/PORTFOLIO/Computer/Consumer/No...
This is the AP I mean.

Thank,
Sander.
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Anonymous
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October 30, 2004 9:32:26 PM

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Sander <teddy_p(nospamhere)@planet.nl> wrote in
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> http://www.studiored.com/PORTFOLIO/Computer/Consumer/No...
> owiresneeded_ap.html

Hi Sander,

This D-Link AP looks oddly almost exactly like the one you posted the link
to:

http://support.dlink.com/products/view.asp?productid=DW...

The page I found it on was complaining about it's lack of a web-based
interface also. It's worth a shot, there's d/l's at that link including
firmware upgrade's with 128-bit WEP.

Let us know.

Regards,

DanS
October 31, 2004 5:02:26 AM

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On Sat, 30 Oct 2004 17:32:26 -0500, DanS
<t.h.i.s.n.t.h.a.t@a.d.e.l.p.h.i.a..n.e.t> wrote:

>
>http://support.dlink.com/products/view.asp?productid=DW...
>
>The page I found it on was complaining about it's lack of a web-based
>interface also. It's worth a shot, there's d/l's at that link including
>firmware upgrade's with 128-bit WEP.

It looks a lot like the one I have only in grey. I used the AP
management software but it didn't work. TOmorrow I'll try the other
links on the page. It looks hopefull and I hope it will be.

I'll let you know if it works.

Thank already and if someone has more tips I'll be gladly to receive
them.

Sander
Anonymous
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October 31, 2004 5:02:27 AM

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Sander <teddy_p(nospamhere)@planet.nl> wrote in
news:9pa8o0d255g76p8627eki61dh9jkfv19cn@4ax.com:

> On Sat, 30 Oct 2004 17:32:26 -0500, DanS
><t.h.i.s.n.t.h.a.t@a.d.e.l.p.h.i.a..n.e.t> wrote:
>
>>
>>http://support.dlink.com/products/view.asp?productid=DW...
>>
>>The page I found it on was complaining about it's lack of a web-based
>>interface also. It's worth a shot, there's d/l's at that link including
>>firmware upgrade's with 128-bit WEP.
>
> It looks a lot like the one I have only in grey. I used the AP
> management software but it didn't work. TOmorrow I'll try the other
> links on the page. It looks hopefull and I hope it will be.
>
> I'll let you know if it works.
>
> Thank already and if someone has more tips I'll be gladly to receive
> them.
>
> Sander
>

Well when you say it doesn't work, does that mean that it can't see any
AP on the network ?

And this might be a stupid question, but you are connected thru a cable
when trying to configure correct ?

DanS
November 1, 2004 1:29:48 AM

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On Sat, 30 Oct 2004 20:43:39 -0500, DanS
<t.h.i.s.n.t.h.a.t@a.d.e.l.p.h.i.a..n.e.t> wrote:


>
>Well when you say it doesn't work, does that mean that it can't see any
>AP on the network ?
>
>And this might be a stupid question, but you are connected thru a cable
>when trying to configure correct ?
>
>DanS

It can't see any AP on the network and yes I am trying to connect to
the AP thru a cable. I even know what IP the AP has because it's
assigned by my router.

Sander.
Anonymous
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November 2, 2004 7:47:58 AM

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"Sander" <teddy_p(nospamhere)@planet.nl> kirjoitti viestissä
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> This is the AP I mean.
http://www.studiored.com/PORTFOLIO/Computer/Consumer/No...

This looks just like the access point I called "Parrot 1148". The manual
only refers to it as "11 Mbps WLAN Access Point", but the .zip file is named
"1148apcdrom.zip" so I guess this is the Parrot 1148.

> Thanks for your reply. I tried the management software for the WL400
> but that unfortunately didn't work.

Here is a quote from the manual:
4.10 Compatibility
"The APCenter utility version 3.0.x is compatible with the NoWires Needed
11 Mbps WLAN Access Points and the series 1100 Parrot Access Point.
The 11 Mbps WLAN Access Point is also compatible with the Swallow 1100
series, for AirLock, however, the Swallow 1100 requires an upgrade.
The 1100 Parrot Access Point also requires an AirLock upgrade in order
to work with an 11Mbps WLAN PC Card."

Compatibility should work the other way around. You could manage the Compaq
WL400 with APCenter version 3.

NoWires Needed and Compaq software do not work together with the default
settings. The Compaq version of the management software asumes the the
access points use the SNMP community string "COMPAQ".
On NoWires Needed APs the default community strings are "public" for reading
and "private" for writing.

> I could use that CD-ROM, just to see if it'll work.

The CD-ROM .zip file is too large to send by email (7,5MB).
If you can provide an FTP site I will upload it.


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Petri Krohn
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November 2, 2004 10:36:48 AM

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>
>> I could use that CD-ROM, just to see if it'll work.
>
>The CD-ROM .zip file is too large to send by email (7,5MB).
>If you can provide an FTP site I will upload it.

Thanks for mailing a cut down version it works great. I think I'll put
it up on the Internet for other people to find it.

Thanks again for the help.

Sander
Anonymous
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November 21, 2004 1:16:52 AM

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Hi,

I also have a parrot 1100 and can't find the managment software
anywhere on the net. Could you please tell me where I can get it?

Thanks


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November 25, 2004 1:33:46 AM

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On Sat, 20 Nov 2004 22:16:52 GMT, mens
<mens.1g1iuy@no-mx.forums.yourdomain.com.au> wrote:

>
>Hi,
>
>I also have a parrot 1100 and can't find the managment software
>anywhere on the net. Could you please tell me where I can get it?
>
>Thanks

I got it from someone else. It's at http://members.lycos.nl/skaldenho

Sander.
Anonymous
a b F Wireless
November 27, 2004 4:57:55 AM

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Hp WL400 need a fix or repair solution 4203 that I cannot get back
because WL400 is obsolete. I tried to call HP but difficult to get in
touch with a special
fix file:
for reference :
http://tinyurl.com/65do6

How can I get that exe file, and MIB file too

- Run SNWNMGR.EXE.
- Click *File*, then *Connect to Remote Host*, enter IP address of
AP, enter the Read Community String (COMPAQ is default), enter the
Write Community String (COMPAQ is default).
- Select *File*, the *Open* and choose the CompaqWL400HAPMIB file
(part of the attached ZIP).


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Anonymous
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November 29, 2004 6:04:48 AM

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"aladin" <aladin.1gcx1n@no-mx.forums.yourdomain.com.au> kirjoitti viestissä
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> for reference :
http://h10025.www1.hp.com/ewfrf/wc/genericDocument?lc=e...

> How can I get that exe file, and MIB file too

> - Run SNWNMGR.EXE.

The SNWNMGR seems to be a generic SNMP client program. You could use any
similar SNMP program.

The CompaqWL400HAPMIB is a MIB file. This only seems to be available as part
of the .zip file.


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Anonymous
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December 17, 2004 4:43:46 AM

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Perfect but how to download that zip. HP has erase the file
So I am in contact to get that fix. It is not easy


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