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SETUP - Wireless for a desktop PC

Do you have an older PC? Are you still using dial-up to access the internet? Why not go wireless? Wireless home networks are very popular today and allow you to place the desktop PC anywhere in the home and access the internet without phone lines or cables. For $20 to $30 you can  buy an adapter which plugs into the computer's USB port and provides wireless internet just like most laptops today. You must also have a compatible wireless router, modem and internet service with a ISP such as your local cable company. Routers with 802.11n technology are available for around $50. Broadband internet service is available for a monthly charge, usually $25 to $40 from your cable TV or phone company.

d-link wireless usb adapter dwa-130
There are a variety of adapters available. This one is from D-Link and can be bought at Office Depot, and many other retailers. You will get the wireless adapter, a CD-ROM with drivers and user manuals, an extension cable and cradle for positioning the adapter other than just plugged directly into the computer's USB port, and utility software for configuring the adapter.

cradle dlink dwa130 wireless adapter

USB cradle and extension cable for the D-Link Wireless adapter

D-Link Support for the DWA-130 USB wireless adapter.

The D-Link DWA-130 Wireless adapter for PC desktop or laptop.
Call D-Link Technical Support - Telephone
(877) 453-5465

Setting up Wireless USB adapter.

Package Contents D-Link DWA-130 wireless USB adapter

• Wireless N USB Adapter
• USB Extension Cradle
• Quick Installation Guide
• CD-ROM* with:
   • Installation Wizard
   • Product Documentation

* Latest software and documentation are available at D-Link Tech Support site.

Minimum System Requirements

• Computer with:
  • Windows Vista*, Windows XP SP2*, or Windows 2000 SP4*
  • CD-ROM Drive
  • 20MB Hard Disk Space
  • USB Port*
• For Internet Access:
  • Cable or DSL Modem
  • Wireless Router
  • Subscription with an Internet Service Provider (ISP)


  • IEEE 802.11n (draft 2.0)
  • IEEE 802.11g

  • USB 2.0/1.1*

Wireless Frequency Range
  • 2.4GHz to 2.462GHz

  • Wi-Fi Protected Access (WPA™ & WPA2™)

  • Link
  • Activity

  • FCC Class B
  • IC
  • Wi-Fi®

Operating Temperature
  • 32° - 104° F (0° - 40° C)

Operating Humidity
  • 10-90% Non-condensing

  • Item (WxDxH): 1.1” x 3.4” x 0.5”
  • Packaging (WxDxH): 6.6” x 9.5” x 1.5”

  • Item: 0.1 lbs
  • Packaging: 0.5 lbs

The IEEE 802.11 standards are  always being improved and although the 802.11g standard has been top of the line, the 802.11n standard is taking over as the top of the line wireless standard. The 802.11n standard gives longer range, faster data transmissions and other improvements. This wireless adapter is both 802.11g and 802.11n compliant.

dlink box dwa130 nov 2011
D-Link wireless adapter box DWA-130 (Nov 2011)

Installation instructions

Before you install the USB adapter, insert CD-ROM into computer's CD drive and follow instructions to install drivers. You should already have a home network available including router, modem and internet service. You should know your router's SSID and your passphrase in order to complete wireless connection.

Once the software is installed on your computer, insert the wireless adapter into a free USB port on the computer. Use the cradle if the adapter is too big to plug directly into USB port.

With your router powered on, search for a signal from your SSID and proceed with setup. Enter SSID, passphrase and activate using the supplied D-Link user interface. Signal strength is shown as well as an IP address once communication is established with the router. If you cannot get on internet, you may need to power off router and modem and wait a few seconds then power back on to reset.

Most routers have encryption enabled such as WPA so communication data is secured. If you were not the person who setup your home network, you will need to contact the person who did and get the SSID, passphrase and type of encryption.

The DWA-130 Wireless N™ USB Adapter is a convenient wireless connectivity solution for desktop or notebook PCs. Instead of stringing Ethernet cables to your PC or dismantling your desktop computer case, the DWA-130 can enable 802.11n wireless connectivity by simply utilizing your desktop or notebook PC’s USB port.

Powered by Wireless N™ technology, the DWA-130 provides a faster wireless connection and superior reception than 802.11g*. The DWA-130 is designed for use in bigger homes and for those that demand higher bandwidth networking. Maximize wireless performance by connecting this USB Adapter to a Wireless N™ router and stay connected from virtually anywhere in the home. This USB Adapter supports WPA and WPA2 encryption to prevent outside intrusion and protect your personal information from being exposed.

D-Link’s Quick Setup Wizard guides you step-by-step through the installation process. You’ll be able to configure this USB Adapter without too much effort. The D-Link Wireless Manager is included with this product to keep track of all your most frequently accessed networks.

Compact in size, robust in speed the DWA-130 Wireless N™ USB Adapter is great for travel and a convenient solution for providing high performance wireless connectivity to your desktop or notebook PC. Enjoy the many benefits of wireless connectivity today!

* Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE Standard 802.11g and 802.11n specifications. Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate. Environmental conditions will adversely affect wireless signal range.

D-Link Wireless Connection Manager

Use the supplied connection manager to setup your connection between the wireless USB adapter and your wireless router.

dlink connection manager

For HELP Call D-Link Technical Support - Telephone
(877) 453-5465
or e-mail

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Question: What are the current wireless encryption standards for security?

Answer: Wireless Security

• WPA2 (Wi-Fi Protected Access 2)
• WPA2-PSK (Pre-Shared Key)
• WPA (Wi-Fi Protected Access)
• WPA-PSK (Pre-Shared Key)

WPA, or Wi-Fi Protected Access, is a Wi-Fi standard that was designed to improve the security features of WEP (Wired Equivalent Privacy).

The 2 major improvements over WEP:
• Improved data encryption through the Temporal Key Integrity Protocol (TKIP). TKIP scrambles the keys using a hashing algorithm and, by adding an integrity-checking feature, ensures that the keys haven’t been tampered with. WPA2 is based on 802.11i and uses Advanced Encryption Standard instead of TKIP.
• User authentication, which is generally missing in WEP, through the extensible authentication protocol (EAP). WEP regulates access to a wireless network based on a computer’s hardware-specific MAC address, which is relatively simple to be sniffed out and stolen. EAP is built on a more secure public-key encryption system to ensure that only authorized network users can access the network.

WPA-PSK/WPA2-PSK uses a passphrase or key to authenticate your wireless connection. The key is an alpha-numeric password between 8 and 63 characters long. The password can include symbols (!?*&_) and spaces. This key must be the exact same key entered on your wireless router or access point.

WPA/WPA2 incorporates user authentication through the Extensible Authentication Protocol (EAP). EAP is built on a more secure public key encryption system to ensure that only authorized network users can access the network.

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