Aironet Client Adapter Installation Wizard for Windows automates the
installation of the Aironet Client Utility (ACU) and related drivers, and
adjusts the system resources so the hardware can interact appropriately with
Windows. In legacy installations where that wizard is not used, you must use an
alternative installation method. The procedure to install the Cisco Aironet
Client Adapter card on a Windows NT platform is different from the installation
process on other Windows platforms. This document describes the method to set
the IRQ and I/O port numbers used by the Client Adapter card.
The reader should be familiar with the Windows GUI and the Control
This document is applicable to any platform that runs Windows NT
The information in this document was created from the devices in a
specific lab environment. All of the devices used in this document started with
a cleared (default) configuration. If your network is live, make sure that you
understand the potential impact of any command.
For more information on document conventions, refer to the
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Since Windows NT v4.0 does not support Plug-and-Play, you must
determine the available IRQ and I/O port numbers. To do this in Windows NT, use
Go to Start—>Programs—>Administrative tools—>NT
In the Windows NT Diagnostics window, click the
You can examine IRQ and I/O port numbers with the buttons at the
bottom of the display.
Note: These are the numbers that Windows NT reports; they are not set
in the registry.
Once you know which IRQ and I/O port numbers are already in use, you
can choose available IRQ and I/O port numbers to used with the Cisco Aironet
Client Adapter card. For example, for the displays shown, you can use IRQ 10
and I/O port 100.
If you have not already done so, download Cisco Aironet software from
the Cisco Software Center - Wireless page, or go directly to the Windows Driver
& Utility page. Once you have downloaded the driver self-extracting
archive, extract it to a diskette or to a folder on the hard drive.
Note: When you install the drivers, Windows NT does not prompt you to
browse for the files. You must type in the full path to the location of the
files. Therefore, if you do not have the files on diskette, it is best to
extract the downloaded files to an easy-to-remember location, such as
Complete these steps in order to install the drivers:
Select Control Panel.
Select Network properties.
Click the Adapter tab.
You are prompted to select the appropriate network adapter or to
select a driver from disk. Click Have Disk.
Type in the path to the location of the files.
In the Select OEM Option box that appears, select
the adapter that matches your client card.
In the Adapter Setup window, select Client
Name and type the unique client name of your computer in the
Value dialog box.
Select SSID. In the Value dialog
box, type the case-sensitive SSID of your RF network, which you can obtain from
your system administrator.
Select Interrupt and select a value that you
previously determined is available.
Select IO Base Address (hexadecimal) and select a
value that you previously determined is available.
Click OK and
The Microsoft TCP/IP Properties window opens. If
it does not open, go to
Perform one of these:
If your computer gets its IP address from a DHCP server—select
Obtain an IP address from a DHCP server.
When asked if you want to enable DHCP, click
Yes and OK.
If your computer does not get its IP address from a DHCP
server—select Specify an IP address and enter this information
that you can get from your system administrator:
When prompted to restart your computer, remove any CDs or floppy
disks and click Yes.
The driver installation is complete.