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Release Notes for Cisco Aironet 350 and CB20A Client Adapter Firmware 5.60.08
This document contains the following sections:
This document describes system requirements, important notes, new and changed information, upgrade instructions, and caveats for Cisco Aironet 350 and CB20A client adapter firmware version 5.60.08.
You need these items in order to install Cisco Aironet 350 and CB20A client adapter firmware 5.60.08:
•A computer running Windows 2000 or XP
Note Client adapter firmware 5.60.08 is not supported for use with Windows 95, 98, 98 SE, NT, or Me; Windows CE; Linux; or Mac OS.
•One of these Cisco Aironet client adapters:
–350 series PC, LM, PCI, or mini PCI card
–CB20A PC-Cardbus card
Note Client adapter firmware 5.60.08 is not supported for use with Cisco Aironet 340 series client adapters.
•Cisco Aironet 350 and CB20A Install Wizard version 1.5, which includes PC, LM, and PCI card driver version 8.6; mini PCI and PC-Cardbus card driver version 3.9; ACU version 6.4; ACM version 2.4; LEAP security module version 6.4; EAP-FAST security module version 1.0; PEAP security module version 1.2; and EAP-SIM security module version 1.0
•Access points to which your client adapter may attempt to authenticate must use the following firmware versions or later: 12.00T (340, 350, and 1200 series access points) or Cisco IOS Release 12.2(4)JA (1100 series access points).
Note To use WPA or fast roaming, access points must use Cisco IOS Release 12.2(11)JA or later. To use radio management (RM), access points must use Cisco IOS Release 12.2(13)JA or later.
Not Supported on Windows CE, Linux, or Mac OS Operating Systems
Client adapter firmware 5.60.08 is not supported for use on Windows CE, Linux, or Mac OS operating systems.
New and Changed Information
Support for Wi-Fi Multimedia (Windows 2000 and XP Only)
Wi-Fi Multimedia (WMM) is a component of the IEEE 802.11e wireless LAN standard for quality of service (QoS). It specifically supports priority tagging and queuing. QoS is an access point feature that enables networking professionals to provide preferential treatment to certain traffic at the expense of other traffic. Without QoS, the access point offers best-effort service to each packet, regardless of the packet contents or size. Implementing QoS in a wireless LAN makes network performance more predictable and bandwidth usage more effective.
Cisco recommends that you enable WMM if your computer is running a time-sensitive application for QoS-aware clients such as voice or video (for example, Cisco IP SoftPhone).
QoS and WMM must be enabled on the access point to which the client will associate. These features are supported on the access point in Cisco IOS Release 12.3(2)JA or later. Refer to the documentation for your access point for instructions on enabling these features.
WMM is supported automatically in client adapter firmware 5.60.08, PC/LM/PCI card driver 8.6, and mini PCI/CB20A card driver 3.9, which are included in Install Wizard 1.5. However, you must enable the Windows QoS Packet Scheduler to ensure WMM support. Follow the instructions in the Cisco Aironet 350 and CB20A Wireless LAN Client Adapters Installation and Configuration Guide for Windows (OL-1394-09) to enable the QoS Packet Scheduler:
Note The QoS Packet Scheduler must be installed before you can enable it. It comes preinstalled on Windows XP; however, you must install it on Windows 2000.
Upgrading to a New Firmware Version
Caution To minimize the risk of a power failure during the firmware flashing process, which could render your client adapter inoperable, Cisco recommends that your computer be plugged into AC power or have a fully charged battery at the start of flashing. If a power failure does occur, follow the instructions in the "Obtaining Technical Assistance" section to contact TAC for assistance.
This section describes how to upgrade to client adapter firmware 5.60.08 on a computer running the Windows 2000 or XP operating system.
Finding the Firmware Version
To find the firmware version that your client adapter is currently using, open ACU and click the Status icon. The Firmware Version field on the Status screen shows the firmware version.
Upgrading the Firmware
Follow these steps to upgrade your client adapter's firmware to version 5.60.08.
Note When you upgrade your client adapter's firmware using ACU, the Automatically Load New Firmware When NDIS Driver Is Updated parameter on the Aironet Client Utility Preferences screen becomes disabled (or unchecked) automatically to prevent the newly loaded firmware from being overwritten by the driver. If you ever want to enable this parameter, you must recheck the check box.
Step 1 Use the computer's web browser to access the following URL:
Step 2 Choose Option #2: Aironet Wireless Software Display Tables.
Note You can download software from the Software Selector tool instead of the display tables. To do so, choose Option #1: Aironet Wireless Software Selector, follow the instructions on the screen, and go to Step 7.
Step 3 Click Cisco Aironet Wireless LAN Client Adapters.
Step 4 Under Individual Files, find the client adapter firmware.
Step 5 Click the link that corresponds to your client adapter's model number (such as 350 series).
Step 6 Click the 5.60.08 firmware file for your specific client adapter type (such as CB or MPI).
Note The firmware for PC, LM, and PCI cards is labeled PCMCIA-LMC-PCI, the firmware for mini PCI cards is labeled mini PCI or MPI, and the firmware for PC-Cardbus cards is labeled CB.
Step 7 Complete the encryption authorization form; then read and accept the terms and conditions of the Software License Agreement.
Step 8 Click the firmware file again to download it.
Step 9 Save the file to a floppy disk or to your computer's hard drive.
Step 10 Find the file using Windows Explorer, double-click it, and extract the image file to a folder.
Note To extract the file, click Browse on the WinZip Self-Extractor screen, select the folder in which you want the file to be placed, and click OK and Unzip. After the file is extracted, click OK to close the screen.
Step 11 Make sure the client adapter is installed in your computer and is operational.
Step 12 Open ACU and click the Load Firmware icon. The Load New Firmware screen appears (see Figure 1).
Figure 1 Load New Firmware Screen
Step 13 Find the location of the new firmware in the Look in box.
Step 14 Click the firmware image file (*.img) so that it appears in the File name box at the bottom of the screen.
Step 15 Click the Open button. A progress bar appears while the selected image is loaded into the client adapter's Flash memory.
Step 16 Click OK when the "Firmware Upgrade Complete!" message appears. The OK button cannot be selected until the process is complete or an error occurs.
The following caveats are resolved in client adapter firmware 5.60.08.
•CSCed73998—Mini PCI card switches between two access points every 2 to 3 minutes
When a mini PCI card is in an area where adjacent access point channels are overlapping, the card switches between the two access points every 2 to 3 minutes, resulting in high backbone traffic.
•CSCee31325—EAP-FAST radio management clients fail to reauthenticate after WDS reboot
EAP-FAST clients with radio management support may not reauthenticate after the wireless domain services (WDS) device reboots.
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Click Product Support > Wireless. Then select your product and Troubleshooting to find information on the problem you are experiencing.
For more information about Cisco Aironet 350 and CB20A client adapters, refer to these documents:
•Cisco Aironet 350 and CB20A Wireless LAN Client Adapters Installation and Configuration Guide for Windows, OL-1394-09
•Release Notes for Cisco Aironet 350 and CB20A Client Adapter Install Wizard 1.5 for Windows, OL-6553-01
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