Q: How do the HP ProCurve wireless products relate to previous HP and Compaq wireless products?
The HP ProCurve Wireless Access Point 520wl (product number J8133A) is a re-branded version of the HP WL520 Wireless Enterprise Access Point. It is a follow-on product to the previous HP WL510 Wireless Enterprise Access Point and Compaq WL510 Wireless Enterprise Access Point.
The HP ProCurve 802.11b AP Card 150wl (product numbers J8135A, J8136A, and J8137A for 11, 13, and 14 channels, respectively) is a re-branded version of the HP WL110 Wireless PC Card and the Compaq WL110 Wireless PC Card. It is important to note that the HP ProCurve 802.11b AP Card 150wl is supported only in the HP ProCurve Wireless Access Point 520wl and HP WL520 Wireless Enterprise Access Point. It is not supported in client devices.
The HP ProCurve Range Extender Antenna 100wl (product number J8134A) is a re-branded version of the HP Wireless Range Extender Antenna and the Compaq Wireless Range Extender Antenna.
Q: To establish a console session through the serial port on the HP ProCurve Wireless Access Point 520wl, what cable and settings do I need?
The cable needs to be a "straight-through" RS-232C serial data cable with female DB-9 connectors at each end. The pinout is pin 1 to pin 1, pin 2 to pin 2, etc. This cable is the same as the console cable shipped with HP ProCurve Routing Switches. If you want to use the console cable that is shipped with other HP ProCurve switches such as the 5300xl series or 4100gl series, you will need to use a cross-over adapter because those cables are "null modem" cables.
In your terminal emulator, such as HyperTerminal, use the following settings:
- Baud rate (or bits per second): 9600
- Date bits: 8
- Parity: None
- Stop bits: 1
- Flow Control: None
You also need to be sure your terminal emulator sends a carriage return and line feed at the end of each line that is entered. In HyperTerminal, this setting is located under "Properties" then "Settings" then "ASCII Setup", where you need to select "Send line ends with line feeds" under "ASCII Sending".
Q: How can I easily determine what HP ProCurve Wireless products are appropriate for my country/region?
To determine specific radio, channel and country compatibility when ordering HP ProCurve Wireless products, view the "HP ProCurve Wireless Access Point Country Compatibility Matrix (pdf: 123 KB).
It is important to note that the HP ProCurve 802.11b AP Card 150wl and the HP ProCurve 802.11a Access Point Kit 160wl are supported only in the HP ProCurve Wireless Access Point 520wl (J8133A). These products are not supported in client devices.
Q: I have lost/misplaced/forgot the password on my J8133A HP ProCurve Wireless Access Point 520wl. How do I reset the password?
To erase any configured password and clear the configuration of the ProCurve Wireless Access Point 520wl, use the "Reset to Factory Default" procedure outlined in the HP ProCurve Access Point Users Guide. Note: this procedure will completely erase the configuration file including any configured passwords.
To change the password or set passwords for other management interfaces such as HTTP (web) SNMP or Telnet, use the web-browser interface "Configuration - Management - Passwords" screen.
For security purposes, we recommend changing ALL PASSWORDS from the default immediately.
Q: In the web-browser management interface of the J8133A HP ProCurve Access Point 520wl, I cannot view the help files. Why not?
If you install the HTML Help files from the HP ProCurve Access Point CD, the files are put in the correct directory on your PC: /Program Files/HP/WL520_AP/Help/English. If the files are not present in the location configured on the ProCurve Wireless Access Point 520wl, the Help files will not be displayed when using the Help button in the Web-browser interface.
To change the location (pathname) of the where the Access Point will look for the Help files on your PC, use the "Web-browser interface Commands - Help Link" screen