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Intel® WiMAX Adapters
Connect to a WiMAX network for the first time

First Time Connection

During your first connection to a WiMAX1 network, you will open an account with the WiMAX network service provider. There are two kinds of WiMAX networks, known networks and unknown networks. A known network is a pre-activated network: one already recognized by your computer. A known network has a name (for example, ABC Network), and registration and subscription are easy.

However, before you can register and subscribe to any network, you may need to configure your firewall. Activating WiMAX service with a service provider requires open, two-way communication between your laptop computer and the WiMAX service provider's network. Depending on your computer's firewall and security settings, you may need to change your firewall's settings to allow the required communications; otherwise activation may fail. See Configuring your Firewall for more information.

1 WiMAX connectivity requires a WiMAX-enabled device and subscription to a WiMAX broadband service. WiMAX connectivity may require you to purchase additional software or hardware at extra cost. Availability of WiMAX is limited; check with your carrier for details on availability and network limitations. Broadband performance and results may vary due to environmental factors and other variables. See WiMAX Technology for more information.
First Time Connection with a Known WiMAX Network

Perform the following steps:

Note Wi-Fi and WiMAX cannot operate at the same time. If Wi-Fi is connected, turning on WiMAX will disconnect Wi-Fi. You should now close any Wi-Fi connections.
  1. If a program other than the WiMAX connection utility is managing your WiMAX adapter, you first need to close/stop that program.
  2. If Intel® PROSet/Wireless WiMAX Connection Utility is not running, start it using one of the following methods:
    • Click Start > All Programs > Intel® PROSet/Wireless > WiMAX Connection Utility. Or...
    • Right-click the Taskbar icon located in the lower right corner of your Windows Desktop. Click Configure WiMAX....
  3. Check that WiMAX is turned on. At the main window, click WiMAX: On.
  4. After a short interval, a known network (for example, ABC Network) should be listed under Networks available to connect. If a known network is not listed, click Search for networks. This will perform a fast search. In the event that a known network is not listed after the search completes, please check the following website to determine if WiMAX is available in your area.

    WiMAX Technology
  5. Choose a network and connect to it by either double-clicking it, or by selecting it and then clicking Connect.
  6. Open your internet browser, for example, Internet Explorer.

    Note During this process, your firewall application may ask your permission to allow communication between the WiMAX activation and provisioning site, and your computer. To complete the activation process, you will need to permit this communication.
  7. Your laptop will connect to an Internet portal managed by the network service provider, where you can subscribe for WiMAX service with the provider. The exact process for registering and subscribing may vary, based on the WiMAX network service provider. Once the subscription process is complete, you will have full access to the internet via WiMAX.

Configuring your Firewall

Activation of WiMAX service with a service provider (also called activation and provisioning ) requires open, two-way communication between your laptop computer and the WiMAX service provider's network. Depending on your computer's firewall and security settings, you may need to change your firewall's settings to allow the required communications. Following are instructions for several commonly-used firewalls. This information was current as of this writing. Consult the user's guide or online help for your firewall application to get the latest information.


Windows XP Service Pack 2 Firewall*

To open UDP port 2948 in the Windows XP Service Pack 2 firewall, perform these steps:

  1. Click Start > Control Panel > Security Center > Firewall.
Note The above step applies if you are using Classic View. If you are using Category View rather than Classic View, then Security Center is not shown. Simply click Start > Control Panel > Windows Firewall.
  1. Make sure the On (recommended) is checked. If this is not checked, then you may be using another firewall and these steps will not apply. Determine which firewall you are using. If you are not using another firewall, then click On (recommend).
  2. Click the Exceptions tab. At this tab, click Add Port.
  3. Enter the following information:
    • Enter a name for this port access rule. The precise name is not important; you might enter WiMAX Firewall Rule or whatever you prefer.
    • Enter this port number (this number is required): 2948
    • Check the option UDP.
  4. Click OK and then click OK again to save these settings.
  5. Click OK a third time to close Windows Firewall. You can now proceed with activation.

McAfee Personal Firewall Plus*

To open UDP port 2948 in the McAfee Personal Firewall Plus, perform these steps:

Click Start > All Programs > McAfee > McAfee Personal Firewall Plus.

  1. Click Utilities.
  2. Click System Services.
  3. Click Add.
  4. In the Edit Port Configuration window, enter the following information:
    • Program Name: Enter a name (purpose) for this program. The precise name is not important; you might enter WiMAX Firewall Rule or whatever you prefer.
    • Incoming UDP ports: 2948 (this number is required)
    • Description: Enter a name for this port access rule. As above, the precise name is not important; you might enter WiMAX Firewall Rule or whatever you prefer.
  5. Click OK. Then check the System Services list to see that your WiMAX Firewall Rule has been added and is checked.
  6. Click OK again to save your firewall settings.
  7. Click OK again to close the McAfee Personal Firewall Plus window. You can now proceed with activation.

BlackICE Defender Firewall*

To open UDP port 2948 in the BlackICE Defender Firewall, perform these steps:

  1. Click Start > All Programs > Network ICE > BlackICE Utility.
  2. Click Tools > Advanced Firewall Settings.
  3. Click Add.
  4. Turn off All Ports (no checkmark), and then enter the following information.
    • Name: WiMAX Firewall Rule (or whatever you prefer).
    • Port: 2948 (this number is required).
    • Type: UDP
    • Mode: Check (turn on) Accept
    • Duration of Rule: Check (turn on) Forever
  5. Click Add.
  6. Click OK to save these firewall settings.
  7. You can now proceed with activation.

Norton Internet Security Personal Firewall*

To open UDP port 2948 in the Norton Internet Security Personal Firewall, perform these steps:

  1. Click Start > All Programs > Norton Internet Security > Norton Internet Security. Or click the Norton Protection Center icon in the system tray and select Norton Internet Security.
  2. Under Settings, click Personal Firewall.
  3. Click Configure.
  4. Under Firewall Protection, make sure that On (recommended) is checked.
  5. Under Personal Firewall, click Advanced Settings.
  6. Click Configure and then click Add.
  7. Select Allow and then click Next.
  8. Select Connections to and from other computers. Then click Next.
  9. Select Any computer. Then click Next.
  10. Under The protocol you want to allow, select UDP. Then select Only communications that match all types and ports listed below.
  11. Click Add.
  12. In the Specify Ports window, select Individually specified ports and Local.
  13. Enter 2948 in the port number field. Then click OK.
  14. Enter a name for the rule. The precise name is not important; you might enter WiMAX Firewall Rule or whatever you prefer. Then click Next.
  15. Now click Finish. The new rule will appear in the General Rules list.
  16. Click OK to save these firewall settings. Then close the Norton Internet Security.
  17. You can now proceed with activation.

Sygate Personal Firewall Pro*

To open UDP port 2948 in the Sygate Personal Firewall Pro firewall, perform these steps:

  1. Click Start > All Programs > Sygate Personal Firewall > Sygate Personal Firewall.
  2. Click Tools > Advanced Rules. (If necessary, click OK to dismiss the Advanced Rule Configuration warning.)
  3. Click Add.
  4. Under the General tab of the Advanced Rule Settings, enter the following information:
    • Rule Description: This is the rule name. You might enter WiMAX Firewall Rule or whatever you prefer.
    • Action: Select Allow this traffic.
    • Advanced Settings: Select All network interface cards.
    • Apply this rule during Screensaver mode: Select Both on and off.
  5. Select the Ports and Peripherals tab and enter the following information:
    • Protocol: Select UDP.
    • Local: Enter 2948.
    • Traffic Direction: Select Inbound.
  6. Click OK.
  7. At the Advanced Rules window, confirm that your rule has been added. Click OK again to save your firewall settings.
  8. You can now proceed with activation.

ZoneAlarm Professional*

To open UDP port 2948 in the ZoneAlarm Professional firewall, perform these steps:

  1. Click Start > All Programs > ZoneAlarm Pro > ZoneAlarm Pro.
  2. Click Firewall.
  3. Click Custom on the Main tab.
  4. On the Internet Zone tab, select Allow incoming UDP ports.
  5. Enter 2948 in the Ports field. If values are already present in the Ports field, place a comma after the last value before entering the new port number.
  6. Click Apply.
  7. Click OK to save these firewall settings. Close ZoneAlarm Professional.
  8. You can now proceed with activation.

Taskbar Icons
The Taskbar icons provide visual indication of the current state of WiMAX. The taskbar status icon is located on the lower right corner of your Windows desktop.

Available networks: WiMAX networks are available for connection. This icon is only displayed if you are not connected to a WiMAX network and networks are available. Double click the icon to open the WiMAX connection utility.

Connecting: When the adapter is connecting to a network, this icon changes (animates) to show a varying number of white arcs.

Searching. When the adapter is searching, the round magnifying glass moves around the icon. Click on the icon to learn more information.

Signal Quality. Shows the signal quality for the current WiMAX connection.

Wireless radio is turned off. You are not connected. The utility also cannot search for available networks. Click on the icon to learn more information.

No WiMAX networks are available. A search has been performed and no networks are available in the area. Click on the icon to learn more information.

Problem: A problem exists. WiMAX cannot be used until the problem has been corrected. Click on the icon to learn more information.

Operating System:

Windows XP Professional x64 Edition*, Windows Vista Starter, 32-bit version*, Windows Vista Home Basic, 32-bit version*, Windows Vista Home Premium, 32-bit version*, Windows Vista Business, 32-bit version*, Windows Vista Enterprise, 32-bit version*, Windows Vista Ultimate, 32-bit version*, Windows Vista Home Basic, 64-bit version*, Windows Vista Home Premium, 64-bit version*, Windows Vista Business, 64-bit version*, Windows Vista Enterprise, 64-bit version*, Windows Vista Ultimate, 64-bit version*, Windows XP Starter Edition*, Windows XP 64-Bit Edition*, Windows XP Professional*, Windows XP Home Edition*, Windows XP Tablet PC Edition*, Windows XP Media Center Edition*

This applies to:

Intel® Centrino® Advanced-N + WiMAX 6250
Intel® Centrino® Wireless-N + WiMAX 6150
Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5350 and Intel® WiMAX/WiFi Link 5150 products

Solution ID: CS-029556
Last Modified: 07-Feb-2013
Date Created: 04-Aug-2008
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