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ORiNOCO's Fall 2001 software release is available for virtually all ORiNOCO products.  Looks like it fixes the WEP key entry problem in the Summer 2001 release.

You can get it from their FTP site (look for sub-folders titled "R7.2fall2001"), or via ORiNOCO's "Download Software" page.

ORiNOCO's Summer 2001 software release [press release here] is available for virtually all ORiNOCO products.  The AP Manager can now be used to set up RG-1000 gateways.  Access controls and roaming has also been added.

You can get it from their FTP site, or via ORiNOCO's "Download Software" page.

7/25/01 - The following problem with the Summer 2001 release was reported by Jonathan Sadler and confirmed by ORiNOCO.  What follows is Jonathan's report:

Orinoco has a problem with the NT and Windows 2000 drivers included in their Summer 2001 release. This problem may exist in the other drivers. I don't have access to them so I cannot validate if it exists there too.

[Ed Note: ORiNOCO says the problem is with NDIS 4 and 5 drivers, which I believe means that Win98,Me,NT4, and 2000 are all affected.]

If you use a hex string to define your WEP key, it will not take your string. It claims that the string is not long enough (10 or 26 hex digits), even though it is the correct length. This has been reported to Orinoco Tech Support, who has recommended that users downgrade to the Spring 2001 release. They are in communication with the development group and are expecting a fix to be provided. No dates have been given for the upgrade.

7/26/01 Readers Gregg Rupp and Kevin Arima submitted a relatively easy work around for the problem.  The following is a combination of what they sent in:

1) Enter the WEP string

2) Select the non-WEP option.

3) Click the Next button, then click the Back button.

4) The WEP string will be shown encrypted (asterisks).

5) Select the WEP option and complete the setup. The WEP string will be accepted.

ORiNOCO's Spring 2001 software release adds the following features and fixes for the RG1000:

  • @Home Support - DHCP 
    With this DHCP Client Identifier feature, which is for the US only, the client's DHCP IP address is being coupled to the specific name of the customer's client device. The DHCP Server responds to the ISP using this name for verification and validation of the access. This feature is mandatory for AT&T @Home Internet Service via their cable modems.

  • PPPoE (Point-to-Point Protocol over Ethernet)
    The RG-1000 can now be used in combination with an ADSL modem that is being used as a Gateway device. 

  • Redesign Custom configuration 
    In the new software the Custom configuration has been improved. Now the customer can choose 6 different options for configuration of the RG-1000. These options are: 

    • Internet access via telephone line (V90)

    • Internet Access via ADSL (PPPoE)

    • Internet Access via Cable modem

    • Internet Access via ISDN/DSL (No PPPoE)

    • LAN Architecture (Transparent bridge mode)
      (The RG can be connected to a larger network and is configured as a transparent bridge.)

    • No internet stand-alone home network (for a few PCs)

  • Other Features 

    • Automatic addition of the customer's client devices' MAC Address to MAC Address control table during setup. (Japan only)

    • Ability to use a Network Name instead of the RG-ID when configuring the RG-1000

You can get it from their FTP site, or by following the links on the RG1000 support page.  The release is available either by itself, or as a larger package with the Setup Guide.  See this Readme for details and file names.

ORiNOCO's Winter 2001 software release has an improved setup utility for the RG1000.  You can get it from their FTP site, or by following the links on the RG1000 support page.  The release is available either by itself, or as a larger package with the Setup Guide.  See this Readme for details and file names.

The Winter Release also contains updated Client Card firmware and utilities.  Start here on their FTP site, and browse to what you need.  The new release also includes WinCE drivers. Earthweb HardwareCentral earthwebdeveloper CrossNodes Datamation

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