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Sony Corporation
2002 Printed in Japan
Read This First
To prevent fire or shock hazard, do not
expose the unit to rain or moisture.
To avoid electrical shock, do not open the
cabinet. Refer servicing to qualified
personnel only.
Owner's Record
The model and serial numbers are located on the
back of the product. Record the serial number in the
space provided below. Refer to them whenever you
call your Sony dealer regarding this product.
Model No. PCWA-A220
Serial No.______________
You are cautioned that any changes or
modifications not expressly approved in this
manual could void your warranty.
Exposure to Radio Frequency Radiation.
The radiated output power of the Wireless LAN
Access Point is far below the FCC radio frequency
exposure limits.
Nevertheless, the Wireless LAN Access Point shall
be used in such a manner that the potential for
human contact during normal operation is
FCC Radio-Frequency Exposure Statement
This equipment generates and radiates radio-
frequency energy. In order to comply with FCC
radio-frequency radiation exposure guidelines for
an uncontrolled environment, this equipment has to
be installed and operated while maintaining a
minimum body to antenna distance of 20 cm. Based
on continuous exposure of 30 minutes.
Users are not permitted to make changes or modify
the system in any way.
This equipment has been tested and found to
comply with the limits for a Class B digital device,
pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits
are designed to provide reasonable protection
against harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates, uses, and
can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the
instructions, may cause harmful interference to
radio or communications. However, there is no
Safety Information
· Opening the unit, for whatever reason, could lead
to damage that is not covered by the warranty.
· Do not touch the device or accessories during
thunderstorms. Electrical shock could result.
· This device is made for use in the USA and
Canada only.
· For indoor use only.
· Do not use this equipment on hospital premises.
Doing so may cause medical devices to
· If using the equipment near a pacemaker, make
sure it is at least 9 inches (22 cm) away from the
· Do not use this equipment in an aircraft, as doing
so could cause the aircraft's equipment to
· While using the Access Point, do not cover it or
turn it on its side. Do not cover the Access Point
with objects such as magazines or newspapers or
use it in confined, enclosed places, such as the
spaces between walls and furniture. Further, do
not turn the Access Point on its side while using
it. Either situation could cause heat to build up
inside the Access Point, leading to overheating
and possible fire.
· Carefully place the Ethernet cable, AC adapter,
and other wiring. Personal injury or damage to
the Access Point could result from people
tripping over the Ethernet cable, AC adapter, or
power cord. Protect wiring by locating it in
places where people do not walk.
· Do not swing the AC adapter. Injury could result
if the adapter strikes a person or fragile material,
such as glass.
· Keep the Access Point out of the reach of
children. Unforeseeable injury could result from
swallowing loose parts, etc.
· Place the Access Point on a stable surface. Do
not place the Access Point on wobbly or tilted
surfaces. Tipping or falling could result in injury.
· When using wall mounting, make sure that the
wall is strong enough to support the Access
Point. The Access Point could fall if the wall is
not strong enough, leading to unforeseeable
accidents. Further, be careful not to drop the unit
or the tools used for mounting it. Doing so could
result in unforeseeable accidents.
· Avoid locations that are directly exposed to
sunlight or heaters.
· Internal overheating could result in fire or
damage to the unit.
· Make sure connectors are properly connected.
­ Do not insert any metallic objects inside the
connectors. Short-circuiting the pins could
cause fire or damage to the unit.
­ Be careful to insert connectors squarely.
Crooked insertion could cause pins to short-
circuit, possibly causing fire or damage to the
· Use only the supplied AC adapter with your Sony
Wireless LAN Access Point. To disconnect your
Wireless LAN Access Point from the power
supply, unplug the AC adapter.
For customers in Canada
· This class B digital apparatus complies with
Canadian ICES-003.
· Operation is subject to the following two
conditions; (1) this device may not cause
interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference, including interference that may
cause undesired operation of the device.
· To prevent radio interference to the licensed
service, this device is intended to be operated
indoors and away from windows to provide
maximum shielding. Equipment (or its transmit
antenna) that is installed outdoors is subject to
· The term "IC" before the equipment certification
number only signifies that Industry Canada
technical specifications were met.
Pour les utilisateurs au Canada
· Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est
conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada.
· L'utilisation de ce dispositif est autorisée
seulement aux conditions suivantes : (1) il ne doit
pas produire de brouillage et (2) l'utilisateur du
dispositif doit être prêt à accepter tout brouillage
radioélectrique reçu, même si ce brouillage est
susceptible de compromettre le fonctionnement
du dispositif.
· Pour empêcher que cet appareil cause du
brouillage au service faisant l'objet d'une licence,
il doit être utilisé à l'intérieur et devrait être placé
loin des fenêtres afin de fournir un écran de
blindage maximal. Si le matériel (ou son antenne
d'émission) est installé à l'extérieur, il doit faire
l'objet d'une licence.
· Le terme "IC" avant le muméro d'homologation
ne signifie seulement que les normes d'Industrie
du Canada ont été respectées.
Wireless LAN Access Point
(Bridge Type)
guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause
harmful interference to television reception, which
can be determined by turning the equipment off and
on, you are encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the following
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment
and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a
circuit different from that to which the receiver
is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV
technician for help.
You are cautioned that any changes or modifications
not expressly approved in this manual could void
your authority to operate this equipment.
If you have questions about this product, call the
Sony Customer Information Center at
1-877-760-7669; or write to the Sony Customer
Information Center at 12451 Gateway Boulevard,
Fort Myers, FL 33913. The number below is for
FCC-related matters only.
This device must not be co-located or operating in
cojunciton with any other antenna or transmitter.
Declaration of Conformity
Trade Name: Sony
Model No: PCWA-A220
Responsible Party: Sony Electronics Inc.
Address: 680 Kinderkamack Road,
Oradell, NJ 07649 USA
Telephone: 201-930-6972
This phone number is for FCC-related matters
This device complies with part 15 of the FCC
Operation is subject to the following two
(1) This device may not cause harmful
interference, and
(2) this device must accept any interference
received, including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
The supplied interface cable must be used with the
equipment in order to comply with the limits for a
digital device pursuant to Subpart B of Part 15 of
FCC Rules.
The power outlet should be installed near the
equipment and should be easily accessible.
Names of parts and functions
Lights when power is supplied.
Flashes when data is exchanged through a
wireless LAN.
Lights when an Ethernet cable is connected to
the 5 NETWORK connector.
Wall-mounting screw holes
Used to mount the Access Point to a wall.
For details, see the Quick Start Guide supplied
with the Access Point.
MAC address label
Displays the MAC address of your Access
Reset switch
Returns the Access Point to its default settings.
For details, see Online Help.
NETWORK connector
Connects the Access Point to a DSL modem,
cable modem, ISDN router, broadband router, or
Ethernet hub using an Ethernet cable.
DC IN 5V jack
Connects to the AC power adapter.
Wireless LAN Access Point
(Bridge Type)
Quick Start Guide
Before reading this guide, be sure to read the supplement entitled
"Read This First."
This guide provides an overview of the functions of the 2.4GHz Wire-
less LAN Access Point PCWA-A220, and explains the preparations that
are necessary before the Access Point can be put into operation.

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AC adapter
Use only the supplied AC adapter. Other AC
adapters may damage in the Access Point.
Do not drop the Access Point. Careful handling will
help prevent damage.
Do not place the Access Point where it will be
exposed to the following conditions:
Unstable surfaces.
High humidity or poor ventilation.
Excessive dust.
Direct sunlight or extreme heat.
Closed cars.
Magnetic fields (near magnets, speakers, or
Next to microwave ovens.
Frequent vibration.
Locations where the transmission of radio
waves may be obstructed by metal plates or
concrete walls.
Exposure to rapid changes in temperature or very
damp environments may cause moisture to
condense on internal parts. This may prevent the
Access Point from operating properly.
If this should happen, unplug the AC adapter from
the power outlet and let the Access Point sit for two
to three hours or until the moisture evaporates.
Clean the casing with a soft cloth lightly moistened
with water or a mild detergent solution. Do not use
any type of abrasive pad, scouring powder, or
solvent such as alcohol or benzene. This may
damage the finish of the casing.
AC100-240 V, 50/60 Hz
(The power cord plug is for use with AC 120 V.)
Power consumption
Approximately 4 W
100BASE-TX/10BASE-T (RJ-45)
Maximum external dimensions
Approximately 3.1
× 5 × 1.1 inches (w/h/d)
(Approximately 78
× 125 × 29 mm (w/h/d))
Approximately 7 oz (Approximately 200 g)
(Not including the AC adapter)
Maximum connection distance
Approximately 328 feet (100 m)
(The maximum connection distance depends on the
Recommended number of units
16 units or less (number of clients)
Protocol support
IEEE 802.11b/IEEE 802.11 (wireless connection)
IEEE 802.3 (wired connection)
Radio frequency
2.4 GHz (channel 1 to 11, ISM band)
WEP (Data encryption)
64 bits/128 bits
Modulation method
DS-SS (IEEE 802.11b compliant)
Operating temperature
41°F to 95°F (5°C to 35°C)
(no condensation)
Storage temperature
-4°F to 140°F (-20°C to 60°C)
(no condensation)
Supplied accessories
See "Unpacking" in the Quick Start Guide.
Design and specifications are subject to change
without notice.
Getting help
This section describes how to get help and support
from Sony, as well as troubleshooting tips for your
Wireless LAN Access Point.
About Sony's Support Options
Sony provides several support options for your
Wireless LAN Access Point.
Quick Start Guide explains how to install the
Wireless LAN Access Point.
Troubleshooting Guide provides solutions to
the most common problems users have with their
Access Points.
Access Point Online Help explains how to
configure the Access Point.
The Sony Wireless LAN Access Point
support Web site
wirelesslan/ provides the latest information on
your Wireless LAN Access Point.
The Sony e-mail support service answers
your questions by electronic mail. Just send your
question in an e-mail message and a customer
service representative will reply. To send a
question to Sony e-mail support, fill out the e-
mail form at
The Sony fax-back service provides you
with answers to commonly asked questions. You
can use this automated service to request a list of
available topics, and then select the topics you
want to receive. To contact the Sony fax-back
service, call 1-877-760-7669.
The Sony Customer Information Services
Center offers information about your Access
Point, Wireless LAN PC Card, and other Sony
products that work with your computer. To
contact the Sony Customer Information Services
Center, call 1-877-760-7669. Open 24
hours/day, 7 days/week.