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For all of my tests so far, I had been using the wired Ethernet connection, but the WMA100 also has the capability for wireless networking using either an 802.11b or the faster 802.11g connection. Setting it up was fairly easy. First, I unplugged my wired connection, then from the main setup menu, selected the Auto Sync button which did a site-scan looking for access points (Figure 4).

Wireless site scan result.
Figure 4: Wireless site scan result

In my case, two were detected and I selected one that was encrypted to see how the WMA100 handled it. I was presented with a detailed menu of options including WEP and WPA. I entered my 128 bit WEP key using a cell-phone style alphanumeric entry from the remote (which was a bit tedious) but was connected without problems.

Once the wireless was active, the main menu showed a signal-strength bar in the upper right (Figure 5), which was a nice touch. But, unfortunately it didn't seem to change much even in areas of my house where the signal strength was very low.

Main menu with wireless signal strength indicator
Figure 5: Main menu with wireless signal strength indicator

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