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Assistance with wireless connection of P3e

Posted 04/27/2011 at 08:06 PM by snorvich
Updated 05/19/2011 at 03:15 PM by snorvich
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Originally Posted by tonyf View Post
Me again.

So now I have consumed my entire Sunday morning attempting to coax the P3e to connect wirelessly to PLC 5.0.4.2. I am not kidding when I tell you that I have been through the process 10 times, repeating it slavishly as set out in GHL’s instructions (W)LAN instructions and Boboxx’s notes in his post above.

Just to run through the network hardware again:
(1) Wireless router – Netgear N300 Model WNR200v2
(2) Wireless adaptor – Netgear Universal WiFi Internet Adaptor WNCE2001

The network hardware connects and results in the following information from the router log-in:
WiFi adaptor
IP Address: 192.168.1.4

The IP for the LAN in the P3e is set to 192.168.0.070 … this matches with the PLC setting. [Note please – I have used GHL’s IP from its instructions to ensure that nothing is stuffed up. The IP address has not been reserved by any other device.]

From Boboxx’s instructions “connect to the P3 via USB to find the MAC address …” Note the MAC address of the P3e – this is greyed out and fixed.

This is where the fun and games starts because GHL and Bobox are in apparent conflict. Boboxx jumped a very important step which he did not differentiate from GHL.

See the wifi adapter address, 192.168.1.4 … notice the “1” ? Any device connecting via the adapter must be 192.168.1.xxx not 192.168.0.xxx.

So in the P3e must be identified as 192.168.1.xxx … in my case I have now allocated the Profilux the address 192.168.1.7 and reserved this address along with its corresponding MAC address in the router.

The offending bit of information that all of the correspondents failed to identify is that the P3e being a client of the wifi adaptor must have the IP 192.168.1.xxx and not 192.168.0.xxx as is contained in the GHL instruction and advices offered.

There is a lesson in this for GHL … It is not difficult to look after your customers if you look beyond the geek-speak. It is quite simple to develop a set of succinct instructions to assist your customers without having to cloud simple issues. The simple instruction is easily capable of being applied to whatever networking hardware that your customer chooses to use.

Quite simple to achieve the necessary outcomes if the instructions are aimed at the non-geek-speak logic.

Just to run through the basic instructions:

(1) Set up your connection of the wifi adapter to the wireless router ... this is made very easy with Netgear using their WPS facility; just push a button on each piece of hardware and the hardware sorts out its relationship automatically ... true P'nP. Otherwise log into your router and make a manual connection.
(2) Log into the P3e and surf to [SYSTEM] > [LAN] and note the Media Access Control address (MAC) of the P3e LAN card.
(3) Log into the router and note the IP address of the wifi adaptor. It will be something like 192.168.1.xxx [emphasis added to the 1 as this is important]
(4) Go to the LAN menu on the router software to create a reserved address for the P3e LAN card. Enter the MAC address for the P3e LAN card and assign the P3e LAN card an IP address 192.168.1.xxx [your IP address must be unique to your network, I have used 192.168.1.7]
(5) log back into the P3e and go to [SYSTEM] > [LAN]. Under LAN Properties insert the unique P3e LAN card IP address and complete the subnet mask, default gateway, and DNS addresses.

subnet mask will more than likely be 255.255.255.000
the default gateway and DNS addresses will be obtainable from the router's network settings information page or from querying your computer.
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