USB LANPORT 400
Manual
Content
1. Features
6. Configuration via web interface
2. Parts and accessories
3. The device at a glance
4. Getting started
4.1 Hardware installation
4.2 Software installation (Windows for example)
5.4 Device context menu
6.1 Status
6.2 Network
6.3 Reset Device
6.4 Password Change
7. Disconnect request
8. Important notes
5. The user interface
9. Examples of use
5.1 USB server and device status
Device free
Device locally connected
Device locked by other user
Other segment
Device not supported
5.2 The user interface’s menu bar
5.1.1
5.1.2 5.1.3 5.1.4 5.1.5 9.1 Network use (single user, IP address manually assigned)
9.2 Network use (multiple users, IP address by DHCP)
5.2.1 5.2.2 5.2.3 5.2.4 File menu
Options menu
View menu
Help menu
5.3 USB server context menu
5.3.1 5.3.2 5.3.3 5.3.4 Backup firmware
Firmware update
Change password
Restart server
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1. Features
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3. The device at a glance
4-port USB server (NDAS)
Allows connecting many USB devices to a LAN
Suitable for many USB devices (e.g. USB sticks, USB printers,
external hard disk drives etc.)
External interfaces: 4x USB2.0, 1x Gigabit LAN (RJ-45)
Compact design
Power LED and reset button
Supported operating systems: Win XP/Vista/7 (32-bit and 64-bit)
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2. Parts and accessories
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USB LANPort 400 (A)
Power adapter (B)
Patch cable (C)
Tools CD incl. software and extensive PDF manual (D)
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Network connector
(RJ-45 / 1 GBit/s)
Power connector
(5 V / DC)
Reset button
Power LED
USB connectors
4.Getting started
5. The user interface
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4.1 Hardware installation
1. 2. Connect the included patch cable to the USB LANPort’s network
connector and an available network connector of your switch/
hub/router/PC or similar.
Connect the included power adapter to the USB LANPort and a
wall outlet. The device will boot automatically.
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4.2 Software installation (Windows for example)
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5. Insert the included Tools CD into your CD/DVD drive.
Use the Windows Explorer to open the directory of the inserted
Tools CD.
Double click (left mouse button) “Setup.exe”.The installation
procedure will start. Follow the installation wizard’s instructions.
To complete the installation you will be prompted to reboot your
PC. Confirm this indication.
After successfully rebooting your system, the following icon will appear on your desktop:
Double-click (left mouse button) this icon to launch the software.
Note:
You need to install this server software on every PC from which
you want to access the USB LANPort 400.
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Menu bar showing the entries “File“, “Options“, “View“
and “Help“
USB server with related IP address
USB devices connected to the USB server
“Search” button: by left-clicking a search run is
commenced, to detect devices connected to the USB
server
“Open website” button (only displayed when the USBServer is selected): by left-clicking the USB server’s web
interface will be opened
“Connect device” button (only displayed when a plugged
USB device is selected): by left-clicking this button the
respective USB device is connected and locked for other
users
Note:
The software will detect the connected USB server and associated
devices automatically. Furthermore the USB server supports
automatic and manual IP address assignment; automatic address
assignment via DHCP is selected by default.
In case your firewall prompts you during the installation process
allow the USB server to access the respective network resources.
5.1 USB server and device status
5.1.3 Device locked by other user
The icons inside the user interface will already show the server’s
and the device’s status.
The device is locked by another user and therefore is blocked for
all other users.
5.1.4 Other segment
5.1.1 Device free
The server IP address is not in the same network context as the
computer’s IP; thus the server/the connected devices may NOT be
accessed. In this case change the network settings of the server/
your computer.
5.1.5 Device not supported
The device is not locked and can be connected.
5.1.2 Device locally connected
Some USB devices are not supported by the server.
The device is connected to the local computer.
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5.2 The user interface’s menu bar
5.2.1 File menu
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A – Choose “Quit” to exit the program.
5.2.2 Options menu
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Select the desired interface language.
Decides (box checked/unchecked) if the selected device
shall be automatically connected when starting the server
software.
Accesses the server configuration menu (below 5.3).
Retrieves the web interface for server configuration
(below 6.).
In case a device is selected, it is mounted and locked for
other users (same function as the “Connect device” button).
Disconnects a mounted device and unlocks it for other
users (same function as the “Disconnect device” button).
Sends a disconnect request (below 7.) to the current user
of a mounted device.
Opens up the active device‘s configuration dialogue
(below 5.4).
Decides (box checked/unchecked), if an inactive memory
device (e.g. HDD in sleep mode) will automatically be
unmounted from the server.
Selects (box checked/unchecked), if an inactive printer will
automatically be unmounted from the server.
5.2.4 Help menu
5.2.3 View menu
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A – Displays some software information:
A – Decides (box checked/unchecked) if only connected
devices or also the server will be displayed.
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B – Defines (box checked/unchecked) if a log file will be kept.
C – Opens up the program folder where the log file is kept:
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5.3 USB server context menu
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c – d – e – Define the USB server’s name
DHCP on (manual IP address off) / DHCP off
(manual IP address on)
Decide which USB port(s) shall automatically be
mounted at program start
“Set“ saves and activates your settings “Cancel“
discards them
The entries “Backup Firmware“, “Firmware update“,
“Change password“ and “Server restart“ (see below)
B – Calls up the web interface (below 6.)
A – Invokes the server’s configuration window:
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5.4 Device context menu
5.3.1 Backup firmware
The USB server offers the possibility to backup the firmware.
The pop-up window (see below) already offers a target path
for the backup file. Via “Browse” you can change this default
path. “Submit” starts the backup, “Cancel” will terminate the
action. In this input window (see below) you may assign a new
password. This password is required to configure different
settings of the USB server.
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5.3.2 Firmware update
In case you have a more actual version of the USB server’s
firmware available you may update the current firmware version
via this entry. With “Browse” you select the locally saved update
version. “Submit” starts, “Cancel” terminates the update
procedure. A current firmware version can be found at
www.sharkoon.com.
5.3.3 Change password
In this input window (see below) you may assign a new password.
This password is required to configure different settings of the
USB server.
A – The selected device is mounted and locked for other users
(same function as the “Connect device” button).
B – Opens up the device’s settings window:
5.3.4 Restart server
Select this entry to restart the USB server. A restart may be necessary
when the server does not react or other problems have occurred.
You may also force a restart by pressing the reset button on the
device.
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a – Various device information is displayed.
b – Select a program to be run after the respective
device has been mounted.
C – Decides (box checked/unchecked) if the device is mounted
automatically at program start.
6.1 Status
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6. Configuration via web interface
From the user interface select the server entry and click the
button “Open Web Page” afterwards:
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Your standard browser starts and the web interface will display
the status page:
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Left-click the link to select the respective entry.
This area displays various USB server information: Server Name, Manufacturer, Model, Firmware Version and Server
Up-Time (time elapsed since server has been started).
These areas display various information regarding the
connected devices: Device Name, Link Status, Device
Status and Current User.
6.2 Network
6.4 Password Change
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Left-click the link to select the respective entry.
This area displays the current network status: IP Setting
(automatic or manual IP address assignment), IP Address
(IP address assigned to the server), Subnet Mask, MAC
Address (the server’s MAC address).
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6.3 Reset Device
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Left-click the link to select the respective entry.
Perform a reset after entering the assigned password into
the “Password” area and confirm by clicking the “Submit”
button, “Clear” will discard your entry.
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Left-click the link to select the respective entry.
To change the current password enter it into the “Current
Password” area, then enter the newly assigned password
into the “New Password” area. Confirm the new pass
word by re-typing it into the “Confirm New Password”
area. Left-clicking “Submit” will complete this procedure,
“Clear” will abort.
7. Disconnect request
A device being connected to the USB server and mounted by a
single user is contemporaneously locked for all other users.
The icon “Remote Occupied” indicates that the connected device
currently is not available; the button “Connect Device” is disabled.
Now via the device’s context menu a disconnect request can be
sent to the current user:
The current user decides whether he unlocks the device “OK” or
not “Cancel”:
As soon as the device is unlocked the requester will receive the
following info and now can mount the device by clicking the
“Connect device” button.
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Other USB devices such as printers, scanners etc. do not require
this step and can directly be disconnected.
4. The USB to IP translation may cause a decrease in transfer speed
compared to the native operation of the USB devices and is
caused by technical means.
8. Important notes
9. Examples of use
1. You need to install the server software on every PC, from which
you want to access the USB LANPort 400.
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Your operating system will treat the connected USB device as if it
is directly connected to the PC. This means that potential drivers
(e.g. printer drivers) need to be installed on the system (for
further details refer to the manuals of the according devices).
3. As the devices will be handled like directly attached hardware, we
suggest to remove memory devices (HDDs, USB sticks etc.) using
the “Safely remove hardware” function before terminating the
connection via “Disconnect”.
The server software will also prompt you with the following note:
9.1 Network use
(single user, IP address manually assigned)
User A wants to integrate the USB LANPort 400 into his local
network and connects the docking station to his router using the
included patch cable.
He plugs a SATA HDD and a USB stick to the USB LANPort 400;
his IP addresses were configured manually; a DHCP server is not
activated.
Router: 192.168.10.1
Computer: 192.168.10.2
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User A installed the included software on his computer and starts
it by double-clicking (left mouse button) on the desktop icon:
“Server Configurations” invokes the following input window:
User A unchecks “Use DHCP” (this function is activated by
default), afterwards the input fields “IP address” and “Subnet”
can be filled in.
The USB server is assigned the IP address 192.168.10.101 in the
subnet 255.255.255.0.
To save the settings User A needs to left-click the button “Set”.
After that the USB LANPort 400 is available in the local network
and user A may access the connected memory devices.
The server software’s user interface will display the USB server:
The software has detected the USB server and assigned it a
standard IP address, but this address is from another address
range (error message: “in different network segment”).
The device may not be accessed yet; first the server must be
assigned an IP address from the local network’s address range.
Right-clicking the USB server’s entry inside the user interface
brings up the server’s context menu:
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9.2 Network use
(multiple users, address by DHCP)
User A wants to integrate the USB LANPort 400 into his local
network and connects the docking station to his router using the
included patch cable. He plugs a SATA HDD to the USB LANPort 400;
IP addresses are assigned by a DHCP server.
User A already has installed the server software delivered with
the USB LANPort 400 on all his computers in the local network
(living room, office, children’s room).
From his office computer user A now wants to access the hard
disk drive plugged into the USB LANPort 400: to this he commences
the server software by double clicking (left mouse button) the
desktop icon.
The server software’s user interface will then display the USB
server and all devices currently connected to it:
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A – External HDD
B – USB stick
The blue “device available” icon indicates that the respective
device may be mounted. For this A selects the device (1x left click)
and then left-clicks the button “connect device”.
The operating system will install all required drivers whereupon
the device will be displayed in the Windows Explorer.
The icon in the user interface will change and now indicate that
the HDD has been locally connected:
A now can use the HDD as if it was directly connected to his
computer.
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User B wants to access the HDD connected to the USB LANPort 400
from the living room. Therefore he runs the already installed
server software.
The user interface will display the server with all connected
devices: the icon “remote connection” indicates that the HDD
currently is not available; the button “connect device” is disabled.
B now can send a disconnect request to the current user A via the
device context menu:
User A will receive the following request and can now decide
whether he agrees to disconnect the device “OK” or not “Abbrechen
(Cancel)”:
As soon as A has disconnected the device, B will receive the
following info and now can access the device via “Connect” by
himself.
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When B does no longer need the device he can dismount it by
clicking the “Disconnect button” and thereby unlock the device
for further usage.
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