Table of Contents
Introduction 1
The perfect complement for a Wi-Fi connection 2
Package content 2
How to install the PowerGrid 902 5
How to use a power strip with the PG902 6
How to add a new Powerline to your existing network 7
How to understand the STATUS LED colours 9
Frequently Asked Questions 9
Product disposal instructions 13
EC declaration of conformity 14
Introduction
The PG902 Powerline Ethernet adapter you have just acquired is part
of Comtrend’s Powerline family:
• PG902 – The Current Model
• DH10PF – The Original Powerline Product
• PG922 Power Strip – For Multiple Powerline Connections
This quick user guide will provide you with the basic knowledge to start
using your new PG902 in just minutes. For more advanced options
we recommend you visit our website and download the user manual at
www.comtrend.com
The perfect complement for a Wi-Fi connection
Powerline adapters are the ideal way of creating a home network or
complementing an existing Wi-Fi connection.
By providing a secure high speed connection and great service quality,
Powerlines allow you to watch Standard and High Definition (HD)
movies as well as play online games without interruption or pixilation;
share photos, music and other media stored on a PC or compatible
storage device anywhere in your home.
Powerline Adapters will help you reach those areas of your home where
Wi-Fi signal is either too weak or cannot reach.
Other usages of Powerline adapters include IP-CCtv surveillance
cameras, setting up an office network without the need to add more
wires or rewire if you change your office configuration.
Package content
The following items are included in your PG902 package:
• A pair of PG902 adapters
• One Ethernet cable
• One copy of this user guide
LEDs and Buttons:
The PG902 has been designed to be as user friendly as possible.
There are just three LED lights and two buttons on the unit. They are
described on this page and the next.
LEDs
1. AP/STBY
2. ETHERNET
3. STATUS
LED
STATUS
ETHERNET
AP/STBY
Buttons
AP/STBY
ETHERNET
STATUS
CONFIG
Colour
RESET
Red: the connection speed is between
1 and 4 Megabits per second
ON
Powerline Ethernet
Orange: the connection speed isSTBY
between
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4 and 10 Megabits per second
Green: the connection speed is more
than 10 Megabits per second
Green constant: Local area network
(LAN) connection is established
Green blinking: LAN activity
Red: Powerline is in Standby Mode
Green constant: Powerline is connected
as the Access Point (AP)
Green blinking: Powerline is attempting
to establish a connection.
3 Flashes: the Powerline network has established
a connection and finished its configuration
AP/STBY
ETHERNET
1. CONFIG/RESET:
STATUS
This button is used to “Extend
CONFIG
your current Powerline network” a
RESET
“Factory Reset” or to turn the LEDs
lights off.
ON
Powerline Ethernet
STBY
2. ON/STBY:
Adapter with Filter
This button is used to set the
Powerline into Standby mode to
save energy when you are not
planning to use the device. Turning the adapter to standby mode
will also turn off the “Status” and “Ethernet” LEDs
Functions
Button
CONFIG/
RESET
Action
Press for one (1) second.
First time: LEDs
are turned OFF
Second time: LEDs
are turned ON
Result
All LEDs will turn off, but the
Powerline will still be working.
Great if you are watching
movies in a dark room
See page 7 for more
information on how
to add extra Powerline
adapters to your network
Press for ten (10) seconds This will return the adapter to
Performs a Factory setting its original factory settings.
Press once to set the
Status and Ethernet LEDs
adapter to Standby Mode. are
switched off and the
(Press it again to turn
adapter
stops working.
the adapter back on.)
Press for five (5) seconds
Access Configuration
mode
ON/STBY
Ethernet Port:
Powerlines use an Ethernet port to connect
through an Ethernet cable to the device you
wish to add to your network. One end of the
Ethernet cable is connected to the Powerline
adapter, while the other end is connected to
your device.
Front and rear plugs
Comtrend Powerline adapters are the first ones in the UK market to
bring a fully BS1363 certified female plug; so choosing a Comtrend
Powerline PG902 means you can still safely use your electrical outlet.
How to install the PowerGrid 902
Comtrend’s PG902 starter kit, supplied in pairs, comes ready to use;
the Powerline adapters are paired in our factory so they will recognize
each other, which makes setup this easy:
1. Plug both PG902 adapters into an electrical socket
a. One next your router (or modem)
b. One next to the device you will connect to your network
2. The Status LEDs on both PG902 adapters will light up RED
3. When the Status LEDs are both GREEN the adapters are ready
to use
Pick the PG902 adapter with a serial number ending with the letter “A”.
The serial number can be found on the label at the back of the adapter.
This is the Access Point (AP). Connect the AP to your router with an
Ethernet cable, as shown here.
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Shortly, you will see the Ethernet LED blinking; this indicates that there
is data traffic going through the PG902. You are now ready to start
using your network.
How to use a power strip with the PG902
If you are planning to use a power strip we recommend that you plug
the power strip in to the Powerline and not the Powerline into the power
strip. If you must plug your adapter into a power strip, we suggest you
use a basic power strip as the more advanced ones have a filter that
can interfere with the Powerline signal.
AP/STBY
ETHERNET
STATUS
CONFIG
RESET
ON
STBY
Powerline Ethernet
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AP/STBY
ETHERNET
STATUS
CONFIG
RESET
ON
STBY
Powerline Ethernet
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How to add a new Powerline to your existing network
Comtrend Powerline pairs are paired in the factory for your convenience
and security. However if you need to add more adapters to your existing
network you will need to follow some easy steps in order to keep your
network secure. The following procedure applies to both Powerline
DH10PF and PG902 adapters.
MAKE SURE THAT ALL OF YOUR POWERLINES ARE CONNECTED
TO THE MAINS.
AP/STBY
Step 1: Identify the current AP
(access point) adapter. From your
current adapters the one with the
AP LED in green will be the AP
adapter.
ETHERNET
STATUS
CONFIG
RESET
ON
STBY
Powerline Ethernet
Adapter with Filter
NOTE: If you performed a factory reset on the AP adapter (see step 2), it
is now an EP adapter. In this case, you will need to assign it as an
AP (see FAQ on pg. 9).
AP/STBY
ETHERNET
STATUS
CONFIG
RESE T
ON
STBY
Powerline Ethernet
Adapter with Filter
Step 2: Reset the new Adapter to its
factory settings: this is to make sure your
new adapter is set as an EP (end point).
Press the CONFIG/RESET button for
10 seconds. All LEDs will turn OFF and
the STATUS LED will be RED.
Step 3: On your AP adapter (Step 1),
press the CONFIG/RESET button until
the AP LED starts blinking.
AP/STBY
ETHERNET
STATUS
CONFIG
RESE T
ON
STBY
Powerline Ethernet
Adapter with Filter
AP/STBY
ETHERNET
STATUS
CONFIG
RESE T
ON
STBY
Powerline Ethernet
Adapter with Filter
Step 4: On the NEW EP adapter you
are adding to your network (step 2),
press the CONFIG/RESET button
until the AP LED starts flashing. The
NEW EP adapter AP LED will flash 3
times and the STATUS LED will turn
ON.
Wait until the AP LED on the AP
adapter (step 1) stops blinking.
You have now added your NEW EP adapter to your network.
Repeat the same steps for each new adapter you want to add to your
network.
How to understand the STATUS LED colours
The STATUS LED provides important information that will provide
solutions to common questions, such as why a High Definition (HD)
movie is not showing or shows with pixels. The STATUS LED indicator
will vary its colour depending on the estimated speed of the Powerline
connection. The speed is measured in Megabits Per Second (Mbps).
Colour
Information
The current connection is less than 4Mbps, normal internet
RED
activities are possible but the Powerline is unable to transmit
either Standard Movies or High Definition (HD) Movies
The current connection is greater than 4Mbps and less than
normal internet activities are possible and the
ORANGE 10Mbps,
network is able to transmit a single Standard Movie but not
an HD Movie.
The current connection is greater than 10Mbps; the
GREEN
Powerline is capable of transmitting Standard and HD
Movies as well as normal internet activities.
NOTE: If the HDTV video bandwidth is lower than 10Mbps, it may be possible to stream the video with an ORANGE STATUS LED in some
cases.
Frequently Asked Questions
This Powerline adapter has been designed to be a reliable and easy to
use to create or extend an existing home network. However, should
you experience any problems, please refer to the list below to aid in
troubleshooting.
1. How do I convert an AP into an EP?
• Make sure the Powerline adapter is plugged directly into the
electrical outlet and that it is powered on.
• Do a factory reset (see Step 2 on pg. 7 for the Factory Reset
procedure).
2. How do I convert an EP into an AP?
• Make sure the Powerline adapter is plugged directly into the
electrical outlet and that it is powered on.
• Press CONFIG/RESET button until its AP/STBY LED starts
blinking.
• Wait until configuration period finishes (30 seconds). At that
point the adapter has been designated as a Fixed AP with an
auto generated Network ID and Encryption key and its AP/
STBY LED lights GREEN.
3. Why is SDTV video not streaming?
• Check the STATUS indicator LED in the adapter connected to
the STB.
• If the indicator is RED this means that the PLC link is not able
to play an SDTV streaming.
• Try to reposition the adapter into another outlet in order to
obtain an ORANGE or GREEN indication.
• If the indicator is ORANGE or GREEN, it should now be able to
play SDTV video.
• If the SDTV video still does not play, check the Ethernet cables
and the settings of devices connected to the PLC adapters
(STB, router, PC, video server, etc.).
4. Why is there more than one AP on the network?
• In order to work properly your network can only have one Fixed
AP unit. Verify that this is the case by examining the AP/STBY
LED for all adapters
• If there is more than one AP, it means that key exchange
process has failed.
• Perform a factory reset on the adapter you DO NOT wish to
be designated as an AP (see Step 2 on page 7 for the Factory
Reset procedure).
• Repeat network configuration procedure again (page 7).
• If the configuration procedure has again failed, it is possible the
adapters are using different forms of encryption (crypto mode).
◦ To eliminate this as a possibility;
◦ Perform a factory reset on all adapters
◦ Choose the adapter you will like to act as an AP (we
recommend the one connected to your modem/router)
◦ Press CONFIG/RESET button until its AP/STBY LED starts
blinking.
◦ Wait until configuration period finishes (30 seconds). At that
point the adapter has been designated as a Fixed AP with
an auto generated Network ID and Encryption key and its
AP/STBY LED lights GREEN.
◦ Follow the steps on page 7 and 8.
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5. Why is HDTV video not streaming?
• Check the status indicator LED in the adapter connected to the
set top box (STB).
• If the indicator is RED or ORANGE this means that the
Powerline link is not able to stream HDTV.
• Try to reposition the adapter in another outlet in order to obtain
a GREEN indication.
• If the indicator is GREEN, it should now be able to play a HDTV
video.
• If the LED is not GREEN check the Ethernet cables and the
settings of devices connected to Powerline adapters (STB, DSL
router, PC, video server, etc.).
NOTE:If the HDTV video bandwidth is lower than 10Mbps, it may be possible to stream the video with an ORANGE STATUS LED in some
cases.
6. What if my Powerline Adapters don’t fit into the plug
socket?
• Your Powerline Adapters might not fit because the sockets are
too close to the floor or are in the skirting board.
• The easiest way around this is to use a trailing power strip, and
plug the Adapter into the strip. Please make sure that the strip
is not an anti-surge adapter strip.
7. What if the house next door has Powerline Adapters as
well?
• Each pair of Powerline Adapters has its own unique security
key. This means that your connection is secure and cannot be
confused with anyone else’s.
8. Is it safe to leave the Powerline Adapters on all the time - is
there any danger of overheating?
• Powerline Adapters are CE certified and completely safe to
leave plugged in all the time. They may become slightly warm
in use - this is perfectly normal. However, you may wish to put
them into standby when not in use.
9. How much power do Powerline Adapters use and how much
do they cost each month in electricity?
• The Adapters use 5.5 Watts when in use and 1.8 Watts in
standby. Prices vary between electricity suppliers.
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10. How can I check that my Powerline Adapters are working
properly?
• Your Powerline Adapters are set to work together as a pair, and
should work perfectly out of the box. The best way to test them
is to find a double plug socket, and plug them in next to each
other. Often the best place to find a double plug socket is in
your kitchen. Alternatively plug them into a trailing extension
strip (but not an anti-surge strip).
• When plugged in, after 10-40 seconds, the Powerline Adapters
will configure themselves so that each has a green status light,
and one of the pair has a green AP light.
• Both adapters have green status lights
• If the Powerline Adapters don’t configure themselves as above,
you need to follow the reset procedure.
• When your Powerline Adapters are connected to a device the
Ethernet light should light up. When you’re using the service
the Ethernet light will flash. You may notice that the Status Light
on one or both Powerline Adapters changes to red or orange.
This isn’t something to worry about if you are not having any
problems with your connection.
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Product disposal instructions
The symbol shown here and on the product
means that the product is classed as Electrical
or Electronic Equipment and should not be
disposed with other household or commercial
waste at the end of its working life.
The Waste of Electrical and Electronic
Equipment (WEEE) Directive (2002/96/EC)
has been put in place to recycle products
using best available recovery and recycling
techniques to minimize the impact on the
environment, treat any hazardous substances
and avoid the increasing landfill.
Product disposal instructions for residential users
When you have no further use for it, please remove any batteries and
dispose of them and the product as per your local authority’s recycling
processes. For more information please contact your local authority or
the retailer where the product was purchased.
Product disposal instructions for business users
Business users should contact their suppliers and check the terms and
conditions of the purchase contract and ensure that this product is not
mixed with other commercial waste for disposal.
Copyright
Copyright© 2008 Comtrend Corporation. All rights reserved. The
information contained herein is the exclusive property of Comtrend
Corporation. No part of this document may be translated, transcribed,
or reproduced in any form or by any means without prior written
consent from Comtrend Corporation. This document is subject to
change without notice.
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EC declaration of conform
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260072-025 PowerGrid902 Quick User Guide for UK A1.2