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200M mini Passthrough
GP-L200MP
User Manual
GP-L200MP User Manual
Contents
1
Introduction ........................................................................................................ 1
1.1
Product Features ................................................................................... 1
1.2
Application ............................................................................................. 2
1.3
System Requirements ........................................................................... 2
1.4
Packing List ........................................................................................... 3
2
Safety Precautions ............................................................................................. 4
3
Getting to Know the Adapter .............................................................................. 6
3.1
Ethernet Interface .................................................................................. 6
3.2
Adapter's Buttons .................................................................................. 6
3.3
Adapter's LEDs...................................................................................... 7
4
How to Install the Utility...................................................................................... 9
5
How to Use the Utility....................................................................................... 13
6
7
5.1
Main Tab .............................................................................................. 13
5.2
Privacy Tab .......................................................................................... 17
5.3
Diagnostics Tab ................................................................................... 19
5.4
About Tab ............................................................................................ 21
How to Use the Security Pushbutton ............................................................... 23
6.1
Forming a HomePlug AV Logical Network........................................... 23
6.2
Joining a Network ................................................................................ 24
6.3
Leaving a Network............................................................................... 25
How to Improve the Transmission Capacity..................................................... 27
Appendix A
Specifications ................................................................................. 29
Appendix B
Acronyms and Abbreviations ......................................................... 31
Appendix C
About QoS...................................................................................... 32
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Introduction
The GP-L200MP is a mini-PLC pass-through adapter. It can transmit data up to 200
Mbps in the household power line. It can be connected to the power socket directly
without wiring. The device provides a female socket by which you can connect your
terminal or power stripe directly without an outlet. The GP-L200MP adapter can enter
power save mode triggered by multiple conditions. The GP-L200MP adapter can help
you to establish a high-speed network that supports video, voice and data without
wiring and drilling. It is suitable for using in a wide range of both residential (at home)
and commercial (offices, apartments, hotels, warehouses) network applications.
1.1
Product Features
Without new wiring, every power socket becomes a connection node in
the household.
Plug-and-play to your routers, computers and other network devices.
Integrating a female socket enables additional terminal devices or power
stripe to be connected to the adapter just as a normal wall socket.
Built-in noise filter splitter significantly improves the data transmission.
Provides power saving mode. You are allowed to set different triggering
modes and configure the parameters of power saving mode. In the
power saving mode, the output consumption of the device is less than
1W. Especially, for the device with the upgrade version, the output
consumption can be reduced to below 0.5W.
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1.2
Application
z
High Definition (HD) and Standard Definition (SD) video distribution
z
Higher data rate broadband sharing for power line LAN
z
Shared broadband internet access
z
TV over IP (IPTV) and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
PLC Camera
Powerline
WiFi Extender
PLC
ADSL
FTTH
PLC
PLC
Figure 1 PLC network architecture
1.3
System Requirements
Operating system: Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, XP 32/64 bit and Vista
32/64bit
CPU: Intel Pentium III or better, clock rate faster than 2.0GHz
recommended
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RAM: At least 128MB
Screen resolution: Any resolution
Free disk space: At least 20MB
Network interface: At least one Fast Ethernet (100 Mbps) network card,
and a Ethernet Cord
1.4
Packing List
GP-L200MP x 2
CD ROM x 1
RJ45 Ethernet cable x 2
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2
Safety Precautions
This device is intended for connection to the AC power line. For installation
instructions, please refer to the installation section of this user manual. The following
precautions should be taken when using this product.
Read all instructions before installing and operating this product.
Follow all warnings and instructions marked on the product.
Unplug the device from the wall outlet before cleaning. Use a damp cloth
for cleaning. Do not use liquid cleaners or aerosol cleaners.
Do not operate this product near water.
This product should never be placed near or over a radiator or heat
register.
Do not use an extension cord between the device and the AC power
source.
Only a qualified technician should service this product. Opening or
removing covers may result in exposure to dangerous voltage points or
other risks.
Do not plug the device into a power strip or surge protector because
these devices may consist of filter and impair signal.
Avoid plugging the device right next to noisy sources such as cell phone
charger, Halogen light, noisy desktop computer, vacuum cleaner, etc.
this cases result in poor transmission speed.
Unplug the device from the wall outlet and refer the product to qualified
service personnel for the following conditions:
- If liquid is spilled into the product
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- If the product is exposed to rain or water
- If the product does not operate normally when the operating instructions
are followed
- If the product exhibits a distinct change in performance
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3.1
Getting to Know the Adapter
Ethernet Interface
Ethernet: The Ethernet port connects to an Ethernet network cable. The other end of
the cable connects to your computer or other Ethernet-enabled network device.
3.2
Adapter's Buttons
The following table describes the adapter’s buttons.
Figure 1 Side panel of the device
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Security (also referred to as the NMK button): Set the status of the device members.
Pressing and holding the Security button for more than 10 seconds
randomizes the NMK value.
Pressing and holding the Security button for more than 3 seconds makes the
adapter be a member of the existing AVLN. For more details, see chapter 6 .
Reset: Restore the factory default settings.
3.3
Adapter's LEDs
All adapter's LEDs are located on the front panel. There are 3 LEDs to indicate the
adapter’s status.
Figure 2 Top view
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The following table describes the LEDs on the device.
LED
Color
Behavior
Description
Green
On
System runs normally.
Green
Blink
System enters the power save
mode.
Power
System is resetting.
Password synchronization is in
progress.
Ethernet
-
Off
Green
On
PLC adapter is powered off.
Ethernet connection has established.
Green
Blink
Data is being transmitted.
-
Off
No Ethernet connection.
Green/Red
On
The PLC adapter has connected to the
power line network. The Data LED
color
will
vary
according
to
the
physical rate.
Data
PHY RATE>40Mbps: green
20<PHY
RATE<40Mbps:
orange
PHY RATE<20Mbps: red
When the device is scanning other
Red
Blink
-
Off
PLC devices, the Data indicator blinks
quickly.
The PLC adapter does not connect to
the power line network.
Note:
The Power, Ethernet and Data indicators blink quickly when the device is powered on.
At that moment, the Power and Ethernet indicators are green, and the Data indicator
is orange.
When data is being transmitted, the Data indicator keeps on but does not blink.
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How to Install the Utility
Note:
Before installing the PLC utility software, make sure that there is no any other power
line utility installed on your computer. If there is another utility installed, please
uninstall it and restart your computer.
Follow the steps below to install the utility. No password or CD-Key is needed.
Step 1
Please insert the utility CD into the computer’s CD-ROM drive. Select the
PLC 200AV Utility Installation folder and then double-click the
setup.exe. A page for installing the utility software appears.
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Figure 3 Opening the setup wizard
Step 2
Click Next > to show the following page.
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Figure 4 Selecting the folder
Step 3
Click Browse… to select the installation folder, and then click Next > to
continue.
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Figure 5 Completing the installation
Step 4
Click Close to complete the installation.
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5.1
How to Use the Utility
Main Tab
The Main screen provides a list of all power line devices logically connected to the
computer when the utility is running.
The top panel shows the local HomePlug devices connected to the network interface
card (NIC) of the computer. Click Connect. The utility automatically scans the power
line periodically for other HomePlug devices when it is connected to the local device.
If no local HomePlug device is discovered, the status bar displays NO HOMEPLUG
ADAPTERS DETECTED.
Figure 6 Main tab
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The lower panel displays all the HomePlug remote devices, which are discovered in
the current logical network. The total number of remote devices connected in the
same network is displayed above the remote device panel. Network type (Public or
Private) depends on the network status of the local device. Autoscan shows
whether the autoscan function is on. The following information is displayed for all the
devices that appear in the lower panel.
Device Name
This column shows the default device name, which may be modified. To change the
name, click Rename, or click the name and edit it in the list.
MAC Address
This column shows the MAC addresses of the remote devices.
Password
By default, this column is blank. You can click Enter Password to change it. The
steps for setting the password of the device (required when creating a private network)
are as follows:
Step1
Click the device name to select the device in the lower panel.
Step2
Click Enter Password. A dialog box appears, showing the device name
and password. See Figure 7.
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Figure 7 Setting the device password
Step3
Click OK to verify the password. The password field accepts the device
password in any case formats, with or without dash.
A confirmation box appears if the password is entered correctly. If a device is not
found, a message appears, providing suggestions to solve the common problems.
This process might take a few seconds to get completed.
Add
This button is used to add a remote device to the existing network by entering the
device password of the device. A dialog box appears. See Figure 8. You can enter a
device name and the password.
If the device is found and the password is entered correctly, a confirmation box
appears. If a device is not found, a message appears, providing suggestions to solve
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the common problems.
Figure 8 Adding the remote device
Note:
The device must be in the power line (plugged in), so that you can confirm the
password and add the device to the network. If the device is not located, a warning
message appears.
Scan
This button is used to perform an immediate search for HomePlug devices connected
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to the power line network. By default, the utility automatically scans every a few
seconds and updates the displayed information.
5.2
Privacy Tab
In the Privacy screen, you can maintain security for the logical network and select
the device included in the network. See Figure 9.
Figure 9 Privacy tab
All HomePlug devices are loaded using a default logical network (network name),
which is normally “HomePlug”. In the Privacy screen, you can modify a private
network by changing the network names and the passwords of the devices.
You can always reset to the HomePlug network (Public) by entering “HomePlug” as
the network name or by clicking on the Use Default button.
Note:
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If the network name changes to anything other than HomePlug, the network type in
the main screen is displayed as Private.
Set Local Device Only
This button is used to change the network name and password of the local device. If
a new network password is entered, all the devices appeared in the main panel prior
to this are no longer present in the new network, effectively making the local devices
not to communicate to the devices which are in the old logical network. Click Set
Local Dive Only, the devices previously set up with the same logical network (same
network name) appears in the device list.
Set All Devices
This button is used to change the logical network of all devices that appear in the
main panel. If these devices whose passwords have been entered for the same
logical network, a dialog box appears, indicating the success of this operation. For the
devices whose passwords are not entered, this operation will fail and it will report a
failure message.
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5.3
Diagnostics Tab
The Diagnostics screen shows the system information and history of all remote
devices appeared over a period of time. See Figure 10.
The Upper panel shows technical data concerning software and hardware on the
host computer that are used to communicate through HomePlug on the power line
network. It includes the following:
Operating system platform/version
Host network name
User name
MAC address of all NICs (Network interface card) connected to the host
Identify versions of all driver DLLs and libraries used (NDIS) and
optionally
HomePlug chipset manufacturer name (Turbo Only devices)
MAC firmware version (Turbo Only devices)
MAC addresses of all devices connected locally to the host
Version of the configuration utility
Vendor name
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Figure 10 Diagnostics tab
The Lower panel displays the history of all remote devices appeared on the
computer over a certain period of time. All the devices and the parameters of the
devices on the power line network are listed. Devices that are active on the current
logical network show a transfer rate in the rate column. Devices on other networks, or
devices that no longer exist are shown with a “?” in the rate column. The following
remote device information is available from the diagnostics screen:
Device alias name
MAC address
Password
Device last known rate
Device last known network name
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HomePlug chipset manufacturer name
Date device last seen on the network
MAC firmware version
The diagnostics information displayed can be saved to a text file for later use, or be
printed for reference for a technical support call. Click Delete to delete the devices
which are no longer part of the network. A dialog window pops up with a confirmation
message if the user wants to delete a device whose password has been entered.
5.4 About Tab
The About screen shows the software version and provides a html link to a website,
such as www.goldwebcn.com. Clicking the web address, you can visit the web site.
Figure 11 About Tab
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Preferences
The lower part of the panel displays options for turning the autoscan function on or off.
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How to Use the Security Pushbutton
This section describes how to add new devices to, or remove old devices from a
HomePlug AV logical network (AVLN). Both can be accomplished by using a
Security (NMK) pushbutton.
Operation progress and outcome can be monitored by observing the behavior of the
power LED.
6.1
Forming a HomePlug AV Logical Network
When two devices with different NMK values are connected to the same power line,
the user wants them to form a logical network. Do as follows:
Step1
Press the NMK button on the first device A for less than 3 seconds.
Step2
Press the NMK button on the second device B for less than 3 seconds. The
button on B must be pressed within 1 minute
Step3
Wait for connection to complete.
The power LEDs on both devices will flash evenly at 1-second intervals until the
operation succeeds or fails. They will illuminate steadily on successful completion. If
an error occurs, the power LED on the ‘adder’ will flash unevenly until the pushbutton
on the ‘adder’ is pressed again or the ‘joiner’ is reset by holding the pushbuttons
down for more than 10 seconds.
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A
PLC
B
PLC
C
PLC
A and B are not part of AVLN
A and B want to form an AVLN
Press NMK button on A less than 3 sec.
Press NMK button on B less than 3 sec.
A becomes “joiner”
B becomes “joiner”
B determines that A MAC address < B MAC address
B becomes “adder”
A accepts NMK from B
Figure 12 Forming a HomePlug AV logical network
6.2
Joining a Network
In this scenario a network exists, a new device, the ‘joiner’, wants to join the network.
Any device on the existing network can become the ‘adder’.
Step1
Press the NMK button on the ‘joiner’ for at least 3 seconds.
Step2
Press the NMK button on any network device for less than 3 seconds,
making it the ‘adder’. Please press this pushbutton within 1 minute.
Step3
Wait for connection to complete.
The power LEDs on both devices will flash at 1-second intervals until the process
succeeds or fails. They will illuminate steadily on success. If an error occurs, the
power LED on the ‘adder’ will flash unevenly until the pushbutton on the ‘adder’ is
pressed again or the ‘joiner’ is reset by pressing the pushbutton for more than 10
seconds.
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Figure 13 Joining a Network
6.3
Leaving a Network
Suppose that a network exists. You want to remove one device, the ‘leaver’, from that
network, for whatever reason, and you may want to remove the device from service
altogether or have it join another logical network. Do as follows:
Step1
Press the pushbutton on the ‘leaver’ for at least 10 seconds. The device will
reset and restart with a random NMK.
Step2
Wait for reset to complete.
The power LED on the ‘leaver’ will momentarily extinguish during reset, flash during
restart then illuminate steadily. No errors can occur.
Once the process completes, you may disconnect the device from the medium or join
it to another logical network on the same medium.
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A
PLC
B
PLC
C
PLC
A, B and C form an AVLN
A wants to leave the AVLN
Press NMK button on A more than 10 sec.
A computes random NMK
A resets and restarts
Figure 14 leaving a Network
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How to Improve the Transmission Capacity
It is important to use the PLC product complying with the following "correct rules",
because it can significantly improve the transmission capacity of the network.
For the PLC device without female socket, it is recommended to plug the device
directly into a wall socket, not to a power stripe.
×
√
Figure 15 Connecting the PLC device without the female socket
For the PLC device with female socket, you should connect all additional network
devices that are connected to a multiple socket to the main power supply via the
electrical socket integrated into the PLC device with female socket. To take full
advantage of the filter function, to improve data transmission in the network, always
plug the power stripe into the female socket.
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Figure 16 Connecting the PLC device with the female socket
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Appendix A
Specifications
Chipset
Intellon INT6400
Protocol
HomePlug AV 1.0
Co-exists with existing HomePlug 1.0
System Support
Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, XP 32/64 bit and Vista
32/64bit
PLC Rate
200Mbps
Modulation Band
2~30MHz
Modulation Schemes
Supports1024/256/64/16/8-QAM, QPSK, BPSK and
ROBO
Encryption
128 AES
Outlet Current
220VAC 16A Maximum, 110VAC 20A Maximum
Filter Characteristics
-22 dB to~45 dB
LED Indicator
Power: Power supply status
Ethernet: Ethernet link and activity
Data: PLC link and activity
Push Button
Reset: Restore the factory default settings
Security: Set the status of the device members.
Consumption
3.5W
Operating
0ºC to 45ºC
Temperature
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Storage Temperature
-20ºC to 70ºC
Operating Humidity
10% to 90%, non-condensing
Storage Humidity
5% to 95%, non-condensing
Input Rating
100-240 VAC, 50/60Hz
Certificate Compliance
CE, UL, FCC Part 15 Class B
Green Standard
RoHS
Physical Dimension
L×W×H: 105mm×58mm×41mm
Weight
233g
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Appendix B
AVLN
Acronyms and Abbreviations
AV In-home Logical Network, the AVLAN is the set of STAs that
possess the same network membership key. Every AVLN is
managed by a single CCo.
CCo
Central Coordinator
CSMA/CA
Carrier Sense Multiple Access / Collision Avoidance
DAK
Device Access Key
DM
Device Manager
IGMP
Internet Group Management Protocol
NEK
Network Encryption Key
NID
Network ID (Identification)
NMK
Network Membership Key
PLC
Power Line Communication
PIB
Parameter Information Block
STA
Station, a STA in the network with a connection to the power line
and being able to source or sink traffic
TDMA
Time Division Multiple Access
TEI
Terminal Equipment Identifier
TOS
Type Of Service
VLAN
Virtual Local Area Network
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Appendix C
About QoS
PLC 200AV allows for 4 levels of Channel Access Priority (CAP (0 – 3)). The 8 levels
of VLAN Ethernet tags must be mapped to the 4 levels of CAP priority, where CAP 3
is the highest priority and CAP 0 is the lowest. CAP 3 priority might be used for voice
and network management frames, and CAP 2 is used for streaming video and music
while CAP 1 and CAP 0 are used for data.
Default CAP
The ‘Default CAP’ group allows for default priority mapping of packets that do not
have a VLAN TAG. The settings are available for Unicast (directed to a host).
IGMP - (default CAP 3) - sets the channel access priority for IGMP
frames - these are the group management frames, not the stream data.
Unicast - (default CAP 1) - sets the default channel access priority for
unicast frames not matching any other classification or mapping.
IGMP managed Multicast Stream (Fixed to CAP 2) - sets the default
channel access priority for stream data belonging to a snooped IGMP
multicast group.
Multicast/Broadcast - sets the default CAP for multicast frames not in a
snooped group and for broadcast frames.
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The following are the factory default settings for VLAN Tags and TOS Bits:
VLAN Tag
Default CAP
TOS Bit User
Default CAP
User Priority
Priority
Priority
Priority
0
CAP1
0
CAP1
1
CAP0
1
CAP0
2
CAP0
2
CAP0
3
CAP1
3
CAP1
4
CAP2
4
CAP2
5
CAP2
5
CAP2
6
CAP3
6
CAP3
7
CAP3
7
CAP3
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