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Corinex PowerNet USB Adapter
Corinex PowerNet
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Corinex Communication Corp.
#308 1168 Hamilton Street
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Contents
1 Introduction .............................................................................. 3
1.1
Overview................................................................................3
1.2
About this Manual .................................................................4
2 Installation Guide ...................................................................... 5
2.1
What this Package Contains...................................................5
2.2
System Requirements.............................................................5
2.3
Installing the USB Adapter software ......................................6
2.4
Testing the Setup.................................................................11
3 User‘s Guide ............................................................................ 12
3.1
PowerNet Setup Tool User Guide .........................................12
3.2
Corinex PowerNet USB Adapter ...........................................15
3.3
FAQ .....................................................................................16
3.4
USB Adapter Specifications ..................................................17
4 Troubleshooting Guide............................................................ 19
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Introduction
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1.1 Overview
The Corinex Powernet USB Adapter is a network interface
adapter, using the 110/120 or 220/240 V electrical wires in
premises as a medium for communications. After successful
installation, the indoor Powernet network behaves like a
traditional LAN for computers. The Corinex Powernet USB
Adapter supports up to 14 Mbps−network speed.
The product keeps network maintenance cost low and
eliminates usage barriers while there is no need for additional
wiring.
The Product is a higly integrated and requires no other external
electronic components.
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1.2 About this Manual
This Owner‘s Manual is intended to provide sufficient
information to help you understand how to successfully install
Corinex Powernet USB Adapter to meet your networking needs.
With the information in this guide, you should be able to:
Analyze your network efficiency
Plan the configuration of Corinex Powernet USB Adapter
options
Install and configure your Corinex Powernet USB Adapter
according to your plan
Verify and optimize your Corinex Powernet USB Adapters’
performance
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Installation Guide
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2.1 What this Package Contains
When you receive your Corinex PowerNet USB Adapter, check to
be sure that your package contains:
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Corinex PowerNet USB Adapter
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AC cord
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USB cable
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This manual
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Installation CD
2.2 System Requirements
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IBM compatible PC with one available USB port (Not
hub)
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CD−ROM drive
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Windows 98/ME/2000/XP operating system
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2.3 Installing the USB Adapter software
1. Insert the installation CD, it should automatically start. Do
not connect USB Adapter to PC before step 8! If the
installation program does not start automatically, start the
application by selecting „My Computer“, usually found on
the desktop. Navigate to the CD drive, and double click on
the drive. The following screen should be displayed:
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2. Click on the „Install driver and Setup utility“. The following
screen should be displayed:
3. Click on the picture with description “USB Adapter” and
then click „Next“ to start installation. The following screen is
the welcome screen. Click „Next“ to continue.
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4. The next screen will ask where Corinex PowerNet USB
Adapter Software should be installed. Click „Next“ to
continue.
5. This screen will ask where Setup should place the program’s
shortcuts. Select Start Menu Folder or simply click „Next“.
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6. The following screen will appear to inform that Setup is
ready to begin installing Corinex PowerNet USB Adapter
Software on your computer. Click „Install“.
7. The following screen will appear to inform that the USB
driver that is about to be installed does not have a Microsoft
signature. Accept this to continue. (this screen varies a little
between versions of Windows)
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8. The next screen is the last step in the process, it is now time
to connect your Corinex PowerNet USB Adapter. Plug the
supplied AC cord into the USB Adapter and into an AC
outlet. Plug the supplied USB cable into the USB Adapter
and to a USB port on your PC. Another screen similar to the
previous may appear. Accept this to continue.
If the driver was not automatically installed, follow the
instructions in the driver installation wizard and select
installation from c:\program files\Corinex\PowerNet USB
Adapter\USB drivers
9. The following screen appear in Windows 98/ME. Click “Yes”
to restart your system.
10. After restart (in Windows 20000/XP immediately, after step
8) will be automatically run “PowerNet Setup Tool”. Refer to
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section 3.1 for details. This prevents anyone from
intercepting your transmitted data.
11. It is neccessary to configure network settings for your new
networking hardware. Refer to your operating system
manual for instructions to setup required parameters such
as IP adddress and subnet mask; or ask your system
administrator for required informations.
2.4 Testing the Setup
To verify that connection is working correctly, use the standard
Ping utility. (in Windows, click to menu Start−>Run, the write
command “ping IPADDRESS –t”, where IPADDRESS is IP address
of computer the USB adapter is connected to, e.g. “ping
192.168.4.1 –t”. This command will be stopped by pressing
CTRL+C).
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Ping the IP address of the computer the USB adapter is
connected to.
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Repeat the same process with the other power line
device on the network.
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If all nodes can ping themselves, try pinging another
power line device on the network. If this fails, there is a
problem with connections on the power line. Try a
different AC outlet.
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If the setup does not work, refer to the troubleshooting
guide, but first, try unplugging the powerline device and
reboot the computer as this sometimes fixes the
problem.
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User‘s Guide
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3.1 PowerNet Setup Tool User Guide
The PowerNet Setup Tool allows the user to setup a private and
secure powerline network. Follow the steps on the screen of this
guide and your secure network will be setup correctly.
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Start the PowerNet Setup Tool from the Start menu by
selecting the Powernet folder and select 'PowerNet Setup
Tool'.
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This is the basic screen. Select right local powerline device
from a combo box. (MAC number in a combo box (in the
parenthesis) must be equal to MAC Number which is printed
on device). Click “Next”.
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Now the following screen should be displayed. This is the
screen where your network password is selected. Choose a
password between 4 and 24 characters, the password is case
sensitive so remember exactly how it was typed as it will be
needed for the next device being set up. Type your password
in the 'Network Password' box and click 'Next'. If you don’t
want to use encryption, uncheck box “Encrypt frames”.
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Click 'Next' again to program the Corinex Powernet USB
Adapter with the new encryption key. This will take a few
seconds. The next screen will look similar to the following
screen. The white box will list the MAC addresses of all other
installed powerline devices on the network that are
programmed with your chosen network password. If no
other devices have been programmed, the list will be empty.
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All devices on your network must be programmed with the
same network encryption key. Run this utility on all
computers with a powerline networking device attached. If
you have a powerline device that is not normally connected
to a computer, it must first be connected to a computer and
set up with a network encryption key.
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3.2 Corinex PowerNet USB Adapter
The Corinex PowerNet USB Adapter introduces a new and
innovative solution for high speed communications, using the
electric wires within premises. This unique technology offers
users a wide range of networking options by using digital
powerline technology enabling 14 Mbps of “traffic” between
nodes within the network.
Enables users to connect individual PC's or other devices
with Ethernet communications links into a local area
network through a 110/120V or 220/240V electric wires
(powerline) network
Enables PC file and application sharing
Enables peripheral and printer sharing through the
powerline network
Enables shared broadband Internet access
Enables sharing the bandwidth for multimedia payloads
including voice, data, audio and video
Enables gaming competition within the reach of the electric
wires network
Eliminates the requirement for special data cable wiring
A real cost−effective and reliable solution for high speed
communication in any home or small office
This User‘s Guide has been prepared for Corinex Powernet USB
Adapter use in combination with PC’s or Laptop computers.
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Example
Interconnection of two computers over the powerline by
using two Corinex PowerNet USB Adapter:
1. Install Corinex PowerNet USB Adapter on each of two
computers (see Installation Guide).
2. For connectivity enter the properties (see to user guide of
operating system) for this connection and set up IP
address manually. For example: 192.168.4.1 mask:
255.255.255.0 and another PC set up 192.168.4.2
mask: 255.255.255.0
3. You can check the connection by simple ping procedure
addressing the IP address of the secod PC.
3.3 FAQ
1. Is the Corinex Powernet USB Adapter still working if
there is an electricity blackout? And will it resume the
transmission automatically after the power come back ?
Corinex PowerNet Adapters are operational, when the
connected computers are rebooted and the power is back
on.
2. Once the electricity is on after blackout, is the Powernet
put into operation "automatically"?
Yes, as soon as the computers are running again. If there is
a problem, unplug the adapter and plug it back into the
connection slot.
3. As the transmission range of Powernet is around 200
meters, what happens what the distance is over say 400
meters?
We recommend to try the line for functionality and
performance before starting operations.
4. Is there any cross talk or interference issue when using
Corinex Powernet Adapters?
Within PC we don't see any interference with any other card
and/or system. OFDM is technology, which reduces any
influence coming from another device, that is connected to
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the electric power network. The
Corinex adapters have also been FCC and CE approved.
5. In case the PCs at the different floors of the same
building, can they use the Powernet device for the data
transmission ? And how does it work ?
Powernet works on the same electric phase − the same
physical line. If the electric wires between the two outlets
used for communications in this case are connected with
each other and the maximum distance is about 200m, it
works fine.
6. Can we use Corinex Powernet Adapters for both
110/220V Power Network or are there two versions of
Corinex PowerNet?
We support both 110/120V and 220/240V on the same
device. There are even more line cord versions available and
delivered in different packages to reflect the outlet
requirements of the consumer.
3.4 USB Adapter Specifications
The following table lists the product specifications for the
Corinex PowerNetUSB Adapter.
Homeplug v 1.01 Certified
Windows 9x/Me/2000/XP Compatible
for PowerNet Setup Tool
Standard compliance
IEEE 802.3
UL and/or international standards
FCC and/or CE approved
Protocol
TCP/IP
Port
USB (v.1.0/1.1)
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Speed
Cabling type
LED status Lights
Unit Dimensions
Up to 14 Mbps
− Standard AC cable
− USB cable
Collision, Link, Activity
2.36“L x 4.49“W x 1.18“H
60mm L x 114mm W x 30mm H
USB cable
1.67`/0.5m
Power cable
6`/1.8m
Weight
0.69 lbs/0.313 kg
Interface
Standard USB port
Power input
90V−240V AC
Safety & EMI
UL, FCC part 15, CE
Operative Temperature
32°F to 131°F (0° to 55°C)
Storage Temperature
−4°F to 158°F (−20° to 70°C)
Operating Humidity
10% to 85% Non−condensing
Storage Humidity
5% to 90% Non−condensing
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Troubleshooting Guide
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Computer networking can sometimes be “tricky”
when many components must work together for the
ultimate network system to function properly. With
the right tools the problems are usually easy to fix.
The following tools, available on your computer or the
Corinex CD, will get you started.
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PowerNet Setup Tool (from the Corinex PowerNet Installation
CD)
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ping (from the command prompt, see section 2.4)
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ipconfig (WinNT/2000/XP), winipcfg (Win9x/Me) (from the
command prompt)
If it just doesn’t work...
1. Check that the power LED on all devices are on, if
not:
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Check the AC cables.
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Make sure the AC outlet is working by
plugging something else into it. If this works,
try another outlet. If this fails as well, try 2. –
4.
2. Check the USB cables.
3. Check that the devices exist on the network.
Start the PowerNet Setup Tool Program, click 'Next'
and see if all devices on your network are found. If
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all devices are listed, skip this section. If a device is
missing:
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Make sure all computers has one only
active network slot
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Make sure the Corinex Powernet USB
Adapters are plugged straight into the
wall and not through a power strip or
extension cord.
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The devices may be programmed with
different passwords. Setup all devices
with a new password as described in the
PowerNet Setup Tool Manual.
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The chosen outlet pair may have poor
electrical connection, try a different pair
of outlets.
4. Check that the Corinex Powernet USB Adapters
devices are detected by TCP/IP.
From the command prompt, run ping and type the
computer name or IP address of the computer you
are working on. [ping yourcomputername] This
should return 4 good packets. Now try to ping
another computer on the network. If a timeout
occurs:
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Go into the TCP/IP properties and check that
the buttons for automatically obtaining IP
address and gateway are checked. If not,
make sure that both computers are on the
same subnet.
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Run ipconfig/all from the command prompt
on all computers to verify that all computers
have valid IP addresses on the same subnet
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The IP tables may be corrupted, reboot all
computers and try again.
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If these tests work, you have basic connectivity and
can use all network services.
If this doesn’t work, you may have a faulty device.
Please return it for replacement.
I cannot share my internet acces
To share broadband internet access, you need a router
connected to your Cable/DSL modem. This will provide a
firewall with single IP address that all computers will use
as a gateway. Connect a Corinex Powernet Ethernet
Adapter to your cable/DSL router.
I have got all that, it still doesn't work.
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Make sure that your TCP/IP settings are set to
automatically obtaining IP address and gateway
address.
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Switch of all computers and unplug the powerline
devices, now plug your Ethernet Adapter back into
the router before switching your computer. This will
ensure that the computer's IP address will be
otbained from the router.
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Now try opening Intenet Explorer, if the 'Not Found'
page appears, try clicking the link to 'obtain proxy
settings automatically'
It works but it is slow
A slow connection is almost always due to poor electrical
connection.
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Make sure the device is connected straight into the
socket and not a power splitter or extension cord.
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Try another outlet.
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