Homeplug Ethernet Adaptor
○ PE-14 A
○ PE-85 A
HomePlug 1.0 Compliant
○ PE-200 A
Home Plug AV Compliant
Homeplug Ethernet Adaptor
User Manual
Homeplug Ethernet Adaptor User Manual
Table of Content
Chapter One
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2
3
4
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Introduction .......................................................................................................................3
Features .............................................................................................................................4
Specification......................................................................................................................5
LED...................................................................................................................................6
LinkSprite Homeplug Ethernet Adaptor Product Line......................................................7
Chapter Two
1
2
Hardware Overview ...................... Error! Bookmark not defined.
Installation ........................................................................................8
Connection ........................................................................................................................8
Configuration ....................................................................................................................9
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Chapter One Hardware Overview
1 Introduction
LinkSprite PE series homeplug Ethernet adaptor is an easy-use tool for
home and small office environments build LAN over powerline. The gateway is
HomePlug 1.0 compliant, and provides up to 14Mbps/85Mbps data transfer
rate over powerline. The data encryption function (56-bit DES) is also
implemented inside the gateway to provide data privacy.
For home and small office, the network can be greatly extended by two or
more PE series powerline gateways. There is no new wires need to install, and
compared to Wi-Fi, there is no radiation. Just plug the gateway into the
powerline outlet, the network will be extended to every corner in the room.
Please enjoy the convenience LinkSprite powerline gateways bring to you!
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2 Features
Plug and Play, no need to install any additional software
No new wires, no radiations
56 bit DES encryption
Peer to Peer topology
Build virtual LANs on powerline
Can be used in all IP/LAN/internet cases
10/100M Ethernet Port (RJ-45)
OFDM modulation
HomePlug 1.0 compliant
Privacy control by network password setting
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3 Specification
Name
Network
Standards
PE series Powerline - Ethernet Gateway
10/100Mbps Ethernet Port
HomePlug1.0
Power Input
100 ~ 240V, 110mA, 50~60Hz
Modulation
OFDM
Powerline Data Rate
Range
Nodes Number
14Mbps
100 meters (typical full loaded power grid situation)
Not limited
- System
LED
- Linkage
- Activity
- Collision
Environment
Compliance
System
-15 – 40 ℃
Humidity10%- 90% (Non-condensed)
FCC Part 15 Class B, UL
Windows XP SP2 for the configuration utility software
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4 LED
1,COLLISION indicates that the powerline network data transfer is busy.
2,ACTIVITY indicates that there is data transferring on the powerline
network.
3,SYSTEM indicates that the homeplug Ethernet adaptoris ready for work.
4,LINKAGE indicates that the Ethernet port of the homeplug Ethernet
adaptorhas been properly linked to PC, switch or other devices.
5,Ethernet port, the RJ-45 adaptor, for Ethernet cable connection.
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5 LinkSprite Homeplug Ethernet adaptorProduct Line
LinkSprite homeplug Ethernet adaptor product line is consisted of five
products. Three of them are Gateway products:
Product Name
Powerline Rate(Mbps) Network Rate(Mbps)
PE-14A
14
3
PE-85A
85
15
PE-200A
200
60
The product you have is PE-14A。
Besides, there are two supporting products:
Product Name
Function
PE-C31A
Homeplug powerline coupler implements the signal coupling
among three different phases of powerline. By using this
product, powerline gateways that connected to different
phases can communicate with each other.
PE-B31A
Homeplug powerline bridge. It acts as both homeplug
Ethernet adaptor and powerline coupling. It has a RJ-45
Ethernet interface and output powerline signal to three
different phases of the power line. It can not only implement
signal coupling, but also receive/send Ethernet signals
from/to the powerlines.
If you need to install powerline gateways at different phases of the power
line, PE-31A and PE-B31A are good choices for you.
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Chapter Two Installation
1 Connection
It’s quite simple to connect PE-14A to your computer or switch.
Step 1: Get the gateway and the Ethernet cable from the package.
Step 2: Insert one end of the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port of the
gateway.
Step 3: Insert the other end of the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port of
the computer or switch (Our devices work with regular Ethernet cable and
crossover cable).
Step 4:
Plug the gateway into a powerline outlet.
If using factory default network gateway password, you can build your
powerline network with 2 or more PE-14A now.
If you want to enhance the network privacy, you can take the further
actions: set network password. Detailed instructions can be found in the next
section.
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2 Configuration
2.1 Introduction
LinkSprite Homeplug Ethernet adaptorConfiguration Utility enables the
user to find PE-14A devices on the powerline network, measure data rate
performance and ensure privacy by setting a user defined network private
password.
This utility gives you the capability to set up a network password on the
local device connected to the computer where the utility is running. It gives you
as well, through the advanced option, the capability to set up a network
password remotely on other PE-14A devices through the power line.
It is recommended that the same PC chosen for initial execution of this
utility remain the PC of choice for subsequent network encryption updates.
Network setup information is stored on the PC and is used to facilitate
follow-on network encryption sessions.
Before running this utility, make sure that a PE-14A device is properly
installed and connected to your computer.
2.2 Installation and Running the utility
Insert the CD into your CDROM driver, and copy the LinkSpriteConfig
folder to your computer. Open this folder, and double click “install.exe”, the
LinkSprite Homeplug Ethernet adaptorConfiguration Utility will be installed on
your PC.
To run the utility, double click the LinkSprite Homeplug Ethernet
adaptorConfiguration Utility in the same folder.
The wizard has five different dialog screens options accessible through the
following tabs :
Device, Network, Security, Advanced and About. In the coming sections,
we will explain the purpose and the functionality of each of them.
NB: As a general rule that applies to dialog screens, pressing:
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The OK and Cancel buttons means “ exit utility ”
2.3 Device dialog screen
The Device dialog screen provides a list of your PE-14A devices
connected to the computer where the utility is running and average data rate
performance of your powerline network.
Initially, the wizard starts the Device dialog screen.
Figure 1
Initial screen when wizard is started
Once the analysis is done, a screen similar to Figure 2 appears.
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Figure 2
Device Dialog screen
In the text list box, it reports back all PE-14A devices found that are locally
connected to the computer where the utility is running.
In most cases, one device only is listed.
In case you have more, click on one of them and hit Connect. Make sure
that the State box indicates that your PC is connected to the same device.
Now you are ready to manage the powerline network connected to this device,
ensure its privacy and measure its data rate performance.
Press Refresh button to refresh the search of the powerline devices
connected to your computer.
The progress bar will change into a status bar indicating the network
average data rate.
The color of the bar reflects the average performance of the powerline
network :
Green : Excellent performance
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Yellow : Fair performance
Red : Poor performance
2.4 Network dialog screen
The Network dialog screen provides detailed information about your
powerline network.
The text list box shows all PE-14A devices found on your powerline
network identified by their MAC addresses. A second column indicates their
data rate measurements in Mbps.
Press Scan Powerline Network button to refresh the listed information.
Figure 3
Network dialog screen
Important notice:
In case a PE-14A device in your home is not listed in the screen above,
make sure that its network password has not been made private previously
with a different password than your current private network password.
You can always reset a PE-14A network password to the universal one by
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running the LinkSprite Homeplug Ethernet adaptorConfiguration Utility on
the PC attached to this device and choose “HomePlug” as the network
password.
2.5 Security dialog screen
All PE-14A devices are shipped using “HomePlug” as a network password.
The Security dialog screen allows you to change this network password and
set your own private password and apply it to the PE-14A device connected to
the computer where the utility is running.
Hit Restore Default button to restore the original network password
“HomePlug” and apply it locally.
Hit Set Local button to change the network password locally.
Figure 4
Security Dialog screen
Important: Your private network password must have between 4 and 24
characters. The password is case sensitive. The password can include any
letters of the alphabet, numbers or punctuation marks. Remember this
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password as it will be needed when adding other devices to the network later.
2.6 Advanced dialog screen
The Advanced dialog screen allows you to set up a network password
remotely on other PE-14A devices through the powerline.
Type your private network password into the Network Password text box.
The other devices on the network with PE-14A capabilities will have a
different password printed on either the box itself or in the documentation. Find
the passwords for all devices you want to manage and type them one by one
into the Device Password text box and hit Add. This will add the passwords to
Remote Passwords text list box and set them to the currently defined Network
Password.
Note: The device must be present on the powerline in order for the
password to be confirmed and added to the Remote Passwords list.
The Status indicates whether each device is successfully set to the
Network Password. “OK” indicates success while “Fail” indicates a failure.
Hit Set All to apply your private network password to all devices that are
listed in the Remote Passwords text list box and to your local device
connected to the computer where the utility is running as well.
Select a password and Hit Remove to remove it from the list.
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Figure 5
Advanced dialog screen
2.7 About dialog screen
The About dialog screen shows the software version.
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Figure 6
About dialog screen
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