200Mbps Powerline PL-200AV-PEV User Manual
200Mbps Powerline
PL-200AV-PEV
User Manual
V1.0
PL-200AV-PEV_User Manual
Contents
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Introduction ........................................................................................................ 1
1.1
Product Features ................................................................................... 1
1.2
Application ............................................................................................. 1
1.3
System Requirements ........................................................................... 2
1.4
Packing List ........................................................................................... 2
2
Safety Precautions ............................................................................................. 3
3
Getting to Know the Adapter .............................................................................. 4
3.1
The Ethernet Interface........................................................................... 4
3.2
The Adapter's Buttons ........................................................................... 4
3.3
The Adapter's LEDs............................................................................... 5
How to Install the Utility............................................................................................... 7
4
How to Use the Utility....................................................................................... 10
4.1
Main Tab .............................................................................................. 10
4.2
Privacy Tab .......................................................................................... 13
4.3
Diagnostics Tab ................................................................................... 15
4.4
About Tab ............................................................................................ 16
5
Forming a HomePlug AV logical network ......................................................... 18
6
Joining a Network............................................................................................. 19
7
Leaving a Network ........................................................................................... 20
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How to Improve the Transmission Capacity..................................................... 21
Appendix A
Specifications ................................................................................. 22
Appendix B
Acronyms and Abbreviations ......................................................... 23
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Introduction
The PL-200AV-PEV is a nano-PLC adapter. It can transmit data up to 200Mbps in
the household powerline. It can be connected to the power socket directly without
new wire. The PL-200AV-PEV adapter can enter power save mode triggered by
multiple conditions. It 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.
Provides power save mode. In the power save mode, the output
consumption of the device is less than 0.5W.
The physical data rate is up to 200Mbps.
1.2
Application
High Definition (HD) and Standard Definition (SD) video distribution
Higher data rate broadband sharing for powerline LAN
Shared broadband internet access
TV over IP (IPTV) and Voice over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
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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 higher, clock rate faster than 2.0GHz
recommended
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
PL-200AV-PEV x 1
CD ROM x 1
RJ45 Ethernet cable x 1
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Safety Precautions
This device is intended for connection to the AC powerline. For installation
instructions, please refer to the installation section of this guide. 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.
Keep the device away from 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.
These 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 has been spilled into the product
–
If the device has been exposed to rain or water
–
If the device does not operate normally when the operating
–
If the device exhibits a distinct change in performance
instructions are followed
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Getting to Know the Adapter
3.1
The Ethernet Interface
Ethernet: Ethernet port. Connect one end of an Ethernet network cable to PLC’s
Ethernet port and the other end to your computer or other Ethernet-enabled
network device.
3.2
The Adapter's Buttons
Figure 2 Side panel of the device
Security\Reset: Set the status of the device members or restore the factory
default settings.
Pressing and holding the Security\Reset button for less than 3 seconds
makes the adapter a member of the existing AVLN. Pressing and holding
the Button for between 5 and 8 seconds makes the adapter getting a
random NMK. Pressing and holding the Button for between 10 seconds
and 15 seconds makes the adapter restore the factory default settings. For
more details, see chapter 5 .
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3.3
The Adapter's LEDs
The adapter's LEDs are located on the front panel. There are 3 LEDs to indicate
the adapter’s status.
Figure 3 Top view
The following table describes the LEDs on the device.
LED
Color
Behavior
Green
On
Green
Blink
Description
System runs normally.
System is resetting.
System is in the process
(Power)
of password
synchronization.
-
Off
Green
On
The PLC adapter is powered
off.
Ethernet connection has
established.
Blink
(Ethernet)
The device is receiving or
transmitting data via the
Ethernet interface.
-
Off
Green/Orange/Red
On
No Ethernet connection.
The device has connected to
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LED
Color
Behavior
Description
Data LED color will vary with
(Data)
the physical rate.
Green: Link Rate > 40
Mbps
Orange: 20 Mbps< Link
Rate <40 Mbps
Red: Link Rate< 20
Mbps
-
Off
The adapter has not found
any other compatible
powerline devices that use
the same encryption key.
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How to Install the Utility
Note:
Before installing the PLC utility software, make sure that there is no any other
powerline 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 200M Utility Installation folder and then double-click the
setup.exe. The page for installing the utility software is displayed.
Figure 4 Open the setup wizard
Step 2
Click Next to display the following page.
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Figure 5 License agreement
Step 3
Select I Agree and click Next to display the following page.
Figure 6 Select the folder
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Step 4
Click Browse… to select the installation folder, and then click Next to
continue.
Figure 7 Confirm installation
Step 5
Click Next to display the following page.
Figure 8 Complete the installation
Step 6
Click Close to finish the installation.
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How to Use the Utility
Click the desktop icon below to enter the configuration page.
Figure 9 Desktop icon
4.1
Main Tab
The Main screen provides a list of all powerline devices logically connected to
the computer when the utility is running.
The top panel shows the local HomePlugAV devices connected to the network
interface card (NIC) of the computer. Click Connect. The utility automatically
scans the powerline periodically for other HomePlugAV devices connected to it. If
no local HomePlugAV device is discovered, the status bar displays HomePlug
Adapter NOT DETECTED.
Figure 10 Main tab
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The lower panel displays all the HomePlugAV 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:
Step 1
Step 2
Click the device name to select the device in the lower panel.
Click Enter Password. A dialog box appears, showing the device
name and password. See Figure 11.
Figure 11 Set the device password
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Step 3
Enter the password. Click OK to verify the password. The password is
case-sensitive.
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 12. 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 the common problems.
Figure 12 Add the remote device
Note:
The device must be in the powerline (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.
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Scan
This button is used to perform an immediate search for HomePlugAV devices
connected to the powerline network. By default, the utility automatically scans
every a few seconds and updates the displayed information.
4.2
Privacy Tab
In the Privacy screen, you can maintain security for the logical network and
select the device included in the network. See Figure 13.
Figure 13 Privacy tab
All HomePlugAV devices are loaded using a default logical network (network
name), which is normally “HomePlugAV”. In the Privacy screen, you can
modify a private network by changing the network names.
You can always reset to the HomePlugAV network (Public) by entering
“HomePlugAV” as the network name or by clicking on the Use Default button.
Note:
If the network name changes to anything other than HomePlugAV, the
network type in the main screen is displayed as Private.
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Set Local Device Only
This button is used to change the network name of the local device. If a new
network name 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 Device 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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4.3
Diagnostics Tab
The Diagnostics screen shows the system information and history of all remote
devices appeared over a period of time. See Figure 13.
The Upper panel shows technical data concerning software and hardware on
the host computer that are used to communicate through HomePlug on the
powerline 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)
Firmware version
MAC addresses of all devices connected locally to the host
Version of the configuration utility
Vendor name
Figure 14 Diagnostics tab
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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 powerline 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
HomePlug chipset manufacturer name
Date device last seen on the network
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.
4.4
About Tab
The About screen shows the software version and provides an html link to a
website, such as http://www.qua.qualcomm.com. Clicking the web address, you
can visit the website.
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Figure 15 About tab
Preferences
The lower panel displays options for turning the autoscan function on or off.
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Forming a HomePlug AV logical network
This chapter describes how to form a HomePlug AV logical network (AVLN) using
the Security/Reset pushbutton.
Operation progress and results can be monitored by observing the behavior of
the Power and Data indicators.
Scenario:
Devices A and B with different NMK values are connected to the same powerline.
Users want to use them to form a logical network.
Figure 16 Forming a HomePlug AV logical network
Do as follows to form a logical network using the Security/Reset button:
Step 1
Press the Security\Reset pushbutton on device A or B for 5 to 8
seconds. The device will reset and restart with a random NMK
Step 2
Step 3
Press the Security\Reset button on device A for less than 3 seconds.
Within 2 minutes, press the Security\Reset button on device B for less
than 3 seconds.
Step 4
Wait for connection to complete.
The Power indicator on both devices will flash evenly at 1 second interval until
the operation succeeds or fails. If the connection succeeds, the Power indicators
on both devices illuminate steadily, and Data indicators on both devices also
illuminate steadily. If the connection fails, the Power indicators on both devices
keep steady on, but the Data indicators on both devices are off. In that case,
repeat steps 1-4.
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Joining a Network
This chapter describes how to add a device to an existing HomePlug AV logical
network (AVLN) using the Security/Reset pushbutton.
Operation progress and results can be monitored by observing the behavior of
the Power and Data indicators.
Scenario:
Devices A and B are located in Network N. Users want to add device C (the joiner)
into Network N. Any devices on Network N can become the ‘adder’.
Figure 17 Join a network
Do as follows to add device C to Network N using the Security/Reset button:
Step 1
Press the Security\Reset pushbutton on the “Joiner” for 5 to 8
seconds. The device will reset and restart with a random NMK
Step 2
Press the Security\Reset button on device C (the ‘joiner’) for less than
3 seconds, making it the ‘adder’.
Step 3
Within 2 minutes, press the Security\Reset button device A (or device
B) for less than 3 seconds.
Step 4
Wait for connection to complete.
The Power indicator on device A (or device B) and device C will flash at 1 second
intervals until the process succeeds or fails. If the connection succeeds, the
Power indicators on both devices illuminate steadily, and Data indicators on both
devices also illuminate steadily. If the connection fails, the Power indicators on
both devices keep steady on, but the Data indicators on both devices are off. In
that case, repeat steps 1-4.
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Leaving a Network
This chapter describes how to remove a device from an existing HomePlug AV
logical network (AVLN) using the Security/Reset pushbutton.
Operation progress and results can be monitored by observing the behavior of
the Power and Data indicators.
Scenario:
Device C is located in a network. Users want to remove device C (the ‘leaver’)
from its network.
Figure 18 Remove a device from a network
Do as follows to remove device C from Network N using the Security/Reset
button:
Step 1
Press the Security\Reset pushbutton on device C (the ‘leaver’) for 5 to
8 seconds. Device C resets and restarts with a random NMK.
Step 2
Wait for the reset to complete.
The Power indicator on device C momentarily extinguishes during reset, blinks
during restart, and then illuminates steadily.
After device C is removed from its existing network, users can disconnect the
device from the medium or join it to another logical network on the same medium.
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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 a female socket, it is recommended to plug the
device directly into a wall socket instead of a power strip.
×
√
Figure 19 Connecting the PLC device without the female socket
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Appendix A
Specifications
Chipset
QCA6410
Protocol
HomePlug AV, IEEE1901
Co-exists with existing HomePlug 1.0
System Support
Windows 98SE, 2000, ME, XP 32/64 bit and Vista
32/64bit
PLC PHY Rate
200Mbps (Max)
Modulation Band
2~30MHz
Modulation Schemes
Supports OFDM 4096/1024/256/64/16/8-QAM, QPSK,
BPSK and ROBO
Encryption
128 AES
LED’s
Power, Ethernet, Data
Push Button
Reset: Restore the factory default settings
Security: Set the network password automatically or
get a random NMK
Consumption
1.6W
Operating
0ºC to 40ºC
Temperature
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
Certifications
CE, UL, FCC Part 15 Class B
Green Standard
RoHS
Physical Dimension
L×W×H: 69mm×58mm×31mm
Weight
75g
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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
Powerline Communication
PIB
Parameter Information Block
STA
Station, a STA in the network with a connection to the
powerline 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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