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Connecting to a router

Last Updated: Aug 30, 2016 02:33PM BST

Connecting the PRO-BUF-1 to a wifi router should be fairly straightforward. We have tried a number of routers in our lab and this seems to work fine. There are however a number of things for you to check.

1.       If you are connecting directly to a router then the router should have DHCP enabled. (this is usually enabled by default unless you are connected to a LAN where another router or server is providing DHCP) The router should also support DNS to allow it to resolve the probuf1 domain name when you type in the address http://probuf1/index.html. Note the PRO-BUF-1 uses a private address range.

a.       Launch your web browser and type in http://probuf1/index.html

b.       You should be connected to the PRO-BUF-1 and you will see the configuration web pages served up from the PRO-BUF-1.

2.       If it does not have DNS support (but is using DHCP) then we need to follow the following procedure:

a.       We need to first find out the IP address which the DHCP server has allocated to the PRO-BUF-1. This is a little complicated and requires you to use a command prompt in Windows. (We will make this simpler in future when we incorporate a service discovery protocol)

b.       Type in ‘command prompt’ in the start menu search to find the command prompt application.  

c.       Once you have a command prompt window type in ‘arp -a’

d.       This will give you a list of MAC addresses vs. IP addresses. You need to find the IP address which corresponds to the MAC address of your unit. (In your case the MAC address is 1E-30-6C-A2-45-5F)

e.       The IP address should read something similar to 192.168.0.44

f.        To test if you can connect to the PRO-BUF-1 send a ping to it. In the command prompt window type ‘ping <IP address>’ and verify that you get a reply. (In the example above where the IP address is 192.168.0.44 then type in ‘ping 192.168.0.44’)

g.       Then launch your web browser and type in the following address to connect directly to the PRO-BUF-1: http://<IP address>/index.html (In the example above where the IP address is 192.168.0.44 then type in http://192.168.0.44/index.html)

h.       You should be connected to the PRO-BUF-1 and you will see the configuration web pages served up from the PRO-BUF-1.

3.       If the PRO-BUF-1 is connected to a LAN you should ensure that you have both DHCP and DNS on your network and follow the procedure as in 1. Above.

4.       You can also connect a laptop directly to the PRO-BUF-1 using a LAN cable.

a.       Make sure your laptop is configured to obtain an IP address automatically

b.       This is configured under Network settings / Ethernet Properties / IPV4 properties;

c.       Under General set ‘Obtain IP address automatically’ and ‘Obtain DNS server address automatically’

d.       Under Alternate Configuration set ‘Automatic private IP address’

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