Cisco Systems LINKSYS PLW400 User Manual
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Linksys PLW400 Powerline AV Wireless Network Extender

Linksys PLW400

Contents

Contents

Overview. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. .. 3

Features . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .

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How.Powerline.networking.works . ..

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Example installation

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Installing.the.PLW400 . .. .. .. ..

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Tips

 

 

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How.to.connect.your.PLW400. .. .. .. .. ..

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Setting.up.advanced.security . .. .. .. .. ..

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Using.the.Utility . . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. . .. .

Troubleshooting . .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

Specifications . .. .. .. .. .. .. .. ..

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Linksys PLW400

Overview

Overview

Thank you for choosing this Linksys PLW400 wireless Powerline network adapter. This adapter provides easy setup and let you connect wireless network devices to your Powerline network.

This setup guide assumes you already have a working Powerline network.

You can find more help from our award-winning,24/7 customer support at

Linksys.com/support.

Features

Wi-Fi Protected Setup™ button—Pressthis button to connect with other wireless network devices that have aWi-FiProtected Setup button.

HomePlug Simple Connect button—Configuresadvanced security (the network password) for your Powerline network.

Reset button(recessed)—Torestore the factory default settings (including the advanced security settings and the network password), use a pointed object to press and hold theReset button for at least ten seconds.

Powerline LED—ThePowerline LED turns on when the adapter is connected to the Powerline network. The LED flashes to indicate network activity.

Ethernet LED—TheEthernet LED turns on when a wired network device is turned on and connected to the adapter’s Ethernet (network) port. The LED flashes to indicate network activity.

Wireless LED—TheWireless LED turns on when a wireless network device is connected to your PLW400.

Wi-Fi Protected Setup LED—ThisLED flashes while a wireless network device is connecting with your PLW400 usingWi-FiProtected Setup.

Power LED—Thepower LED turns on when the adapter is connected to a powered electrical outlet.

Ethernet port—Usea network (Ethernet) cable to connect this port to a wired network device.

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Linksys PLW400

How.Powerline.networking.works

Electrical wiring runs through your home or office, carrying power to electrical outlets in every room. The typical wired Ethernet network uses Ethernet network cables to connect your wired network devices. A Powerline network uses your existing household wiring as the wiring for your Powerline network.

To create your Powerline network, use two or more Powerline adapters. Each device on your Powerline network requires a connection (either wired or wireless) to a Powerline adapter.

Your PLW400 contains one Ethernet port and a wireless access point. You can connect one wired device and several wireless devices to it.

Example.installation

This diagram shows a basic Powerline network in a house. The router upstairs is connected to a Powerline adapter, which is plugged into an electrical outlet. Downstairs, the gaming console and a computer are connected to the PLW400, which is plugged into an electrical outlet.

Using the household wiring of the home, the router expands the local network to include the gaming console and desktop computer in the living room. Internet access, files, and printers can be shared between the computers and other networked devices. For online gaming, you can play downstairs in the comfort of your living room, while using the high-speedInternet connection of the router and modem upstairs.

Overview

Router

Modem

PLE400

Computer

PLW400

Gaming

Console

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