TRENDnet Powerline Network Solution User Manual

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Table of Contents

 

Chapter 1: Product Overview .............................................................................

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1.1

Powerline Network Solution ........................................................................

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1.2

Package Contents.......................................................................................

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1.3

System Requirements.................................................................................

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1.4

Device Label ...............................................................................................

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1.5

LEDs ...........................................................................................................

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1.6

Ethernet Ports .............................................................................................

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Chapter 2: Product Installation ..........................................................................

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2.1

Initial Installation .........................................................................................

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2.2

Securing your Powerline Network ...............................................................

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2.3

Changing the Network Name/Security Key using the Sync Button ............

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2.4

Adding the Powerline Adapter to an Existing Powerline Network ..............

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Chapter 3: Overlapping Powerline Networks ..................................................

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3.1

Move Powerline Adapters between different Powerline Networks...............

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Chapter 4: Powerline Configuration Utility......................................................

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4.1 Software Installation....................................................................................

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4.2

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

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Chapter 5: Troubleshooting .............................................................................

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Chapter 6: Specifications .................................................................................

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Chapter 1: Product Overview

The TPL-305E3-Port200Mbps Powerline AV Adapter is an excellent solution that can be used to extend your network using your home or small office electrical wiring. In a home or small office building, use3-Port200Mbps Powerline AV adapters to link multiple locations without the need to run long Ethernet cables. Combined with a single broadband DSL/Cable Internet connection, every room with electrical power outlets can provide easy access to yourhigh-speedInternet connection. With HomePlug® AV speeds of up to 200Mbps, thiseasy-to-setup solution can provide fast streaming HD movies, online multiplayer games, and other data intensive applications for today’s HD Entertainment Center demand.

Each TPL-305E3-Port200Mbps Powerline AV Adapter allows you to connect up to three network enabled devices to a powerline network via Ethernet. In operation, the3-Port200Mbps AV Adapter is completely transparent, and simply passes data between the Ethernet port and the powerline network. AnyEthernet-enableddevice may be connected to one of the three integrated 10/100MbpsAuto-MDIXEthernet ports.

1.1Powerline Network Solution

Add high-speedInternet access to any room in your home with this3-Port200Mbps Powerline AV Adapter. You can stream HD movies and music, play onlinemulti-playergames and much more. TheTPL-305Ehas three integrated 10/100MbpsAuto-MDIXports so up to three network enabled devices nearby can be networked simultaneously without the need for an additional switch.

Note: This TPL-305E3-Port200Mbps Powerline AV Adapter needs to pair with at least one other HomePlug® AV compatible powerline device. (e.g. TRENDnet Powerline AV productsTPL-303E,TPL-304E,TPL-310AP,or anotherTPL-305E.)

1.2Package Contents

The product package should contain the following items:

TPL-305E

Multi-LanguageQuick Installation Guide

CD-ROM(Utility & User’s Guide)

Cat. 5 Ethernet Cable (1.5 m / 5 ft.)

If any of the parts are incorrect, missing, or damaged, contact your dealer. Keep the carton, including the original packaging materials, in case you need to return the Powerline adapter for repair.

1.3System Requirements

CD-ROMdrive

A Desktop or Laptop PC with Network Adapter Installed

Existing 10/100Mbps wired network when TPL-305Eis used as a bridge device

Additional HomePlug® AV powerline adapter

(e.g. TRENDnet TPL-303E,TPL-304E,TPL-310AP,or anotherTPL-305E)

Powerline Configuration Utility System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems

CPU

Memory

 

 

 

Windows 7 (32/64-bit)

1GHz or above

1GB RAM or above

 

 

 

Windows Vista (32/64-bit)

800MHz or above

512MB RAM or above

 

 

 

Windows XP (32/64-bit)

300MHz or above

256MB RAM or above

 

 

 

1.4Device Label

The device label can be located on the back of the device where the power prong is found.

Product Model

Device Serial Number

Device MAC Address

Device Password (DPW)

Product Hardware Version

Product Firmware Version

1.5 LEDs

The LED panel located on the front of the device consists of the status LEDs, Sync button, and Reset button.

 

 

Powerline

 

 

 

Link/Act LED (PL)

 

Ethernet Link/Act

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

LED (1-3)

 

Power LED (PWR)

 

 

Reset Button

Sync Button

 

LED

 

 

Color

 

Sequence

 

 

Definition

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PWR (Power)

 

 

Green

 

Solid

 

 

Device powered On

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N/A

 

Off

 

 

Device powered Off

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

PL (Powerline)

 

 

Green

 

Solid

 

 

Powerline Connected (Connection Quality is Best)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blinking

 

 

Syncing or Powerline Data Transmitting/Receiving (Connection Quality is Best)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: LED color

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solid

 

 

Powerline Connected (Connection Quality is Better)

 

 

indicates the

 

 

Amber

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

strength and

 

 

 

Blinking

 

 

Powerline Data Transmitting/Receiving (Connection Quality is Better)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

quality of the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solid

 

 

Powerline Connected (Connection Quality is Good)

 

 

powerline

 

 

Red

 

 

 

 

 

connection

 

 

 

Blinking

 

 

Powerline Data Transmitting/Receiving (Connection Quality is Good)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

through the

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N/A

 

Off

 

 

 

 

 

electrical system

 

 

 

 

 

Powerline is not synced or connected

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Solid

 

 

10/20 Mbps or 100/200Mbps (Half/Full Duplex) Connected (per port)

 

 

 

 

 

Green

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1-3(Ethernet

 

 

 

Blinking

 

 

10/20Mbps or 100/200Mbps (Half/Full Duplex) Data Transmitting/Receiving (per

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Port)

 

 

 

 

 

 

port)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

N/A

 

Off

 

 

Port Disconnected/No Ethernet Link

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Button

 

 

Action

 

 

Function

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Sync)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Initiate Sync/Connection and generate random network name/key on first

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

adapter (PWR LED will start blinking)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Push/Hold for 2

 

 

Match network name/key on secondary or additional adapter and connect to

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

first adapter. (PWR LED will start blinking)

 

 

 

 

 

 

sec

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Note: The secondary or additional powerline adapter’s Sync button must also be

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

pushed within 2 minutes (120 sec) of pushing the Sync button of the first adapter

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

in order to establish connectivity.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Push/Hold for 10

 

 

Erases the network name/key

 

 

 

 

 

 

sec

 

 

(All LEDs will turn off and turn back on)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Reset

 

 

Push/Hold for 1

 

 

Reset device to factory defaults (All LEDs will turn off and turn back on)

 

 

 

 

 

sec

 

 

Note: Will reset to the factory default private network name “HomePlugAV”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

*Note: The following factors may affect the powerline network’s connection quality:

Noise – Generated by appliances that are connected to your electrical system through power outlets that have high power consumption requirements. (e.g. Microwaves, ovens, blow dryer, iron, dishwasher, etc.) The quality of your household electrical wiring may also cause additional noise on your electrical system.

Distance – Long lengths of electrical wiring through your electrical system between connected powerline adapters.

1.6 Ethernet Ports

There are three RJ-4510/100MbpsAuto-MDIXEthernet ports at the bottom of the device for network connectivity to computers and network appliances (e.g. Game Console, IP Set Top Box, network enabled TV, etc.) using the included Cat. 5 Ethernet cable.

Ethernet Ports

Chapter 2: Product Installation

At factory default settings, a pair of TPL-305E3-Port200Mbps Powerline AV adapters can be installed into any room in your home or small office with a wall power outlet, without the need for additional software or configuration. To create a simple powerline network using a pairTPL-305Epowerline adapters, simply plug one of yourTPL-305Eadapters into a wall power outlet in one room and plug the otherTPL-305Eadapter into an available wall power outlet in another room to establish connectivity between the two rooms.

In order to share Internet connectivity through your powerline adapters, it is ideal to install at least one powerline adapter in the room where your modem and router are located and connect the powerline adapter to one of your router’s LAN ports via Ethernet. Any additional powerline adapters that are installed and connected in other rooms will then share Internet connectivity through your router. Once the powerline adapters are connected to each other through the electrical system, any additional devices such as computers or network appliances (e.g. Game Console, Blu-rayplayer, IP Set Top Box, network enabled TV, etc.) connected to any of your powerline adapters via Ethernet can then communicate to each other as well as share Internet connectivity through your router.

The example diagram shows a typical powerline network configuration in a home environment with 3 powerline adapters installed in different rooms. The orange line represents the powerline connectivity established through your home’s electrical system and the blue lines represent Cat. 5, 5e, 6 Ethernet connectivity to your network enabled appliances such as a computer, router, or IP set top box connected to your television.

2.1 Initial Installation

The procedure describes how to create a basic powerline network between a pair of TPL-305Epowerline adapters and share Internet connection through a router to computers or network appliances in another room.

Assuming your router is already installed and configured for Internet connectivity and the TPL305E powerline adapters are at factory default settings.

1.Plug one of the TPL-305Epowerline adapters into an available wall power outlet in the room where your router is located.

Warning: Do not plug the powerline adapter into a power strip that has surge protection. Doing so will degrade power line performance. For best performance, plug all powerline adapters directly into a wall power outlet.

2.Connect one end of the Ethernet Cable into one of the Ethernet ports located at the bottom of the TPL-305Eand connect the other end of the Ethernet cable into one of the router’s LAN ports.

3.Plug the second TPL-305Epowerline adapter into an available wall power outlet in another room where your computer or network appliance (e.g. Game Console,Blu-rayplayer, IP Set Top Box, network enabled TV, etc.) is located.

4.Connect one end of the Ethernet Cable into one of the Ethernet ports located at the bottom of the second TPL-305Eand the other end of the Ethernet cable into the Ethernet port on your computer or network appliance (e.g. Game Console,Blu-rayplayer, IP Set Top Box, network enabled TV, etc.).

5.To verify connectivity between the TPL-305Epowerline adapters, make sure that the PL LED on eachTPL-305Eis on solid (Green, Amber, Red). Please refer to the LED section 1.5 for details on the LED indicator.

6.You have successfully created a basic powerline network between a pair of TPL-305Epowerline adapters. All computers or network appliances connected to the powerline adapters via Ethernet can now communicate to each other as well as access the Internet.

2.2 Securing your Powerline Network

The TPL-305E3-Port200Mbps Powerline AV Adapter has a default network name/security key assignment of “HomePlugAV”. When connecting a pair ofTPL-305Epowerline adapters, both powerline adapters will be assigned the default network/security key which allows theTPL-305Epowerline adapters to establish connectivity through your home or small office’s electrical system without the need for additional software or configuration. For added security, the default network name/security key can be modified using theTPL-305ESync buttoncovered in the following section or through the use of the Powerline Configuration Utility in Chapter 4.

Note: The default network name/security key assigned to the TPL-305Eis “HomePlugAV”. All powerline adapters in the same powerline network must have the same network name/security key in order to establish connectivity. If the network name/security keys are not the same for all powerline adapters on the same powerline network, the adapter will NOT establish connectivity. TRENDnet Powerline AV modelsTPL-303E,TPL-304E,TPL-305E,TPL310AP, andTPL-401Eall have the same default network name/security key assignment of “HomePlugAV”.

2.3 Changing the Network Name/Security Key using the Sync Button

The procedure describes how to change the network name/security key between a pair of TPL305E powerline adapters. This procedure can also be used to establish connectivity between two powerline adapters that are currently disconnected and change the default network name/security key simultaneously.

Assuming your TPL-305Epowerline adapters are already plugged into wall power outlets and either currently connected or disconnected to each other.

1.Push and hold the Sync button on one of theTPL-305Epowerline adapters for 10 seconds and release it. All LEDs will turn off and turn back on. This will erase the current network name/security key assigned to the first powerline adapter.

2.Push and hold the Sync button on the otherTPL-305Epowerline adapter for 10 seconds and release it. All LEDs will turn off and turn back on. This will erase the current network name/security key assigned to the second powerline adapter.

3.Push and hold the Sync button on the firstTPL-305Epowerline adapter for 2 seconds and release it. The PWR LED will start blinking. This will initiate sync/connection and generate a random network name/security key assignment to the first powerline adapter.

4.Within 2 minutes (120 sec), push and hold the Sync button on the secondTPL-305Epowerline adapter for 2 seconds and release it. The PWR LED will start blinking. This will establish connectivity between the two powerline adapters by assigning the second powerline adapter’s network name/security key to match the network name/security key of the first powerline adapter.

5.To verify connectivity between the two powerline adapters, make sure that the PL LED on each powerline adapter is on solid (Green, Amber, Red). Please refer to the LED section 1.5 for details on the LED indicator.