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NETCOMM GATEWAY™ SERIES

ADSL2+ Wireless N300 Modem Router

NB304N

USER GUIDE

NETCOMM GATEWAY™ SERIES – NB304N – ADSL2+ Wireless N300 Modem Router

Copyright

Copyright©2011 NetComm Limited. All rights reserved.

The information contained herein is proprietary to NetComm Limited. No part of this document may be translated, transcribed, reproduced, in any form, or by any means without prior written consent of NetComm Limited.

Please note: This document is subject to change without notice.

Save Our Environment

When this equipment has reached the end of its useful life, it must be taken to a recycling centre and processed separately from domestic waste.

The cardboard box, the plastic contained in the packaging, and the parts that make up this device can be recycled in accordance with regionally established regulations. Never dispose of this electronic equipment along with your household waste. You may be subject to penalties or sanctions under the law. Instead, ask for disposal instructions from your municipal government.

Please be responsible and protect our environment.

This manual covers the following products:

NetComm NB304N

 

DOCUMENT VERSION

DATE

 

 

1.0 - Initial document release

01/09/2011

 

 

 

 

 

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Table of Contents

 

Overview ........................................................................................................................................................................................

4

Introduction ...................................................................................................................................................................................................

4

Target Users..................................................................................................................................................................................................

4

Prerequisites..................................................................................................................................................................................................

4

Notation ........................................................................................................................................................................................................

4

Product Introduction .....................................................................................................................................................................

5

Product Overview ..........................................................................................................................................................................................

5

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

5

Product Features...........................................................................................................................................................................................

5

Physical Dimensions and Indicators............................................................................................................................................

6

LED Indicators...............................................................................................................................................................................................

6

Physical Dimensions ......................................................................................................................................................................................

7

NB304N Default Settings ...............................................................................................................................................................................

7

Integrated Interfaces .....................................................................................................................................................................

8

Safety and Product Care...............................................................................................................................................................

9

Transport and Handling.................................................................................................................................................................

9

Installation and Configuration of the NB304N............................................................................................................................

10

Management Console Login Procedure .....................................................................................................................................

12

Management Console Menus .....................................................................................................................................................

12

Device Info ..................................................................................................................................................................................................

13

Basic Setup.................................................................................................................................................................................................

18

Advanced Setup..........................................................................................................................................................................................

18

Wireless ......................................................................................................................................................................................................

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Diagnostics .................................................................................................................................................................................................

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Management ...............................................................................................................................................................................................

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Technical Data.............................................................................................................................................................................

52

Electrical Specifications................................................................................................................................................................................

52

Environmental Specifications / Tolerances ....................................................................................................................................................

52

FAQ ..............................................................................................................................................................................................

53

Legal & Regulatory Information...................................................................................................................................................

54

Contact.........................................................................................................................................................................................

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Overview

Introduction

This manual provides information related to the installation, operation, and utilisation of the NB304N.

Target Users

The individual reading this manual is presumed to have a basic understanding of telecommunications terminology and concepts.

Prerequisites

Before continuing with the installation of your NB304N, please confirm that you comply with the minimum system requirements below.

An activated ADSL/ADSL2/ADSL2+ broadband service.

Computer with Windows, Macintosh, or Linux-based operating systems with a working Ethernet adapter with TCP/IP Protocol installed.

A Web Browser such as Internet Explorer, Netscape Navigator, Mozilla Firefox, Opera, Safari etc.

Wireless Computer System Requirements:

o Computer with a working 802.11b, 802.11g or 802.11n wireless adapter.

Notation

The following symbols are utilised in this user manual:

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The following note requires attention

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The following note provides a warning

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The following note provides relevant information

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Product Introduction

Product Overview

Connects you to high-speed ADSL2+ broadband

Creates a powerful wireless hotspot supporting multiple Wi-Fi devices

Includes 4 Ethernet LAN ports for multiple wired connections

Wireless N access point for speeds of up to 300Mbps

USB port to connect an external hard drive

IPv6 Support

Advanced security

Simple setup

1.Speeds are dependent on network coverage. See your 3G provider coverage maps for more details. The total number of Wi-Fi users can also affect data speeds. Maximum wireless signal rate and coverage values are derived from IEEE Standard 802.11g and 802.11n specifications. Actual wireless speed and coverage are dependent on network and environmental conditions included but not limited to volume of network traffic, building materials and construction/layout.

Package Contents

The NB304N package consists of:

NetComm NB304N – ADSL Wi-Fi Router

12VDC~1.5A Power Adapter

RJ-45 LAN Cable

RJ-11 Telephone Cable

Quick Setup Guide

Warranty Card

If any of these items are missing or damaged, please contact NetComm Support immediately by visiting the NetComm Support website at: http://www.netcomm.com.au/contact-us/technical-support

Product Features

The NetComm NB304N ADSL2+ Wireless N300 Modem Router allows you to connect to a broadband Internet service and share the connection with multiple users as well as including a host of other features that exist to make your experience as seamless as possible.

With a built-in Wireless N access point providing speeds of up to 300Mbps, multiple users are able to connect any Internet enabled device to the NB304N without wires and access the Internet from a location convenient to them. On top of this, the NB304N also comes with a built-in 4 port Ethernet switch, allowing for other devices to access the Internet over a wired connection.

The NB304N also offers IPv6 support, the latest generation of Internet addressing. This means the NB304N is future proofed against the upcoming exhaustion of the IPv4 address space.

The NetComm NB304N ADSL2+ Wireless N300 Modem Router has a number of handy features that assist in delivering you the best possible user experience. These include a WPS push button that allows for an easy set-up of your wireless network, a push button to easily turn your wireless signal on and off, advanced security options to ensure your network remains safe and an easy to navigate web interface if you need to change any settings.

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Physical Dimensions and

Indicators

LED Indicators

The NB304N has been designed to be placed on a desktop. All of the cables exit from the rear for better organization. The display is visible on the front of the NB304N to provide you with information about network activity and the device status. See below for an explanation of each of the indicator lights.

LED INDICATOR

ICON

 

 

COLOUR

 

DEFINITION

 

 

 

 

Off

 

 

Router is not powered on

Power

 

 

 

Red

 

Router is starting up

 

 

 

 

Green

 

 

Router is operating normally

 

 

 

 

Off

 

Router is not connected to an xDSL service

DSL

 

 

 

Green

 

 

Router is connected to an xDSL service

 

 

 

 

 

Flashing

 

Router is connecting to an xDSL service

 

 

 

 

Off

 

 

Router is not connected to the Internet

Internet

 

 

 

Red

 

Router is unable to connect to the internet with the current configuration details

 

 

 

Green

 

 

Router is connected to the internet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flashing

 

Data is being transmitted or received via the Internet connection

 

 

 

 

Off

 

 

No device connected to the LAN port

 

LAN1-LAN4

 

 

 

Green

 

Device connected to the LAN port

 

 

 

 

Flashing

 

 

Data is being transmitted or received on the LAN port

 

 

 

 

Off

 

Wi-Fi function is disabled

WLAN

 

 

 

Green

 

 

Wi-Fi function is enabled

 

 

 

 

Flashing

 

Data is being transmitted or received via the Wi-Fi network

 

 

 

 

Off

 

 

WPS function is disabled

 

WPS

 

 

 

Green

 

WPS function is enabled

 

 

 

 

Flashing

 

 

WPS function is attempting to connect to a device

 

 

 

 

Off

 

No USB device is plugged in

USB

 

 

 

Green

 

 

USB device plugged in

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Flashing

 

Data is being transmitted or received from the attached USB device

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Physical Dimensions

The following page lists the physical dimensions of the NB304N.

 

NB304N

Length

 

181 mm

Height

 

135 mm

Width

 

26 mm

Weight

 

245 grams

NB304N Default Settings

The following tables list the default settings for the NB304N.

 

LAN (MANAGEMENT)

Static IP Address:

 

192.168.1.1

Subnet Mask:

 

255.255.255.0

Default Gateway:

 

192.168.1.1

 

WIRELESS (WI-FI)

SSID:

 

NetComm Wireless

Security:

 

WPA2-PSK

Security Key:

 

a1b2c3d4e5

 

NB304N WEB INTERFACE ACCESS

Username:

 

admin

Password:

 

admin

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Integrated Interfaces

The following integrated interfaces are available on the NB304N:

INTERFACE

FUNCTION

Antenna

Wi-Fi Antenna

DSL

Attach a telephone line with an active xDSL service here

 

 

WLAN

Press this button to enable or disable the Wi-Fi function of the NB304N

RESET

Hold this button down for 10 seconds or more to reset the NB304N to factory defaults

 

 

WPS

Press this button to enable the WPS push-button connect function

LAN1-LAN4

Attach Ethernet based devices

 

 

USB

Attach an external USB storage device to share content with connected devices

Power (12V)

Power connector, connects to a DC 12V 1.5A Power Adapter

 

 

Power

Turn the NB304N on or off

Antenna

Wi-Fi Antenna

 

 

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Safety and Product Care

With reference to unpacking, installation, use and maintenance of your electronic device, the following basic guidelines are recommended:

Do not use or install this product near water to avoid fire or shock hazard. For example, near a bathtub, kitchen sink, laundry tub, or near a swimming pool. Also, do not expose the equipment to rain or damp areas (e.g. a wet basement).

Do not connect the power supply cord on elevated surfaces. Allow it to lie freely. There should be no obstructions in its path and no heavy items should be placed on the cord. In addition, do not walk on, step on or mistreat the cord.

To safeguard the equipment against overheating, make sure that all openings in the unit that offer exposure to air are unobstructed.

WARNING

Disconnect the power line from the device before servicing.

Transport and Handling

When transporting the NB304N, it is recommended to return the product in the original packaging. This ensures the product will not be damaged.

In the event the product needs to be returned, ensure it is securely packaged with appropriate padding to prevent damage during courier transport.

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Installation and Configuration of

the NB304N

Placement of your NB304N

The wireless connection between your NB304N and your Wi-Fi devices will be stronger the closer your connected devices are to your NB304N. Your wireless connection and performance will degrade as the distance between your NB304N and connected devices increases. This may or may not be directly noticeable, and is greatly affected by the individual installation environment.

If you have concerns about your network’s performance that might be related to range or obstruction factors, try moving the computer to a position between three to five meters from the NB304N in order to see if distance is the problem.

Please note: While some of the items listed below can affect network performance, they will not prohibit your wireless network from functioning; if you are concerned that your network is not operating at its maximum effectiveness, this

checklist may help.

If you experience difficulties connecting wirelessly between your Wi-Fi Devices and your NB304N, please try the following steps:

In multi-storey homes, place the NB304N on a floor that is as close to the centre of the home as possible. This may mean placing the NB304N on an upper floor.

Try not to place the NB304N near a cordless telephone that operates at the same radio frequency as the NB304N (2.4GHz).

Avoid obstacles and interference

Avoid placing your NB304N near devices that may emit radio “noise,” such as microwave ovens. Dense objects that can inhibit wireless communication include:

Refrigerators

Washers and/or dryers

Metal cabinets

Large aquariums

Metallic-based, UV-tinted windows

If your wireless signal seems weak in some spots, make sure that objects such as those listed above are not blocking the signal’s path (between your devices and the NB304N).

Cordless Phones

If the performance of your wireless network is impaired after considering the above issues, and you have a cordless phone:

Try moving cordless phones away from your NB304N and your wireless-enabled computers.

Unplug and remove the battery from any cordless phone that operates on the 2.4GHz band (check manufacturer’s information). If this fixes the problem, your phone may be interfering with the NB304N.

If your phone supports channel selection, change the channel on the phone to the farthest channel from your wireless network. For example, change the phone to channel 1 and move your NB304N to channel 11. See your phone’s user manual for detailed instructions.

If necessary, consider switching to a 900MHz or 5GHz cordless phone.

Choose the “Quietest” Channel for your Wireless Network

In locations where homes or offices are close together, such as apartment buildings or office complexes, there may be wireless networks nearby that can conflict with your wireless network. Use the Site Survey capabilities found in the Wireless Utility of your wireless adapter to locate any other wireless networks that are available (see your wireless adapter’s user manual), and switch your Router and computers to a channel as far away from other networks as possible.

Experiment with more than one of the available channels, in order to find the clearest connection and avoid interference from neighbouring cordless phones or other wireless devices.

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Hardware installation

1.Connect the power adapter to the Power socket on the back of the NB304N.

2.Plug the power adapter into the wall socket and switch on the power.

3.Wait approximately 60 seconds for the NB304N to power up.

Connecting via a cable

1.Connect the yellow Ethernet cable provided to one of the ports marked ‘LAN’ at the back of the NB304N.

2.Connect the other end of the yellow Ethernet cable to your computer.

3.Wait approximately 30 seconds for the connection to establish.

4.Open your Web browser, and enter http://192.168.1.1 into the address bar and press enter.

5.Follow the steps to set up your NB304N.

Connecting wirelessly

1.Ensure Wi-Fi is enabled on your device (computer/laptop/Smartphone).

2.Scan for wireless networks in your area and connect to the network name that matches the Wireless network name configured on the NB304N.

Please note: The default Wireless network name is “NetComm Wireless”

3. When prompted for your wireless security settings, enter the Wireless security key configured on the NB304N.

Please note: The default Wireless Security key is “a1b2c3d4e5”

4.Wait approximately 30 seconds for the connection to establish.

5.Open your Web browser, and enter http://192.168.1.1 into the address bar and press enter.

6.Follow the steps to set up your NB304N.

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Management Console Login

Procedure

To log in to the management console and view the status or make changes to your NB304N configuration, please follow the steps below:

1.Open your web browser (e.g. Internet Explorer/Firefox/Safari) and navigate to http://192.168.1.1

2.Enter the default username and password of “admin” (without the quotes) and click “OK”.

Management Console Menus

The Management Console offers the following menu items:

Device Info

Basic Setup

Advanced Setup

Wireless

Diagnostics

Management

These functions vary from viewing statistics and information about your NB304N to changing it’s configuration. Click on a menu item to access the respective page.

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Device Info

The device info menu provides information and statistics about the NB304N and the currently configured network connections and hosts.

Summary

The summary page provides an overview of the current operating parameters used by your NB304N. You can use this check your firmware version or network connection information, such as your current Internet IP address or Internet connection speed as shown below.

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WAN

The WAN page displays a summary of the WAN connection settings and your WAN IP address (if applicable).

Statistics

Statistical information is provided and displayed broken down by network connection and type of connection. Please see the following pages for an explanation of each these items.

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LAN

The LAN page displays information about computers or devices connected to the NB304N either by an Ethernet cable or via wireless.

WAN Service

The WAN page displays information about the WAN connection in use by the NB304N. An entry will be shown for each configured connection.

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xTM

The Asynchronous Transfer Mode (ATM) page shows information about the currently configured ATM interface.

xDSL

The xDSL page shows information about the currently configured xDSL connection and connection conditions.

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Route

The Route page lists the current routing table entries.

ARP

The Address Resolution Protocol (ARP)page shows the current ARP table entries.

DHCP

The DHCP page lists the current DHCP leases in use on the NB304N.

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