Gateway PLE-310, PLU-300 User Manual

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your Gateway Powerline Adapter

user'sguide

PLU-300 & PLE-310

 

 

 

 

Installing

 

Configuring

 

 

 

 

 

Contents

1 Setting Up Your Powerline Adapter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1

Step 1: Installing the hardware and software . . . . . . . . . . 2 Installing the Powerline adapter driver . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Step 2: Adding the computer to the network . . . . . . . . . . 8 About network configurations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Naming the computers and the workgroup . . . . . . 10 Step 3: Configuring the TCP/IP protocol . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 Setting up a DHCP IP address for each computer . 21 Turning the powerline adapter off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Where to go from here . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Using your network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 27 Using the Powerline Adapter Configuration Utility . 27

2 Sharing Your Network Resources . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29

Sharing an Internet connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Sharing drives and printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Turning on Windows file and printer sharing

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Sharing drives or folders . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Un-sharing drives, folders, and files . . . . . . .

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Sharing printers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using the network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Viewing shared drives and folders . . . . . . . .

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Mapping a Network Drive . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Opening files across the network . . . . . . . . .

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Copying files across the network . . . . . . . . .

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Printing files across the network . . . . . . . . .

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3 Using the Powerline Adapter Configuration Utility . . 47

About the Powerline configuration utility . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using the Device tab settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using the Network tab settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using the Security tab settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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Using the Advanced tab settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . .

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4 Getting Help . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Technical Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 57

Automated troubleshooting system . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

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Telephone numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 58

A Safety, Regulatory, and Legal Information . . . . . . . . . 59

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Setting Up Your 1

Powerline

Adapter

Powerline adapters let you create a network using the existing electrical wiring in your home or office instead of installing Ethernet cables.

This chapter describes how to connect a Gateway USB to Powerline adapter or a Gateway Ethernet to Powerline adapter to your Windows computer and configure Windows for a powerline network. Complete these tasks in sequence:

“Step 1: Installing the hardware and software” on page 2.

“Step 2: Adding the computer to the network” on page 8.

“Step 3: Configuring the TCP/IP protocol” on page 20.

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Chapter 1: Setting Up Your Powerline Adapter

Step 1: Installing the hardware and software

Installing the Powerline adapter driver

Use the following instructions to:

Install the Powerline software on the computer that you want to use to manage the Powerline network

Connect the Powerline network adapter to an AC outlet

Connect the Powerline network adapter to your computer.

Before installing the Powerline device, make sure Important that there are no other network encryption

management utilities installed on your computer. If other utilities are installed, uninstall them before installing the Powerline adapter and software.

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Step 1: Installing the hardware and software

To install the Powerline adapter software and hardware

1Insert the Gateway Powerline Adapter CD in the computer’s CD or DVD drive. The installation program starts.

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2Click Install the software. The InstallShield Wizard starts.

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If you are installing the Gateway PLU-300 Ethernet adapter and the wizard does not start automatically, click Start, Run, type d:\plu-300\setup.exe in the Run box, then click OK. The InstallShield Wizard starts.

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If you are installing the Gateway PLE-310 Ethernet adapter and the wizard does not start automatically, click Start, Run, type d:\ple-310\setup.exe in the Run box, then click OK. The InstallShield Wizard starts.

3Click Next, then follow the on-screen instructions. During the installation:

If installing the software on Windows XP and a message tells you that the driver has not passed Windows Logo testing, click Continue Anyway. The device driver files are copied to the hard drive.

If installing the software on Windows 2000 and a a message tells you that no digital signature is found, click Yes. The device driver files are copied to the hard drive.

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Step 1: Installing the hardware and software

4When prompted to plug-in the Powerline adapter:

Plug the adapter into a AC power outlet

For the best network performance, we suggest Important plugging the adapter directly into an AC outlet and

not into a surge protector. The adapter has a built-in surge protector.

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Plug the USB or RJ-45 cable into the Powerline adapter

Plug the other end of the RJ-45 or USB cable into the computer

5 Continue following the on-screen instructions.

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6Click Finish to complete the installation.

7If a message asks you whether you want to restart your computer, click Yes to restart your computer now or click No to restart your computer later.

8After restarting the computer, the Gateway Power configuration utility icon appears on the computer desktop. For more information about using the utility, see “Using the Powerline Adapter Configuration Utility” on page 47.

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Step 2: Adding the computer to the network

About network configurations

After the Powerline software and hardware is installed, the next step is to determine how the computer with the powerline adapter will be added to network. There are a number of possible network configurations. The two common network configurations used with a Powerline network are:

Dynamic Host Control Protocol (DHCP) with a router - A DHCP network configuration uses a router to automatically assign IP addresses to each computer or network device. The network is made up of:

A router to connect the local area network (LAN) with the wide area network (WAN or broadband network).

A cable or DSL modem to provide access to the Internet

Your computers that are connected to form a network of computers

Powerline (electric cables) and Ethernet or USB cables connecting each of these components.

Cable/DSL modem

Router

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Internet Connection Sharing (ICS) - An ICS network configuration uses a host computer that assigns Internet Protocol (IP) addresses to each computer or network device and directs network communication between computers on the local area network (LAN) and the Internet. The network is made up of:

A host computer that has an Internet connection (one for the Internet and one for the LAN). The Internet connection can be a dial-up connection, cable modem, DSL, or other broadband Ethernet connection. The LAN connection can be wired (for example Powerline or Ethernet), wireless, or a USB Ethernet connection.

Other client computers

Dial-up, cable, or DSL modem to provide access to the Internet

Powerline (electric cables) and Ethernet cables connecting each of these components.

Dial-up/ Cable/DSL modem

Host computer

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Naming the computers and the workgroup

Each computer on the network must have a unique name and be identified as part of a workgroup. Naming each computer must be done individually on each computer.

If you have an existing network make sure that you give the new computers you are adding to the network the same workgroup name.

The Windows XP Network Setup Wizard steps you through the process of naming each computer, setting the network workgroup name, and other network settings. To name your computers and workgroup in Windows XP, go to “Naming the computers and the workgroup in Windows XP” on page 10.

To name your computers and workgroup in Windows 2000, go to “Naming the computers and the workgroup in

Windows 2000” on page 17.

To name your computers and workgroup in Windows 98SE or Windows Me, see “Naming the computers and the workgroup in Windows 98SE or Windows Me” on page 18.

Naming the computers and the workgroup in Windows XP

Use the Windows XP Network Setup Wizard to name each computer and workgroup as well as select other network settings in Windows XP.

The following example screens show the screens Important that typically appear in the course of using the

wizard. If your network situation differs from that used in this example, you may encounter additional screens or screens with different selections. Make sure that you read each screen in the wizard and make your selections based on your particular network situation.

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Step 2: Adding the computer to the network

To run the Windows XP Network Setup Wizard:

1Click Start, All Programs, Accessories, Communications, then click Network Setup Wizard. The Network Setup Wizard opens.

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Click the Network Setup Wizard icon on the Windows XP taskbar. The Network Setup Wizard opens.

2 Click Next to continue through the wizard.

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3Click Next. If the The wizard found disconnected network hardware screen opens, make sure that one end of the Ethernet or USB cable is connected to your computer and the other end is connected to a Gateway powerline adapter. Also, make sure that a router or computer is connected to your network and turned on.

The wizard found disconnected network hardware

Important screen will open if your computer also has wireless Ethernet networking built-in. If your computer has wireless Ethernet networking built-in, click Ignore disconnected network hardware, then click Next.

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4 Click Next. The Select a connection method screen opens.

5Click This computer connects to the Internet through another computer on my network or through a residential gateway, then click Next.

6If the Your computer has multiple connections screen opens, click Let me choose the connections to my network, then click Next.

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7On the Select the connections to bridge screen, click to select the Local Area Connection check box.

8Click Next. The Give this computer a description and name screen opens.

9Type a description of the computer in the Computer description box.

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10Type a unique computer name in the Computer name box. This name identifies the computer to other users on the network. Use a computer name of up to 15 characters with no blank spaces. Each computer name must be unique on your network. All-numeric computer names are not allowed. Names must contain some letters.

You must give each computer on the network a Important unique Computer Name and the same Workgroup

Name.

11 Click Next. The Name your network screen opens.

12Type a name for your workgroup in the Workgroup name box. Use a workgroup name of up to 15 characters with no blank spaces. The workgroup name must be the same for all computers in your network workgroup, and the name must be different than any computer name on your network.

13Click Next. The Ready to apply network settings screen opens.

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14Click Next to apply the network settings. The You’re almost done screen opens.

15If you are setting up networking on other computers, you may want to use the Network Setup Wizard to do so. Click a method for installing and configuring the network on your other computers or click Just finish the wizard; I don’t need to run the wizard on other computers.

16Click Next.

17Click Finish. After you name each computer and assign it to your workgroup, go to “Turning the powerline adapter off” on page 26.

Help and

Support

For more information about using the Network Setup Wizard in Windows XP, click Start, then click Help and Support.

Type the keyword Network Setup Wizard in the Search box , then click the arrow.

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Step 2: Adding the computer to the network

Naming the computers and the workgroup in Windows 2000

To identify a Windows 2000 computer on the network:

1Click Start, Settings, then click Control Panel. The

Control Panel window opens.

2Double-click the System icon. The System Identification dialog box opens.

3Click the Network Identification tab.

4Click Properties. The Identification Changes dialog box opens.

5Type a unique computer name in the Computer name box. This name identifies the computer to other users on the network. Use a computer name of up to 15 characters with no blank spaces. Each computer name must be unique on your network. All-numeric computer names are not allowed. Names must contain some letters.

You must give each computer on the network a Important unique Computer Name and the same Workgroup

Name.

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