Network setup menu description (firmware version 1.0.1)
(this is a first attempt, a 'living/growing' document)
The settings in this menu are only applicable when you have connected your Mede8er with a wired lan utp cable to your network, or with a Mede8er Wifi dongle
to your network.
The first version came without a WPS button on it. Latest version has WPS button.
See this topic
for some pictures.Mede8er Wifi dongle specsWired Lan Setup (DHCP IP Auto / FIX IP Manual)
Choose DHCP IP Auto if your Mede8er is connected by wired utp lan cable to a network router that has a built in DHCP server functionality that is enabled. (most routers have). Your Mede8er will get automatically an IP address then to be able to setup communication over your network. Leave the DNS server IP address default, only change this if you want to change this manually and not filled by DHCP protocol automatically. When DHCP setup is successful, you will see an IP address here, If not you will see the message DHCP Not ready. Then check your cable (link led on), check your router DHCP setting, hard-reset your Mede8er by unplugging DC-jack, power cycle your router.
Choose Fix IP Manual if your want to set your Mede8er IP-address manually. Fill in the IP address (should be unique, non existing on your network), subnet address (leave it standard 255.255.255.0 is just right for most home networks), fill in gateway address (ip address of your router if you have one, DNS server if you have one or supplied by your internet provider.
Using fixed ip configuration is used for: direct mede8er to pc connections with a wired utp crosscable, mede8er to hub/switch to PC connections without a DHCP (router)-server available and for the more experienced user to setup network parameters manually.
When you have setup your Mede8er IP-address (both manually or by DHCP method), you can verify functionality by opening a dos box on your PC and typing ping <ip-address seen on Mede8er setup menu>. When setup correctly you should see a response.Wireless Setup
Can only be used when there is a wireless WIFI dongle plugged into one of your USB ports and you have a wireless router or access point in signal reach of your Mede8er. Could also be a direct Wifi connection on your PC by USB Wifi dongle or other adapter.
Use the supplied USB extension that came with the Mede8er always, using this it will improve wireless signal quality.
When selecting wireless setup a new screen will open showing all available Wifi networks with their SSID names.
Select the desired Wireless Access Point or press the red button to use Advanced Config mode.
When not using advanced config mode, now select the desired SSID access point name.
When using WPA or WEP security on your router, a new screen will open with a virtual keyboard. Now enter your WPA or WEP key that you have configured in your wireless router/Access Point. Confirm your input.
Now you will see Testing on the screen and when a succesfull connection can be made, you will see the configured network configuration on the screen. Confirm with the enter button on your remote and your wifi connection is enabled.
Use advanced config mode if you want to:
- setup manually an SSID (when you use hidden SSID config mode in your wireless router/Access Point)
- setup using WPS button on your router and Wifi USB dongle (you need to have a wifi dongle latest type with WPS button on it to use this feature)
- don't want to use DHCP to setup your ip configuration but rather setup Wifi connection and ip configuration manually (only for experts)PPPoE Setup
PPPoE connection allows the Mede8er authenticate itself (user name, password, DNS) on ADSL so you can have multiple ISP accounts running concurrently.
This is useful in bandwidth-starved countries such as SA where you use one expensive low-latency ISP account for gaming, one cheap local-only account for surfing domestic internet sites and downloading email from local POPs, a Pay-As-You-Go account for the kids.
How to setup this section, please check your Internet Provider configuration parameters for PPPoE.NAS Mode (Off / On)
Set this option to On if you have an internal disk in your Mede8er and you want to be able to access it over the network.
When enabled you can reach your Mede8er by browsing to it in Windows File Explorer under the network icon.
Or you can type \\hostname in your Internet Explorer window (e.g. \\mede8er if you left the hostname setting on default).
Warning: don't use Filezilla browser, this method seems not to work with this browser.
When you have connected to your Mede8er you will see an icon call HDD1 which is the internal disk of your Mede8er.
You are now able to do all the usual things, like creating maps, copy files to it and deleting or renaming files.Host Name
Option to set a preferred hostname. The default is Mede8er. If you use multiple mede8ers in your network, each mede8er needs to have its own different hostname.