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www .zyxel.com www .zyxel.com PLA4205 500 Mbp s Powerline Ethernet Adapter Copyright © 201 1 ZyXEL Communications Corporation Edition 1, 5/2011.
About This User's Gui de PLA4205 User’s Guide 3 About This User's Guide Intended Audience This manual is intended for people who want to configure the PLA4205 using the PLA42xx Series Configuration Utility version 5.2.0. Y ou should ha ve your basic Internet access or home network already set up.
Document Conventions PLA4205 User’s Gui de 4 Document Conventions W arnings and Notes These are how warnings and notes are shown in this User’ s Guide.
Document Conventions PLA4205 User’s Guide 5 Icons Used in Figures Figures in this User’s Guide ma y use the following generic icons. The icons used may not be an exact representation of your device.
Safety Warnings PLA4205 User’s Gui de 6 Safety Warnings • Do NOT use this pro duct near water , for example, i n a wet basement or near a swimming pool. • Do NOT expose y our device to da mpness, dust or c orrosive liquids. • Do NOT stor e things on the device.
Table of Contents PLA4205 User’s Guide 7 Table of Contents About This User's Guide ................................................. ..................................................... .... 3 Document Conventions ........ ....................
Table of Contents PLA4205 User’s Gui de 8 4.1.2 Device Acces s Key (DAK) ...................... ... ............. ................ ................ ............. ....... 27 4.2 S tarting the Configuration Utility ................ ................ ..
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PLA4205 User’s Guide 11 C HAPTER 1 Introducing the PLA4205 1.1 Overview This chapter introduces the main applications an d features of the PLA4205 HomePlug AV compliant powerline adapter . See Appendix A on pa ge 75 for detailed product specifications.
Chapter 1 Introducing the PLA420 5 PLA4205 User’s Gui de 12 R efer to your Quick Start Guide for hardware connection information. Refer to Appendix A on page 75 for wall mounting instructions. 1.3 W ays to Manage the PLA4205 Use the ENCRYPT button to add powerline devices to your powerline network if they have this button.
Chapter 1 Introducing the PLA4205 PLA4205 User’s Guide 13 If your devices do not have the ENCRYPT button , use the PLA42xx Series Co nfiguration Utility to set up security on the PLA4205. Although the PLA4205 is a “plug-and-play” network expanding solution there are several reasons for enabling se curity on the powerline network in your home.
PLA4205 User’s Guide 14 C HAPTER 2 Installing the Utility This chapter guides you through the installation of the configur ation utility for your PLA4205. 2.1 Overview of the Inst allation Process The installation of the configur ation utility does the following: 1 Checks for and installs Microsoft’ s .
Chapter 2 Installing the Utility PLA4205 User’s Guide 15 1 Insert the included CD-ROM into your comp uter’ s CD-ROM drive. The Setup utility runs automatically . Alternatively this can also be done manually by double clicking the setup.exe file on the CD.
Chapter 2 Installing the Utility PLA4205 User’s Gui de 16 4 If you want the utility to be only availabl e to the currently logged in user , select Onl y for me(.
Chapter 2 Installing the Utility PLA4205 User’s Guide 17 When you plug the PLA4205 into an electric socket, it waits for an Ethernet connection. When no connection is detected after sixty (60) seconds, the Power LED blinks indic ating that it is going into Low Power mode.
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PLA4205 User’s Guide 21 C HAPTER 3 The ENCRYPT Button Use the ENCRYPT button to automatically set up a secure powerline connection between your powerline devices.
Chapter 3 The ENCRYPT Button PLA4205 User’s Gui de 22 2 Press the ENCRYPT button at the side of your powerline device for 1~2 seconds. The power ( ) light will blink as the powerline device tries to set up a connection. Figure 7 ENCRYPT Connection Procedure Note: The ENCRY PT button’ s location v aries for each Powerl ine model.
Chapter 3 The ENCRYPT Button PLA4205 User’s Guide 23 5 Then repeat steps 2 and 3 in this section using any powerline device ( A or B ) you have connected using ENCRYPT and the powerline device you w ant to connect ( C ). Y ou must use the ENC RYPT button on both devices.
Chapter 3 The ENCRYPT Button PLA4205 User’s Gui de 24 F or example, you hav e already set up a powerline network in y our home ( A ) which accesses a printer ( B ). Now you want a separate powerline network connection from your laptop to your printer ( C ).
Chapter 3 The ENCRYPT Button PLA4205 User’s Guide 25 4 Check the L EDs on both ( A ) and ( C ). When the power ( ) and HomePlug ( ) light s stop blinking and the power ( ) light shines steadily , the devices are connected. Figure 10 T wo Separate Powerline Networks Congratulations.
PLA4205 User’s Guide 26 C HAPTER 4 The Configuration Utility 4.1 Overview This chapter shows you how to use the Configuration Utility (or Utility) to secure, manage and set up Quality of Service (QoS) on your powerline network. The PLA4205 is designed as a plug-and -play networ k expanding solution.
Chapter 4 The Configuration Utility PLA4205 User’s Guide 27 By default the PLA4205s are all configured with the network name HomePlugAV , this allows y ou to simply plug the devices in and not worry about se tting up security .
Chapter 4 The Con figuration Utility PLA4205 User’s Gui de 28 Note: Use the icon to view online he lp information in each screen of the utility . Figure 13 Configuration Screen The following table describes the labels in this screen.
Chapter 4 The Configuration Utility PLA4205 User’s Guide 29 4.4 Firmware Screen Use the Firmware screen to update the firmware on the PLA4205 directly connected to the computer running the configuration utility . Firmware is the software which is embedded in the PLA4205.
Chapter 4 The Con figuration Utility PLA4205 User’s Gui de 30 Note: Be sure to upload the correct mode l firmw are as uploading the wrong model firmw are ma y damag e your devi ce.
Chapter 4 The Configuration Utility PLA4205 User’s Guide 31 The following table describes the labels in this screen. 4.6 Advanced Screen Note: This f eature is only available with the latest version utility . Go t o the Z yXEL webs ite to download the latest utility and firm ware for your Z yXEL HomePlug AV adapter .
Chapter 4 The Con figuration Utility PLA4205 User’s Gui de 32 messages FROM your powerline adapter are sent in your powerline network. T ransmissions TO y our powerline adapter do not receive an y priority .
Chapter 4 The Configuration Utility PLA4205 User’s Guide 33 • Although device E receives audio or movie files, it does not send a lot of traffic, so the powerline adaptor attached to it can be set to a low priority .
Chapter 4 The Con figuration Utility PLA4205 User’s Gui de 34 The following table describes the labels in this screen. 4.7 About Screen Use the About screen to view information regarding the configuration utility and firmw are version of the PLA4205 you are connected to.
Chapter 4 The Configuration Utility PLA4205 User’s Guide 35 The following table describes the labels in this screen. T able 7 About Screen LABEL DESCRIPTION Utility version: This field displays the soft ware version of the configuration utilit y .
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PLA4205 User’s Guide 37 C HAPTER 5 Powerline Network Setup Tutorial 5.0.1 Overview Use this tutorial to expand your existing powerline network. After setting up your first home powerline netwo rk (i.
Chapter 5 Powerlin e Network Setup Tutorial PLA4205 User’s Gui de 38 5.0.3 Accessing Y our Powerline Adapter 1 Plug the powerline adapter you w ant to add to yo ur network into a power socket and, if n eeded, switch the power socket on. Figure 19 Plug Y our P owerline Adapter into a Power Socket 2 Connect the powerline adapter to your computer .
Chapter 5 Powerline Network Setup Tutorial PLA4205 User’s Guide 39 5.0.4 Adding a Powerline Adapter This section shows you how to add a new powerlin e adapter to expand yo ur existing network. The figure below shows the family computer with Internet access on a powerline network.
Chapter 5 Powerlin e Network Setup Tutorial PLA4205 User’s Gui de 40 3 Select your adapter by selecting Local and type the network name for your existing network in the Network Name field ( C ). Figure 24 Adding an Adapter to an Existing Network 4 Click Save and click OK on the pop-up.
Chapter 5 Powerline Network Setup Tutorial PLA4205 User’s Guide 41 Internet access but with a media adapter such as the Z yXEL DMA-1100P y ou can use your TV to watch movies and play games which are stored on a computer .
Chapter 5 Powerlin e Network Setup Tutorial PLA4205 User’s Gui de 42 5.0.6 Splitting a Network into T wo Networks This section shows you how to split your existing network into two netwo rks. This is useful if you want to set up a second powerline network in yo ur home, for example, in your study connecting a laptop and printer .
Chapter 5 Powerline Network Setup Tutorial PLA4205 User’s Guide 43 • Then type the new network name in the Network Name field. Figure 29 Adding an Adapter to Y our New Network 4 Click Save. • If you do not type the DAK password or type it incorrectly either of the following pop-ups appear .
Chapter 5 Powerlin e Network Setup Tutorial PLA4205 User’s Gui de 44 5 The settings for the adapter will now grey out and the adapter will disappear from the table after a few minutes.
Chapter 5 Powerline Network Setup Tutorial PLA4205 User’s Guide 45 • Check you ha ve entered the correct network name for your networ k. • Check your powerline adapter is connected to the same electrical circuit as other powerline adapters on your network.
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PLA4205 User’s Guide 47 C HAPTER 6 LEDs and Troubleshooting This chapter describes the behavior of the LEDs (lights) and offers some suggestions to solve problems you might encounter . 6.1 LEDs The following sections describes the lights on the PLA4205.
Chapter 6 LEDs and Troublesh ooting PLA4205 User’s Gui de 48 The following table describes the behavior of the lights on the PLA4205. 6.2 Power and Light Problems The PLA4205 does not turn on. None of the lights turn on. 1 Make sure you are using the power cord included with the PLA4205.
Chapter 6 LEDs and Troubleshooting PLA4205 User’s Guide 49 3 Disconnect and re-connect the power cord to the PLA4205. 4 R emove the powerline adapter from the outlet. Then connect an electrical device that you know works into the same power outlet. This checks the status of th e power outlet.
Chapter 6 LEDs and Troublesh ooting PLA4205 User’s Gui de 50 The POWER and HomePlug light bl ink at the same time. • Y ou have pressed the ENCRYPT button for more than three seconds. T ry setting up a connection again, this time pressing the ENCRYPT buttons on both devices for less than three seconds.
Chapter 6 LEDs and Troubleshooting PLA4205 User’s Guide 51 3 Y our powerline adapters may be placed close to electrical devices such as electrical insect-killers which produce radio wa ves. These may interfere wi th the powerline signals. Move the adapters further awa y from such electrical devices.
Chapter 6 LEDs and Troublesh ooting PLA4205 User’s Gui de 52 The POWER lights on both devices blink, then many lig hts blink and the HomePlug light b links red. Do not worry , the connection process is proceeding normally . The POWER lights on both devices finished blin king, but only one devi ce’ s HomePlug light is on.
PLA4205 User’s Guide 53 A PPENDIX A Legal Information Copyright Copyright © 2011 by Z yXEL Communications Corporation. The contents of this publication may not be repr oduced in any part or as a wh.
Appendix A Legal Information PLA4205 User’s Gui de 54 • This device must accept any interference re ceiv ed, including interference that may cause undesired oper ations. This device has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device pursuant to P art 15 of the FCC Rules.
Appendix A Legal Informa tion PLA4205 User’s Guide 55 This Class B digital apparatus complies with Canadian ICES-003. Cet appareil numérique de la classe B est conforme à la norme NMB-003 du Canada. Viewing Certifications 1 Go to http://www .zyxel.
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Index PLA4205 User’s Guide 57 Index Symbols .NET Framework 14 A about screen 34 Advanced Encryption Standard, see AES 11 AES 12 , 26 AES (Advanced Encryption Standard) 11 applications 11 C certifica.
PLA4205 User’s Gui de 58 Index multiple networks 13 N network example 26 network information 30 P Par ameter Information Block, see PIB 29 passwords 26 , 28 , 29 types of 12 PIB (P arameter Informat.
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PLA4205 User’s Gui de 60 Index.
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