Network Cloud Simulator

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This page allows you to configure network settings of your Meteoplug client. When you press "Download" and settings look ok a file named "config.tgz" will be presented for download. Please do as follows:

  1. Download file "config.tgz" as is (do not extract the archive) and put it onto a FAT formatted USB stick.
  2. Plug USB stick into the Meteoplug client (only TP-LINK TL-MR3020 and TL-WR703N are supported).
  3. Power cycle Meteoplug client
  4. When settings are ok, Meteoplug client will stop blinking after a while and the large LED will turn into steady on.
  5. When settings are not ok, Meteoplug client will fail to establisch an Internet connection and it will stay in fast blinking mode. Please try again with corrected network settings.

Type Of Connection

In this section you can specify whether Meteoplug should use "LAN" or "wireless LAN". When you select "wireless LAN" you have to provide some more information.

  • SSID is the name of the wireless LAN provided by the access point or router.
  • WLAN Region defines the geographical region your WLAN is located at. As frequencies and rules how to use these frequencies do change from region to region, it is important that you select the corect region to make sure your Meteoplug operates within agreed RF regulations. Simply select the country code that fits best to your current location.
  • Encryption must reflect the type of encryption vaild for your WLAN. Meteoplug supports
    • none, no encryption at all, which is not recommended to use
    • WEP Open System, WEP Shared Key encryption methods from the past and easy to hack today (also not recommended to use)
    • WPA PSK, an encryption method not so easy to hack (but also no longer recommended)
    • WPA2 PSK, an up-to-date encryption method, with good protection (recommended)
    • WPA/WPA2 mixed mode', which might make sense when you have WPA equipment in your WLAN not abble to run WPA2.
  • Mode defines specific 802.11 standard used in the WLAN. You can choose between
    • auto', let decide Meteoplug itself
    • 802.11b, the oldest and slowest standard up to 10 Mbps
    • 802.11g, a faster standard up to 50 Mbps
    • 802.11g+n, todays standard up to 100 Mbps and above
  • Passphrase is the password that grants access to your WLAN. Please don't use passwords with special characters, as these might not be handled correctly by the web interface.

Please also notice, that when your Meteoplug is configured in WLAN mode, it has also the LAN port configured to IP 192.168.1.111 to allow login via ethernet cable. When this IP is already used in your LAN, please do not have the Meteoplug connect via ethernet cable to your LAN, when the Meteoplug is configred in WLAN mode. Otherwise there will be network collisions between Meteoplug and your other device operating at 192.168.1.111.

IP Addresses

You can choose between two diffrent ways to provide the IP details for Meteoplug. When you select DHCP all needed data will be provided automatically from a DHCP server in the network. Meteoplug identifies itself as a DHCP client in the network and the DHCP server (mostly your router) does send all IP configuration data to it. If you don't select DHCP, you have to insert the following data manually:

  • IP is the IP address which is used in your local network to address Meteoplug. As most home networks are using a class C network, you have to make sure that all devices in your network have IPs from the same class C network, or to say it less technical, that the first three numbers separated by dots are the same.
  • Netmask defines the size of the subnet. A class C subnet as usually used in home networks always has a netmask of "255.255.255.0".
  • Gateway defines the IP in your local network that acts as a connector to the Internet. Normally this will be the LAN IP of your router.
  • DNS is the name server that should be used to translate domain names into IPs. In some stuations your router also acts as a DNS forwarder and handles DNS requests in your local network. If so, the IP of your router is a suitable DNS IP. If not you should use a DNS IP of your ISP or you can use google DNS which has easy to remember IP "8.8.8.8".

When you use Meteoplug in a non DHCP mode all these manual entries must be correct, otherwise you will not have Internet connection.

Proxy

Networks in larger companies or organizations might not provide direct Internet access, but have a proxy server that needs to be contacted in order to retrieve data from the internet. In such a situation, please select the Meteoplug proxy checkbox. You can insert the IP of the proxy server (not the name, it must be the IP) and the port number, where the proxy service is provided at). When your proxy also needs some username/password authentication, then you are out of luck, as Meteoplug can't handle that.

General Remarks on Networking

Meteoplug has very low demands on what your network has to provide. Communication to the Internet is purely done via HTTP requests on port 80. This is exactly what you need to reach out for the Internet with your browser. A rule of thumb is, that in any network where you can browse the Internet, Meteoplug should also be able to work properly. Some routers can be configured to block outgoing traffic on port 80. This firewall setting has to be released for the Meteoplug LAN IP, otherwise Meteoplug will not be able to connect to any weather network.

This page was last modified on 4 January 2013, at 12:54. This page has been accessed 17,977 times.