For detailed information about your specific router setup, please contact your router manufacturer. The following example complies to a WIFI Netgear N150 WNR1000 router.
Make sure all your physical equipment is connected properly. Each fixture must be connected with 1x power cable and 1x ethernet cable. Please make sure the power cable(s) are connected to wall sockets/power points, and that the ethernet cables from each fixture are connected to the router’s LAN-ports. We recommend using a router with DHCP-server, to enable automatic IP-assignment to all lights (but if desired, it is also possible to not use DHCP and set static IP to the light fixtures). Please download and read the "Reference Manuals on our download page" for further details.
Now, it's time to set up your router. The method of accessing your router and setting it up will vary depending on what brand/model/generation you have, but these guidelines below will give you a good outline to follow:
- Connect an Ethernet cable between your computer (network-port) and your router (any of the LAN-ports).
- Access the router with your computer. To do this, open any web-browser and type in the router’s IP-address in the address field (usually, the router's IP is: 192.168.1.1).
- Now, in the menu, go to the tab "BASIC" > "Wireless" > "Wireless Settings." Now you will see the options for Name (SSID), setting password, channel and security options (see image below).
- Name your network (to whatever you like).
- Choose your region.
- Choose the channel (do not choose automatic channel selection, as this is not supported by the light). If you are uncertain what channel to choose: Check the country frequency legislation regarding which channels are allowed. WIFI communication works best on an empty undisturbed channel. WIFI on the 2.4 GHz band is divided into 11 to 13 overlapping channels depending on country frequency legislation. This boils down to 3 non-overlapping channels, 1, 6 and 11. It's better for two routers (or access points) to share a channel than to have their channels overlapping on the edge. Two routers (or access points) sharing a channel can demodulate each other’s transmissions and share the bandwidth. When 2 channels overlap at the edge, it is just noise to both and will result in collisions, retransmits, and SNR degradation. An easy way to check how all WIFI-network channels look like in your area, is to use the app "WIFI-analyser" (freeware).
- Choose "WPA2-PSK [AES]" under "Security Options."
- Choose a personal passphrase (password for your WIFI-network).
- Go to the "Advanced" tab and type in an IP-range which covers the number of fixtures you have on your network (plus possible other equipment such as printers and computers). In the example below, we have set the IP-range between 192.168.1.2 ("Starting IP Address") and 192.168.1.99 ("Ending IP Address"). This means the router will deliver IP to a maximum of 98 devices (devices = lights, computers, printers, etc.).
- Make sure to set this range so that it covers the full amount of fixtures you have plus other equipment.
- Save your settings. If you have done everything correctly, your router will assign IP addresses to your light fixtures. So that they have addresses and are easily accessible manually or by Heliospectra's control software "helioCONNECT".
Setup router - for WIFI-lights (LX/RX models starting with serial number 002.005)
- Start with the procedure above.
- Navigate yourself to the WiFi settings in your router's web user interface.
- Now set the SSID to "HelioConfig", the password to "Conf5600K" and choose the region in which your lights are located in the world (geographically). NOTE: it is vital that you type in these exact numbers and letters correctly, including capitals to make your lights find the router wireless.
- Click "Apply" to save.
- Now the setup of your router is done.
NOTE ! After the router setup is done, don’t forget to also update and activate the WIFI-function in your lights [click this link for description].