Game Data Live Network - Client - TP-LINK


TP-Link CPE510 Client Setup

Game Data Live Networks use Access Points to add capacity and speed. An Access Point is basically a WiFi radio that attaches to your router with an ethernet cable. You can use Access Points to provide a WiFi signal closer to your iPad. You can provide power to an Access Point over the ethernet cable using a device called a Power Over Ethernet (POE) injector. We use an Access Point from TP-Link that they call the CPE510. It comes with its own Power Over Ethernet injector.

By now you should have configured a TP-Link CPE510 as an Access Point. This page shows you how to configure one as a Client. We generally use secondary CPE510s as clients to communicate with an Access Point mounted high on our press box. The Client is usually on the sideline or in the endzone. A CPE510 is a directional transmitter. Most of its transmit power is directed in a cone shaped region within a 45 degree span. With two CPE510s pointed at each other, you can create a strong connection between the Access Point and the Client. We use that to provide a solid WiFi connection to the field - over the sea of interfering cell phones. Once the Client is connected to the Access Point, you can turn off the Access Point's SSID broadcast so the cell phones won't know how to connect to the Access Point.

To configure a CPE510, the first thing you have to do is communicate with it. By factory default, you can get to that configuration system at http://192.168.0.254 using a browser. Before you can do that, you'll have to manually set the IP Address for your computer in the 192.168.0.x range where x is any number from 2 up to 253. On a Macintosh, you can do this using System Preferences / Network and it would look as follows:

Connect the CPE510 to your computer using an ethernet cable. On the CPE510, use the connector that is next to the ground screw. You will actually connect the CPE510 to the power over ethernet injector and connect the LAN side of the injector to your computer.

Enter "http://192.168.0.254" in your web browser to access the TP-LINK CPE510 configuration web site.

You should see something like :

The factory defaults for User Name and Password are "admin". Enter "admin" for both.

Under the Network tab, you can change the static IP address for this CPE510 to something that is easy to use and remember. My router assumes its network uses the 192.168.1.X address space, so I changed the Client's address to be 192.168.1.201. Remember, we put the Access Point at 192.168.1.200. That looks like this:

After you click on Apply, you'll lose your connection to the CPE510 because its address is out of your space.

To reconnect to the CPE510, change your Manual IP address on your computer to get it into the 192.168.1.x address space. On a Macintosh - use System Preferences / Network to do that. It should like this when you're done.

Now you can enter http://192.168.1.201 into your web browser to get access to the TP-LINK configuration web site again. Login again using admin for the user name and password.

You'll want to change the password to something that works for you. You'll find that under the System Tab.

You will also find the Firmware Update on the System Tab. If your firmware is not version 1.3.3 or later, you can download the latest firmware from TP-Link's website and then upload it to the device from your computer. Version 1.3.3 gives you more WiFi channels and Mac Address Filtering works better too.

Click on the Quick Setup Tab and then you should see this.

Click on the Client button and then click on the Next button at the bottom.

Click on the Next button at the bottom.

Use the Survey button to select the SSID and the MAC address of your Access Point, lock it to the Access Point, set the mode to 802.11n, enter the Access Point's password and set the Distance to 0.1. Click on Next !

Click on Finish.

 

You can now connect ethernet cables to your TP-Link CPE510 Client and communicate with other devices on the network. Wired devices can include an Access Point for WiFi access near the client or you can use Apple's Lightning to USB3 and USB to Ethernet adapters to connect an iPad over ethernet cable to the Client.

If your Access Point on the press box is only talking to CPE510 Clients, all 8 WiFi channels perform about the same. Choose a channel that is not in use in your stadium.

You can also disable the SSID Broadcast on your press box Access Point so cell phones will not try and connect to it.