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Introduction

This is the recommended step by step guide to creating and configuring a DS audio network using the recommended components. There are many different ways to do this but we recommend this as the most reliable, repeatable and robust method. By iteratively building the network, configuration problems can be avoided and hardware faults detected immediately. This technique allows the network to be constructed and tested, in isolation, before integrating into any existing network infrastructure. It is highly recommended that this approach be adopted.

Step1: Connect PC to Router


Connect the two devices directly using a standard ethernet cable (crossover is not necessary). Configure the PC's network adaptor (NIC) to obtain IP address automatically by DHCP. Disable any wireless NICs which are present on the PC. Configure the router to have an IP address of 192.168.72.1, and enable it's DHCP server to issue IP addresses in the range 192.168.72.100...200.

Step2: Connect PC, NAS and Router via Switch


Connect the Laptop, Router, and NAS to the ethernet switch as shown. Configure the NAS to obtain it's IP address automatically via DHCP and disable its DHCP server.

Step3: Add DS to Network


Connect the DS product to the ethernet switch as shown in the diagram. Switch on or power cycle the DS. When powered up, the DS display, or LED on its front panel, should flash for a few seconds then remain on continuously. If it continues to flash, this indicates that it has failed to obtain an IP address (via DHCP). If this happens, check all network connections and the router configuration.

Step4: Extend Network via Homeplugs


If Homeplugs are not being used this step may be skipped.

Insert the HomePlugs into electrical mains sockets as shown in the diagram. Disconnect the DS from the switch and reconnect it to one of the HomePlugs. Connect the other HomePlug to the switch. Power cycle the DS and verify that it gets assigned an IP address via DHCP from the router. If the DS does not get an IP address check all network connections and troubleshoot the HomePlugs if necessary.

Step5: Add Wireless Access Point (WAP)


If wireless control is not being used this step may be skipped.

Configure the WAP to obtain IP address automatically via DHCP. Connect the DS, HomePlug and WAP together using a switch as indicated in the diagram. Power cycle the DS and verify that it gets assigned an IP address via DHCP from the router. If the DS does not get an IP address check the network connections between the DS and the switch and between the switch and the HomePlug. Power cycle the WAP. Disconnect the ethernet cable from the laptop. Enable wireless connectivity on the laptop and ensure it connects to the correct WAP. Run LinnGui and test that the DS is controllable wirelessly by playing a track from the NAS on the DS.

Step6: Add Wireless Control Point


If wireless control is not being used this step may be skipped.

Disable wireless connectivity on the laptop and reconnect it to the switch using the ethernet cable. Switch on the PDA and open the KinskyPDA application. Test that it is possible to play a track from the NAS on the DS using the PDA.

Step7: Add More Audio Devices


If additional Linn audio products are not being used this step may be skipped.

Connect other, network enabled, Linn devices to the switch as shown in the diagram. Open LinnConfig and check the room name of each device. Give all devices the same room name by using the "Advanced Configure" tab. If using an RS232 controlled preamp see Adding a proxy preamp.

Step8: Add Internet Router


Connect the "Internet" (WAN) port of the router to an internet router which is already connected to the internet. Reboot the WAN router. Open a browser on the laptop and check that it is possible to access the internet. Open CD ripping application (example EAC) and test that the application can retrieve CD metadata from the internet. If there are any other computers or devices which need access to the DS subnet, these should be connected to one of the switches or the WAN router, and not connected directly to the internet router. If there are computers or devices which need access to the internet, but denied access to the DS network, these should be connected directly to the internet router. For a more detailed description of this see Configuring The Router:Network Positioning

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