NetComm NP206 Wireless Powerline Kit

November 13, 2011 at 4:29 pm 3 comments

I recently wanted to rearrange the WiFi access point in the house to get better overall coverage. Having decided that getting an extra phone point or trying to run cabling was going to be too difficult, I decided to try one of the Ethernet over the power options. I bought the NetComm NP206 units. One of the advantages of this option is that not only does it provide an ethernet connection so I could reposition the AP that I have, it includes a WiFi Access Point as well (802.11n which is better than the AP I already had.)

I plugged the two units in to the power points, they immediately connected to provide me with the ethernet link I needed to connect the ADSL modem to a better positioned Access Point. I plugged the AP I had in to one of the ethernet ports (there are two) and it all worked perfectly.

The I tried to connect to the built in AP. I could see the SSID, just as the manual described. The problem was that when I tried to connect to it it would not accept the password as described in the manual. On one of the devices that I have I received an invalid password message.

The solution – I downloaded the configuration utility, you can find it here:
http://www.netcomm.com.au/sm/drivers/np206

When I ran this, the password displayed for the AP was nothing like that described in the manual.

I reset the password (And the SSID while I was at it) and now have all my WiFi devices connecting to it.

The units seem to be working very well, and, with the exception (and quite a big one at that!) of the wrong password being described in the manual, it worked very easily.

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3 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Amy  |  May 7, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    thanks for your advise it really helped 🙂

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  • 2. Richard Selkon  |  November 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

    Hi Brent, I wonder if you can help me, I have just installed one of these kits and all is working fine, but I can’t figure out how to change the SSID. I downloaded the Powerline Utility V4.0.1.58 to my laptop and it identifies only my Ethernet port, not the wireless I am connecting to the NP206 with, and will not enable the wirless settings. I tried temporarily disabling the Ethernet port but then the utility wouldn’t run. My concern is that the password for the wireless NP206 is simply 64 tagged on in front of the SSID, hardly secure if anyone knows about Netcomm Powerline devices. Thanks Richard S

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  • 3. Richard Selkon  |  November 20, 2012 at 11:40 am

    Problem resolved ..quite simple, I feel like an idiot, my apology. Richard

    Reply

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