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Checking the Connection Between the Linksys Digital Media Extender and the Computer

The image shown below is an example of how the connection is made between the TV, Linksys Digital Media Extender, router and the computer.

NOTE: The image may vary depending on the TV, Digital Media Extender, router, and computer and you are using.

To check if you’re computer is properly connected to the Linksys Digital Media Extender you will need to perform three steps:

  1. Checking the Physical Connection of the Digital Media Extender to the Router
  2. Checking the IP Address of the Digital Media Extender
  3. Pinging the Digital Media Extender

Checking the Physical Connection of the Digital Media Extender to the Router

The Digital Media Extender can be connected to the router either wired or wireless. In this example, the Digital Media Extender is wired to the router.

Check if the Digital Media Extender is connected properly to the Ethernet port of the router. Make sure the LED light where the Digital Media Extender is connected to the router is lit.

NOTE: The image may vary depending on the model number of the router and Digital Media Extender.

After verifying the connection of the Digital Media Extender with the router, check the IP address of the Digital Media Extender. For instructions, follow the steps below.

Checking the IP Address of the Digital Media Extender

The IP address is another indication that the Digital Media Extender is properly connected to the router. There are two ways to check the IP address Digital Media Extender:

  1. Checking the IP Address of the Digital Media Extender Using the Linksys Main Menu
  2. Checking the IP Address of the Digital Media Extender Using the Router’s DHCP Client Table

NOTE: To check the IP address of the Digital Media Extender using the Linksys Main Menu, follow the instructions below.

To check the IP address of the Digital Media Extender using the router’s DHCP Client Table, click here.

Checking the IP Address of the Digital Media Extender Using the Linksys Main Menu

Step 1:
When the Main Menu appears, select Settings.

Step 2:
Press the right arrow on the remote and select Network.

Step 3:
Press the down arrow on the remote and select View Current Settings.

Step 4:
When the View Current Settings appears, check your DMA’s IP address. They should have the same first three numbers. It can be any number other than 169.254.x.x. The default IP address is 192.168.1.x where x is any number from 100-149 and Gateway is 192.168.1.1.

NOTE: In this example we used, 192.168.1.100 as the IP address of the Digital Media Extender. After checking the IP address of the PC, ping the Digital Media Extender. For instructions, click here.

Checking the IP Address of the Digital Media Extender Using the Router’s DHCP Client Table

Step 1:
Access the router’s web-based setup page. For instructions, click here.

Step 2:
When the router’s web-based setup page appears, click Status then Local Network.

Step 3:
Click DHCP Client Table to view the devices connected to the router.

Step 4:
Check if the IP address of the media extender appears on the DHCP Client Table. After checking the IP address of the PC, ping the media extender. For instructions, follow the steps below.

Pinging the Digital Media Extender

A ping test helps trace the communication between the computer and the Digital Media Extender. The computer sends packets to the media extender and in return the media extender sends out replies to validate the connection.

NOTE: In this example, we used “192.168.1.100” as the Digital Media Extender’s IP address.

Step 1:
Click the Pearl button   located at the bottom left corner of the screen and on Start Search type “command prompt”, then press [Enter].

Step 2:
When the Command Prompt window appears, type “ping 192.168.1.100” then press [Enter].

Step 3:  
Check the ping statistics. You should get the reply Packets: Sent = 4, Received = 4, Lost = 0 (0% loss).

NOTE: If your ping statistics does not have the reply Packets: Sent =4, Received =4, Lost = 0 (0% loss), disable the windows firewall. For instructions, click here.

 

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