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Features

The AP has a decent set of wireless features. But remember that it is an access point and can't share an Internet connection. Let's take a quick tour of the key admin screens.

Figure 3 is the main status page and where you land when you log in. This shot is not showing the default settings, which I'll describe as we go.

Innoband 210P-I1 Status screen

Figure 3: Innoband 210P-I1 Status screen

The LAN page (Figure 4) does not allow you to set the AP to automatically grab its IP address info from your LAN's DHCP server. Instead, the AP comes set to 192.168.1.120. This is not a very user-friendly setup method.

Innoband 210P-I1 LAN screen

Figure 4: Innoband 210P-I1 LAN screen

I had to first consult the manual on the included CD (there is no printed quick setup sheet) to find this out and then temporarily change the IP of the computer I was using to access the AP so that it was in the 192.168.1.X range. Once I logged in (admin / admin), I was able to set a static IP in my LAN's range (10.168.3.X) and then had to reset my computer IP after I saved the settings.

I don't know why a DHCP server is included since the device isn't a router. But its not the first AP I've seen with this "feature".

Wireless setting defaults aren't user-friendly, either. The 210P comes set to Channel 6 and 20/40 MHz bandwidth mode. So, unless you change it, the AP will eat up the entire 2.4 GHz spectrum and make you not so popular in a crowded Wi-Fi neighborhood.

Innoband  210P-I1 Wireless basic screen

Figure 5: Innoband 210P-I1 Wireless basic screen

Note that Innoband doesn't prevent you from setting the 210P to channels 12 - 14, which should not be allowed in the U.S. Figure 5 also shows that the AP supports WDS bridging and repeating and includes "Lazy Mode" (no MAC address entry required) as well as the usual modes where you must enter the MAC addresses of the other WDS APs. I didn't spend any time trying out the WDS features.

Wireless security options (Figure 6) include WEP, WPA and WPA2 modes (PSK only, no RADIUS). Mixed WPA / WPA2 mode mixed mode is supported as shown and there are TKIP, AES, TKIP / AES radio buttons hidden behind the dropdown menu. The Access Policy setting lets you enter MAC addresses of clients that you want to allow or deny.

Innoband  210P-I1 Wireless security screen

Figure 6: Innoband 210P-I1 Wireless security screen

Another user-unfriendly default is that WPA2 is enabled. So most users will be blocked from connecting to the AP by both wired and wireless connection until they can get into the admin screen and make appropriate adjustments. Definitely not a plug-in-and-go setup experience. I later realized that the Security Key printed on the barcode serial number label on the product box side is the default WPA / WPA2 security key.

The main setting of interest on the Advanced Wireless page (Figure 7) is the Transmit power adjust. By default it comes set to 100, so there's noplace to go but down.

Innoband  210P-I1 Wireless advanced screen

Figure 7: Innoband 210P-I1 Wireless advanced screen

WPS (Wi-Fi Protected Setup) is enabled by default. But it's set to PIN mode and Innoband doesn't print the PIN on the AP's label or package. I tried a WPS session with a Windows 7 client, but the client didn't detect that the AP was WPS-enabled in either PIN or PBC mode.

Innoband  210P-I1 Wireless WPS screen

Figure 8: Innoband 210P-I1 Wireless WPS screen

Curiously, after I set the Channel to 1 and Channel Bandwidth to 20 MHz, the client was able to detect that the 210P was WPS-enabled. But it wasn't able to successfully complete a WPS pushbutton session.

I didn't take a screenshot of the Station List page, but it's pretty much as advertised, displaying a list of connected wireless clients. You can't force a client disconnect from this page, though.

By contrast, the Power Line Settings pages are pretty sparse. There's a Status page (Figure 9), which confirms the INT6000 chipset.

Innoband  210P-I1 Powerline status screen

Figure 9: Innoband 210P-I1 Powerline status screen

The Privacy page (not shown) just has a box to enter a network name in case you want a bit more privacy for your powerline network. And the QoS screen lets you assign a priority to specific powerline adapters. But this is for all traffic and isn't port or protocol specific. So you can't use it to prioritize, say, VoIP or video traffic over FTP.

Innoband  210P-I1 Powerline QoS screen

Figure 10: Innoband 210P-I1 Powerline QoS screen

The final Administration group is standard stuff; Management lets you change the admin account name and password; Firmware Upgrade allows you to select a downloaded file for upgrade; and Settings Management has Settings Export and Import functions and a reset-to-factory-defaults button.

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