Setting up NuiNet

Considerations

If you intend to use NuiNet in a network subnet other than Class C, keep reading. If you don't know what that means, you can probably skip this paragraph. NuiNet uses two IPs. The first one it receives over DHCP, the second one is derived by taking the first three bytes of the first IP and appending 250 (or 240 or 230 depending on configuration) at the end. For example, if the NuiNet receives an IP of 10.0.0.7 from the modem, it will also allocate itself 10.0.0.250, so that reliable bookmarks can be created for administration, along with providing a reliable IP for API calls from compatible PMS software.  Therefore, if you require a fixed IP for NuiNet other than 250, 240 or 230, you will need to allocate the IP to NuiNet on your DHCP server.

By default, NuiNet's IP will match your computer's IP, except the last number will be 250.  This does not usually pose a problem, however, in some rare cases, that IP may be in use by another device such as a printer or phone system.  This can be checked by our support staff prior to delivery, so NuiNet can be set to a different non-conflicting IP.  If however, NuiNet is delivered with a conflicting IP, one workaround is to disconnect the other conflicting device, set NuiNet with a different IP, then re-connect the now no longer conflicting device.

Preparation

NuiNet does not come with any ethernet network leads.  You will need at least one to connect the NuiNet, plus two (usually one short and one long depending on placement) for each wireless access point that accompanies it.  We recommend the use of CAT6 ethernet cables, but CAT5E will be fine if your internet speed is not more than 100Mbps.

NuiNet has two ethernet ports for guest access.  If you require more that two user ports, such as you want to plug in three or more wireless access points, you will need a network hub to plug into the NuiNet to provide the extra ports.  Low cost switching hubs operate at 100Mbps.  If your internet connection is faster than this, ensure you request a "Gigabit" switching hub from your supplier. 

Setup

Before plugging your NuiNet into power, it should be connected to your office network and have access to the Internet.  This allows the NuiNet to self configure on startup.  Otherwise the NuiNet will need to be restarted after being connected. We recommend connecting the NuiNet's "Internet" labelled port by ethernet cable straight to one of your Internet Modem's LAN ports.  You can now turn the NuiNet on, or wait until the rest of the network setup is complete.

NuiNetSetupPath

If you have any existing hubs or wireless for customer use, they must connect through NuiNet's "Access Point" labelled ports.  It is critical that all guest traffic goes through the NuiNet, otherwise your office network will not be protected from your customers' devices and you won't be able to manage who is connecting, nor monitor their use.  

By default, NuiNet comes with one Wireless Access Point and its matching Power injector, for providing guests with wireless internet.  It is critical that the power injector's POE port is connected only to the Wireless Access Point, as connecting it to other devices (hubs, modems, NuiNet, etc), may damage them.  This is because the Power Injector mixes electricity from a wall socket, and internet from the LAN, onto one cable, making it safe to mount the wireless access point outside, where it usually produces better coverage.

If you have more than one access point, make a note of each serial during installation so they can be individually identified during configuration.