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How do I my expand home network with my SBX-1000P?
Answer
The RipCurrent SBX-1000P is a Wired Network Extender that uses Gigabit home networking (G.hn) technology to extend the home network.  When paired with at least one other G.hn device (up to 15 G.hn devices can be supported on a G.hn network), an encrypted high-speed G.hn network can be created using the existing AC wiring and outlets throughout the home; there’s no need to run additional cables. 

The G.hn technology is more robust and provides better throughput and stability than previous home power line communication implementations.  G.hn communications are encrypted using the advanced standard AES 128-bit encryption for secure transmissions with data rates up to 1 Gbps (gigabits per second).  

This document explains how to install the SBX-1000P in the following sections:

Requirements
  • Internet service with a Cable Modem or G.hn enabled router.
  • At least two G.hn devices (RipCurrent router or SBX-1000P wired extender)

SBX-1000P Installation with a RipCurrent Router
  1. Verify that the RipCurrent router is powered on with Internet access.

    NOTE: Connect to 3-prong grounded outlets for best performance of the G.hn network.  A 2-prong outlet will operate sufficiently, but will provide a lower throughput speed.

     
  2. Plug the SBX-1000P into an AC power outlet close to the RipCurrent router.
     
  3. Wait 15 seconds for it to boot up.  After the boot up is complete, the G.hn Pairing LED flashes red when unencrypted pairing is in progress.  

    CAUTION: It is not required to press the Pairing button for unencrypted G.hn network as the extenders will automatically pair unencrypted.  If the Pairing button is press for less than 5 seconds on any of the G.hn device, it will no longer be able to part of an unencrypted network until the G.hn Pairing has been reset to default.
     
  4. Check the G.hn Pairing LED for solid red to confirm unencrypted pairing is completed.  The LED is located on the side of the SBX-1000P and on the back of the RipCurrent router.

    NOTE: If the G.hn Pairing LED is off, reset the G.hn Pairing to default on the SBX-1000P and the RipCurrent router.  It is not required to perform factory reset on either devices. 
    • SBX-1000P (Wired Extender) G.hn Pairing Reset - Press and hold down the Pairing button for approximately 10 seconds.  A fast flashing red and green LED appears on the front panel LED during the G.hn pairing reset process and returns to normal after the G.hn pairing reset is completed.   
    • RipCurrent Router G.hn Pairing Reset - Press and hold down the Pairing button for approximately 20 seconds.  Fast flashing red and green LED appears on the front panel during the G.hn pairing reset process and returns to normal after the G.hn pairing reset is completed.  On firmware version prior to 1.0.5-B05, the front panel LED flashes red multiple times after the Pairing button is released before returning to normal after the pairing reset is completed.   

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  5. It is recommended to pair the G.hn extenders using the Pairing buttons to an encrypted G.hn network. 
  6. Press and hold the Pairing button on the back of the RipCurrent Router for 3 to 4 seconds to initiate encrypted paring.  When the button is released, the G.hn Pairing LED flashes green for 2 minutes to look for new G.hn devices to pair with.
     
  7. Wait a minimum of 5 seconds, then press and hold the Pairing button on the bottom of the SBX-1000P for 3 to 4 seconds.  When the button is released, the G.hn Pairing LED flashes green indicating that the encrypted pairing in progress.

    NOTE: Pairing process takes up to 2 minutes to complete.  At the end of the pairing process, the Pairing LED may go out for about 10 seconds and then come back again. 

     
  8. Check the G.hn Pairing LED for solid green to confirm encrypted pairing is completed.  The LED is located on the side of the SBX-1000P and on the back of the RipCurrent router.      

    NOTE: If the G.hn Pairing LED is not solid green, reset the G.hn Pairing to default on the new SBX-1000P and the RipCurrent router.  It is not required to perform factory reset on either devices. 
    • SBX-1000P (WiredExtender) G.hn Pairing Reset -  Press and hold down the Pairing button for approximately 10 seconds.  A fast flashing red and green LED appears on the front panel LED during the G.hn pairing reset process and returns to normal after the G.hn pairing reset is completed.   
    • RipCurrent Router G.hn Pairing Reset - Press and hold down the Pairing button for approximately 20 seconds.  Fast flashing red and green LED appears on the front panel during the G.hn pairing reset process and returns to normal after the G.hn pairing reset is completed.  On firmware version prior to 1.0.5-B05, the front panel LED flashes red multiple times after the Pairing button is released before returning to normal after the pairing reset is completed.   

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  9. Move the SBX-1000P to another room and plug it into an AC power outlet and wait 15 seconds for it to boot up.  It will reconnect to the RipCurrent router.

    NOTE: Connect to 3-prong grounded outlets for best performance of the G.hn network.  A 2-prong outlet will operate sufficiently, but will provide a lower throughput speed.

     
  10. Check the side of the SBX-1000P for solid G.hn Pairing LED.  Solid red for unencrypted pairing and solid green for encrypted pairing.  If the G.hn Pairing LED is off, move the SBX-AC1200P into another AC power outlet to reconnect.
     
  11. Check the font of the SBX-1000P for G.hn Signal Strength LED.  If the signal strength is red or off, move the G.hn extender into another AC power outlet to improve the G.hn signal speed.

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  12. Connect a client device (PC, TV, Game Console, etc.) using the included Ethernet cable to the SBX-1000P for Internet access. 


SBX-1000P Installation with a Non-G.hn Router
This setup requires an additional SBX-1000P extender to connect to the non-G.hn router.
  1. Verify that the non-G.hn router is powered on with Internet access.
     
  2. Select a convenient AC power outlet location where the two SBX-1000P extenders are close by and can be paired.
     
  3. Connect the first SBX-1000P to an AC power outlet and wait for 15 seconds for it to boot up.
     
  4. Connect the second SBX-1000P to a nearby AC power outlet and wait for 15 seconds for it to boot up.  After the boot up is complete, the G.hn Pairing LED flashes red when unencrypted pairing is in progress.

    CAUTION: It is not required to press the Pairing button for unencrypted G.hn network as the extenders will automatically pair unencrypted.  If the Pairing button is press for less than 5 seconds on any of the G.hn device, it will no longer be able to part of an unencrypted network until the G.hn Pairing has been reset to default.
     
  5. Check the side of the SBX-1000P extenders for solid red G.hn Pairing LED to confirm unencrypted pairing is completed. 

    NOTE: If the G.hn Pairing LED is off, reset the G.hn Pairing to default on the SBX-1000P extenders.  It is not required to perform factory reset on either devices.  
    • SBX-1000P (Wired Extender) G.hn Pairing Reset - Press and hold down the Pairing button for approximately 10 seconds.  A fast flashing red and green LED appears on the front panel LED during the G.hn pairing reset process and returns to normal after the G.hn pairing reset is completed.   

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  6. It is recommended to pair the G.hn extenders using the Pairing buttons to an encrypted G.hn network. 
  7. Press and hold the Pairing button on the bottom of the first SBX-1000P for 3 to 4 seconds to initiate encrypted paring.  When the button is released, the G.hn Pairing LED flashes green for 2 minutes to look for new G.hn devices to pair with.

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  8. Wait a minimum of 5 seconds, then press the Pairing button on the bottom of the second SBX-1000P for 3 to 4 seconds.  When the button is released, the G.hn Pairing LED flashes green indicating that the encrypted pairing in progress 

    NOTE: Pairing process takes up to 2 minutes to complete.  At the end of the pairing process, the Pairing LED may go out for about 10 seconds and then come back on again.

     
  9. Check the side of the SBX-1000P for solid green G.hn Pairing LED to confirm encrypted pairing is completed.

    NOTE: If the G.hn Pairing LED is not solid green, reset the G.hn Pairing to default on the SBX-1000P extenders.  It is not required to perform factory reset on either devices
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    • SBX-1000P (Wired Extender) G.hn Reset Pairing Reset - Press and hold down the Pairing button for approximately 10 seconds.  A fast flashing red and green LED appears on the front panel LED during the G.hn pairing reset process and returns to normal after the G.hn pairing reset is completed.   

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  10. Review the setup scenarios to determine the modem device and the G.hn extenders (SBX1000P) is connecting to then proceed to step 11.

    Modem connected to non G.hn router using 2 SBX-1000P Extenders
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    Modem using 2 SBX-1000P Extenders

    NOTE: Only one device can connect to the Internet and additional G.hn extenders cannot be added.  Recommend adding non-G.hn wireless router to provide Internet access to multiple client devices in the home network.

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  11. Move the first SBX-1000P extender close to the non-G.hn router and connect it to an AC power outlet.  It takes 15 seconds to boot up. 

    NOTE: Connect to 3-prong grounded outlets for best performance of the G.hn network.  A 2-prong outlet will operate sufficiently, but will provide a lower throughput speed.

     
  12. Connect the included Ethernet cable to the bottom of the first SBX-1000P and to the Ethernet port of the non-G.hn router.  
     
  13. Move the second SBX-1000P to another room and plug it into the AC power outlet and wait 15 seconds for it to boot up.  The SBX-1000P will reconnect to the first SBX-1000P.

    NOTE: Connect to 3-prong grounded outlets for best performance of the G.hn network.  A 2-prong outlet will operate sufficiently, but will provide a lower throughput speed.

     
  14. Check the side of the second SBX-1000P for solid G.hn Pairing LED.  Solid red for unencrypted pairing and solid green for encrypted pairing.  If the G.hn Pairing LED is off, move the SBX-AC1200P into another AC power outlet to reconnect.
     
  15. Check the font of the second SBX-1000P for flashing G.hn Signal Strength LED.  If the signal strength is red or off, move the G.hn extender into another AC power outlet to improve the G.hn signal speed.

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  16. Connect a client device (PC, TV, Game Console, etc.) using the included Ethernet cable to the second SBX-1000P for Internet access.

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