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Question
How do I expand my home network with the SBX-AC1200P? 
Answer
The RipCurrent SBX-AC1200P is a Wi-Fi 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), a secure 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 contains the following section:

Requirements
  • Internet Service with a Cable Modem or G.hn enabled router. 
  • At least two G.hn devices (SURFboard RipCurrent router or SBX-1000P wired extender)
 
SBX-AC1200P Installation with a SURFboard RipCurrent Router 
  1. Verify that the RipCurrent router is powered on with Internet access.

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

     
  2. Plug the SBX-AC1200P into an AC power outlet near the RipCurrent router and wait for it to be completely booted up.  The front panel Primary LED of the SBX-AC1200P extender should be green.​

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  3. The G.hn Pairing LED flashes red when unencrypted pairing is in progress.  The RipCurrent router and the SBX-AC1200P are paired creating an unencrypted G.hn network.

    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. Verify the G.hn Pairing LED is solid red on the SBX-AC1200P and the RipCurrent router 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-AC1200P and RipCurrent router.  It is not required to perform factory reset on either devices.
    • SBX-AC1200P (Wi-Fi Extender) & 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.  The flashing green G.hn Pairing LED indicates encrypted pairing is in progress.

    NOTE: If the Pairing button has been held the proper amount of time to initiate the pairing process, the Pairing LED will blink green after the button has been released.

     
  7. Wait a minimum of 5 seconds, then press and hold the Pairing button on the bottom of the SBX-AC1200P for 3 to 4 seconds.  The flashing green G.hn Pairing LED indicates encrypted paring is in progress. 
     
  8. Check for the Pairing LED to become solid green and blinking G.hn Signal Strength LED (color based on the G.hn signal speed) within 2 minutes on both G.hn devices.

    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.

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  9. Check the side of the SBX-AC1200P 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-AC1200P and RipCurrent router.  It is not required to perform factory reset on either devices.
    • SBX-AC1200P (Wi-Fi Extender) & 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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  10. Move the SBX-AC1200P to a location where there is weak or no Wi-Fi signal and plug it into an AC power outlet.  The SBX-AC1200P reconnects 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.

     
  11. Check the side of the SBX-AC1200P 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.    
     
  12. Check the side of the SBX-AC1200P for G.hn Signal Strength LED.  If the signal strength is red or off, move the SBX-AC1200P into another AC power outlet to improve G.hn signal speed.

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  13. Connect client device (PC, TV, Game Console, etc.) to the SBX-AC1200P for Internet access.  Use the included Ethernet cable to connect a wired client to the Ethernet port.  The SBX-AC1200P will broadcast the wireless network of the RipCurrent router allowing the existing wireless clients to automatically connect to it. 

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SBX-AC1200P 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. Plug the SBX-1000P into an AC power outlet near the non-G.hn router and wait for 15 seconds for it to completely 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.

     
  3. Plug the SBX-AC1200P into an AC outlet in the same room as the SBX-1000P and wait for it to be completely booted up.  The front panel Primary LED of the SBX-AC1200P extender should be green.  

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  4. The G.hn Pairing LED flashes red when unencrypted pairing is in progress.  The SBX-1000P and the SBX-AC1200P are paired creating an unencrypted G.hn network. 

    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. Verify the G.hn Pairing LED is solid red on the SBX-AC1200P and the SBX-1000P  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-AC1200P and SBX-1000P.  It is not required to perform factory reset on either devices.
    • SBX-AC1200P (Wi-Fi Extender) 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.   
    • SBX-1000P (Wired Extender) 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 encrypted the G.hn network.
  7. Press and hold the Pairing button on the back of the SBR-AC1200P router for 3 to 4 seconds.   

    NOTE: If the Pairing button has been held the proper amount of time to initiate the pairing process, the Pairing LED will blink green after the button has been released.

     
  8. 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.  The flashing green G.hn Pairing LED indicates encrypted paring in progress. 
     
  9. Check for the Pairing LED to become solid green and blinking G.hn Signal Strength LED (color based on the G.hn signal speed) within 2 minutes on both G.hn devices. 

    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.

     
  10. Check the back of the SBX-AC1200P for solid green G.hn Pairing LED to confirm encrypted pairing is completed.​

    NOTE: If the G.hn Pairing LED is off, reset the G.hn pairing to default only on the 2nd G.hn device (G.hn extender).  It is not required to perform factory reset on either devices.​
    • SBX-AC1200P (Wi-Fi Extender) 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.   
    • 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.   
  11. Review the setup scenarios to determine the modem device the non-wireless G.hn extender (SBX-1000P) is connecting to then proceed with step 11.   

    Installing G.hn extenders to a non-G.hn router
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    Installing G.hn extenders to a Wi-Fi cable modem
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    Installing G.hn extenders to a cable modem  
    NOTE: Internet access is granted to the first client that connects to the SBX-AC1200P for this scenario. 


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  12. Connect the Ethernet cable to the Ethernet port on the SBX-1000P and connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to the available Ethernet port on the back of the the non-G.hn enable router.

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

     
  13. Move the SBX-AC1200P to a  location where there is weak or no Wi-Fi signal and plug it into an AC power outlet.  The SBX-AC1200P reconnects to the SBX-1000P.
     
  14. Check for solid G.hn Pairing LED on the G.hn extender.  Solid red for unencrypted pairing and solid green for encrypted pairing.  If the G.hn Pairing LED is off, move the G.hn extender into another AC power outlet to reconnect.    
  15. Check the G.hn Signal Strength LED on the SBX-AC1200P.  If the signal strength is red or off, move the G.hn extender into another AC power outlet to improve G.hn signal speed.

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  16. Connect client device (PC, TV, Game Console, etc.) to the SBX-AC1200P for Internet access.  Use the included Ethernet cable to connect a wired client to the Ethernet port or connect the wireless clients to the SBX-AC1200P using the default wireless name and password located on the back panel.

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