* LAN subnet address is 192.168.0.x
* Billion Router BiPAC 7800N serving DHCP for LAN and WiFi using WPA/WPA2-PSK Mixed 802.11 b/g/n on Channel 8 with ESSID visible and shared key
* D-Link Router DIR-615 WiFi using Auto (WPA or WPA2) TKIP and AES Mixed 802.11 b/g/n on Channel 8 with SSID visible and shared key
- Connected SAMIL to Billion router via RJ45 Ethernet cable (referred to as netting twine in the SAMIL manual!)
- On SAMIL Esc to Home menu
- Down arrow to Settings then OK
- Right arrow and Down arrow to Network then OK
- Up arrow for "1" then Right arrow for next password digit - repeat for all digits then OKi.e. 1 1 1 1 1 1 OK
- Went back in and set to Manual IP, setting the device to 192.168.0.40 along with all other other IP values such as subnet, gateway, DNS etc
- This time when I saved the settings the SAMIL appeared to reboot its software, after which I could effortlessly load and connect to the device using the SolarPower browser
- Doing an ARP - a on the PC with the browser running I ascertained the cabled MAC address as noted in (6) above.
- Under Module Flag WIFI, I entered the SSID of my primary WiFi router (the D-Link DIR-615) and the Password (Shared Key) for that router SSID then selected SAVE
- As soon as I got to the inverter I had unplugged the LAN cable but after the reboots stopped and I returned to my PC, I could not connect to the device.
The hard-coded IP address (192.168.0.40) was no longer reachable and I could find no trace of a DHCP request to issue an alternate IP.
- Back to the SAMIL and changed the IP setting to Auto-IP/DHCP. The SAMIL rebooted (once) but still no WiFi Connectivity
- Back to the SAMIL and changed the IP setting to WIFI, leaving the Ethernet settings untouched (Auto-IP/DHCP). The WIFI setting showed the correct SSID. The SAMIL the went into it's multiple reboot scenario again!
- When the rebooting finished, still no WiFi connectivity so reconnected the LAN cable but could not get to the device
- Reset the SAMIL to the Manual IP settings (incidentally, settings were still retained even after setting to use DHCP). SAMIL rebooted. I could again get to the device on the .40 IP address