IP address Configurations for BuddyTalk (BT) Devices
The BuddyTalk device has two physical network interfaces: Gigabit Ethernet and 802.11n WiFi. In Redundant mode, when the WiFi interface is enabled and the Ethernet interface is connected, the Ethernet interface will be the master network interface. When the Ethernet Interface fails to obtain an IP address or physically loses connection, the device will automatically switch to the WiFi interface for its Internet connection.
The “Master Interface” is the currently active physical network in the following discussion. It is the IP address of the Master Interface that is played out when the Flash button is pressed for 3 secs on the device’s touch panel. Please note the following four network configurations that determine the Master Interface:
- When the Ethernet interface is connected and the WiFi interface is enabled, the device is in the Redundant mode, and the Master Interface is the Ethernet interface.
- When the Ethernet interface is connected and WiFi is not enabled, the Master Interface is the Ethernet interface.
- When the Ethernet interface is not connected and the WiFi interface is enabled, the Master Interface is the WiFi interface.
- For the 4th configuration mode, the mode , the Master Interface is the interface designated for the data network connection.
To manage network IP address settings, or to enable WiFi access, navigate to Network > Interface:
- Ethernet Interface: The BuddyTalk device’s Ethernet interface is a DHCP client by default. Configure the settings below if a fixed IP address is required.
- WiFi: Enable WiFi, press the “Scan” button and select a WiFi SSID, then input the WiFi password for the chosen SSID.