There are a few ways a home network may be configured for use with Aurender Music servers. Please refer to the following descriptions and diagrams for further information.
Quick Start Guide Network Configuration with ISP provided combination Modem/Router
Many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) provide a combination Modem/Internet Gateway and Router, with a built-in wireless access point (WiFi) to provide the home with internet access and wireless network connectivity for devices. Since this is a common setup for many end users, the below diagram is also found in our Quick Start Guide as a guideline for connecting an Aurender music server to the home network without needing to access the ISP combination unit's router setup menu, while at the same time providing a dedicated wireless access point and hardwired network switch for the room the Aurender is located in by using a standard wireless router. Note that for this to allow the network to function properly, the DHCP routing function in the device will need to be disabled to avoid conflicts with NAT (Network Address Translation). This is known as Bridge Mode for the Apple Airport Extreme; for other wireless routers, please refer to your router's user guide for further information. The below diagram also assumes that the ISP Modem/Router is located in a different room than the Aurender.
Standard Network Configuration using Ethernet over Power (Mains) adapters
The below diagram is a modification of our Quick Start Guide network diagram, using ethernet over power (also known as ethernet over mains) adapters. If the room you are locating the Aurender in does not have a hardwired ethernet connection to your home network, ethernet over power adapters are often a cost effective and simple way to add hardwired connectivity without running new cabling, since they use the existing power cabling routed throughout the home to transmit a network signal.*
*As noted in the diagram, the power adapters must share the same power breaker panel in order to to connect over the power lines in the home. Otherwise, this solution will not work.
Standard Single Room Network Diagram
For smaller homes, condos, and apartments, if you have cable infrastructure connectivity (i.e. RG6 coax for Cable internet providers, Fiber cabling for Fiber internet providers, or a phone line/ethernet cable for DSL providers) in the same room as the Aurender, it may be useful to locate your network equipment as shown in the two diagrams below. Many users will prefer to use the ISP provided modem/router as shown in the first option, while others may prefer to use a modem for internet access only, and a supplied router for managing WiFi and other network clients as shown in the second option.
Standard Network with NAS drive or Mac/PC
If you wish to stream music content from a NAS drive, copy contents from a NAS or computer over the LAN, or schedule backups of the internal storage of the Aurender with a NAS drive, the below image is an example of a standard network configuration implementing a NAS drive or Mac/PC computer.
Advanced Network Diagram
An Advanced Network Diagram is shown below as a guideline for users requiring larger home networks and higher performance wireless connectivity.