Contents Part 1: LocationFree Base Station For detailed information on how to use LocationFree Player, see “Part 2: LocationFree Player” on the latter part of this Operating Instructions. What is the LocationFree Base Station?... 4 What is LocationFree?... 4 What is the LocationFree Base Station?... 4 Identifying Parts and Controls (LF-B20)...
Others... 32 About Self-Diagnostics Displays... 32 Initializing the Base Station... 33 Troubleshooting... 34 Specifications... 36 Index ... 38 Trademarks ... 39 Note The screen shots used in this manual are only example images.
What is the LocationFree Base Station? What is LocationFree? LocationFree allows you to watch TV programs or recorded video from any room in your home, or even away from home. You can transmit video from a Base Station which is connected to a DVD recorder (or other devices) to a device such as a computer, PSP®...
LocationFree devices External device * You can only connect Base Station LF-B20 to a wireless router or LocationFree devices wirelessly. Tips • You may not be able to watch some video, DVDs, and other media that are copyright protected with the software.
Identifying Parts and Controls Front WIRELESS NETWORK SETUP MODE/ NET AV SETUP MODE RESET Rear IR BLASTER S VIDEO IN 1 VIDEO VIDEO AUDIO AUDIO IN 2 VIDEO DC IN 12V AUDIO Bottom WLAN CLIENT Identifying Parts and Controls (LF-B20) 1 WIRELESS LED Indicates the wireless function status.
Identifying Parts and Controls Front NETWORK SETUP MODE/ NET AV SETUP MODE RESET Rear IR BLASTER S VIDEO IN 1 VIDEO VIDEO AUDIO AUDIO IN 2 VIDEO DC IN 12V AUDIO Identifying Parts and Controls (LF-B10) 1 NETWORK LED Indicates the connection status to a network. Green blinking: Attempting to connect.
Checking the Package Contents After unpacking, check that all the following items have been included: Base Station (1) Power cord (1) LocationFree Player software CD-ROM (1) • LocationFree Player software LFA-PC20* * One serial key for LocationFree Player is supplied. •...
Setup and Connections Preparation: Connecting the Base Station to a network Changing the wireless mode (LF-B20 only) The wireless communication function of the Base Station LF-B20 works in one of the two wireless modes; Access Point mode or Client mode. You can change the mode with the Wireless mode switch on the bottom of the LF-B20 (1 page 6).
Connect the power cord to the Base Station. Base Station rear panel AC power adapter (supplied) Power cord (supplied) Wall outlet Connect the power cord to the Base Station AC power adapter, and the AC power adapter to the DC IN jack on the Base Station, then plug the power cord into a wall outlet.
Using the Base Station in Client mode (LF-B20 only) If you want to connect your Base Station to your wireless router wirelessly, set the wireless mode of your Base Station to Client mode. You cannot use the Base Station in Client mode as a Wireless Access Point.
The POWER LED on the front panel of the Base Station lights green. Also, the SETUP MODE/ NET AV LED blinks green until an automatic NetAV check begins. WIRELESS NETWORK SETUP MODE/ NET AV SETUP MODE RESET Check to see if the WIRELESS LED blinks green.
Setup 2: Connecting Other Devices Connect external devices to the Base Station with an A/V cable You can connect external devices featuring an A/V output terminal, such as a VCR, AV receiver, DVR, DVD player/recorder, or digital cable, to the Base Station. Refer to the operating instructions for each device.
Remote sensor With reference to the operating instructions of the device, make sure to place the IR Blaster just above or below the remote sensor. Remote sensors on Sony Recorders and other products are identified with the symbol. Note Do not remove the backing paper from the IR Blaster yet.
• It is not possible to watch video on more than one registered LocationFree device at the same time. At any one time, only one of the devices may view video. • For information on what devices you can register to the Base Station, see sony.com/locationfree.
Registering a LocationFree device to the Base Station Registering a device by using the SETUP MODE button When you register a device near the Base Station, you need to use the SETUP MODE button on the Base Station. Press the SETUP MODE button on the front of the Base Station.
Register the device by entering the information you obtained. When you are registering a computer installed with the LocationFree Player LFA- PC20, refer to “Registering your computer to another Base Station” in “Creating Advanced Settings” in “Part 2: LocationFree Player” for detailed instructions. When you are registering a device other than a computer, refer to the Operating Instructions of the device.
The features of the Base Station Automatic NetAV check Automatic NetAV check tests the settings of your Base Station and your router to see if LocationFree devices can connect to the Base Station via the Internet. When you turn your Base Station on, the SETUP MODE/NET AV LED starts blinking green, and then the automatic NetAV check starts.
Wireless Access Point (LF-B20 only) You can use the Base Station as a Wireless Access Point to connect your wireless device to the Internet via the Base Station. To use the Base Station as a wireless access point for computers, the computers must be equipped with integrated wireless LAN functions or wireless LAN cards that conform to the IEEE802.11a/b/g standards.
Base Station Settings The appearances and the available setting items differ depending on the LocationFree device connected to the Base Station. This section explains the settings by using a computer installed with LocationFree Player (LFA-PC20). Opening the [Base Station Settings] Page The [Base Station Settings] page is accessed and set from your web browser.
Performing the NetAV check When the automatic NetAV check has failed, the SETUP MODE/NET AV LED of the Base Station lights amber. In this case, perform the NetAV check from the [Base Station Settings] page manually. Click [NetAV Check] on the [Base Station Settings] page.
Making Advanced Settings for the Base Station You can confirm and make advanced settings for the Base Station. You need to enter the user name and the password before setting. Click [Settings] on the [Base Station Settings] page. The login screen appears. [Settings] Enter the user name (lfx) and password, and click [OK].
Basic Operations in the [Base Station Settings] Page This section explains the operations common to each frame in the [Base Station Settings] page. 1 Click the item to configure. The information for the clicked item appears in the frame on the right. 2 Return to the [Base Station Settings] page.
Set [Manual] for [DNS Configuration] and enter the following information. DNS1: 192.168.0.1 DNS2: It is ok to leave the field blank. Example when the IP address of the router is 192.168.0.1. If the IP address of the router is 192.168.1.1, enter 192.168.1.1 for the DNS1.
1 Select whether to assign an IP address to the Base Station automatically, using the DHCP function of your router or modem, or to assign an IP address manually. If you select [Automatic IP Address Configuration (DHCP)], the router’s DHCP server will automatically assign the [IP Address], [Subnet Mask] and [Default Gateway].
2 An SSID is already entered here at the time of purchase (the characters shown on the side of the Base Station). If you want to change it, enter a string of up to 32 alphanumeric characters and symbols. An SSID is an ID that identifies a wireless network.
Wireless Settings (Client): LF- B20 only When you set the wireless mode switch to “CLIENT”, you can change the wireless settings for the client mode of the Base Station. 1 Click [Scan] to make a list of SSIDs of Wireless Access Points in the vicinity of the Base Station.
WEP is the wireless LAN security technology specified by IEEE802.11. It applies encryption to communications to prevent outsiders from intercepting communications or intruding into your wireless network. There are two types of encryption key length; 64-bit key and 128-bit key. The 128-bit encryption key assures a higher security level.
*2 Changing the password does not guarantee that an intruder cannot log in. *3 Sony Corporation assumes no liability for any such damages arising from the customer’s actions. The customer assumes personal responsibility for making these settings.
Version Information You can check the version of the Base Station software. You can also upgrade the software when a new version is released. 1 The Base Station software version appears here. 2 Click this to upgrade to a newer version of the Base Station software.
If an error occurs during use, the POWER LED on the front panel of the Base Station alerts you to the problem. Refer to the following table for descriptions of problems and possible solutions. If the problem persists, contact Sony LocationFree Customer Support. Self-diagnostics LED...
Initializing the Base Station If you initialize the Base Station, all settings are reset to factory default. Note After initializing, all of the settings you made will be deleted, including the device registration information. • If you want to initialize the wireless settings, initialize them from the Wireless Settings screen (1 page 26 and 28) rather than initializing the Base Station.
Troubleshooting If a problem occurs during use, refer to the information provided in this section. If the problem persists, contact Sony LocationFree Customer Support. Base Station Problem Cannot turn the Base Station power off. Cannot switch to setup mode. The SETUP MODE/NET AV LED lights amber.
NetAV check has failed. • For questions about Internet connections, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or cable TV company. • LocationFree Support web site: sony.com/locationfree/faq/ Causes and remedies • [Base Station Settings] cannot be clicked when the Base Station and computer are not on the same LAN.
Optional Accessories LocationFree Player LFA-PC20 IR Blaster VM-50 Note that these accessories may not be immediately available and that production of them may be stopped at any time. Design and specifications are subject to change without notice.
Index Access Point mode Base Station Settings Access Control Changing Password Device Registration Internet Connection NetAV check NetAV Settings Setting Status Version Information Wireless Settings (AP) Wireless Settings (Client) Base Station’s IP address 24 Client mode Connecting AC power adapter External devices IR Blaster Power cord...
Trademarks • “LocationFree” is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • “PlayStation” and “PSP” are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. • Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. ® • In this manual, Microsoft Windows are referred to as Windows XP.
Contents Part 2: LocationFree Player What is LocationFree Player? ... 4 What is LocationFree?... 4 What is LocationFree Player?... 4 How to use this Operating Instructions ... 5 Getting Started ... 6 Setting up to connect to the Base Station ... 6 Watching Video on LocationFree Player...
Others... 26 Troubleshooting... 26 Specifications... 30 Index ... 31 Trademarks ... 32 Note The screen shots used in this manual are only example images.
What is LocationFree Player? What is LocationFree? LocationFree allows you to watch TV programs or recorded video from any room in your home, or even away from home. You can transmit video from a Base Station which is connected to a DVD recorder (or other devices) to a device such as a computer, PSP®...
Tips • You may not be able to watch some video, DVDs, and other media that are copyright protected with the software. • To connect to the Base Station and watch video via the Internet, we recommend a broadband connection with upload and download speeds of at least 300 kbps.
Getting Started Setting up to connect to the Base Station Install the LocationFree Player on your computer, and then follow the on-screen instructions to connect to the Base Station. Note Refer to the “Quick Start Guide” to complete necessary connections before installing the LocationFree Player.
Read the license agreement, select [I accept the terms in the license agreement], and then click [Next]. Enter your name, organization and Serial Key, and then click [Next]. Confirm the installation folder, and then click [Next]. If you want to modify the installation folder, click [Change].
Double-click the (LocationFree Player) icon on the desktop of the computer. You can also use the [Start] menu. Point to [All programs], [Sony LocationFree Player], and then click [LocationFree Player]. LocationFree Player starts, and the [Welcome] screen appears. Follow the on-screen instructions to set up...
Watching Video on LocationFree Player LocationFree Player Basic Window Overview of the LocationFree Player Window Normal size Normal size (before connecting) A Video indicator B Minimize button Minimizes the LocationFree Player window. C Maximize/Restore button Maximizes the LocationFree Player window. Click again to restore the window to its original size.
G Mute the sound Turns off the sound. When the sound is off, you can turn it back on by clicking [Restore the sound] button or by clicking the volume [+] button. H Settings (1 page 16) Displays the [Settings] window, which allows you to make several settings.
Double-click the Player) icon on the desktop of the computer. You can also use the [Start] menu. Point to [All programs], [Sony LocationFree Player], and then click [LocationFree Player]. Click the nickname of the Base Station to which you want to connect on the Base Station list.
When the connection is established, a video appears. Note Make sure that the external device is turned on. Otherwise, the screen will remain black. About the Base Station list A Base Station list Shows a list of Base Stations to which your computer is registered.
Video Operations Selecting Video 1 or Video 2 Click anywhere inside the LocationFree Player window. The index appears. Notes • The index appears only when you have connected to the Base Station. • The index, top bar and bottom bar disappear if you do not operate the screen for about five seconds and the mouse pointer is not on one of them.
When you selected [Preset]: When you selected [Custom]: You can configure each setting at will. If you want to return to the settings at the time of purchase, click [Standard]. Click [OK] or [Apply]. If you click [Apply], you can check the current rate which is updated.
Mouse and Keyboard Operations You can perform the following LocationFree Player operations with your computer’s mouse and keyboard. Mouse operations Operations Click Clicking anywhere inside the window displays the index. Right click Right clicking anywhere inside the window displays a context menu as described below.
Configuring the LocationFree Player Setting up video Set up the on-screen remote control, screen mode, picture adjustment, etc. Setting up the on-screen remote control You can create settings for the on-screen remote control to operate devices such as VCRs, DVD players or set-top boxes that are connected to the Base Station to deliver video content.
After selecting the make, types appear in the list. Click [Power on/off] to check to see if the selection is correct. If the configuration is correct, each time you click [Power on/off], you can turn on or off your device. If it does not work, make sure that the make and type are correct and the IR blaster is correctly placed in front of the remote sensor of the connected video device.
Notes • Point the remote at the IR Receiver of the Base Station from a distance of about 1 to 2 inches. • Keep pressing the button until the screen disappears. Take care not to move the remote while pressing the button. •...
Click [Learn]. The learning remote screen and the remote control panel appear. Select a button on the remote control panel you want to learn the device's remote control signal to. The screen appears and indicates the standby status for the signal of the remote. If you select a button such as “Button 1”, you can edit the button’s name.
Remote Settings. (1 page 16) For more detail information and settings, please refer to the following website: sony.com/locationfree Screen mode You can change the screen mode of the video of the LocationFree Player. Click anywhere in the window to display the bottom bar, then select [Settings] at the bottom of the window.
Select [4:3] or [16:9] for each video. Click [OK]. The [Settings] screen closes. Picture You can adjust the picture settings, such as brightness, color, etc. The adjustments are applied to both videos. Click anywhere in the window to display the bottom bar, then select [Settings] at the bottom of the window.
Other settings Auto-Connect You can automatically connect to the Base Station when you launch the LocationFree Player. Click anywhere in the window to display the bottom bar, then select [Settings] at the bottom of the window. Select the [Auto-Connect] of the [Settings] screen.
Creating Advanced Settings Registering your computer to another Base Station If you want to register your computer to another Base Station, follow the instructions below. Register your computer to another Base Station Click [Connect] button on the bottom left of the window to display the Base Station list.
Change the nickname of the Base Station You can change the nickname of the Base Station which appears in the Base Station list. On the Base Station list, click right of the Base Station of which you want to change the nickname. The [Base Station Property] screen appears.
[Base Station Settings]. Uninstalling LocationFree Player from Your Computer Click [All programs], [Sony LocationFree Player], and then click [Uninstall LocationFree Player] on the [Start] menu. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the procedure. on the...
Others Troubleshooting If a problem occurs during use, refer to the information provided in this section. If the problem persists, contact Sony LocationFree Customer Support. LocationFree Player Software Installation Problem Installation fails. LocationFree Player Problem Cannot register a computer on the Base Station.
Video Problem No color, poor color. Picture appears but there is no sound. No picture. Distorted color. Picture freezes frequently. Block noise appears. When you change the rate, video is not smooth. Compared with usual, the video or sound quality gets worse. Picture is distorted.
Problem The on-screen remote control does not work. Watching Video at Home Problem Operations are delayed. Video stops or skips. The NetAV connection is disconnected suddenly. Watching Video Away from Home Problem The video keeps stopping and starting, and frames are dropped. Operations are delayed.
The connection is disconnected suddenly. • For questions about Internet connections, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or cable TV company. • LocationFree Support web site: sony.com/locationfree/faq/ Causes and remedies Have never once been able to connect: • If the SETUP MODE/NET AV LED on the Base Station LF-B20/LF- B10 lights amber, the automatic NetAV check has failed.
Specifications LocationFree Player System Requirements Computer requirements (where LocationFree Player is installed) Operating system: Windows XP Professional/Home Edition Service Pack 2 Processor: Pentium 4, 1 GHz or more RAM: 256 MB or more Available hard disk space: 300 MB or more Monitor resolution: 800 x 600 pixels or more, HighColor (16 bit) or more...
Index Auto Connect Base Station list Base Station Nickname Base Station Settings Close button Delete Disconnect Index Installing Keyboard operations LocationFree LocationFree Base Station LocationFree Player LocationFree Player System Re- quirements LocationFree Player Window Maximize/Restore button Minimize button Mouse operations Muting New Base Station button On-screen remote control...
Trademarks • "LocationFree" is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • "PlayStation" and "PSP" are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. • Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries. ® • In this manual, Microsoft Windows are referred to as Windows XP.