Sony LocationFree LF-PK1 Operating Instructions Manual

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LocationFree Base Station
– LocationFree Player for PC
Operating Instructions
– LF-B1
© 2006 Sony Corporation


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  • Page 1 2-681-469-12(1) LocationFree Base Station – LocationFree Player for PC Operating Instructions LF-PK1 – LF-B1 – LFA-PC2 © 2006 Sony Corporation...
  • Page 2: Table Of Contents

    Contents What is the LocationFree Base Station?..............4 Identifying Parts and Controls (Base Station) ............5 Base Station Preparations..........6 Part 1 Checking the Package Contents ..............6 Part 2 Attaching the Base Station Stand..............7 Part 3 Connecting Other Devices ................8 Setup and Connections ..........
  • Page 3 Advanced Base Station Settings ....... 35 Opening the [Base Station Settings] Page ............35 Checking the Current Base Station Status ............37 Basic Operations in the [Advanced Setup] Page ..........37 Setting Up Your Internet Connection ..............38 Setting Up to Watch Video Away From Home........... 39 Registering LocationFree Devices on the Base Station via the Internet .....
  • Page 4: What Is The Locationfree Base Station

    What is the LocationFree Base Station? What is the LocationFree Base Station? The LocationFree Base Station allows you to watch video both at home and on the go. Your home Base Station can be accessed via the Internet while you are away from home by installing and configuring the LocationFree Player on your computer or another LocationFree device*.
  • Page 5: Identifying Parts And Controls (Base Station)

    Identifying Parts and Controls (Base Station) Identifying Parts and Controls (Base Station) Front 1 WIRELESS LED Indicates the wireless function status. Green: Connected with the LocationFree device on the 2.4 GHz channel. Turns green momentarily, then turns off for 3 seconds: Wireless is enabled, but wireless communication with a LocationFree device is not taking place.
  • Page 6: Base Station Preparations

    Base Station Preparations Part 1 Checking the Package Contents After unpacking, check that all the following items have been included: Base Station (LF-B1) (1) AC power adapter (AC-LX1B) (1) IR Blaster (VM-50) (1) Base Station stand (1) Mains lead (Type C-6) (1) Mains lead (Type BF) (1) Scart to A/V cable (1) Notes...
  • Page 7: Part 2 Attaching The Base Station Stand

    Part 2 Attaching the Base Station Stand To keep the Base Station stable, attach the Base Station stand. Notes • The SSID, WEP key, and initial password are printed on the side panel of the Base Station. Make sure that you can easily see the side panel after installing the Base Station.
  • Page 8: Part 3 Connecting Other Devices

    Part 3 Connecting Other Devices You can connect external devices featuring a scart output terminal or audio/video output terminals, such as a STB, PVR, or DVD Recorder to the Base Station. Refer to the operating instructions for each device. Rear of Base Station You can also connect to the IN 2 terminal.
  • Page 9 • If the IR Blaster cable is too short, use the 3.5 mm Remote sensor jack extension cable (not supplied). • Remote sensors on Sony Recorders and other products are identified with the symbol. With reference to the operating instructions of the •...
  • Page 10: Setup And Connections

    Setup and Connections Flow of Setup Use the following steps to configure. STEP 1 Setup to watch Video at home STEP 1-1 Turn on the Base Station (1 page 12). STEP 1-2 Connect a LocationFree device to the Base Station (1 page 13). •...
  • Page 11: Base Station Modes

    Base Station Modes The Base Station has a normal mode and a setup mode. Press the Base Station POWER button SETUP MODE LED Normal mode (SETUP MODE LED off) • You can use NetAV at home and away from home. •...
  • Page 12: Step 1 Setup To Watch Video At Home

    STEP 1 Setup to Watch Video at Home This section describes the setup for using NetAV to watch video at home. Turn on the Base Station Power STEP 1-1 Turn on the Base Station Press the POWER button on the front panel of the Base Station to turn it on.
  • Page 13 STEP 1-2 Connect a LocationFree device to the Base Station Connection to watch video away from home Connection to watch video at home (1 pages 14 to 16) (1 pages 17 to 20) • Connect to the router by wireless to the Internet •...
  • Page 14 Using a Router to Connect a LocationFree Device to the Base Click [Control Panel] from the [Start] menu of Windows and then double-click [Network Station Connections]. Connecting with a wired router If your router is configured to assign IP addresses by a DHCP function, and your computer is set to Double-click [Wireless Network [Obtain an IP address automatically], then you...
  • Page 15 STEP 1-3 Enter the WEP key printed on the sticker of Display Video on your the Base Station and then click [Connect]. LocationFree device Before you register your computer with the Base Station and display video on the computer, you need to install LocationFree Player on the computer (1 page 32).
  • Page 16 Player) icon on the desktop of the computer. You can also use the [Start] menu. Point to [All programs] ([Programs] in Windows 2000), [Sony LocationFree Player], and then click [LocationFree Player]. LocationFree Player starts, and the [Base Station Selection] window appears.
  • Page 17: Step 2 Setup To Watch Video Away From Home

    300 kbps. Contact your [All programs] ([Programs] in Windows Internet service provider for more information about 2000), [Sony LocationFree Player], and then the speed of your communications line. click [LocationFree Player]. • The faster line speeds you use, the better picture LocationFree Player starts, and the [Base quality you get when you watch video using NetAV.
  • Page 18 The following page appears when you log in to [Base Station Settings]. Select a Base Station with a green icon, and click [Base Station Settings]. Select a green icon. Click this button. Click [Easy Setup]. Your web browser starts, and the [Base Station Settings] page opens.
  • Page 19 Read the “Dynamic DNS Terms-of-Use Click [Check]. Agreement” included in the Operating Instructions. After reading the document, select the radio button and then click [Next]. The setup is complete if [Success] appears in the [NetAV Check] page. If the test page does not appear, check the When you click [Next], the information network connection.
  • Page 20 the Base Station. For details, refer to the instruction manual for the router and “Setting a Router Incompatible with the UPnP Function” (1 page 39). • Some UPnP compatible routers are only compatible with specific messenger services and games. For such a router, set port forwarding.
  • Page 21: Watching Video On Locationfree Player

    Watching Video on LocationFree Player What is LocationFree Player? LocationFree Player is a software that allows you to watch video on your computer by connecting to a Base Station at home via a wireless connection or a router. By placing the Base Station in a central room, you can watch video from anywhere in your home via a wireless connection or your home LAN.
  • Page 22: Locationfree Player Basic Window

    LocationFree Player Basic Window Overview of the LocationFree Player Window Normal size When the window size is small. A Video indicator K Remote (1 page 25) Displays the on-screen remote control for B Volume indicator Video 1 or Video 2. C Minimize button L Connect/Disconnect Minimizes the LocationFree Player window.
  • Page 23 • For the latest version of the on-screen remote control data, see the LocationFree Support web site at support/. A Remote control name B Close button To hide the on-screen remote control, use this button.
  • Page 24: Connecting To The Base Station

    You can also use the [Start] menu. Point to [All programs] ([Programs] in Windows Tips 2000), [Sony LocationFree Player], and then • If you have connected to your Base Station at home click [LocationFree Player]. before, and then connect to it away from home, the colour of the icon is light green.
  • Page 25: Video Operations

    Quitting the Watching Video Operations Session Closing the Connection with the Selecting Video 1 or Video 2 Base Station Click anywhere in the window to display the Click anywhere inside the LocationFree lower bar, then click [Disconnect] at the bottom Player window.
  • Page 26: Adjusting The Volume

    Adjusting the Volume Turn the volume up or down using [+] and [-]. Volume You can also adjust the volume by using the LEFT (Vol -) and RIGHT (Vol +) ARROW keys. If you cannot obtain the desired level when adjusting the volume with the [+] and [-] volume buttons, adjust the volume of the computer.
  • Page 27: Adjusting The Video Rate

    Adjusting the Video Rate You can adjust the streaming rate according to the bandwidth available on your communications connection. This allows you to watch video with the optimum quality. Normally, selecting [Auto] sets the optimal video rate in accordance with available bandwidth. When selecting a rate manually, note that a higher rate results in higher picture quality, but a higher (larger number) rate requires a larger bandwidth...
  • Page 28: Making Video Settings

    VCR+DVD player The second remote is automatically set when you select a device displayed as an all-in-one device from the [Type] list (e.g., Sony “VCR+DVD player”). Select the [Switch] button on the on-screen remote control to switch between the remote control of the VCR and that of the DVD player.
  • Page 29 Configuring the Colour System for Video 1 and Video 2 If you want to watch SECAM/PAL60/NTSC video, you need to configure the colour system settings. The default setting is “PAL”. Click anywhere in the window to display the index, then select [Settings] at the bottom right of the window.
  • Page 30: Registering Locationfree Devices On The Base Station Via The Internet

    • Registration Password (1 page 42 3) noted, and then click [Start]. Double-click the (LocationFree Player) icon on the desktop of the computer. You can also use the [Start] menu. Point to [All programs] ([Programs] in Windows 2000), [Sony LocationFree Player], and then click [LocationFree Player].
  • Page 31: Mouse And Keyboard Operations

    Items Operations Mouse and Update Serial Allows you to update a LocationFree Player serial key. Keyboard Devices must be registered again when you update the serial key. Operations Quit Quits the LocationFree Player Application application. * This only appears if you did not enter the serial key You can perform the following LocationFree when you installed LocationFree Player.
  • Page 32: Setting Up Locationfree Player

    Setting Up LocationFree Player LocationFree Player Installing and System Uninstalling Requirements LocationFree Player Computer requirements (where Use the procedures in this section to install and uninstall LocationFree Player. LocationFree Player is installed) Operating system: Installing LocationFree Player Windows 2000 Professional Service Pack 4 Windows XP Professional/Home Edition Software Service Pack 2...
  • Page 33 Select your language, and then click [Next]. Type your name, organization and Serial Key, and then click [Next]. Click [Next]. Confirm the installation folder, and then click [Next]. If you want to modify the installation folder, click [Change]. Read the license agreement, select [I have read the terms in the license agreement], and then click [Next].
  • Page 34 Verify the installation settings, and then Player from Your Computer click [Install]. Click [All programs] ([Programs] in Windows 2000), [Sony LocationFree Player], and then click [Uninstall LocationFree Player] on the [Start] menu. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the procedure.
  • Page 35: Advanced Base Station Settings

    Advanced Base Station Settings Base Station Advanced Opening the [Base Settings (Only with a Router Station Settings] Connection) Page If you are connected via a router, you need to put the Base Station into setup mode before making Base Station settings (1 page 11). This is not The [Base Station Settings] page is accessed and necessary for a wireless connection.
  • Page 36 Opening the [Advanced Click [Advanced Setup]. Setup] Page [Advanced Setup] Double-click the (LocationFree Player) icon on the desktop of the computer to start LocationFree Player, select the Base Station you want to set in the [Base Station Selection] window that appears, and then click [Base Station Settings].
  • Page 37: Checking The Current Base Station Status

    Checking the Basic Operations in Current Base the [Advanced Station Status Setup] Page You can use the [Setup Information] page to This section explains the operations common to check the current settings and status of the Base each frame in the [Advanced Setup] page. Station.
  • Page 38: Setting Up Your Internet Connection

    1 Select whether to assign an IP address to the Setting Up Your Base Station automatically, using the DHCP function of your router or modem, or to assign Internet Connection an IP address manually. If you select [Automatic IP Address Configuration (DHCP)], the router’s DHCP server will automatically assign the [IP To access the Base Station via the Internet, you...
  • Page 39: Setting Up To Watch Video Away From Home

    configure these settings, check the IP address settings Setting Up to Watch of the router. Video Away From Set [IP Address Settings] to [Manual] in the Home [Internet Connection] frame and then enter the following information (1 page 38). IP Address: Subnet Mask: You do not need to configure the settings on Default Gateway:
  • Page 40 UPnP Settings Dynamic DNS Settings To connect to the Base Station via your router at To use the NetAV function to watch video away home and to use NetAV when you are away from from home, you need to use the Dynamic DNS home, port forwarding needs to be set on the service.
  • Page 41: Netav Check

    Setting Dynamic DNS Manually NetAV Check If you want to use a Dynamic DNS service other You can check whether NetAV has been set up than the one you can set with [Easy Setup], set the correctly. Dynamic DNS manually. 1 When you click this button, a [NetAV Check] 1 Enter the user name that you registered with page appears and the test begins.
  • Page 42: Registering Locationfree Devices On The Base Station Via The Internet

    1 To enable device registration, select [Enable]. Registering 2 The Base Station’s current registration processing status appear here. LocationFree 3 The password needed to register a device with the Base Station appears here. Devices on the You will need this password when you make device registration settings on the device side, Base Station via the so make a note of it.
  • Page 43: Changing The Wireless Settings Of The Base Station

    and enter an encryption key or a pre-shared Changing the key. When using WEP: Wireless Settings of As the encryption key, enter a string of the Base Station characters or a string of hexadecimal numbers. You can use any string of characters as the key, but the number of required characters Wireless Settings differs depending on the length of the key.
  • Page 44: Setting Up Your Computer

    Wireless LAN security function of the Also you can use the Base Station as a Wireless LocationFree Base Station Access Point. If you use the Base Station as a Wireless Access • WEP Point, you can connect to the Internet via the Base WEP is the wireless LAN security technology Station from a device equipped with a wireless specified by IEEE802.11.
  • Page 45: Other Settings

    *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.
  • Page 46 Also, no changes can be made to the Base Station settings while the upgrade process. • The Base Station restarts automatically after the version upgrade ends. • For the latest information on the software, please visit our web site ( LocationFree/support/).
  • Page 47: Others

    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 Customer Information Centre. Self-diagnostics LED...
  • Page 48: Initializing The Base Station

    Initializing the Base Station If you initialize the Base Station, all settings are reset to factory default. Turn off the Base Station. While pressing the BASE STATION RESET button on the rear of the Base Station, turn on the POWER. Hold down the BASE STATION RESET button until the NETAV LED on the front of the Base Station lights red.
  • Page 49: Troubleshooting

    Troubleshooting If a problem occurs during use, refer to the information provided in this section. If the problem persists, contact Sony Customer Information Centre. For more contact information, refer to the EUROPEAN GUARANTEE INFORMATION DOCUMENT (separate document). Also, see the LocationFree Support web site at for more support information.
  • Page 50 Problem Causes and remedies NETWORK LED on the Base Station • Check whether the connection type is correct. does not turn on. See “Connecting to the router” (1 page 17) and check to make sure you have selected the correct connection type. •...
  • Page 51 Problem Causes and remedies Can connect at home, but cannot • Did you configure the network settings for when you are away from connect to the Base Station while away home? from home. • Are the NetAV settings configured properly? (1 page 17) •...
  • Page 52 Problem Causes and remedies No picture from the connected device. • Firmly attach the connection cables. Check that the connections to the red, white and yellow jacks and the scart socket are correct (1 page 8). • Non-interlaced signals from computers or other equipment cannot be displayed.
  • Page 53: Base Station Settings

    Watching Video Away from Home Problem Causes and remedies The video keeps stopping and starting, • As NetAV uses the Internet for communication, the video may not be and frames are dropped. able to be transmitted smoothly depending on whether the connection is overloaded.
  • Page 54: Easy Setup

    Switch the Base Station to setup mode, then click [Base Station Settings] from the [Base Station Selection] screen. • For questions about Internet connections, contact your Internet Service Provider (ISP) or cable TV company. • LocationFree Support web site:
  • Page 55: Specifications

    Wireless LAN Standard Specifications IEEE802.11b/g Frequency range 2.4 GHz band: 1, 6, and 11 channels Modulation DS-SS Modem and OFDM System Modem Colour system PAL/SECAM/NTSC/PAL60 Power AC power adapter: 100 - 240 requirements V AC, 50/60 Hz VIDEO INPUT1/2 Supplied AC power adapter AC-LX1B Video: 1 Vp-p, 75 ohms unbalanced, accessories...
  • Page 56: Index

    Index Specifications ....... SSID ........Advanced Setup Keyboard operations ..........Changing the Password ..Current settings ..... Troubleshooting ......Device Registration ....LAN port ........Turn on .......... Dynamic DNS Settings ..Language ......Internet Connection ....LocationFree Base Station ....
  • Page 57: Trademarks

    Trademarks • LocationFree is a trademark of Sony Corporation. • 3ivx MPEG-4 audio and video compression technologies by 3ivx Technologies. • Copyright© 3ivx Technologies Pty. Ltd., 1999-2006, All rights reserved. 3ivx is an international trademark. • Microsoft and Windows are registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the United States and other countries.
  • Page 58: Dynamic Dns Terms Of Use Agreement

    Sony and its licensors reserve the right to modify or discontinue the Service with or without notice to the User. Sony and its licensors shall not be liable to User or any third party should Sony and its licensors exercise its right to modify or discontinue the Service.
  • Page 59 Your personal data to perform those functions but may not use it for any other reason. It may also be disclosed in order for Sony to comply with legal obligations to which Sony is subject. Sony will ensure that such third parties comply with Sony’s own privacy policy and all applicable laws.
  • Page 60 User’s right to use the Service is personal to User. User agrees not to resell or make any commercial use of the Service without the express consent of Sony and its licensors. User further agrees to use the Service solely on and with the Product and in accordance any instructions provided with the Product.
  • Page 61 12 CONTACT US For further information, contact Sony customer information centre of your residence in the EUROPEAN GUARANTEE INFORMATION DOCUMENT or at the following site.
  • Page 62 LocationFree Web site

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