By default, kwikwai assigns itself an IP address suitable for the network it is connected to, and respond to name queries from Windows and Mac computers. The net result is that in many cases, it just works and consulting this page is not required.
Use the information in this page if your network is not using DHCP, or if kwikwai may have been used before, or if you want to use another method to find out kwiwkai's IP address.
Static IP address
Kwikwai can be configured to use a static IP address (and related information such as default gateway). In this case, the IP led is constantly lit. You have to know the configured IP information to connect to kwikwai.
If this is not what you want, hit the reset button. This will restore the default configuration, in which the IP address is allocated dynamically.
Dynamic IP address (DHCP or IPv4LL)
In this configuration (the default), Kwikwai first tries to contact a DHCP server on the network to request an IP address (and associated mask, default gateway and DNS server). If this succeeds, the IP led glows.
If it fails, kwikwai assigns itself a Link-local address. The IP led remains off. This allows connecting kwikwai directly to a PC ethernet port as discussed below.
Kwikwai can be given a name, which by default is "kwikwai" (if you changed it, replace kwikwai in the examples below with the new name.) This name is:
- used to answer Bonjour queries, such as the ones sent by Mac computers. Use "http://kwikwai.local/" in the Safari address bar to access kwikwai's web interface. Note you must add ".local" to the name.
- Bonjour is available to many other computing platforms (Linux, Windows) via Apple and open source software such as Avahi.
- used to answer NetBIOS queries, such as the ones sent by Windows computers. Use "http://KWIKWAI/" in the IE address bar to access kwikwai's web interface.
- NetBIOS is available to many other computing platforms (Linux, OS X) via Samba. The utility
nmblookupperforms a name search on the network:
$ nmblookup kwikwai querying kwikwai on 192.168.1.255 192.168.1.39 kwikwai<00>
- provided to the DHCP server. In many cases, the DHCP server (very often embedded in a router) proposes a GUI which provides the name and IP address of devices it has assigned an IP address to. Look for kwikwai in the list.
Direct PC-to-kwikwai connection
Should your network lack a DHCP server, you can connect kwikwai directly to the ethernet port of a computer. For best results, you need an Ethernet crossover cable. Most modern ethernet ports are smart enough to automatically recognize this sort of connection and adapt automatically however, so it may well work with a regular cable.
If it cannot get an IP address from a DHCP server, kwikwai will allocate a Link-local address. The PC should be configured to assign itself an IP address as well (i.e. not be configured with a static address), and since it also cannot find a DHCP server, will also allocate itself a link-local address.
We end up with 2 devices connected one to each other, each having configured itself with a compatible link-local address. Bonjour or NetBIOS name resolution as defined above should work in this configuration, allowing you to access the web interface.