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Initial Network Setup

After making the hardware connections outlined in the Installation Overview list, the following information will help you to establish a network connection.

VersaPNT has a Command Line Interpreter ("CLI"). Using the CLI connection, you can set up access to the web user interface ("Web UI") that is used to configure and monitor the unit. You will need a terminal emulator program installed on the PC that will be used to configure VersaPNT in order to communicate. See Setting up a Terminal Emulator for more detailed instructions.

Default settings:

VersaPNT network settings default to DHCP: if the unit is connected to a DHCP server via ETH0 or ETH1, it will accept an assigned dynamic IP address.

In order to apply a static IP address, DHCP must be disabled. (See Assigning a Static IP Address).

Note: VersaPNT supports zeroconf: If you have a DHCP enabled network, you can use zeroconf for initial setup. For more information, see Zero Configuration Setup. Otherwise follow the instructions below for conventional setup.

USB Driver

  • On the PC connected to the unit, new hardware (the USB interface) will be detected. The correct driver should be installed automatically. If not, download the driver from www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/VCP.htm, and install it manually via the instructions for your operating system.

Network Address

  1. Start the terminal emulator program on the PC. Select the COM port that is assigned to the USB interface:

    Access the CLI via ssh or telnet: The required port configuration is 115200 8N1:

    Press the Return key, and enter the login credentials:


  2. Note: The default login credentials are:
    User name = spadmin
    Password = admin123 (will not be displayed on the screen)

  3. If you are on a DHCP-enabled network, retrieve the IP address assigned to VersaPNT by typing the net4 command. The command should return the network settings, including the IP address assigned to the unit. Take note of the IP address.
  4. You can use this IP address to login to the VersaPNT Web UI and then set a static IP address, subnet mask and gateway. (This can also be done via the CLI and a terminal emulator. See Assigning a Static IP Address).

    Or, continue with the network configuration via the CLI, as described under Step c. below.

    Note: For your reference, the command helpcli produces a list of available commands. Press the space key to display the next page, or the b key to display the previous page.

    Note: Should it become necessary to leave the VI editor mode (indicated by a command line prompt ":"), press Q, or Ctrl C.

For more detailed information about setting a static IP address for your unit, see Setting up an IP Address

Next, proceed to Accessing the Web UI.