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Gateway Support for Mac

Xantrex does not officially support or make any claim as to the validity of the information contained herein. These notes were generated by a Xantrex customer who has successfully set up Gateway communications on a Mac computer and Apple Airport wireless router. There are also notes pertaining to the Firefox and Safari web browsers commonly used on Mac computers as they relate to the Xantrex Widget and the Gateway configuration page. This information is provided for reference only.


 


 


 


Finding the Gateway IP Address Manually using Apple Airport Extreme


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After installing the Xantrex Gateway and connecting it via Ethernet


cable to my Apple Airport Extreme base station, the Xantrex Solar Monitor


widget was not able to auto-discover the Gateway.  


Also the utility xantrex_gateway_discovery_mac Version 155-0015-01-01_Rev-A(Release) 


did not discover the Gateway.


 


This is a procedure to find the Gateway IP address manually.


 


1) Open Airport Utility


2) Select your Airport device > Manual Setup (enter password)


3) Go to: Advanced > Logging & SNMP > Logs and Statistics > DHCP Clients 


   IMPORTANT: you must have wireless mode enabled, even if you are


   only using wired connections to your Airport Extreme. Otherwise


   the "DHCP Clients" tab does not appear under Logs and Statistics.


4) To determine which of the clients is the Xantrex Gateway,


   try each of the displayed IP addresses as a URL in your browser.  


   In my case 10.0.1.199 was the IP of the Gateway, so entering 


   http://10.0.1.199 in Safari made a connection to the Gateway 


   and opened the Xantrex Gateway login page.


 


By the way, once you reserve an IP address for the Xantrex Gateway (see below),


the Gateway may no longer appear in the list of DHCP clients.


 


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Communicating with the Gateway -- Safari vs. Firefox


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I had to work between Safari and Firefox to get full functionality.


 


I was not able to load Gateway firmware using Safari Version 3.1.2 (4525.22).


Instead I used this version of Firefox to load Gateway firmware.


   Version: Mozilla/5.0 (Macintosh; U; PPC Mac OS X 10.4; en-US; rv:1.9.0.1) Gecko/2008070206 Firefox/3.0.1


 


Firefox, however, did not properly display the installed firmware version information


which should appear under the "Upgrade Device" section of the Gateway Configuration page.


Safari, on the other hand, was able to display that information.


 


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Password characterset limitations


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The Xantrex Gateway Installation Guide recommends that you set a secure


password. I tried one that contained an underscore and had problems.


It's been awhile, but if I recall correctly, I could not 


authenticate via the web interface and had to reset the Gateway to 


reset the password.


 


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Gateway fails to send "Harvest" email messages


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I entered addresses for daily harvest and other reports under Mail Configuration,


but no email messages were being received from my Xantrex Gateway.


 


It turned out the problem was that under Network Configuration I had


"Get Address Dynamically" selected. This resulted in the Gateway setting


the local address of my Airport (10.0.1.1) in the "Name Server Address"


field. Although on my Mac the Airport address 10.0.1.1 somehow sufficed


as a name server, it was not viable for the Xantrex Gateway.


 


The solution was to:


1) Reserve an IP address for the Gateway in the Airport Extreme settings.


 


Airport Utility > Airport Extreme > Internet > DHCP > DHCP Reservations > Add


Reserve address by MAC address


[I reserved 10.0.1.199 which was the IPv4 address the Airport Extreme automatically


assigned originally.]


Update.


2) In the Gateway Network Configuration clear the Get Address Dynamically checkbox.


3) Enter the reserved IP address (10.0.1.199) in the the Xantrex Gateway Address field.


4) Enter the IP address of an external DNS server in the Name Server Address field.


I used 68.105.28.12 which was one of the DNS servers the Airport Extreme obtained from


my ISP and which was shown in Airport Utility under Internet > Internet Connection.


5) Click: Save and Apply.


 


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These notes pertain to the following hardware and software versions


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Mac OS X Version 10.4.11


Airport Extreme Base Station N, purchased Aug 2008


Base Station software version 7.3.2


Airport Utility Version 5.3.1 (531.9)


 


Xantrex Gateway


Gateway Firmware: 01.04.00 BN0001


Gateway Bootload: 01.02.00 BN0001


Network Firmware: 01.05.00 BN0000 US


Web Page Version: 01.04.00 BN0001


 



 


 


 


 


 


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