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Troubleshooting LAN Connection on the DM100i-DM200i and DM110i-DM220i

Issue

The meter is connected via LAN adapter (USB-to-Ethernet), but fails to communicate with the Pitney Bowes data server.

Cause

LAN (local area network) issues can be caused by an issue with the settings, the physical connection, or a firewall problem.

However, often all that is required is a reboot of the meter, before attempting once again to make a connection.

Resolution

UPDATED: 13 March 2019
To learn how to install a new LAN connection, see article "How to set up a LAN connection on the DM100-DM200 and DM110i-DM220i".

There are several troubleshooting options for resolving LAN connectivity issues.

First, restart the meter. Follow these steps to restart safely:
  1. Turn the power off with the power switch (or remove the power cable from the back of the meter).
  2. Wait for the display to turn off.
  3. Wait one to three minutes.
  4. Power the meter back up.
  5. Once the meter has initialized, attempt a connection (for example: a balance enquiry or top-up).

If this does not resolve the issue, perform the following troubleshooting steps:

Physical Connection
  1. At the back of the meter, check that the green LED lights located on the USB-to-Ethernet adapter are visible within one minute of turning on the meter.
  2. Either the 10 or 100 LED indicators should be on (solid green). This indicates the connection's data transfer rate.
  3. If no transfer rate is indicated (no 10 or 100 light), make sure that the LAN cable and LAN adapter are plugged in firmly.
  4. Turn the meter off using the switch.
  5. Move the LAN adapter to the other USB port.
  6. Repeat steps 1 - 3 using the other USB port.
Note: Make sure that the meter is not connected to a phone line or to a computer with PC Meter Connect installed while using LAN.
  1. If the LEDs are not lit, verify that the other end of the LAN cable is plugged into a router or wall port.
  2. If the cable is plugged in, try a different cable.
  3. If, after a new cable is installed, there are still no lights, contact Technical Support.


LAN Settings


To set the meter to automatically get an IP address (using DHCP), follow these steps:
  1. Press Options.
  2. Press Page Down twice.
  3. Select "Connect-Data Center".
  4. Select "LAN Settings".
  5. Select "Get IP".
  6. Select "Automatically".
Note: After changing the LAN settings, reboot the system.

 

To set the meter to a Static IP address
  1. Press Options.
  2. Press Page Down twice.
  3. Select "Connect-Data Center".
  4. Select "LAN Settings".
  5. Select "Get IP".
  6. Select "Manually".
  7. Set the IP address (IP), Subnet (Sub) and Gateway (Gwy).
Note: IP settings will be provided by your IT department.
Note: After changing LAN settings, reboot the system.


To set Proxy settings
Note:
Proxy support availability may depend on the software version on your meter.
  1. Press Options.
  2. Press Page Down twice.
  3. Select "Connect-Data Center".
  4. Select "LAN Settings".
  5. Press Page Down.
  6. Select "Proxy".
    1. Select "Enable Proxy" to turn proxy support on or off.
    2. Select "HTTP Settings" to set the HTTP proxy address, port, user name and password.
    3. Select "HTTPS Settings" to set the HTTPS proxy address, port, user name and password.
    4. Press Page Down and select "Exclusions" if any proxy exclusions need to be set.
Note: After changing LAN settings, reboot the system.


To set the DNS server
  1. Press Options.
  2. Press Page Down twice.
  3. Select "Connect-Data Center".
  4. Select "Distributor Values".
  5. Press Page Down.
  6. Select either "Primary DNS server" or "Secondary DNS server".
  7. Press Yes.
  8. Enter the DNS server.
Note: To enter a decimal point (.) press the 1 key four times.
  1. Select "Set the New Value".
  2. Press Home.



Firewall issues

Make sure that your firewall is configured for all of the requirements. See the DM Series Lan Connection Setup Guide for details.



If the issue is not resolved, contact Technical Support. Please have your Meter type ("PCN") and Serial Number ("Meter #") ready, these can be located on a white sticker at the back of the meter.
Environment Details
Products affected:
DM100i / DM150i / DM200i (P720, P725)
DM110i / DM160i / DM220i (PR20)