Setup is pretty simple. After connecting to a spare port on my broadband router, I powered the WiFi link on. It went through some form of startup routing (visible on the small screen), showing the local IP address on the screen, checking/flashing the firmware and then setting the date and time. Presumably at some point it made contact with a central server to register that it had been powered on. Here's a shot of it going through the startup sequence:
Locating the WiFi Link unit and registering for web control is better than the log in experience. On the web you enter the MAC address of the WiFi link, their server then pushes a 4 digit PIN on to the actual unit. After reading this off the screen you then put it back into the browser and registration is complete. Presumably the WiFi link published it's MAC address to the central server which links it to the IP address of your broadband line.
Using the website you can start entering details of the other kit you've got set up in your home. You specify rooms names (e.g. "Study") and device names (e.g. "Dehumidifier"). Here's an example:
You then put the actual device in learning mode (see previous post), press the on button on the web interface and pairing occurs. So it seems the flow is:
- Web browser to LightwaveRF server.
- LightwaveRF web server to WiFi link unit in your house.
- WiFi link unit to the actual device (using the proprietary RF protocol).
The final point is on the name of the WiFi link. From what I can see it does not using WiFi at all, (i.e. 802.11b,g or n). Is it legal to call it WiFi when it's clearly not??