3 Best Ways to Connect a Yamaha Disklavier Piano to the Internet

Kevin Busse Feb 04, 2024
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Table of Contents
  1. I. Ethernet: Direct Internet Connection for Disklavier (Recommended)
  2. II. WPS: Internet Connection for Disklavier (Not Recommended)
  3. III. Nano Router: Wireless Bridge Internet Connection for Disklavier (Recommended)
    1. Setup the Nano Router for your Disklavier Piano in 'Client Mode' in 5 steps
  4. Not working?

As a Piano Technician, here are the 3 Best Ways to Connect Yamaha Disklavier Player Pianos to the internet.

I have connected 100+ Yamaha Disklavier Enspire Pianos to the internet. Here are the 3 best ways to do just that.

Connection to the internet helps customers experience new music and piano performances in their living room, especially if they upgraded to a DKC-900 from a Mark IV or E3 piano system. They no longer have to deal with the floppy drive and floppy disks, which opens up a whole new world of musical possibilities.

Yamaha Disklavier: 3 Best Routers to Connect Internet Wi-Fi

Internet-connected Disklavier Pianos also provide customers with direct access to purchase music on Yamaha Musicsoft in real time. With a strong network connection, instant access to extra music outside of the built-in songs provides easier access to the songs of the finest musicians in the comfort of your own home.

I. Ethernet: Direct Internet Connection for Disklavier (Recommended)

Lan Cable for internet

If you don't mind looking at an extra wire, a direct connection from the Lan line coming from the wall of your home is the strongest connection available. This is also the least-complicated setup process.

It's best to pick an ethernet cable that is at least 8ft long so that it can reach the plug in the wall.

Also, be sure to pick a color that matches, blends, or looks acceptable to the room decor.

Take zip ties and tie the Lan cable against any pre-existing wires to simplify the look of the wires coming from the piano.

Find where the ethernet jack is on the CC unit, be sure to look for the black box under the soundboard area of the piano.

So long as you can confirm that internet is running through the wall, your connection will be the strongest connection possible after it's all plugged in!

II. WPS: Internet Connection for Disklavier (Not Recommended)

Notes:

  • The Piano Must be in "RT" Mode (back of switchbox)

  • Turn off piano via app (otherwise you may have to re-establish connection each time)

UD-WL01

*The UD-WL01 allows access to maintenance mode for Piano Technicians if there is no internet connection.

UD-WL01

The UD-WL01 is also a critical component to establish connectivity to the Disklavier Network in order to operate the app. (The Disklavier emits it’s own Wi-Fi network within a 50ft radius because of this device).

WPS Connection

This form of connection to the internet does not always work (I have seen it work successfully 3 times!).

Typically the router has to be within the same room as the piano, and it must have a button on the router itself to enable a WPS connection and/or WPS functionality. If there is no button on the router for WPS connections, then it’s likely that you’ll be unable to setup a WPS connection.

The instructions list how to pair the UD-WL01 to a router with 3 steps

In short...

1. Insert the UD-WL01 into the USB to Device jack in the back of the switch box

2. Press and hold the WPS button on the UD-WL01 for 3 seconds

3. Press the WPS Button on your home router

All that needs to be done is to press and hold the button pictured here for 3 seconds. Meanwhile, press the WPS button on the client's router so that these two devices can "pair." It's just like someone would pair a set of bluetooth headphones to their laptop or iPhone.

Once the devices pair, you should be all set!

In Depth Article ==> Connect Yamaha Disklavier Piano: WPS Mode

WPS Connection

Want to Learn More? ==> Explained: Yamaha UD-WL01 Wireless Lan Adapter for Piano

III. Nano Router: Wireless Bridge Internet Connection for Disklavier (Recommended)

This is my preferred method of Piano internet connection.

This connection is half wireless and half wired as you can see in the diagram below.

Hybrid Internet Connection for Yamaha Disklavier

Read ==> 3 Best Routers to Connect Disklavier to Internet

Setup the Nano Router for your Disklavier Piano in 'Client Mode' in 5 steps

Instructions for 'Client Mode' (which is the proper setting) setup are available in the paper instructions inside the box, which works for most networks in customer’s homes.

Step 1: Plug-in the Nano Router and ethernet cable

TP-Link Connection

The N300 Nano Router (Piano Router) is mounted to the beam above the leg next to the CC Unit.

I've wrapped the ethernet cable very tightly to keep it condensed and orderly.

Disklavier cabling

The Nano Router is powered by an additional extension cord that I installed because the power supply of the Piano does not always have enough AC outlets for the Router to plug into.

Step 2: Reset the TP-Link N300 Wireless Portable Nano Travel Router

After plugging everything in, reset the router.

I do this by pressing this button with a capstan tool.

Reset TP-Link N300 Nano Router

Resetting is something you need to do if you...

-Entered the incorrect password

-Connection has not been established

-Piano has been moved into a new home

-New network

Step 3: Connect to TP-Link Wi-Fi network and enter 8 digit Password

In your iPhone settings, go to Wi-Fi, look for a WiFi network that starts with "TP-Link".

Then, enter the 8 digit passcode underneath the second bar code at the lower right hand side on the back of the square box.

TP Link Nano router N300

The passcode for the TP-Link network (found in WiFi settings) for the device in this picture reads "60148186."

Step 4. Launch http://tplinkwifi.net

Choose from Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari etc. and launch a new tab and enter "http://tplinkwifi.net" into the URL.

*Create a new password to log in. 

Step 4: Software configuration of the TP-Link N300 Wireless Portable Nano Travel Router

  • Enter in any password

Do not get carried away with passwords because whenever the device is "reset" then it will always ask you to create a new password. I have never had to enter the password to get back into the system. I reset them all the time!

TP-Link Setup

I always click "Use Strong Password" because it's quick & easy.

TP-Link Nano Router setup

Continue with Quick setup by pressing "next."

TP-Link N300 Nano Router setup

Select "Client" Mode to properly configure the TP-Link

TP-Link Nano Router Setup

"Connect" to the strongest network you know the password to.

This screen will show you all available networks that the router can join.

It is ranked by strongest network at the top and least strongest networks at the bottom.

Choose your strongest network.

TP-Link Nano Router

Enter in the password of that WiFi network and click "next."

*If you selected your regular home wifi, this would be the password you share with family and guests to login to the network.

TP-Link Internet Setup

Press "next," unless you need to enter in a unique static IP address that is generally only needed for higher security networks.

*If you believe the network is a bit more complicated and after already trying the instruction instructions below, please reference - Static IP: How Best to Setup TP Link with Yamaha Disklavier (Ask to contact the "IT Guy")

...9 times out of 10, pressing the "next" button will do.

TP-Link Nano Router setup

Press "finish" so that the system can reboot, which may take a few minutes.

TP-Link N300 Nano Router Setup

Make sure to wait until the bar loads 100% so that it reboots properly.

TP-Link N300 Nano Router Setup

Once you see this screen, exit out of the browser tab and get back on your preferred home network/the network you connected to the piano.

Finally, open the Yamaha Disklavier Enspire iPhone App and test to see if you can play songs on Disklavier Radio.

Step 5: Power cycle the Disklavier (If needed)

Power the Disklavier down by pressing the power button located underneath the switchbox.

After about 15 seconds, turn it back on and you should be connected to the internet.

If that doesn't work, then you may need to configure a static IP address in the router settings so that home network does not see the Piano N300 Nano Router as a "Rogue AP." Contact the "IT guy" if they have one.

The Yamaha Disklavier is now all connected to the internet!

Once you are all connected to the internet, it may prompt the start of a software update. Depending on the strength of the internet, this can take from 5 minutes to 45 minutes.

I always test whether or not I have internet connection on these self-playing pianos by the Yamaha Piano Radio known as Disklavier Radio. These radio-type broadcasts have channels of 24-hour uninterrupted streams of music.

4 TP-Link Nano Routers

Here is my stash of N300 Nano Routers that I like to keep in my car.

If there is ever a Nano Router that doesn't work, I always have a couple backups.

Occasionally, there will be a customer who needs help connecting their piano to the internet who has a different router of a different brand underneath the piano. In a situation like this, I will use my preferred router because I know it's reliable and easy to setup. Routers aren't complex once you learn about how to set up.

However, if I were to learn about every new router that I encounter in the field, it would add significant time to my service visits. So, I prefer to bring my own routers.

Not working?

If you have successfully completed these steps and still cannot connect to the internet (Green light on TP-Link is solid green), you may need to connect to a Static IP Address. Learn how ==> Static IP: How Best to Setup TP-Link with Yamaha Disklavier

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Table of Contents
  1. I. Ethernet: Direct Internet Connection for Disklavier (Recommended)
  2. II. WPS: Internet Connection for Disklavier (Not Recommended)
  3. III. Nano Router: Wireless Bridge Internet Connection for Disklavier (Recommended)
    1. Setup the Nano Router for your Disklavier Piano in 'Client Mode' in 5 steps
  4. Not working?