B&B Electronics ESP904 Technical data

RS-232 / RS-422 / RS-485
Quad-Port Multi-Interface
Ethernet Serial Server
Models: ESP904, ESP904E
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Table of Contents
CHAPTER 1: INTRODUCTION .............................................................................. 1
FEATURES .................................................................................................................. 1
COMMUNICATION MODES ......................................................................................... 2
Direct IP Mode ..................................................................................................... 2
Virtual COM Mode ............................................................................................... 2
Paired Mode ......................................................................................................... 3
Heart Beat ............................................................................................................. 3
ESP904 QUICK START GUIDE.................................................................................... 4
Hardware Setup .................................................................................................... 4
Software Installation ............................................................................................. 4
ESP904 Configuration .......................................................................................... 5
Install Virtual COM Ports on PC.......................................................................... 6
Check Communications ........................................................................................ 6
CHAPTER 2: MAKING THE HARDWARE CONNECTIONS ........................... 7
PACKAGE CHECKLIST ................................................................................................ 7
ESP904 CONNECTIONS, INDICATORS AND RESET SWITCH ........................................ 7
Indicator Lights..................................................................................................... 8
Ethernet Connector ............................................................................................... 8
Power Connector .................................................................................................. 8
Reset Button .......................................................................................................... 8
Serial Ports ........................................................................................................... 9
SERIAL SERVER/PORT OPERATIONAL MODES ........................................................... 9
Default Mode ........................................................................................................ 9
Console Mode ..................................................................................................... 10
Upgrade Mode .................................................................................................... 10
RS-232 Mode....................................................................................................... 10
RS-422 Mode....................................................................................................... 10
RS-485 Mode....................................................................................................... 11
ESP904 SERIAL PORT CONNECTOR PIN-OUTS ......................................................... 12
CHAPTER 3: INSTALLING THE VLINX ESP SOFTWARE............................ 13
SOFTWARE INSTALLATION....................................................................................... 13
Automatic Installation ......................................................................................... 13
Manual Installation ............................................................................................. 13
Updating an Existing Installation ....................................................................... 15
Opening the ESP Manager ................................................................................. 16
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CHAPTER 4: USING ESP MANAGER ................................................................. 17
HARDWARE SETUP .................................................................................................. 17
SOFTWARE SETUP .................................................................................................... 18
SOFTWARE OVERVIEW ............................................................................................ 19
Menus .................................................................................................................. 19
Server Icons Pane ............................................................................................... 21
Serial Server / Virtual COM Lists ....................................................................... 21
Status Bar............................................................................................................ 22
SEARCH FOR SERVERS ............................................................................................. 22
CONFIGURE SERVER PROPERTIES ............................................................................ 23
CHAPTER 5: CONFIGURING THE ESP904 SERVER PROPERTIES ........... 27
DESCRIPTION OF THE SERVER PROPERTIES .............................................................. 28
Server Name ........................................................................................................ 28
Serial Number ..................................................................................................... 28
Password ............................................................................................................. 28
DHCP ................................................................................................................. 28
IP Address ........................................................................................................... 29
Netmask ............................................................................................................... 30
Gateway .............................................................................................................. 30
MAC Address ...................................................................................................... 30
Version & Date ................................................................................................... 30
Link Status........................................................................................................... 30
Server Serial Port ............................................................................................... 30
Baud Rate ............................................................................................................ 30
Data/Parity/Stop ................................................................................................. 31
Flow Control ....................................................................................................... 31
TCP/UDP Protocol ............................................................................................. 31
Serial Timeout ..................................................................................................... 32
TCP Alive Timeout .............................................................................................. 32
Connection Mode ................................................................................................ 32
Delimiter HEX 1 and Delimiter HEX 2 ............................................................... 32
Force Transmit ................................................................................................... 33
Port Status........................................................................................................... 33
TCP/UDP Port .................................................................................................... 33
Serial Port Mode ................................................................................................. 33
Connection At ..................................................................................................... 34
Max Connection .................................................................................................. 34
Remote IP Address .............................................................................................. 34
Update/Save ........................................................................................................ 34
CHAPTER 6: INSTALLING VIRTUAL COM PORTS ...................................... 39
VIRTUAL COM PORT INSTALLATION ...................................................................... 39
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MATCHING THE ESP904 AND VIRTUAL COM PORT SETTINGS................................ 42
CHAPTER 7: REMOVING VIRTUAL COM PORTS ......................................... 45
REMOVING THE VIRTUAL COM PORT WITH ESP MANAGER ................................... 45
REMOVING THE VIRTUAL COM PORT USING DEVICE MANAGER ............................ 46
CHAPTER 8: UPGRADING THE ESP904 FIRMWARE.................................... 49
DOWNLOADING THE FIRMWARE .............................................................................. 49
UPGRADING VIA ESP MANAGER ............................................................................. 49
Preparing the Software ....................................................................................... 49
Upgrading the Firmware .................................................................................... 50
CHAPTER 9: USING CONSOLE MODE ............................................................. 51
CONSOLE MODE SETUP ........................................................................................... 51
Navigating the Configuration Menus .................................................................. 52
Using a Password ............................................................................................... 53
CHAPTER 10: USING THE WEB SERVER ........................................................ 55
SETTING SERVER PROPERTIES ................................................................................. 55
CHAPTER 11: USING TELNET ............................................................................ 59
CONFIGURATION USING TELNET ............................................................................. 59
Navigating the Configuration Menu ................................................................... 60
CHAPTER 12: ESP904 TECHNICAL DATA ....................................................... 63
APPENDIX A: RS-232 CONNECTIONS ............................................................... 67
ESP904 DB-9 PIN-OUTS IN RS-232 MODE .............................................................. 67
RS-232 Straight-through Cable Connections ...................................................... 68
RS-232 Crossover (null modem) Cable Connections .......................................... 68
RS-232 Crossover DB-9 to DB-25 Conversion Connections .............................. 69
RS-232 DTE Loopback Connections ................................................................... 70
APPENDIX B: RS-422 CONNECTIONS ............................................................... 71
ESP904 DB-9 PIN-OUTS IN RS-422 MODE .............................................................. 71
APPENDIX C: RS-485 CONNECTIONS ............................................................... 75
ESP904 DB-9 PIN-OUT IN RS-485 MODE ................................................................ 75
APPENDIX D: NETWORK CONNECTIONS ...................................................... 77
STANDARD ETHERNET CABLE RJ-45 PIN-OUT ......................................................... 77
CROSSOVER ETHERNET CABLE RJ-45 PIN-OUT ....................................................... 78
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Introduction
Chapter 1: INTRODUCTION
The VLINX Model ESP904 Quad-Port Ethernet Serial Server provides
Ethernet to Serial connections for RS-232, RS-422 or RS-485 devices. The
serial ports can be accessed over a LAN/WAN using Direct IP Mode, Virtual
COM Port, or Paired Mode connections. The 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
connection auto-selects 10BaseT or 100BaseTX and indicates the type of
connection with a bi-color link light.
Features

4 multi-interface serial ports - RS-232, RS-422, RS-485; software
selectable connections

10/100 Mbps Ethernet with Auto Selection

LAN and WAN Communications

TCP or UDP Client or Server operation - configurable

Software Support - Windows 98/ME/2000/2003/NT 4.0/XP and Vista

Firmware Upload for future revisions/upgrades

Configuration of Ethernet and serial port settings can be accomplished
using any of four methods:
o VLINX ESP Manager Software for Windows allows
configuration via a network connection or directly from the
Ethernet port of a computer (using an Ethernet crossover cable).
o Web Server allows configuration via the network using any
web browser.
o Telnet allows configuration via the network by accessing the
setup configuration menu.
o Console Mode allows configuration through an RS-232 serial
port in using a VT100 Terminal Emulation program and an RS232 crossover cable.

Virtual COM Driver Software for Windows - installs a virtual COM
port, viewable in the Windows Device Manager under Ports (COM &
LPT). Virtual COM port provides access to any of the ports on the
ESP904, like any other serial port (legacy, PCI, USB or PCMCIA) on
the computer. Any program running on the computer and using
Windows-based COM ports can access the serial devices attached to the
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ESP904. The LAN becomes transparent to the serial device and the
software running on the PC.

Heart Beat Connection - selectable protocol ensures reliable
communications in Virtual COM Port or Paired Connection modes. This
feature restores the connections if communications are temporarily lost
at either end due to loss of power or the Ethernet connection.
Communication Modes
The ESP904 enables communication with serial devices over a LAN or
WAN. Serial devices no longer are limited to a physical connection to the PC
COM port. They can be installed anywhere on the LAN using TCP/IP or
UDP/IP communications. This allows traditional Windows PC software
access to serial devices anywhere on the LAN/WAN network.
Direct IP Mode
Direct IP connections allow applications using TCP/IP or UDP/IP socket
programs to communicate with the asynchronous serial ports on the ESP904.
In this type of application the ESP904 is configured as a TCP or UDP server.
The socket program running on the PC establishes a communication
connection with the ESP904. The data is sent directly to and from the serial
port on the server. When using UDP protocol the server can be configured to
broadcast data to and receive data from multiple IP addresses.
Virtual COM Mode
Use Install Virtual COM to add a driver, to provide a virtual COM port on
the computer. The new COM port shows up in the Device Manager.
Windows programs using standard Windows API calls are able to interface
to virtual COM ports. When a program on the PC opens the new COM port,
it communicates with the remote serial device connected to one of the ports
on the ESP904.
After connection, the LAN is transparent to the program and serial device.
Applications are able to work just as if the serial device is connected directly
to a physical COM port on the computer. The virtual COM port software
converts the application’s data into IP packets, sends it across the network to
the ESP904, which converts the IP packet back to serial data and sends the
data out a serial port located on the ESP904.
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To use this mode, the ESP904 must be set to either TCP/server or
UDP/server with a designated communication port number. The virtual COM
driver is the TCP or UDP client.
Paired Mode
Paired Mode is also called serial tunneling. In this mode any two serial
devices that can communicate with a serial link will be able to communicate
using two ESP904s and the LAN.
Two ESP904s are connected to a network, one configured as a TCP or UDP
client and the other as a TCP/UDP server. When setting up the server the
remote IP address section must contain the address of the client. This will
allow the client’s IP address to pass the IP address-filtering feature of the
server. Conversely, the Remote IP address of the client must contain the
server’s IP address. Both communication port numbers must be the same.
Heart Beat
The Heart Beat protocol connection provides a reliable communications
connection in Virtual COM Port Mode or with Paired Connection Mode.
This feature restores the connection if communications are temporarily lost at
either end due to loss of power or Ethernet connection.
Without this feature a device that loses a connection and stops
communicating would not be able to reconnect without human intervention.
A TCP data connection can be lost when there is a power failure or
temporary loss of an Ethernet connection on either the client or server. If a
loss occurs the Heart Beat feature will try to reconnect the TCP data
connection every five seconds until communications is established again. The
Heart Beat feature is available for use in Virtual COM Port Mode and Paired
Connection Mode. This is not available when using a UDP application.
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ESP904 Quick Start Guide
For descriptive purposes this Quick Start Guide considers a typical
configuration consisting of a PC connected via an Ethernet LAN to an
ESP904 Serial Server connected to the RS-232 port of a serial device.
Hardware Setup
Figure 1. Quick Start Hardware Setup
Step 1: Connect the ESP904 to the network using a standard network cable
Step 2: Connect the ESP904 to the RS-232 serial device.
Note:
If the serial device is configured as a DCE use a straight-through serial cable. If
the serial device is configured as a DTE use a crossover (null modem) cable.
Step 3: Apply power to the Serial Server.
Software Installation
Using the CD included with the ESP904, install the VLINX ESP Manager
software on the configuring computer.
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ESP904 Configuration
Step 1: Open the ESP Manager software. It will automatically search for
any reachable (ESP90x) Serial Servers. A list of all Serial Servers
connected to the LAN will appear in the Serial Server List window.
Step 2: Double click the first ESP904 port on the list (4000) to bring up the
Server Properties configuration screen.
Figure 2. The Server Properties Window
Step 3: Change the Server Properties as required.


Enable DHCP to allow the ESP904 to generate its own IP
address
OR
Obtain appropriate static IP, Netmask and Gateway addresses
from your Network Administrator (recommended)

Set the Console Mode property to RS-232 to match the serial
device connected to the ESP904 serial port 1.

Set Baud Rate, Data/Parity/Stop, and Flow Control to match
the configuration of the serial device connected to the ESP904
serial port
Step 4: When the parameters have been set, click Update. Following the
prompts in the dialogue boxes, Restart the Serial Server and
Search all reachable servers again.
Step 5: Re-enter Server Properties to verify the changes have taken effect,
or to view/change the configuration of other ports. Each port must
be configured separately.
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Install Virtual COM Ports on PC
Step 1: From the Windows Start menu, run the Install Virtual COM Ports
utility included with the VLINX software,
Step 2: Search for all servers on the network
Step 3: Select the first port (4000) and map it to an unused COM port (e.g.
Port 15). Configure it for TCP protocol and the appropriate IP
address (determined in the last section).
Figure 3. Configuring the Virtual COM Port
Check Communications
Step 1: From the Windows Start menu, run HyperTerminal
Step 2: Configure HyperTerminal to connect using the COM port
configured in the last section (e.g. Port 15).
Step 3: Set Baud Rate, Data/Parity/Stop, and Flow Control to match the
configuration of the serial device connected to the ESP904 serial
port.
Step 4: Communications with the serial device should now be operational.
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Package Checklist
The ESP904 4-port serial server is shipped with the following items
included:




ESP904 Serial Server Module
Power supply
This manual
CD-ROM disc with manual, VLINX ESP Manager and Virtual COM
Driver software for Windows 98/ME/2000/2003/XP/NT 4.0/Vista
ESP904 Connections, Indicators and Reset Switch
The ESP904 has:

Seven indicator LEDs

One Ethernet connector

A power connector

A recessed reset switch

Four serial port connectors
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Indicator Lights
Light
Indication
Power
Red - power is applied
Link
Yellow – 10BaseT Ethernet connection established
Green – 100BaseTX Ethernet connection established
Ready
Flashing Green – system is ready
Serial (4)
When set up as a TCP server:
Steady Green - client has made a connection,
communications starting
Flashing Green – data present at serial port
Light off – connection closed
When setup in UDP mode:
Steady Green (all ports)
Flashing Green – data is being transmitted
Ethernet Connector
The ESP904 has a standard RJ-45 receptacle mounted in the top edge of the
chassis. The ESP904 can be connected to an Ethernet hub, switch, or wall
plate using a standard straight-through RJ-45 (male) Ethernet cable. To
connect directly to an RJ45 Ethernet port on a PC or laptop a crossover
Ethernet cable must be used.
Note:
Refer to Appendix D for details on Network Cables
Power Connector
Plug the ultra-miniature phone plug from the included power supply into the
power jack and then plug the supply in. When power is applied the Red
power light will illuminate. The tip of the power plug is positive; the sleeve
is negative.
Reset Button
This switch resets the unit, similar to the effect of removing/applying power.
The Reset switch is recessed to avoid accidental operation. To reset the unit,
insert a small plastic tool, press lightly and hold for 3 seconds. The Link and
Ready lights will go out and then come back on.
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Network
Connector
RJ-45
female
Reset
Switch
Power jack
2.5 mm Tip (+)
Figure 4. Top View of the ESP904
Serial Ports
The ESP904 has four serial ports, each configurable through software as RS232, RS-422 or RS-485 interfaces. When in RS-232 mode the interfaces are
configured as DTEs (Data Terminal Equipment).The connectors are DB-9M.
Serial Ports
4
3
2
1
Figure 5. The ESP904 Serial Port Connectors
Serial Server/Port Operational Modes
Using the ESP Manager the ESP904 Serial Server can be put into Console
Mode, Default Mode or Upgrade Mode. The serial ports can be configured
for RS-232, RS-422 or RS-485 operation.
Default Mode
When Default Mode is selected and the Server Properties are Updated
(Saved) all the configuration settings return to their default values. The
default settings for the ESP904 serial ports are: Console Mode for Port 1;
RS-232 mode for Ports 2, 3 and 4.
Note:
Refer to Chapter 5 for details on Server Configuration settings Refer to Chapter
12 for Serial Server default parameters.
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Console Mode
In Console Mode the ESP904 Configuration Menu can be accessed from a
PC by connecting its RS-232 serial port to Port 1. Since the PC is a DTE
device, and the ESP904 serial ports are configured as DTEs (with DB-9M
connectors), a null modem crossover cable must be used.
In Console Mode the default serial port settings are: 9600 baud, 8 data bits,
No parity, and 1 stop bit. From Windows, HyperTerminal with VT100
terminal emulation can be used for Console Mode configuration.
Note:
Refer to Chapter 9 for details on Console Mode
Upgrade Mode
In Upgrade Mode firmware can be uploaded from a PC via its serial port to
the ESP904 Port 1, using RS-232. Upgrading also can be via the network
connection, using the ESP Manager software and a virtual COM port mapped
to the ESP904 Port 1.
Note:
Refer to Chapter 8 for details on Upgrade Mode
RS-232 Mode
In RS-232 Mode the currently selected serial port is configured as an RS-232
interface supporting eight RS-232 signal lines plus Signal Ground and is
configured as DTE like a computer. Signals are single ended and referenced
to Ground. To use handshaking, Flow Control must be set to RTS/CTS
during Configuration.
Note:
Refer to Appendix A for RS-232 connection pin-outs.
RS-422 Mode
In RS-422 Mode the currently selected serial port is configured as an RS-422
interface supporting four RS-422 signal channels with full duplex operation
for Receive, Transmit, RTS (Request To Send) and CTS (Clear To Send).
The data lines are differential pairs (A & B) in which the B lines positive
relative to the A lines in the idle (mark) state. Ground provides a common
mode reference. To use handshaking Flow Control must be set to RTS/CTS
during configuration.
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Note:
Refer to Appendix B RS-422 connection pin-outs.
RS-485 Mode
In RS-485 Mode Mode the currently selected serial port is configured as an
RS-485 interface supporting transmit (TX) and receive (RX) signal channels
using 2-wire, half-duplex operation. The data lines are differential with the
Data B line positive relative to Data A in the idle (mark) state. Ground
provides a common mode reference.
Note:
Refer to Appendix C for RS-485 connection pin-outs.
RS-485 Receiver Biasing can be implemented from the ESP904 if the
network does not supply it. Remove the two side-cover screws of the
ESP904, slide the cover off and re-position the bias jumpers (shown open in
the figure below) to enable biasing (shorting).
Figure 6. Internal Setting to Select RS-485 Bias
Note:
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ESP904 Serial Port Connector Pin-outs
Pin-outs for RS-232, RS-422 and RS-485 operation are shown below.
DB-9M
Pin
RS-232
Signal Name
DTE
RS-422
RS-485
1
Carrier Detect
DCD
In
RXDA (−)
--
2
Receive Data
RXD
In
RXDB (+)
--
3
Transmit Data
TXD
Out
TXDB (+)
Data B (+)
4
Data Terminal Ready
DTR
Out
TXDA (−)
Data A (−)
5
Signal Ground
GND
---
GND
GND
6
Data Set Ready
DSR
In
CTSA (−)
--
7
Request To Send
RTS
Out
CTSB (+)
--
8
Clear To Send
CTS
In
RTSB (+)
--
9
Ring Indicator
RI
In
RTSA (−)
Figure 7. Serial Connection Pin-outs for RS-232/RS-422/RS485
Note:
For more information on RS-232, RS-422 and RS-485 pin-outs, cable
connections and loopback connections refer to Appendices A, B and C
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Chapter 3: INSTALLING THE VLINX ESP
SOFTWARE
The Windows-based ESP Manager and Virtual COM Port software makes
configuration fast and easy. If using Windows, installing the ESP Manager
software and setting up virtual COM ports to configure the ESP904 is
recommended.
Software Installation
The VLINX ESP software includes:

ESP Manager

Install Virtual COM Ports

Uninstall Virtual COM Ports
Automatic Installation
Step 1a: Inserting the VLINX CD in the CD-ROM should automatically
launch the Install Shield Wizard.
Manual Installation
Step 1b: To manually start the software installation, from the Windows
Destop, click Start button. At the Run command line type
D:start.exe. Then select OK. (D: is the drive letter for the CD
ROM.)
Figure 8. The Run Dialogue Box
The Install Shield Wizard window will be displayed.
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Figure 9. The Install Shield Wizard Window
Step 2: When the VLINX ESP Setup window appears, click Next.
Figure 10. VLINX ESP Setup Window
Figure 11. The Choose Destination Window
Step 3: When Choose Destination Location appears, click Next.
The installation progress will be shown until complete.
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Figure 12. The Install Shield Wizard Complete Window
Step 4: Click Finish when the Install Shield Wizard Complete dialogue
appears. When finished, dialogue box will close.
Updating an Existing Installation
If an older version of the ESP Manager software is already installed, the
Modify, repair or remove the program window will appear when the
installation process is initiated:
Figure 13. The InstallShield Wizard Modify, Repair or Remove Screen
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The recommended procedure is to Remove all installed components first
Once the software has been removed, Install the new software.
Opening the ESP Manager
Step 5: If the ESP904 is not already connected to the network or to the
Ethernet port on the computer, connect it. Apply power.
The Power indicator should light red, the Link light should indicate
which type of Ethernet connection has been made and the Ready
LED will flash indicating configuration can begin.
Step 6: Start the ESP Manager software. From the Windows Desktop, click:
Start  Programs  B&B Electronics  VLINX  ESP Servers
 VLINX ESP Manager.
As soon as the ESP Manager opens it will initiate Searching
Server and after a few seconds the Serial Server List will display
all (ESP90x) Serial Servers on the network.
Figure 14. ESP Manager Displaying all ESP90x Serial Servers
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Chapter 4: USING ESP MANAGER
The ESP Manager software allows:

Searching for servers connected to the network

Displaying and changing the configuration of those servers

Installing virtual COM ports on a computer

Displaying and configuring virtual COM ports

Uninstalling virtual COM ports on a computer

Upgrading the ESP904 firmware

Monitoring Port Status

Saving and Loading Configuration Files
Hardware Setup
Step 1: Connect the ESP904 to the LAN or to a computer Ethernet port.
Figure 15. Ethernet Connection via a LAN
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Figure 16. Direct Ethernet Connection using a Crossover Cable
Note:
Use an Ethernet Crossover Cable if connecting directly to a computer LAN
card.
Step 2: Apply power. The Red Power indicator will light, the Link indicator
lights when an Ethernet connection is made, and the Ready indicator
will flash.
Software Setup
Step 3: To run the ESP Manager, from the Windows Desktop click:
Start  Programs  B&B Electronics  VLINX  ESP Servers
 VLINX ESP Manager
As soon as the ESP Manager opens it will initiate Searching Server and
after a few seconds the Serial Server List will display all (ESP90x) Serial
Servers on the network.
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Figure 17. The VLINX ESP Manager Window
Software Overview
The VLINX ESP Manager window provides the following information:

Menus (Server, View, Exit, Help)

Server Icons (Firmware Upgrade, Virtual COM Configuration,
Searching Server, Uninstall Virtual COM, Monitor Port Status)

Serial Server / Virtual COM Lists

Software Status (Ready, Updating, Searching, etc)
Menus
Server

Firmware Upgrade - Used when downloading new firmware to the
Serial Server.
Note:
See Chapter 8 for more information on upgrading firmware.

Virtual COM Configuration - Selects the Virtual COM List. Double
clicking on any COM port in the Virtual COM List brings up a window
that allows changing the virtual COM settings such as Flow Control,
Protocol, IP address, and Port Number. Virtual COM settings must
match Serial Server port settings.
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
Searching Server - Searches for Serial Servers on the network and
brings back configuration information that will be displayed in the
Server Properties window.

Uninstall Virtual COM - Allows virtual COM ports to be uninstalled
from the ESP Manager window.

Monitor Port Status - Brings up a screen that displays the following
information associated with the selected serial port.
Figure 18. The Port Status Window
o
o
o
o
o
o

Serial TX: Displays the number of bytes of data sent to the
serial device since the IP connection was established.
Serial RX: Displays the number of bytes of data received from
the connected serial device since the IP connection was
established.
DTR/RTS: The DTR/RTS Port Status indicator displays the
current logic state of the DTR and RTS hardware handshake
(output) lines for the selected Serial Server port (1 = asserted, 0
= not asserted)
DCD/DSR/CTS: The DCD/DSR/CTS Port Status indicator
displays the current logic state being received on the DCD,
DSR and CTS hardware handshake (input) lines of the selected
Serial Server port (1 = asserted, 0 = not asserted)
Status: Indicates whether the client software has made a
connection with the Serial Server.
IP Address: Displays the IP address of the connected client
when there is a client connection
Save Configuration File - Allows the user to save the current
configuration information to a file with a .vcom extension.
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View
Provides three viewing options for the ESP Manager screen:

Toolbar – allows the toolbar (directly under the menu bar) to be
viewable or hidden

Status Bar – allows the Status Bar (at the bottom of the screen to be
viewable or hidden

Split – allows the position of the split between the Icons pane and the
Virtual COM List / Serial Server List panes to be dragged horizontally
using the mouse
Exit
Help

Allows you to Exit the ESP Manager program

Accesses the About vcomui dialogue box, which indicates the software
version number
Server Icons Pane
Firmware Upgrade, Virtual COM Configuration, Searching Server,
Uninstall Virtual COM and Monitor Port Status can also be selected using
icons located in the left window.
Serial Server / Virtual COM Lists
To make management of lists of Serial Server easier, lists can be sorted by
clicking on any tab heading. Scrolling bars facilitate scrolling through long
lists.
Serial Server List
 Server Name - Displays the name of the Serial Server. The name is
listed once for each port.

IP Address - Displays the IP Address for the Serial Server. All ports in
a Serial Server have the same the same IP address.

Protocol - Displays the currently selected TCP or UDP mode for the
Serial Server.

Port - Displays the port number for each Serial Server port.
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COM Name - Displays the name of the computer COM port mapped to
each Serial Server port. If no computer port has been mapped it displays
Not mapped.

Status - The Status indicates the mapped virtual COM port condition.
o
Not Connected is shown when a program does not have the
port Open.
o
Connected is shown when that mapped port is Open for use.
Virtual COM List
 COM Name - Displays the number of the COM port mapped to each
Serial Server port.

IP Address - Displays the IP Address for the Serial Server. All ports in
a Serial Server have the same IP address.

Protocol - Displays the currently selected TCP or UDP mode for the
Serial Server.

Port - Displays the port number for each Serial Server port.

Flow Control - Indicates what type of flow control is configured for
each port.

Status - Indicates whether each port is currently In Use or Not Used.
Status Bar
Displays the current status of the software in the bottom, left corner of the screen

Ready

Updating

Searching reachable servers…
Search for Servers
Upon opening the ESP Manager software it will automatically execute
Searching Server and search for all reachable ESP90x serial servers.
Step 4: To manually initiate a search for servers, click Searching Servers
(under the Servers menu or the icon on the left side of the screen).
The Search Setup box will appear.
It provides two options for searching for servers on the network:

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Figure 19. The Search Setup Window
Step 5: Enter the IP Address assigned to the ESP904 or click Search all
reachable servers, then OK. IP Address is used to find ESP904
units that are not on the same subnet. (Routers on the network will
block the standard broadcast used to find servers if Search all
reachable servers is selected.) The user must set an IP address that
conforms to the LAN addressing scheme.
The Searching window is shown until all active
ESP901/ESP902/ESP904 serial servers on the LAN are listed in the
Serial Server List window.
Figure 20. The Search VLINX ESP Dialogue Box
Configure Server Properties
Step 6: The Server Properties window displays the current configuration properties
for the currently selected server.
To open the Server Properties window, highlight the serial server in the
Serial Server List window, double-click to open.
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The Server Properties window is used to configure and store the
Server configuration settings. Details for setting Properties are
shown in the next chapter.
Figure 21. The Server Properties Window
Note:
ESP Manager Navigation:
Use the mouse to select the property and parameters or
Tab to move to the next property
Tab+Shift to move back to previous property
Arrows to move between properties or change values or contents of the
current property
Enter to select update or cancel
Step 7: After configuring as needed, click Update to store the configuration
in the server. The following window will appear:
Figure 22. The vcomui Window
Step 8: Click Yes to restart. The following dialogue box will appear:
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Figure 23. The Restarting Dialogue Box
After eight seconds a dialogue box will ask whether you want to
search for all reachable servers again.
Figure 24. The Server Search Dialogue Box
While the Serial Server is searching for all reachable servers the
following dialogue box appears:
Figure 25. The Search VLINX ESP Dialogue Box
After that port has been updated you may want to re-enter Server
Properties to verify the changes have taken effect, or to
view/change the configuration of other ports. Each port must be
configured separately.
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Chapter 5: CONFIGURING THE ESP904
SERVER PROPERTIES
The VLINX Serial Server can be configured using any of four different user
interfaces: the ESP Manager software, the Web Server, Console Mode or
Telnet. The Server Properties described in this chapter can be changed from
any of these user interfaces.
Figure 26. The Four Methods of Configuring Server Properties
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Description of the Server Properties
Figure 27. ESP Manager Server Properties Window
Server Name
This field displays the name that has been assigned to the Serial Server. A
new Server Name of up to 16 characters can be entered. If more than one
Serial Server is connected on the LAN it is recommended that a new name
be assigned to each. When the ESP Manager finds a Serial Server on the
LAN it displays the server name and IP Address allowing the user to
distinguish between Serial Servers.
Serial Number
Each Serial Server has a unique serial number. This is fixed and cannot be
changed.
Password
Entering a password activates a security feature on the Serial Server. Once a
password is entered it will be required to access the menu and make changes.
DHCP
DHCP servers are a part of numerous LAN management systems. The DHCP
field provides two choices: Disable and Enable. Disable is the normal, or
default, setting. When enabled, the ESP904 will send a DHCP request to the
DHCP server, which will assign a dynamic IP address, net mask, and
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gateway to the ESP904. If a DHCP server is not available on the network the
ESP904 will time out after 10 seconds and the default values will remain.
Note:
A dynamic address assigned by the DHCP server may change if the ESP904
loses the Ethernet connection or power is removed. The host (client)
communication software requests a connection to the specific IP address of the
serial server. If the DHCP reassigns a different IP address the software will not
be able to communicate with the hardware. Therefore, using a static IP address
is recommended.
IP Address
Software or hardware attempting to access the ESP904 server via the
network must know the IP Address of the server. A static IP address is
retained and remains the same each time the server is powered up or
starts/restarts. The default IP address of the ESP904 server is printed on a
label on the bottom cover of the ESP904. Entering an appropriate address in
the IP Address field and updating the server will change the server’s IP
address. The network administrator can assign/establish the static address or
group of addresses to be used.
The IP Address of the ESP904 server can be confirmed using the DOS Ping
command.
Note:
To use Ping to check for communications:
- Access a DOS window (in XP click Start, then Run)
- At run prompt enter: CMD
- In the DOS window enter: Ping xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx (IP address for the ESP904
to be confirmed)
- The command will return the Ping results indicating 4 replies
Figure 28. Pinging using the DOS command window
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Netmask
The default LAN netmask is configured for a Class C address. The user may
change this. Default is 255.255.255.0
Gateway
The Gateway IP address allows users to access the serial server from outside
the LAN.
MAC Address
The MAC address is fixed and cannot be changed. It is assigned in the
factory. Every Ethernet device manufactured has it own unique MAC
address.
Version & Date
The currently loaded version of the firmware, and when it was released, is
shown here.
Link Status
Link status automatically displays the type of Ethernet connection. It will
either display 10BaseT or 100BaseTX in full duplex or half duplex. This will
depend on the LAN, switches, hubs used in the LAN topology.
Server Serial Port
This field indicates the number of the port for with Serial Server properties
are currently being displayed. Changing the number in this field will cause
all the other fields to display the properties for the specified port. Note,
however, that before changing ports, any changes to properties must be
Updated (Saved) or the Serial Server will not retain them.
Note:
Click Update to store settings for each port before changing to the other port.
Baud Rate
The serial port baud rate on the ESP904 must match the serial baud rate of
the connected device unless using Virtual COM mode. In Virtual COM mode
the software program will establish serial settings.
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Data/Parity/Stop
Set this to match the data format used by the device connected when the
Virtual COM mode is not being used.
Flow Control
The Flow Control setting must match the requirements of the device
connected.
Note:
Select None when setting ESP Port 1 as RS-485 or 4-wire RS-422.
TCP/UDP Protocol
Select TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) or UDP (User Datagram
Protocol) protocol. If the application does not require a UDP connection,
select TCP. TCP guarantees reliable communication with error checking
whereas UDP provides faster transmission.
UDP Mode
When UDP mode is chosen the Serial timeout, TCP alive timeout,
Connection mode, Connection at, Max connection and Remote
IP address fields disappear and are replaced with four Destination
IP address range, Port number Source IP address range fields.
In this mode the server can be configured to broadcast data to and
receive data from multiple IP addresses. Four IP address range
fields are provided.
Figure 29. The Server UDP Configuration Screen
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Serial Timeout
Default for the Timeout property is 0, or no timeout. Setting Timeout to any
value between 1 and 65535 seconds activates it. If Timeout is set to 5
seconds and the Serial Server is configured as a Server, the Client makes a
connection and communications starts. If communications are ideal for 5
seconds the Serial Server will reset and make itself available for another
client connection.
TCP Alive Timeout
The Serial Server monitors TCP activity. If TCP activity stops for the length
of time specified in this field the connection will be closed. This field can be
set to any value between 0 and 255 minutes. If zero, or no value, is entered
into this field the server will not disconnect.
Connection Mode
The Connection Mode field has three options: Server, Client and Client (no
heartbeat). When Client or Client (no heartbeat) is selected the
Connection at field automatically becomes active (allowing the user to
select Power up or Data Arrival).

When using the Virtual COM Port feature, select Server.

When using a TCP or UDP Socket program, select Server.

When using Paired Mode communication between two serial servers set
up one as a Client and the other as a Server.

When connecting to a server that does not support Heartbeat, select
Client (no Heartbeat).
Delimiter HEX 1 and Delimiter HEX 2
These fields allow the user to enter two ASCII characters (in hex format) that
delimit the beginning and end of a message. When a message with both these
delimiters is received at the serial port, the data contained in the serial buffer
is placed in an Ethernet packet and sent out the Ethernet port. If only
Delimiter 1 is set (Delimiter 2 is zero or blank), upon receiving Delimiter 1
the ESP901/902 will put all the data in the serial buffer in an Ethernet packet
and send it out the Ethernet port. If serial data greater than 1 kilobyte is
received it will automatically be placed in an Ethernet packet and sent out the
Ethernet port.
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Force Transmit
This field allows the user to set a maximum time limit between transmissions
of data. The value set in this field multiplied by 100 ms determines the Force
Transmit time. When the elapsed time reaches the time configured in this
field, the TCP/IP protocol will pack the data currently in the serial buffer into
a packet and send it out the Ethernet port.
Port Status
This field indicates whether a serial port is connected via the Serial Server to
a virtual COM port of a device on the network.
TCP/UDP Port
This sets the port number for connection. The default port number is 4000,
4001, 4002, and 4003 for serial ports 1, 2, 3, and 4 respectively.
In all modes of operation, Direct IP or Virtual COM, the port number set in
the ESP904 menu must match the Virtual COM or socket software port
settings.
Note:
Example: The Virtual COM default setting is TCP/UDP Port 4000. If the port #
property is changed to 4001, the virtual COM port will have to be changed to
4001. The hardware settings can be changed from the ESP Manager or
Console Configuration Menu. The Virtual COM port setting also can be
changed within the Device Manager of the computer on which it is installed.
Serial Port Mode
Serial Port Mode allows configuration of the serial server for the following
modes of operation:

Console – When this mode is selected and the server is updated, a PC
running a communications program such as HyperTerminal can
communicate with the Serial Server via the Console Mode serial port
(the serial Port on ESP901 or Port 1 on ESP902), displaying the Server
Properties screen and allowing configuration of the server and its ports.

Upgrade – When this mode is selected and the server is updated,
firmware can be uploaded into the Serial Server via the Console Mode
serial port or a virtual COM port mapped to the number of the Console
Mode serial port.

Default – When this mode is selected and the server is updated, it will
revert the server to its default configuration.
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
RS-232 – When this mode is selected and the server updated, the
selected serial port will become an RS-232 serial port on the server.

RS-422 – When this mode is selected and the server updated, the
selected serial port will become an RS-422 serial port on the server.

RS-485 – When this mode is selected and the server updated, the
selected serial port will become an RS-485 serial port on the server.
Connection At
When the Connection Mode field is set to Client or Client (no heartbeat),
this field becomes active, allowing the ESP901/902 (acting as a client) to
connect to the server either on Power up or on Data Arrival (first character
arriving).
Max Connection
This field allows the user to configure the Serial Server to have up to eight
TCP connections.
Remote IP Address
This is a security feature activated by entering the IP address of the desired
client. The ESP904 will only communicate with the listed IP address and all
other requests for connection will be filtered out. The ESP904 must be set up
as a TCP or UDP Server to use this feature. The default setting is
255.255.255.255.
If Paired Mode is not being used, do not change this setting until the
application has been tested and is communicating properly. Then activate the
address filtering feature.
Note:
Refer to Chapter 1 Paired Mode
Update/Save
Server properties must be updated separately for each serial port. Updating
varies slightly depending on which of the four configuration user interfaces
are used.
Updating the Server Properties in ESP Manager
From the Server Properties screen, click the Update button to store the configuration
settings for the currently selected port. The vcomui dialogue box will appear
ndicating you must restart the device before the new settings will take effect.
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Figure 30. The Restart Dialogue Box
The following dialogue box will appear:
Figure 31. The Restarting Dialogue Box
After eight seconds a dialogue box will ask whether you want to search for
all reachable servers again.
Figure 32. The Server Search Dialogue Box
While the Serial Server is searching for all reachable servers the following
dialogue box appears:
Figure 33. The Search VLINX ESP Dialogue Box
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After that port has been updated you may want to re-enter Server Properties
to verify the changes have taken effect, or to view/change the configuration
of other ports. Each port must be configured separately.
Saving Configuration Data in Console Mode or Telnet
Saving (updating) server properties is done from the Configuration screen.
Access the Configuration screen by tabbing through the list of screens on the
left side of the window and highlighting Configuration.
There are four options shown on the right side of the Configuration screen:
Save, Default, Running and Reset. Use Tab, Backspace, or arrow keys to
move the cursor to the option position, and then press Enter.
Figure 34. Console Mode and Telnet Configuration Screens
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
Save stores the configuration data to the Serial Server flash memory
and resets it.

Default restores the configuration data to factory default settings.

Running restores the configuration data to the last values stored in the
flash memory.

Reset re-boots the Serial Server, making it available for a client
connection.
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Web Server Interface
 The Web Server interface provides the same updating options as
Console Mode and Telnet. These are located at the bottom of all three
Web Server pages. If a field is changed, you must click Save before
leaving that page or the changes will be ignored.
Figure 35. The Web Server Page
Note:
If you leave any Web Server page without saving, any changes you have made
will be ignored.
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Installing Virtual COM Port
Chapter 6: INSTALLING VIRTUAL COM
PORTS
The Virtual COM Port feature allows Windows platform software, using standard API
calls, to be used in an Ethernet application.
The Install Virtual COM port software adds an ESP904 (COM#) port to the computer.
This shows up in the Device Manager. The COM number can be selected from a list
of available numbers. For example, in a computer already having a COM1 and COM2,
COM3 to COM 254 is available for the ESP904. It is recommended that COM Port 5
or higher be selected. The virtual COM port looks like a standard COM port to most
Windows based applications which allows the software to open a connection with the
serial port located anywhere on the LAN/WAN. When using the virtual COM port the
ESP904 is configured as a TCP or UDP Server.
Virtual COM Port Installation
Step 1: In Windows, select Install Virtual COM from the Programs list.
Start  Programs  B&B Electronics  VLINX  ESP Servers
 Install Virtual COM
The Search Setup window will appear.
Step 2: Select the Search all reachable servers check box, then click OK.
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The program searches the LAN for all available ESP901/ESP902/ESP904
Serial Servers. When complete, the Found Server window appears and
displays a list of the servers that were found.
Figure 37. The Found Server Window
Step 3: Select the Serial Server at the IP Address to be mapped to a virtual
COM port, then click OK.
Figure 38. The COMInst Window
Windows XP/Vista provides a notice concerning Windows Logo testing for
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Figure 39. The Windows Logo Testing Window
This XP/Vista feature simply indicates that these drivers have not yet
undergone the Microsoft testing procedures required to use the Windows
XP/Vista Logo on the packaging. Driver compatibility is not affected.
Step 4: Click Continue Anyway to proceed with the installation.
The Protocol TCP/UDP, IP Address, and Port Number will mirror the
settings of the selected serial server.
Step 5: After setting all four ESP Serial Ports as virtual COM ports, click
Cancel on the Found Server form.
Note:
PCs may have hardware COM ports and devices such as Modems, IR ports or
USB based COM ports that are not currently connected Try selecting a COM
number above COM4 if problems occur.
The default Flow Control setting is None. RTS/CTS can be selected if used
by the application program and serial hardware. The ESP Server must be set
to match.
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Matching the ESP904 and Virtual COM Port Settings
The settings of the virtual COM ports in the Device Manager and the ESP904
Configuration menu must match. If the settings do not match, the virtual
COM ports will not work. If these settings are changed in the Device
Manager, it will only affect the operation of the virtual COM port. It will not
change the settings stored in the ESP904. Use the ESP Manager to change
the ESP904 Server settings.
Step 1: Use Device Manager to View New Ports
Confirm the virtual COM ports in the Device Manager.
Step 2: Double-click Ports to view the list of COM port numbers.
The installed Virtual COM port will be displayed as VLINX ESP (COM #).
Figure 40. The Device Manager Window
Step 3: In the Device Manager select a VLINX ESP COM#. Double-click it to
bring up the Properties window.
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Figure 41. The VLINX ESP (COM3) Properties Window
Step 4: Click the Configuration or Port Settings tab. This screen allows the
settings to be changed if necessary. Click Cancel to keep the
existing settings.
Step 5: Click OK to change the settings. Use Refresh in the Device Manager
if Windows does not auto refresh.
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Removing Virtual COM Ports
Chapter 7: REMOVING VIRTUAL COM
PORTS
The ESP Manager software Uninstall Virtual COM Port feature will remove a
mapped COM port in the Device Manager of Windows 2000, 2003, XP and
Vista operating systems. It may also be removed in the Device Manager of
Windows 98, ME, NT, 2000, 2003, XP and Vista. Windows 98 users also will
find a Remove Virtual COM feature in the Programs file.
Removing the Virtual COM port with ESP Manager
Step1: From the Windows Desktop, click:
Start  Programs  B&B Electronics  VLINX  ESP Servers  VLINX
ESP Manager
Step 2: In the ESP Manager window click the Virtual COM List tab.
Highlight the mapped COM port number to be removed.
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Step 3: Click Uninstall Virtual COM button. The Manager will ask for
conformation. Click OK to complete the uninstall procedure.
Figure 43. The vcomui Dialogue Box
Removing the Virtual COM Port using Device
Manager
Note:
The screen shots were taken from a Windows XP operating system
Step 1: From the Windows Desktop click:
Start  Settings  Control Panel.
Step 2: Click the System icon when the manager window opens.
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Figure 44. The Control Panel Window
Step 3: Click Device Manager in the Systems Properties window. In the
Device Manager dialogue click the + next to Ports (COM LPT) to
expand.
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Step 4: Highlight ESP904 (COM #) to be removed and click the Action tab
at the top of window, then click Uninstall. A confirm Device
Removal window will appear.
Figure 46. Confirm Device Removal
Step 5: click OK to proceed.
The ESP904 COM # will be removed and the Device Manager window will
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Upgrading the ESP904 Firmware
Chapter 8: UPGRADING THE ESP904
FIRMWARE
New ESP904 firmware updates may become available through the B&B
Electronics website for installation into the ESP904. The firmware can be
uploaded to the ESP904 using either a virtual COM port connection or
hardware COM port connection to ESP904 serial port 1.
Downloading the Firmware
Make a folder to receive the firmware file. Download the compressed
software file from the B&B Electronics website. Unzip or expand the file
into the (.hex) format so it will be ready to upload to the ESP904.
Upgrading Via ESP Manager
The ESP Manager software can upload new firmware to the server using a
direct PC connection via Port 1 of the ESP904, or using a virtual COM port
mapped to Port 1.
Note:
If connecting directly to a computer serial port, connect a null modem cable
between the Computer RS-232 port and the ESP904 Port1 serial port.
Preparing the Software
Step 1: From the ESP Manager, in the Serial Server List window, double
click the server to be upgraded. The Server Properties window will
appear.
Step 2: If using a direct connection to serial port 1 to upload the firmware to
the ESP904, set the baud rate to 115200 for the fastest possible
upload.
Step 3: Set the Serial Port Mode field to upgrade and click the Update
button.
Step 4: Click Yes on the vcomui dialogue to restart the ESP904.
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Upgrading the Firmware
Step 5: Double-click the Firmware Upgrade icon (or click the Server menu
and Firmware Upgrade)
Step 6: In the Upgrade window, click Browse. The Open dialogue box will
appear. Locate the folder that contains the firmware .hex file. Select
the file and click Open. The Open dialogue box will disappear.
Step 7: In the Upgrade window select the serial port to be used in
transferring the firmware.
a.
If connected directly from the computer to Port 1 of the
ESP904 the port will typically be COM1 or COM2
b.
If using a virtual COM port to upgrade via the network,
identify the virtual COM number and address mapped to
Port 1 on the ESP904.
Step 8: Click Upgrade
Step 9: In the Port Settings window set the Bits per second, Data bits,
Parity and Stop bits to the same values as set up in the Server
Properties window. Click OK.
Figure 47. The Port Settings Window
Step 10: Upgrade progress will be shown until the Upgrade finished!
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Using Console Mode
Chapter 9: USING CONSOLE MODE
Before the ESP904 is installed on a LAN the Console Mode can be used to
change the settings from the defaults. The ESP904 is shipped in the Console
Mode. Connect a crossover (null modem) cable between the ESP904 Port1
and the COM port on the Computer.
Note:
See Chapter 5 for details of each Server Property Settings.
Console Mode Setup
Step 1: Apply power to the ESP904. The power and ready LED will light.
Step 2: Using
a
VT100
Terminal
emulation
program
(typically
HyperTerminal in Windows) open the computer COM port
connected to the ESP904 Port 1 (via an RS-232 crossover cable).
Step 3: In the HyperTerminal Port Settings window set:
o
o
o
o
o
Baud rate: 9600
Data bits: 8
Parity: None
Stop bits: 1
Flow control: None
Click OK
Step 4: To view the Configuration Menu, press the space bar. The menu
will appear within a few seconds.
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Navigating the Configuration Menus
There are six Console Mode screens: Server, Network, Serial Mode,
Operation, Monitor and Configuration. Tab, Back Space and arrow keys
can be used to highlight the desired function on the screen list. Pressing
Enter moves the cursor to the first field with the current screen. The
configuration fields can be changed by pressing Enter and selecting from the
list that appears. The Escape key moves the cursor back to the screen list.
Pressing the Space Bar refreshes the page.
Figure 48. Console Mode Configuration Screens
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Step 5: Once all the changes have been made move to the Save field and
select Enter.
Figure 49. Saving and Restarting the Configuration
The restart message will appear.
Step 6: Select Yes to save changes. This is necessary to write the settings to
the server.
Using a Password
If a password is used it must be entered before the Configuration screen can
be seen. If the server is accessed with a password but no changes are made,
Reset to end before disconnecting.
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Using the Web Server
Chapter 10: USING THE WEB SERVER
The Web Server can be used to configure the ESP904 from any web browser
software (such as Internet Explorer). Server properties can be set up using
two browser pages.
Note:
See Chapter 5 for details on Server Properties.
Setting Server Properties
In Internet Explorer type the IP Address of the ESP904 into the address field
near the top of the window and press the Enter key. The following window
will appear:
Figure 50. The Web Server Page
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Navigate and change properties as required using the mouse and keyboard.
To change serial port properties, click Uart Port on the left side of the
browser window. The following page will appear:
Figure 51. The Web Server Serial Port Properties Page
To change other operational properties, click Operation on the left side of
the browser window. The following page will appear:
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Figure 52. The Web Server Operation Page
Click Save to store changes to the ESP904. Settings for each Port must be
saved separately.
Note:
If new property settings are not saved before leaving this page they will not
take effect.
Return to the main Server page by clicking on Server on the left side of the
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Using Telnet
CHAPTER 11: Using Telnet
Telnet can be used to configure the Serial Server from any PC on the LAN.
The Telnet window displays the same configuration information shown in
Console Mode and allows server properties to be configured.
Note:
See Chapter 5 for details on Server Properties.
Configuration Using Telnet
Step 1: Ensure the PC and Serial Server are connected to the LAN.
Step 2: Apply power to the Serial Server. The power and ready LED will
light.
Step 3: From the Desktop, click Start, then Run. The Run dialogue box will
open.
Step 4: Type in Telnet and the IP address of the Serial Server to be
configured, then click OK.
Figure 53. The Run dialogue box
Note:
The Serial Server must be in RS-232, RS-422 or RS-485 mode before you can
Telnet to it and access the configuration screens. If it was last configured in
Console mode you may not be able to access it using Telnet. In this case use
ESP Manager, Console Mode or Web Server for configuration.
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Step 5. The Telnet window will open (unless the server is still in Console
mode) and the Server screen will appear.
Navigating the Configuration Menu
There are six Telnet screens: Server, Network, Serial Mode, Operation,
Monitor and Configuration. Tab, Back Space and arrow keys can be used
to highlight the desired function on the screen list. Pressing Enter moves the
cursor to the first field with the current screen. The configuration fields can
be changed by pressing Enter and selecting from the list that appears. The
Escape key moves the cursor back to the screen list. Pressing the Space Bar
refreshes the page.
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Using Telnet
Step 5: Once all the changes have been made move to the Save field and
select Enter. The restart message will appear.
Figure 55. Saving and Restarting the Configuration
Step 6: Select Yes to save changes. This is necessary to write the settings to
the server. The Telnet window will disappear.
Step 7: To view the changes re-enter Telnet and re-establish
communications. The configuration menu will appear and display
the current settings.
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ESP904 Technical Data
Chapter 12: ESP904 TECHNICAL DATA
Hardware and
Included
Accessories
ESP904 Serial Server module
Power Supply:
12 VDC/1A (tip positive/sleeve negative)
Power Plug:
(Area Dependent: North America
120VAC/60Hz, Europe/United Kingdom
220/240VAC/50Hz)
Manual:
Paper copy of this manual, PDF available
CD-ROM disc: VLINX ESP Manager and Virtual COM Driver
software for Windows 98/ME/2000/2003/XP/NT
4.0/Vista
Dimensions
ESP904:
4.5 x 7.3 x 1.1 in (11.4 x 18.5 x 2.9 cm)
Power &
Environment
Power
Requirements:
12 VDC @ 500 mA
Operating
Temperature:
-10 to +80 °C
Storage
Temperature:
Humidity:
Approvals:
−20 to 85 °C
0 – 90% non-condensing
CE, FCC
Indicators
Power:
Link:
Ready:
Serial Ports (4):
2)
Red LED
Yellow or green LED (10BaseT or 100 BaseTX)
Flashing green LED
Flashing green LED when data present (see Ch.
Connectors
Ethernet:
Serial:
Single RJ-45 female
Four - 9 pin D-type male (DB-9M) DTE (all
ports are software selectable as RS-232, 422, or
485)
Ultra-miniature phone jack (2.5mm), Tip (+),
Sleeve (−)
DC Power:
Serial Interfaces
RS-232(DTE):
RS-422:
RS-485:
Baud Rate:
Parity:
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TXD, RXD, RTS, CTS, DTR, DSR, DCD, GND
TXDB(+), TXDA(−), RXDB(+), RXDA(−),
RTS(+), RTS(−), CTS(+), CTS(−) and GND
Data B (+), Data A (–) and GND
110 bps to 230.4 k bps
None, even, odd, mark, space
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Data Bits:
Stop Bits:
7 or 8
1, 1.5 or 2
Memory
Serial Memory:
8K bytes per port
Network
Communications
LAN:
10/100 Mbps Auto-detecting 10 BaseT or 100
BaseTX
TCP, IP, ARP, DHCP, Telnet, HTTP, UDP,
ICMP
Protocols
Configuration
Options
Console Mode:
Telnet Mode:
ESP Manager:
Web Server:
Default Server
Settings
Using RS-232 with VT100 emulation
Using HyperTerminal with VT100 emulation
Using Windows 98/ME/2000/2003/XP/Vista/NT
software
Using a standard web browser such as Internet
Explorer
Server Name
Serial Number:
Password:
DHCP:
IP Address:
Net Mask:
Gateway:
MAC Address:
Port 1
Ports 2, 3, 4
Baud Rate:
Data/Parity/Stop:
Flow Control:
TCP/UDP Ports:
Connection Mode:
Remote IP Address:
Optional
Accessories
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ESP904
XXXXXXXXXX
Blank
Disable
192.168.0.1
255.255.255.0
192.168.0.254
Fixed – see bottom label
Console Mode
RS-232
9600
8-N-1
None
TCP Port 1 – 4000
TCP Port 2 – 4001
TCP Port 3 – 4002
TCP Port 4 – 4003
Server
255.255.255.255
232NM9 Null Modem Crossover Cable for DTE to DTE connection
DRAD35 DIN Rail mounting clips for 35mm DIN Rail
ERS35 one-meter length of steel 35mm DIN Rail
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43.0 mm
12.7 mm
10 mm
33.0 mm
5.73 mm countersink
1.1 mm
Ready
3.7 mm hole
2.5 mm Tip (+)
Reset DC - In
Ethernet
10/100M
Link
25.4 mm
Reset
Power
3 mm screw flathead
RJ-45
female
ESP904 4-Port Serial Server
Port 4
Port 3
Port 2
DB-9M
male
DB-9M
male
DB-9M
male
Port 1
113.7 mm
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33.0 mm
6.3 mm
6.9 mm
center
hole
11.3 mm
3.7 mm hole
Software Selectable RS-232/422/485
4.7 mm
25.4 mm = 1 inch
DB-9M
male
161.5 mm
11 mm
29.0 mm
8 mm
4-40 hex threads
185.0 mm
Figure 56. Dimensional Diagram of the ESP904
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RS-232 Connections
APPENDIX A: RS-232 CONNECTIONS
ESP904 DB-9 Pin-outs in RS-232 Mode
RS-232
Signal Name
DTE
RS-232
DB-9M
Pin
Carrier Detect
In
DCD
1
Receive Data
In
RXD
2
Transmit Data
Out
TXD
3
Data Terminal Ready
Out
DTR
4
Signal Ground
---
GND
5
Data Set Ready
In
DSR
6
Request To Send
Out
RTS
7
Clear To Send
In
CTS
8
Ring Indicator
In
RI
9
Figure 57. RS-232 Connections in a DB-9 Connector
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RS-232 Connections
RS-232 Straight-through Cable Connections
In the RS-232 mode, the ESP904’s ports are configured as DTEs like a
computer. If the device connected to the ESP904 is configured as a DCE use
a straight through cable wired as shown below:
RS-232 Signal Names
DB-9
Pin#
Connections
DB-9
Pin#
Signal
Carrier Detect
CD
1
1
CD
Receive Data
RD
2
2
RD
Transmit Data
TD
3
3
TD
Data Terminal Ready
DTR
4
4
DTR
Signal Ground/Common
GND
5
5
GND
Data Set Ready
DSR
6
6
DSR
Request to Send
RTS
7
7
RTS
Clear to Send
CTS
8
8
CTS
Ring Indicator
RI
9
9
RI
Figure 58. Straight-through DB-9 to DB-9 RS-232 Serial Cable
RS-232 Crossover (null modem) Cable Connections
When connecting to a PC or another DTE device, use a crossover cable (also
called a null modem cable).
RS-232 Signal Names
DB-9
Pin#
Connections
DB-9
Pin#
Signal
Carrier Detect
CD
1
1
CD
Receive Data
RD
2
2
RD
Transmit Data
TD
3
3
TD
Data Terminal Ready
DTR
4
4
DTR
Signal Ground/Common
GND
5
5
GND
Data Set Ready
DSR
6
6
DSR
Request to Send
RTS
7
7
RTS
Clear to Send
CTS
8
8
CTS
Ring Indicator
RI
9
9
RI
Figure 59. Crossover DB-9 to DB-9 RS-232 Serial Cable
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RS-232 Connections
Figure 60. DB-9 to DB-25 Straight-through Cable Connections
RS-232 Crossover DB-9 to DB-25 Conversion Connections
Figure 61. DB-9 to DB-25 Crossover (null modem) Cable
Connections
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RS-232 Connections
RS-232 DTE Loopback Connections
Figure 62. Loopback Connections for RS-232
For Transmit and Receive loopback, connect only those lines.
When Flow Control setting on the Serial Server is set for RTS/CTS, those
lines must be looped. Usually DTR and DSR must also be looped. The Flow
Control setting for the program must match the Server settings. The CD
connection is needed by some terminal programs to simulate Carrier.
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RS-422 Connections
APPENDIX B: RS-422 CONNECTIONS
ESP904 DB-9 Pin-outs in RS-422 Mode
RS-422
Signal Name
Direction
RS-422
DB9M
Pin
Receive Data A (−)
In
RXDA (−)
1
Receive Data B (+)
In
RXDB (+)
2
Transmit Data B (+)
Out
TXDB (+)
3
Transmit Data A (−)
Out
TXDA (−)
4
Signal Ground
---
GND
5
Clear to Send A (−)
In
CTSA (−)
6
Clear to Send B (+)
In
CTSB (+)
7
Request to Send B (+)
Out
RTSB (+)
8
Request to Send A (−)
Out
RTSA (−)
9
Figure 63. RS-422 Connections in a DB-9 Connector
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ESP904 pin-out
in RS-422 mode
RS-422 Signal Names
RS-422
Device
DB-9
Pin#
Connections
Signal
Receive A (-)
RXDA(-)
1
TDA(-)
Receive B (+)
RXDB(+)
2
TDB(+)
Transmit B (+)
TXDB(+)
3
RDB(+)
Transmit A (-)
TXDA(-)
4
RDA(-)
Ground
GND
5
GND
Clear to Send A (-)
CTSA(-)
6
RTSA(-)
Clear to Send B (+)
CTSB(+)
7
RTSB(+)
Ready to Send B (+)
RTSB(+)
8
CTSB(+)
Ready to Send A (-)
RTSA(-)
9
CTSA(-)
Figure 64. RS-422 Connections with Flow Control
In the RS-422 mode, TXD lines are outputs and RXD lines are inputs.
Connect the ESP904 TXDB(+) line to the RXDB(+) line of the serial device,
and the ESP904 TXDA(-) to the RXDA(-) of the serial device.
If Flow Control is set for RTS/CTS, connect the ESP904 RTSB(+) to
CTSB(+) of the serial device and the ESP904 RTSA(-) line to the CTSA(-)
of the serial device. Connect from the ESP904 CTSB(+) line to the RTSB(+)
of the serial device and from the ESP904 CTSA(-) line to the RTSB(+) line
of the serial device.
If connecting to Receive Only RS-422 devices, connect from the ESP904
TXDB(+) and TXDA(-) lines to the receive pairs on all serial devices.
Ground is signal ground and provides a common mode reference for the RS422 Receiver and Transmitters.
Note:
The RS-422 mode can be used for full duplex 4-wire RS-485 operation provided
that the ESP904 is acting as a sole master connecting to all the slave devices,
and all slave devices share the Receive signal lines to the master. Set Flow
Control for none, and omit connections to RTS/CTS line pairs.
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RS-422 Connections
Figure 65. Loopback Connections for RS-422
The RS-485 Connections are half duplex, either Receive or Transmit, so
another half duplex device must be used to check operation.
Figure 66. RS-422 Connection with No Flow Control
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RS-485 Connections
APPENDIX C: RS-485 CONNECTIONS
ESP904 DB-9 Pin-out in RS-485 Mode
RS-485
Signal Name
Direction
RS-485
DB9M
Pin
Data B (+)
In/Out
DATA B (+)
3
Data A (−)
In/Out
DATA A (−)
4
Signal Ground
---
GND
5
Figure 67. DB-9 Pin-out in RS-485 Mode
Note:
Some RS-485 devices are marked opposite the RS-485 standard, which
defines the Data B line as positive relative to Data A during a Mark state before
enabling the transmitter, and after transmitting before tri-stating. If an RS-485
device does not respond, try swapping the Data B and Data A lines.
Figure 68. 2-wire RS-485 Connection
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RS-485 Connections
To connect 4-Wire RS-485 devices, the RS-422 Mode can be used provided
the ESP904 will be connected as a master in a single master system. If using
multiple masters, the ESP904 cannot be used, as it does not tri-state the
transmitter in RS-422 mode.
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Network Connections
APPENDIX D: NETWORK
CONNECTIONS
Standard Ethernet Cable RJ-45 Pin-out
RJ-45 Pin
Signal
Wire Color
RJ-45 Pin
1
TX+
White-Green
1
2
TX+
Green
2
3
RX+
White-Orange
3
4
Not used
Blue
4
5
Not used
White-Blue
5
6
RX-
Orange
6
7
Not used
White-Brown
7
8
Not used
Brown
8
Figure 69. Pin-out for a Standard Ethernet Cable
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Network Connections
Crossover Ethernet Cable RJ-45 Pin-out
RJ-45 Pin
Signal
Wire Color
RJ-45 Pin
1
TX+
White-Green
3
2
TX+
Green
6
3
RX+
White-Orange
1
4
Not used
Blue
4
5
Not used
White-Blue
5
6
RX-
Orange
2
7
Not used
White-Brown
7
8
Not used
Brown
8
Figure 70. Pin-out for a Crossover Ethernet Cable
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