NXC-ME260/64
instruction manual
NXC-ME260/64
NetLinx Master-Ethernet Card/Module
N e t L i n x C e n t ra l C o n t r o l l e r s a n d C a r d s
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Table of Contents
Table of Contents
Product Information .................................................................................................1
Front and rear panel components ............................................................................................ 1
Specifications .................................................................................................................... 2
Rear panel LEDs: ICSNet/ICSHub........................................................................................... 3
Rear panel LEDs: Ethernet ..................................................................................................... 3
Installation and Wiring .............................................................................................5
Setting the Program Port DIP Switch ................................................................................ 5
Baud rate settings .................................................................................................................... 5
Program Run Disable (PRD) mode.......................................................................................... 5
Setting the Program Port DIP switch........................................................................................ 6
Modes and Front Panel LED Blink Patterns...................................................................... 7
Wiring Guidelines .............................................................................................................. 7
Preparing captive wires............................................................................................................ 7
Wiring length guidelines ........................................................................................................... 8
Wiring a 2-pin power connection.............................................................................................. 8
Using the 4-pin mini-Phoenix connector for data and power ................................................... 8
Using the 4-pin mini-Phoenix connector for data with external power ..................................... 9
Program Port Connections and Wiring.............................................................................. 9
RS232 Program port (front panel).......................................................................................... 10
5-Pin Program port (rear panel) ............................................................................................. 10
ICSNet RJ-45 Connections/Wiring .................................................................................. 10
ICSHub RJ-45 Connections/Wiring ................................................................................. 11
ICSHub IN port....................................................................................................................... 11
ICSHub OUT port................................................................................................................... 12
Ethernet 10/100 Base-T RJ-45 Connections/Wiring ....................................................... 12
Ethernet ports used by the ME260......................................................................................... 13
SPE Port Connection/Wiring ........................................................................................... 13
SPE cable pinout information................................................................................................. 14
NXC-ME260/64 Installation and Mounting Procedures................................................... 15
Mounting the ME260/64 into an NXS-NMS............................................................................ 15
Mounting the NXS-NMS Into an Equipment Rack ................................................................. 15
Mounting the NXC-ME260/64 in an NXF CardFrame or NXI................................................. 16
Replacing the Lithium Batteries....................................................................................... 17
Communication and Firmware Update .................................................................19
Communicating with the Master via the Program Port .................................................... 19
Verifying the current version of NetLinx Master firmware ...................................................... 20
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Setting the System Value................................................................................................ 21
Working with multiple NetLinx Masters .................................................................................. 22
Changing the system value on the Modero panel.................................................................. 22
Changing the Device Address on a Netlinx Device......................................................... 23
Changing the device address on the Modero panel............................................................... 24
Recommended NetLinx Device numbers............................................................................... 24
Resetting the Factory Default System and Device Values.............................................. 25
Obtaining the Master’s IP Address (using DHCP) .......................................................... 25
Assigning a Static IP to the NetLinx Master .................................................................... 27
Communicating with the NetLinx Master via an IP.......................................................... 28
Installing New NetLinx Master Firmware via an IP.......................................................... 29
NetLinx Security and Web Server ......................................................................... 33
NetLinx Security web browser and feature support ............................................................... 33
New Master Firmware Security Features........................................................................ 34
NetLinx Security Terms................................................................................................... 34
Accessing the NetLinx Master via an IP Address ........................................................... 35
WebControl Tab .............................................................................................................. 35
Default Security Configuration ........................................................................................ 36
Security Tab .................................................................................................................... 37
Security tab - Enable Security page....................................................................................... 38
Security tab - Add Group page............................................................................................... 39
Security tab - Modify Group page .......................................................................................... 40
Security tab - Group Directory Associations page ................................................................. 41
Security tab - Add User page ................................................................................................. 43
Security tab - Modify User page............................................................................................. 44
Security tab - User Directory Associations page.................................................................... 45
Security tab - SSL Server Certificate page ............................................................................ 47
Security tab - Export Certificate Request page ...................................................................... 49
Security tab - Import Certificate page..................................................................................... 49
System Tab ..................................................................................................................... 50
Show Devices Tab .......................................................................................................... 50
Network Tab.................................................................................................................... 50
Master Security Setup Procedures ................................................................................. 51
Setting the system security options for a NetLinx Master (Security Options Menu) .............. 51
Adding a Group and assigning their access rights................................................................. 52
Modifying an existing Group’s access rights .......................................................................... 53
Showing a list of authorized Groups ...................................................................................... 54
Deleting an existing Group..................................................................................................... 54
Adding a Group directory association .................................................................................... 55
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Confirming the new directory association .............................................................................. 56
Deleting a directory association ............................................................................................. 56
Adding a User and configuring their access rights................................................................. 57
Modifying an existing User’s access rights ............................................................................ 58
Showing a list of authorized Users......................................................................................... 59
Deleting a User ...................................................................................................................... 59
Adding a User directory association....................................................................................... 60
Confirming the new directory association .............................................................................. 61
Deleting a directory association ............................................................................................. 61
SSL Certificate Procedures ............................................................................................. 61
Self-Generating a SSL Server Certificate Request ................................................................ 62
Creating a Request for a SSL Server Certificate ................................................................... 63
Importing a CA certificate to the Master over a secure SSL connection................................ 64
Display SSL Server Certificate Information............................................................................ 65
Regenerating an SSL Server Certificate Request.................................................................. 65
Common Steps for Requesting a Certificate from a CA.................................................. 66
Accessing an SSL-Enabled Master via an IP Address.................................................... 68
Using your NetLinx Master to control the G4 panel ............................................................... 70
Using your NetLinx Master to control the G3 panel ............................................................... 71
What to do when a Certificate Expires ............................................................................ 72
NetLinx Security with a Terminal Connection .....................................................73
NetLinx Security Features ............................................................................................... 73
Initial Setup via a Terminal Connection........................................................................... 73
Establishing a Terminal connection ....................................................................................... 73
Accessing the Security configuration options.................................................................. 74
Option 1 - Set system security options for NetLinx Master (Security Options Menu) ............ 75
Option 2 - Display system security options for NetLinx Master.............................................. 76
Option 3 - Add user ................................................................................................................ 76
Option 4 - Edit User................................................................................................................ 77
Option 5 - Delete user ............................................................................................................ 79
Option 6 - Show the list of authorized users .......................................................................... 79
Option 7 - Add Group ............................................................................................................. 79
Option 8 - Edit Group ............................................................................................................. 82
Option 9 - Delete Group ......................................................................................................... 82
Option 10 - Show List of Authorized Groups.......................................................................... 83
Option 11 - Set Telnet Timeout in seconds............................................................................ 83
Option 12 - Display Telnet Timeout in seconds ..................................................................... 83
Option 13 - Make changes permanent by saving to flash ...................................................... 83
Main Security Menu......................................................................................................... 84
Default Security Configuration......................................................................................... 85
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Help menu.............................................................................................................................. 86
Logging Into a Session.................................................................................................... 87
Logout ............................................................................................................................. 88
Help Security.......................................................................................................................... 88
Setup Security........................................................................................................................ 88
Programming .......................................................................................................... 89
Program Port Commands ............................................................................................... 89
ESC Pass Codes ............................................................................................................ 97
Notes on Specific Telnet/Terminal Clients ...................................................................... 98
Windows client programs ....................................................................................................... 98
Linux Telnet client .................................................................................................................. 98
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Product Information
The NXC-ME260/64 (FG2010-64) is a Master-Ethernet Card for use within NetLinx systems. This
card provides a 10/100 Base-T Ethernet connection and an RJ-11 SPE (Server Port Expander)
connector for use with an AXB-SPE (Server Port Expander). The NXC-ME260/64 is the only
Master card you will need, as it incorporates the functionality of all previous NetLinx Master Cards
(NXC-M, NXC-ME, and NXC-MPE).
Beyond replacing the previous set of NetLinx Master Cards, the NXC-ME260/64 represents a
high-performance NetLinx Master Controller. With double the Flash memory (16 MB) and a more
powerful processor (Coldfire® 5407), the ME260 is faster than previous NetLinx Masters.
The NXC-ME260/64 can be loaded in the Master card slot of an NXF NetLinx Cardframe, in an
NXI Integrated Controller, or within an NXS-MHS Master/Hub Module.
Front and rear panel components
FIG. 1 shows the front and rear panel components of the NXC-ME260/64.
Input LED (yellow)
Output LED (red)
Status LED (green)
STATUS
OUTPUT
INPUT
PROGRAM
Program port (RS232)
Front
Rear
Ethernet 10/100 LEDs
Ethernet 10/100
connector
ICSNet connectors/LEDs
ICSHub IN/OUT
connectors/LEDs
NXC-ME260 /64
ETHERNET
10/100
PWR
AXlink
RX
TX
FD
CTS
RTS
PWR
AXP
AXM
GND
12VDC
SPEED
PROGRAM
IN
GND
Master-Ethernet
OUT
ICSNet
ICSHub
Program port connector (grey)
AXLink connector
12 VDC
power connector
AXLink status LED (green)
Expansion Out connector
FIG. 1 Front and rear panel components (NXC-ME260/64 card shown installed within an NXS-MHS)
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Specifications
NXC-ME260/64 Specifications
Dimensions (HWD):
NXC Card
1.38" x 5.43" x 9.25" (35.1 mm x 138.0 mm x 235.0 mm)
NXS Module
1.64" x 5.55" x 9.28" (41.7 mm x 141.0 mm x 236.0 mm)
Weight:
NXC-ME260/64 only: 0.55 lbs (0.25 kg)
NXC-ME260/64 with NXS-NMS module: 1.95 lbs (0.88 kg)
Power Consumption:
750 mA @ 12 VDC
Memory:
Compact Flash: 32 MB standard (upgradeable)
Volatile: 64 MB
Non-volatile: 1 MB
Microprocessor:
Coldfire® 5407 (32-bit)
Enclosure:
Metal with black matte finish.
Front Faceplate:
Plastic grey with translucent viewing window.
Front Panel Components:
Program port
DB9 (male) connector supports RS-232 communications to your PC for system
programming and diagnostics. You set the port's communication speed with
the Baud Rate DIP switch. See the Setting the Program Port DIP
Switch section on page 5 for details.
Note: There are Program ports located on the front and rear panels of the
Master card for easy access. Because these ports share the same circuitry,
you should never use both at the same time; doing so will result in
communication and/or programming errors.
Status LED
Green LED lights to indicate that the system is programmed and
communicating properly.
Output LED
Red LED lights when the Master transmits data, sets channels On and Off,
sends data strings, etc.
Input LED
Yellow LED lights when the Master receives data from button pushes, strings,
commands, channel levels, etc.
Front Panel LEDs blink patterns
These LEDs also display special blink patterns when a mode is activated. See
the Modes and Front Panel LED Blink Patterns section on page 7 for details.
Program Port DIP Switch
8-position DIP switch located behind the front panel for setting the baud rate for
the Program port.
• Available baud rate settings are 9600, 38,400 (default), 57,600 and 115,200
(bps). Refer to the Setting the Program Port DIP Switch section on page 5 for
details.
Rear Panel Components:
PWR connector
2-pin (male) green captive-wire connector for 12 VDC power supply.
EXPANSION OUT port
RJ11 connector connects to an AXB-SPE Server Port Expander.
Ethernet 10/100 port
RJ-45 Ethernet 10/100 connector. The Ethernet port automatically negotiates
the connection speed (10 Mbps or 100 Mbps) and whether to use half duplex
or full duplex mode.
Ethernet 10/100 LEDs
LEDs that show communication activity, connections, speeds, and mode
information:
• A-activity - Yellow LED blinks when receiving Ethernet data packets.
• L-link - Green LED lights when the Ethernet cables are connected and
terminated correctly.
• SPEED - Green LED lights when transmitting data at 100 Mbps, and is Off
when transmitting at 10 Mbps.
• FD-full duplex - Green LED lights when running in full duplex mode, and is Off
when running half duplex mode.
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NXC-ME260/64 Specifications (Cont.)
Rear Panel Components
(Cont:)
AXlink connector
4-pin (male) black captive-wire connector provides data and power to external
control devices.
• Power rating = 6 A max; actual load depends on connected power supply.
Axlink Status LED
Green LED lights to show AXlink and expansion port data activity.
Program port
5-pin (male) grey connector for system programming and diagnostics. There is
a Program port located on the front and rear of the Master Cards for easy
access. Because these ports share the same circuitry, you should never use
both ports at the same time. Doing so will result in communication and/or
programming errors.
ICSNet connectors
Two RJ-45 connectors that provide power (500 mA) and data to external
ICSNet devices.
ICSNet LEDs
Green LEDs that light when receiving data on that port.
ICSHub In/Out connectors
Two RJ-45 connectors that provide data to other Hubs connected to the
Master.
ICSHub IN/OUT LEDs
Yellow LEDs that light when receiving data on that port.
Included Accessories:
• Connector Bag containing:
- One Green 2-pin 3.5 mm mini-Phoenix connector (female) (41-5025)
- One Black 4-pin 3.5 mm mini-Phoenix connector (female) (41-5047)
- One Grey 5-pin 3.5 mm mini-Phoenix connector (female) (41-5053)
- One back panel (51-2010-61)
Optional Accessories:
• AC-RK Accessory Rack Kit (FG515)
• PSN2.8: Power Supply (FG423-17) with 3.5 mm mini-Phoenix connector
• PSN4.4: Power Supply (FG423-45) with 3.5 mm mini-Phoenix connector
• PSN6.5: Power Supply (FG423-41) with 3.5 mm mini-Phoenix connector
Rear panel LEDs: ICSNet/ICSHub
IN
ICSNet LED (green)
lights to indicate data
input activity on this port
ICSHub IN LED (yellow)
lights to indicate data input
activity on this port
OUT
ICSNet
ICSHub OUT LED (yellow)
lights to indicate data input
activity on this port
ICSHub
FIG. 2 Layouts of the ICSNet and ICSHub LEDs
Rear panel LEDs: Ethernet
A - Activity LED (yellow)
lights when receiving
Ethernet data packets
ETHERNET
10/100
SPEED
SPEED LED (green)
lights when transmitting data at
100 Mbps, and is Off when
transmitting at 10 Mbps
L - Link LED (green) lights when the
Ethernet cables are connected and
terminated correctly
FD
FD - Full Duplex LED (green)
lights when running in full duplex
mode, and is Off when running in
half duplex mode
FIG. 3 Layout of Ethernet LEDs
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Installation and Wiring
This section contains information about configuring the Program port, cable configurations,
connector pinouts, and NXC-ME260/64 installation procedures.
Setting the Program Port DIP Switch
Prior to installing the NXC-ME260/64, configure the Program port’s communication speed by
setting the baud rate DIP switch (SW1) to the appropriate setting. The Program port’s DIP switch is
located to one side of the Master’s RS232 Program port.
Baud rate settings
The Program port DIP switch is located on the Master card’s circuit board. Use this DIP switch to
set the baud rate used by the Program port for communication. Before programming the Master,
make sure the baud rate you set matches the communication set on either your PC’s COM port or
through your NetLinx Studio 2.1. By default, the baud rate is set to 38,400 (bps).
Baud Rate Settings
Baud Rate
Position 5 Position 6 Position 7
Position 8
9600 bps
OFF
ON
OFF
ON
38,400 bps (default)
OFF
ON
ON
ON
57,600 bps
ON
OFF
OFF
OFF
115,200 bps
ON
ON
ON
ON
Note the orientation of the DIP Switch and the ON position label.
DIP Switch positions 2,3, and 4 must remain in the OFF position at all times.
Program Run Disable (PRD) mode
You can also use the Program Port DIP switch to set the Master card to Program Run Disable
(PRD) mode according to the settings listed in the table below.
PRD Mode Settings
PRD Mode
Position 1
Normal mode (default)
OFF
PRD Mode
ON
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PRD mode prevents the NetLinx program stored in the Master from running when you power up
the NXC-ME260/64. PRD mode should only be used when you suspect the resident NetLinx
program is causing inadvertent communication and/or control problems. If necessary, place the
Master in PRD mode and use the NetLinx Studio 2.1 program to resolve the communication and/or
control problems with the resident NetLinx program. Then, download the new NetLinx program
and try again.
Think of the PRD Mode (On) equating to a PC’s SAFE Mode setting. This mode
allows a user to continue powering a unit, update the firmware, and download a new
program while circumventing any problems with a currently downloaded program.
Power must be cycled to the unit after activating/deactivating this mode on the rear
Program Port DIP switch #1.
Setting the Program Port DIP switch
It is recommended that the baud rate DIP switch be set prior to any installation of the NXCME260/64 card.
1. Locate the red baud rate DIP switch (FIG. 4).
2. Set DIP switch positions according to the information listed in the Baud Rate Settings and
PRD Mode Settings tables above.
3. Follow the procedures outlined in the NXC-ME260/64 Installation and Mounting
Procedures section on page 15.
If the card has already been installed:
1. Disconnect the power supply from the 2-pin PWR (green) connector on the Master Card.
2. Unsecure the NXC-ME260/64 by unscrewing the two faceplate securing screws (on both sides
of the faceplate) using a Phillips-head screwdriver (FIG. 4).
3. Carefully slide-out the card and locate the red baud rate DIP switch (FIG. 4).
4. Set the DIP switch positions according to the information listed in the Baud Rate Settings and
PRD Mode Settings tables (page 5).
5. Place the Master card back into its’ housing and resecure the two faceplate securing screws.
6. Reconnect the 12 VDC power supply to the 2-pin PWR connector and apply power.
Faceplate
securing
screws (2)
Baud rate DIP
switch for the
Program port
(red)
Faceplate
FIG. 4 Component locations on the NXC-ME260/64
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Modes and Front Panel LED Blink Patterns
The following table lists the modes for the ME260 and blink patterns displayed on the front panel
LEDs for each mode. These patterns are not evident until after the unit is powered.
Modes and LED Blink Patterns
LEDs and Blink Patterns
STATUS
(green)
OUTPUT
(red)
INPUT
(yellow)
Mode
Description
OS Start
Starting the operating system (OS).
On
On
On
Boot
Master is booting.
On
Off
On
Contacting DHCP
server
Master is contacting a DHCP server for IP
configuration information.
On
Off
Fast Blink
Unknown DHCP
server
Master could not find the DHCP server.
Fast Blink
Off
Off
Downloading Boot
firmware
Downloading Boot firmware to the Master
Card's on-board flash memory.
Fast Blink
Fast Blink Fast Blink
Do not cycle power during this process!
No program running
There is no program loaded, or the
program is disabled.
Normal
Master is functioning normally.
On
Normal
Normal
1 blink per second
Indicates
activity
Indicates
activity
Wiring Guidelines
The Master card requires 12 VDC power from either a PSN2.8, PSN4.4, or a PSN6.5 NetLinx
Power Supply to operate properly. The NXC-ME260/64 connects to the power supply via a 2-pin
3.5 mm mini-Phoenix connector located on the faceplate.
This unit should only have one source of incoming power. Using more than one
source of power to the Master card can result in damage to the internal components
and a possible burn out.
Apply power to the card only after installation is complete.
Preparing captive wires
You will need a wire stripper and flat-blade screwdriver to prepare and connect the captive wires.
Never pre-tin wires for compression-type connections.
1. Strip 0.25 inch (6.35 mm) of insulation off all wires.
2. Insert each wire into the appropriate opening on the connector (according to the wiring
diagrams and connector types described in this section).
3. Tighten the screws to secure the wire in the connector. Do not tighten the screws excessively;
doing so may strip the threads and damage the connector.
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Wiring length guidelines
The Master requires a 12 VDC power from a PSN to operate properly. The unit should only have
one source of incoming power.
Using more than one source of power to the Master can result in damage to the
internal components and a possible burn out.
An auxiliary 12 VDC power supply can provide power to the Master. Refer to the following table
for wiring length information:
Wiring Length Guidelines @ 750 mA
Wire Size
Maximum wiring length
18 AWG
156.49 feet (46.69 meters)
20 AWG
99.01 feet (30.18 meters)
22 AWG
61.73 feet (18.81 meters)
24 AWG
38.91 feet (11.86 meters)
Wiring a 2-pin power connection
To use the NetLinx 2-pin 3.5 mm mini-Phoenix power supply jack for power transfer from the PSN
power supply to the rear of the NXC-ME260/64, the incoming PWR and GND cables from the PSN
must be connected to its corresponding location on the 2-pin 3.5 mm mini-Phoenix connector
(FIG. 5).
PWR +
NetLinx Power Supply
GND To the ME260
FIG. 5 2-pin mini-Phoenix connector wiring diagram (direct power)
Using the 4-pin mini-Phoenix connector for data and power
Connect the 4-pin 3.5 mm mini-Phoenix (female) captive-wire connector to an external Netlinx
device, as shown in FIG. 6.
To the ME260
AXlinx/PWR connector
To the external NetLinx device
Top view
PWR +
AXM/RX
GND -
AXP/TX
PWR +
AXM/RX
GND -
AXP/TX
Top view
FIG. 6 4-pin mini-Phoenix connector wiring diagram (direct data and power)
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Using the 4-pin mini-Phoenix connector for data with external power
To use the NetLinx 4-pin 3.5 mm mini-Phoenix (female) captive-wire connector for data
communication and power transfer; the incoming PWR and GND cable from the PSN must be
connected to the AXlink cable connector going to the NXC-ME260/64. FIG. 7 shows the wiring
diagram. Always use a local power supply to power the Master card.
To the external NetLinx device
To the ME260
AXlinx/PWR connector
PWR (+)
GND (-)
Local +12 VDC
power supply
(coming from
the PSN
power supply)
Top view
AXP/TX
AXM/RX
GND -
AXM/RX
GND -
AXP/TX
Top view
FIG. 7 4-pin mini-Phoenix connector wiring diagram (using external power source)
When connecting an external power supply, do not connect the wire from the PWR
terminal (coming from the external device) to the PWR terminal on the Phoenix
connector attached to the NXC-ME260/64. Make sure to connect only the AXM, AXP,
and GND wires to the Master’s Phoenix connector when using an external PSN
power supply.
Make sure to connect only the GND wire on the AXlink/PWR connector when using a separate
12 VDC power supply. Do not connect the PWR wire to the AXlink connector’s PWR (+) opening.
Program Port Connections and Wiring
The NXC-ME260/64 is equipped with two Program ports. One is located on the front panel and the
other is on the rear for easy access. The port on the front panel is an RS232 (male) connector and
the rear port is a grey 5-pin (male) connector.
Use a Programming cable to connect the Program port to your PC's COM port to communicate with
the Master card. Then, you can download NetLinx programs to the Master card using the NetLinx
Studio 2.1 software program. Refer to the NetLinx Studio instruction manual for programming
instructions.
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RS232 Program port (front panel)
The following table shows the front panel RS232 (DB9) Program Port connector (male), pinouts,
and signals.
RS232 Program Port, Pinouts, and Signals
Program Port Connector
9
8
5
4
3
2
1
Pin
Signal
2
RX
3
TX
5
GND
7
RTS
8
CTS
7
6
Male
5-Pin Program port (rear panel)
The table below lists the pinouts and signals for the grey rear panel 5-pin 3.5 mm mini-Phoenix
Program port connector.
5-Pin Program Port Pinouts and Signals
Pin
Signal
1
GND
2
RX
3
TX
4
CTS
5
RTS
ICSNet RJ-45 Connections/Wiring
The following table shows the pinouts, signals, and pairing information to use for ICSNet RJ-45
connections. The ICSNet connections provide power and data to ICSNet devices. Each port
provides up to 500 mA of current.
ICSNet RJ-45 Signals
10
Pin
Signal-Master
Signal-Device
1
TX +
RX +
2
TX -
RX -
3
N/A
N/A
4
GND
GND
5
N/A
N/A
6
N/A
N/A
7
RX +
TX +
8
RX -
TX -
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RJ-45 Pinout Information (EIA/TIA 568 B)
Pin
Wire Color
Polarity
Function
1
Orange/White
+
Transmit
2
Orange
-
Transmit
3
Green/White
-
Mic
4
Blue
-
Ground
5
White/Blue
+
12 VDC
6
Green
+
Mic
7
White/Brown
+
Receive
8
Brown
-
Receive
T IA 5 6 8 B
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
(female)
(male)
RJ-45 connector - pin configurations
Unlike the ICSNet ports, the ICSHub connections require a specific polarity. The
IN/OUT configuration, on the Hub ports, was implemented to use the same cables as
ICSNet, but these ports need TX and RX crossed. You must connect an OUT to an
IN, or an IN to an OUT port.
This is done simply to keep the polarity straight. The Hub bus is still a bus. All Hub
connections are bi-directional.
ICSHub RJ-45 Connections/Wiring
The two ICSHub RJ-45 connectors on the rear of the Master card provide data to other Hubs
connected to a downstream system. Hubs allow you to connect multiple NetLinx Hubs together in a
daisy-chain configuration. Connect the OUT port to the IN port on the second or downstream
NetLinx Hub.
!
Use CAT5 cables for all ICSHub connections.
!
Do not connect the last hub in a daisy-chain configuration into the first Hub.
ICSHub IN port
The following table describes the pinout and signal information for the ICSHub IN port.
ICSHub IN Pinouts and Signals
Pin
Signal
Color
1
TX -
orange-white
2
TX +
orange
3
------
------
4
------
------
5
------
------
6
------
------
7
RX -
brown-white
8
RX +
brown
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ICSHub OUT port
The following table describes the pinout and signal information for the ICSHub OUT port.
ICSHub OUT Pinouts and Signals
Pin
Signal
Color
1
RX +
orange-white
2
RX -
orange
3
------
------
4
------
------
5
------
------
6
------
------
7
TX +
brown-white
8
TX -
brown
Ethernet 10/100 Base-T RJ-45 Connections/Wiring
The following table lists the pinouts and signals associated to the Ethernet connector. FIG. 8
describes the RJ-45 pinouts, signals, and pairing for the Ethernet 10/100 Base-T RJ-45 connector
and cable.
Ethernet RJ-45 Pinouts and Signals
Pin Signals
Connections Pairing
Color
orange-white
1
TX +
1 --------- 1
2
TX -
2 --------- 2
3
RX +
3 --------- 3
4
no connection
4 --------- 4
5
no connection
5 --------- 5
6
RX -
6 --------- 6
7
no connection
7 --------- 7
8
no connection
8 --------- 8
1 --------- 2
orange
3 --------- 6
green-white
blue
4 --------- 5
blue-white
green
7 --------- 8
brown-white
brown
FIG. 8 diagrams the RJ-45 cable and connectors.
RJ-45
Plug
8
8
7
7
6
6
5
5
4
4
3
3
2
2
1
1
RJ-45
Plug
FIG. 8 RJ-45 wiring diagram
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Ethernet ports used by the ME260
Ethernet Ports Used by the ME260
Port type
Description
Standard Port #
ICSP
Peer-to-peer protocol used for both Master-to-Master and Master-to-device 1319 (UDP/TCP)
communications.
For maximum flexibility, the Master can be configured to utilize a different
port than 1319, or disable ICSP over Ethernet completely from either
Telnet or the Program Port located on the rear of the Master itself.
ICMP
When using version 1.XX of NetLinx Studio, you must be able to PING a
Master in order to be able to connect to it over a network.
ICMP
• Note: NetLinx Studio version 2.0 or higher allows a user the ability to
turn Off this requirement by de-selecting the "Automatically Ping the
Master Controller to ensure availability" feature from within the
TCP/IP Setting dialog (default condition is On).
Telnet
The NetLinx telnet server provides a mechanism to configure and
diagnose a NetLinx system.
23 (TCP)
For maximum flexibility, the Master can be configured to utilize a different
port than 23, or disable Telnet completely from either Telnet or the Program
Port located on the rear of the Master itself. Once disabled, the only way to
enable Telnet again is from the Master’s Program port.
HTTP
The Master has a built-in web server that complies with the HTTP 1.0
specification and supports all of the required features of HTTP v1.1.
80 (TCP)
FTP
The NXC-ME260/64 has a built-in FTP server that conforms to RFC959.
21/20 (TCP)
Internet Inside The Internet Inside feature the Master uses, by default, is port 10500 for
the XML based communication protocol. This port is connected to by the
client web browser’s JVM when Internet Inside control pages are retrieved
from the on-board Master’s web server.
10500 (TCP)
For maximum flexibility, the on-board Master can be configured to utilize a
different port than 10500 or to disable Internet Inside completely.
SPE Port Connection/Wiring
Use an RJ-11 cable to connect the NXC-ME260/64 to an AXB-SPE Slave Port Expander.
The EXPANSION OUT port on the rear panel of the NXC-ME260/64 connects to the EXPANSION IN
port on the rear panel of the AXB-SPE (FIG. 9).
EXPANSION IN port (RJ-11)
FIG. 9 AXB-SPE (rear panel)
You can daisy chain multiple AXB-SPE's by connecting the EXPANSION OUT on the primary
AXB-SPE to the EXPANSION IN port on the secondary, as shown in FIG. 10. The connecting RJ-11
cable should not exceed 6" in length. Repeat this process to connect up to nine AXB-SPE's.
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EXPANSION OUT connector on rear of NXC-ME260/64
NXC-ME260
ETHERNET
10/100
PWR
RX
TX
FD
CTS
PWR
AXlink
RTS
AXP
GND
12VDC
AXM
SPEED
IN
GND
Master-Ethernet
PROGRAM
OUT
ICSNet
ICSHub
EXPANSION
1st AXB-SPE (rear panel)
IN
OUT
RJ-11 cable (6" max)
EXPANSION
2nd AXB-SPE (rear panel)
OUT
FIG. 10 Daisy chaining two or more AXB-SPE's off of an NXC-ME260/64
SPE cable pinout information
The following table gives pinout information for the RJ-11 SPE connector. AMX supplies a 6"
RJ-11 cable with the AXB-SPE. The EXPANSION connectors (on the AXB-SPE) use
pins 2, 3, 4 and 5. Pin 2 is Ground; the others are all pin-to-pin connections.
SPE Connector Pinouts and Signals
Pin
Signal
1
no connect
2
GND
3
TX
4
TX enable
5
RX
6
no connect
Do not use a standard phone extension cable; it will not work with the AXB-SPE.
FIG. 11 diagrams the RJ-11 cable and connectors.
RJ-11
Plug
6
6
5
5
4
4
3
3
2
2
1
1
RJ-11
Plug
FIG. 11 RJ-11 wiring diagram
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NXC-ME260/64 Installation and Mounting Procedures
Mounting the ME260/64 into an NXS-NMS
1. Confirm the contents of the shipment box to verify that you have all specified parts. Refer to
the NXC-ME260/64 Specifications section on page 2 for more information about included and
optional accessories.
2. Carefully remove the NXS-NMS Master/Hub Module from the shipping box.
3. Pull-away the magnetic faceplate from the front of the NXS-NMS. This exposes the front
panel LEDs and Program port opening (FIG. 12).
4. Carefully remove the NXC-ME260/64 from its anti-static bag and place it aside.
5. Grasp the NXC-ME260/64 by the faceplate and direct the Program port (on the front of the
card) into the opening on the rear of the NXS-NMS (FIG. 12).
6. Slide the Master card along the lowest pair of internal guide slots within the NXS-NMS.
NXC-ME260/64
faceplate
Program
port
NXC-ME260/64
Master card
NXS-NMS
magnetic
faceplate
NXS-NMS
Master/Hub Module
FIG. 12 Component locations on both NXC-ME260/64 and NXS-NMS
7. Secure the NXC-ME260/64 faceplate to the NXS-NMS by using a Phillips-head screwdriver to
turn the two faceplate securing screws in a clockwise direction.
8. Connect the 12 VDC power supply to the 2-pin PWR connector and apply power.
Mounting the NXS-NMS Into an Equipment Rack
To install the Master/Hub Module into an optional AC-RK equipment rack:
1. Remove the front panel from the Module to expose the mounting holes.
2. Mount the module on the AC-RK bracket.
3. Place the AC-RK bracket (with the module) in the equipment rack and secure the bracket to the
rack.
4. Replace the front panel to the Module, and reattach the plastic faceplate (if necessary).
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Mounting the NXC-ME260/64 in an NXF CardFrame or NXI
The NXC-ME260/64 can be installed in a NetLinx CardFrame (NXF) or NetLinx Integrated
Controller (NXI). In both cases, the card mounts in a horizontal position, through the Master card
slot on the rear panel of the enclosure.
FIG. 13 shows the Master Card slot on the NXF CardFrame.
Master card slot on NXF CardFrame (rear panel)
FIG. 13 Master card slot on rear panel of the NXF CardFrame
FIG. 14 shows the Master card slot on the NXI Integrated Controller.
Master Card slot on NXI (rear panel)
FIG. 14 Master card slot on rear panel of the NXI Integrated Controller
To install a Master card into either an NXF CardFrame or NXI Integrated Controller:
1. Discharge the static electricity from your body by touching a grounded object.
2. Unplug all the connectors from the Controller or Module.
3. Unscrew the two screws that hold the front faceplate plate on the Master card and remove the
front plate.
4. Align the edges of the card with the guide slots inside the Master card slot on the NXF or NXI.
5. Slide the card about halfway into the slot.
6. Inside the Master card slot on the NXF or NXI, find the 6-pin control cable connector.
7. Plug the connector from the NXF or NXI into the 6-pin terminal on the Master card. This
connector is keyed to ensure correct orientation.
8. Once the control cable is connected, gently slide the card all the way in until you feel the rear
edge of the card lightly snap into place.
9. Re-apply power and other connections as necessary.
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Replacing the Lithium Batteries
The NXC-ME260/64 is equipped with two lithium batteries (FG57-0013) that have a life of
approximately 2.5 years to protect their memory. When DC power is on, the batteries (FIG. 15) are
not used. When replacing the batteries, remove one at a time to avoid losing the program in
memory.
Battery (CR2032 type - 20mm coin cell)
socket
FIG. 15 Lithium battery and socket
1. Discharge the static electricity from your body by touching a grounded metal object.
2. Unplug all the connectors from the Controller or Module.
!
NetLinx Integrated Controller (NXI): Remove the rear panel from the NXI. Then,
disconnect the NXI control cable and remove the Master card.
!
NetLinx Module (NXS-xxx): Remove the rear panel from the Module, and remove the
Master card.
3. Locate the two batteries behind the Program port on the NXC-ME260/64 circuit board.
4. Carefully slide one battery out of its socket and insert the new battery.
5. Plug the 2-pin PWR (green) connector to reapply power. Wait approximately 1 minute. Then,
remove the PWR connector again.
6. Carefully slide the other battery out of its socket and insert the new battery.
7. Replace the Master card (re-connect the NXI control cable to the Master card if replacing in an
NXI).
8. Replace and resecure the rear faceplate using the mounting screws and reconnect all
communication connectors.
9. Reconnect the 12 VDC power supply to the respective PWR connector and apply power.
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Communication and Firmware Update
This section outlines the steps necessary to setup a NetLinx Master for communication and then
update the on-board firmware.
Verify that the NetLinx Master firmware is build 130 or later. Earlier versions of this
firmware do not support the new web-based NetLinx Security and SSL encryption
features.
Before beginning:
1. Setup and configure your NXC-ME260. Refer to the Installation and Wiring section on page 5
for setup procedures.
2. Verify that you have the latest NetLinx Studio installed on your PC.
3. If necessary, download the latest Studio software from www.amx.com > Tech Center >
Downloadable Files > Application Files > NetLinx Studio 2.1. This program is used to setup
a System number, obtain/assign the IP/URL for the connected NetLinx Master, and transfer
firmware KIT files to the Master.
4. Verify that an Ethernet/ICSNet cable is connected from the rear of the unit to its’ respective
connector on the Ethernet Hub (for IP/ICSNet communication).
5. Connect an RS-232 programming cable from the front of the NetLinx Master to the rear
connector (COM port) on the PC being used for programming (for DB9 communication).
6. Verify that the NetLinx Master is receiving power and is turned On.
If you have previously setup communication with your Master via an IP Address,
continue with the firmware update procedures outlined in the Communicating with the
NetLinx Master via an IP section on page 28.
Communicating with the Master via the Program Port
1. Launch NetLinx Studio 2.1 (default location is Start >Programs > AMX Control Disc >
NetLinx Studio > NetLinx Studio 2.1).
2. Select Settings > Master Communication Settings, from the Main menu, to open the Master
Communication Settings dialog (FIG. 16).
3. Click the Communications Settings button to open the Communications Settings dialog
(FIG. 16).
4. Click the NetLinx Master radio button (from the Platform Selection section) to indicate that
you are working with a NetLinx Master (such as the NXC-ME260 or NI-Series of Integrated
Controllers).
5. Click the Serial radio button (from the Transport Connection Option section) to indicate you
are connecting to the Master via a (Serial) COM port.
6. Click the Edit Settings button to open the Serial Settings dialog (FIG. 16).
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FIG. 16 Assigning Communication Settings and Baud Rates
7. Set the COM port parameters for the selected COM port being used for communication to the
NetLinx Master. Default parameters are: COM1, 38400, 8 Data Bits, No Parity, 1 Stop Bit,
and No Flow Control.
8. Click OK three times to close the open dialogs and save your settings.
If the connection fails to establish:
Select a different COM port, press the Retry button to reconnect using the same
communication parameters, or press the Change button to alter your communication
parameters and repeat steps 2 thru 8.
Verifying the current version of NetLinx Master firmware
1. Click on the OnLine Tree tab in the Workspace window to view the devices on the System.
The default System value is one (1).
2. Right-click on the Empty Device Tree entry and select Refresh System to establish a new
connection to the System’s Master and refresh the list with online system devices. The
communication method is highlighted in green on the bottom of the NetLinx Studio window.
The current firmware version of the Master is displayed to the right of the device.
3. After the Communication Verification dialog window verifies active communication between
the PC and the Master, verify the NetLinx Master appears in the OnLine Tree tab of the
Workspace window (FIG. 17).
4. If the firmware version is not build 130 or higher (v2_XX_130) for the NXC-ME260, follow
the procedures outlined in the following sections to assign System/Device values, setup an IP
Address, and then transfer the new firmware KIT file to the Master.
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Showing the current
version of the
NetLinx Studio
FIG. 17 Initial NetLinx Workspace window (showing the OnLine Tree tab)
Setting the System Value
1. Access/open the Device Addressing dialog (FIG. 18) by either one of these two methods:
!
Right-click on any System item listed in the OnLine Tree tab of the Workspace and
select Device Addressing (from the pop-up list).
!
Select Diagnostics > Device Addressing from the Main menu.
System Address
(default for initial
system is 1)
Check-Off to
verify change
FIG. 18 Device Addressing tab (changing the system value)
This tab represents the only way to change the System Number associated to the
active Master.
2. Select the Change System selection box, from the System to Change section.
3. Enter both the current and new system address values (this example uses 2).
4. Click the Change Device/System Number button. This configures the Master to accept the
new value and incorporate the information. The system information (in the OnLine Tree tab of
the Workspace window) refreshes and then displays the new information.
5. Click Done to close the Device Addressing dialog and return to the main program.
6. Select Tools > Reboot the Master Controller to access the Reboot the Master dialog, then
click Continue to reboot the Master and incorporate any changes. Allow 20 - 30 seconds for
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the Master to reboot. The STATUS and OUTPUT LEDs should begin to alternately blink
during the incorporation. Wait until the STATUS LED is the only LED to blink.
7. Right-click the associated System number and select Refresh System to establish a new
connection to the specified Master and refresh the System list with devices on that system.
8. Use Ctrl+S to save your existing NetLinx Project with the new changes.
If the NetLinx device does not appear within the OnLine Tree tab of the Workspace
window of NetLinx Studio, make sure that the NetLinx Master System Number (from
within the Device Addressing tab) is correctly assigned. If there is a problem, use a
system value of zero (0) on the NetLinx device.
The Master is default set to DEVICE 0. Connected NetLinx device addresses can
only be changed through the Protected Setup page. The new address is reflected
within the OnLine Tree tab of the Workspace window only after the devices are
rebooted and the system is refreshed.
Working with multiple NetLinx Masters
When using more than one Master, each unit must be assigned to a separate System value.
A Master’s System value can be changed but its’ device Address must always be set to zero
(00000). The Device Addressing dialog will not allow you to alter the NetLinx Master address
value.
Example: Using NetLinx Studio 2.1 to work with an NXC-ME260 and NI-4000:
!
The NXC-ME260 could be assigned to System 1 (with a value of 00000).
!
The NI-4000 could be assigned to System 2 (with a value of 00000).
Changing the system value on the Modero panel
The system value on a Modero touch panel can not be changed from the Device
Addressing dialog.
1. Press and hold the grey Front Setup Access button (below the LCD) for 3 seconds to access the
Setup page.
2. Press the Protected Setup button to access the Protected Setup page.
3. Use the on-screen keyboard to enter the default password of 1988.
4. Press the System Connection button.
5. Press the blue System field on the right of the page to open the Master System Number keypad.
6. Enter the new System value (associated with the Master connected to the panel).
7. Press Back to save your changes and return to the Protected Setup page.
8. Press the on-screen Reboot button to reboot the panel.
9. Right-click the associated System number (from the OnLine Tree tab of the Workspace
window) and select Refresh System to establish a new connection to the specified Master and
refresh the System list with devices on that system.
10. Use Ctrl+S to save your existing NetLinx Project with the new changes.
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If the Master does not appear in the Workspace window, check to make sure that the
Master’s System Number (from within the Device Addressing tab) is correctly
assigned. If there is a problem, use a system value of zero (0) on the Master.
Changing the Device Address on a Netlinx Device
1. Access the Device Addressing dialog (FIG. 19) by either one of these two methods:
!
Right-click on any system device listed in the OnLine Tree tab of the Workspace and
select Device Addressing (from the pop-up list).
!
Select Diagnostics > Device Addressing from the Main menu.
Device Address
(original device
value)
Check-Off to
verify change
FIG. 19 Device Addressing dialog (changing the device value)
This dialog represents the only way to change the device value of a selected NetLinx
device (such as a Modero panel).
2. Select the Change Device checkbox, from the Device to Change section.
3. Enter both the Current and New Device address values for the target NetLinx device.
4. Click the Change Device/System Number button. This configures the specified Master to
accept the new value for the NetLinx device and incorporate the information (the system
information in the Workspace window refreshes and then displays the new information).
5. Click Done to close the Device Addressing dialog.
6. Select Tools > Reboot the Master Controller to access the Reboot the Master dialog, then
click Continue to reboot the Master and incorporate any changes. Allow 20 - 30 seconds for
the Master to reboot. The STATUS and OUTPUT LEDs should begin to alternately blink
during the incorporation. Wait until the STATUS LED is the only LED to blink.
7. Right-click the associated System number (from the OnLine Tree tab of the Workspace
window) and select Refresh System to establish a new connection to the specified Master and
refresh the System list with devices on that system.
8. Use Ctrl+S to save your existing NetLinx Project with the new changes.
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If the Master does not appear in the Workspace window, make sure that the Master’s
System Number (from within the Device Addressing tab) is correctly assigned. If
there is a problem, use a system value of zero (0) on the Master.
Changing the device address on the Modero panel
The device address on a Modero touch panel can not be changed from the Device Addressing
dialog. The correct procedure to change a device address is:
1. Press and hold the grey Front Setup Access button (below the LCD on most panels) for 3
seconds to access the Setup page.
2. Press the Protected Setup button to access the Protected Setup page.
3. Use the on-screen keyboard to enter the default password of 1988.
4. Press the blue Device Number field (this opens a Device Number keypad).
5. Enter the new Device Address value.
6. Click the Done button to close the Device Addressing dialog.
7. Press the on-screen Reboot button to reboot the panel.
8. Right-click the associated System number (from the OnLine Tree tab of the Workspace
window) and select Refresh System to establish a new connection to the specified Master and
refresh the System list with devices on that system.
Recommended NetLinx Device numbers
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• 1 - 255
• Axcess Devices use Axcess standards
• 301 - 3072
• NetLinx CardFrames start at frame number 25 - (frame# * 12) + Card #
• 5001 - 5999
• ICSNet NetLinx devices: NXI, NXM-COM2, NXM-IRS4, etc.
• 6001 - 6999
• ICSNet Landmark devices: PLH-VS8, PLH-AS16, PLB-AS16
• 7001 - 7999
• InConcert Devices
• 8001 - 8999
• PCLink Device: PCLink devices are PC programs
• 10000 - 31999
• ICSNet Panels: DMS, IMS, and future panels
• 33001 - 36863
• Virtual devices: these start at 33001
• 32001 - 32767
• Dynamic devices: the actual range used by Master
• 32768 - 36863
• Virtual devices: the actual range used by Master
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Resetting the Factory Default System and Device Values
1. Access the Device Addressing dialog (FIG. 19 on page 23) by either one of these two methods:
!
Right-click on any system device listed in the Workspace and select Device Addressing.
!
Select Diagnostics > Device Addressing from the Main menu.
2. Click the Set Device/System to Factory Default button. This resets both the system value and
device addresses (for definable devices) to their factory default settings. The system
information (in the OnLine Tree tab of the Workspace window) refreshes and then displays
the new information.
By setting the system to its default value (#1), Modero panels that were set to
connect to the Master on another System value will not appear in the OnLine Tree
tab of the Workspace window.
For example: A Modero touch panel was previously set to System #2. The system is
then reset to its default setting of System #1 and then refreshed from within the
Workspace window. The panel will not reappear until the system is changed (from
within the System Connection page on the Modero) to match the new value and both
the Master and panel are rebooted.
3. Click Done to close the Device Addressing dialog.
4. Select Tools > Reboot the Master Controller to access the Reboot the Master dialog, then
click Continue to reboot the Master and incorporate any changes. Allow 20 - 30 seconds for
the Master to reboot.
5. Right-click the associated System number (from the OnLine Tree tab of the Workspace
window) and select Refresh Whole Network to refresh of all project systems, establish a new
connection to all Masters, and refresh the System list with devices on that system.
6. Use Ctrl+S to save your existing NetLinx Project with the new changes.
Obtaining the Master’s IP Address (using DHCP)
Verify there is an active Ethernet connection attached to the rear of the Master before
beginning these procedures.
1. Select Diagnostics > Network Addresses from the Main menu to access the Network
Addresses dialog.
2. Verify the System number corresponds to the value previously assigned in the Device
Addressing tab and verify that zero (0) is entered into the Device field.
The system value must correspond to the Device Address entered in the Device
Addressing dialog. Refer to the Setting the System Value section on page 21 for
more detailed instructions on setting a system value.
3. Verify that NetLinx appears in the Host Name field.
4. Click the Use DHCP radio button from the IP Address section (FIG. 20).
5. Click the Get IP Information button to read the IP Address obtained by the Master from the
DHCP Server and configure the unit for DHCP usage.
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System Address
reflects the value
set in the Device
Addressing tab
Used to display the
IP Address
given to the Master
from the DHCP Server
FIG. 20 Network Addresses dialog (showing Get IP)
DO NOT enter ANY IP information at this time, this step only gets the System Master
to recognize that it should begin using an obtained DHCP Address.
6. Note the obtained IP Address.This information is later entered into the Master
Communication Settings dialog and used by NetLinx Studio 2.1 (or higher) to communicate
to the Master via an IP. This address is reserved by the DHCP server and then given to the
Master.
If the IP Address field is empty, give the Master a few minutes to negotiate a
DHCP Address with the DHCP Server, and try again. The DHCP Server can take
anywhere from a few seconds to a few minutes to provide the Master with an IP
Address.
7. Click the Set IP Information button to retain the IP Address on the Master. A popup window
then appears to notify you that Setting the IP information was successful and it is
recommended that the Master be rebooted.
8. Click OK to accept the new changes.
9. Click the Reboot Master button and select Yes to close the Network Address dialog. This
process closes the Network Addresses dialog and directs you to the Reboot the Master
Controller dialog.
10. Click Continue (from the Reboot Controller dialog) and wait for the System Master to reboot
and retain the newly obtained DHCP Address. The STATUS and OUTPUT LEDs should begin
to alternately blink during the incorporation. Wait until the STATUS LED is the only LED to
blink.
If Studio can not establish communication with the Master, wait a few seconds and
click the Retry button.
11. Use Ctrl+S to save your existing NetLinx Project with the new changes.
12. Right-click associated System number and select Refresh System. This establishes a new
connection to the specified System and populates the list with devices on that system.
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Assigning a Static IP to the NetLinx Master
1. Select Diagnostics > Network Addresses from the Main menu.
2. Verify the System number corresponds to the value previously assigned in the Device
Addressing tab for the specific System Master.
3. Verify that zero (0) is entered into the Device field.
The system value must correspond to the Device Address previously entered in the
Device Addressing tab. Refer to the Setting the System Value section on page 21 for
more detailed instructions on setting a system value.
4. Verify that NetLinx appears in the Host Name field.
5. Click the Specify IP Address radio button from the IP Address section (FIG. 21).
System Address
reflects the value
set in the Device
Addressing tab
Used to assign an
IP Address
FIG. 21 Network Addresses dialog (showing Set IP)
6. Enter the IP Address, Subnet Mask, and Gateway information into their respective fields.
7. Click the Set IP Information button to retain a known IP Address (obtained from the System
Administrator) on the specified System Master.
8. Click OK to accept the new changes.
9. Click the Reboot Master button and select Yes to close the Network Address dialog. This
process closes the Network Addresses dialog and directs you to the Reboot the Master
Controller dialog.
10. Click Continue (from the Reboot controller dialog) and wait for the System Master to reboot
and incorporate the newly obtained DHCP Address. The STATUS and OUTPUT LEDs should
begin to alternately blink during the incorporation. Wait until the STATUS LED is the only
LED to blink.
11. Right-click associated System number and select Refresh System. This establishes a new
connection to the specified System and populates the list with devices on that system.
Verify that these IP values are also entered into the related fields within either the
IP Settings section of the System Connection page (on the touch panel) or within the
Address field on the web browser.
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Communicating with the NetLinx Master via an IP
Whether the Master’s IP Address was Set (Set IP Info) or obtained (Get IP Info), use the
information from the Network Addresses dialog to establish a new communication method to the
Ethernet connected Master.
1. Launch NetLinx Studio 2.1 (default location is Start > Programs > AMX Control Disc >
NetLinx Studio > NetLinx Studio 2.1).
2. Obtain the IP Address of the Master from your System Administrator, if you do not have an IP
Address:
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Follow the steps outlined in either the Obtaining the Master’s IP Address (using
DHCP) section on page 25 or Assigning a Static IP to the NetLinx Master section on
page 27.
3. Select Settings > Master Communication Settings, from the Main menu to open the Master
Communication Settings dialog (FIG. 22).
FIG. 22 Assigning Communication Settings and TCP/IP Settings
4. Click the Communications Settings button to open the Communications Settings dialog.
5. Click on the NetLinx Master radio button (from the Platform Selection section) to indicate
that you are working with a NetLinx Master (such as the NXC-ME260 or NI-Series of
Integrated Controllers).
6. Click on the TCP/IP radio button (from the Transport Connection Option section) to indicate
you are connecting to the Master through an IP Address.
7. Click the Edit Settings button (on the Communications Settings dialog) to open the TCP/IP
Settings dialog (FIG. 22).
8. Enter the IP Address into the TCP/IP Address field. This information is obtained from either
your System Administrator or from the Obtaining the Master’s IP Address (using
DHCP) section on page 25.
9. Click OK three times to close the open dialogs and save your settings.
If you are currently connected to the assigned Master, a popup asks whether you
would want to temporarily stop communication to the Master and apply the new
settings.
10. Click Yes to interrupt the current communication from the Master and apply the new settings.
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11. Select Tools > Reboot the Master Controller to access the Reboot the Master dialog, then
click Continue to reboot the Master and incorporate any changes. Allow 20 - 30 seconds for
the Master to reboot. The STATUS and OUTPUT LEDs should begin to alternately blink
during the incorporation. Wait until the STATUS LED is the only LED to blink.
12. Click the OnLine Tree tab in the Workspace window to view the devices on the System. The
default System value is one (1).
13. Right-click the Empty Device Tree/System entry and select Refresh System to establish a new
connection to the System’s Master and refresh the list with online system devices. The
communication method is then highlighted in green on the bottom of the NetLinx Studio
window.
If the connection fails to establish, a Connection Failed dialog appears.
Try selecting a different IP Address if communication fails.
Press the Retry button to reconnect using the same communication parameters.
Press the Change button to alter your communication parameters and repeat
steps 2 thru 10.
14. Once the particular System Master is configured for communication via an IP Address, remove
the RS232 connector from the Program port on the NetLinx Master.
Installing New NetLinx Master Firmware via an IP
1. Click the OnLine Tree tab in the Workspace window to view the devices on the System. The
default System value is one (1).
2. Right-click on the Empty Device Tree/System entry and select Refresh System to establish a
new connection to the System’s Master and refresh the list with online system devices.
3. After the Communication Verification dialog window verifies active communication between
the PC and the Master, verify the NetLinx Master appears in the OnLine Tree tab of the
Workspace window (FIG. 23).
Showing the current
version of the
NetLinx Studio
FIG. 23 Initial NetLinx Workspace window (showing the OnLine Tree tab)
The current firmware version of the Master is displayed to the right of the device.
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4. If the firmware version is not build 130 or higher (v2_XX_130) for the NXC-ME260; locate
the latest firmware file from www.amx.com > Tech Center > Downloadable Files >
Firmware Files > NetLinx Masters.
5. Verify you have downloaded the latest Master firmware (KIT) file to a known location.
6. Select Tools > Firmware Transfers > Send to NetLinx Device from the Main menu to open
the Send to NetLinx Device dialog (FIG. 24). Verify the target’s System number matches the
value listed within the active System folder in the OnLine Tree tab of the Workspace.
Selected Firmware file
Description field for selected KIT file
Firmware download
status
System Number
must match the System value
listed in the Studio Workspace window
FIG. 24 Select to NetLinx Device dialog (showing Master firmware update via IP)
7. Select the Master’s KIT file from the Files section (FIG. 24).
The KIT file for the ME260 begins with 2010_kit (the KIT file for the NI-Series of
Master controllers begins with 2105_NI Master).
8. Enter the System number associated with the target Master (listed in the OnLine Tree tab of the
Workspace window). The Device and Port fields are greyed-out.
9. Click the Reboot Device checkbox to reboot the Master after the firmware update process is
complete.
10. Click Send to begin the transfer. The file transfer progress is indicated on the bottom-right of
the dialog (FIG. 24).
Only upon the initial installation of the new build 130 KIT file to a Master (currently
loaded build 117 (or lower) firmware) there will be a failure of the last component to
successfully download. This is part of the initial update procedure and will not occur
during uploads of later firmware.
11. After the last components fails to install, click Close and reboot the Master by selecting
Tools > Reboot the Master Controller > Continue to begin the process.
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12. Repeat steps 8 - 11 again (the last component will successfully be installed).
13. Click Close once the download process is complete.
The OUTPUT and INPUT LEDs alternately blink to indicate the Master is
incorporating the new firmware. Allow the Master 20 - 30 seconds to reboot and
incorporate the new firmware.
14. Right-click on the System entry and select Refresh System. This establishes a new connection
to the System and populates the list with devices on your system.
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NetLinx Security and Web Server
NetLinx Masters (installed with firmware build 130 or higher) incorporate new built-in security
and SSL certificate verification capabilities. By using both SSL certificate verification and secured
HTTP access, this new NetLinx firmware provides users with a more convenient web-based
method of securing both the Master and the incoming and outgoing information.
Terminal setup and security configuration is still valid and supported in the new build of NetLinx
Master firmware. New Terminal security features include the use of two new commands: ssl
security enable and ssl security disable.
SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) is a protocol that works by encrypting data that is transferred over the
SSL connection. URLs that require an SSL connection begin with https: instead of http: in the
browser’s Address field. These security capabilities are configured to function via a web session
within your browser.
After the installation of build 130 or higher to your Master, Telnet security configuration access is
disabled. This new build migrates the NetLinx Master security setup from a TELNET environment
to a web-based application.
The new NetLinx Web Server used to power the Master security and SSL certificate features on
AMX Masters, not only provides user name/password security for the target Master, but also a new
level of secure encryption through the use of a unique server certificate.
The first layer of security for the Master is an on-screen HTTP user name and password field that
prompts a user to provide correct security information before gaining access to a target Master. The
second layer of protection is an SSL Certificate (specifically identifying the target Master) that can
either be requested or self-generated. This certificate is then installed onto the target Master and
added to the trusted site certificate listing within the computer’s Internet browser.
NetLinx Security web browser and feature support
The following table describes the web browsers (associated to each operating system)
recommended for use with the new NetLinx Security features on the NXC-ME260/64.
Supported Browser and Feature Compatibility
OS Platform
Recommended Browser
NetLinx Security
Feature support
Windows©
Internet Explorer®
6.0 or higher
Yes
MAC©
Safari®
- (see note below)
Yes
Linux©
Mozilla®
Yes
- (see note below)
G3 Web Panel
Control support
G4 Web Panel
Control support
Yes
Yes
Sun Java must be
installed
Yes
No
When using Safari on a MAC machine, certificates must be externally requested from
the Server Certificate’s page. Self-generated certificates do not allow access back to
the target Master and will display an invalid certificate message.
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When using Mozilla on a Linux machine, the Group Rights column checkboxes (from
within the Modify User page) can become greyed-out but are actually present.
New Master Firmware Security Features
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Master Security
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Telnet Security
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Terminal (RS232 Program port) security
!
HTTP (Web Server) Security
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FTP Security
!
SSL Certificate Encryption and Identification Technology
Installation of this new SSL functionality onto your Master will cause security
setup via Telnet to be disabled. Although Telnet security configuration access can
no longer be used with the Master, a Terminal connection (using HyperTerminal) can
still be established using the Master’s RS232 Program port. Refer to the NetLinx
Security with a Terminal Connection section on page 73 for detailed Terminal security
setup procedures.
The migration from a Telnet session to the use of an HTTP web browser allows a user to fully
utilize the latest SSL encryption features available within the newest release of NetLinx Master
firmware.
NetLinx Security Terms
The following table lists those commonly used NetLinx Security terms:
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User
A user is a single potential client of the NetLinx Master.
Administrator
An administrator has privileges to modify existing NetLinx Master access
groups, users, and their rights. The administrator can also assign NetLinx
communication access rights for different users or groups (ex: Telnet and
HTTP access) and configure the SSL server certificate.
Group
A group is a logical collection of users. Note that any properties possessed by
groups (ex: access rights, directory associations, etc.) are inherited by all of the
members of the group.
User name
A user name is a valid character string (4 - 20 alpha-numeric characters)
defining the user. This string is case sensitive. Each user name must be
unique.
Group name
A group name is a valid character string (4 - 20 alpha-numeric characters)
defining the group. This string is case sensitive. Each group name must be
unique.
Password
A password is a valid character string (4 - 20 alpha-numeric characters) to
supplement the user name in defining the potential client. This string is also
case sensitive.
Access Rights
Each of the NetLinx Master features has security procedures defined for them.
The access right for a particular feature determines if the user or group will
have access to the feature.
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Directory Associations
A Directory Association is a path that defines the directories or files a
particular user or group can access via the Web Server on the NetLinx Master.
This character string can range from 1 to 128 alpha-numeric characters. This
string is case sensitive. This is the path to the file or directory you want to
grant access.
Accessing the NetLinx Master via an IP Address
Refer to the Installing New NetLinx Master Firmware via an IP section on page 29 for more
detailed information on how to download the latest firmware (build 130 or greater) from
www.amx.com. This firmware build enables SSL security and disables the ability to alter the
Master security properties via a TELNET session.
Although Telnet security configuration access can no longer be used with the Master, a Terminal
connection (using HyperTerminal) can still be established using the Master’s RS232 Program port.
Once the Master’s IP Address has been set through NetLinx Studio (version 2.1 or higher):
1. Launch your web browser.
2. Enter the IP Address of the target Master (ex: 198.198.99.99) into the web browser’s Address
field.
3. Press the Enter key on your keyboard to begin the communication process between the target
Master and your PC.
4. Click OK to accept the AMX SSL certificate (if SSL is enabled).
5. The first tab displayed within your open browser window is WebControl.
WebControl Tab
This tab (FIG. 25) displays links to both G3 web panel pages downloaded to the target Master and
G4 panels running the latest G4 Web Control feature.
Application
tabs
G3 panel
G4 panel
Compatible
devices field
Communication
compression
options
FIG. 25 WebControl Tab (populated with panels)
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G3 panel pages accessed through the WebControl tab are virtual pages created by a
user in TPDesign3 and then downloaded to the target Master. Interaction with these
pages are not reflected on an actual G3 panel unless you use specific programming
commands that link these virtual pages with their real G3 panel counterparts.
The following table lists the WebControl tab features that an administrator or other authorized user
can select from:
WebControl Tab Features
Feature
Description
Compatible Devices Field
This area displays:
• Links to G3 user designed web panels (containing an index.htm
page) that are installed on the NetLinx Master.
• G4 icons (with associated links) if a G4 panel running Web
Control is communicating with the target Master.
Communication Compression Options
Allows you to choose from among two compression options:
• These compression settings are most useful when working
over a bandwidth-restricted network or over the Internet.
• Use Compression allows the user to specify that the
transmitted data packets be compressed. This speeds up the
visual responses from the panel by minimizing the size of the
information relayed through the web and onto the PC screen.
• Use Low Color allows the user to specify the number of colors
used to display the image from the panel be reduced. By
reducing the numbers of colors used to display the panel page
on the PC, the size of the information is reduced, and the
response delay is decreased.
Default Security Configuration
By default, the NetLinx Master will create the following accounts, access rights, directory
associations, and security options:
Default Security Configuration
Account 1
Account 2
User name: administrator
Group 1
User name: NetLinx
Group: administrator
Password: password
Password: password
Rights: All
Group: administrator
Group: none
Directory Association: /*
Rights: All
Rights: FTP Access
Directory Association: /*
Directory Association: none
Security Options:
FTP Security - Enabled
Admin Change Password Security - Enabled
All other options - Disabled
SSL security is disabled by default. If the user/group is given FTP access rights by the
administrator, all directories can become accessible (read/write/modify).
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The administrator user account cannot be deleted or modified with the exception of its
password. Only a user with "Change Admin Password Access" rights can change the
administrator password.
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The NetLinx user account is created to be compatible with previous NetLinx Master
firmware versions. This account is initially created by default and can later be deleted or
modified.
!
The administrator group account cannot be deleted or modified.
!
The FTP Security and Admin Change Password Security are always enabled and cannot
be disabled.
Internet Explorer is used for the purposes of these instructions. Refer to the Table ,
“Supported Browser and Feature Compatibility,” on page 33 for browser and OS
compatibility information.
Security Tab
NetLinx system security allows you to define access rights for users or groups.
The Enable/Disable Security features (FIG. 26) are only displayed after the left Enable
Security link is selected.
Security tab features
NetLinx Master
security options
SSL encryption
(enable/disable) option
FIG. 26 Security Tab - Enable/Disable Security
The following table lists the NetLinx System Security Enable or Disable options that an
administrator or other authorized user can grant or deny access to:
Security Tab Features
Feature
Description
System section
Provides an authorized user with the ability to alter the current
security options assigned to the target Master.
Groups section
Provides an authorized user with the ability to alter group
properties such as creating a group, modifying an existing
groups’ rights, and define the files/directories accessible by a
particular group.
• Any properties possessed by a group (access rights/directory
associations, etc.) are inherited by all members of that group.
Users section
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properties such as creating a user, modifying an existing users’
communication rights, and defining the files/directories accessible by a particular user.
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Security Tab Features (Cont.)
SSL Certificate section
Allows an authorized user to select the method for SSL certificate
generation and implementation on the target Master.
• A certificate can be self generated, requested, or regenerated.
• Once a certificate has been installed onto a target Master, that
certificate remains there until it is either replaced or
regenerated.
Security tab - Enable Security page
It is recommended that enabling the Master Security option be done after the
groups, users, and passwords have been setup. If not, when the user accesses
the Master from within another session, the default administrator user names
and password are used for access.
The Enable Security link toggles the appearance of the NetLinx Master security options.
Security System Features
Feature
Master Security Configuration
Description
This option allows an authorized user the ability to grant/deny
access to the security configuration commands of the on-board
Master. Only those users with security access rights granted will
have access to the security configuration commands.
• These are global options that enable or disable the rights given
to both users and groups.
• Ex: If you would want to disable Telnet Security for all users, you
would access this tab and uncheck the Telnet Access option to
disable Telnet security for the entire Master.
Terminal (RS232) Security
This selection enables or disables Terminal Security (through the
RS232 Program port). If Terminal Security is enabled, a user
must have sufficient access rights to login to a Terminal session.
HTTP Access
This selection enables or disables Web Server access. If Security
is enabled, a user must have sufficient access rights to browse to
the NetLinx Master with a Web Browser.
• Enabling this field prompts the user (upon their return) to
submit a valid user name and password.
Telnet Access
This selection enables or disables Telnet Security. If Telnet
Security is enabled, a user must have sufficient access rights to
login to a Telnet session.
Security Config Access
This selection enables or disables the ability of a group to alter
the Security Configuration settings.
If Security Configuration Security is enabled, a user/group must
have sufficient access rights to access the Main Security Menu.
SSL Enable
This option allows an administrator the ability to enable or disable
the SSL feature on the Master.
• This field will not be enabled until after the initial
self-generated certificate has been installed onto the
Master. This configures the Master for secure
communication. This security is necessary before
installing any encrypted CA server certificates.
• If the self-generated SSL certificate has been installed on
the Master, the user is prompted with a Security Alert
popup that informs them of possible conflicts between the
Master’s certificate and those registered through the web
browser as valid and secure. Refer to the Accessing an
SSL-Enabled Master via an IP Address section on page 68
for more information.
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Security System Features (Cont.)
OK/Cancel
• Press OK to accept any changes made within this tab and
incorporate the information into the target Master.
• Press Cancel to void any changes made within this tab, exits
without making changes to the target Master, and blanks-out
the Security tab.
You must first enable the Master Security selection and then click OK before altering
any settings.
Click OK again after making alterations to any of these features (such as Terminal,
HTTP, and Telnet access) and save these changes to the target Master.
Security tab - Add Group page
The Groups > Add Group link allows an authorized user to add a group account (FIG. 27) and
then assign that group’s current Master access rights.
FIG. 27 Security Tab - Add Group
Add Group Entries
Feature
Description
Group Name
A valid character string defining the name of the group
(4 - 20 alpha-numeric characters).
Terminal (RS232) Access
This selection enables or disables Terminal (RS232 Program
port) Security Access for the target group.
Admin Change Password Access
This selection enables or disables the group’s right to change the
administrator’s user passwords.
• The string is case sensitive and must be unique.
Note: Once the Administrator’s password has been changed, the
default password can no longer be used to gain access.
FTP Access
This selection enables or disables FTP Access for the target
group.
HTTP Access
This selection enables or disables Web Server access for the
target group.
Telnet Access
This selection enables or disables Telnet Security access for the
target group.
Security Config Access
This selection enables or disables the ability of a group to alter
the Security Configuration settings.
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Add Group Entries (Cont.)
OK/Cancel
• Press OK to accept any changes made within this tab and
incorporate the information into the target Master.
• Press Cancel to void any changes made within this tab,
disables the security configuration session, voids any changes
made to the Master, and returns you to the empty Security tab.
A User represents a single potential client of the NetLinx Master, while a Group represents a
logical collection of users. Any properties possessed by groups (example: access rights, directory
associations, etc.) are inherited by all the members of the group.
Security tab - Modify Group page
The Groups > Modify Group link allows an authorized user to select from a listing of available
groups (FIG. 28) and then modify the access rights for the selected group.
FIG. 28 Security Tab - Modify Group
Modify Group Entries
Feature
Select New Group
Description
Provides a drop-down listing of the available groups.
• Initially, administrator is listed as a default group. Thereafter, the
last group accessed is then always shown.
• As more groups are added through the Add Group section of
the Security tab; those groups appear within the drop-down
selection.
• The checkbox for each access right is populated when a new
group is selected.
Terminal (RS232) Access
This selection enables or disables Terminal Security Access
(through the RS232 Program port) for the selected group.
Admin Change Password Access
This selection enables or disables the group’s right to change the
administrator’s user passwords.
Note: Once the Administrator’s password has been changed, the
default password can no longer be used to gain access.
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This selection enables or disables FTP Access for the selected
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HTTP Access
This selection enables or disables Web Server access for the
selected group.
Telnet Access
This selection enables or disables Telnet Security for the selected
group.
Security Config Access
This selection enables or disables the ability of a group to alter
the Security Configuration settings.
OK/Cancel/Delete
• Press OK to accept any changes made within this tab and
incorporate the information into the target Master.
• Press Cancel to void any changes made within this tab,
disables the security configuration session, voids any changes
made to the Master, and returns you to the empty Security tab.
• Press Delete to remove the selected group from the list of
authorized groups on the Master.
Security tab - Group Directory Associations page
The Groups > Directory Associations link allows an authorized user to view current directory
associations assigned to the selected group, add paths for new directory associations, and delete any
previously configured directory associations (FIG. 29).
Directories pathnames
present on the target
Master
FIG. 29 Security Tab - Group Directory Associations
A Directory Association is a path that defines the directories and files a particular user or group can
access via the Web Server on the NetLinx Master. This character string can range from 1 to 128
alpha-numeric characters. This string is case sensitive. This is the path to the file or directory to
which you want to grant access.
A single '/' is sufficient to grant access to all files and directories in the user directory and
subdirectory. The '/*' wildcard can also be added to enable access to all files. All entries should start
with a '/'.
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Here are some examples of valid entries:
Valid Directory Association Entries
Path
Description
/
Enables access to the all files within the user’s main directory and
subdirectories.
/*
Enables access to the all files within the user’s main directory and
subdirectories.
/user1
If user1 is a file in the user directory, only the file is granted
access. If user1 is a subdirectory of the user directory, all files in
the user1 and its sub-directories are granted access.
/user1/
user1 is a subdirectory of the user directory. All files in the
user1 and its sub-directories are granted access.
/Room1/iWebControlPages/*
/Room1/iWebControlPages is a subdirectory and all files and
its subdirectories are granted access.
By default, all accounts that enable HTTP Access are given a '/*' Directory Association if no other
Directory Association has been assigned to the account.
Group Directory Association Entries
Feature
Select New Group
Description
Provides a drop-down listing of the available groups.
• Initially, administrator is listed as a default group. Thereafter, the
last group accessed is then always shown.
• As more groups are added through the Add Group section of
the Security tab; those groups appear within the drop-down
selection.
• The checkbox alongside each access right is populated when a
new group is selected.
Add Association
This field displays all existing directories currently on the target
Master.
• These folders can consist of G3 HTML project folders, data file
folders, etc.
• These folders are located beneath the User directory on the
Master.
Adding Association
This field is used to specify the path for the file or directory
granted for access and then assigned to the selected group.
• Clicking on a folder within the Add Association area populates
the Adding Association association field with the folder’s path.
• The directory path can also manually be entered.
• Press Add to accept the new path and assign it to the selected
group.
• Press Cancel to void any path changes.
Delete/Select Association
This drop-down listing displays any current directory associations
assigned to the group and prompts you to select the association
you want to delete.
• Press Delete to remove the currently selected directory
association and save those changes to the group profile.
• Press Cancel to void any association changes.
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Security tab - Add User page
The Users > Add User link allows an authorized user to add a user account (FIG. 30) and then
assign that user’s current access rights.
FIG. 30 Security Tab - Add User
Add User Entries
Feature
Description
User ID (user name)
A valid character string defining the name of the user
(4 - 20 alpha-numeric characters). The string is case sensitive
and must be unique.
Group
Provides a drop-down listing of the available groups.
• Any properties possessed by groups (ex: access rights,
directory associations, etc.) are inherited by users assigned to
a particular group.
Terminal (RS232) Access
This selection enables or disables Terminal Security Access
(through the RS232 Program port) for the target user.
Admin Change Password Access
This selection enables or disables the user’s right to change the
administrator’s user passwords.
Note: Once the Administrator’s password has been changed, the
default password can no longer be used to gain access.
FTP Access
This selection enables or disables FTP Access for the target user.
HTTP Access
This selection enables or disables Web Server access for the
target user.
Telnet Access
This selection enables or disables Telnet Security access for the
target user.
Security Config Access
This selection enables or disables the ability of a user to alter the
Security Configuration settings.
Password/Confirm
Enter a password for the new user.
• A user password is a valid character string (4 - 20
alpha-numeric characters) that is used to supplement the user
name/ID in defining the potential client. The string is case
sensitive and must be unique.
OK/Cancel
• Press OK to accept any changes made within this tab and
incorporate the information into the target Master.
• Press Cancel to void any changes made within this tab,
disables the security configuration session, voids any changes
made to the Master, and returns you to the empty Security tab.
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Security tab - Modify User page
The Users > Modify User link allows an authorized user to select from a listing of available users
(FIG. 31) and then modify the Master’s access rights for the selected user.
Group Rights are
greyed-out and are read-only
from within Modify User.
The Group Rights column
will appear greyed-out when
viewed within the Mozilla
browser on a Linux machine.
FIG. 31 Security Tab - Modify User
Modify User Entries
Feature
Select User
Description
Provides a drop-down selection listing of the available users.
• Initially, administrator and NetLinx are listed as a default users.
The administrator has ALL available group and User access
rights. The NetLinx user has only FTP user rights and no
pre-assigned group rights. Thereafter, the last user accessed is
then always shown.
• As more users are added through the Add User section of the
Security tab; those users appear within the drop-down
selection (along with checkmarks alongside their selected user
access rights).
Select New Group
Provides a drop-down selection listing of the available groups.
• As more groups are added through the Add Group section of
the Security tab; those groups appear within the drop-down
selection (along with their directory associations).
• Any properties possessed by groups (ex: access rights,
directory associations, etc.) are inherited by users assigned to
a particular group.
Terminal (RS232) Access
This selection enables or disables Terminal access (through the
RS232 Program port) for the selected user.
Admin Change Password Access
This selection enables or disables the user’s right to change the
administrator’s user passwords.
Note: Once the administrator’s password has been changed, the
default password can no longer be used to gain access.
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FTP Access
This selection enables or disables FTP Access for the selected
user.
HTTP Access
This selection enables or disables Web Server access for the
selected user.
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Telnet Access
This selection enables or disables Telnet access for the selected
user.
Security Config Access
This selection enables or disables the ability of a user to alter the
Security Configuration settings.
Password/Confirm
Enter a new password assigned to the selected user.
• A user password is a valid character string (4 - 20
alpha-numeric characters). The string is case sensitive and
must be unique.
• If this field is left blank the current password is left unchanged.
• If a new alpha-numeric string is entered, it becomes
incorporated as the new password after pressing the OK
button.
OK/Cancel/Delete
• Press OK to accept any changes made within this tab and
incorporate the information into the target Master.
• Press Cancel to void any changes made within this tab,
disables the security configuration session, voids any changes
made to the Master, and returns you to the empty Security tab.
• Press Delete to remove the selected user from the list of
authorized users on the Master.
Security tab - User Directory Associations page
The Users > Directory Associations link allows an authorized user to view current directory
associations assigned to the selected user, add paths for new directory associations, and delete any
previously configured directory associations (FIG. 32).
Directory pathnames
present on the target
Master
FIG. 32 Security Tab - Group Directory Associations
A Directory Association is a path that defines the directories and/or files a particular user or group
can access via the Web Server on the NetLinx Master. This character string can range from 1 to 128
alpha-numeric characters. This string is case sensitive. This is the path to the file or directory to
which you want to grant access.
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A single '/' is sufficient to grant access to all files and directories in the user directory and it's
subdirectory. The '/*' wildcard can also be added to enable access to all files. All entries should start
with a '/'. Here are some examples of valid entries:
Valid Directory Association Entries
Path
Description
/
Enables access to the user directory and all files and
subdirectories in that user directory.
/*
Enables access to the user directory and all files and
subdirectories in that user directory.
/user1
If user1 is a file in the user directory, only the file is granted
access. If user1 is a subdirectory of the user directory, all files in
the user1 and its sub-directories are granted access.
/user1/
user1 is a subdirectory of the user directory. All files in the
user1 and its sub-directories are granted access.
/Room1/iWebControlPages/*
/Room1/iWebControlPages is a subdirectory and all files and
its subdirectories are granted access.
By default, all accounts that enable HTTP Access are given a '/*' Directory Association if no other
Directory Association has been assigned to the account.
User Directory Association Entries
Feature
Select User
Description
Provides a drop-down listing of the available users.
• Initially, administrator and NetLinx are listed as default users.
Thereafter, the last user accessed is then always shown.
• As more users are added through the Add Group section of the
Security tab; those users appear within the drop-down
selection.
• The checkbox alongside each access right is populated when a
new user is selected.
Add Association
This field displays all existing directories currently on the target
Master.
• These folders can consist of G3 HTML project folders, data file
folders, etc.
• These folders are located beneath the User directory on the
Master.
Adding Association
This field is used to specify the path for the file or directory
granted for access and then assigned to the selected user.
• Clicking on a folder within the Add Association area populates
the Adding Association association field with the folder’s path.
• Another field option is to manually enter the directory path.
• Press Add to accept the new path and assign it to the selected
user.
• Press Cancel to void any path changes.
Delete/Select Association
This drop-down listing displays any current directory associations
assigned to the user and prompts you to select the association
you want to delete.
• Press Delete to remove the currently selected directory
association and save those changes to the user profile.
• Press Cancel to void any path changes, disables the security
configuration session, and returns you to a blank Security tab.
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Security tab - SSL Server Certificate page
A certificate is a cryptographically signed object that associates a public key and an identity.
Certificates also include other information in extensions such as permissions and comments.
A "CA" is short for Certification Authority and is an internal entity or trusted third party that issues,
signs, revokes, and manages these digital certificates.
Before initially enabling the SSL feature on the Master, a self-generated
certificate must first be installed. This initial installation allows users to then later
install the different types of certificates (requested, self-generated, or regenerated).
The SSL > Server Certificate link (FIG. 33) allows an authorized user to display an installed
certificate, create a certificate request, self-generate, and regenerate SSL Server Certificates.
FIG. 33 Security Tab - Server Certificate
Server Certificate Entries
Feature
Bit Length
Description
Provides a drop-down selection with three available public key
lengths: 512, 1024, and 2048.
• Longer key lengths result in increased certificate processing
times.
• A longer key length results in more secure certificates.
Common Name
The Common Name of the certificate MUST be the URL Domain
Name used.
• Example: If the address used is www.amxuser.com, that must
be the Common name and format used.
• The Common Name can not be an IP Address.
• If the server is internal, the Netbios name must be used.
• For every website using SSL that has a distinct DNS name,
there must be a certificate installed. Each website (external or
Internet) for SSL MUST also have a distinct IP Address.
Organization Name
Name of your business or organization. This is an alpha-numeric
string (1 - 50 characters in length).
Organizational Unit
Name of the department using the certificate. This is an
alpha-numeric string (1 - 50 characters in length).
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City/Location
Name of the city where the certificate is used. This is an
alpha-numeric string (1 - 50 characters in length).
State/Province
Name of the state or province where the certificate is used. This
is an alpha-numeric string (1 - 50 characters in length).
Country Name
Provides a drop-down selection with a listing of currently
selectable countries.
Action
Provides a drop-down selection with a listing of available
certificate options:
• Display Certificate - Populates the Server Certificate fields with
the information from the certificate currently installed on the
Master. This action is used only to display the information
contained in the certificate on the target Master.
• Create Request - Takes the information entered into the
previous fields and formats the certificate so it can be exported
to the external Certificate Authority (CA) for later receipt of an
SSL Certificate. This action is used to request a certificate
from an external source.
• Self Generate Certificate - Takes the information entered into
the previous fields and generates its own SSL Certificate.
This action is used when no previous certificate has been
installed on the target Master, or a self-signed certificate is
desired.
• Regenerate Certificate - Takes the information entered into the
previous fields and regenerates an SSL Certificate. This action
changes the Master Key.
This method of certificate generation is used to modify or
recreate a previously existing certificate already on the
Master.
OK/Cancel/Delete
• Press OK to accept any changes made within this tab and
incorporate the information into the target Master.
• Press Cancel to void any changes made within this tab, disable
the security configuration session, void any changes made to
the Master, and return you to the empty Security tab.
If a certificate has been purchased from an external CA and then installed onto a
specific Master, DO NOT regenerate the certificate or alter its properties
(ex: bit length, city, etc.).
If the purchased certificate is regenerated, it becomes invalid.
A certificate consists of two different Keys:
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Master Key is generated by the Master and is incorporated into the text string sent to the
CA during a certificate request. It is unique to a particular request made on a specific
Master.
!
Public Key is part of the text string that is returned from the CA as part of an approved
SSL Server Certificate. This public key is based off the submitted Master key from the
original request.
!
Regenerating a previously requested and installed certificate invalidates that
certificate because the Master Key has been changed.
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Security tab - Export Certificate Request page
The SSL > Export Certificate Request link opens an Export Certificate Request field (FIG. 34)
where an authorized user can copy the raw text from a generated Certificate request into their
clipboard and then send it to the CA.
FIG. 34 Security Tab - Export Certificate Request field
Security tab - Import Certificate page
The SSL > Import Certificate link opens an Import Certificate field (FIG. 35) where an authorized
user can paste the raw text from a CA issued Certificate.
FIG. 35 Security Tab - Import Certificate field
A CA server certificate can only be imported to a target Master only after both a
self-generated certificate has been created and the SSL Enable feature has been
selected on the Master. These actions configure the Master the secure
communication necessary during the importing of the CA certificate.
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System Tab
Displays the firmware version and log information for the NetLinx Master (FIG. 36).
FIG. 36 System Tab
Show Devices Tab
Displays the device values and firmware versions of devices connected to the current NetLinx
Master System (FIG. 37).
FIG. 37 Show Devices tab
Network Tab
Provides a list of the DNS and URL associated with the NetLinx Master.
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The DNS List identifies the Domain Name servers that translates domain names for the
Master into IP Addresses.
!
The URL List identifies all URL entries within the Master’s URL list.
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Master Security Setup Procedures
Setting the system security options for a NetLinx Master (Security Options Menu)
1. Enter the URL/IP Address of the target Master into the Address/URL field within the web
browser. Refer to the Accessing the NetLinx Master via an IP Address section on page 35 for
more detailed instructions on using your web browser to access your Master.
2. Click on the Security tab. By default this tab is blank until a security option is selected from
the left of the browser window. Refer to the Security Tab section on page 37 for more detailed
descriptions on the security configuration options.
3. Click the Enable Security link (on the left of the browser window) to populate the Security tab
with NetLinx Master security options (FIG. 38) that can individually be enabled or disabled.
FIG. 38 Security tab - showing NetLinx Master security options
By default, Master Security and SSL Enable are disabled (unchecked), including the
Master Security subcomponents: Terminal Access, HTTP Access, Telnet Access, and
Security Configuration Access.
4. Click on the checkbox next to Master Security to enable the security on the target Master.
Placing a check in this field allows you to alter the security properties for the remaining Master
Security options (Terminal/HTTP/Telnet/Security Configuration). Refer to the Security tab Enable Security page section on page 38 for more detailed field descriptions.
Each selection simply toggles the security setting from enabled to disabled. Click OK
after making any changes to these features so that those alterations are then saved
to the target Master.
5. Before enabling the SSL security, a user must first develop and then install a self-generated
Certificate onto the Master. Refer to the Self-Generating a SSL Server Certificate
Request section on page 62.
This initial installation allows users to then later install the different types of
certificates (requested, self-generated, or regenerated).
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6. Click on the checkbox next to SSL Enable to enable the use of SSL encryption and server
certificate usage. Activating this feature requires the creation of a server certificate. Refer to
the SSL Certificate Procedures section on page 61 for instructions on creating and requesting a
server certificate for the target Master.
Before initially enabling the SSL feature on the Master, a self-generated
certificate should first be installed. This initial certificate, along with the enabling of
the SSL security feature (from the Enable Security page), allows users to create a
secure connection to the Master so an encrypted CA server certificate can then be
safely imported.
7. Click OK to accept and save the changes made on this tab to the Master. Clicking Cancel
voids any changes made within this tab, disables the security configuration session, voids any
changes made to the Master, and returns you to the empty Security tab.
If a SSL certificate has been previously placed on the target Master, after clicking OK,
a server certificate security alert might appear to inform you of any issues with the
existing certificate. Click Yes to accept the certificate conditions and continue
accessing the target Master.
8. Successful incorporation of the changes to the Master’s security configurations results in an
on-screen message "System Security successfully configured. SSL has been turned on".
A Group represents a logical collection of individual users. Any properties possessed
by a group (ex: access rights, directory associations, etc.) are inherited by all
members of that group.
The "administrator" group account cannot be deleted or modified.
Adding a Group and assigning their access rights
1. Click on the Security tab. By default this tab is blank until a security option is selected from
the left of the browser window. Refer to the Security tab - Add Group page section on page 39
for more detailed descriptions on the security configuration options.
2. Click the Add Group link to populate the Security tab with the fields necessary for
configuring a new group and assigning its associated access rights (FIG. 39).
FIG. 39 Security tab - showing the Add Group fields
3. Enter a unique alpha-numeric string (consisting of 4 - 20 characters) into the Group Name
field. This string provides a unique name for the desired group. The word administrator
cannot be used for a new group name since it already exists by default.
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4. Click on the checkbox next to the requested access rights desired for the selected group.
Placing a check in these fields activates the access rights (Terminal/Admin Change/FTP/
HTTP/Telnet/Security Configuration). Refer to the Security tab - Add Group page section on
page 39 for more detailed field descriptions.
5. Click OK to accept and save the changes made on this tab to the Master. Clicking Cancel
voids any changes made within this tab, disables the security configuration session, voids any
changes made to the Master, and returns you to the empty Security tab.
6. Successful addition of the new group results in an on-screen message "Group ‘XXX’ added".
Any security changes made to the Master from within the web browser are instantly
reflected within a Terminal session without the need to reboot.
Security changes made to the Master from within a Terminal window are not reflected
within the web browser until the Master is rebooted and the web browser connection
is refreshed.
Modifying an existing Group’s access rights
1. Click on the Security tab. By default this tab is blank until a security option is selected from
the left of the browser window. Refer to the Security tab - Modify Group page section on
page 40 for more detailed descriptions on the security configuration options.
2. Click the Modify Group link (on the left of the browser window) to populate the Security tab
with the access rights fields associated with the selected group. (FIG. 40).
FIG. 40 Security tab - showing the Modify Group access rights fields
3. Click the down arrow from the Select New Group field to open a drop-down listing of
authorized groups. Initially, administrator is listed as the last accessed group. As more groups
are added through the Add Group section of the Security tab; those groups appear within the
drop-down selection (along with checkmarks alongside their pre-configured access rights).
!
After a group is selected, the access rights, previously assigned to that group, are
selected/enabled with a checkmark next the corresponding field (Terminal/Admin
Change/FTP/HTTP/Telnet/Security Configuration). Refer to the Security tab - Modify
Group page section on page 40 for more detailed field descriptions.
4. Enable (check) or disable (uncheck) the checkbox associated to the desired access right.
Alterations made within this window modify any previously access rights that were assigned to
the selected group when it was created.
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5. Click OK to accept and save the changes made on this tab to the Master.
Clicking Delete removes the selected group from the list of authorized groups on the
Master.
Clicking Cancel voids any changes made within this tab, disables the security
configuration session, voids any changes made to the Master, and returns you to the
empty Security tab.
6. Successful modification of the new group results in an on-screen message "Group ‘XXX’
modified".
Each selection simply toggles the security setting from enabled to disabled.
Showing a list of authorized Groups
1. Click on the Security tab (FIG. 40).
2. Click the Modify Group link (on the left of the browser window) to populate the Security tab
with the access rights fields associated with a selected group.
3. Click the down arrow from the Select New Group field to open a drop-down listing of
authorized groups on the target Master.
Deleting an existing Group
1. Click on the Security tab. By default this tab is blank until a security option is selected from
the left of the browser window.
2. Click the Modify Group link.
3. Click the down arrow from the Select New Group field to open a drop-down listing of available
groups.
4. Select a group from the drop-down listing.
5. Click Delete to remove the selected group from the list of authorized groups on the Master.
6. Successful deletion of the group results in an on-screen message "Group ‘XXX’ deleted".
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Adding a Group directory association
1. Click on the Security tab. By default this tab is blank until a security option is selected from
the left of the browser window. Refer to the Security tab - Group Directory Associations
page section on page 41 for more detailed descriptions on the security configuration options.
2. Click the Directory Associations link (on the left of the browser window) to populate the
Security tab with the directory associations assigned to the selected group (FIG. 41).
Directory pathnames present
on the target Master
FIG. 41 Security tab - showing the Group Directory Associations fields
3. Click the down arrow from the Select Group field to open a drop-down listing of authorized
groups. Initially, administrator is listed as a default group.
!
The Add Association field displays the current directory folders that currently reside
within the target Master. These can consist of G3 HTML project folders, data file folders,
etc.
4. Enter a new directory association path into the Adding Association field. This character string
can range from 1 - 128 alpha-numeric characters. This string is case sensitive. This information
is the path to the file or directory to which you want to grant access. A single '/' is sufficient to
grant access to all files and directories in the user directory and it's subdirectory. The '/*'
wildcard can also be added to enable access to all files. All entries should start with a '/'. Here
are some examples of valid entries:
Valid Directory Association Entries
Path
Description
/
Enables access to the user directory and all files and
subdirectories in that user directory.
/*
Enables access to the user directory and all files and
subdirectories in that user directory.
/user1
If user1 is a file in the user directory, only the file is granted
access. If user1 is a subdirectory of the user directory, all files in
the user1 and its sub-directories are granted access.
/user1/
user1 is a subdirectory of the user directory. All files in the
user1 and its sub-directories are granted access.
/Room1/iWebControlPages/*
/Room1/iWebControlPages is a subdirectory and all files and
its subdirectories are granted access.
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Not only can an administrator provide group access to a file or folder on the Master,
but also to an Application tab displayed within the web browser (such as Show
Devices or Network).
!
To add an association to an Application tab, enter the association location
(ex: /showdevices.asp) into the Adding Association field.
5. Click Add to add the new directory path to the group and save it to the Master.
6. Successful modification of the new path results in an on-screen message, for example:
"Directory Assocation ‘/XXX’ added for group "XXX".
7. Click the down arrow from the Select Association field to open a drop-down listing of the
associations for the selected group and confirm the added association appears in the list.
Confirming the new directory association
1. Click on the Security tab.
2. Click the Directory Associations link.
3. From the Delete Association section of the Group Directory Associations window, click the
down arrow from the Select Association field to open a list of associations and confirm the new
directory association has been assigned to the group.
Deleting a directory association
1. Click on the Security tab.
2. Click the Directory Associations link.
3. From the Delete Association section of the Group Directory Associations window, click the
down arrow from the Select Association field to open a list of associations.
4. Select a directory association from the drop-down list.
5. Click Delete to remove the selected directory path from the group properties and save the
change to the Master.
6. Successful deletion of the path results in an on-screen message, for example: "Directory
Assocation ‘/XX’ deleted for group "XXX".
A User represents a single potential client of the NetLinx Master. Any properties
possessed by a group (ex: access rights, directory associations, etc.) are inherited by
all users who are assigned to that group.
The "administrator" user account cannot be deleted or modified.
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Adding a User and configuring their access rights
1. Click on the Security tab. By default this tab is blank until a security option is selected from
the left of the browser window. Refer to the Security tab - Add User page section on page 43
for more detailed descriptions on the security configuration options.
2. Click the Add User link (on the left of the browser window) to populate the Security tab with
the fields necessary for configuring a new user and assigning its associated access rights
(FIG. 42).
FIG. 42 Security tab - showing the Add User fields
3. Enter a unique alpha-numeric string (consisting of 4 - 20 characters) into the User ID field.
This string provides a unique name for the desired user. The user names administrator and
NetLinx cannot be used since they already exist.
4. Click the down arrow from the Group field to open a drop-down listing of authorized groups.
5. Click on the checkbox next to the requested access rights desired for the selected user. Placing
a check in these fields activates the access rights (Terminal/Admin Password Change/FTP/
HTTP/Telnet/Security Configuration). Refer to the Security tab - Add User page section on
page 43 for more detailed field descriptions.
The NetLinx account can be deleted from either the Modify Group or User pages.
The administrator account can not be deleted from either Modify pages and can
not have it’s directory associations modified.
6. Enter the same password for the new user into both the Password and Confirm fields.
!
A user password is a valid character string (4 - 20 alpha-numeric characters) that is used
to supplement the user name/ID in defining the potential client. The string is case
sensitive and must be unique.
7. Click OK to accept and save the changes made on this tab to the Master. Pressing Cancel voids
any changes made within this tab, disables the security configuration session, voids any
changes made to the Master, and returns you to the empty Security tab.
8. Successful addition of the new group results in an on-screen message "User ‘XXXX’ was
successfully added".
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Each selection simply toggles the security setting from enabled to disabled.
Modifying an existing User’s access rights
1. Click on the Security tab. By default this tab is blank until a security option is selected from
the left of the browser window. Refer to the Security tab - Modify User page section on
page 44 for more detailed descriptions on the security configuration options.
2. Click the Modify User link (on the left of the browser window) to populate the Security tab
with the access rights fields associated with the selected group. (FIG. 43).
Group Rights are
greyed-out and are read-only
from within Modify User.
FIG. 43 Security tab - showing the Modify User Configurations fields
3. Click the down arrow from the Select User field to open a drop-down listing of authorized
users. Initially, administrator and NetLinx are listed as default users. As more users are added
through the Add User section of the Security tab; those users appear within the drop-down
selection (along with checkmarks alongside their pre-configured access rights).
!
After a user is selected, the access rights, previously assigned to that user during creation,
are selected/enabled with a checkmark next the corresponding field (Terminal/Admin
Change/FTP/HTTP/Telnet/Security Configuration). Refer to the Security tab - Modify
User page section on page 44 for more detailed field descriptions.
4. Click the down arrow from the Select New Group field to open a drop-down listing of
authorized groups and assign the user to that group. Initially, administrator is listed as a
default group. As more groups are added through the Add Group section of the Security tab;
those groups appear within the drop-down selection (along with checkmarks alongside their
pre-configured access rights).
Any previously configured user access rights are populated in the left checkbox
column. A previously created group’s access rights are populated in the right
checkbox column. Any properties possessed by a group (ex: access rights, directory
associations, etc.) are inherited by all users who are assigned to that group.
5. Enable (check) or disable (uncheck) the checkboxes associated to the desired user access
rights. Alterations made within this window modify any previously access rights that were
assigned to the selected user when it was created.
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6. Enter the same password for the user into both the Password and Confirm fields, if you want to
change the password. Leaving this field blank retains the current or previous password.
!
A user password is a valid character string (4 - 20 alpha-numeric characters) that is used
to supplement the user name/ID in defining the potential client. The string is case
sensitive and must be unique.
7. Click OK to accept and save the changes made on this tab to the Master.
Clicking Cancel voids any changes made within this tab, disables the security
configuration session, voids any changes made to the Master, and returns you to the
empty Security tab.
Clicking Delete removes the selected user from the list of authorized users on the
Master.
8. Successful modification of the new user results in an on-screen message "User ‘XXX’
modified".
Each selection simply toggles the security setting from enabled to disabled.
Showing a list of authorized Users
1. Click on the Security tab.
2. Click the Modify User link (on the left of the browser window) to populate the Security tab
with the access rights fields associated with the selected user.
3. Click the down arrow from the Select User field to open a drop-down listing of authorized
users on the target Master.
Deleting a User
1. Click on the Security tab (FIG. 43 on page 58). By default this tab is blank until a security
option is selected from the left of the browser window.
2. Click the Modify User link (on the left of the browser window) to populate the Security tab
with the access rights fields associated with the selected user.
3. Click the down arrow from the Select User field to open a drop-down listing of authorized
users on the target Master.
4. Select a user from the drop-down listing.
5. Click Delete to remove the selected user from the list of authorized users on the Master.
6. Successful deletion of the user results in an on-screen message "User ‘XXX’ deleted".
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Adding a User directory association
1. Click on the Security tab. By default this tab is blank until a security option is selected from
the left of the browser window. Refer to the Security tab - User Directory Associations
page section on page 45 for more detailed descriptions on the security configuration options.
2. Click the Directory Associations link (on the left of the browser window) to populate the
Security tab with the directory associations assigned to the selected user (FIG. 44).
Directory pathnames present
on the target Master
FIG. 44 Security tab - showing the User Directory Associations fields
3. Click the down arrow from the Select User field to open a drop-down listing of authorized
users. Initially, administrator and NetLinx are listed as default users.
!
The Add Association field displays the current directory folders that currently reside
within the target Master. These can consist of G3 HTML project folders, data file folders,
etc.
4. Enter a new directory association path into the Adding Association field. This character string
can range from 1 - 128 alpha-numeric characters. This string is case sensitive. This information
is the path to the file or directory to which you want to grant access. A single '/' is sufficient to
grant access to all files and directories in the user directory and it's subdirectory. The '/*'
wildcard can also be added to enable access to all files. All entries should start with a '/'.
Not only can an administrator provide user access to a file or folder on the Master,
but also to an Application tab displayed within the web browser (such as Show
Devices or Network).
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To add an association to an Application tab, enter the association location
(ex: /showdevices.asp) into the Adding Association field.
5. Click Add to incorporate the new directory path to the user and save it to the Master.
6. Successful modification of the new path results in an on-screen message, for example:
"Directory Assocation ‘/XXX’ added for user "XXX".
7. Click the down arrow from the Select Association field to open a drop-down listing of the
associations for the selected group and confirm the added association appears in the list.
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Confirming the new directory association
1. Click on the Security tab.
2. Click the Directory Associations link.
3. From the Delete Association section of the User Directory Associations window, click the
down arrow from the Select Association field to open a list of associations and confirm the new
directory association has been assigned to the user.
Deleting a directory association
1. Click on the Security tab.
2. Click the Directory Associations link.
3. From the Delete Association section of the User Directory Associations window, click the
down arrow from the Select Association field to open a list of associations.
4. Select a directory association from the drop-down list.
5. Click Delete to remove the selected directory path from the user properties and save the change
to the Master.
6. Successful deletion of the path results in an on-screen message, for example: "Directory
Assocation ‘/XXX’ deleted for user "XXX".
SSL Certificate Procedures
Initially, a NetLinx Master is not equipped with any installed certificates. In order to prepare a
Master for later use with CA (officially issued) server certificates, it is necessary to:
!
First create a self-generated certificate which is automatically installed onto the
Master.
!
Secondly, enable the SSL feature from the Enable Security page. Enabling SSL security
after the certificate has been self-generated insures that the target Master is utilizing a
secure connection during the process of importing a CA server certificate over the web.
A self-generated certificate has lower security than an external CA generated
certificate.
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Self-Generating a SSL Server Certificate Request
1. Click on the Security tab (FIG. 45). Refer to the Security tab - SSL Server Certificate
page section on page 47 for more detailed descriptions on the security configuration options.
2. Click the Server Certificate link (on the left of the browser window) to display the Security
tab with the fields necessary for developing a new certificate.
FIG. 45 Security tab - showing the Server Certificate creation fields
3. Click the down arrow from the Bit length field to open a drop-down listing of available public
key lengths.
!
The three available public key lengths are: 512, 1024, and 2048. Higher selected key
lengths result is increased certificate processing times. A larger the key length results in
more secure certificates.
4. Enter the Domain Name.
!
Example: If the address being used is www.amxuser.com, that must be the Common
name and format used in the Common Name field. This string provides a unique name for
the desired user.
!
This domain name does not need to be resolvable URL Address when
self-generating a certificate.
5. Enter the name of the business or organization into the Organization Name field. This is an
alpha-numeric string (1 - 50 characters in length).
6. Enter the name of the department using the certificate into the Organizational Unit field. This
is an alpha-numeric string (1 - 50 characters in length).
7. Enter the name of the city where the certificate will reside into the City/Location field. This is
an alpha-numeric string (1 - 50 characters in length).
8. Enter the name of the state or province where the certificate will reside into the State/Province
field. This is an alpha-numeric string (1 - 50 characters in length).
The city/province name must be fully spelled out.
9. Click the down arrow from the Country Name field to open a drop-down listing of listing of
currently selectable countries.
10. Click the down arrow from the Action field to open a drop-down listing of available certificate
generation options.
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11. Choose Self Generate Certificate from the drop-down list. When this request is submitted, the
certificate is generated and installed into the Master in one step.
12. Click OK to save the new encrypted certificate information to the Master or click Cancel to
void any changes made within this tab and exit without making changes to the target Master.
ONLY use the Regenerate certificate option when you have Self Generated your own
certificate. DO NOT regenerate an external CA-generated certificate.
13. Click the Security tab > Enable Security link to return to the Enable Security page.
14. Place a checkmark into the SSL Enable selection box to enable the SSL security feature on the
target Master. Activating this option creates a secure connection to and from the target
Master. It is recommended that a secure connection to the target Master be used when
importing a CA server certificate.
Creating a Request for a SSL Server Certificate
1. Click on the Security tab. Refer to the Security tab - SSL Server Certificate page section on
page 47 for more detailed descriptions on the security configuration options.
2. Click the Server Certificate link (on the left of the browser window) to display the Security
tab with the fields necessary for generating a new certificate.
3. Click the down arrow from the Bit length field to open a drop-down listing of available public
key lengths.
!
The three available public key lengths are: 512, 1024, and 2048. Higher selected key
lengths result in increased certificate processing times. A longer key length results in
more secure certificates.
4. Enter the used Domain Name.
!
Example: If the address being used is www.amxuser.com, that must be the Common
name and format used in the Common Name field. This string provides a unique name for
the desired user.
!
This domain name must be associated to a resolvable URL Address when creating a
request for a purchased certificate. The address does not need to be resolvable when
obtaining a free certificate.
5. Enter the name of the business or organization into the Organization Name field. This is an
alpha-numeric string (1 - 50 characters in length).
6. Enter the name of the department using the certificate into the Organizational Unit field. This
is an alpha-numeric string (1 - 50 characters in length).
7. Enter the name of the city where the certificate will reside into the City/Location field. This is
an alpha-numeric string (1 - 50 characters in length).
8. Enter the name of the state or province where the certificate will reside into the State/Province
field. This is an alpha-numeric string (1 - 50 characters in length).
The state/province name must be fully spelled out.
9. Click the down arrow from the Country Name field to open a drop-down listing of listing of
currently selectable countries.
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10. Click the down arrow from the Action field to open a drop-down listing of available certificate
generation options.
11. Choose Create Request from the drop-down list.
12. Click OK to accept the information entered into the above fields and generate a certificate file.
Refer to the Security tab - Export Certificate Request page section on page 49.
!
This refreshed the Server Certificate page and if the certificate request was successful,
displays a "Certified request generated" message.
13. Click the Export Certificate Request link (on the left of the browser window) to display the
certificate text file.
14. Place your cursor within the certificate text field.
15. Press the Ctrl + A keys simultaneously on your keyboard (this selects all the text within the
field).
YOU MUST COPY ALL OF THE TEXT within this field, including the -----BEGIN
CERTIFICATE REQUEST----- and the -----END CERTIFICATE REQUEST-----.
Without this text included in the CA submission, you will not receive a CA-approved
certificate.
16. Press the Ctrl + C keys simultaneously on your keyboard (this takes the blue selected text
within the field and copies it to your temporary memory/clipboard).
17. Paste this text into your e-mail document and then send that information to a CA with its
accompanying certificate application.
When a certificate request is generated, you are creating a private key on the Master.
YOU CAN NOT REQUEST ANOTHER CERTIFICATE UNTIL THE PREVIOUS
REQUEST HAS BEEN FULFILLED. Doing so will void any information received from
the previously requested certificate and it will be nonfunctional if you try to use it.
18. Once you have received the returned CA certificate, follow the procedures outlined in the
following section to import the returned certificate, over a secure connection, to the target
Master.
Importing a CA certificate to the Master over a secure SSL connection
Before importing a CA server certificate, you must:
!
First, have a self-generated certificate installed onto your target Master.
!
Secondly, enable the SSL security feature from the Enable Security page, to establish a
secure connection to the Master prior to importing the encrypted CA certificate. Refer to
the Security tab - Enable Security page section on page 38 for more information about
enabling SSL security.
1. Take the returned certificate (signed by the CA and encrypted with new information which
makes it different from the text string that was previously sent) and copy it into your clipboard.
Refer to the Security tab - Import Certificate page section on page 49.
2. Click the Import Certificate link to open the empty Import Certificate window.
3. Place your cursor within the empty window and paste the raw text data (in its entirety) into the
field.
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4. Click OK to enter the new encrypted certificate information and save it to the Master or click
Cancel to void any changes made within this tab and exit without making changes to the target
Master.
Once a certificate has been purchased from an external CA and then installed onto a
specific Master, DO NOT regenerate the certificate or alter its properties
(example: bit length, city, etc.).If the purchased certificate is regenerated, it becomes
invalid.
A certificate consists of two different Keys:
!
Master Key is generated by the Master and is incorporated into the text string sent to the
CA during a certificate request. It is specific to a particular request made on a specific
Master.
!
Public Key is part of the text string that is returned from the CA as part of an approved
SSL Server Certificate. This public key is based off the submitted Master key from the
original request.
!
Regenerating a previously requested and installed certificate, invalidates the
previously purchased certificate because the Master Key has been changed.
5. Use the Display Certificate option to confirm that the new certificate was imported properly to
the target Master.
Display SSL Server Certificate Information
1. Click on the Security tab (FIG. 45 on page 62). Refer to the Security tab - SSL Server
Certificate page section on page 47 for more detailed descriptions on the security
configuration options.
2. Click the Server Certificate link (on the left of the browser window) to populate the Security
tab.
By default, the Display Certificate Action is selected and these fields are populated
with information from an installed certificate. If the Master does not have a previously
installed certificate, these fields are blank.
3. Click the down arrow from the Action field to open a drop-down listing of available certificate
generation options.
4. Choose Display Certificate from the drop-down list.
5. Click OK to accept the action and populate the fields with the certificate information.
Regenerating an SSL Server Certificate Request
1. Click on the Security tab. Refer to the Security tab - SSL Server Certificate page section on
page 47 for more detailed descriptions on the security configuration options.
2. Click the Server Certificate link (on the left of the browser window) to display the Security
tab with the fields necessary for developing a new certificate.
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This method of certificate generation is used to modify or recreate a previously
existing certificate already on the Master.
By default, if a certificate is already present on the target Master, the Display
Certificate Action is selected and these fields are populated with information.
EX: if the company has moved from Dallas to Houston, all of the information is
reentered exactly except for the City.
3. Enter any new or changed information into its respective field.
4. Click the down arrow from the Action field to open a drop-down listing of available certificate
generation options.
5. Choose Regenerate Certificate from the drop-down list.
When this request is submitted, the certificate is generated and installed into the
Master in one step.
6. Click OK to save the newly modified certificate information to the Master or click Cancel to
void any changes made within this tab and exit without making changes to the target Master.
7. Before exiting the Master and beginning another session:
!
verify that all users have been assigned the correct rights, and are using the correct
passwords.
!
In the Enable Security window of the Security tab, verify that the Master Security and
HTTP Access are enabled. Enabling HTTP Access will prompt users to enter
pre-configured user names and passwords.
Common Steps for Requesting a Certificate from a CA
A certificate is a cryptographically signed object that associates a public key and an identity.
Certificates also include other information in extensions such as permissions and comments.
A "CA" is short for Certification Authority and is an internal entity or trusted third party that issues,
signs, revokes, and manages these digital certificates.
1. Navigate to the Web Server Certificate HTML page on your CA’s website.
!
A Web Server certificate allows you to authenticate through a Web browser via SSL.
In order to successfully verify other certificates it is also necessary to import the CA key
into the Web Server. Refer to the Creating a Request for a SSL Server Certificate section
on page 63.
!
This is done as part of the process of receiving your Web Server certificate.
!
Only a user with administrator privileges can request a server certificate.
2. Enter in the company information, such as: name, e-mail, address, state, and country.
3. Agree to any licensing agreements and continue to the next part of the registration process.
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4. Enter the name of the server being used (this is the Master).
!
The server name is the name as it shows up in the URL of the Master you are securing
with this server certificate. For example, if the URL of the Master will be
https://www.myNetLinxMaster.com/, then enter the server name as
www.myNetLinx Master.com.
5. Send the CA the text created by your certificate request through the Master. Refer to
the Creating a Request for a SSL Server Certificate section on page 63 for the procedures
necessary to generate the certificate text file.
6. Place your cursor within the certificate text field of the Export Certificate window of the
Security tab.
7. Press the Ctrl + A keys simultaneously on your keyboard (this selects all the text within the
field).
YOU MUST COPY ALL OF THE TEXT within this field, including the -----BEGIN
CERTIFICATE REQUEST----- and the -----END CERTIFICATE REQUEST-----.
Without this text included in the CA submission, you will not receive CA approved
certificate.
8. Press the Ctrl + C keys simultaneously on your keyboard (this takes the blue selected text
within the field and copies it to your temporary memory/clipboard).
9. Paste this text into the Submit Request field on the CA’s Retrieve Certificate web page.
10. Choose to view the certificate response in raw DER format.
11. Note the Authorization Code and Reference Number (for use in the e-mail submission of the
request).
12. Submit the request.
13. Paste this certificate text field (copied from steps 7 & 8 above) into your e-mail document and
then send that information to a CA with its accompanying certificate application.
14. Complete the certificate installation procedures outlined in the Creating a Request for a SSL
Server Certificate section on page 63.
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Accessing an SSL-Enabled Master via an IP Address
1. Enter the IP Address of the target Master (example: 198.198.99.99) into the web browser
Address field.
2. Press the Enter key on your keyboard to begin the communication process between the target
Master and your computer.
3. The user is then presented with a Security Alert popup window and Certificate information
(FIG. 46).
FIG. 46 Security Alert and Certificate popups
The above alert will only appear if an SSL Server Certificate has been installed on
the target Master, the SSL Enable options has been enabled, from within the Enable
Security window of the Security tab, and there is a problem with the site’s certificate.
Problems with the certificate can result from:
!
A self generated and self-signed certificate that hasn’t been approved by a CA.
!
The self-generated certificate is not part of that computer’s web browser list of trusted
sites. This changes after the certificate is installed into the user’s browser list of trusted
sites.
!
The date period given to the certificate has expired. CA-approved certificates typically
come with a 2 year window of validity. Self generate certificates come defaulted with a
30 year window of validity (see FIG. 46).
!
The name on the security certificate site information doesn’t match the domain name of
the target Master.
4. Click the View Certificate button on the Security Alert popup to view more detailed
information about the certificate. A secondary Certificate popup window is then displayed.
5. Review the information presented within the certificate and if you trust that both the site and
certificate information are correct, click the Install Certificate button to begin installing the
certificate into computer’s web browser list of trusted sites.
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6. The user is then presented with a Certificate Import Wizard that begins the process of adding
the certificate (FIG. 47).
FIG. 47 Certificate Import Wizard
7. Click Next to proceed with the certificate store process.
FIG. 48 Certificate Import Wizard- storing the certificate
8. Click Next to automatically use the default certificate store settings and locations (FIG. 48).
9. Click Finish button to finalize the certificate installation process.
10. Click Yes, from the next popup window to "...ADD the following certificate to the Root
Store?". After a successful importing of the certificate into Internet Explorer’s list of trusted
sites, another popup window appears to inform you of the success.
11. Click OK from the Import was successful popup window.
12. To close the still open Certificate popup window click OK.
13. To close the still open Security Alert popup window, click Yes.
14. From the Network Password window, click the down arrow from the user name field to select a
user name.
15. Enter a valid password into the password field.
16. Click the save password check mark field if you want to have your web browser remember this
password during consecutive login sessions.
17. Click OK to access the target Master.
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18. The first tab displayed within your open browser window is WebControl.
Using your NetLinx Master to control the G4 panel
Refer to the specific panel instruction manual for detailed information on configuring and enabling
WebControl.
Once the Master’s IP Address has been set through NetLinx Studio (version 2.1 or higher):
1. Launch your web browser.
In order to fully utilize the SSL encryption, your web browser should incorporate the an encryption
feature. This encryption level is displayed as a Cipher strength.
2. Enter the IP Address of the target NetLinx Master (example: 198.198.99.99) into your web
browser’s Address field.
3. Enter a valid user name and password into the fields within the Enter Network Password
dialog.
4. Click OK to enter the information and proceed to the Master’s WebControl tab.
5. Press the Enter key on your keyboard to begin the communication process between the target
Master and your PC.
If a Security Alert window appears on your computer screen, refer to the specific NetLinx Master
Instruction Manual for detailed information regarding this popup window. These steps are based on
a Master with proper security and SSL encryption enabled.
6. This tab (FIG. 25) displays links to both G3 web panel pages downloaded to the target Master
and G4 panels running the latest G4 Web Control feature.
Application
tabs
G3 panel
G4 panel
Compatible
devices field
Communication
compression
options
FIG. 49 WebControl Tab (populated with panels)
7. Click on the G4 panel name link associated with the target panel. A secondary web browser
window appears on the screen (FIG. 50).
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FIG. 50 WebControl VNC installation and Password entry screens
8. Click Yes from the Security Alert popup window to agree to the installation of the G4
WebControl application on your computer. This application contains the necessary Active X
and VNC client applications necessary to properly view and control the panel pages from your
computer.
The G4 WebControl application is sent by the panel to the computer that is used for
communication. Once the application is installed, this popup will no longer appear.
This popup will only appear if you are connecting to the target panel using a different
computer.
9. If a WebControl password was setup on the G4 WebControl page, a G4 Authentication Session
password dialog box appears on the screen within the secondary browser window.
10. Enter the WebControl session password into the Session password field (FIG. 50).
11. Click OK to send the password to the panel and begin the session.
The secondary window then becomes populated with the same G4 page being displayed on the
target G4 panel. A small circle appears on the G4 panel page and corresponds to the location of the
mouse cursor. A left-mouse click on the computer-displayed panel page equates to an actual touch
on the target G4 panel page.
Using your NetLinx Master to control the G3 panel
Refer to the specific panel instruction manual for detailed information on configuring and enabling
WebControl. Before being able to access a G3 panel (with SSL enabled) through the WebControl
tab, you must first download the Java Virtual Machine software from Sun Micro Systems® to install
a Sun Java applet on your computer.
You must install the Sun Java Web Start application. Using the default Microsoft®
Java applet (when SSL is enabled) can cause some G3 panels not to open or be
viewed properly.
Once the Master’s IP Address has been set through NetLinx Studio (version 2.1 or higher):
1. Navigate to the Java Web Start Application from http://java.sun.com/products.
2. Click on the Download Java Web Start > Download Java Web Start 1.4.2 link to begin the
download of the application to your hard drive and follow the installation procedures
recommended by the application.
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3. Restart your computer and launch your browser.
4. Repeat steps 1 - 5 from the previous section to launch the WebControl tab associated with your
Master.
5. Click on the G3 panel name link associated with the target panel.
6. A secondary web browser window appears on the screen to notify you that the computer is
Loading the Java Virtual Machine.
What to do when a Certificate Expires
Self-generated certificates have a duration period of approximately 30 years. Most externally
requested CA certificates are generally valid for a period of approximately 1 - 5 years.
The only way to avoid a CA certificate becoming invalid due to a time expiration is to request
a new certificate from your current CA.
Refer to the Creating a Request for a SSL Server Certificate section on page 63 for more
information on how to request an externally generated certificate.
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NetLinx Security with a Terminal Connection
NetLinx Masters (version 2.10.80 or later) have built-in security capabilities. It will require a valid
user name and password to access the NetLinx System’s Telnet, HTTP and FTP servers.
The security capabilities are configured and applied via a Telnet connection or the NetLinx
Master’s RS-232 terminal interface (the RS232 Program port).
Always use the RS232 Program port when entering potentially sensitive security information. The
Telnet server interface exposes this security information to the network in clear text format, which
could be intercepted by an unauthorized network client. By using the RS232 Program port, there is
security during the configuration of the database due to the physical proximity of the user to the
system.
NetLinx Security Features
NetLinx security allows you to define access rights for users or groups.
A "User" represents a single potential client of the NetLinx Master, while a "Group" represents a
logical collection of users. Any properties possessed by groups (i.e., access rights, directory
associations, etc.) are inherited by all the members of the group.
The following table lists the NetLinx features that the administrator (or other 'qualified' user) may
grant or deny access to.
NetLinx Security Features
NetLinx Master Security Configuration The user has access to the security configuration commands of the
Master. Only those users with security configuration access rights
granted will have access to the security configuration
commands.
Telnet Security
The user has access to the Telnet server functionality. All basic
commands are available to the user.
Terminal (RS232 Program port)
Security
The user has access to the Terminal (RS232 Program port) server
functionality. All basic commands are available to the user.
HTTP (web server) Security
The user has access to the HTTP server functionality. Directory
associations assign specific directories/files to a particular user.
FTP Security
The user has access to the FTP server functionality. Only the
administrator account has access to the root directory; all other
'qualified' clients are restricted to the /user/ directory and its 'tree'.
Initial Setup via a Terminal Connection
Security administration and configuration is done via a Terminal communication through the
RS232 Program port on the NetLinx Master.
Establishing a Terminal connection
1. Launch the HyperTerminal application from its’ default location (Start > Programs >
Accessories > Communications).
2. Apply power to the NetLinx Master and allow it to boot up.
3. Connect the PC COM (RS232) port to the RS232 Program port on the NetLinx Master. Note
the baud rate settings for the Master.
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4. Enter any text into the Name field of the HyperTerminal Connection Description dialog
window and click OK when done.
5. From the Connect Using field, click the down-arrow and select the COM port being used for
communication by the target Master.
6. Click OK when done.
7. From the Bits per second field, click the down-arrow and select the baud rate being used by the
target Master.
!
Configure the remaining communication parameters as follows: Data Bits:8, Parity:None,
Stop bits:1, and Flow control: None (default is Hardware).
!
Click OK to complete the communication parameters and open a new Terminal window.
8. Type echo on to view the characters while entering commands.
Accessing the Security configuration options
1. In the Terminal session, type help security to view the available security commands. Here is a
listing of the security help:
---- These commands apply to the Security Manager and Database ---logout
Logout and close secure session
setup security
Access the security setup menus
2. Type setup security to access the Main Security Menu, shown below:
>setup security
--- These commands apply to the Security Manager and Database ---1) Set system security options for NetLinx Master
2) Display system security options for NetLinx Master
3) Add user
4) Edit user
5) Delete user
6) Show the list of authorized users
7) Add group
8) Edit group
9) Delete group
10) Show list of authorized groups
11) Set Telnet Timeout in seconds
12) Display Telnet Timeout in seconds
13) Make changes permanent by saving to flash
Or <ENTER> to return to previous menu
Security Setup ->
3. The Main Security Menu shows a list of choices and a prompt. To select one of the listed
choices, simply enter the number of the choice (1-13) at the prompt and press <ENTER>.
4. Each option in the Main Security Menu displays a sub-menu specific to that option.
The following sub-section describe using each of the Main Security Menu options.
For a detailed description of each option in the Main Security Menu, refer to Main Security
Menu on page 84.
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Option 1 - Set system security options for NetLinx Master (Security Options Menu)
Type 1 and <ENTER> at the Security Setup prompt (at the bottom of the Main Security Menu) to
display the Security Options Menu.
The Security Options Menu sets the "global" options for the NetLinx Master. It is accessed by the
Set Security system options of the Main Security Menu. This first thing that will happen is you will
be asked one of two questions. If NetLinx Master security is enabled, you will see the following:
NetLinx Master security is Enabled
Do you want to keep NetLinx Master security enabled? (y or n):
!
If you answer y for yes, security will remain enabled and you will be taken to the
Security Options Menu.
!
If you answer n for no, all security settings (except FTP security) will be disabled and
you will be taken back to the Main Security Menu.
If NetLinx Master security is not enabled, you will see the following:
NetLinx Master security is Disabled
Do you want to enable security for the NetLinx Master? (y or n):
!
If you answer y for yes, security will be enabled and you will be taken to the Security
Options Menu.
!
If you answer n for no, all security settings (except FTP security) will remain disabled
and you will be taken back to the Main Security Menu.
The Security Options Menu is displayed as follows:
Select to change current security option
1) Terminal (RS232) Security.................. Enabled
2) HTTP Security.............................. Enabled
3) Telnet Security............................ Enabled
4) Security Configuration Security............ Enabled
Or <ENTER> to return to previous menu
Security Options ->
The selection listed will display what the current settings. To change an option, select the number
listed next to the option.
For example, if selection 2) is selected, HTTP Security will be disabled. The menu will then be
displayed again as follows:
Select to change current security option
1) Terminal (RS232) Security.................. Enabled
2) HTTP Security.............................. Disabled
3) Telnet Security............................ Enabled
4) Security Configuration Security............ Enabled
Or <ENTER> to return to previous menu
Security Options ->
Each selection simply toggles the security setting selected. Press <ENTER> to exit the menu and
return to the Main Security Menu.
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Changes made to the target Master from within the Terminal window are not reflected
within the web browser, until the Master is rebooted and the web browser connection
is refreshed.
Any changes made to the Master, from within the web browser are instantly reflected
within the Terminal session without the need to reboot.
The items in the Security Options Menu are described below:
Security Options Menu
Command
Description
1) Terminal (RS232) Security
(Enabled/Disabled)
This selection enables/disables Terminal (RS232 Program
port) Security. If Terminal Security is enabled, a user must have
sufficient access rights to login to a Terminal session.
2) HTTP Security
(Enabled/Disabled)
This selection enables/disables HTTP (Web Server) Security. If
HTTP Security is enabled, a user must have sufficient access
rights to browse to the NetLinx Master with a Web Browser.
3) Telnet Security
(Enabled/Disabled)
This selection enables/disables Telnet Security. If Telnet
Security is enabled, a user must have sufficient access rights
to login to a Telnet session.
4) Security Configuration Security This selection enables/disables Security Configuration
(Enabled/Disabled)
Security. If Security Configuration Security is enabled, a user
must have sufficient access rights to access the Main Security
Menu.
Option 2 - Display system security options for NetLinx Master
Type 2 and <ENTER> at the Security Setup prompt (at the bottom of the Main Security Menu) to
display the current security options, and their current state (Enabled/Disabled). For example:
Master Security.....................Disabled
Terminal............................Disabled
HTTP................................Disabled
Telnet..............................Disabled
Security/Configuration..............Disabled
Press <ENTER> key to continue
Option 3 - Add user
1. Type 3 and <ENTER> at the Security Setup prompt (at the bottom of the Main Security Menu)
to create a new user account. A sample session response is:
The following users are currently enrolled:
administrator
Fred
Betty
Enter user name:
2. At the Enter user name prompt, enter a new user name (for example "Bilbo"). A user
name is a valid character string (4 - 20 alpha-numeric characters) defining the user. This string
is case sensitive. Each user name must be unique.
3. Press <ENTER> to enter the new user name. The session then prompts you for a password for
the new user.
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4. Enter a password for the new user. A password is a valid character string (4 - 20 alpha-numeric
characters) to supplement the user name in defining the potential client. This string is also case
sensitive.
5. The session then prompts you to verify the new password. Enter the password again, and press
<ENTER>.
6. Assuming the password was verified, the session then displays the Edit User menu (see below).
Option 4 - Edit User
1. Type 4 and <ENTER> at the Security Setup prompt (at the bottom of the Main Security Menu)
to edit an existing user account. A sample session response is:
Select from the following list of enrolled users:
1) administrator
2) Fred
3) Betty
4) Bilbo
Select User:
2. Select the user account (1-X) that you want to edit, and press <ENTER> to display the Edit
User Menu (described below).
Any changes made via the Edit User menu will affect the selected user account.
Edit User Menu
The Edit User Menu is accessed whenever you enter the Add user, or Edit user selections from the
Main Security Menu. The Edit User Menu is displayed as follows:
Please select from the following options:
1) Change User Password
2) Change Inherits From Group
3) Add Directory Association
4) Delete Directory Association
5) List Directory Associations
6) Change Access Rights
7) Display User Record Contents
Or <ENTER> to return to previous menu
Edit User ->
Each selection (1-7) accesses the named option. Press <ENTER> by itself to exit the menu and
return to the Main Security Menu.
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The Edit User Menu options are described in the following table:
Edit User Menu
Command
Description
1) Change User Password
This selection prompts you to enter the new password (twice) for the
user. Once the new password is entered, the user must use the new
password from that point forward.
2) Change Inherits From Group
This selection will display the current group the user is assigned to
(if any). It will then display a list of current groups and prompts you
to select the new group.
3) Add Directory Association
This selection will display any current Directory Associations
assigned to the user, and then will prompt you for a path for the new
Directory Association. Refer to Directory Associations on page 35
for details.
4) Delete Directory Association This selection will display any current Directory Associations
assigned to the user, and then will prompt you to select the
Directory Association you want to delete.
5) List Directory Associations
This selection will display any current Directory Associations
assigned to the user.
6) Change Access Rights
This selection will display access the Access Rights Menu for the
user, which allows you to set the rights assigned to the user.
7) Display User Record Contents This selection will display the group the user is assigned to and the
current Access Rights assigned to the user.
Access Rights Menu
The Access Rights Menu is accessed whenever you select Change Access Rights from the Edit
User Menu, or Change Access Rights from the Edit Group Menu. The Access Rights Menu is
displayed as follows:
Select to change current access right
1) Terminal (RS232) Access................. Disabled
2) Admin Change Password Access............ Disabled
3) FTP Access.............................. Disabled
4) HTTP Access............................. Enabled
5) Telnet Access........................... Enabled
6) Security Configuration Access........... Enabled
Or <ENTER> to return to previous menu
Set Rights ->
The selection listed will display the current access rights. Each selection simply toggles the access
right selected. Press <ENTER> to exit the menu and return to the previous menu.
The Access Rights Menu is described in the following table:
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Access Rights Menu
Command
Description
1) Terminal (RS232) Access
(Enable/Disable)
Enables/disables Terminal (RS232 Program port) Access. The
account has sufficient access rights to login to a Terminal session
if this option is enabled.
2) Admin Change Password Access
(Enable/Disable)
Enables/disables Administrator Change Password Access. The
account has sufficient access rights to change the administrator
password if this option is enabled.
3) FTP Access
(Enable/Disable)
Enables/disables FTP Access. The account has sufficient access
rights to access the NetLinx Master's FTP Server if this option is
enabled.
4) HTTP Access
(Enable/Disable)
This selection enables/disables HTTP (Web Server) Access. The
account has sufficient access rights to browse to the NetLinx
Master with a Web Browser if this option is enabled.
5) Telnet Access
(Enable/Disable)
This selection enables/disables Telnet Access. The account has
sufficient access rights to login to a Telnet session if this option is
enabled.
6) Security Configuration Access This selection enables/disables Security Configuration Access.
(Enable/Disable)
The account has sufficient access rights to access the Main
Security Menu if this option is enabled.
Option 5 - Delete user
1. Type 5 and <ENTER> at the Security Setup prompt (at the bottom of the Main Security Menu)
to delete an existing user account. A sample session response is:
Select from the following list of enrolled users:
1) Fred
2) Betty
3) Bilbo
Select User ->
2. Select the user to delete and press <ENTER> to delete the user account, and return to the
Security Setup menu.
Changes made to the target Master from within the Terminal window are not reflected
within the web browser, until the Master is rebooted and the web browser connection
is refreshed.
Any changes made to the Master, from within the web browser are instantly reflected
within the Terminal session without the need to reboot.
Option 6 - Show the list of authorized users
1. Type 6 and <ENTER> at the Security Setup prompt (at the bottom of the Main Security Menu)
to view a list of currently enrolled users.
2. Press <ENTER> to return to the Security Setup menu.
Option 7 - Add Group
1. Type 7 and <ENTER> at the Security Setup prompt (at the bottom of the Main Security Menu)
to add a group account. A sample session response is:
The following groups are currently enrolled:
administrator
Enter name of new group:
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2. Enter a name for the group. A group name is a valid character string (4 - 20 alpha-numeric
characters) defining the group. This string is case sensitive, and each group name must be
unique.
3. Press <ENTER> to display the following Edit Group menu:
Edit Group Menu
Please select from the following options:
1) Add directory association
2) Delete directory association
3) List directory associations
4) Change Access rights
5) Display Access Rights
Or <ENTER> to return to previous menu.
Edit Group ->
Edit Group Menu: Add directory association
1. At the Edit Group prompt, type 1 to add a new directory association. A sample session
response is:
There are currently no directories associated with this account
New directory:
A Directory Association is a path that defines the directories and/or files that a particular user
or group can access via the HTTP (Web) Server on the NetLinx Master. This character string
can range from 1 to 128 alpha-numeric characters. This string is case sensitive. This is the path
to the file or directory you want to grant access. Access is limited to the user (i.e. doc:user)
directory of the master. All subdirectories of the user directory can be granted access.
A single '/' is sufficient to grant access to all files and directories in the user directory and it's
sub-directory. The '*' wildcard can also be added to enable access to all files. All entries should
start with a '/'. Here are some examples of valid entries:
Path
Notes
/
Enables access to the user directory and all files and
subdirectories in the user directory.
/*
Enables access to the user directory and all files and
subdirectories in the user directory.
/user1
If user1 is a file in the user directory, only the file is granted
access. If user1 is a subdirectory of the user directory, all
files in the user1 and its sub-directories are granted access.
/user1/
user1 is a subdirectory of the user directory. All files in the
user1 and its sub-directories are granted access.
/Room1/iWebControlPages/* /Room1/iWebControlPages is a subdirectory and all files
and its subdirectories are granted access.
/results.txt
results.txt is a file in the user directory and access is
granted to that file.
By default, all accounts that enable HTTP Access are given a '/*' Directory Association if no
other Directory Association has been assigned to the account.
When you are prompted to enter the path for a Directory Association, the NetLinx Master will
attempt to validate the path. If the directory or file is not valid (i.e. it does not exist at the time
you entered the path), the NetLinx Master will ask you whether you were intending to grant
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access to a file or directory. From the answer, it will enter the appropriate Directory
Association. The NetLinx Master will not create the path if it is not valid. That must be done
via another means, most commonly by using an FTP client and connecting to the FTP server
on the NetLinx Master.
Edit Group menu: Delete directory association
1. At the Edit Group prompt, type 2 to delete an existing directory association. A sample session
response is:
Select a directory association from the following:
1) /directory1/*
2) /directory2/*
Select Directory ->
2. Select the directory association to be deleted, and press <ENTER> to delete the directory
association, and return to the Edit Group menu.
Edit Group menu: List directory associations
1. At the Edit Group prompt, type 3 to list all existing directory associations. A sample session
response is:
The following directory associations are enrolled:
/directory1/*
/directory2/*
Press <ENTER> key to continue
2. Press <ENTER> to return to the Edit Group menu.
Edit Group menu: Change Access Rights
1. At the Edit Group prompt, type 4 to change the current access rights for the selected group
account. A sample session response is:
Select to change current access right:
1) Terminal (RS232) Access...................Disabled
2) Admin Change Password Access..............Disabled
3) FTP Access................................Disabled
4) HTTP Acccess..............................Disabled
5) Telnet Access.............................Disabled
6) Security Configuration Access.............Disabled
or <ENTER> to return to previous menu
Set Rights ->
2. Each selection simply toggles the security setting selected. <ENTER> is entered by itself to
exit the menu and return to the Main Security Menu.
Changes made to the target Master from within the Terminal window are not reflected
within the web browser, until the Master is rebooted and the web browser connection
is refreshed.
Any changes made to the Master, from within the web browser are instantly reflected
within the Terminal session without the need to reboot.
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Edit Group menu: Display Access Rights
1. At the Edit Group prompt, type 5 to view the current access rights for the selected group
account. A sample session response is:
Terminal (RS232)...................Disabled
Admin Password Change..............Disabled
FTP................................Disabled
HTTP...............................Disabled
Telnet.............................Disabled
Security Configuration.............Disabled
Press <ENTER> key to continue
2. Press <ENTER> to return to the Edit Group menu.
Option 8 - Edit Group
1. Type 8 and <ENTER> at the Security Setup prompt (at the bottom of the Main Security Menu)
to edit an existing group account. A sample session response is:
Select from the following list:
1) administrator
2) Group 1
3) Group 2
Select group ->
2. Select a group from the list of currently enrolled groups and press <ENTER> to open the Edit
Group Menu. This is the same Edit Group Menu that was access via the Add Group option:
1) Add directory association
2) Delete directory association
3) List directory associations
4) Change Access rights
5) Display Access Rights
This menu is described on the previous pages (see Edit Group Menu on page 80).
Option 9 - Delete Group
1. Type 9 and <ENTER> at the Security Setup prompt (at the bottom of the Main Security Menu)
to delete an existing group account. A sample session response is:
Select from the following list:
1) Group 1
2) Group 2
Select group ->
2. Select the group account to be deleted, and press <ENTER> to delete the group and return to
the Security Setup menu.
Changes made to the target Master from within the Terminal window are not reflected
within the web browser, until the Master is rebooted and the web browser connection
is refreshed.
Any changes made to the Master, from within the web browser are instantly reflected
within the Terminal session without the need to reboot.
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Option 10 - Show List of Authorized Groups
1. Type 10 and <ENTER> at the Security Setup prompt (at the bottom of the Main Security
Menu) to display a list of all authorized group accounts. A sample session response is:
The following groups are currently enrolled:
administrator
Group 1
Press <ENTER> key to continue
2. Press <ENTER> to return to the Security Setup Menu.
Option 11 - Set Telnet Timeout in seconds
This feature is disabled after the installation of firmware build 130 or higher onto your target
Master.
1. Type 11 and <ENTER> at the Security Setup prompt (at the bottom of the Main Security
Menu) to set the Telnet Timeout value, in seconds. A sample session response is:
Specify Telnet Timeout in seconds:
2. Enter the number of seconds before you want The Telnet session to timeout, and press
<ENTER> to return to the Security Setup Menu.
Option 12 - Display Telnet Timeout in seconds
This feature is disabled after the installation of firmware build 130 or higher onto your target
Master.
1. Type 12 and <ENTER> at the Security Setup prompt (at the bottom of the Main Security
Menu) to view the current Telnet Timeout value (in seconds). A sample session response is:
Telnet Timeout is 10 seconds.
2. Press <ENTER> to return to the Security Setup Menu.
Option 13 - Make changes permanent by saving to flash
When changes are made to the security settings of the master, they are initially only changed in
RAM and are not automatically saved permanently into flash. This selection saved the current
security settings into flash. Also, if you attempt to exit the Main Security Menu and the security
settings have changed but not made permanent, you will be prompted to save the settings at that
time.
Type 13 and <ENTER> at the Security Setup prompt to (permanently) save all changes to flash.
Changes made to the target Master from within the Terminal window are not reflected
within the web browser, until the Master is rebooted and the web browser connection
is refreshed.
Any changes made to the Master, from within the web browser are instantly reflected
within the Terminal session without the need to reboot.
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Main Security Menu
The Main Security menu is described below:
Main Security Menu
Command
1) Set system security options for
NetLinx Master
Description
This selection will bring up the Security Options Menu
that allows you to change the security options for the
NetLinx Master (refer to the Security Options
Menu section on page 76 for details). These are "global"
options that enable rights given to users and groups. For
instance, if you want to disable Telnet security for all
users, you would simply go to this menu and disable
Telnet security for the entire master. This would allow any
user, whether they have the rights to Telnet or not. These
options can be thought of as options to turn on security
for different features of the NetLinx Master.
2) Display system security options for This selection will display the current security options for
NetLinx Master
the NetLinx Master.
3) Add user
This selection will prompt you for a user name and
password for a user you would like to create. After the
user is added, you will be taken to the Edit User Menu to
setup the new users rights (see the Edit User
Menu section on page 78 for details).
4) Edit user
This selection will prompt you select a user. Once you
have selected the user you want to edit, it will take you to
the Edit User Menu so you can edit the user's rights (see
the Edit User Menu section on page 78 for details).
5) Delete user
This selection will prompt you select a user to delete.
6) Show the list of authorized users
This selection displays a list of users.
7) Add group
This selection will prompt you for a group name fro a
group you would like to create. After the group is added,
you will be taken to the Edit Group Menu to setup the new
users right (see the Edit Group Menu section on page 80
for details).
8) Edit group
This selection will prompt you select a group. Once you
have selected the group you want to edit, it will take you to
the Edit Group Menu so you can edit the group's rights
(see the Edit Group Menu section on page 80 for details).
9) Delete group
This selection will prompt you select a group to delete. A
group can only be deleted if there are no users assigned
to that group.
10) Show list of authorized groups
This selection displays a list of groups.
11) Set Telnet Timeout in seconds
This selection allows you to set the time a telnet session
waits for a user to login. When a Telnet client connects to
the NetLinx Master, it is prompted for a user name. If the
client does not enter a users name for the length of time
set in this selection, the session will be closed by the
NetLinx Master.
12) Display Telnet Timeout in seconds
This selection allows you to display the time a telnet
session waits for a user to login.
13) Make changes permanent by saving to When changes are made to the security settings of the
flash
master, they are initially only changed in RAM and are not
automatically saved permanently into flash. This selection
saved the current security settings into flash. Also, if you
attempt to exit the Main Security Menu and the security
settings have changed but not made permanent, you will
be prompted to save the settings at that time.
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Main Security Menu (Cont.)
Command
Description
14) Reset Database
If a user has been given "administrator rights", this
additional menu option is displayed. This selection will
reset the security database to its Default Security
Configuration settings, erasing all users and groups that
were added. This is a permanent change and you will be
asked to verify this before the database is reset.
15) Display Database
If a user has been given "administrator rights", this
additional menu option is displayed. This selection will
display the current security settings to the terminal
(excluding user passwords).
Default Security Configuration
By default, the NetLinx Master will create the following accounts, access rights, directory
associations, and security options.
Account 1:
User Name: administrator
Password:
password
Group:
administrator
Rights:
All
Directory Association: /*
Account 2:
User Name: NetLinx
Password:
password
Group:
none
Rights:
FTP Access
Directory Association: none
Group 1:
Group: administrator
Rights:
All
Directory Association: /*
Security Options:
FTP Security Enabled
Admin Change Password Security Enabled
All other options disabled
!
The administrator user account cannot be deleted or modified with the exception of its
password. Only a user with "Change Admin Password Access" rights can change the
administrator password.
!
The NetLinx user account is created to be compatible with previous NetLinx Master
firmware versions.
!
The administrator group account cannot be deleted or modified.
!
The FTP Security and Admin Change Password Security are always enabled and cannot
be disabled.
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Help menu
Type help at the prompt in the Telnet session to display the following help topics:
Help Menu Options
Command
----- Help ----- <D:P:S>
Description
(Extended diag messages are OFF)
<D:P:S>: Device:Port:System. If omitted, assumes master.
? or Help
Displays this list.
DATE
Displays the current date.
DEVICE HOLDOFF ON|OFF
Sets the master to holdoff devices (i.e. does not allow them to report
ONLINE) until the NetLinx program has completed executing the
DEFINE_START section.
If set to ON, any messages to devices in DEFINE_START will be lost,
however, this prevents incoming messages being lost in the master
upon startup. When DEVICE_HOLDOFF is ON, you must use ONLINE
events to trigger device startup SEND_COMMANDs.
By default, DEVICE HOLDOFF is OFF to maintain compatibility with
Axcess systems where f devices are initialized in DEFINE_START.
DEVICE STATUS <D:P:S>
Provides information about the specified device.
DNS LIST <D:P:S>
Displays the DNS configuration of a device.
DISK FREE
Displays the amount of free space on the disk.
GET DEVICE HOLDOFF
Displays the state of the device holdoff setting in the master
GET IP <D:P:S>
Displays the IP configuration of a device.
HELP SECURITY
Displays security related commands.
IP STATUS
Provides information about NetLinx IP Connections.
MEM
Shows size of the largest block of available memory.
MSG ON|OFF
Enables/Disables extended diagnostic messages.
OFF [D:P:S or NAME,CHAN]
Turns off the specified channel.
ON
Turns on the specified channel.
[D:P:S or NAME,CHAN]
PASS [D:P:S or NAME]
Puts the Session in pass mode to the specified device.
• Mode is exited by ++ ESC ESC.
• Display Format is set by ++ ESC n
If n is A, format = ASCII
If n is D, format = Decimal
If n is H, format = Hex
PING [ADDRESS]
Pings an address (IP or URL).
Specify -a option for reverse lookup.
PROGRAM INFO
Displays a list of program modules loaded.
PULSE [D:P:S or NAME,CHAN]
Pulses the specified channel.
REBOOT <D:P:S>
Reboots the device.
RELEASE DHCP
Releases the current DHCP lease.
ROUTE MODE DIRECT|NORMAL
Set the Master-Master route mode.
SEND_COMMAND D:P:S or
NAME,COMMAND
Sends the specified command to the device.The Command uses
NetLinx string syntax.
• Ex: send_command 1:1:1,"'This is a test',13,10"
• Ex: send_command RS232_1,"'This is a test',13,10"
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NAME,STRING
Sends the specified string to the device.
SET DATE
Set the current date.
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Help Menu Options (Cont.)
Command
Description
SET DNS <D:P:S>
Setup the DNS configuration of a device.
SET ICSP PORT
Sets the IP port listened to for ICSP connections.
SET ICSP TCP TIMEOUT
Sets the timeout period for ICSP and i!-WebControl TCP connections.
SET IP <D:P:S>
Setup the IP configuration of a device.
SET TELNET PORT
Sets the IP port listened to for telnet connections.
SET THRESHOLD
Sets the master's internal message thresholds.
SET TIME
Set the current time.
SET URL <D:P:S>
Setup the initiated connection list URLs of a device.
SHOW COMBINE
Displays a list of devices, levels, and channels that are currently combined.
SHOW DEVICE <D:P:S>
Displays a list of devices connected and attributes.
SHOW LOG <START>
Display the message log. <start> specifies message to begin the
display. 'all' will display all messages.
SHOW NOTIFY
Display the Notify Device List (Master-Master).
SHOW REMOTE
Displays the Remote Device List (Master-Master).
SHOW ROUTE
Displays the Master's routing information.
SHOW SYSTEM <S>
Displays a list of devices in a system.
TCP LIST
Displays a list of active TCP connections.
TIME
Display the current time.
URL LIST <D:P:S>
Display the initiated connection list URLs of a device.
SSL SECURITY
ENABLE:DISABLED
Enables or Disables the Web Server SSL security.
Logging Into a Session
Until Telnet security is enabled, a session will begin with a welcome banner.
Welcome to NetLinx v2.10.80 Copyright AMX Corp. 1999-2004
>
The welcome banner is not displayed for Terminal sessions.
When Terminal security is enabled, the user will be prompted for a user name and password before
they will be allowed to access any commands available from Telnet. No welcome banner will be
displayed until a valid login is made. When the session is started, the user will see a login prompt as
seen below:
Login:
The user (Login) name is case sensitive. The user name must be entered with the exact combination
of upper and lower letters as was assigned to them by the security administrator. The user name
must be at least 4 characters long and no more than 20 characters. Any combination of letters,
numbers, or other characters may be used.
The user would enter their user name and then would be prompted for a password:
Login: User1
Password:
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The password is case sensitive. The password must be entered with the exact combination of upper
and lower letters as was assigned to them by the security administrator. The password must be at
least 4 characters long and no more than 20 characters. Any combination of letters, numbers, or
other characters may be used.
After the password is entered, if the password is correct you will see a welcome banner as shown
below:
Login: User1
Password: *****
Welcome to NetLinx v2.10.80 Copyright AMX Corp. 1999-2002
>
If the password is incorrect, the following will be displayed:
Login: User1
Password: *****
Login not authorized.
Please try again.
After a delay, another login prompt will be displayed to allow the user to try again. If after 5
prompts, the login is not done correctly the following will be displayed and the connection closed:
Login not allowed.
Goodbye!
If a user opens a connection but does not enter a user name or password (i.e. they just sit at a login
prompt), the connection will be closed after 1 minute.
Logout
The logout command will log the user out of the current secure telnet session. For a Terminal
session, the user will be logged out and to access Terminal commands again the user will first have
to login.
Help Security
The help security command will display the security menu as shown previously.
Setup Security
The security command displays a series of menus that allow the security administrator to create and
edit users, create and edit groups, and setup directory associations for the Web Server. A user must
be given rights to access this command. Any user that does not have rights to Security
Configuration will see the following message when trying to access the setup security command:
>setup security
You are not authorized to access security commands
If a user is authorized, or if Security Configuration security is not enabled, the Main Security Menu
will be displayed.
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Programming
The NetLinx programming language allows numbers in the range 0-32,767. Device 0 refers to the
Master Card; numbers greater than 32,767 are reserved for internal use only.
The NetLinx programming language requires a Device:Port:System (D:P:S) syntax where Axcess
expects only a device number. The NetLinx D:P:S triplet variable is expressed as:
DEVICE:PORT:SYSTEM
where:
• Device:
16-bit integer representing the device number (0-32,767).
0 = the local Master.
• Port:
16-bit integer representing the port number (in the range 1 through the number of
ports on the NetLinx Master or device).
• System: 16-bit integer representing the system number (0 = this system).
Program Port Commands
The Program port commands listed in the Program Port Commands table below can be sent directly
to the Master Card using a terminal program (i.e. Telnet). In order for Telnet to be effective, you
must initiate a session with the master. Be sure that your PC's COM port and terminal program's
communication settings match those in the following table.
PC COM Port Communication Settings
Baud
38400 (default)
Parity
none
Data Bits
8
Stop Bits
1
Flow Control none
In your terminal program, type "Help" or a "?" <Enter> to display the Program port commands
listed below.
Program Port Commands
Command
Description
ECHO OFF
Disables terminal character's echo (display) function.
ECHO ON
Enables terminal character's echo (display) function.
DATE
Displays the current date and day of the week.
Example:
>DATE
10/31/2001 Wed
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SET DATE
Description
Prompts you to enter the new date for the Master Card.
When the date is set on the Master Card, the new date will be reflected on
all devices in the system that have clocks (i.e. touch panels). By the same
token, if you set the date on any system device, the new date will be
reflected on the system’s Master, and on all connected devices.
This will not update clocks on devices connected to another Master (in
Master-to-Master systems).
Example:
>SET DATE
Enter Date: (mm/dd//yyyy) ->
TIME
Displays the current time on the Master Card.
Example:
>TIME
13:42:04
SET TIME
Prompts you to enter the new time for the Master Card.
When the time is set on the Master Card, the new time will be reflected on
all devices in the system that have clocks (i.e. touch panels). By the same
token, if you set the time on any system device, the new time will be
reflected on the system’s Master, and on all connected devices.
This will not update clocks on devices connected to another Master (in
Master-to-Master systems).
Example:
>SET TIME
Enter Date: (hh:mm:ss) ->
DEVICE STATUS <D:P:S> Displays a list of all active (on) channels for the specified D:P:S. Enter
DEVICE STATUS without the D:P:S variable, the Master Card displays
ports, channels, and version information.
Displays status of the specified Master.
Example (on a local Master):
>DEVICE STATUS [0:1:0]
Device 0 AMX Corp.,Master,v2.10.75 contains 1 Ports.
Port
1 - Channels:256 Levels:8
MaxStringLen=64 Types=8 bit MaxCommandLen=64 Types=8 bit
The following input channels are on:None
The following output channels are on:None
The following feedback channels are on:None
Level 1=0 Supported data types=UByte,UInt
Level 2=0 Supported data types=UByte,UInt
Level 3=0 Supported data types=UByte,UInt
Level 4=0 Supported data types=UByte,UInt
Level 5=0 Supported data types=UByte,UInt
Level 6=0 Supported data types=UByte,UInt
Level 7=0 Supported data types=UByte,UInt
Level 8=0 Supported data types=UByte,UInt
DNS LIST <D:P:S>
Displays:
• Domain suffix·
• Configured DNS IP Information
Example:
>DNS LIST [0:1:0]
Domain suffix:amx.com
The following DNS IPs are configured
Entry 1-192.168.20.5
Entry 2-12.18.110.8
Entry 3-12.18.110.7
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Command
DISK FREE
Description
Displays the total bytes of free space available on the Master Card's
compact Flash memory.
Example:
>DISK FREE
The disk has 2441216 bytes of free space.
GET IP <D:P:S>
Displays the Master Card's D:P:S, Host Name, Type (DHCP or Static), IP
Address, Subnet Mask, Gateway IP, and MAC Address.
Example:
>GET IP [0:1:50]
IP Settings for 0:1:50
HostName
MLK_INSTRUCTOR
Type
DHCP
IP Address 192.168.21.101
Subnet Mask 255.255.255.0
Gateway IP 192.168.21.2
MAC Address 00:60:9f:90:0d:39
MEM
Displays the largest free block of Master Card memory.
Example:
>MEM
The largest free block of memory is 11442776 bytes.
MSG ON or MSG OFF
MSG On sets the terminal program to display all messages generated by
the Master Card. MSG OFF disables the display.
Example:
> MSG ON
Extended diagnositic information messages turned on.
> MSG OFF
Extended diagnositic information messages turned off.
OFF <D:P:S, channel>
Turns off a channel on a device. The device can be on any system the
Master you are connected to can reach. You can specify the device
number, port, and system, or the name of the device that is defined in the
DEFINE_DEVICE section of the program.
Syntax:
OFF[name,channel]
-orOFF[D:P:S,channel]
Example:
>OFF[5001:7:4]
Sending Off[5001:7:4]
ON <D:P:S, channel>
Turns on a channel on a device. The device can be on any system the
Master you are connected to can reach. You can specify the device
number, port, and system; or the name of the device that is defined in the
DEFINE_DEVICE section of the program.
Syntax:
ON[name,channel]
or
ON[D:P:S,channel]
Example:
>ON[5001:7:4]
Sending On[5001:7:4]
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Command
PASS <D:P:S>
Description
Sets up a pass through mode to a device. In pass through mode, any
string received by the device is displayed on the screen, and anything
typed is sent as a string to the device. The device can be on any system
the Master you are connected to can reach. You can specify the device
number, port, and system, or the name of the device that is defined in the
DEFINE_DEVICE section of the program.
Example:
>pass[5001:7:4]
Entering pass mode.
To exit pass mode, type + + esc esc.
PING <IP ADDRESS>
Tests network connectivity to and confirms the presence of another
networked device. The syntax is just like the PING application in Windows
or Linux.
Example:
>ping 192.168.21.209
192.168.21.209 is alive.
PROGRAM INFO
Displays the name of the NetLinx program residing in the Master Card.
Example:
>PROGRAM INFO
-- Program Name Info
-- Module Count = 1
1
Name is i!-PCLinkPowerPointTest
-- File Names = 2
1 = C:\Program Files\AMX Applications\i!-PCLinkPowerPoint
2 = C:\Program Files\Common Files\AMXShare\AXIs\NetLinx.axi
2 = Name is MDLPP
-- File Names = 2
1 C:\AppDev\i!-PCLink-PowerPoint\i!-PCLinkPowerPointMod.axs
2 C:\Program files\Common Files\AMXShare\AXIs\NetLinx.axi
PULSE <D:P:S,
channel>
Pulses a channel on a device on and off. The device can be on any system
the Master you are connected to can reach. You can specify the device
number, port, and system; or the name of the device that is defined in the
DEFINE_DEVICE section of the program.
Example:
>PULSE[50001:8:50,1]
Sending Pulse[50001:8:50,1]
REBOOT <D:P:S>
Reboots the Master Card or specified device.
Example:
>REBOOT [0:1:0]
Rebooting...
RELEASE DHCP
Releases the DHCP setting for the Master Card.
Example:
>RELEASE DHCP
The Master must be rebooted to acquire a new DHCP lease.
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Command
ROUTE MODE
DIRECT|NORMAL
Description
Sets the Master-to-Master route mode:
• Normal mode - allows a Master to communicate with any Master
accessible via the routing tables (shown with the SHOW ROUTE
command). This includes a directly-connected Master (route metric =1)
and indirectly connected masters (route metric greater than 1, but less
than 16).
• Direct mode - allows communication only with masters that are directly
connected (route metric = 1). Indirectly connected masters cannot be
communicated within this mode.
Examples:
>ROUTE
Route
>ROUTE
Route
MODE
Mode
MODE
Mode
DIRECT
"Direct" Set
NORMAL
"Normal" Set
SEND_COMMAND <D:P:S>
Sends a command to a device. The device can be on any system the
Master you are connected to can reach. You can specify the device number, port, and system; or the name of the device that is defined in the
DEFINE_DEVICE section of the NetLinx Program. The data of the string is
entered with NetLinx string syntax.
SEND_STRING <D:P:S>
Sends a string to a device. The device can be on any system the Master
you are connected to can reach. You can specify the device number, port,
and system; or the name of the device defined in the DEFINE_DEVICE
section of the NetLinx Program. The data of the string is entered with
NetLinx string syntax.
SET DNS <D:P:S>
Prompts you to enter a Domain Name, DNS IP #1, DNS IP #2, and DNS IP
#3. Then, enter Y (yes) to approve/store the information in the Master
Card. Entering N (no) cancels the operation.
Example:
>SET DNS [0:1:0]
-- Enter New Values or just hit Enter to keep current settings -Enter
Enter
Enter
Enter
Domain Suffix:
DNS Entry 1 :
DNS Entry 2 :
DNS Entry 3 :
amx.com
192.168.20.5
12.18.110.8
12.18.110.7
You have entered: Domain Name: amx.com
DNS Entry 1: 192.168.20.5
DNS Entry 2: 12.18.110.8
DNS Entry 3: 12.18.110.7
Is this correct? Type Y or N and Enter -> Y
Settings written. Device must be rebooted to enable new settings
SET IP <D:P:S>
Prompts you to enter a Host Name, Type (DHCP or Fixed), IP Address,
Subnet Mask, and Gateway IP Address.
Enter Y (yes) to approve/store the information in the Master Card.
Entering N (no) cancels the operation.
Example:
>SET IP [0:1:0]
--- Enter New Values or just hit Enter to keep current settings --Enter Host Name:
MLK_INSTRUCTOR
Enter IP type. Type D for DHCP or S for Static IP and then Enter: DHCP
Enter Gateway IP:
192.168.21.2
You have entered: Host Name
MLK_INSTRUCTOR
Type
DHCP
Gateway IP 192.168.21.2
Is this correct? Type Y or N and Enter -> y
Settings written. Device must be rebooted to enable new settings.
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Command
SET URL <D:P:S>
Description
Prompts you to enter the URL address and port number of another Master
or device (that will be added to the URL list). Then, enter Y (yes) to
approve/store the new addresses in the Master Card.
Entering N (no) cancels the operation.
Example:
>SET URL [0:1:0]
No URLs in the URL connection list
Type A and Enter to Add a URL or Enter to exit. -> a
Enter URL -> 192.168.21.200
Enter Port or hit Enter to accept default (1319) ->
Enter Type (Enter for permanent or T for temporary) ->
URL Added successfully.
SHOW COMBINE
Displays a list of any combined devices.
Example:
> SHOW COMBINE
Combines
-------Combined Device([33096:1:1],[96:1:1])
Combined Level([33096:1:1,1],[128:1:1,1],[10128:1:1,1])
Combined Device([33128:1:1],[128:1:1],[10128:1:1])
SHOW DEVICE <D:P:S>
Displays a list of all devices present on the bus.
Example:
>SHOW DEVICE [0:1:0]
Local devices for system #50 (This System)
----------------------------------------------------------------------Device (ID)Model
(ID)Mfg
FWID Version
00000 (00256)Master
(00001)AMX Corp.
00256 v2.10.75
(PID=0:OID=0) Serial='2010-12090',0,0,0,0,0,0
Physical Address=NeuronID 000239712501
(00256)vxWorks Image
(00001)
00257 v2.00.77
(PID=0:OID=1) Serial=N/A
(00256)BootROM
(00001)
00258 v2.00.76
(PID=0:OID=2) Serial=N/A
(00256)AXLink I/F uContr(00001)
00270 v1.02
(PID=0:OID=3) Serial=0000000000000000
00096 (00192)VOLUME 3 CONTROL BO(00001)AMX Corp.
00000 v2.10
(PID=0:OID=0) Serial=0000000000000000
Physical Address=Axlink
00128 (00188)COLOR LCD TOUCH PAN(00001)AMX Corp.
32778 v5.01d
(PID=0:OID=0) Serial=0000000000000000
Physical Address=Axlink
05001 (00257)NXI Download
(00001)AMX Corp.
00260 v1.00.20
(PID=0:OID=0) Serial=0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,
Physical Address=NeuronID 000189145801
(00257)NXI/NXI-1000 Boot(00001)
00261 v1.00.00
(PID=0:OID=1) Serial=0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,
10002 (00003)PHAST PLK-IMS
(00001)Phast Corp.
00003 v3.12
(PID=0:OID=0) Serial=0000000000000000
Physical Address=NeuronID 0100417BD800
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Command
SHOW LOG
Description
Displays the log of messages stored in the Master's memory.
The Master logs all internal messages and keeps the most recent
messages. The log contains:·
• Entries starting with first specified or most recent
• Date, Day, and Time message was logged
• Which object originated the message
• The text of the message
SHOW LOG [start] [end]
SHOW LOG ALL
If start is not entered, the most recent message will be first.
If end is not entered, the last 20 messages will be shown.
If ALL is entered, all stored messages will be shown, starting with the
most recent.
Example:
>SHOW LOG
Message Log for System 50 Version: v2.10.75
Entry
Date/Time
Object
Text
---------------------------------------------------------------------1: 11-01-2001 THU 14:14:49 ConnectionManager
Memory Available = 11436804 <26572>
2: 11-01-2001 THU 14:12:14 ConnectionManager
Memory Available = 11463376 <65544>
3: 11-01-2001 THU 14:10:21 ConnectionManager
Memory Available = 11528920 <11512>
4: 11-01-2001 THU 14:10:21 TelnetSvr
Accepted Telnet connection:socket=14 addr=192.168.16.110 port=2979
5: 11-01-2001 THU 14:05:51 Interpreter
CIpEvent::OnLine 10002:1:50
6: 11-01-2001 THU 14:05:51 Interpreter
CIpEvent::OnLine 128:1:50
7: 11-01-2001 THU 14:05:51 Interpreter
CIpEvent::OffLine 128:1:50
8: 11-01-2001 THU 14:05:51 Interpreter
CIpEvent::OnLine 96:1:50
9: 11-01-2001 THU 14:05:51 Interpreter
CIpEvent::OffLine 96:1:50
10: 11-01-2001 THU 14:05:51 Interpreter
CIpEvent::OnLine 128:1:50
11: 11-01-2001 THU 14:05:51 Interpreter
CIpEvent::OnLine 96:1:50
12: 11-01-2001 THU 14:05:51 Interpreter
CIpEvent::OnLine 5001:16:50
13: 11-01-2001 THU 14:05:51 Interpreter
CIpEvent::OnLine 5001:15:50
14: 11-01-2001 THU 14:05:51 Interpreter
CIpEvent::OnLine 5001:14:50
15: 11-01-2001 THU 14:05:51 Interpreter
CIpEvent::OnLine 5001:13:50
16: 11-01-2001 THU 14:05:51 Interpreter
CIpEvent::OnLine 5001:12:50
17: 11-01-2001 THU 14:05:51 Interpreter
CIpEvent::OnLine 5001:11:50
18: 11-01-2001 THU 14:05:51 Interpreter
CIpEvent::OnLine 5001:10:50
19: 11-01-2001 THU 14:05:51 Interpreter
CIpEvent::OnLine 5001:9:50
20: 11-01-2001 THU 14:05:51 Interpreter
CIpEvent::OnLine 5001:8:50
SHOW NOTIFY
Displays a list of devices (up to 1000) that other systems have requested
input from and the types of information needed.
Example:
>SHOW NOTIFY
Device Notification List of devices requested by other Systems
Device:Port
System Needs
-----------------------------------------------------00128:00001
00108
Channels Commands Strings Levels
33000:00001
00108
Channels Commands
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Command
SHOW REMOTE
Description
Displays a list of the devices this system requires input from and the types
of information needed. If when a NetLinx Master connects to another
NetLinx Master, the newly connecting system has a device that the local
system desires input from; the new system is told what information is
desired from what device.
Example:
>SHOW REMOTE
Device List of Remote Devices requested by this System
Device Port System Needs
-----------------------------------------------------00001 00001 00001
Channels Commands
00002 00001 00001
Channels Commands
33000 00001 00001
Channels Commands
00128 00001 00108
Channels Commands Strings Levels
33000 00001 00108
Channels Commands
SHOW ROUTE
Displays information about how this NetLinx Master is connected to other
NetLinx masters.
Example:
>SHOW ROUTE
Route Data:
System Route Metric PhyAddress
--------------------------------> 50
50
0
Axlink
SHOW SYSTEM
Provides a list of all devices in all systems currently on-line. The systems
lists are either directly connected to this Master (i.e. 1 hop away), or are
referenced in the DEFINE_DEVICE section of the NetLinx program.
Optionally, you may provide the desired system number as a parameter to
display only that system's information (e.g. SHOW SYSTEM 2001). The
systems listed are in numerical order.
Example:
>SHOW SYSTEM
Local devices for system #50 (This System)
-----------------------------------------------------------Device (ID)Model
(ID)Mfg
FWID
00000 (00256)Master
(00001)AMX Corp.
00256
(PID=0:OID=0) Serial='2010-12090',0,0,0,0,0,0
Physical Address=NeuronID 000239712501
(00256)vxWorks Image
(00001)
00257
(PID=0:OID=1) Serial=N/A
(00256)BootROM
(00001)
00258
(PID=0:OID=2) Serial=N/A
(00256)AXLink I/F uContr(00001)
00270
(PID=0:OID=3) Serial=0000000000000000
00096 (00192)VOLUME 3 CONTROL BO(00001)AMX Corp.
00000
(PID=0:OID=0) Serial=0000000000000000
Physical Address=Axlink
00128 (00188)COLOR LCD TOUCH PAN(00001)AMX Corp.
32778
(PID=0:OID=0) Serial=0000000000000000
Physical Address=Axlink
05001 (00257)NXI Download
(00001)AMX Corp.
00260
(PID=0:OID=0) Serial=0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,
Physical Address=NeuronID 000189145801
(00257)NXI/NXI-1000 Boot(00001)
00261
(PID=0:OID=1) Serial=0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,0,
10002 (00003)PHAST PLK-IMS
(00001)Phast Corp.
0003
(PID=0:OID=0) Serial=0000000000000000
Physical Address=NeuronID 0100417BD800
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v2.10.75
v2.00.77
v2.00.76
v1.02
v2.10
v5.01d
v1.00.20
v1.00.00
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Command
TCP LIST
Description
Lists all active TCP/IP connections.
Example:
>TCP LIST
The following TCP connections exist(ed):
1: IP=192.168.21.56:1042 Socket=0 (Dead)
2: IP=192.168.21.56:1420 Socket=0 (Dead)
URL LIST <D:P:S>
Displays the list of URL addresses programmed in the Master Card (or
another system).
Example:
>URL LIST
The following URLs exist in the URL connection list
->Entry 0-192.168.13.65:1319 IP=192.168.13.65 State=Connected
Entry 1-192.168.13.200:1319 IP=192.168.13.200 State=Issue Connect
ESC Pass Codes
There are 'escape' codes in the pass mode. These codes can switch the display mode or exit the pass
mode. The following 'escape' codes are defined.
ESC Pass Codes
Command
+ + ESC ESC
Exit Pass Mode
+ + ESC A
ASCII Display Mode
+ + ESC D
Decimal Display Mode
+ + ESC H
Hex Display Mode
Description
Typing a plus (shift =) followed by another plus followed by an ESC (the escape
key) followed by another escape exits the pass mode. The Telnet session
returns to "normal".
Typing a plus (shift =) followed by another plus followed by an ESC (the escape
key) followed by an 'A' sets the display to ASCII mode. Any ASCII characters
received by the device will be displayed by their ASCII symbol. Any non-ASCII
characters will be displayed with a \ followed by two hex characters to indicate
the character’s hex value.
Typing a plus (shift =) followed by another plus followed by an ESC (the escape
key) followed by an 'D' sets the display to decimal mode. Any characters
received by the device will be displayed with a \ followed by numeric characters
to indicate the character’s decimal value.
Typing a plus (shift =) followed by another plus followed by an ESC (the escape
key) followed by an 'H' sets the display to hexadecimal mode. Any characters
received by the device will be displayed with a \ followed by two hex characters
to indicate the character’s hex value.
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Notes on Specific Telnet/Terminal Clients
Telnet and terminal clients will have different behaviors in some situations. This section states
some of the known anomalies.
Windows client programs
Anomalies occur when using a windows client if you are not typing standard ASCII characters (i.e.
using the keypad and the ALT key to enter decimal codes). Most programs will allow you to enter
specific decimal codes by holding ALT and using keypad numbers.
For example, hold ALT, hit keypad 1, then hit keypad 0, then release ALT. The standard line feed
code is entered (decimal 10). Windows will perform an AnsiToOem conversion on some codes
entered this way because of the way Windows handles languages and code pages. The following
codes are known to be altered, but others may be affected depending on the computer's setup.
!
Characters 15, 21, and 22
!
Any characters above 127
This affects both Windows Telnet and Terminal programs.
Linux Telnet client
The Linux Telnet client has three anomalies that are known at this time:
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!
A null (\00) character is sent after a carriage return.
!
If an ALT 255 is entered, two 255 characters are sent (per the telnet RFC).
!
If the code to go back to command mode is entered (ALT 29 which is ^]), the character is
not sent, but telnet command mode is entered.
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