How to Configure a MOXA Device

How to Configure a MOXA Device
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How to Configure a MOXA Device
A RescueLogic® Technical Bulletin
Cadgraphics Incorporated
Makers of RescueLogic Software for Fire and Security Systems
PO Box 11737
St. Paul, MN 55111-0737
(612) 722-3233
“Safety Made Simple”
June 2014
How to Configure a MOXA Device 1
How to Configure a MOXA Device
A MOXA Device — an NPort serial device server — makes it easy to connect your alarm panels to an Ethernet
network so you can monitor them with RescueLogic software.
Things You’ll Need
You will need:
A MOXA NPort 5110A serial device server.
MOXA utility software. You’ll get a software CD with each device. You can also download the software
from the MOXA website at
Network information. You’ll need to get a static IP address from the network administrator wherever a
serial server is to be installed. For each serial server, the network administrator should also provide
values for the Subnet Mask, Default Gateway, and possibly DNS Servers. (See page 9 for more details.)
The network administrator should also know that the serial servers will connect using, by default, TCP
Port 4001. It can be changed. TCP Port 23 is a common alternate. (See page 7 for the screen with the
TCP Port setting.)
Serial Port information. The alarm panel manufacturer’s documentation should show you the RS232
serial port settings. These include: baud rate; data bits, stop bits, and parity. See page 8 for the screen
with serial settings to match up with the settings of your alarm panel. You will also need the wiring
information for the RS232 (or EIA232) connection. Many alarm panels suggest a serial printer would be
an optional accessory wired to this port.
Helpful Hint: This guide is illustrated with actual RescueLogic screen images, which were captured on a
computer that runs Windows 7. If your computer uses a different Windows operating system, your RescueLogic
windows might look different, but you will follow the same step-by-step procedures.
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To begin, insert the CD or download the install program from the web. Then run the NPort Search Utility from your
Windows menu.
The Search Utility will open. Click the “Search” button to continue.
Helpful Hint: The default IP address of a MOXA NPort is If you set your LAN card configuration
settings with an IP address in the same subnet (such as, you do not necessarily need the
Search Utility software. Just skip to the web configuration shown on page 6, and type in the
Address bar of your browser.
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A new popup window titled “Searching” will appear for several seconds, list any MOXA NPorts, then disappear.
After the search window disappears, the list on the list window should show the NPort server with the default IP
Address Double-click the list item to open a browser window and configure.
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The NPort configuration screen will appear in a web browser. The IP Address of the server will show in your
browser’s address bar. The left column has a menu for changing settings. You will need to use three of them:
Operating Settings, Serial Settings, and Network Settings.
If you like, you can also change the name of the server from the Basic Settings menu.
When you are done with any changes on a page, click the Submit button on the bottom of the page.
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Configure Operating Settings
Configure Operating Settings
From the Main Menu in the left-hand column, click “Port 1” under the Operating Settings label.
Change the default “RealCOM” operation mode to “TCP Server.” This setting allows the IP Address socket to be
supervised by RescueLogic, rather than simulate a COM Port.
Change TCP alive check time from “7” to “0.” This allows RescueLogic to reconnect immediately when System
Monitor is restarted. The default 7 minutes would make the server wait that long before a reconnect.
Change Max connection from “1” to “4” to allow connections from remote computers for testing.
Note the default “4001” setting for “Local TCP Port.” The IP Address and this port number are the values that you
will enter in RescueLogic for the socket connection.
Click “Submit.”
Now click “Save/Restart.”
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Configure Serial Settings 6
Configure Serial Settings
The serial settings of the NPort must match the alarm panel or printer interface module that you will connect to.
Click “Port 1” on the left menu column, under Serial Settings. Set the baud rate, data bits, stop bits, and parity to
match the values specified in the alarm system manufacturer’s instructions.
Click “Submit.”
On the page that appears, click “Save/Restart.”
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Configure Network Settings
Configure Network Settings
Click “Network Settings,” under the “Main Menu” in the left-hand column. The network administrator should have
provided a static IP Address for use with each serial server. Fill in the blanks to match your system’s information:
change the IP Address, Gateway, Netmask and DNS Servers. Leave IP configuration set with the default value
The SNMP settings are not used, so you can leave the factory defaults
Scroll to the bottom and click “Submit.”
Another page appears to confirm that you are ready to make the changes permanent. Click “Save/Restart.”
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Configure Network Settings
The IP Address is now changed, and your browser must be changed to match.
When you click on a link, you might see a page with a message that the page failed to load.
Type the changed address in your browser’s Address bar and Refresh to see the MOXA configuration page
Your serial server is now ready to communicate with RescueLogic. See the RescueLogic Users Guide chapter on
Communication Paths for the next steps.
Helpful Hint: If your browser does not find the server with the default or the newly assigned IP Address, check
the IP settings of your computer’s network adapter. The left three quad elements of the IP Address represent the
network, and the right quad element is unique for each endpoint device. Remember to write down your
computer’s original settings first. Contact your network administrator if these settings are not familiar to you.
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About the Author 9
About the Author
Dan Horon is the President of Cadgraphics Incorporated, makers of RescueLogic software for fire alarm and
security systems. Dan was the chair of the NFPA Task Group on Circuits and Pathways when the chapter was
added to NFPA 72. He still serves on the NFPA Protected Premises Technical Committee, as well as the
Technical Correlating Committee Task Group on Networks. You can email him at
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