Networking Alpha signs on a TCP/IP network - Alpha

Networking Alpha signs on a TCP/IP network - Alpha
Networking Alpha ® signs on a TCP/IP network
Contents
Introduction . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Why use serial servers? . . . . . . . . . . . 2
Types of serial servers available. . . . . 3
Valid Adaptive™ signs for an Alpha®
Ethernet Adapter . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4
Resources needed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5
General steps for networking Alpha®
signs on a TCP/IP network . . . . . . . . 6
Assigning an IP address to a serial
server . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7
Method 1: EZWebCon . . . . . . . . . . . . 8
This document explains how to use the
• Alpha® Ethernet Adapter
• Lantronix MSS100
• Lantronix MSS485
to network Alpha® signs over a TCP/IP network. Also, to send
messages to Alpha® signs over the network, you can use
AlphaNet plus™ for Microsoft® Windows 1.3 (or later version)
or Smart Alec® 3.0 software (or later version) or any other
messaging software that is compatible with TCP/IP.
NOTE:
AlphaNet plus™ for Windows is compatible with Microsoft®
Method 2: DOS/ARP command . . . . 14
Windows 95, 98, NT, ME, and 2000. Smart Alec® 3.0 is
Method 3: Telnet . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 18
compatible with Microsoft® Windows 95, 98, and NT.
Method 4: DHCP . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22
Installation and setup for this product requires a
Method 5: HyperTerminal. . . . . . . . . 23
Resetting a serial server. . . . . . . . . . 24
network-literate Information Systems professional.
Alpha® Ethernet Adapter
solution
MSS100
solution
MSS100
Setting up the network hardware 25
Network configuration examples . . . 25
MSS100
Connections for serial servers . . . . . 30
Setting up messaging software . 34
Installing and selecting Redirector
settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 35
MSS485
solution
TCP/IP
RS232
RS485
MSS485
TCP/IP
Setting serial servers for Gateway
Messaging Software . . . . . . . . . . 38
Technical support . . . . . . . . . . . . 47
Network-capable
work station
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BetaBrite, BetaBrite Director, BetaBrite Messaging Software, Big Dot, PPD, Smart Alec, Solar, TimeNet
The distinctive trade dress of this product is a trademark claimed by Adaptive Micro Systems, Inc.
Due to continuing product innovation, specifications in this manual are subject to change without notice.
Revision date: 5/3/2001
9708-8093C
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Introduction
Introduction
Why use serial servers?
A serial server is an electronic device that provides TCP/IP connections for signs and
other serial devices by converting serial data to and from TCP/IP format.
A serial server is an economical way to add Alpha® signs to an existing network. Instead
of running separate cabling to create a sign network, Alpha® signs can be attached to an
existing TCP/IP network using serial servers. This allows you to communicate with Alpha®
signs across the room or around the world.
TCP/IP compatibility
A serial server supports a variety of TCP/IP features, including the Telnet terminal
protocol. Telnet is an easy-to-use interface that creates terminal connections to any network
host supporting Telnet.
Connectivity
The serial server connects devices directly to the TCP/IP network, which conserves
physical ports on the host, allows the terminal to access more than one host, and simplifies
terminal cabling.
Standard cabling and connectors from Adaptive™ Micro Systems can be used with the
Alpha®Ethernet Adapter, the Lantronix MSS100, and the Lantronix MSS485.
Remote Configuration
A serial server can be logged into and remotely configured via network login, Telnet login
to the remote console port, or EZWebCon.
Reloadable operating software
Alpha® Ethernet Adapters from Adaptive™ Micro Systems and serial servers from
Lantronix are Flash-ROM serial servers. Flash-ROM serial servers store their operating
software permanently on-board, so they do not need to download code unless new versions
become available. Serial servers can also be configured to request a downloaded configuration
file at boot time.
Extensive technical support services
Technical information and telephone support, as well as the latest software, is readily
available from your dealer, Adaptive™ Micro Systems, and Lantronix. (See “Technical
support” on page 47 for details.)
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Why use serial servers?
Introduction
Types of serial servers available
Several serial servers are available for varying circumstances.
Alpha® Ethernet Adapter
•
Allows you to connect an Alpha® sign to a 10BASE-T TCP/IP network.
•
Needs no separate power supply. It gets its power directly from an Alpha® sign.
Because of this, it is suitable for most, but not all, Alpha® signs. See “Valid Adaptive™
signs for an Alpha® Ethernet Adapter” below for a list.
Lantronix MSS100
•
Allows you to connect an Alpha® sign to a 100BASE-T or 10BASE-T TCP/IP network.
•
Has its own power supply, therefore is suitable for all Alpha® signs.
Lantronix MSS485
•
Types of serial servers available
Allows you to connect an RS485 network of up to 32 signs to a 10BASE-T TCP/IP
network. (Using a repeater box can extend this limit. See the Network Configurations
manual, (PN 9708-8046.)
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Introduction
Valid Adaptive™ signs for an Alpha® Ethernet Adapter
For the latest information, see TechMemo 99-0002 on the Adaptive™ web site.
The Alpha® Ethernet Adapter works with the following signs:
•
215C, 215R
•
220C (all shipped after February 1, 2000)
•
300C series
•
4000C, 4000R series (using RS232 jumper and jack)
•
7000C series (using RS232 jumper and jack)
•
Alpha® Big Dot
•
AlphaVision™ FS
•
BetaBrite® one-line displays (P1026, P1036 and P1040), including 213C and
BetaBrite® Window Display
•
BetaBrite® Director (all shipped after July 1, 2000)
•
Personal Priority Display™ (PPD™)
The Alpha® Ethernet Adapter does not work with the following signs:
4
•
210C
•
220C (all shipped prior to February 1, 2000)
•
420
•
790i
•
AlphaEclipse™
•
AlphaPremiere™
•
AlphaVision™ CM, FM, 1.4”, 2.1”
•
AlphaVision™ Video Screen (VS)
•
AlphaVision™ InfoTracker (IT) – works with MSS485 only
•
AlphaTicker™ – works with MSS485 only
•
BetaBrite Director® (all shipped before July 1, 2000)
•
Solar™
Valid Adaptive™ signs for an Alpha® Ethernet Adapter
Introduction
Resources needed
Software
Valid messaging software includes:
• Smart Alec®, version 3.0
• AlphaNet plus™ for Windows, version 1.3
• Alpha® Messaging Software
• BetaBrite® Messaging Software
• Gateway Messaging Software
• Alpha® Marquee ActiveX® control
Additional software which may be needed includes:
• EZWebCon (Information on how to acquire and install EZWebCon is
provided in “Method 1: EZWebCon” on page 8.)
• Telnet (Available with all Microsoft® Windows operating systems. See
“Method 3: Telnet” on page 18)
• Redirector (for Alpha® Messaging Software or BetaBrite® Messaging
Software. Available from Lantronix. See “Install Redirector” on page 35)
Hardware
Hardware needed includes:
• Alpha® Ethernet Adapter, and/or
MSS100 with power supply, and/or
MSS485 with power supply
• Functional sign with Alpha®, Smart Alec®, or Gateway firmware chip
• Power supply for each sign
• Active 10BASE-T TCP/IP port and/or
Active 100BASE-T TCP/IP port
• TCP/IP network cabling
• DB25-to-RJ11 adapter
• RS232 cable
• PC connected to the network
References
You may find these other documents helpful:
• Network Configurations (PN 9708-8046)
• Networking Alpha® Signs
• AlphaNet plus™ for Windows User Manual version 1.3 (PN 9708-8081)
• Smart Alec® User Manual version 3.0 (PN 9709-2030)
• Alpha® Marquee Control – ActiveX® Developer’s Reference (PN 97092054)
• TechMemo 99-0002
Resources needed
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Introduction
General steps for networking Alpha® signs on a TCP/IP network
Serial servers allow the flexibility of linking into a TCP/IP network to send messages to a
sign.
1.
2.
3.
First, assign each a unique IP address to each serial server.
Next, set up networking hardware, including the serial server.
Finally, perform tasks necessary to specific messaging software:
• Set up the messaging software to direct messages through the serial
servers to a sign. This is needed for Smart Alec® version 3.0 and
AlphaNet plus™ for Windows version 1.3.
• Install and select settings for Redirector software. This is needed for
Alpha® Messaging Software and BetaBrite® Messaging Software.
• Set an MSS485 as a “local/host” serial server to send messages to one or
more serial servers, each set as a “remote”. This is needed for Gateway
Messaging Software.
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General steps for networking Alpha® signs on a TCP/IP network
Assigning an IP address to a serial server
Assigning an IP address to a serial server
For messages to be sent to a specific sign on the network, each serial server must have a
unique IP address associated with it. There are several methods for assigning an IP address
that can be used depending on various circumstances. For some of these methods, installation
of the serial server hardware must be done while assigning the IP address. For other methods,
the IP address can be assigned after the serial server hardware is installed.
To assign an IP address, you will need to know two numbers:
1.
The IP address to be assigned to each serial server, either Alpha® Ethernet Adapter,
MSS100, or MSS485. The specific address is usually designated by an IS network
administrator.
2.
The hardware address of the serial server. This is found on a label on the back of the
server.
The following methods for assigning an IP address are listed in order from the most
simple and most often used to the least often used.
General steps for networking Alpha® signs on a TCP/IP network
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Assigning an IP address to a serial server
Method 1: EZWebCon
EZWebCon is one of the easiest ways to assign a specific IP address.
Install EZWebCon software
1.
Obtain the latest version of EZWebCon from either the Alpha® Ethernet
Adapter CD or the Lantronix CD or from the Lantronix Internet site
(www.lantronix.com) for your network platform. Download this into an
empty directory on the PC to be used.
2.
3.
After downloading, double-click on ezwebcon.exe in that folder on the PC.
The EZWebCon application will be unpacked and installed on your PC.
Connect the serial server to sign and network
RS232 cable
TCP/IP cable
Serial server and
specific connections
4.
Connect a TCP/IP cable to an active port and to the serial server according
to the information for your specific serial server in “Connections for serial
servers” starting on page 30.
5.
Connect an appropriate power supply to the serial server. For an Alpha®
Ethernet Adapter, this will be the sign with its power cable plugged into an
outlet. For a Lantronix serial server, this will be its own power cable.
6.
Check the LED lights on the serial server:
The power LED should be solid green, indicating it is properly powered.
The link LED should be solid green, indicating a valid network connection.
The activity LED should be blinking green, indicating normal operation.
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Method 1: EZWebCon
Assigning an IP address to a serial server
Use EZWebCon software to assign the IP address
7.
Run EZWebCon software.
8.
Right-click on the Lantronix logo button on the main screen for EZWebCon.
This will display a pop-up menu.
9.
Method 1: EZWebCon
Choose Assign IP address to server.
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Assigning an IP address to a serial server
10. Enter the Ethernet (hardware) address of the serial server. This will always
begin with “00-80-a3”.
HINT: This is case-sensitive and must be entered with lower-case letters. You do not need to
type the dashes.
11. Enter the new IP address.
HINT: To correctly position the nodes of the address, type both the numbers and the decimal
points.
12. Leave Subnet address as “None”. Leave TFTP loadhost as zeroes or set as
needed for your system. Leave Automatically connect and permanently assign
the IP address checked.
13. Click OK.
14. EZWebCon will check to see if the serial server already has an assigned IP
address.
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Method 1: EZWebCon
Assigning an IP address to a serial server
15. You may be prompted to reboot the serial server:
16. When EZWebCon has finished checking for an IP address, one or more of
three things may happen:
• If it finds an IP address for this serial server and it is the same as the one
you are trying to assign, EZWebCon will simply tell you so. Click OK.
You do not need to do anything else to set this IP address.
• If it finds an IP address and it is not the same as the one you are trying to
assign, EZWebCon will ask if you really want to assign the new address.
Choose Yes if you do.
Method 1: EZWebCon
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Assigning an IP address to a serial server
•
If you chose Yes to assign a new address over an old address or if no
address was found, it will assign the new IP address.
This window may appear if
you have assigned a new IP
address to a serial server
with a different address.
Click OK on
both of these.
Use EZWebCon software to detect serial servers and IP addresses on the
network (optional)
17. Run EZWebCon software if it’s not already running.
18. Click on the Micro-Serial Servers icon.
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Method 1: EZWebCon
Assigning an IP address to a serial server
19. Click on Browse in the MSS Management dialog box to search for existing
serial servers on the network.
20. When browsing is complete, the Browse Network dialog box shows IP
addresses of existing serial servers on the network, including the IP address
just assigned to this serial server. (The only way to print this is to press the
Print Screen button and then paste into a drawing, paint, or word
processing application.)
NOTE: If the IP addresses you just set is not returned, you can ping the
serial server as described in the section for “Method 2: DOS/ARP
command”. If the IP address still is not detected, you must either
assign an IP address to the serial server using a different method, or
contact IS personnel with the hardware address on the back of the
serial server. IS can then use network management software to
locate the IP address.
NOTE: It may be a good idea to write the IP address directly on the serial
server.
21. Close EZWebCon.
Method 1: EZWebCon
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Assigning an IP address to a serial server
Method 2: DOS/ARP command
In a DOS window in Microsoft® Windows 95 and Windows NT, the arp command is a simple
way to assign an IP address when none has been previously assigned. The arp command is
used here in conjunction with the ping command. The ping command is used to test the
connection with the serial server and to determine whether the new IP address has taken
effect.
NOTE: The arp command will not work if any IP address has ever been
assigned to the given hardware address. The arp command will not
replace an existing IP address with another IP address. You can use
Telnet to change or delete an existing IP address. Refer to “Method
3: Telnet” on page 18.
Obtain new IP address(es)
1.
Obtain a valid IP address for each serial server. This is usually assigned by
an IS network administrator.
Connect the serial server to sign and network
RS232 cable
TCP/IP cable
Serial server and
specific connections
2.
Connect the serial server according to the information for your specific
adapter in “Connections for serial servers” starting on page 30.
NOTE: Do not connect the power cable to the sign at this time!
Set up DOS commands for assigning an IP address
3.
Open up a DOS window on the PC: click on Start > Programs > MS-DOS
Prompt.
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Method 2: DOS/ARP command
Assigning an IP address to a serial server
4.
Type “ping –t n.n.n.n” (where n.n.n.n is the IP address to be assigned to the
serial server) and press Enter.
NOTE: This will continuously ping this IP address, allowing you to
monitor exactly when communication to the device is established.
You can stop the execution of this ping command by pressing
Ctrl+c.
5.
Open up another DOS window on the PC: click on Start > Programs >
MS-DOS Prompt a second time.
6.
Type “arp –s n.n.n.n 00-80-a3-x-x-x ” (where n.n.n.n is the IP address of the
serial server and 00-80-a3-x-x-x is the hardware address of serial server.) Do
not press Enter at this time though!
NOTE: You must first complete the next step to power up the unit before
entering this command. The arp command typed here will be
executed in Step 9 below.
Method 2: DOS/ARP command
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Assigning an IP address to a serial server
Apply power to the serial server and to the sign
7.
Connect an appropriate power supply to the serial server. For an Alpha®
Ethernet Adapter, this will be the sign with its power cable plugged into an
outlet. For a Lantronix serial server, this will be its own power cable.
8.
Wait 30 seconds or until the activity light turns off and on only every two
seconds. Both the sign and the serial server are now powered up and
connected to the network.
Assign the IP address
9.
Press Enter at the DOS window with the “arp –s n.n.n.n 00-80-a3-x-x-x”
command, which you set up in Step 6 above, to actually assign the IP
address.
NOTE: Once the serial server is initially powered up, you have only two
minutes to assign it an IP address by pressing Enter at the DOS
window with the “arp –s n.n.n.n 00-80-a3-x-x-x” command which
you set up in Step 6. After two minutes, either an alternate method
must be used or the serial server must be rebooted by removing
and reapplying power to it.
10. You can watch the DOS window which has the ping command to
determine when communication has been established. A “Reply from…”
response will be displayed in the window with the ping command when
successful IP assignment is achieved.
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Method 2: DOS/ARP command
Assigning an IP address to a serial server
11. Go to the DOS window which has the ping command. Stop the execution of
this command by pressing Ctrl+c.
NOTE: The serial server will not save the learned IP address
permanently. The time it is saved may vary depending on how
your network is set up. This arp and ping procedure is intended as
a temporary measure to enable EZWebCon to communicate with
the serial server, or allow an administrator to Telnet into the serial
server. Once logged in, the administrator can enter the “Change
IPaddress” command to make the address permanent. See also
“Reserving an IP address” on page 22 for instructions on
determining and reserving an IP address.
Method 2: DOS/ARP command
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Assigning an IP address to a serial server
Method 3: Telnet
Telnet is used to program a hardware device for parameters such as baud rate, stop bits,
parity, and particularly an IP address. Telnet can be used to reassign an IP address directly
when it has already been assigned an address by any means.
Connect the serial server to sign and network
RS232 cable
TCP/IP cable
Serial server and
specific connections
1.
Connect the serial server according to the information for your specific
adapter in “Connections for serial servers” starting on page 30.
2.
Connect an appropriate power supply to the serial server. For an Alpha®
Ethernet Adapter, this will be the sign. For a Lantronix serial server, this
will be its own power cable.
3.
Check the LED lights on the serial server:
The power light should be solid green, indicating it is properly powered.
The link light should be solid green, indicating a valid network connection.
The activity light should be blinking green, indicating normal operation.
Start Telnet
Telnet is fully functional on all PCs. To use Telnet, from Start > Run, type “Telnet”. It will
open a generic window for Telnet. You can also open a Telnet window for a specific serial
server by typing “Telnet n.n.n.n” (where n.n.n.n is the currently-assigned IP address of the
serial server) from Start > Run.
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Method 3: Telnet
Assigning an IP address to a serial server
Change an IP address
4.
(Note: Skip this step if you opened a Telnet window for a specific serial
server as above in “Start Telnet”.) From the Connect menu, choose Remote
System… and then select or type the IP address of the serial server. Use
“telnet” for the Port and “vt100” for the TermType.
5.
Type a username and press Enter. It doesn’t matter what you type here,
except that it must be different from that used by any other Telnet user on
the network.
6.
The “show server” command can provide confirmation that you’ve
accessed the correct serial server and also provide statistics about that serial
server.
Method 3: Telnet
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Assigning an IP address to a serial server
7.
Type “set priv”. Press Enter. Then type the password. Press Enter again.The
default password is “system”.
8.
You now have access to the “super user” level of authority. This is required
to set the IP address.
9.
To assign a new IP address, type “change ipaddr n.n.n.n” (where n.n.n.n is
the new IP address.)
10. You should now reboot the serial server. To do this, type “i d 0” with
spaces between the characters. (The last character is a zero.)
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Method 3: Telnet
Assigning an IP address to a serial server
11. Because the serial server will no longer be at the same address as when you
connected to it using Telnet, Telnet officially logs you out of that
connection.
12. You then get this notification.
13. After clicking OK, and after the serial server completes rebooting, you can
connect to the server using the new IP address if you wish to confirm the
change with the show server command. Alternatively, you can exit Telnet
and send messages.
Method 3: Telnet
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Assigning an IP address to a serial server
Method 4: DHCP
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) allows a device to use a dynamic IP
address assigned at boot time from an available pool of addresses. With this method, you do
not need to set the IP address in the hardware itself.
The serial server is shipped with DHCP disabled. However, if DHCP ever becomes
enabled (such as after resetting the server, as described below) and if your network uses
Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP), then when the serial server is re-connected to
the network and powered up, DHCP will automatically assign a dynamic IP address to the
serial server. If you want to accept this assigned IP address and don’t need to reassign another
chosen address, you will still need see “Reserving an IP address” below for instructions on
determining and reserving an IP address.
Reserving an IP address
Determine the IP address
So that you can send messages to the correct IP address, a system/network administrator
must use the DHCP Manager (or similar) application to locate the serial server by its
hardware address. The dynamic IP address is associated with the hardware address. This
identification process can be involved on large networks.
Reserving the IP address
A system/network administrator can use the system/networking DHCP Manager
application to set the dynamically-assigned address to a permanent lease. This will reserve the
IP address as a static address for the particular hardware address. If you do not reserve the IP
address, periodically DHCP will automatically reassign a new dynamic – and typically
different – IP address to the serial server. The result is that messages will not be delivered to
the serial server.
Resetting DHCP to “disabled”
To set the serial server so that DHCP is disabled:
1.
2.
Follow the information in “Method 3: Telnet” to “Start Telnet”, on page 18.
Follow the steps in “Change an IP address” (starting on page 19) to type the
username and “set priv”. These are Step 4 through Step 8.
3.
4.
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Next, to disable DHCP, type “change dhcp disabled”.
To exit Telnet, choose Exit from the Connect menu.
Method 4: DHCP
Assigning an IP address to a serial server
Method 5: HyperTerminal
HyperTerminal may be used when, for some reason, you cannot access the serial server
from the network. In this case, you will need to program the device directly using
HyperTerminal and a null DB25F- or DB9F-to-DB25F serial cable (not supplied) from the PC
to the server. (For an Alpha® Ethernet Adapter, however, you will need to split out two wires
to connect the MSS device to an external power supply.) You will also need to use
communication settings of 9600 baud, 8N1, and flow control set to either XON/XOFF or
HARDWARE. For assistance, please call Technical Support at Adaptive™ Micro Systems.
NOTE: HyperTerminal is fully functional on all PCs, but you may need to
install it with the Add/Remove Programs icon in the Control Panel.
Method 5: HyperTerminal
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Assigning an IP address to a serial server
Resetting a serial server
There may be times when you need to reset the serial server to its default factory settings.
These default settings include setting DHCP to “enabled”.
To reset the serial server:
1.
Remove power from the adapter, either the cable to the sign (Alpha®
Ethernet Adapter) or its power cable (MSS100 or MSS485).
2.
Using the point of a pen or a similar object, press and hold the reset button
on the serial server and then reapply power to the sign. Continue to hold
the reset button for 20 seconds after reapplying power.
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Resetting a serial server
Setting up the network hardware
Setting up the network hardware
Network configuration examples
Alpha® or BetaBrite® Messaging software with one sign
Use this setup when 1 sign needs to be connected to a network. This setup also requires
the use of the Redirector software.
A
D
C
B
TCP/IP network
(10BASE-T using Alpha® Ethernet Adapter
or
10/100BASE-T using MSS100)
Item
A
B
Part No.
Description
Alpha® Messaging software
1102-9102
BetaBrite® Messaging software
–
The computer must be connected to the TCP/IP network with a network card.
1088-9120
Alpha® Ethernet Adapter kit
The Alpha® Ethernet Adapter is mounted on the back of the sign and draws its power
from the sign itself (no separate power supply is needed.) The Alpha® Ethernet
Adapter will need its own unique IP address. 10BASE-T only.
1088-4113
MSS100 Micro Serial Server
The MSS100 has its own power supply. The MSS100 needs its own unique IP
address. 10BASE-T or 100BASE-T.
1088-4112
MSS485 Micro Serial Server
The MSS485 has its own power supply. The MSS485 needs its own unique IP
address. 10BASE-T only.
Applicable for the BetaBrite Director® (all shipped after July 1, 2000).
Not applicable for the one-line BetaBrite® signs (P1026, P1036 and P1040).
C
D
Notes
1092-9102
Redirector software must also be used. This is available from the Lantronix Web
site. See “Installing and selecting Redirector settings” on page 35 for information.
For proper cabling, see “Connections for serial servers” on page 30.
Network configuration examples
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Setting up the network hardware
Alpha® Messaging software with one or more signs
Use this setup when Alpha® Messaging Software is used to send messages to multiple
signs need to be connected to a TCP/IP network and an RS485 network. Using the Redirector
software, available from Lantronix, one MSS485 Micro Serial Server can be used, and up to 32
signs can be connected to each serial server. The total length of the RS485 network is limited to
4,000 feet at 9600 baud or 10,000 feet at 2400 baud except if a repeater box is used. Alpha®
Messaging Software will send the same message to every sign in this network.
F
E
D
A
MSS485-T
C
B
LANTRONIX
TCP/IP network
(10BASE-T only)
Item
A
B
Part No.
Description
®
1092-9102
Alpha Messaging software
–
The computer must be connected to the TCP/IP network with a network card.
1088-4112
MSS485 Micro Serial Server
C
Redirector software must also be used. This is available from the Lantronix Web site. See
“Installing and selecting Redirector settings” on page 35 for information.
Used to connect a TCP/IP network and RS485 cabling. The MSS485 must be assigned an IP
address which the Alpha® Messaging software uses to address this device. Only one MSS485
can be used, however, that MSS485 can address up to 32 signs.
D
1088-8000
RS485 cable (1000 foot spool)
Used to interconnect signs.
E
4331-0602
Modular Network Adapter
Used to interconnect signs.
1088-8624
8-foot RS485 cable
Plugs into the sign’s RS485 jack. (The network of signs must not be terminated.)
1088-8636
1-foot RS485 cable (recommended)
F
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Notes
Network configuration examples
Setting up the network hardware
AlphaNet plus™, Smart Alec®, or ActiveX software with one or more
signs with a TCP/IP network only
Use this setup when AlphaNet plus™ (version 1.3 or later), Smart Alec® (version 3.0 or
later), or ActiveX (version 1.0 or later) software is used to send messages to multiple signs
connected only to a TCP/IP network. The number of signs in this network is only limited by
the number of available IP addresses. The potential length of the network is unlimited. These
software applications have the ability to display a unique message on each of the signs in this
network.
A
D
D
D
C
C
C
B
TCP/IP network
(10BASE-T using Alpha® Ethernet Adapter
or
10/100BASE-T using MSS100)
Item
A
B
Part No.
Description
AlphaNet plus™ for Microsoft® Windows
Contact Adaptive™
Customer Service
Smart Alec® software
1092-7825
Alpha® Marquee ActiveX Control
–
The computer must be connected to the TCP/IP network with a network card.
1088-9120
Alpha® Ethernet Adapter
Each Alpha® Ethernet Adapter is mounted on the back of the sign and draws its
power from the sign itself (no separate power supply is needed.) Each Alpha®
Ethernet Adapter needs its own unique IP address. (10BASE-T only)
1088-4113
MSS100 Micro Serial Server
Each MSS100 has its own power supply. Each MSS100 needs its own unique IP
address. (10BASE-T or 100BASE-T)
C
D
Notes
1092-7827
For proper cabling, see “Connections for serial servers” on page 30.
Network configuration examples
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Setting up the network hardware
AlphaNet plus™, Smart Alec®, or ActiveX software with one or more
signs with both TCP/IP and RS485 networks
Use this setup when AlphaNet plus™ (version 1.3 or later), Smart Alec® (version 3.0 or
later), or ActiveX (version 1.0 or later) software is used to send messages to multiple signs on
an RS485 network connected to a TCP/IP network. The number of signs in this network is
only limited by the number of available IP addresses. The total length of the RS485 network is
limited to 4,000 feet at 9600 baud or 10,000 feet at 2400 baud except if a repeater box is used.
These software applications have the ability to display a unique message on each of the signs
in this network.
A
F
F
F
E
E
E
D
B
MSS485-T
C
RS485 network
(Total length = 4,000 feet at 9600 baud)
LANTRONIX
TCP/IP network
(10BASE-T only)
Item
Part No.
1092-7827
A
–
1092-7825
B
Notes
Smart Alec® v3.0 software
Call Adaptive™ Customer Service for available demo, upgrade, or full version
Alpha® Marquee ActiveX Control
The computer must be connected to the TCP/IP network with a network card.
1088-4112
MSS485 Micro Serial Server
Used to connect a TCP/IP network and RS485 cabling. Each MSS485 must be
assigned an IP address which the software uses to address each device.
D
1088-8000
RS485 cable (1000 foot spool)
Used to interconnect signs.
E
4331-0602
Modular Network Adapter
Used to interconnect signs.
1088-8624
8-foot RS485 cable
Plugs into the sign’s RS485 jack. (The network of signs must not be terminated.)
1088-8636
1-foot RS485 cable (recommended)
C
F
28
–
Description
AlphaNet plus™ for Windows v1.3 software
Network configuration examples
Setting up the network hardware
Gateway Messaging software with one or more signs on a network
J
I
D
B
A
G
MSS485-T
F
LANTRONIX
H
LANTRONIX
MSS-100
B
MSS485-T
E
C
TCP/IP network
(10BASE-T only)
LANTRONIX
D
Gateway II
interface
Item
Part #
Description
Notes
A
1188-9207
Gateway Messaging software
B
1088-8625
25’ RS232 cable
Also requires 1088-9108 or 4370-0001C adapter to PC.
See Notes.
Alpha® Gateway II interface
This varies according to the specific industrial network.
Input: 9600 baud, 8 bits, No parity, 1 stop bit, Flow Control = None
Output: 9600 baud, 7 bits, Even parity, 2 stop bits, Flow Control = None
1088-8000
RS485 cable (1000 foot spool)
1088-4112
MSS485 Micro Serial Server
Used to connect a TCP/IP network and RS485 cabling. Each MSS485 must be
assigned an IP address. Must be set as “local/host” server. (See page 38.)
1088-4113
MSS100 Micro Serial Server
Each MSS100 has its own power supply. Each MSS100 needs its own unique IP
address. Must be set as “remote” server. (See page 38.)
1088-4112
MSS485 Micro Serial Server
Used to connect a TCP/IP network and RS485 cabling. Each MSS485 must be
assigned an IP address. Must be set as “remote” server. (See page 38.)
1088-9120
Alpha® Ethernet Adapter Kit
(Includes cabling.)
Each Alpha® Ethernet Adapter is mounted on the back of the sign and draws its
power from the sign itself (no separate power supply is needed.) Each Alpha®
Ethernet Adapter needs its own unique IP address. Must be set as “remote” server.
(See page 38.)
4331-0602
Modular Network Adapter
Used to interconnect signs.
1088-8636
1-foot RS485 cable (recommended)
1088-8624
8-foot RS485 cable
C
D
E
F
G
H
I
J
Plugs into the sign’s RS485 jack. (The network of signs must not be terminated.)
For more information on RS232 and RS485 networking, see the document Network Configurations (9708-8046).
Network configuration examples
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Setting up the network hardware
Connections for serial servers
Alpha® Ethernet Adapter
A
D
1
2
3
B
C
Table 1: Alpha® Ethernet Adapter components
Part
Description
A
DB25 serial port
B
RJ45 TCP/IP port
C
Reset button
LED diagnostic lights
D
Notes
1. ACT (activity)
2. LNK (network link/connection)
3. PWR (power)
B
A
C
Table 2: Alpha® Ethernet Adapter connections
Part
30
Adaptive™
part number
Description
A
1088-9317
Ethernet cable 8-inch, RJ11-DB25 female
B
1088-9120
Alpha® Ethernet Adapter Kit
C
––
TCP/IP cable
Notes
Connect to the sign.
Connect to 10BASE-T TCP/IP.
Connections for serial servers
Setting up the network hardware
Lantronix MSS100
B
C
10/100
reset
A
5VDC
power
link
100
D
MSS-100
ok
serial
LANTRONIX
E
serial
Table 3: MSS100 components
Part
Description
A
Power connection
B
Reset button
C
RJ45 TCP/IP port
Notes
5 volt only
LED diagnostic lights
1. power
2. link (network link/connection)
3. 100
4. ok
5. serial
DB25 serial port
For RS232 connection
D
E
C
D
B
MSS-100
E
10/100
power
link
100
ok
serial
LANTRONIX
serial
reset
5VDC
A
Table 4: MSS100 connections
Part
Description
1088-8625
25-foot, 6-conductor RS232 serial cable
1088-8627
50-foot, 6-conductor RS232 serial cable
B
4370-0001C
DB25-to-RJ11 adapter
A
Connections for serial servers
Adaptive™
part number
Notes
Connect to the sign’s RS232 port.
C
1088-4113
MSS100 Micro Serial Server
D
––
Power cable
Connect to power (5 volt only)
E
––
TCP/IP cable
Connect to 10BASE-T or 100BASE-T TCP/IP
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Setting up the network hardware
Lantronix MSS485
B
MSS485-T
6vdc
A
C
reset
shld
txa
txb
rxb
rxa
shld
10BASE-T
console
LANTRONIX
serial
D
power
link
ok
serial
E
Table 5: MSS485 components
Part
Description
A
Wiring terminal block
See below
B
Power connection
6 volt only
C
Reset button
D
RJ45 TCP/IP port
LED diagnostic lights
E
A
Notes
B
1. power
2. link (network link/connection)
3. ok
5. serial
C
D
6vdc
MSS485-T
reset
shld
txa
txb
rxb
rxa
shld
console
LANTRONIX
serial
10BASE-T
RS485 to sign network
power
link
ok
serial
E
Table 6: MSS485 connections
Part
A
Adaptive™
part number
Description
1088-8624
8-foot, 4-conductor RS485 serial cable
1088-8636
1-foot, 4-conductor RS485 serial cable
4331-0602
Modular Network Adapter
B
C
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1088-4112
Notes
Connect to the Modular Network Adapter
MSS485-to-MNA wiring:
Shield to Shield
TXA to RS485TXB to RS485+
Refer to “RS485 Network Drop Using Modular Network
Adapters” (PN9708-8021) for specific MNA connections.
MSS485 Micro Serial Server
D
––
Power cable
Connect to power (6 volt only)
E
––
TCP/IP cable
Connect to TCP/IP 10BASE-T only
Connections for serial servers
Setting up the network hardware
Lantronix MSS485 DIP switch settings
DIP switches are found on the back of the MSS485. Settings must be as follows and the
sign network must not be terminated. Refer to Network Configurations (PN 9708-8046) for
information about sign networking and termination.
DIP switches with RS485 termination
On
Off
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
Table 7: Meanings of DIP switch settings
for sign networks
Switch(es)
1, 2, 3
Setting
Meaning
On / On / On
2-wire RS485
4, 5
Off / Off
Sign network is not terminated.
6, 7
On / On
RX Biasing
Off
Float Shield
8
Revision C13/B or later is needed.
Earlier versions may not work correctly.
If you are experiencing difficulty,
contact your customer account specialist.
Connections for serial servers
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Setting up messaging software
Setting up messaging software
A serial server receives a message from one PC over a network and sends it on to a sign.
This method is used in conjunction with any software that can use the TCP/IP protocol.
AlphaNet plus™ for Windows (version 1.3 or later) and Smart Alec® (version 3.0 or later) are
both TCP/IP-compatible.
Create the device in the software
In your software, you must create a device which is to use a serial server and TCP/IP. Set
the port number to 3001.
The AlphaNet plus™ for Windows screen for TCP/IP looks like this:
This must be checked on.
This must be “3001”.
NOTE: For more information about using AlphaNet plus™ for Windows,
refer to the AlphaNet plus™ for Windows User Manual, available
with the purchased software and also on the Web at
http://www.adaptivedisplays.com/alphanetplus/.
For Smart Alec® 3.0, the screen looks like this:
This must be a “terminal server”
since Smart Alec® refers to any
serial server as “terminal server”.
Type the IP address of
the terminal server.
This must be “3001”.
NOTE: For more information about using Smart Alec® 3.0, refer to the
Smart Alec® User Manual, available with the purchased software
and also at http://www.adaptivedisplays.com/smartalec/.
After setting up a TCP/IP device and a sign using that device, you can send messages to
this sign as you normally would.
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Create the device in the software
Installing and selecting Redirector settings
Installing and selecting Redirector settings
Lantronix Redirector software is needed for sending messages with Alpha® Messaging
Software or BetaBrite® Messaging Software over a TCP/IP network to one or more signs.
Lantronix Redirector software is used to redirect messages normally sent through a PC
COM port to a sign. Redirector associates the PC COM port with a network IP address for a
serial server. The serial server, in turn, is connected to the sign and sends the message on to the
sign. In other words, Redirector intercepts messages going to the COM port and sends them
over the network to the serial server’s serial port and to the sign.
NOTE: The COM port you choose can not be in use by any other device,
for example, an internal modem. To determine which ports are in
use, from Start > Settings > Control Panel, choose System and go to
the Device Manager tab. In the Ports directory, determine the COM
ports currently in use. The Redirector application allows up to 40
logical COM ports to be redirected. You can redirect any except
those currently in use. However, Alpha® Messaging Software and
BetaBrite® Messaging software only recognize COM ports 1
through 4.
Install Redirector
1.
Obtain the latest version of Redirector from either the Alpha® Ethernet
Adapter CD or the Lantronix CD or from the Lantronix Internet site
(www.lantronix.com) for your network platform. Download this into an
empty folder on the PC to be used.
2.
3.
After downloaded, double-click on redirector.exe in that folder on the PC.
The Redirector application will be unpacked and installed on your PC.
Direct a COM port to a serial server with Redirector software
1.
Run the Lantronix Redirector software. In the RDCfg Dialog box, click the
Port Setup icon.
Install Redirector
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Installing and selecting Redirector settings
2.
Choose an available COM port that you wish to redirect to the serial server
IP address. Click OK.
NOTE: If you need to use the same COM port for other purposes, you will
need to de-select the COM port in the same way as the above two
steps. Then quit all applications and reboot the computer.
3.
Click the ADD IP button. In the IP Service Setup dialog box, enter the IP
address of the serial server that EZWebCon detected in the Host prompt. In
the TCPPort prompt, enter “3001”, the valid number for any serial server.
Click OK.
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Direct a COM port to a serial server with Redirector software
Installing and selecting Redirector settings
4.
Click Save in the RDCfg dialog box.
5.
Click OK in the Config Info box.
6.
Click Close in RDCfg dialog box.
7.
You may need to reboot the computer. You should now be able to access the
sign using Alpha® Messaging Software or BetaBrite® Messaging
Software via the network.
Direct a COM port to a serial server with Redirector software
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Setting serial servers for Gateway Messaging Software
Setting serial servers for Gateway Messaging Software
To use Gateway Messaging Software to send messages over a TCP/IP network, you must
use an MSS485 as a “local/host” serial server to send messages all at once to one or more
signs, each with a “remote” serial server attached.
In this mode, you set one MSS485 as the local/host device. When setting up the MSS485,
you assign it a fixed list of up to 12 IP addresses of serial servers. You set up each receiving
serial server as a remote device. Then you can use the local/host device to send messages at
one time to all the remote devices in the fixed list.
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Direct a COM port to a serial server with Redirector software
Setting serial servers for Gateway Messaging Software
Set up the MSS485 to act as a local device
NOTE 1: You must program the MSS485 devices with IP addresses before
setting them up.
NOTE 2: The version of the firmware of the MSS485 must be version
B3.5/905 (dated 990518) or higher.
1.
Choose Start > Run. Type “Telnet n.n.n.n” where n.n.n.n is the assigned IP
address for the MSS485. Click OK.
2.
Type a user name and press Enter. It doesn’t matter what you type here,
except that it must be different from that used by any other Telnet user on
the network.
3.
Type “set priv”. Press Enter. Then type the password. Press Enter again.The
default password is “system”.
4.
Set up the MSS485 to act as a local device
Type “change flow control none”. Press Enter.
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Setting serial servers for Gateway Messaging Software
40
5.
Type “change charsize 7”. Press Enter.
6.
Type “change stopbits 2”. Press Enter.
7.
Type “change parity even”. Press Enter.
8.
Type “change access local”. Press Enter.
9.
Type “change dedicated hostlist”. Press Enter.
Set up the MSS485 to act as a local device
Setting serial servers for Gateway Messaging Software
10. Type “host add tcp n.n.n.n:3001T” where n.n.n.n is the IP address of a serial
server to be used in remote mode. Press Enter. Do this step for each remote
serial server which is to receive messages from the local MSS485.
NOTE
There is a maximum of twelve (12)
IP addresses that can receive
messages from a local MSS485.
However, if a remote serial server is
an MSS485, there can be multiple
signs receiving messages through
that serial server.
11. Type “change autostart enable”. Press Enter.
12. Type “show hostlist”. Press Enter. This will show the list of the remote serial
server IP addresses you entered.
Set up the MSS485 to act as a local device
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Setting serial servers for Gateway Messaging Software
13. Type “show port”. Press Enter. This will show the current settings of the
port.
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Set up the MSS485 to act as a local device
Setting serial servers for Gateway Messaging Software
Set up serial servers to act as remote devices
NOTE 1: You must have programmed all the serial servers with IP
addresses before setting them up in remote mode.
NOTE 2: The version of the firmware of any serial servers must be version
B3.5/905 (dated 990518) or higher.
1.
Choose Start > Run. Type “Telnet n.n.n.n” where n.n.n.n is the assigned IP
address for a remote serial server. Click OK.
2.
Type a username and press Enter. It doesn’t matter what you type here,
except that it must be different from that used by any other Telnet user on
the network.
3.
Type “set priv”. Press Enter. Then type the password. Press Enter again.The
default password is “system”.
Set up serial servers to act as remote devices
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Setting serial servers for Gateway Messaging Software
44
4.
Type “change flow control none”. Press Enter.
5.
Type “change charsize 7”. Press Enter.
6.
Type “change stopbits 2”. Press Enter.
7.
Type “change parity even”. Press Enter.
8.
Type “change access remote”. Press Enter.
Set up serial servers to act as remote devices
Setting serial servers for Gateway Messaging Software
9.
Type “show port”. Press Enter. show the current settings of the port.
10. Repeat Step 1 through Step 9 above for all of the serial servers to be used in
remote mode.
Set up serial servers to act as remote devices
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Setting serial servers for Gateway Messaging Software
Reset and check all devices
1.
2.
3.
Remove power from all the remote serial servers and re-apply power.
Next, remove power from all the local MSS485 devices and re-apply power.
Choose Start > Run. Type “Telnet n.n.n.n” where n.n.n.n is the assigned IP
address for the local MSS485 devices. Click OK.
4.
5.
Enter a username and password.
Type “show port”. Press Enter. This will show the current settings of the
port. In the settings, there is a Sessions entry. This number indicates how
many remote serial servers you set up for the local MSS485 to send
messages to.
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Reset and check all devices
Technical support
Technical support
Support services
Technical information
Software is available at the Adaptive™ Internet World Wide Web site
http://www.adaptivedisplays.com.
Technical information, as well as the latest networking software, is available from the
Lantronix Internet site:
http://www.lantronix.com
Technical support
For additional support, please contact your local dealer, or call the Technical Support
department at Adaptive™ Micro Systems, Inc. at 1-800-558-7022 between the hours of 8:00
AM and 5:00 PM Central Standard Time.
Support services
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