Convert a Boonton 55 Series USB Sensor into an Ethernet

Convert a Boonton 55 Series USB Sensor into an Ethernet
Application Note
Convert a Boonton 55 Series USB Sensor into an
Ethernet-Connected Device by Using a Standard
WiFi-USB Sharing Hub
Mazumder Alam
Product Marketing Manager, Boonton Electronics
Boonton’s 55 Series Wideband USB Peak Power sensor can easily be used for remote monitoring within
your local network via a LAN (PoE - Power-over-Ethernet) or WiFi connection by using a standard WiFito-USB sharing device. For network based instrument communications, a LAN or WiFi connection method can be the ideal choice for remote controlled RF power measurements within the same network environment. For a typical remote connection environment, a remote PC can be connected physically to a
USB sensor and easily monitored remotely by other host PCs in different locations. This application note
provides an alternate method to establish a connection with a remote 55 Series USB peak power sensor
device without the requirement of a remote central PC. Once connected in this fashion, the remote sensor can be controlled and monitored by using Boonton’s Peak Power Analyzer software or API installed
in a host PC. For this connection method, it is typically necessary for all remote sensors and local PCs to
be connected to the same local subnet. This connection method is ideal for various remote monitoring
applications, such as EMI/EMC testing, particle accelerators, and satellite systems where sensors need to
be placed at different locations within the same facility, but away from a host PC or Laptop. After connecting multiple sensors to a local network and by using an ordinary LAN/WiFi-to-USB sharing device,
all connected 55 Series USB sensors can be remotely operated and monitored from a central location.
Typical Remote Monitoring via LAN and WLAN
Selecting the Right Accessories and Devices
By using a typical standard Ethernet-based or WiFi-based USB
sharing device, and by installing a small Windows utility software
on a host PC, it is possible to connect remotely and monitor multiple Boonton 55 Series USB sensors if all devices are connected to
the same local subnet. Boonton Peak Power Analyzer software supports simultaneous operations of up to eight USB sensors. Therefore, it is possible to connect remotely to multiple sensors depending upon your USB sharing device’s capability with available USB
ports. Below is a typical remote control scenario for simultaneous
monitoring of multiple USB sensor devices using a standard USB
sharing hub in a local subnet of a LAN environment.
In order to configure a wireless USB sharing device properly with
the Boonton 55 Series USB Peak Power sensor, you will need to
select the following devices and accessories:
An Ethernet/WiFi-To-USB Sharing Device
A Boonton 55 Series USB sensor with USB cable
Installation software for USB sharing station
Installation software of Boonton Peak Power Analyzer Suite
DUT connected to 55 Series sensor
Note: Additional firewall configuration and some network protocol settings
might be required if users wish to connect from outside the local subnet.
Some organization’s firewall policies may not allow operators to change
their network settings.
User #1
Windows PC
WiFi to USB Sharing Device
USB 2.0 Connection
Boonton 55 Series Sensor
User #2
Figure 1. A typical scenario of simultaneous remote monitoring of multiple 55 Series USB power sensors using a WiFi-to-USB sharing device and Boonton
Peak Power Analyzer Software.
Application Note
Convert a Boonton 55 Series USB Sensor into an Ethernet-Connected Device by Using a Standard WiFi-USB Sharing Hub
Configuring a USB Sharing device for
Boonton 55 Series USB Sensor
The following test setup and connection procedure shows how easily one can convert a Boonton 55 Series USB sensor into a LAN or
Wireless connection based measurement device. There are many
USB sharing devices available in the market from different manufacturers. Each device might be different in configurations but
should be similar for general-purpose use. In this example we used
a typical USB Sharing device in a typical corporate network environment using both Ethernet and WLAN connection methods. Note
that an USB sharing hub requires power via an external power supply or PoE from a connected wired switch/router.
Below are two example screenshots for both TCP/IP and wireless
1)Usually a CD comes with any standard USB sharing device to install driver files into a PC. Alternatively you may also download and
install a related driver file from the manufacturer’s website. Follow
manufacturer’s instructions while you are installing the driver.
2)Make sure you already have Boonton Peak Power Analyzer Suite
installed on your PC or tablet. Before you are going to use a WiFi-USB hub, verify that the 55 Series USB Power Sensor functions
correctly with a direct USB connection to your PC.
Figure 2. IP address (DHCP or Static) configuration by using an Ethernet
connection to the USB sharing hub
3)Connect a Boonton 55 Series USB sensor to a USB port on the
wireless USB Sharing Station. You can connect this USB Sharing
device to any router or switch with an Ethernet cable or via WiFi
if supported. Usually a LED turns on indicating that the unit is correctly connected to the network.
4)Some manufacturer’s USB-Sharing devices allow configuration
for both Ethernet and Wireless LAN connection. Usually a configuration option allows users to assign a fixed IP address to the USB
Sharing Station or it can automatically get an IP address via DHCP
(Recommended). Note that some USB sharing utility software
might impose on subnet limitations.
Figure 3. Wireless Settings of USB sharing device on a web based window
In order to verify your wireless connection with the device, you can
unplug the Ethernet cable from the WiFi-USB hub and it will automatically connect to your wireless router. The WAN LED may or may
not start blinking depending upon the model.
Application Note
Convert a Boonton 55 Series USB Sensor into an Ethernet-Connected Device by Using a Standard WiFi-USB Sharing Hub
5)Once you are done with the TCP-IP or wireless configuration,
the Windows based utility software for USB-sharing device will
automatically search for connected USB devices and then will display its status. Figure 4 (right) is an example screenshot of that
utility software showing a 55 Series USB sensor that is detected
and available for remote connection.
6) Now you are ready to connect the attached remote 55 Series USB
sensor to your local PC. From the utility software of the WiFi-USB
hub, click on the device and select the “Connect” icon. Once connected, the sensor will appear on a virtual USB port on your local PC.
(Figure 5)
7)You can also configure multiple USB sensors if your WiFi-USB
hub has several USB ports. It is possible to connect multiple 55
Series sensors by using the utility software and the Boonton Peak
Power Analyzer Suite. All connected USB sensors will be visible
under the “available resources” window of the Boonton Peak
Power Analyzer Suite main application.
Figure 4. Status of a WiFi-USB hub before Boonton USB sensor is selected
and connected
8)Congratulations!! You are now ready to continue RF power
measurement remotely by using Boonton Peak Power Analyzer
Suite and attaching virtual com ports from a standard WiFi-USB
Using a LAN or WiFi connection method, the Boonton 55 Series
USB sensor offers flexibility for remote connectivity over a corporate network by using a standard Ethernet cable with a WiFi-toUSB sharing device. The USB power sensor can conveniently be
controlled and monitored from a host PC running Boonton Peak
Power Analyzer Suite within the same network environment. The
use of a standard USB sharing hub is the ideal approach for remotely controlling USB devices over a local Ethernet connection
or WLAN network environment without the necessity of a remote
central PC.
Figure 5. Status of the utility software once USB sensor remote connection
is established
Related Products
[1] Boonton 55 Series Peak Power Sensors
[2] Resource Library (App Notes/White Papers)
[3] Real-Time Power Processing Techniques
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