Connecting an EDS or ENS System to MCPS through an Ethernet

Connecting an EDS or ENS System to MCPS through an Ethernet
Connecting an EDS or ENS System to MCPS
through an Ethernet Network
This document describes how to connect an EDS III, EDS IV, or ENS System to MCPS through an Ethernet
Network. It then presents scenarios on how the combination may be used and how it may react in various configured situations.
Introduction
Melco EDS III, EDS IV, and ENS software packages are used to send designs and monitor the operation of sewing
peripherals in a Melco embroidery system. MCPS (Melco Control Panel Software) is the program that controls the
operation of Melco 6 and 12 head embroidery machines. An Ethernet network connection is required to establish
communications between the EDS III / IV or ENS system and MCPS. When MCPS is configured to communicate
over the Ethernet network it will appear in the EDS III / IV or ENS system as a sewing peripheral.
There are several methods for transferring a design file from the EDS system and the MCPS system.
* Save or copy the file to a floppy diskette and carry it to the computer on the multi-head machine. MCPS can
then load the file from the diskette.
* The design can be sent to the machine by way of the EDS III / IV or ENS send / transfer designs functions.
With this method the design is sent directly from the EDS III / IV or ENS system to the MCPS system. The
design will be saved on the MCPS computer and loaded if the "Load network designs" option is enabled.
* Set up a Windows network Workgroup and share the drives between the computers. The EDS system can
then save the design locally or into the remote drive in the MCPS compute and the MCPS system can be used
to load the design from any drive available in it's File Open dialog box.
Ethernet Hardware Installations
Refer to the following six steps and install the Ethernet hardware into both the EDS computer and the machine
computer as described.
Insert your Microsoft® Windows®
95/98 CD-ROM into the CD-ROM drive
of your computer.
1
Once the CD has been inserted, shut down
Windows and turn the power off.
2
Remove the computer case; if you purchased
your computer from Melco, remove the 4
screws shown at right. Once the screws are
removed, the case will slide back and off.
If you did not purchase your computer from Melco,
refer to the documentation that shipped with your
computer to remove the case.
Set the screws and the case aside.
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ISA or PCI?
Depending upon which kit you ordered, you
will be provided either an ISA Ethernet card
or a PCI Ethernet card. These cards are wired differently and must be plugged into either an ISA or
a PCI slot on your motherboard.
• PCI slots contain many more pins than
ISA slots.
• PCI slots are set further from the rear
of the computer than ISA slots.
After you determine what type of card you have,
you can install it.
PCI
• PCI slots have a “key” to prevent ISA
cards from being accidentally inserted.
ISA
4
Remove the Grounding Screw for the slot where you will
install the Ethernet card, then remove the Cover Plate.
Install the Ethernet card in the slot (be sure it is inserted all the
way into the slot). Make a note of which slot you have selected.
Grounding Screw
Cover Plate
Use the Grounding Screw to secure the card, then replace the
computer cover.
5
Connect one end of the cable to the port on the Ethernet
card (in the computer).
Note: If you plug the cable into the modem port accidentally.
the Ethernet network will not function until you plug it
into the proper port.
Connect the other end of the cable to port #1 on the hub.
Using the cable that was provided with your peripheral, connect
the peripheral to the hub (you can use any other port on the
hub EXCEPT the daisy chain port).
6
Connect the power cable (provided with the
hub) to a power source. Plug the power cable
into the hub.
After the power has been connected to the hub,
turn on your computer, and turn this sheet over to
continue installation.
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Ethernet Software Installations
As described in nine following steps, install the Ethernet software into both the EDS computer and the machine
computer.
1
Turn the power ON to your computer. Windows 95/98 will begin to open (since you should have already
inserted the Windows 95/98 CD in Step 1 of the Hardware Installation portion of this procedure).
Immediately after Windows 95/98 begins to open, insert the SMC driver disk (with the Melco label)
that came with the Melco Ethernet kit and follow the on-screen instructions.
If a dialog box appears asking for Computer and Workgroup names, Click OK. You may enter whatever
you wish in these fields; you must enter a name in both the Computer and Workgroup names, but you
may leave the description field blank. After you have entered the information, click Close.
2
If you are not asked for Computer or Workgroup names, it is simply because you have a newer revision of
Windows 95/98.
When Windows 95/98 prompts you to restart the computer, answer Yes.
As Windows restarts, the Microsoft Networking dialog box will appear. This dialog box prompts you to
enter a user name and password. Click on the Cancel button, as no information should be entered at
this time.
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When Windows 95/98 has finished opening, you must change the network properties;
®Settings®
®Control Panel to display the control panel.
click on Start®
Double-click on the Network icon.
When the Network dialog box appears, click on
the down arrow under Primary Network Logon.
Select Windows Logon.
Next, highlight the IPX/SPX compatible Protocol by
clicking on it one time with the left mouse button.
Then, click on the Properties button.
Select the Advanced tab (along the
top of the dialog box).
Under Property, highlight “Frame Type.”
Under Value, select “Ethernet 802.3.”
Click OK.
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The Network dialog box will re-appear; click OK.
Windows 95/98 will ask you if you want to restart
in order for your changes to take effect; click Yes.
When Windows restarts, it will ask you to enter a user name and password. Enter your name but leave
the password blank. Click OK when you have entered the information.
Note: If you enter a password here, be sure to write it down; Windows 95/98 will ask you for this
password every time you start the computer.
Your Ethernet cards are now properly configured and ready for use!
System Configurations
1. Refer to the EDS user manual to configure the EDS software according to your desires.
2. Double click on the MCPS Config in the machine computer screen to open the Configuration dialog box.
3. To set up MCPS in the computer machine to be able to communicate with the EDS computer through the
Ethernet network, click the box to enable the Ethernet box and give the machine a name in the name box.
Various Scenarios for using the EDS/ENS & MCPS Ethernet Combinations
In the MCPS main screen at the machine computer, click the Security button and notice the 'Queue Network
Designs' checkbox.
1. If the Queue Network Designs checkbox is NOT checked the following situation(s) will be present:
- When a design is sent from the EDS computer to the machine computer, the design will be saved under the
sent name in the directory on the hard drive of the machine computer that contains the MCPS program
(mcps.exe).
2. If the Queue Network Designs checkbox IS checked the following situations will be present:
- When a design is sent from the EDS computer to the machine computer, the design will be saved under the
sent name in the directory on the hard drive of the machine computer that contains the MCPS program
(mcps.exe).
ALSO
- If NO design is loaded on the MCPS screen, the design sent from the EDS computer will automatically be
loaded.
- If a design IS ALREADY loaded on the MCPS screen and has NOT been embroidered yet (the Load and Import
buttons are 'grayed') the design sent from the EDS computer will NOT be automatically loaded.
- If a design IS ALREADY loaded on the MCPS screen and HAS been embroidered already (the Load and Import
buttons are 'blackened') the design sent from the EDS computer will automatically be loaded (replacing the
existing design that had been loaded and embroidered).
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