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Novatel NovAtel Connect User Guide
NovAtel Connect
User Guide
GM-14915150
October 2018
NovAtel Connect 2.3
NovAtel Connect User Guide
Publication Number: GM-14915150
Revision Level: 2
Revision Date: October 2018
NovAtel Connect Version: 2.3
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Table of Contents
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Chapter 1 New in NovAtel Connect
1.1
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Connections
Status, Configuration and Window Sizing
Interference Toolkit (ITK)
Tile Resizing and Movement
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Chapter 2 Install NovAtel Connect
Chapter 3 Launch NovAtel Connect
Chapter 4 Connection Manager
4.1 Open the Connection Manager
4.2 Close the Connection Manager
4.3 Connection Manager Tiles
4.3.1 Connection Types
4.3.2 Connection Settings
4.4 New Connection Window
4.4.1 Tile Color Code
4.4.2 Create a Serial Connection
4.4.3 Create a USB Connection
4.4.4 Create Multiple Connections
4.4.5 Create a Network Connection
4.5 History Connection Window
4.5.1 Tile Color Code
4.5.2 Open a Connection
4.5.3 Open Multiple Connections
4.5.4 Change the Connection Settings
4.5.5 Delete a Connection
4.5.6 Delete All Connections
4.6 Global Batch File
4.6.1 Creating a Batch File
4.6.2 Batch File Examples
4.7 Connection Menu
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Chapter 5 Connection Window Overview
5.1 Status and Configuration Buttons
5.2 Display Receiver Data
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Minimize, Restore Down and Close Buttons
Connections Bar
View Menu
Tools Buttons
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Chapter 6 Status Tiles
6.1 Constellation Tile
6.1.1 Mask Angle Details
6.1.2 Satellite Color Codes
6.2 Position Tile
6.2.1 Position Information
6.3 Position Confidence Tile
6.4 Advanced Status Tile
6.5 Signal Status Tiles
6.5.1 Graph Details
6.6 Interference Toolkit
6.6.1 Changing the Signals Displayed
6.6.2 Zoom In and Out
6.6.3 Saving a Signal Plot
6.6.4 Display Cursors
6.6.5 Settings
6.6.6 Waterfall Plot
6.6.7 Remove Interference Signals
6.7 ALIGN Status Tile
6.7.1 ALIGN Information
6.8 INS Position Tile
6.9 SPAN INS Dial
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Chapter 7 Playback Files
7.1 Playback Controls
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Chapter 8 Configuration Tiles
8.1 Position Mode Configuration
8.1.1 RTK
8.1.2 TerraStar
8.1.3 PSRDIFF
8.1.4 SBAS
8.2 SPAN Configuration
8.2.1 SPAN Configuration Wizard
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Configuration Options
8.3 Port Configuration
8.3.1 Configure the Serial Port Parameters
8.3.2 Configure the Port Interface Mode
8.3.3 Configure the ICOM Ports
8.4 ALIGN Configuration
8.4.1 Configure the ALIGN Master Receiver
8.4.2 Configure the ALIGN Rover Receiver
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Chapter 9 Console Window
9.1 Auto Scroll Lock
9.2 Import
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9.3 Save Incoming Data to File
9.4 Export
9.5 Clear
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Chapter 10 Logging Control Window
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Add Logs
Remove a Log
Modify the Logging Parameters
Recording
Change the Log File Settings
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Chapter 11 Event History Window
11.1 New Event History File
11.1.1 Clear Event History
11.2 Filter the Display Event History
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Chapter 12 Firmware Update
12.1 Update Firmware
12.2 Update the Auth Code
12.3 Update the Web UI Content
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Chapter 1 New in NovAtel Connect
1.1 Connections
New and past connections (History) appear side-by-side in the Connection Manager.
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Desired Connection(s) can be selected for opening.
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Multiple receivers can be connected simultaneously.
1.2 Status, Configuration and Window Sizing
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Each Connection Window can be independently resized.
Status Screen: Contains tiles primarily for viewing the data output from the receiver
in organized graphical/text format.
Configuration Screen: Contains tiles to view configuration status. The full view of
each tile is used to configure the respective feature.
Utilities: Has console, data logging, event status history, and firmware update tools
which can be opened over the Status and Configuration screens.
1.3 Interference Toolkit (ITK)
Only OEM7 receivers have access to the ITK tile. Only interference mitigation
models support the application of signal filters, attributed by an 'E' as the 9th
character in the receiver model; however, all OEM7 models support the
observing of the Wideband and Passband signals.
The ITK feature is used to detect and mitigate interference on GNSS Signals. Refer to
"Interference Toolkit" on page 42 for details.
1.4 Tile Resizing and Movement
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proportional to the size of the tile.
Tiles can be moved to any location in the Connection Window. Other tiles are adjusted
accordingly as per the movement.
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Chapter 2 Install NovAtel Connect
The latest NovAtel Connect software is available from the NovAtel web page. To install
NovAtel Connect:
1. Download the installation file from the NovAtel web page: www.novatel.com/novatelconnect.
2. Once downloaded, open the NovAtelConnect_Setup file to start the installation wizard.
3. Follow the wizard to install NovAtel Connect.
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Chapter 3 Launch NovAtel Connect
When NovAtel Connect is installed, a NovAtel Connect icon is added to the desktop and
the Windows Start menu (NovAtel Inc\Connect).
To launch NovAtel Connect, click the NovAtel Connect
icon.
The Connection Manager window displays by default when NovAtel Connect is opened.
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Chapter 4 Connection Manager
The Connection Manager window is used to:
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Create new serial connections to receivers connected to the NovAtel Connect computer
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Create new USB connections to receivers connected to the NovAtel Connect computer
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Create new network connections for receivers on the network
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View connections that were previously created (History)
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Change the connection settings of serial and network connections
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Establish a connection to a receiver shown in the New Connection or History Connection windows
View the status of the available connections
4.1 Open the Connection Manager
When NovAtel Connect is launched, the Connection Manager window is automatically opened.
To open the Connection Manager window:
1. Click the Connection menu on the NovAtel Connect main window.
2. Click New.
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4.2 Close the Connection Manager
The Connection Manager window is automatically closed when a connection to a receiver
is made.
To close the Connection Manager window without starting a connection, click the X button
in the top right corner of the Connection Manager window.
4.3 Connection Manager Tiles
Connection tiles are representations of available/created connections.
4.3.1 Connection Types
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A Serial tile represents a connection to a receiver using one of the serial COM ports
on the receiver. The receiver must be connected to a serial communication port (RS232) on the NovAtel Connect computer to use this type of connection.
USB
A USB tile represents a connection to a receiver using the USB port on the receiver.
The receiver must be connected to a USB port on the NovAtel Connect computer to
use this type of connection. Also, USB tiles do not appear in the New Connection window until a receiver is connected to the NovAtel Connect computer using a USB cable.
Network
A Network tile represents a connection to a receiver accessible through a network to
the NovAtel Connect computer.
4.3.2 Connection Settings
The settings button (
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on the settings button shows the settings that can be modified for that connection.
Serial Connection Settings
On Serial connections, the following settings can be changed
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Selects the baud rate used to communicate with the receiver.
When the AUTO setting (default) is used, NovAtel Connect automatically establishes a
connection at the highest available baud rate.
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Enables or disables Passive mode.
Passive mode is used to avoid disruptions to logging or port configurations.
If Passive is selected, NovAtel Connect attempts to communicate with the receiver at
the specified baud rate. The baud rate selected must match the baud rate configured
on the receiver COM port. AUTO can not be used when Passive is selected.
If Passive is not selected, signal breaks are sent over the COM port and the receiver
is configured to communicate at the specified baud rate.
If Passive is not selected, all previously requested logs on that port will
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Enables or disables hardware handshaking.
Hardware Handshaking is a protocol that uses hardware signals to control data flow.
Network Connection Settings
For Network connections, the settings button is available only on Network tiles in the History Connection window.
From the Network tile settings button, the network protocol can be set to TCP or UDP.
Other network settings can be configured only when creating a new Network connection.
For information about creating a new Network connection, see the "Create a Network
Connection" on page 15.
Settings for connections on the History Connection window are preserved within
and across the different sessions of NovAtel Connect.
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4.4 New Connection Window
The New Connection window, on the left hand side of the Connection Manager window,
displays tiles of connections that are available for opening. All detected Serial (COM)
ports on the computer are automatically displayed in this window. USB port tiles are
added to the New Connection window when a receiver is connected to the computer using
a USB cable.
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4.4.1 Tile Color Code
The tiles in the New Connection window are color coded to indicate the status of the connection.
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Port status is unknown or not applicable.
Green
A receiver is connected to the port and powered on.
Red
An error has been detected.
4.4.2 Create a Serial Connection
A receiver must be connected to the NovAtel Connect computer through a serial port to
use a Serial connection.
1. Click the settings button (
Serial connection.
) and set the communication parameters to use for this
See "Serial Connection Settings" on page 11 for information about the Serial connection settings.
2. Double click the Serial tile.
NovAtel Connect closes the Connection Manager window and starts a connection to the
receiver. When the connection is complete, the main window displays.
4.4.3 Create a USB Connection
A receiver must be connected to the NovAtel Connect computer through a USB port to
use a USB connection. Three USB tiles are added to the Connection Manager window for
each USB connection between the computer and a receiver.
1. Double click the USB tile.
NovAtel Connect starts a connection to the receiver. When the connection is complete,
the main window displays.
4.4.4 Create Multiple Connections
1. Move the cursor over the connection tile. A checkbox appears in the top left corner of
the tile.
2. Click the connection tile to select the checkbox.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each connection in the New Connection window you want to
create.
4. Click the Connect button.
NovAtel Connect closes the Connection Manager window and starts a connection to each
of the selected receivers. When the connections are complete, a main window displays
for each receiver connection.
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4.4.5 Create a Network Connection
1. Click the Add Network Connection tile.
The Network Connection dialog box appears.
2. Enter the IP address of the receiver in the IP Address text box.
3. Enter the Ethernet port used to connect to the receiver in Port text box.
The default ports are 3001 to 3007.
4. Select the network protocol (TCP or UCP) to use.
TCP is the default for ICOM ports.
5. Click the Connect button.
NovAtel Connect closes the Network Connection dialog box and the Connection Manager
window and starts a connection to the receiver. When the connection is complete, the
main window displays.
4.5 History Connection Window
The History Connection window, on the right hand side of the Connection Manager window, displays tiles of connections that were previously opened.
The list of history connections are preserved within and across sessions of NovAtel Connect until the connection is deleted.
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4.5.1 Tile Color Code
The tiles in the History Connection window are color coded to indicate the status of the
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A previous connection.
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A previous connection that NovAtel Connect knows is available.
Red
A previous connection that NovAtel Connect knows is not available (USB only).
Yellow Dot
Indicates an active connection.
4.5.2 Open a Connection
Connections in the History Connection window are made using the parameters set when
the connection was last made.
1. Double click the connection tile.
NovAtel Connect closes the Connection Manager window and starts a connection to the
receiver. When the connection is complete, the main window displays.
4.5.3 Open Multiple Connections
1. Move the cursor over the connection tile. A checkbox appears in the top left corner of
the tile.
2. Click the connection tile to select the checkbox.
3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 for each connection in the History Connection window you want
to open.
4. Click the Connect button.
NovAtel Connect closes the Connection Manager window and starts a connection to each
of the selected receivers. When the connections are complete, a main window displays
for each receiver connection.
4.5.4 Change the Connection Settings
The connection settings for a serial connection and some of the settings for a network
connection can be changed on the History Connection window.
1. Move the cursor over the connection tile. A settings icon appears in the tile.
2. Click the settings icon (
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A pop up appears with the settings available to change.
3. Change the settings as necessary.
For a Network connection, the Protocol can be changed.
For a Serial connection, the Baud Rate can be changed and the Passive and Hardware
handshake options can be enabled or disabled.
4. Click outside of the pop up to close it.
The new settings will be used the next time this connection is started from the History
Connection window.
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4.5.5 Delete a Connection
1. Move the cursor over the connection tile. A delete icon appears on the right side of
the tile.
2. Click the Delete icon (
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Active connections, indicated with a yellow dot, cannot be deleted from the History Connection window.
4.5.6 Delete All Connections
1. Click the Delete icon (
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All non-active connections are deleted from the History Connection window.
4.6 Global Batch File
The Global Batch File option allows you to specify a file that contains a set of commands
for common configurations. The contents of this file is sent to all connections when they
are first established.
The Global Batch File controls are in the title bar of the Connection Manager window.
To select a Global Batch File:
1. Click the Import button.
The Select File dialog box opens.
2. Locate and select the batch file and then click the Open button.
The selected file name is displayed beside Global Batch File.
To use the Global Batch File, the Run Global Batch File checkbox must be selected. If
the Run Global Batch File checkbox is cleared, the selected batch file is not run when
the connection is opened.
To remove a batch file, click the red X next to the file name.
An imported file is not preserved when NovAtel Connect is closed.
4.6.1 Creating a Batch File
A batch file is a text file that contains a set of NovAtel receiver commands. When a connection to a receiver is made, NovAtel Connect will send all of the commands in the batch
file to the receiver. The commands are sent sequentially in the order they appear in the
batch file.
To create a batch file:
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1. Create an empty file in any plain text editor.
2. Enter the commands in the order in which NovAtel Connect should send the files to
the receiver.
For information about the NovAtel receivers commands, refer to the following.
For OEM7 receivers, refer to the NovAtel OEM7 Documentation Portal
docs.novatel.com/OEM7.
For OEM6 receivers, go to www.novatel.com/support/search/items/Manual and download a PDF file of the
OEM6 Family Firmware Reference Manual (OM-20000129).
3. Save the file as a plain text file.
4.6.2 Batch File Examples
Batch files can contain any valid NovAtel command. The batch files below are examples
only.
Example 1:
Example 1 shows a batch file for configuring a receiver as an RTCMv3 rover:
SERIALCONFIG com2 9600 n 8 1 n off
INTERFACEMODE com2 rtcmv3 none off
RTKSOURCE rtcmv3 any
LOG com1 versiona once
LOG com1 bestposb ontime 1
LOG com1 bestvelb ontime 1
LOG com1 rangeb ontime 1
LOG com1 rawephemb onchanged
LOG com1 glorawephemb onchanged
Example 2:
Example 2 shows a batch file that starts logging a set of logs recommended by NovAtel
Customer Support for troubleshooting purposes.
LOG com1 rxstatusa once
LOG com1 rawephema onchanged
LOG com1 rangea ontime 1
LOG com1 bestposa ontime 1
LOG com1 rxconfiga once
LOG com1 versiona once
LOG com1 gloephemerisa onchanged
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4.7 Connection Menu
The Connection menu provides the following options:
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Opens the Connection Manager window.
Open Playback
Opens a new playback file. See Playback Files on page 61.
Close
Closes the connection or playback file that is currently being viewed on the main window.
Close All
Closes all open connections and playback files.
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Chapter 5 Connection Window Overview
After opening a connection from the Connection Manager window, a Connection window
opens. The Connection window displays several tiles that provide information about the
connected receiver or playback file. If multiple connections are opened, there is a Connection window for each established connection.
Within the Connection window are a variety of tiles. These tiles provide information
about the connected receiver or information stored in the playback file. The number and
type of tiles shown depends on the receiver model.
Hover over any of the tiles to show the display options for the tile.
Changes the tile to a small tile.
Changes the tile to a medium sized tile.
Changes the tile to a full size tile.
Opens the window associated with the tile
Removes the tile from Connection window. To display the tile again, click the
Add Tile button at the bottom right of the Connection window and select the tile
name from the menu.
5.1 Status and Configuration Buttons
The Status and Configuration buttons are at the top of the Connection window. Use the
Status and Configuration buttons to select the type of tiles shown on the Connection window.
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When the Status button is selected, the Connection window shows the Status
tiles for the connection. For information about Status tiles, refer to "Status
Tiles" on page 26.
When the Configuration button is selected, the Connection window shows the
Configuration tiles for the connection. For information about Configuration tiles,
refer to "Configuration Tiles" on page 63.
5.2 Display Receiver Data
Click the Receiver Info button to display information about the receiver such as version
numbers and features enabled.
Click the COPY button to copy a VERSION log for this receiver into your computer's clip
board. This log can then be pasted into any text editor. The VERSION log contains additional version information about the receiver
Click the Receiver Info button again to hide the receiver information.
5.3 Minimize, Restore Down and Close Buttons
The top right of Connection window has the following buttons.
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Click this button to minimize the current Connection window. To view this Connection
window again, click the connection in Connections bar at the bottom of the main window.
Maximize ( )
Click this button to maximize the Connection window. Click this button again to return
to the original Connection window size.
Close ( )
Click this button to close the Connection window.
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5.4 Connections Bar
The Connections bar, at the bottom of the main window, shows the connections and playback files open in NovAtel Connect. Each connection or playback file is represented as a
button on the Connections bar.
The buttons in the Connections bar are color coded to indicate the status of the connection.
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Blue indicates the active connection.
White
Indicates an open connection, but not the active connection.
Red
Indicates a failed or lost connection.
The connection or playback file open in the Connection window is highlighted in blue. To
view a different connection or playback file, click the button for the connection or playback file to view.
5.5 View Menu
When multiple connections are open, the View menu is used to organize the open Connection windows. Click the View menu and select one of the following options.
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The open Connection windows are resized and arranged so that all connections are
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Cascade
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The open Connection windows are stacked with the active Connection window on top.
5.6 Tools Buttons
At the bottom of the Connection window are the Tools buttons. The Tools buttons provide
access to additional features and information available in NovAtel Connect.
Opens the Console window for viewing logs and issuing commands. For
information about using the Console window, refer to "Console Window" on
page 83.
Opens the Logging Control window for recording logs. For information about
using the Logging Control window, refer to "Logging Control Window" on
page 86.
Opens the Event History window to display and track events. For information
about the Event History window, refer to "Event History Window" on
page 90.
Opens the Update window to update the firmware on the receiver. For
information about using the Update window, refer to "Firmware Update" on
page 92.
Using the Console window as an example, click the Console button. The Console window
opens and appears over the Status tiles. Use the slider at the top of the Console window
(hover until cursor changes) to slide the Console window up or down and change the window size.
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Chapter 6 Status Tiles
The Status tiles display information about the open connection or playback file. Each type
of Status tile provides a different selection of information. The following topics provide
detailed information about the available Status tiles.
6.1 Constellation Tile
The Constellation tile displays each satellite the receiver is tracking. Concentric circles
from 0° to 90° represent elevations from the horizon to directly overhead. The azimuth is
mapped on a compass relative to true North.
Click
to open the Constellation full size tile.
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Double click the Constellation tile or click
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The satellites being tracked are represented with the following icons according to their
satellite system:
The color of the icon indicates the status of satellite. For more details on the color code
for the satellite channel, see "Satellite Color Codes" on the next page. In addition, the signal strength appears as a color-coded bar below the satellite icon on the Constellation
window and full size tile.
The PRN of the satellite tracked appears on the Satellite icon on the Constellation window
and full size till.
The PRN, System, Azimuth (AZ), Elevation (ELEV), Status and the Signals being tracked
can also be view on the Constellation window and full size tile. To view this information
on the Constellation window, click on the Satellite icon. To view this information on the
Constellation full size tile, hover the mouse pointer over the Satellite icon.
6.1.1 Mask Angle Details
The mask angles are shown as colored rings on the Constellation window and full size
tile. Satellites below the mask angle are not tracked.
Details about the elevation mask angles are shown at the bottom of the Constellation window.
The elevation mask angles can be adjusted for the various satellite systems by either
adjusting the colored slider associated with the satellite system, clicking the up and down
arrows beside the cutoff angle indicator or entering a mask angle value in the input box.
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On the Constellation full size tile, the mask angles can be viewed and adjusted from the
drop menus at the bottom of the tile. To view a mask angle, click the Constellation drop
menu and select the constellation. The elevation mask angles can be adjusted by either
clicking the up and down arrows beside the cutoff angle indicator or entering a mask
angle value in the input box.
6.1.2 Satellite Color Codes
The status of the channels being used and the satellites being tracked is shown by colorcoding in the Constellation window.
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Color Code Description
Dark Gray
The channel is idle.
Black
The channel is searching for a satellite or there is an unknown
error.
Magenta
The channel is in wide frequency band pull-in state.
Red
The channel is in frequency lock loop or narrow frequency
band pull-in state or the channel is locked to a satellite but the
ephemeris data indicates the satellite is unhealthy.
Blue
The channel is in alignment mode or the channel is locked to a
satellite but the ephemeris data is old (not updated within the
last 3 hours) or the channel is locked to a satellite but
ephemeris data for the satellite has not yet been received.
Dark Green
The channel is locked to a satellite and the observations are
good.
Light Green
The channel is attempting to re-aquire the satellite.
Green Yellow
The channel is attempting a fast re-aquisition or steering or
the channel is locked to a satellite but no compatible
ionospheric or differential correction is available for the
satellite.
Yellow
The channel is locked to a satellite but there was an anomaly
during computation of the satellite's position.
Cyan
The channel is locked to a satellite but an error has occurred.
Possible errors include a satellite coordinate error, an
elevation error due to the satellite being below the cut off
angle, large misclosure due to an excessive gap between the
estimated and actual positions or an invalid IODE (Issue of
Data Ephemeris).
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Light Gray
The channel is locked to a satellite but the satellite has been
locked out by the user.
Orange
The channel is locked to a satellite but there is no observation.
6.2 Position Tile
The Position tile displays position and time information.
Click
to open the Position full size tile.
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Double click the Position tile or click
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6.2.1 Position Information
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For details about the information provided on this window, refer to the
BESTPOS log in the documentation.
For OEM7 receivers, refer to the NovAtel OEM7 Documentation Portal docs.novatel.com/OEM7.
For OEM6 receivers, go to www.novatel.com/support/search/items/Manual and
download a PDF file of the OEM6 Family Firmware Reference Manual (OM20000129).
6.3 Position Confidence Tile
The Position Confidence tile displays all DOP (Dilution of Precision) values in graphical
and text format.
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The color of the Position Confidence tile indicates the status of PDOP.
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Click
to open the Position Confidence full tile.
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Double click the Position Confidence tile or click
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For details about the information provided on this window, refer to the PSRDOP
log in the documentation.
For OEM7 receivers, refer to the NovAtel OEM7 Documentation Portal docs.novatel.com/OEM7.
For OEM6 receivers, go to www.novatel.com/support/search/items/Manual and
download a PDF file of the OEM6 Family Firmware Reference Manual (OM20000129).
6.4 Advanced Status Tile
The Advanced Status tile displays the status and value for various receiver parameters.
This data is updated in real time. There are more parameters available than can be
shown on a single tile. Click on « or » to cycle through the various parameters being
monitored.
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Any parameter with a warning status is highlighted in red.
Click
to open Advanced Status full size tile.
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The list of parameters shown on the Advanced Status tile and window can be changed.
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To remove a parameter from the window, click the red X next to the parameter.
To add a parameter to the window, click the + Add Parameter button and select the
parameter from the menu.
The list of parameters can be sorted by selecting a parameter and dragging it into position.
A sorted list returns to the default order when the connection to the receiver is
closed.
6.5 Signal Status Tiles
The Signal Status tiles display tracking information for the GNSS signals available to the
receiver.
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NovAtel Connect displays one Signal Status tile for each GNSS constellation that the
receiver is capable of tracking. The GNSS constellations available vary based on the
receiver model.
Tracking information about the signals is displayed on several tabs:
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The color of the tile indicates if signals from that constellation are used in the solution:
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Double click a Signal Status tile, or click
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Carrier to noise density ratio (dB-Hz) values are displayed in this window. These values
indicate the strength of the signal.
Pseudorange (km) values are displayed in this window. These values indicate the distance to the Satellite from the Antenna.
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Doppler values are displayed in this window.
Pseudorange residual values are displayed in this window.
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Lock Time values are displayed in this window. The lock time indicates the time the
receiver has continuously tracked the signal.
6.5.1 Graph Details
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For details about the information provided on this window, refer to the
TRACKSTAT log in the documentation.
For OEM7 receivers, refer to the NovAtel OEM7 Documentation Portal docs.novatel.com/OEM7.
For OEM6 receivers, go to www.novatel.com/support/search/items/Manual and
download a PDF file of the OEM6 Family Firmware Reference Manual (OM20000129).
6.6 Interference Toolkit
The Interference Toolkit (ITK) monitors, quantifies and mitigates interference sources to
prevent interference from impacting receiver performance.
Use the Interference Toolkit to monitor the Radio Frequency (RF) spectrum in a range of
frequencies around the GNSS signals that are being received by the OEM7 receiver. By
plotting the information obtained, it can be determined if there is an interference signal
within the GNSS signal band.
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Auto-detect functionality applies to in-band interference only. It does not detect
out-of-band interference.
On the Interference Toolkit tile, click on a frequency band tab to view the interference
status of the different signals.
The tile displays:
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Click
to open the Interference Toolkit full size tile.
Double click the tile, or click
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The Interference Toolkit window and full size tile are synchronized. Changes to settings
and signals viewed on the window are also made on the full size tile and vice versa.
6.6.1 Changing the Signals Displayed
When first opened, the Interference Toolkit displays the wide band plot for the L1 frequency band. To view other wide band plots, click one of the frequency band tabs (e.g.
L2) at the top of the window.
To view the pass band for a constellation, click the button for that constellation (e.g.
GPS). The button for the constellation is highlighted to indicate the pass band being
viewed.
To return to the wide band plot, click the highlighted constellation button.
The available pass band and wide band plots are:
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L2 – GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, QZSS
L5 – GPS, Galileo, QZSS
L-Band – LBAND
Hover over any point on a signal to display the frequency and power for that specific location in the signal.
6.6.2 Zoom In and Out
Use the buttons on the right side of the signal plot to zoom the display in and out.
Click to zoom in on the signal plot.
Click to zoom out.
Click to return to the default zoom level.
To zoom in on a specific portion of the signal plot, click and drag to highlight a portion of
the signal. When the mouse button is released, the zoom level changes to show the portion of the signal highlighted.
Click
to return to the default zoom level.
6.6.3 Saving a Signal Plot
To save a copy of the signal plot image currently being viewed, including zoom level,
click the
button.
The saved signal plot can be viewed using any graphic viewing or editing software.
6.6.4 Display Cursors
The signal plot has two vertical cursors. One is green and the other is red. These cursors
are used to identify the frequency of a location on the signal plot. The current location of
the cursors are shown in the text boxes in Cursors box.
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To identify the frequency of a location on the plot, move the cursor to the location. The
frequency of the location, in MHz, is shown in the text box for that cursor. Move the
cursor by clicking the cursor and dragging it to the location of interest or use the up and
down next to the text box. If a value is entered into the text box, the cursor will move to
that location.
The cursors can be removed from the display by clicking the red X next to the cursor text
box. If a cursor has been removed, it can be added back by clicking the Add Cursor button.
6.6.5 Settings
The parameters in the Settings panel configure the spectral analysis used to generate the
signal plot.
PSD Updates Interval
The spectrum update rate.
FFT Size
The frequency resolution of the spectrum.
Time Averaging
Time averaging window.
Sub-Carrier Averaging Sliding window average over a number of FFT samples.
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Refer to the ITSPECTRALANALYSIS command for more information about these parameters.
If the update rate settings of the plot are set too high, the receiver or Connect
may become unresponsive.
6.6.6 Waterfall Plot
Click the Show Waterfall Plot button to display the waterfall plot for the current signal
plot.
The waterfall plot shows a brief history of the signal plot. Hover the mouse pointer over
any spot on the waterfall plot to display the frequency and power for that spot.
6.6.7 Remove Interference Signals
If an interference signal is present, the Interference Toolkit can reduce or eliminate the
impact on GNSS tracking using the programmable High Dynamic Range (HDR), band
pass filters or notch filters.
The feature to remove interference signals is model controlled. Contact
www.novatel.com/where-to-buy/sales-offices to obtain full mitigation functionality.
High Dynamic Range (HDR) Mode
The High Dynamic Range (HDR) mode enables special signal processing to remove distortions from the spectrum, providing a cleaner signal. This optimizes the Automatic Gain
Control (AGC) to prevent interfering signals from drowning out the GNSS signals. HDR
mode works well against wide band and out-of-band interferers. HDR mode can be combined with bandpass and notch filters but does draw more power.
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Simply slide the HDR slide right or left to adjust.
HDR mode off
HDR mode on
Band Pass Filter
The Interference Toolkit band pass filter reduces the signal power of all incoming signals
at the upper and lower end of the GNSS signal band starting at the requested cut-off frequency. This type of filter is good for reducing single or multiple interference signals at
the edges of the signal band.
When a band pass filter is applied to this signal, the upper and lower ends of the signal
band are filtered out to reduce the signal power of the interference signal.
To configure a band pass filter:
1. Click the tab of the frequency band (L1, L2, L5 or L-Band) that requires a filter.
2. Click the Add filter button. The Apply Filter window appears.
3. Click the Band pass Filter option.
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4. Click the ID drop menu and select an ID for this filter.
5. Click the Frequency drop menu and select the GNSS signal to which the filter will be
applied.
The frequency bar at the top of the Apply Filter window changes to the show the frequency range of the selected signal.
6. Enter the cut-off frequency for the filter in the Cut-Off Frequency text box.
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For the example shown above, the value must be between 1563.75 and
1586.25 MHz.
The selected frequency can not be within the central frequencies, represented by the blue bar. In this example, the frequency cannot be between
1572.5 and 1577.5 Mhz.
Two band pass filters are added which are equal distance from the center frequency. The configured filter is represent by red bars at the upper and lower
end of the frequency band.
7. Click the Apply button. The Interference Toolkit window appears with the post
filtered signal shown on top of signal plot.
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The post filtered signal can also be viewed on the Passband signal plot by clicking the one
of the constellation buttons. Note that when viewing the passband signal plot, the post
filtered signal will only be shown if the filtered signal falls within the passband selected.
The Interference Toolkit updates either the post-filtered signal or the wideband/passband
signal, not both. The two buttons at the top right of the signal plot represent the two signals being displayed. The button highlighted in blue is the signal currently being
refreshed. To change the signal that is being refreshed, click the button for the signal.
Notch Filter
The Interference Toolkit notch filter reduces the signal power in a narrow frequency
band. This type of filter is useful for reducing the signal power of a single, narrow band
interference signal. Note that the narrowest possible filter should be used to maintain the
maximum amount of overall signal power.
To configure a notch filter:
1. Click the tab of the frequency band (L1, L2, L5 or L-Band) that requires a filter.
2. Click the Add filter button. The Apply Filter window appears.
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3. Click the ID drop menu and select an ID for this filter.
4. Click the Signal frequency drop menu and select the GNSS signal to which the filter
will be applied.
The frequency bar at the top of the Apply Filter window changes to the show the frequency range of the selected signal.
5. Enter the center frequency for the filter in the Center Frequency text box.
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For the example shown above, the value must be between 1563 and 1587
MHz.
The selected frequency can not be within the central frequencies, represented by the blue bar. In this example, the frequency cannot be between
1574 and 1576 Mhz.
The configured filter is represent by red bars at the upper and lower end of
the frequency band.
6. Click the Band width drop menu and select the band width for the notch filter.
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Two notch filters are added which are equal distance from the center frequency. The configured filter is represented by red bars on the frequency
band.
7. Click the Apply button. The Interference Toolkit window appears with the post
filtered signal shown on top of signal plot.
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The post filtered signal can also be viewed on the Passband signal plot by clicking the one
of the constellation buttons. Note that when viewing the passband signal plot, the post
filtered signal will only be shown if the filtered signal falls within the passband selected.
The Interference Toolkit updates either the post-filtered signal or the wideband/passband
signal, not both. The two buttons at the top right of the signal plot represent the two signals being displayed. The button highlighted in blue is the signal currently being
refreshed. To change the signal that is being refreshed, click the button for the signal.
Edit a Filter
Configured filters are shown in the Filters panel.
To edit filter:
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1. Click the Edit button beside the filter to edit. The Apply Notch Filter window appears.
2. Change the filter parameters.
3. Click the Apply button.
Delete a Filter
In the Filters panel, click the Remove button beside the filter to delete.
6.7 ALIGN Status Tile
The ALIGN Status tile displays the ALIGN heading and pitch information.
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Double click the ALIGN Status tile or click
to open the ALIGN Status window.
6.7.1 ALIGN Information
The dial is a graphical display of the Heading and Pitch values. These values appear to
the right of the dial.
Also to the right of the dial are the Position Status and Position Type.
For details about the information provided on this window, refer to the
HEADING2 log in the documentation.
For OEM7 receivers, refer to the NovAtel OEM7 Documentation Portal docs.novatel.com/OEM7.
For OEM6 receivers, go to www.novatel.com/support/search/items/Manual and
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download a PDF file of the OEM6 Family Firmware Reference Manual (OM20000129).
6.8 INS Position Tile
The INS Position tile displays green when INS Status is GOOD, red when INS Position is
not available and yellow when not configured.
Click
to open the INS Position full size tile.
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The dial is a graphical display of the Roll, Pitch and Azimuth values indicated by an arrow
on each axis. These values appear under the dial.
To the right side of the INS Position window is the position, velocity and IMU information.
The Position, Velocity and Attitude (roll, pitch and azimuth) sections display data from
the INSPVAX log along with standard deviations calculated from the INSPVAX log.
The X, Y and Z Offset fields are used to specify an offset from the IMU for the output position and velocity of the INS solution as specified by the SETINSTRANSLATION command
or the SPAN Wizard.
The Position Type displays data from the INSPVAX log.
For OEM7 receivers, search for specific commands in the NovAtel OEM7 Documentation portal from docs.novatel.com/OEM7.
For OEM6 receivers, go to www.novatel.com/support/search/items/Manual and
download a PDF file of the SPAN on OEM6 Firmware Reference Manual (OM20000144).
6.9 SPAN INS Dial
Information in the INS Dial window is only available with INS-capable receiver
models.
The INS Dial tile displays yellow when not configured, red when INS Status is anything
other than GOOD and green when INS Status is GOOD.
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Double click on the INS Dial tile, or click
, to open the INS Dial window.
The dial is a graphical display of the Roll, Pitch and Azimuth values indicated by an arrow
on each axis. These values appear under the dial.
To the right side of the INS Dial window are the sections: Position, Velocity and IMU
information.
The Position, Velocity and Attitude (roll, pitch and azimuth) sections display data from
the INSPVAX log along with standard deviations calculated from the INSPVAX log.
The X, Y and Z Offset fields are used to specify an offset from the IMU for the output position and velocity of the INS solution as specified by the SETINSTRANSLATION command
or the SPAN Wizard.
The Position Type displays data from the INSPVAX log.
For OEM7 receivers, search for specific commands in the NovAtel OEM7 Documentation portal from docs.novatel.com/OEM7.
For OEM6 receivers, go to www.novatel.com/support/search/items/Manual and
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Chapter 7 Playback Files
A playback file contains NovAtel logs. Opening a playback file allows you to view the
information stored in the file's logs using the NovAtel Connect interface.
Only binary logs can be played in NovAtel Connect.
1. On the main window, click the Connection menu and select Open Playback.
The Playback Window appears.
2. Click the Browse button.
The Select File dialog box appears.
3. Locate and select the file to playback and then click the Open button.
4. Set the rate at which data is read from the file by entering a value in the Rate text
box or by using the up and down arrow buttons.
This setting determines how quickly NovAtel Connect displays the information in the
logs.
5. Click the Yes radio button to have the playback in a continuous loop.
Click the No radio button to have playback stop when NovAtel Connect reaches the
end of the playback file.
6. Click the Connect button.
NovAtel Connect closes the Playback Window and starts to display the information in the
playback file in the main window. The file name of the playback file appears at the top of
the Connection window.
7.1 Playback Controls
The controls for viewing the playback file are at the bottom of the screen.
To pause playback, click the Pause button. The Pause button changes to a Play button.
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To start playback, click the Play button. The Play button changes to a Pause button.
To move forward or backward in the playback file, click the fast forward (double forward
arrows) or the reverse (double back arrows) button. You can also move forward and
backwards using the slider bar.
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Chapter 8 Configuration Tiles
The Configuration tiles are used to change the receiver configuration. Each type of Configuration tile provides access to a different set of configuration parameters. The following topics provide detailed information about the available Configuration tiles.
8.1 Position Mode Configuration
Use the Position Mode tile to configure the position mode of the receiver.
Click the Configuration button (
the available configuration tiles.
) to open the Configuration tiles and display
The color of the Position Mode tile indicates the position status of the receiver:
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A single position mode is configured and it is active or multiple position modes are
configured and the most accurate position mode is active.
Red
The position mode is configured, but the position modes are not effective.
Yellow
The position mode is not configured or multiple position modes are configured, but
the most accurate mode is not effective.
Double click the Position Mode tile, or click
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If the Save Config checkbox is selected, the SAVECONFIG command is sent to the
receiver and the configuration is saved to the receiver Non-Volatile Memory (NVM).
There are multiple position modes available for configuration. Click on the appropriate
tab to configure.
8.1.1 RTK
Corrections can be transmitted from a base station to a rover station to improve the
rover's position accuracy. The base station is the GNSS receiver that acts as the stationary reference. The stationary reference has a known position and transmits correction messages to the rover station. The rover station is the GNSS receiver that does
not know its exact position and requires correction messages from a base station to calculate differential GNSS positions.
Base
The Base option is used to setup a receiver as an RTK Base. The following options can be
configured:
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When configuration is complete, click the Submit button.
For OEM7 receivers, Transmitting and Receiving Corrections in the NovAtel OEM7
Documentation portal docs.novatel.com/OEM7.
For OEM6 receivers, go to www.novatel.com/support/search/items/Manual and
download a PDF file of the OEM6 Family Installation and Operation User Manual
(OM-20000128).
Rover
The Rover option is used to setup a receiver as an RTK Rover. The following options can
be configured:
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When configuration is complete, click the Submit button.
8.1.2 TerraStar
Configure the TerraStar solution and select the beam that provides L-Band data.
To use TerraStar positioning, the receiver must have an active TerraStar subscription which can be obtained by contacting NovAtel Support (refer to "NovAtel
Customer Support" on page 6 for contact information).
TerraStar Options
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Assign L-Band Beam.
PPP Timeout sets the maximum age of the corrections used in the PPP filter, in
seconds. Corrections older than the specified duration are not applied to the receiver
observations and uncorrected observations are not used in the filter.
PPP Source sets the corrections to use for the PPP filter.
PPP Converged Criteria sets the threshold that determines if the solution has converged for high-accuracy PPP solutions. These are the PPP solutions reported with the
PPP and PPP_CONVERGING position types, both total standard deviation or horizontal
standard deviation, in meters.
PPP Seed controls the seeding of the PPP filter so that accurate position seeding can
accelerate PPP convergence.
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The Subscription Details panel provides information about the TerraStar subscription.
The Lband Beams panel lists the L-Band beams available.
When configuration is complete, click the Submit button.
8.1.3 PSRDIFF
Define the pseudorange differential options to compute the position for a Base or Rover.
Base
Setup a receiver as a base.
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Fix the Latitude, Longitude and Altitude, in meters.
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Configure parameters for the AutoSurvey feature.
When configuration is complete, click the Submit button.
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Setup a receiver as a rover.
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Select the Interface Mode of the receiving port and correction type.
PSRDIFF Source Timeout sets a time, in seconds, for the receiver to wait before
switching to another differential source, if corrections from the original source are
lost (when multiple differential correction sources are available).
PSRDIFF Source sets the base station ID from which the rover accepts differential corrections.
PSRDIFF Timeout sets the maximum age of pseudorange differential correction data
for the rover to use. Received pseudorange differential correction data, older than
the specified time, is ignored. The time out period also applies to differential corrections generated from RTK corrections.
When configuration is complete, click the Submit button.
8.1.4 SBAS
Select the SBAS settings the receiver will use to determine an SBAS corrected solution.
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SBAS Timeout sets the amount of time, in seconds, the receiver remains in an SBAS
position type if it stops receiving SBAS corrections.
SBAS Ecutoff sets the SBAS elevation cut-off angle for the SBAS satellites.
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When configuration is complete, click the Submit button.
8.2 SPAN Configuration
Information in the SPAN configuration window is only available with SPAN
enabled receiver models.
SPAN provides reliable, continuously available, position, velocity and attitude, even
through short periods of time when satellite signals are blocked or unavailable. Use the
SPAN wizard to configure the Synchronized Position Attitude Navigation (SPAN) system.
Click the Configuration button (
play the available configuration tiles.
) to open the Configuration window and dis-
For example:
The color of the tile indicates the status of the SPAN solution:
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SPAN not configured.
Green
The INS status is INS_SOLUTION_GOOD, INS_HIGH_VARIANCE or INS_ALIGNMENT_
COMPLETE.
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The INS status is INS_INACTIVE.
Orange
The INS status is INS_ALIGNING, DETERMINING_ORIENTATION or WAITING_
INITIALPOS.
For OEM7 receivers, search for specific commands in the NovAtel OEM7 Documentation portal and/or download PDFs from docs.novatel.com/OEM7.
For OEM6 receivers, go to www.novatel.com/support/search/items/Manual and
download a PDF file of the SPAN on OEM6 Firmware Reference Manual (OM20000144).
8.2.1 SPAN Configuration Wizard
Use the wizard to move through a pre-defined group of windows and make selections on
how the SPAN functionality will be implemented.
Use the Next button to move forward through the wizard; use the Previous button to return to a previous window in the wizard.
Select the type of IMU. The IMU Type displayed is based on the IMU grade supported by
the connected receiver model. Click the Next button.
Select the COM port the IMU is connected to from the drop menu. Click the Next button.
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Select the IMU axis pointing upwards (negative for down) and the axis pointing forward
(negative for back). Click the Next button.
Enter the rotational values, in degrees, from the IMU enclosure frame to the vehicle
frame. Click the Next button.
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Enter the three dimensional distance from the IMU center of navigation to the antenna
phase center in the IMU enclosure frame. Click the Next button.
Select as many configuration options as required by clicking the check boxes. Click the
Next button.
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Select Dual Antenna to enter the offset between the IMU and the secondary GNSS
antenna.
Select Output Frame Configuration to enter the offset from IMU to the output position.
Select Alignment Mode to define the Alignment method for the receiver to use.
Select Heave to enable or disable the Heave Filter (display of the option is model
dependent).
If any of the above configuration options were selected, they now appear as steps at the
top of the SPAN configuration wizard window. Skip over the windows for configuration
options that were not selected.
Enter the offset between the IMU and the secondary GNSS antenna. Click the Next button.
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Enter the three dimensional offset from the IMU center of navigation to another location
where the INS position will be output. This offset must be entered in the IMU enclosure
frame. Click the Next button.
Select the type of alignment that the system performs. Different options are visible
based upon the system and options selected. Click the Next button.
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Select Automatic Alignment to seed the alignment with the full attitude from the
ALIGN solution and then perform a regular static coarse alignment or perform a kinematic alignment, whichever is possible first.
Select Aided Transfer Alignment to seed the static coarse alignment with an initial
azimuth from the ALIGN solution.
Select Aided Static Alignment to use an initial azimuth from the ALIGN solution as
a seed for a coarse static alignment for a stationary vehicle.
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Select Unaided Alignment to use a static coarse alignment or kinematic alignment.
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Select Static Alignment to use a static coarse alignment only.
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Select Kinematic Alignment to use a kinematic alignment only.
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Select Initial Azimuth to seed a static coarse alignment. Value and Uncertainity
inputs must be added, in meters.
Enable or disable the filter used for heave processing as required.
The Summary Config window displays all selected configuration settings selected in the
wizard. Click the Submit button to apply the configuration settings. By default, the Save
Config option is checked. Uncheck to not save the Configuration settings.
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Once submitted, the message SPAN Configuration is completed appears in green. If
required, click the red Disconnect IMU button to disconnect the IMU and reconfigure.
Clicking the Show as Summary Config Screen button displays all options
available for configuration (as per the Summary Screen at the end of the wizard).
8.3 Port Configuration
Use the PORTt configuration tile to view and modify the communication port parameters.
Click the Configuration button (
) to open the Configuration window and display the available configuration tiles, including the PORT tile. The PORT configuration tile
has three tabs.
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The COM Config tab displays the communication settings for the serial communication
(COM) ports.
The Interface Mode tab displays the interface mode used for all of the COM and virtual COM ports on the receiver.
The ICOM Config tab displays the port number and protocol for the ICOM ports available on the receiver.
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8.3.1 Configure the Serial Port Parameters
To configure the serial port communication parameters:
1. Double click the PORT configuration tile or click
displays.
. The Port configuration window
The Port configuration window shows the current COM port settings for each COM port
available on the receiver.
2. Use the drop menus to change the COM port parameters to the desired settings.
Baud rates higher than 115,200 bps are not supported by standard computer hardware. Special hardware may be required to use baud rates
higher than 115,200.
3. Click the Submit button to change the COM port settings
To save the new settings to the receiver NVM, select the Save Config checkbox
before clicking the Submit button.
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The parameters on the COM Config window are described in the SERIALCONFIG
command documentation.
For OEM7 receivers, refer to the NovAtel OEM7 Documentation Portal docs.novatel.com/OEM7.
For OEM6 receivers, go to www.novatel.com/support/search/items/Manual and
download a PDF file of the OEM6 Family Firmware Reference Manual (OM20000129).
8.3.2 Configure the Port Interface Mode
The interface mode specifies the type of data a particular port on the receiver can transmit and receive. The receive type tells the receiver what type of data to accept on the
specified port. The transmit type tells the receiver what kind of data it can generate. For
example, to accept RTCM V3 differential corrections, set the receive type on the port to
RTCMV3.
It is also possible to disable or enable the generation or transmission of command
responses for a particular port. Disabling of responses is important for applications
where data is required in a specific form and the introduction of extra bytes may cause
problems, i.e., RTCA, RTCM, RTCMV3 or CMR. Disabling a port prompt is also useful when
the port is connected to a modem or other device that responds with data the receiver
does not recognize.
For applications running in specific interface modes, set the appropriate interface
modes before sending or receiving corrections. It is important that the port interface mode matches the data being received on that port. Mismatches between
the interface mode and received data can result in CPU overloads.
When the interface mode for a port is set to NONE for Receive and Transmit, the specified port is disabled from interpreting any input or output data. Therefore, no commands or differential corrections are decoded by the specified port. When GENERIC is set
for a port, it is also disabled but data can be passed through the disabled port and be output from an alternative port using the pass-through logs PASSCOM, PASSXCOM,
PASSAUX and PASSUSB.
If you intend to change the COM Config parameters, ensure you do so before the
setting the interface mode parameters.
On a SPAN system, do not change the interface mode for the COM port connected
to the IMU. The correct interface mode is set when SPAN is configured using the
SPAN wizard in NovAtel Connect. Changing the IMU port interface mode may result in the loss of IMU communication.
To configure port interface mode:
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1. Double click the PORT configuration tile or click
displays.
. The Port configuration window
2. Click the Interface Mode tab. The Port configuration window changes to show the
interface mode settings.
The Port configuration window shows the current interface mode settings for each
COM port and virtual serial port available on the receiver.
3. Use the drop menus and check boxes to change the interface mode parameters to the
desired settings.
4. Click the Submit button to change the interface mode settings
To save the new settings to the receiver NVM, select the Save Config checkbox
before clicking the Submit button.
The parameters on the Interface Mode window are described in the
INTERFACEMODE command documentation.
For OEM7 receivers, refer to the NovAtel OEM7 Documentation Portal docs.novatel.com/OEM7.
For OEM6 receivers, go to www.novatel.com/support/search/items/Manual and
download a PDF file of the OEM6 Family Firmware Reference Manual (OM20000129).
8.3.3 Configure the ICOM Ports
ICOM ports are virtual ports used for Ethernet or Wi-Fi connections. The transport/application layer of the ICOM ports can be configured to use Transmission Control
Protocol (TCP) or User Datagram Protocol (UDP). UDP a slower and less reliable Internet
Protocol.
Each ICOM port can act as a server (waiting for an external connection to be made) or as
a client (actively establishing a connection to a specific port).
To configure the ICOM ports:
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1. Double click the PORT configuration tile or click
displays.
. The Port configuration window
2. Click the ICOM Config tab.
The Port configuration window shows the current ICOM port settings.
3. Use the text boxes and drop menus to configure the port number and protocol for
each ICOM port.
4. Click the Submit button to change the interface mode settings
To save the new settings to the receiver NVM, select the Save Config checkbox
before clicking the Submit button.
The parameters on the ICOM Config window are described in the ICOMCONFIG
command documentation.
For OEM7 receivers, refer to the NovAtel OEM7 Documentation Portal docs.novatel.com/OEM7.
For OEM6 receivers, go to www.novatel.com/support/search/items/Manual and
download a PDF file of the OEM6 Family Firmware Reference Manual (OM20000129).
8.4 ALIGN Configuration
ALIGN technology combines two or more receivers to generate high precision heading
and pitch angles between two receivers for real-time navigation. Use the ALIGN configuration tile to configure ALIGN on a receiver.
Click the Configuration button (
) to open the Configuration window and display the available configuration tiles, including the ALIGN tile.
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8.4.1 Configure the ALIGN Master Receiver
To configure the ALIGN Master receiver parameters:
1. Double click the ALIGN configuration tile or click
dow displays.
. The ALIGN configuration win-
2. If the Master receiver will be moving, select Enable beside Moving Base Station.
If the Master receiver will be stationary, select Disable beside Moving Base Station. The Position settings appear. Enter the position for the Master receiver or select
Auto Survey and enter the survey parameters.
3. In the Serial Config section, set the COM port and baud rate the Master receiver will
use to communicate with the Rover receiver.
4. In the Interface Mode(TX) section, set the corrections type sent to the Rover
receiver.
5. In the Align Logs section, configure the rate at which the ALIGN logs are generated.
6. In the Interface Mode(RX) section, set the corrections type the receiver will accept.
(Moving Base Station only)
7. Click the Submit button to apply the ALIGN settings
To save the new settings to the receiver NVM, select the Save Config checkbox
before clicking the Submit button.
The parameters on the ALIGN configuration window are described in the command documentation.
For OEM7 receivers, refer to the NovAtel OEM7 Documentation Portal docs.novatel.com/OEM7.
For OEM6 receivers, go to www.novatel.com/support/search/items/Manual and
download a PDF file of the OEM6 Family Firmware Reference Manual (OM20000129).
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8.4.2 Configure the ALIGN Rover Receiver
An ALIGN Rover model is required to configure a receiver as an ALIGN Rover.
To configure the ALIGN Rover receiver parameters:
1. Double click the ALIGN configuration tile or click
dow displays.
. The ALIGN configuration win-
2. Select Rover.
3. In the Serial Config section, set the COM port and baud the receiver will use to
receive corrections.
4. In the Interface Mode section, set the correction type the receiver will receive.
5. Click the Submit button to apply the ALIGN settings
To save the new settings to the receiver NVM, select the Save Config checkbox
before clicking the Submit button.
The parameters on the ALIGN configuration window are described in the command documentation.
For OEM7 receivers, refer to the NovAtel OEM7 Documentation Portal docs.novatel.com/OEM7.
For OEM6 receivers, go to www.novatel.com/support/search/items/Manual and
download a PDF file of the OEM6 Family Firmware Reference Manual (OM20000129).
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Chapter 9 Console Window
The Console Window is a terminal interface used to directly send commands to the
receiver and display receiver acknowledgments and outputs.
To open the Console Window, click
.
Refer to "Tools Buttons" on page 24 to resize the Console Window.
Click at the bottom left of the window to begin entering a command. Once the command
is entered, press the Enter key on the keyboard to send the command to the receiver.
For OEM7 receivers, search for specific commands from
docs.novatel.com/OEM7.
For OEM6 receivers, go to www.novatel.com/support/download and download a
PDF file of the OEM6 Family Firmware Reference Manual (OM-20000129).
9.1 Auto Scroll Lock
If using the scroll bar to scroll up through the window, a lock icon appears
. The lock
icon indicates automatic scrolling during logging sessions is disabled. Click on the lock
icon to enable auto scrolling functionality. This feature is useful during continuous data
logging in the Console.
9.2 Import
To import a set of commands from a file:
1. Click
.
The Select File dialog box opens.
2. Browse to the file location.
3. Click the file and then the Open button.
All the commands in the file are sent to the receiver.
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For information about creating a file to import, see "Creating a Batch File" on page 18
and "Batch File Examples" on page 19.
9.3 Save Incoming Data to File
Use this feature to record all of logs being sent to the communication port used by
NovAtel Connect.
To save all incoming messages to a file:
1. Click
.
The Save File dialog box opens.
2. Navigate to the desired folder.
3. A default file name with the receiver PSN, date and time is entered in the File name
text box. The name can be changed by typing in a new name.
4. Click the Save button.
The Save File dialog box closes and the icon changes to red.
To stop collecting logs:
1. Click
.
A confirmation dialog appears.
2. Click the OK button.
This feature can be used to save a set of logs to a file. To record a set of logs to a file:
1. Start the Save Incoming Data to File feature as described above.
Any logs currently be sent to the NovAtel Connect port will start to be saved in the file
created.
2. If additional log data is needed, use the LOG command to send the desired logs to the
communication port used by NovAtel Connect.
If no port is specified in the LOG command, the port defaults to the port from the
which the command was sent (NovAtel Connect port in this case).
3. When all of the required log data has been collected, use the UNLOG command to
stop the logs.
4. Stop the Save Incoming Data to File feature. This closes the file in which the logs are
stored.
9.4 Export
To copy any data currently in the Console Window to a file:
1. Click
.
The Save File dialog box opens
2. Navigate to the desire folder.
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A default file name with the current date and time appears in the File name text box.
The name can be changed by typing in a new name.
3. Click the Save button.
The content of the Console window are saved in a plain text file.
9.5 Clear
To clear all data currently in the Console Window, click
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Chapter 10 Logging Control Window
The Logging Control Window is a tool used to initiate a logging session.
To open the Logging Control Window, click
.
Refer to "Tools Buttons" on page 24 to resize the Logging Control Window.
10.1 Add Logs
The logs configured to be recorded are shown on Logging Control Window. The logs are
sorted by the following categories.
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Add logs by pressing the
Add Log button and selecting logs from the list. You can
search the list for a particular log using the search text box. The search starts as soon
as text is entered. The search works within the selected tab, so if the log is not found,
click on the other tabs to search those tabs.
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10.2 Remove a Log
Click the red X beside a log to remove it from the list of logs to record.
10.3 Modify the Logging Parameters
Each log on the Logging Control Window has three parameters that affect how the log is
collected.
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Logs can be generated in Binary or ASCII format.
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The trigger determines the schedule on which the log is collected. The trigger selected depends on the information required and the type of log. If OnTime is selected,
the time period between log recordings, in seconds, must be added in the text box
beside the Trigger field.
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The destination determines where the log is sent. The log can be sent to any communication port on the receiver, the memory on board the receiver (not available on
all receivers) or a file on the computer running NovAtel Connect.
If a communication port is selected, ensure that a device to receive the log is connected to that port.
The file name and directory used when collecting to a file are configured in the Settings dialog box. Refer to "Change the Log File Settings" on the next page.
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10.4 Recording
To start recording logs:
1. Ensure the logs you want to record are shown on the Logging Control Window and the
logging parameters have been set.
2. Press the Start Recording button to begin recording.
The Start Recording button changes to Stop Recording once recording begins. If the
logs are being saved to a file, the window shows the name of the file in which the logs
are being recorded and the file size. The progression of the logging is also shown.
Press the Stop Recording button at any time to end log recording.
10.5 Change the Log File Settings
When logging to a file on the NovAtel Connect computer, the file used is determined by
the log file settings. To change the log file settings:
1. Click the
icon in the Logging Control Window.
The Settings dialog box appears.
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2. Modify the log file settings.
File Path
The path of the directory in which the log files are stored.
Enter the path directly in the text box or click the Browse button and
use the dialog box to select the directory.
File Name The file name used for the log file.
You can enter a name or allow NovAtel Connect to generate a name.
To enter a file name, clear the Auto check box and enter the name in
the text box.
The next logging session will save the logs using the entered name.
For subsequent logging sessions, you will be prompted whether you
want to replace the existing file or add the new session to the existing
log file.
To allow NovAtel Connect to generate a unique name for each logging
session, ensure the Auto check box is selected. NovAtel Connect will
generate a new file for each logging session. The file is named with
the product serial number (PSN) and the time when the logging
session started.
Hold Type
Enable or disable Hold on the logs started using the Logging Control
Window.
When the Hold Type is set to No, the logs started using the Logging
Control Window can be unlogged when an UNLOGALL command is
sent.
When the Hold Type is set to Yes, the logs started using the Logging
Control Window can not be unlogged when an UNLOGALL command
is sent.
Enable
File Split
If a large amount of logging data is being collected, the data can be
split into multiple files by collection time or file size.
To enable file splitting, select the FileSplit Enable check box and
then select Time and enter a value in hours or select Size and enter a
value in MB.
3. Click the Save button.
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Chapter 11 Event History Window
The Event History window is used to track and display any changes of the receiver
statuses present in the "Advanced Status Tile" on page 35. Events occurring since the connection was established are captured.
To open the Event History window, click
.
Events record when a monitored status changes state. Bad status events are highlighted.
All the events are continuously logged to file. The file name is displayed in the header of
the Event History window. Clicking on the file name opens the file. Events with a particular word or sentence can be searched by entering key words in the search box in the
upper right corner of the Event History window.
Refer to "Tools Buttons" on page 24 to resize the Event History window.
11.1 New Event History File
A new file to write events to can be created.
1. Click the
button and select New File from the drop menu.
2. Click the Change button, enter a name and, if needed, define a new location for the
file (defaults to "Computer", My Documents, NovAtelData, Event folder).
3. Click the Ok button.
Events will begin to be written to the new file.
An Event History file name can be changed at any time.
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1. Click the
button and select Change file name from the drop menu.
2. Enter the file name in the File Name text box and click the Save button.
11.1.1 Clear Event History
The event list can be cleared by clicking on the
ing after clearing the Event History window.
button. A new file is opened for writ-
11.2 Filter the Display Event History
To filter the statuses to be displayed, click the
be displayed.
button and select the status types to
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Error Status
A check mark beside the status indicates that status will be displayed.
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Chapter 12 Firmware Update
The Update window is used to load new firmware onto the receiver. Click the Firmware
Update button to open the Update window.
12.1 Update Firmware
To update the firmware on the receiver:
1. Obtain the new firmware file.
The latest version of receiver firmware is available on the NovAtel website
(www.novatel.com/support).
Copy the firmware file to your computer's local drive before uploading
the firmware to the receiver.
2. Click the CHOOSE FILE button.
The Select Firmware File dialog box displays.
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3. Navigate to the directory that contains the new firmware file and select the file.
4. If an Auth Code is required, enter the Auth Code in the Auth Code text box.
5. Click the UPLOAD button.
12.2 Update the Auth Code
An Auth Code is used to enable purchased features on the receiver. Contact NovAtel
Sales (www.novatel.com/where-to-buy/sales-offices) or your local NovAtel dealer
(www.novatel.com/where-to-buy/dealers) for assistance in selecting and obtaining the
features that best suit your GNSS needs.
If the feature being enabled requires a firmware upgrade, refer to Update Firmware on
the previous page.
If the feature being enabled does not need a firmware upgrade:
1. Obtain the new Auth Code from NovAtel Sales or your local NovAtel dealer.
2. Enter the Auth Code in the Auth Code text box.
3. Click the Upload button.
12.3 Update the Web UI Content
This section applies only to receivers that support the Web UI (such as the
PwrPak7 or Ethernet capable OEM7 receivers).
To update the Web UI on the receiver:
1. Obtain the new Web UI file.
The latest version of Web UI content is available on the NovAtel website (www.novatel.com/support).
Copy the Web UI file to your computer's local drive before uploading.
2. Click the Web UI Content tab.
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3. Click the CHOOSE FILE button.
The Select Web UI Content file dialog box displays.
4. Navigate to the directory that contains the new Web UI file and select the file.
5. Click the UPLOAD button.
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