FDX kit installation manual. PDF

FDX kit installation manual. PDF
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FDX kit
Installation and Operation Manual
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This manual is written for the FDX kit
Edition: September 2004
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Part specification.............................................................................................. 4
Installation ........................................................................................................ 7
2.1
Installation of the USB to RS-232 converter..................................................... 7
2.1.1
General................................................................................................... 7
2.1.2
System Requirements ............................................................................ 7
2.1.3
Features ................................................................................................. 7
2.1.4
Converter Installation.............................................................................. 8
2.2
Installation of the NX2 Sail Performance Software........................................... 9
2.2.1
General................................................................................................... 9
2.2.2
Installing the Software ............................................................................ 9
2.3
How to use the NX2 Sail Performance ........................................................... 10
2.3.1
Monitoring............................................................................................. 10
2.3.2
Setup .................................................................................................... 11
2.3.3
Navigation............................................................................................. 11
2.4
Connection of the cables................................................................................ 12
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Part specification
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Items delivered with the FDX kit
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Description
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USB to RS-232 converter
3 m 9-pole serial cable
Installation CD
Installation manual
The FDX kit comes with all NX2 Servers and contains cables and software to connect
your NX2 system to your PC. You may either use the Serial port (RS-232) or the USB
port using the USB to Serial-port converter.
NOTE: The FDX Server will use the standard NMEA protocol for communication with all
standard software’s. If the NX2 Sail Performance Software is used, a command is send
to change the protocol to FDX which enables you to control the whole NX2 system from
your PC.
The NX2 Sail Performance Software will only work together with a FDX Server. An FDX
Server has the following label on the cover:
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Welcome aboard the Nexus Network!
Thank you for choosing NX2 and welcome to the world of the Nexus Network.
Through this manual we would like to help you install, operate and understand your
new Nexus Network.
The Server is the ”heart” of your Nexus Network, to which transducers for speed,
depth, heading, wind and navigation (GPS) are connected.
From the Server the single Nexus Network cable transmits power and data to the
instruments, which repeat the information sent from the Server, or other NX2
transducers.
The Nexus Network is designed with the industry standard RS 485 databus, which
allows you to connect up to 32 Nexus instrument units on the single Nexus Network
cable, thereby allowing you the flexibility to easily develop your system. The Nexus
Network is capable of carrying data 10 times faster than NMEA 0183.
The connection system, with a single 5 mm (1/5") cable and 4-pole jack plugs with
cable protectors, makes the installation easy. No need to drill big holes and the cable
can be cut to exact lengths. The connections at the Server are colour coded and
marked with a number for easy reference.
NX2 Multi Control is a multi function instrument that displays a main and a sub-function
together. You can easily ”customise” your favourite combination of functions, by using
the unique method to move, copy and lock a sub-function.
The instruments large display gives you very good viewing possibilities from any angle,
even in bright sunlight. The display and the five push-buttons have red back lighting
which you can set to three different lighting levels.
A large selection of optional analogue repeaters and accessories are available. The
analogue steer pilot instrument particularly offers unique functions. When used
together with the steer reference function (AWA), you can actually steer after the wind
and ”expand” the tacking or down wind angle.
These Nexus instruments carry a two year warranty, which gives you as our customer,
confidence to trust Nexus and our commitment to quality.
To get the most out of your new Nexus product, please read
through this manual carefully before you start your installation.
Again, thank you for choosing Nexus. If you see us at a show,
stop by and say hello.
Good luck and happy boating!
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Typical NX2 system:
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Installation
2.1
Installation of the USB to RS-232 converter
2.1.1
General
Universal Serial Bus (USB) port technology has emerged in response to the
proliferation of external peripheral devices (scanner, digital camera, removable
drives, etc.) that are increasingly being connected to the latest generation of PCs.
The USB behaves in a similar fashion to conventional bus ports (i.e., serial,
parallel, PS/2), but since it does not require any IRQs, more devices can be
attached to the system without conflicts.
The USB Serial converter provides an external plug-and-play RS-232 device
connection for PCs, notebooks, laptops, and handheld computerizing devices that
support the USB specification. The converter comes with a standard DB-25 Male
or DB-9 Male connector to be plugged into the RS232 port, and has a 0.4M 1.8M, respectively, USB cable with a type A plug for connection to the PC’s USB
port or to a USB hub.
Note:
Since the most computers have only one or two USB ports, USB
hubs are often used to provide additional ports so that numerous USB
peripheral devices can be connected up at the same time.
For further convenience, especially to users of notebooks, laptops and
handholds, the USB to RS-232 converter device can be operated by the power
from the Universal Serial Bus, no external power supply needed. As it is a USB
specification compliant device, energy-saving suspend and resume are provided.
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Windows 98/SE/ME/2000/XP,Mac8.6 and higher, Linux.
The system must be equipped with USB Host Controller
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System Requirements
Features
Supports automatic handshake mode.
Works with cellular phones, PDA, digital cameras,
modems, and ISDN terminal adapters.
Supports remote wake-up and power management.
Frees your RS-232 ports for other uses.
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Converter Installation
Connect the peripheral device with the converter first, then plug the other
end into the computer’s USB port; the NEW Hardware Wizard appears;
click on Next to continue.
In the dialog box that comes up, leave the default choice (Search for the
best drives for your device)
Click on Next to continue.
In the dialog box that comes up, select the proper drive for your media;
insert the driver CD in the drive; Click on Next to continue.
In the Ready to install dialog box that comes up; click on Next to continue.
If the driver files have been copied to the hard disk, a dialog box will appear
to confirm the completion of the installation; click on Finish. Windows now
finishes up the installation.
TO check if the converter was correctly installed:
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Open the My Computer folder.
Open the Control Panel folder.
Open the System folder.
Click on the Device Manager tab at the top of the dialog box.
Click on the plus sign in front of the Universal Serial Bus Controller
heading.
I f t h e i n s t a l l a t i o n h a s b e e n d o n e s uccessfully, you will see an entry of
USB Serial Port listed.
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Installation of the NX2 Sail Performance Software
2.2.1
General
The NX2 Sail Performance Software is a shareware that only works together with a
FDX Server.
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Installing the Software
Insert the CD to your computer
Open Run Software
Brows to your CD (normally D:) and click on NX2 Sail Performance
Click on Setup
Follow the instructions on your screen
Now run the NX2 Sail Performance Software.
Click on the connector symbol in the top left corner
Select the Communication port where the cable to the Server is connected
Click OK
A green light will be turned on in the top right corner when communication is
established.’
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2.3 How to use the NX2 Sail Performance
When the Software is started and connected to the Server, you can start to use it:
2.3.1
Monitoring
Click on the instrument symbol in the top left corner. A list of functions appear.
Select the function from the list. Some functions may be displayed digital or analog,
some only digital. Select the type of display you want by double clicking on the
corresponding icon.
Now the display appears on the screen. You may now move or change the window with
the mouse control.
You may open as many windows as you want. The layout may be saved, up to five
personal layouts may be stored
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2.3.2
Setup
Under tools and options, you may set-up the Software.
You can select which port you want the NX2 Sail Performance to connect to
automatically after start. You can also automatically load your favourite layout.
If you tick the box “always on top” the NX2 Sail Performance will always be on top on
your screen, even if you are running an other software.
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Navigation
If you have a NX2 or Nexus navigator (GPS Navigator or Multi Center) you can create
and edit waypoints and routes from your NX2 Sail Performance Software. All Waypoints
and routes are stored directly in your instrument.
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2.4 Connection of the cables
Connect the Server to your PC with the supplied 3m Serial Cable as showed in the
picture. If you use the USB to RS-232 converter, the 3m cable is still needed!
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