Which meters have the Ethernet option?
The Ethernet option is available for all non-bargraph Tiger
meters of the 320 and 380 series.
How can I connect to an Ethernet meter?
You can either connect the meter to your local network or the internet
using a hub or a switch, or you can connect it directly to the Ethernet
port of your computer. For the latter option you need a crossover cable for the connection.
How can I setup the IP address?
Texmate is using the
(FAQ) for the Ethernet
option. Lantronix provides a setup software called DeviceInstaller
that will scan the local network for
XPort devices and then allows you to setup the IP address as well as
the serial settings. The serial setup of the XPort
has to match the serial setup of the meter.
More documentation on configuring the ethernet connection to your device can be found here.
How do I set the meter up?
The meter has to be setup in ASCII (slave) mode as it still
communicates with the Ethernet module serially. The serial parameters
have to match those on the Ethernet module. As the communication speed
is usually restricted by the delays of the Ethernet communication we
recommend to leave the serial setup at 9600 Baud, 8 data bits, 1 stop bit,
no parity, no flow control.
Can I use the Texmate Development System with Ethernet?
Yes, you only have to change the Connection type to TCP/IP and enter the
correct IP address and port number.
Can I use the Texmate Configuration Utility with Ethernet?
Yes, when you open a New Meter set the communication to one of the two
Choose this option to configure the meter from a PC. This works just
like the serial communication.
Choose this option to let the Utility wait for a connection initiated by
the meter. This is intended for remote administration of meters with a
dynamic IP address and needs a special macro to run on the meter.
The Configuration Utility for older meters (prior to 3.05) does not support
How can I 'talk' to an Ethernet meter?
The Ethernet module simply sends ASCII data over a TCP/IP connection. Therefore
application software only has to open and connect a socket to the meter
and can then use the Texmate ASCII protocol to 'talk' to the meter.
Once the communication is established the meter can act either as ASCII slave
or as ASCII master (macro mode).