APPNOTE: Connecting to a PM7000 over an Ethernet network

Article ID: 101207brm
Last Reviewed: May 15, 2012

The information in this article applies to:

Target Audience.

This article is aimed at:

  • Users of the PM7000 who wish to connect over an Ethernet link.

Summary.

The PM7000 provides Ethernet, USB and Bluetooth interfaces.
This application note details the steps to install the Ethernet port re-director, configure the network settings and establish a connection to a PM7000.

Before you start.

  1. You will need a PM7000 with the Ethernet Option.
    This option can be specified when ordering. For earlier PM7000’s, or those not originally ordered with the Ethernet option, a retrofit is available (contact your distributor).
  2. You will need an Ethernet cable to connect the PM7000 to your network.
  3. You will need Version 1.13 or later of the MOXA NPort Driver Manager. This can be downloaded by:
    a)  Clicking here:  http://www.moxa.com/support/sarch_result.aspx?type=doc&prod_id=539&type_id=8
    b)  Then selecting under the section Drivers for MiiNePort E1 Series the operating system for your computer.
    After downloading the drivers, extract the setup file from the .zip and install the software.
  4. You will need a suitable network configuration to use for the PM7000.
    On a network managed by your IT department, they should be able to advise you of suitable settings.
    On a network you manage, read our PM Series Ethernet Settings Guide for assistance.
    This table gives the default settings and two examples of typical values.
  5. Setting    Default   Example 1 Example 2
    Net mode Static Static DHCP
    IP Address 192.168.127.254 192.168.0.200 192.168.1.101
    Subnet mask 255.255.255.0 255.255.255.0 255.255.255.0

Configuring the Ethernet Module in the PM7000.

To change Ethernet settings, power up the Logger and use the USB lead or a bluetooth link to connect to a PC and run PmScreen (if you are not sure how to do this, follow the links at the top of the page)
In PmScreen click Main MenuConfigure – Utilities – Configure Ethernet.
The Status of the module will be determined – wait for this to complete and then display the following screen;
PM7000 ethernet configuration screen

Make any necessary changes to the settings and click Apply.  Wait for this process to complete and for the status to show Data Link Open.
Back out of Configure Ethernet – Utilities – Configure until the Main Menu is reached.
Close PmScreen.

To Configure the Moxa Drivers for the PM7000.

This process sets up a virtual serial port for Pronto for Windows, PmScreen and other Power Master utilities to use to connect to the PM7000.
follow these steps:

  1. Open the Moxa NPort Windows Driver Manager, and click ADD.
    Moxa NPort Windows Driver Manages with Add Button highlighted
  2. The ADD NPort dialog will be displayed, click on Search.
    Moxa NPort Windows Driver Manager Add dialog with Search highlighted
  3. When the Logger has been found, click OK and then activate the Com Port.
  4. Make a note of the com port number and adjust the connections in Pronto and PMScreens etc. to use this new port.
  5. Make sure the Baud Rate is set to 921600 in both applications.

You should now be able to use the PM7000 over your Ethernet Network.

Known Issues.

PROBLEM: Unable to enter Ethernet Configuration Screen using PmScreen.

References

APPNOTE: Utilities Installed with Pronto for Windows.

APPNOTE: Get Started using TermView.exe.