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1  Third party software and hardware support forums. / PoKeys / Re: Does Pokeys 57E support more than 4 axis in Mach4? on: October 12, 2017, 01:22:48 PM
Hi, Craig

It is indeed a serial-in parallel-out buffer (there are a few more details in Pulse engine docs available under Download section at PoLabs homepage).

Pulses are generated differently when used with 'Internal pulse generator' vs. 'External pulse generator'. Anyone that follow the development of features of PoKeys devices can see that we try to implement as many features in the devices themselves and it was the same case here. Unfortunately, due to pin compatiblity requirement between USB and Ethernet versions, more axes with the internal pulse generator were simply not possible and external board was offered for our general purpose I/O devices (PoKeys57U and PoKeys57E), while the PoKeys57CNC has it already built-in.

ps: there are also not enough pins on the PoKeys57E to connect all 8 axes (with step, dir, enable signals and inputs for limit and home switches...) and have anything else connected to the device - PoKeys57CNC has all those, signals for LCD, pendant, encoders, analog signals, relay and OC outputs...  and both USB and Ethernet  Smiley
2  Third party software and hardware support forums. / PoKeys / Re: Does Pokeys 57E support more than 4 axis in Mach4? on: October 12, 2017, 08:30:49 AM
PoKeys57E with internal pulse generator: 3 axes
PoKeys57E with external pulse generator (PoExtBusOC16CNC extension): 8 axes
3  Third party software and hardware support forums. / PoKeys / Re: Pokey 57CNC Analog Output on: October 11, 2017, 08:41:14 AM
If the output voltage changes when you change the minimum spindle speed settings, then the device and the plugin are correctly configured and there is an issue with Mach4 configuration. Post a picture of the spindle setup page from Mach4 config dialog.
4  Third party software and hardware support forums. / PoKeys / Re: Pokeys 57U - Spindle Speed Control on: October 10, 2017, 09:00:07 AM
All pins of the PoKeys57U are listed in the PoKeys user manual - https://www.poscope.com/wp-content/uploads/downloads/Pokeys/Manuals/PoKeys%20user%20manual%20(19.8.2017).pdf (see pages 12-16). Electrical specifications table on page 21 provide all information you are looking for.

There is one type of pins in PoKeys57U and E devices - 3.3 V digital inputs and outputs that are 5 V tollerant for digital input signals (analog inputs still go 0-3.3V).

5  Third party software and hardware support forums. / PoKeys / Re: New Mach4 plugin brings an Connection to slow error after update. on: October 10, 2017, 08:55:24 AM
This was implemented intentionally and warns you that your connection will not result in reliable operation of the CNC machine.

You can try connecting the device to a different USB port on your PC. In some cases, putting a standard USB hub between the PC and the device will solve the problem.
6  Third party software and hardware support forums. / PoKeys / Re: About threading and noise problem for Pokey 57CNC on: October 10, 2017, 03:11:16 AM
Unfortunately, threading operation is not supported in Mach3.
7  Third party software and hardware support forums. / PoKeys / Re: Does Pokeys 57E support more than 4 axis in Mach4? on: October 10, 2017, 03:10:29 AM
PoKeys57E is a general-purpose I/O device on Ethernet interface that supports 3 axes "out of the box" (directly on pins). With the new Mach3 plugin and the use of PoExtBusOC16CNC extension, all 6 axes in Mach3 can be used.
8  Third party software and hardware support forums. / PoKeys / Re: Pokeys 57U - Spindle Speed Control on: October 10, 2017, 03:09:18 AM
As described in the support ticket, PoKeys57U is a general purpose I/O device that has support for CNC as one of its functions.
Pokeys57CNC was designed for CNC use and already has a 0-10V analog output built-in.

The manuals and software are always available under https://www.poscope.com/downloads/
9  Third party software and hardware support forums. / PoKeys / Re: Pokey 57CNC Analog Output on: October 10, 2017, 03:07:55 AM
Can you rewrite your first line? Is the analog output not working at all or only at some minimum speed?
10  Third party software and hardware support forums. / PoKeys / Re: Pokeys57cnc mach3 onboard Relay on: July 30, 2017, 05:33:39 AM
The motor enable signal (if used) must be mapped to dedicated motor enable signals (on the motor connectors) or the general purpose PoKeys pins. We will update the plugin to allow the use of the relay outputs or open-collector outputs also.
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