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Offline simpson36

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Wireless network causes steppers to stall
« on: December 30, 2008, 05:04:08 PM »
Just thought I would pass this along. I've been chasing a stubborn problem with the steppers stalling for no apparent reason. Finally I serendipitously discovered that it was the wireless network adapted causing the trouble. Plug it in .  steppers stall, unplug it, all is well.


Just another thing to add to the troubleshooting pool.

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Re: Wireless network causes steppers to stall
« Reply #1 on: December 30, 2008, 05:32:53 PM »
Brett had a problem with his wireless network as well, mine works fine, suppose its like the onboard graphics thing and laptop thing, some work some dont :(

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Re: Wireless network causes steppers to stall
« Reply #2 on: December 30, 2008, 06:02:22 PM »
I have stayed away from anything else running in the background as it only robs the resources from Mach 3 which is a recource hog to begin with.

I've heard the smoothstepper eases this a great deal but if you're using parallel port, it's russian roulette in my eyes -  8)

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Re: Wireless network causes steppers to stall
« Reply #3 on: December 31, 2008, 09:33:12 AM »
I'm fairly certain that the problem is the radio waves emitted from the wireless adapter and not the CPU drain.

I'm now running a dual processor machine and I have biased one processor completely to Mach3 and it never goes above 25%.

The laptop would often peg at 100% and I mistakenly though that was the problem, but when the new machine had the same random bumping and stalling, I knew there was more to it.

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Re: Wireless network causes steppers to stall
« Reply #4 on: December 31, 2008, 10:20:55 AM »
Interesting, you learn something new everyday -  :)

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Re: Wireless network causes steppers to stall
« Reply #5 on: January 04, 2009, 10:51:17 AM »
Hi
Had the same problem with my wireless mouse and keyboard
Both are wired ones now
Dave

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Re: Wireless network causes steppers to stall
« Reply #6 on: January 04, 2009, 11:54:04 AM »
Yes Simpson 36, my wireless network adapter reeked absolute havoc on my system while running Mach. I even got the blue screen of death several times.  :(  Ran a little CAT5 and I haven't had a problem since. I was using a d-link usb adapter. Just curious as to what you were using.

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Re: Wireless network causes steppers to stall
« Reply #7 on: January 04, 2009, 12:53:51 PM »


D-Link USB wireless here also!


I also had a problem with the Xbox 360 wireless controller. I bought the PC adapter and installed the plug-in and it worked as advertised. It's really a slick way to control the machine, but not at the expense of reliability.

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Re: Wireless network causes steppers to stall
« Reply #8 on: January 04, 2009, 01:08:17 PM »
I use a recoil usb gamepad I picked up at Walmart for $12.00 I think it was. It works great but I don't feel comfortable leaving the machine up for extended periods with it hooked up. Sometimes it will creep in an axis and has cost me a few endmills  :( .  It has to do with the centering of the axis sticks and a slight temperature change can take them off center.

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Re: Wireless network causes steppers to stall
« Reply #9 on: January 04, 2009, 06:12:50 PM »
Can you unplug a game pad before starting to cut something that will
take a long time to cut.
Just wondering, because seveal times I will leave the machine run
while I go home or off on a service call.
My game pad is USB. It has worked flawless since I put it on, but now
I"m starting to worry.  :o
Thanks olf20
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