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Ethernet Smoothstepper
« on: March 15, 2013, 03:22:16 PM »
Hi all,

I have two CNC's (a Taig and a Techno) hooked up to Mach3.  A new 64-bit computer meant buying an ethernet Smoothstepper (ESS).  I was reluctant, but now that it's up and running - HOLY COW!!  I have the Techno all set up and it is like a Ferrari now!  No more hiccups or anemic signal - this thing FLIES!!!!!  Absolutely worth the $200.

But the Taig hasn't moved yet.  I have 2 of the ESS's LPT ports dedicated to the Techno and various clamps.  They are working properly as Ports 1 and 2 in Mach.  So, I assume the Taig should be pointed at Port 3, but that's not working.  BTW the Taig is on a Xylotex board, the Techno is on a g540.

Any ideas?
Re: Ethernet Smoothstepper
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2013, 03:31:28 PM »
Ok, it looks like the ESS's IP won't stay set to 10.9.9.9.  Every time I open the IP Config utility in Mach3, it is reset to 255.255.255.255....

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Re: Ethernet Smoothstepper
« Reply #2 on: March 15, 2013, 03:42:57 PM »
I'm assuming you have 2 different profiles set up in Mach.  One for the Taig and one for the techno?

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Re: Ethernet Smoothstepper
« Reply #3 on: March 15, 2013, 03:43:47 PM »
yep.  When I open the Techno.xml its a glorious thing.  When I open the Taig.xml I get nothing.
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Re: Ethernet Smoothstepper
« Reply #4 on: March 15, 2013, 04:11:36 PM »
OK, I got it sorted.  The ip thing was a red herring - I looked at the xml code and it was/is set to 10.9.9.9.  The problem was the ESS Config page, I needed to set port 3 pins 2-9 as "OUT".  And we're in business!!!

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Re: Ethernet Smoothstepper
« Reply #5 on: March 15, 2013, 04:24:24 PM »
 :)

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