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Run a lathe and a mill on same computer (not simultaniously)
« on: January 02, 2021, 05:54:53 PM »
I have a lathe running on Mach 4 / Ethernet Smoothstepper very satisfactorily. I'm now building a mill for the same shop and want to run it off the same computer.

I have separate ethernet cards for each Smoothstepper.

I will not be attempting to run each machine simultaneously.

Is this doable? Is there a configuration guide that describes how to set this up?

 
Re: Run a lathe and a mill on same computer (not simultaniously)
« Reply #1 on: January 02, 2021, 06:38:57 PM »
You should be able to set it up with another IP range. I think stock is 10.9.9.1 set the other one up on a 10.10.9.1 .  I hope this makes sense...  you will need to set your static IP in Windows to match each ESS. Clear as mud?
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Re: Run a lathe and a mill on same computer (not simultaniously)
« Reply #2 on: January 03, 2021, 04:59:21 PM »
I'm more concerned about how the lathe and mill configurations are kept separate - where are the config files referenced?
Re: Run a lathe and a mill on same computer (not simultaniously)
« Reply #3 on: January 03, 2021, 06:25:50 PM »
All the settings are saved inside the profile.  Screens and Configurations are all saved inside the profile. 
Set up your mill and lathe separately and you'll be good to go.
Chad Byrd
Re: Run a lathe and a mill on same computer (not simultaniously)
« Reply #4 on: January 03, 2021, 06:34:04 PM »
Is that true for the SmoothStepper plugin too?
Re: Run a lathe and a mill on same computer (not simultaniously)
« Reply #5 on: January 03, 2021, 06:37:07 PM »
I assume so.  I only have a couple machines running the ESS and Mach4. 
As long as you have the plugin in the Mach4 Plugins folder like it is supposed to be it will run on both profiles.
All the settings you save for a machine are saved in the profile.
Chad Byrd
Re: Run a lathe and a mill on same computer (not simultaniously)
« Reply #6 on: January 03, 2021, 07:30:36 PM »
I'm in the exact same boat right now. I'm curious to hear what you come up with. Is port 2 of your ESS still empty? maybe you can configure the lathe on port 1 and the mill on port 2?
Re: Run a lathe and a mill on same computer (not simultaniously)
« Reply #7 on: January 03, 2021, 08:08:41 PM »
You can unplug the ess and run the other machine. We do it all the time here :) we have computers that have run multiple machines per day here :). The thing we don’t do is have the computer connected to both machines at the same time. That has not been tested but would be easy enough.
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