Basic Use of the Trimble NetR8 Receiver
BASIC USE OF THE TRIMBLE NETR8
1. Configuring the Receiver’s Network Settings
2. Connecting to the netR8 via the Web Interface
3. Configuring the NetR8 for operation
4. Creating and Uploading a configuration file
5. Downloading data from a netR8
Appendix A: How to change the ip address of your computer
A new, out of the box, NetR8 receiver will have no network ethernet settings and will require you to configure the receiver by one of two ways.
A. USING THE FRONT CONTROL PANEL ON THE RECEIVER
The NetR8 has a front panel control interface that permits the user to set and check some basic functions of the receiver. With some simple button commands the user can check and set the ethernet settings of the receiver. A reboot will be necessary to save the new settings by holding down the power button for three seconds.
The button commands to set the receiver’s static ip address:
Enter > down arrow > Enter (DHCP should be disabled) > Enter > Right arrow (move cursors with the left arrow and right arrow and change numbers using the up arrow and down arrow) > Enter (set Subnet Mask using same button commands as with the IP address) > Enter (set Gateway).
*NOTE* - The IP setting on the receiver will display only if an ethernet cable connected to a network is plugged into the NetR8. If the cable is not attached then the receiver will display all zeros for ethernet settings.
B. USING WIN FLASH
Trimble’s WinFlash utility has the ability to configure the ethernet settings of a NetR8 or change the receiver name. Run WinFlash with a serial cable connected to port 2 or 3 on the NetR8. WinFlash will guide you to set new ethernet settings and reboot the receiver. Winflash can also be used to set or change the system name of the receiver.
Make sure that your NetR8 is set with a static IP and that your computer is on the same network as the receiver. For example, if your receiver is set to 192.168.1.2, your computer must be 192.168.1.x, where x must not be 2 (which is the address of the receiver). A good default in this case is 192.168.1.3. For instructions on how to change your computerâ€™s IP address, see Appendix A. Note that you will not be able to be on another network (wireless, LAN) while connected directly to a NetR8, so disable any active wireless connection.
A â€œhomeâ€ screen for the NetR8 should appear in the web browser. On this screen are the NetR8 serial number, name and an list of menu options on the left side.
3. Configuring a NetR8 for operation
A. CONFIGURING A NETR8 VIA THE WEB INTERFACE
SYSTEM NAME AND SERIAL NUMBER
The system name is displayed on the title screen of the web interface. To change the system name select the "Receiver Status" menu and then choose the "Identity" sub-menu. The serial number of the NetR8 is printed on the upper right corner of the web interface. Check that the serial number is the same number printed on the outside of the receiver as shown on the home screen. Some NetR8’s have serial number consistency issues.
To check the currently installed version of firmware, select the "Firmware" menu on the left. You can easily install a new (or old) firmware file by clicking the "Choose FIle" button and selecting the appropriate file from your computer. Once you have selected the file from your computer, click the "Install New Firmware" button. New firmware installation usually takes several minutes. All data on the receiver will be erased. When complete the receiver will reboot.
SETTING RECEIVER OPTIONS
The NetR8 has a number of optional functions that can be enabled using an activation code provided by Trimble. To review a list of the available and installed options go to the "Receiver Status" menu and select "Receiver Options". Most of the available functions come installed with a standard NetR8, however, some useful functions such as the â€œProgramatic Interfaceâ€ will have to be installed using an activation code. At the bottom of the list an input box is used to provide a long string of text characters for function activation. Enter the activation code and reboot the receiver to install the desired options.
Antenna information can be entered in the RINEX files after data collection. If you would like to enter the correct antenna type and height information into the receiver, you can do so under "Receiver Configuration" > "Antenna" in the left-hand menu.
You can configure the receiver’s network settings on the web interface by selecting "Network Configuration" and then the "Ethernet" submenu. UNAVCO default settings for internet options are: IP address 192.168.1.2, MTU 1500, Netmask 255.255.255.0, Gateway 192.168.1.1, with all other fields left blank.
You can set up the NetR8 with different user accounts, each having specific privileges. Go to "Security" on the lefthand menu. The page will display the user accounts that have already been created. To create a new user, go to "Configuration" in the Security sub-menu. You will see fields to configure a new username, password, and privileges. There will also be a dropdown menu to enable or disable security. Do not enable if you do not know the passwords of the existing usernames.
CREATING AND UPLOADING A CONFIGURATION FILE
If you have multiple receivers that you would like to be configured differently from the Unavco standard configuration, you may wish to create, upload, and apply your own configuration file. The NetR8 is configurable with â€œclone filesâ€. A clone file is an ascii file in xml format. Once you configure a NetR8 to your liking, a clone file can be created, downloaded to your computer, and used to configure other NetR8 receivers.
To create a clone file and download it to your computer:
1. Configure a NetR8 to your liking
To install a clone file on another NetR8:
B. CONFIGURING A NETR8 VIA THE PROGRAMMATIC INTERFACE
The programatic interface on the NetR8 is accessed by sending HTTP commands to the receiver via the HTTP port (usually 80). On Unix based systems, HTTP commands can be sent using the â€œcurlâ€ operator. For example to display the serial number of the receiver enter:
The output will need to be redirected from stdout to the screen or a text file.
Commands can also be sent directly from the web interface on the NetR8. In the left menu bar select the â€œProgramtic Interfaceâ€ option to view the programatic options available using the web interface. If the programatic interface option is not visible than the receiver option has not been enabled and requires an activation code to activate.
A list of programatic interface options are provided in six different catagories (Status, Satellites, Configuration 1, Configuration 2, Firmware, I/O). Under each category a number of programatic functions are displayed. To use a command, click on the desired function and click the <send> button at the top of the window. The screen will also display the HTTP code used to for the function and some information about the receiver’s current configuration.
4. DOWNLOADING DATA
Once you are connected to a NetR8 via the ethernet port you can access the internal file system of the receiver to download data files. If you are interested in downloading multiple files from the receiver’s internal file storage, a FTP transfer is the most efficient and robust method. If you wish to download a small number of files then you can also use the receiver’s web interface to initiate a download.
Make sure that your computer is properly configured with the correct network settings. i.e. if the NetR8 is configured with an ip of 192.168.1.2, then your computer should be 192.168.1.x (with x not being 2).
A. USING FTP
When using FTP to get files from the receiver, there are a few things to note.
USING A FTP CLIENT- Most convenient for multiple files. FileZilla FTP client is recommended. It is available for free at http://filezilla-project.org/download.php
USING A GRAPHICAL USER INTERFACE DIRECTORY WINDOW (for Microsoft Windows)
USING A COMMAND PROMPT
B. USING THE WEB INTERFACE
A. IF YOUR COMPUTER IS A PC
B. IF YOUR COMPUTER IS A MAC
In the top right corner of your desktop you will see an icon shaped like a fan. This represents the network of your computer.
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