26SI Series Alternator – LAN Network Ethernet Connection

LAN Network Ethernet Connection Overview

LAN Networks share common cables, routers, switches, etc. Each node on the LAN may have a static Internet Protocol (IP) address or the network may be set up to use Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). The PL1000E Communication ECM may be configured to support either method.

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Note: DHCP is used to allow a network server to manage the network node connections dynamically. Each node needs an IP address, but there are a finite number of addresses. The server can maximize the number of addresses available by assigning them as devices are connected to the network. DHCP requires specialized server software and is not always available on small networks. In a non-DHCP network for nodes to communicate through IP dedicated IP addresses must be assigned to each node.

Perform the following in order to complete a LAN network ethernet connection:

  1. Connect the ECM serial port 3 (ECA) harness connector to the PC.
  1. Apply power to the system and start the service tool on the PC.
  1. Once connected to the PL1000E, navigate to the “Configuration” screen for IP.
  1. Determine whether the network requires support for DHCP or static IP addresses.
  1. If DHCP support is required, configure the DHCP Enable Status to Enabled.
  1. If static IP addressing is required, configure DHCP Enable Status to Disabled and configure the IP (IPv4) Address, IP (IPv4) Network Mask, and Network Default Gateway Internet Protocol (IPv4) Address to the values specified by the network administrator.
  1. Make note of the IP (IPv4) Address.
  1. Connect the PC and login to the same network as the PL1000E and start a web browser.

Loading the PCL File Using FTP With a Web Browser

Perform the following with a standard web browser:

  1. In the address field of the browser, type in the IP (IPv4) Address that was noted in Step 7.

    Note: The browser will display the PL1000E Communication ECM Home Page. This confirms the connection of the ECM and the PC to the network. If the user is unable to browse to the ECM Home Page, refer to Troubleshooting, RENR8091.

  1. In the address field of the browser, enter the following: “ftp://xxx.yyy.zzz.aaa”

    Note: Where “ftp://xxx.yyy.zzz.aaa” is the address noted in the previous steps, an FTP Folder Error dialog will appear. The FTP Folder Error is a normal security message that indicates the user has not yet logged into the FTP server.

  1. Click “OK” in this dialog box.
  1. In the browser menu, select “File/Login As”.

    Note: A login dialog will be displayed prompting for a User Name and Password. The Default User Name is “admin”, and the Default Password is “admin”.

  1. Enter the appropriate User Name and Password and click “Login”.

    Note: The browser will display the ECM files and folders on the module’s root directory. As a default, the folders and files displayed are shown in Illustration 2.

  1. Double click on the “New ” folder in order to navigate into the “New ” folder.

    Note: The browser will display the contents of the “New ” folder. By default, this directory is empty. Therefore, a blank screen will be shown.

  1. Use Windows Explorer in order to locate the *.pcl file that is on the disk that was created with the use of Parameter Translation Editor (PTE).
  1. Copy the *.pcl file.
  1. In the blank browser window, right-click and select “Paste”, or select “Edit / Paste” from the browser menu.

    Note: The file will be placed into the “New ” directory on the PL1000E file system. The browser should be “refreshed” after file system changes are made. Microsoft Internet Explorer usually will cache the contents of the file system. Microsoft Internet Explorer usually displays cached information instead of updated information from the server.

  1. Verify the file is located in the new directory.

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Loading the PCL File Using FTP with the Command Prompt

Perform the following with a DOS FTP session:

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  1. Start a DOS session.

    Note: This can be done on most versions of Microsoft Windows by clicking on “Start”, then selecting “Run”.

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  1. In the Run dialog, type “CMD” and click “OK”.

    Note: If Microsoft Windows 95 or Microsoft Windows 98 are being used, then the word “command” must be used instead of “CMD”.

  1. At the DOS command prompt, type “ftp xxx.yyy.zzz.aaa”.

    Note: “xxx.yyy.zzz.aaa” is the IPv4 address of the device. The address of the device is defined in the “Configuration” screen in Cat ET.

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  1. Press “Enter”.

    Note: The screen will be similar to the screen in Illustration 6.

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  1. At the prompt, type in the user name.
  1. Press “Enter”.
  1. At the password prompt, type in the password.

    Note: After entering the user name and password, the screen will be similar to the screen in Illustration 7.

  1. Set the local directory and remote directory for proper transfer of the file.

    Note: In order to specify the local working directory, use the command lcd PL1000E. See Illustration 8.

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  1. Set the remote directory.

    Note: By default, when the user logs into FTP, the remote directory is /ram. Confirm that the remote directory is /ram by issuing a Print Working Directory (PWD) command. If the current working directory is not returned as “/ram/”, then use a Change Directory (CD) command such as “ftp> cd /” in order to return to the root directory. See Illustration 9.

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  1. Since all new PCL files must be loaded into the “New” directory, change from the remote directory to the “New” directory using the “Change Directory New (CD New)” command.

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  1. In order to confirm the remote directory is set up correctly, use the PWD command again. The current remote directory should be returned as “/ram/New/”. Refer to Illustration 11.
  1. Type “Binary” and press “Enter”. (This process forces DOS ftp to transfer file in binary format instead of the default ASCII.)