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Configuring DASYLab for an IOtech Ethernet device

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Configuring DASYLab for an IOtech Ethernet device

The following will hopefully serve as a guide to configure a computer to work with a DaqBook/2000 series device using DASYLab 13 and Windows 10. The procedure also applies to the DaqLab/2000, DaqScan/2000, and WaveBook516E devices. These instructions are also good for DASYLab 2016 and DASYLab 2020.

The IOtech Ethernet devices do not have an Auto Negotiation (or Auto Link) feature. This is a feature whereby the computer's network card and the external device setup to compatible IP addresses - typically beginning with 169.x.x.x. Because of this, the first step is to put your network card at a compatible address. The IOtech default factory addresses begin with 10.12.x.x. The final two fields are determined by the serial number. The network card must be set to a compatible address that is different from that of the device. The IOtech user manual suggests using with a subnet of 

Next, install DASYLab 13 if you haven't already done so. Run DASYLab's Configurator program. On the first page enter your company name, your name and the alphanumeric serial number. Next, select the Packages tab and enable the IOtech driver. Exit the Configurator at which time the IOtech driver installation will run. Follow the prompts to install the support. 

The IOtech driver installation adds an entry to the Start >> All Apps Start menu which is called DASYLab Driver Support. Under which you will find shortcuts to the following programs: DaqIPConfig and DaqXCPL. DaqIPConfig broadcasts a UDP message for IOtech devices to identify themselves. DaqXCPL will allow you test the communications 

At this time turn on your Ethernet device and wait 30 seconds for it to boot and become available. Start the DaqIPConfig program. It will tell you the device's IP address and serial number. It is recommended that the device be set to Obtain IP Address Automatically if possible.

Make note of the IP address and serial number and close the dialog

Next, add your device to the DaqXCPL configuration using the Add Device button and enter the serial number as shown below. The IP Address box will show you the default IP address.

Click over to the Test Hardware page and run the Resource Test. If it fails, most likely you have firewall blocking communication. In this case either drop the firewall or unblock ports 50000 - 50020. 

Next start DASYLab using the Run as Administrator option. This is done once as Windows will remember the setting. You can also do this with the file explorer, for instance browse to C:\Program Files (x86)\DASYLab 13.0 and set Run as Administrator property on the DASYLab.exe file.

DASYLab is now configured with the IOtech driver support however, it doesn't know which device to use. So go to the menu called Measurement >> Hardware Setup >> Driver. Click the Add button and from the list choose your device. 

For DaqBoards, DaqBooks, DaqScans and DaqLabs open the section called Analog Inputs & DBK Expansion. Choose the channel where you want to add a DBK item and click Add DBK. 

Press OK and exit the Hardware Configuration dialog. At this time it is recommended to restart DASYLab.

Now begin your worksheet program. To add an Analog Input go to the Modules menu and choose Inputs/Outputs >> Driver >> Analog Input. From the list pick the channels you wish to use. That's it - happy programming!

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