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Re: Com Port

Wes Mcdonald
 

Don:

I did not mean to imply you had disabled your wifi.  You cannot disable your wifi.
Wes.


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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: Com Port

Dino Monaco
 

Don

yes you should be able to revert back. Do that first.
I have no what was happening on my set up. Most likely not knowing what I was doing. But everything was fine after I hooked up my spare cable. So I keep that one for general connection to PMC8 & the reverted cable for ASIAIR/PMC8 setups. Being a newbie myself with this mount has me rechecking all my moves twice.
Once you revert back then recheck you com link to PMC8 in CM.
As Wes said perhaps the WiFi in PMC8 was disabled? 
Do you recall performing this command in CM?


 


Re: Com Port

Wes Mcdonald
 

Don:

When you invert the DTR line on your chip set, I believe the cable will hold the PMC8 reset.  If you are trying to use wifi when the cable is attached to the PMC8, independent as to wheter it is also plugged into the PC I think the PMC8 is held reset.  With this condition, the CM will not see the PMC8 serial.

Another possibility for the CM to not see the serial connetion is that the PC is not connected to the PMC8 wifi.  Dpn't ask me why it has to be but it almost always needs to be for the CM to find the serial port.

BUT, you need not have the CM connected via serial (ie go through the connection tab) to load firmware.  Just get your PC onto your home network so you can get at the new code.  It is best to load the install pack from the web site.  This has all the files you need to upgrade the firmware.  Then you use the CM advanced tab to browse to the new firmware you got with the install pack and tell it to load.  Now the thing is, the CM might not do it because of the inverted DTR line, you will have to see.  If the PMC8 is held reset, loading will not occure.  If the the DTR line is upside down from what the loader expects, even if the PMC8 is not held reset, I expect the loader will not work.  

You might want to buy another usb-serial cable and not invert the DTR line.

What firmware are you running at this time?

As for explorestars telling you that the data fies are not found (in the ipad, correct?) I can't say.  If you load the app from the Apple store it all comes in.  Perhaps look at the setup page in the ipad explorestars and see where it thinks the data files are located.  If that adress is not where they are then I guess yo could try to change it.  I would probably just remove the app first though and reload it from the apple store.

One final thing is Parallels might not be giving you full access to the computer IO ports.  I have heard of such problems, but cannot specifically comment.  I can tell you I use a bootcamped mac mini to control my mount just fine.

Wes.

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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: Com Port

Don Bradford
 

Also, shouldn't I be able to connect to PMC-Eight via WiFi from my Windows 10/Parallels, without any cable to interfere?  
Don

On Sep 8, 2021, at 11:46 AM, Don Bradford via groups.io <don.bradford1@...> wrote:

Dino:  I don't have a spare cable.  Should I be able to reprogram the FTDI cable with my Parallels/Windows VM?  
Don


Re: Com Port

Don Bradford
 

Dino:  I don't have a spare cable.  Should I be able to reprogram the FTDI cable with my Parallels/Windows VM?  
Don


Re: Com Port

Dino Monaco
 

Hi Don,

Your initial inkling may be correct. Try re-inverting your cable back.
I just had a similar issue last night when I attached my asiair with a reprogrammed FTDI cable. Everything worked fine in that regard.
Then I decided to update the PMC8 firmware afterwards and got no com Conifuguration Manager . It dawned on me that I needed to reflash the chip set back. But at that point I was stuck. Fortunately I had a spare usb/rs232 cable and was able to reestablish connection between my pc & PMC8.
Once you reconnect your Mac to PMC8 again, then make sure your pc is connected to your regular WiFi and not PMC8 WiFi. This should allow you to download the latest firmware and install it into PMC8. and give you dual capability for both serial & WiFi control.
Let me know if this helps.
Dino


Re: Com Port

Don Bradford
 

No problem. Thanks for all your good work on these developments and for your support on this forum. 
Don


On Sep 7, 2021, at 9:47 PM, Wes Mcdonald <wesmcd6@...> wrote:


Don:

I will try to think of something and get back to you.  Several issues here and questions for you but I can't get it together this evening.  Tomorrow.

Wes.


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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: Explore Stars WIFI not working

Wes Mcdonald
 

Wayne:

1.  Be sure your PC does not connect to the wifi of the pmc8.  Forget the network and don't let it connect.
2.  Once PC will not connect via wifi, boot the PMC8.
3.  At this point you may connect your PC serially with stellarium under ascom or stellarium natively I believe.  But honestly I have not tested dual mode operation with stellarium direct to PMC8, only via ASCOM hub or Poth.
4.  You may connect the Ipad to the wireless and it should control the mount.

5.  The firmware knows ASOM has priority.  EXplorestars can issue commands when ascom is in a state, such as tracking, that allows EXplorestars to do something.  

It should work well.

Wes.


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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: Com Port

Wes Mcdonald
 

Don:

I will try to think of something and get back to you.  Several issues here and questions for you but I can't get it together this evening.  Tomorrow.

Wes.


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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: Com Port

Don Bradford
 

That may be a bit complicated, but historically I have been successful in operating my new EXOS2/PMCEight with ASIAIR Pro. ASIAIR Pro attaches through the serial port via RS232/USB cable (which has been reprogrammed to invert the DTR signal). I have operated the whole thing with my iPad mini. I wanted to be able (as an alternative) to use my MacBook for control of the PMCEight as well as other image processing. So I recently installed Parallels 17 and Windows 10. The past several days I have been trying to update the PMCEight firmware. It does not like simultaneous serial (ASIAIR) and WiFi. So now I just have the mount and PMC Eight wired, and the same serial cable used with the ASIAIR.  My WiFi info on the Mac/Windows says I am connected to the PMCEIGHT, but the PMC8 Configuration Manager seems to say otherwise.  On other bit of info: the ExploreStars App opens and says “DATA FILES MISSING” even though the files were installed at the same time as the app (if I did the installation correctly). I have been working on this for some time and with some success (including several problems with Windows 10) but I am stumped now. 
Don Bradford
EXOS2/PMCEight
ASIAIR Pro
ZWO ASI294MM Pro
Explore Scientific 102mm AR f/6.5




On Sep 7, 2021, at 4:20 PM, Wes Mcdonald <wesmcd6@...> wrote:

Don

I can’t unpack your message.  Let’s take it to your current configuration of everything. 

Wes


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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: Explore Stars WIFI not working

wayne archard
 

Wes the reason I want to use the ipad to control the mount is that last year I was using the laptop which is 5 lbs. and very difficult to hold and operate while looking into the eyepiece to see what the adjustments were doing.  If I set it on the table I had to keep jumping up to look into the eyepiece then run back to the laptop to stop the adjustment from going too far.  Very frustrating.
Wayne

On Tue, Sep 7, 2021 at 5:47 PM wayne archard <warchard67@...> wrote:
Wes, here is the splash screen.  The ipad controls the Explore Stars as long as I'm  just using it alone with WIFI.  When I connect the PMC-8 serially to my windows 10 laptop I can't get the ipad to work at the same time with the mount.  I don't know if there is a sequence to connect them or what.  If there is, can you give me the step by step procedure?  I'm just going to list my equipment at the end of this email.  I don't know how to do this signature thing you reference.  I'm in my mid 70s and not that computer literate.  Thank you for your help.
Wayne
Exos 2 GT, PMC-8, Vixen GPD 2 Starbook S, Meade LX200 GPS ALT/AZ
Vixen VMC 200, ES 80mm APO Triplet, Meade 8" ACF
Dell Inspiron laptop, Ipad 10" tablet
Polemaster, PHD 2, Cartes Du Ciel, Backyard EOS, Canon 60D modified
60mm guide scope, ASI120 mini guide camera 
Retired car sales person
Summer Wells ME, Winter Titusville FL

On Mon, Sep 6, 2021 at 6:07 PM Wes Mcdonald <wesmcd6@...> wrote:
Wayne

The splash screen is what happens when you press the reboot and show splash screen button


The screen indicates you have an exos2. Is that  true?

If you have and exos 2 you can communicate via wifi in either tcp or udp mode on the pmc8 as the WiFi module does not care which you set

If you have an iexos 100 you must set the comms mode to udp.  This can be done with the configuration manager or the dongle

There is no UFCT or config manager for the iPad you must use the pc for those and to update your firmware.

Please put your equipment in your signature to help us out.

Send the splash screen obtained from the reboot and show splash screen.  It has all the system information 

Wes



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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: Explore Stars WIFI not working

wayne archard
 

Wes, here is the splash screen.  The ipad controls the Explore Stars as long as I'm  just using it alone with WIFI.  When I connect the PMC-8 serially to my windows 10 laptop I can't get the ipad to work at the same time with the mount.  I don't know if there is a sequence to connect them or what.  If there is, can you give me the step by step procedure?  I'm just going to list my equipment at the end of this email.  I don't know how to do this signature thing you reference.  I'm in my mid 70s and not that computer literate.  Thank you for your help.
Wayne
Exos 2 GT, PMC-8, Vixen GPD 2 Starbook S, Meade LX200 GPS ALT/AZ
Vixen VMC 200, ES 80mm APO Triplet, Meade 8" ACF
Dell Inspiron laptop, Ipad 10" tablet
Polemaster, PHD 2, Cartes Du Ciel, Backyard EOS, Canon 60D modified
60mm guide scope, ASI120 mini guide camera 
Retired car sales person
Summer Wells ME, Winter Titusville FL

On Mon, Sep 6, 2021 at 6:07 PM Wes Mcdonald <wesmcd6@...> wrote:
Wayne

The splash screen is what happens when you press the reboot and show splash screen button


The screen indicates you have an exos2. Is that  true?

If you have and exos 2 you can communicate via wifi in either tcp or udp mode on the pmc8 as the WiFi module does not care which you set

If you have an iexos 100 you must set the comms mode to udp.  This can be done with the configuration manager or the dongle

There is no UFCT or config manager for the iPad you must use the pc for those and to update your firmware.

Please put your equipment in your signature to help us out.

Send the splash screen obtained from the reboot and show splash screen.  It has all the system information 

Wes



--
Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: Com Port

Wes Mcdonald
 

Don

I can’t unpack your message.  Let’s take it to your current configuration of everything. 

Wes


--
Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Com Port

Don Bradford
 

I am a newbie. In trying to update the firmware in my PMC Eight (on the EXOS-2), I recently installed Parallels 17 and Windows 10. I have worked through problems with setting the IP to 192.168.47.11 and have verified (by my iPad) that the PMC Eight is in WiFi mode, but I can’t establish connection for anything.  There is no drop down menu for the com port, and everything I try to do indicates an error that I must establish connection with the PMC Eight first. I have tried all this with and without first inserting my serial cable (usb-3) into my Mac. I earlier had to reprogram my chip set cable to work with my ASIAIR.  Should I change it back to work with the PMC Eight? Could that prevent me from connecting WiFi?


Re: IEXOS-100 Case Ideas

David Palughi
 

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I cannot believe I have missed Harbor Freight as a store. I've heard about of course, but thought it was up north somewhere.  I do one web search and there's two stores near me.  What ... is ... wrong with me? I know where I'm going if they're open today.

Thanks for the advice,

Dave


Re: IEXOS-100 Case Ideas

David Palughi
 

Nice pictures.  That gives me a better idea. When I got to Harbor Freight.  I’m torn between the two setups, although I’m usually partial to pick-n-pluck stuff.  But I like the roller case for other things too.

 

Thanks,

 

Dave

 

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Re: Explore Stars WIFI not working

Wes Mcdonald
 

Wayne

The splash screen is what happens when you press the reboot and show splash screen button


The screen indicates you have an exos2. Is that  true?

If you have and exos 2 you can communicate via wifi in either tcp or udp mode on the pmc8 as the WiFi module does not care which you set

If you have an iexos 100 you must set the comms mode to udp.  This can be done with the configuration manager or the dongle

There is no UFCT or config manager for the iPad you must use the pc for those and to update your firmware.

Please put your equipment in your signature to help us out.

Send the splash screen obtained from the reboot and show splash screen.  It has all the system information 

Wes



--
Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: Explore Stars WIFI not working

wayne archard
 


wayne archard <warchard67@...>

Sep 5, 2021, 3:23 PM (1 day ago)
to wesmc6
Wes.  Here is the spash screen you requested.  I went into the PMC-8 Configuration MGR. and clicked connect via TCP.  Once that connected the Ipad started working. I have Configuration Mgr. and UFCT on my windows laptop computer.  Can I download them to the IOS Ipad system and if so do I need to go to the Config. Mgr each time I want to use the Ipad to control Explore Stars or will it remember it?  Thank you.
Wayne  


On Sun, Sep 5, 2021 at 10:48 AM Wes Mcdonald <wesmcd6@...> wrote:
Wayne

So tell me the settings in the UFCT splash screen.



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Wes, Southport NC
EXos2-GT PMC-8, iExos 100
ES ED 127, 10" LX200GPS+wedge, Astro-Tech 8" Newt, ETX-90, 60mm no-name guide scope ~ 260mm FL
Polemaster, Orion ST-80 and SAG, ZWO 290MM, D5300 astro modified
Nina, Bootcamped Mac Mini control computer, RDP to iMAC
110 amp hour lead acid deep discharge battery for field power
Electrical Engineer, Retired


Re: IEXOS-100 Case Ideas

Frank Rich
 


Re: IEXOS-100 Case Ideas

David Palughi
 

Thanks for the response - sounds good to me. - Dave

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