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reseng

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control instruments via tcp-ip connection
Posted: May 10, 2012 5:17 AM
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Hello,

Is it possible to control B2902A and PNA-X (N5242A) via ethernet cable connection?
Or GRIB interfaces are mandatory for IC-CAP?

Oleg
ELSES

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Re: control instruments via tcp-ip connection
Posted: May 10, 2012 4:56 PM   in response to: reseng in response to: reseng
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Hello Oleg,

Officially, the ethernet connection is not supported at this time. However I have used it with the PNA and have not had any problems with it.
One can treat the PNA as if it were a lan interface e.g. add interface >> lan "left bracket" " ip address of pna " " right bracket" : " pna sicl ..often hpib7 "
for example: lan "left bracket" 1.2.3.4 "right bracket" : hpib7

(where left bracket == "[" etc.)

In addition, one must set the PNA up to be expecting the gpib communications via the ethernet.

I have not tested it with the B2200, but I would expect it would likely work also, provided it was configured to accept the gpib via ethernet.

If you are interested in this approach, there should be no downside to trying it. The only issue is that if you ran into some issue specifically
related to the ethernet interface, it is not assured it would be addressed, at least not immediately, since it is not currently officially supported.

If you have further questions, please contact eesof_support@agilent.com. We also have an IC-CAP User's Group on LinkedIn.

Best regards
Else
reseng

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Re: control instruments via tcp-ip connection
Posted: May 11, 2012 4:16 AM   in response to: ELSES in response to: ELSES
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Thank you!
ELSES

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Re: control instruments via tcp-ip connection
Posted: May 11, 2012 12:00 PM   in response to: reseng in response to: reseng
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You are welcome! I hope you can discern the syntax for adding the lan interface. This forum posting tool corrupts
the actual syntax so that am unable to post the actual syntax in this context. I hope you are understanding what
I mean. To see the example syntax, for adding a lan interface, you can go to ICCAP Main: -
Examples to demo_features to 2_LINKING_TO_MEAS_INSTRUMENTS and then load Link_ICCAP_to_GPIB_interface.mdl, and look in the README macro.

Best regards
Else

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