How to Connect to the ViaLite Monitoring & Control (M&C) Modules

This guide will explain how to connect to following ViaLite Monitoring & Control (M&C) Module products:

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HRC-1

If you don’t know the IP address:

Step 1 – Connect the serial programing cable that came with the HRC-1 (Kraft port cable to 9-pin D-type) to your laptop/PC – you may need to add a USB to 9-pin D-type for laptop use.

Step 2 – Go to Device Manager on your PC and check which COM port is in use (in the below example this is ‘COM3’).

Device Manager

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Step 3 – Open PuTTY, set the connection to ‘Serial’ and update the COM port in the ‘Serial line’ field.

PuTTY COM Port

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Step 4 – When you enter this, a blank CMD window will appear.Blank Command Window

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Step 5 – Reseat the card.

Step 6 – Once the card powers up (which may take a few seconds), you will see the bootloader launch with a command to press any key within 5 seconds to halt the boot up.

Step 7 – Press any key to interrupt the bootloader.

PuTTY Bootloader

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Step 8 – Now enter the CLI password: web4270

Step 9 – Type N (not change password) and the main menu will appear.

Command Window Main Menu

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Step 10 –  Menu options

  • Type 1 to to see the IP setup menu with the IP address and FTP details for file upload.
  • Type 2 to setup IP address details.
  • Type 3 to enter the software menu (required for FTP uploads).
  • Type 4 to save any changes and exit.

Note that this last item must be performed in order to connect with Horizons. If this isn’t done, reconnect a new PuTTY session and ensure 4 is selected.

Step 11 – Open Horizons.

  • If you need to install Horizons, it’s available to download by clicking here.
  • Select ‘Horizons PC app – Run without install (1.0.6)’.
  • Note on the installer version: The installer version installs a copy onto your machine, which you can then run (the same way you install any other programs on your PC). The ‘Run without install’ version doesn’t make any changes to your PC (it doesn’t install itself); it just runs from where the exe file is. This is useful as you can have this version on a USB stick and run it on whatever PC you plug the USB into without having to install it onto that PC.

If you know the IP address:

Step 1 – In Horizons, check that the SNMP communities are set with:

  • READ-ONLY – public, and
  • READ-WRITE – private.

Step 2 – Type in the IP address and connect (identified in step 10 above).

Step 3 – Now you will be presented with the Web GUI, where you can interrogate the individual card settings, monitor alarms and set up Tx and Rx gains.

  • Note that some cards will not be displayed with the HRC-1 module (for example, Mil-Aero cards).

 


 

HRC-3

If you don’t know the IP address:

Step 1 – Connect a serial cable between your laptop/PC and the Micro USB serial port on the front of the HRC-3 (either the one supplied with the HRC-3 or any Micro USB to USB data cable).

Step 2 – Go to Device Manager on your PC and check which COM port is in use (in the below example this is ‘COM12’).

Serial COM Port

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Step 3 – Open PuTTY, set the connection to ‘Serial’ and update the COM port in the ‘Serial line’ field.

Serial Line COM Port

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Step 4 – Click ‘Open’ and you will see the CMD window appear with the ViaLite login screen.

Command Window Login

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Step 5 – Log in to the CMD window with the relevant username and password details (see Table 1 at the end of this document for details).

Step 6 – Type ? to see all available commands and use sys_info to see the system information, including all IP settings.

Step 7 – Once you have confirmed the IP address, select ‘Exit’ to close the CMD window and restore the system for use.

If you know the IP address:

Step 1 – Open a web browser (e.g. Chrome) and type the IP address into the address field – you will then be presented with the ViaLite Web and SNMP Controller.

Step 2 – Log in using the relevant username and password (see Table 1 at the end of this document).

Step 3 – If the system has connected to the HRC-3 correctly, you should also see the HRC-3 serial number displayed above the login boxes.

ViaLite Web Controller

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Step 4 – Now you will be presented with the Web GUI, where you can interrogate the individual card settings, monitor alarms and set up Tx and Rx gains.

Web GUI Window

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HRC-5

If you don’t know the IP address:

Step 1 – Connect a serial cable between your laptop/PC and the Micro USB serial port on the front of the HRC-5 (either the one supplied with the HRC-5 or any Micro USB to USB data cable).

Step 2 – Go to Device Manager on your PC and check which COM port is in use (in the below example this is ‘COM12’).

Serial COM Port

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Step 3 – Open PuTTY, set the connection to ‘Serial’ and update the COM port in the ‘Serial line’ field.

Serial Line COM Port

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Step 4 – Click ‘Open’ and you will see the CMD window appear with the ViaLite login screen.

ViaLite Command Window

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Step 5 – Log in to the CMD window with the relevant username and password details (see Table 1 at the end of this document).

Step 6 – Type ? to see all available commands and use sys_info to see the system information, including all IP settings.

Step 7 – Once you have confirmed the IP address, select ‘Exit’ to close the CMD window and restore the system for use.

If you know the IP address:

Step 1 – Open a web browser (e.g. Chrome) and type the IP address into the address field – you will then be presented with the ViaLite Web and SNMP Controller.

Step 2 – Log in using the relevant username and password details (see Table 1 at the end of this document).

Step 3 – If the system has connected to the HRC-5 correctly, you should also see the HRC-5 serial number displayed above the login boxes.

ViaLite SNMP Web Controller

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Step 4 – Now you will be presented with the Web GUI, where you can interrogate the individual card settings, monitor alarms and set up Tx and Rx gains.

Web GUI Window

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ODE-MINI & ODE-A4

Step 1 – In order to connect to the ODE-MINI/ODE-A4, you will need to know the IP address of the unit.

  • If the IP address is changed, this must be recorded for future access – losing the IP address may cause connection issues.
  • If the IP address has not been set, the default IP address will be 10.0.0.104

Step 2 – In order to change or adjust the network settings, time and date and other features, it will be necessary to connect to the system and access the control menu. To do this, open a PuTTY session, select ‘SSH’, and enter the IP address into the address bar. In the below example, the IP address is 10.0.0.217.

PuTTY Set IP Address

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Step 3 – Click ‘Open’ and you will see the CMD window appear with the ViaLite login screen.

Step 4 – Log in to the CMD window with the relevant username and password details (see Table 1 at the end of this document). In this example, the username is Technician and the password is tech.

Step 5 – Type ? to see all available commands.

ViaLite Command Window Menu

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Step 6 – Select sys_info to see the current settings.

Step 7 – When all settings have been adjusted as required, ensure you use the command ‘Exit’ to leave the CMD window. Failure to use this command may cause connection problems with the Web GUI.

Step 8 – To access the Web GUI, open a web browser (e.g. Chrome) and type the IP address into the address bar, this will bring up the Web GUI – you will then be presented with the ViaLite Web and SNMP Controller.

Step 9 – Log in using the relevant username and password details (see Table 1 at the end of this document).

Step 10 – If the system has connected to the ODE-MINI/ODE-A4 correctly, you should also see the product’s serial number displayed above the login boxes.

ViaLite Web Controller Tech

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Step 11 – Now you will be presented with the Web GUI, where you can interrogate the individual card settings, monitor alarms and set up Tx and Rx gains.

ODE-MINI ODE-A4 Web GUI

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GPS Splitter Rack

The GPS Splitter Rack is a 1U rack GPS receiver solution. This chassis can take up to 2 x GPS receiver cards. By utilizing dual Rx GPS modules, 4 GPS receiver packages can be used.

The GPS Splitter Rack is fitted with an internal version of the HRC M&C card to provide full M&C control of the GPS Rx cards installed, allowing gain adjustments and control of all available features.

Step 1 – In order to access the HRC card within the GPS Splitter Rack, you will need to know the IP address of the unit.

  • If the IP address is changed, this must be recorded for future access – losing the IP address may cause connection issues (see reset below).
  • If the IP address has not been set, the default IP address will be 10.0.0.104

Step 2 – Open a web browser window (e.g. Chrome) and type the IP address into the address bar. You should see the Web GUI login window.

ViaLite Web Controller Tech

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Step 3 – Log in using the relevant username and password details (see Table 1 at the end of this document). The Web GUI will now be available where the card gains and features can be adjusted. In order to access the individual card menus, click on the relevant card in the image to access that card’s features.

Step 4 – To access the HRC card within, click on the ‘RJ45’ port in the image to bring up the HRC card properties. In this instance, the HRC-5 is fitted (HRC-3 or HRC-5 may be available).

HRC Card Properties

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Step 5 – To connect to the M&C card and access the control menu where you can change or adjust the network settings, time and date and other features, it will be necessary to connect to the system and access the control menu. To do this, open a PuTTY session, select ‘SSH’ and enter the IP address into the address bar. In the below example, the IP address is 10.0.0.217.

PuTTY Set IP Address

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Step 6 – Click ‘Open’ and you will see the CMD window appear with the ViaLite login screen.

ViaLite Command Window

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Step 7 – Log in to the CMD window with the relevant username and password details (see Table 1 at the end of this document).

ViaLite Available Commands

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Step 8 – When all settings have been adjusted as required, use the command ‘Exit’ to come out of the session and close the CMD window.

Please note: In the event that the IP address is lost or unknown on the GPS Splitter Rack, there is a reset button on the rear of the chassis:

    • The reset button is located on the rear panel below J1 – under all normal operating circumstances, use of this will not be required.
    • Short pressing the reset button will reboot the module, while long pressing the reset button will reset the module back to the factory default settings.
    • In order to activate the reset, a small object (for example, a bent paperclip) should be used to depress the button. The button has positive feedback and the user should feel it activating.

 


 

Mil-Aero OEMs (Black IP Rated and Blue Modules)

Step 1 – In order to connect to the Mil-Aero OEMs, open up a PuTTY session.

Device Manager COM Port

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Step 2 – Select the relevant COM port (check Device Manager on your PC to confirm) and enter this in the ‘Serial line’ field.

Step 3 – Select ‘Serial’ and put 9600 in the ‘Speed’ field.

Step 4 – Click ‘Open’ and you will see the CMD window where individual gains and features can be set. In the below example, it can be seen that the BiasT voltage is being adjusted and switched off.

Command Window Options

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The full command set for the Mil-Aero OEMs is available by clicking here, or alternatively, the full command set can be viewed as a PDF by clicking here.

 


 

Access Passwords*

UsernamePassword   
Guestguest
Adminadmin
Techniciantech
*Please refer to your user manual to determine which username/password to use in each instance as the login details you use will determine the level of control available.

 


 

Further Assistance

In the event that you are unable to connect for any reason, please contact our dedicated Technical Support team, by emailing technicalsupport@vialite.com or by phoning +44 (0) 1793 784389.

You can also download this Guide in PDF format.

How to Connect to the <strong><em>ViaLite</em></strong> Monitoring & Control (M&C) Modules
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