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SMW M&C Evaluation Tool

This freeware is a simple and easy user interface to read/write Monitoring and Control parameters and an easy way to setup and getting started with M&C functions. This software is provided for the purpose of testing and evaluating M&C enabled SMW products. See instructions to getting started below.


Latest release May 15 2023 version 1.01

How to request the software

The software is available on request. Please send the request by using the request form on the button. Please read and understand the Terms and Conditions and the integrity Policy before downloading SMW M&C Evaluation Tool. The software is continuously improved however Swedish Microwave will not communicate any hotfixes or updates. Any inqueries regarding the software, or to download latest version, please contact support@smw.se.

Getting started

Verify the download 41C25639-EC1E-4330-A85F-624D51C798E8

If you want to verify the integrity of the installer-file, a MD5 checksum has been precalculated by SMW available on the download page. When the installer has been downloaded, we recommend to calculate the MD5 checksum of that file. 

Then compare the MD5 checksum of the downloaded file with the one generated by SMW. If they are equal the downloaded file is OK.

How to read the MD5 Checksum:
• Open Windows command line (Windows + R, type cmd and press Enter)
• Type: certutil –hashfile <path>* MD5 
   *Tips: Drag and drop the file into cmd window to get the full path.
• Compare the result from certutil with the one on the download page.

First Startup 41C25639-EC1E-4330-A85F-624D51C798E8

The program is divided into two panels:
• The top panel manage the M&C register readout and manipulation (if applicable).
• The bottom panel manage the hardware interface and device connection.

Manage serial port connection 41C25639-EC1E-4330-A85F-624D51C798E8

Note: SMW offers a hardware start kit for the serial port option, which is a convenient way to get started.

To connect:
• Select appropriate serial port (COM port) from the drop-down box.
Rescan can be used to scan the computer for COM-ports if, for example, the USB-cable is connected after the program has been started.

• Default setting: Baud rate: 19200 and even parity. SMW-product device address is 60 by default.

• Press “Connect” button, if the button displays “Connected” the connection process has been successful.

Manage Ethernet connection 41C25639-EC1E-4330-A85F-624D51C798E8

Note: The Ethernet option requires additional hardware (Modbus gateway) which is not supplied by SMW. As this is a third-party product, there may be compatibility issues with this software.

To connect:
• Type in appropriate IP-address and port number that has been set up for the Gateway. Refer to the Gateway product manual how to properly setup that device.
• Press “Connect” button, if the button displays “Connected” the connection process has been successful.

Console and additional connection functions 41C25639-EC1E-4330-A85F-624D51C798E8

The “Search” function can be used to find a SMW-device with unknown settings. For example, if the device address has been lost for some reason, then this function may be useful.

• For serial port connection it will iterate through the allowed device address range (1-247) for all baud rate- and parity options. The search process will start with current baudrate and parity setting.

• For Ethernet connection, it will scan the allowed device address range (1-247).

• A progress indicator will count from 0%-100%. The “Search” button will display “Stop” during search process. The process may be stopped at any time.

The read only “console output” displays the raw byte transaction between the M&C Evaluation Tool and the SMW product. TX refers to data bytes sent from the software and RX refers to received bytes from the connected SMW device.

• Press “Clear console” button to remove all console text.

• Press “Save console” to save content to a text file for reference or troubleshooting.

Open a register map 41C25639-EC1E-4330-A85F-624D51C798E8

• The register map defines what M&C registers are available for a specific SMW device configuration. Register maps are available for download on the website.

• The software uses the register map to create a user-friendly interface and overview.

• Choose File -> Open Register map to select the register map file.

• Loading a register map can be done in either unconnected or connected state.

The register-by-register view 41C25639-EC1E-4330-A85F-624D51C798E8

• Under “M&C Object types” a tree view is created based on the register map content. It creates categories based on register type and registers are accessed by selecting the category. For convenience, keyboard arrow keys can also be used to navigate the tree. (Up/down navigates the tree, right opens a category and left closes a category.)

• All registers can be read, but not all can be written – depending on register type (category).

• The register value is displayed in three different representations. Decimal, hexadecimal and binary. This makes it easier to interpret the register content.

• To write a value, any of the three representations may be used. If the input fields contains unallowed letters or values outside the allowed range the input text becomes red.

• Clicking the decimal write field with “write on trim” checked, the register is written if the up or down button is clicked. Keyboard keys up and down may also be used.

The Scan registers view 41C25639-EC1E-4330-A85F-624D51C798E8

• This view displays the registers for the device in a list.

• The refined value column displays values in a user-friendly way.

• Clicking “Single” button starts a readout of all register values.

• “Continuous” starts a periodic readout of all registers – based on the time interval defined by “Scan period” in milliseconds.

•Log to file can be used to save the continuous readout to a file that can be opened in, for example, MS Excel for further analysis.

Settings view 41C25639-EC1E-4330-A85F-624D51C798E8

File -> Settings are the user-defined startup configuration.

General:

• A register map can be selected and will then be automatically opened every time the SMW M&C Evaluation Tool is started.

• The startup device address can be changed according to user preferences.

Connection:

• Interface can be altered according to desired settings.

• Automatic connect attempt at startup requires the hardware to be set up before starting the program.

GUI:

• Startup settings for register read/write behavior.

• Set scan interval and automatic register readout is possible.

• Console colors can be changed.

• Note that after saving changes, the program needs to be restarted.

Troubleshooting 41C25639-EC1E-4330-A85F-624D51C798E8

Problems when Installing – System requirements only confirmed for WIN 10 / WIN 11 Professional. Note: because the installer has an unknown publisher your endpoint detection, or anti-virus, may refuse to run the exe-file. This has to be cleared by your IT-support.

Problems connecting the device – confirm that the device is externally powered with correct voltage, the M8 connector or USB transceiver does not power the device.

No connection on USB COM-port – USB drivers maybe missing for the USB Transceiver, download from www.ftdichip.com.

No readings of parameters – No parameters will be read if the register map is missing or not the correct register map for the specific device.

Documents

Getting Started with Evaluation Tool Other 2023 PDF 404.86 KB
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