How can I successfully store an IP Address to the EtherLite from a Windows box?
The best utility for assigning the IP Address is DgIpServ.exe, which is part of the EtherLite driver package.
Depending on how the EtherLite is connected to the network, we have confirmed:
- You must be on the same subnet (PC and EtherLite).
- You may have problems if you are on a DHCP network. If you can, try segregating the EtherLite and PC on a dumb hub or running a crossover ethernet cable between the PC and EtherLite’s ethernet port.
NOTE: If you are connected via a crossover cable and your PC is set up for DHCP, try assigning it a static IP Address.
- DgIpServ must be run from a PC with a single Network Interface Card.
One way to confirm you are seeing the EtherLite on the network is to run BootPS.exe, which is a support utility available on our web site. By running BootPS.exe, which will say waiting for BOOTP requests, and power cycling the EtherLite, you should get a response showing the EtherLite’s MAC Address. If so, you are seeing the EtherLite on the network and should be successful in assigning the IP Address.
Why using a cross-over Ethernet cable in Windows 2000/XP/2003(.NET) will sometimes fail:
Due to the nature of Windows networking. Windows 2000/XP/2003(.NET) will stop the networking processes when it senses that link has been lost. (When the EtherLite is rebooting for example) If the EtherLite has had an IP address assigned to it previously, it will only generate a single “BootP” request. In many cases the Windows networking has not had enough time to come back on-line to catch this “BootP” request. You will note that an EtherLite that has not had an IP stored on it, or has had it’s IP erased, does not have this problem. As it will continue to generate requests for an IP when it does not receive the initial response. These later requests are what the Windows machine will see and respond to once the Networking processes come up.