Next Generation Control - Wireless Network

Networking Terms and Responsibilities

Networks and operating systems are different from company to company. When your HFO Service Technician installs your machine, they can attempt to connect it to your network with your information, and they can troubleshoot connection problems with the machine itself. If the problem is with your network, you need a qualified IT service provider to assist you, at your expense.

If you call your HFO for help with network problems, remember that the technician can help only as far as the machine software and networking hardware.

Network Responsibility Diagram: [A] Haas Responsibility, [B] Your Responsibility, [1] Haas Machine, [2] Haas Machine Network Hardware, [3] Your Server, [4] Your computer(s).

Introduction

You can use a computer network through a wired connection (Ethernet) or a wireless connection (WiFi) to transfer program files to and from your Haas machine, and to let multiple machines access files from a central network location. You can also set up Net Share to quickly and easily share programs between the machines in your shop and the computers on your network.

To access the Network page:

  1. Press SETTING.
  2. Select the Network tab in the tabbed menu.
  3. Select the tab for the network settings ( Wired Connection, Wireless Connection, or Net Share) that you want to set up.
note: Settings with a > character in the second column have preset values that you select from. Press the RIGHT cursor arrow key to see the list of options. Use the UP and DOWN cursor arrow keys to choose an option, and then press ENTER to confirm your choice.
Wireless Network Setup

This option lets your machine connect to a 2.4 GHz, 802.11b/g/n wireless network. 5 GHz is not supported.

Wireless network setup uses a wizard to scan for available networks and then set up the connection with your network information.

Before you begin, ask your network administrator if your network has a Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server. If it does not have a DHCP server, collect this information:

  • The IP address that your machine will use on the network
  • The Subnet Mask address
  • The Default Gateway address
  • The DNS Server name

You also need this information:

  • The SSID for your wireless network
  • The password to connect to your secured wireless network

To establish a wireless network connection:

  1. Select the Wireless Connection tab in the Network tabbed menu.

    Press F2 to scan for available networks. The Connection Wizard shows [1] the Current Active Network Connection (if any), [2] the Network SSID, [3] the Signal Strength, and [4] the Security Type for the available wireless networks.

    The control supports 64/128 WEP, WPA, WPA2,TKIP, and AES security types.

  2. Use the cursor arrow keys to highlight the network you want to connect to, and then press ENTER. The network settings table appears, with fields for [1] the network password and [2] DHCP enable/disable.

    Type the access point password in the Password field.

    note: If you need special characters such as underscores ( _ ) or carets ( ^ ) for the password, press F2 and use the menu to select the special character you need.
  3. If your network does not have a DHCP server, change the DHCP Enabled setting to OFF and type the IP Address, Subnet Mask, Default Gateway, and DNS Server Address into their respective fields.

    Press F4 to complete the connection, or press F3 to discard your changes.

The possible status indicators are:

  • UP - The machine has an active connection to a wireless network.
  • DOWN - The machine does not have an active connection to a wireless network.
  • DORMANT - The machine is waiting for an external action (typically, waiting for authentication with the wireless access point).
  • UNKNOWN - The machine cannot determine the connection status. A bad link or incorrect network configuration can cause this. You may also see this status while the machine transitions between statuses.

After the machine successfully connects to the network, the Status indicator in the Wired Network Information box changes to UP. The machine will also automatically connect to this network when it is available, unless you press F1 and confirm to “forget” the network.

Wireless Network Settings

Wireless Network Enabled - This setting activates and deactivates wireless networking.

Obtain Address Automatically - Lets the machine retrieve an IP address and other network information from the network’s Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) server. You can use this option only if your network has a DHCP server.

IP Address - The machine’s static TCP/IP address on a network without a DHCP server. Your network administrator assigns this address to your machine.

Subnet Mask - Your network administrator assigns the subnet mask value for machines with a static TCP/IP address.

Default Gateway - An address to gain access to your network through routers. Your network administrator assigns this address.

DNS Server - The name of the Domain Name Server or DHCP server on the network.

note: The address format for Subnet Mask, Gateway, and DNS is XXX.XXX.XXX.XXX. Do not end the address with a period. Do not use negative numbers. 255.255.255.255 is the highest possible address.

Wireless SSID - The name of the wireless access point. You can enter this manually, or you can press the LEFT or RIGHT cursor arrow keys to select from a list of available networks. If your network does not broadcast its SSID, you must enter this manually.

Wireless Security - The security mode that your wireless access point uses.

Password - The password for the wireless access point.

Net Share Settings

Net Share lets you connect remote computers to the machine control over the network, to transfer files to and from the machine’s User Data directory. These are the settings you need to adjust to set up Net Share. Your network administrator can give you the correct values to use. You must enable remote sharing, local sharing, or both to use Net Share.

After you change these settings to the correct values, press F4 to begin Net Share.

note: If you need special symbols such as underscores ( _ ) or carets ( ^ ) for these settings, follow these instructions:
  1. Press LIST PROGRAM and begin to type the setting value.
  2. When you need a special character, press F3 and select Special Symbols from the drop-down menu.
  3. Highlight the special symbol that you want to use and press ENTER.
  4. Repeat steps 2 and 3 for each special symbol that you need.
  5. Return to the network settings page.
  6. Highlight the setting you want to change and press ENTER.

CNC Network Name - The name of the machine on the network. The default value is HAASMachine, but you must change this so that each machine on the network has a unique name.

Domain / Workgroup Name - The name of the domain or workgroup the machine belongs to.

Remote Net Share Enabled - When this is ON, the machine shows the contents of the shared network folder in the Network tab in the Device Manager.

Remote Server Name - The remote network name or IP address of the computer that has the share folder.

Remote Share Path - The name and location of the shared remote network folder.

note: Do not use spaces in the shared folder name.

Remote User Name - The name to use to log in to the remote server or domain. User names are case-sensitive and cannot contain spaces.

Remote Password - The password to use to log in to the remote server. Passwords are case-sensitive.

Local Net Share Enabled - When this is ON, the machine allows access to the User Data directory to computers on the network (password required).

Local User Name - Displays the user name to log into the control from a remote computer. The default value is haas; you cannot change this.

Local Password - The password for the user account on the machine.

note: You need the local user name and password to access the machine from an outside network.

Net Share Example

In this example, you have established a net share connection with the Local Net Share Enabled setting turned ON. You want to view the contents of the machine’s User Data folder on a networked PC.

note: This example uses a Windows 7 PC; your configuration may vary. Ask your network administrator for help if you cannot establish a connection.
  1. On the PC, click the START menu and select the RUN command. You can also hold the Windows key and press R.
  2. At the Run prompt, type (2) backslashes (\\) and then the machine’s IP address or CNC Network Name.
  3. Click OK or press Enter.
  4. Type the machine’s Local User Name (haas) and Local Password in the appropriate fields, and then click OK or press Enter.
  5. A window appears on the PC with the machine’s User Data folder displayed. You can interact with the folder as you would with any other Windows folder.
note: If you use the machine’s CNC Network Name instead of the IP address, you may need to type a backslash before the User Name (\haas). If you cannot change the username in the Windows prompt, select the “Use another account” option first.
Networking Option - Icons

Refer to Next Generation Control - Networking Option - Icons for the meaning of the networking icons that are shown in the status bar of the control.

Troubleshooting

If you cannot establish a connection:

  • Remember that changed settings do not take effect until you press F4.
  • If you use a static IP connection, make sure that the DNS Server setting contains a valid DNS Server address.
  • Be sure to correctly configure any network hardware (routers, bridges, etc.) between the machine and the network server.

Be aware: Many service and repair procedures should be done only by authorized personnel. The service technicians at your Haas Factory Outlet (HFO) have the training, experience, and are certified to do these tasks safely and correctly. You should not do machine repair or service procedures unless you are qualified and knowledgeable about the processes.

Danger: Some service procedures can be dangerous or life-threatening. DO NOT attempt a procedure that you do not completely understand. Contact your Haas Factory Outlet (HFO) and schedule a service technician visit if you have any doubts about doing a procedure.

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