Add a New Port

This section describes how to add new ports to the DNC server. You will need one port for every connected CNC. The port configuration determines how the server should communicate with the CNC. Adding a new port requires administrator access rights.

To add a new port select Port / Add Port from the administration client, and enter the administrator password (if required). If you are administrating more than one server, you will be prompted to select which server the new port should be added to. In this case, select the server you wish to add the new port to, and press OK. The select server dialog is shown below.

If you do not have more than one server, this dialog is not shown.

Select which server the new port should be added to.

Enter a description (name) for the new machine in the Machine Description field. You should always use descriptions that uniquely identify your machines, like the location of the CNC or the name of operator. Only letters, digits and spaces are allowed in the machine description. The description can be 1-128 characters long, but it is highly recommended that you choose a short description with 5-20 characters, this way, the description takes up less space in the port list, and in log files etc.

Add port

Then select a template configuration from the Machine template configuration drop list. The list of templates contains all the machines you have configured, and a list of default templates for different machine types. If you are going to clone on of your existing configurations, select the machine you wish to clone from the list, otherwise select the default template that matches your machine. The template also determines which protocol is used for the port, i.e. if you select Heidenhain FE mode template, the special Heidenhain protocol is used.

When you have entered a description and selected the correct template configuration, press OK. If the server is licensed for this port, the port configuration is shown next. If the server is not licensed, i.e. the number of ports is exceeded, or the selected protocol is not valid for this server, you will receive an error message.

If you have a number of identical machines, start by completing the configuration for just one of them. When you have tested the configuration, and determined that it works correctly. Add new ports for the remaining machines, and use this configuration as template for the remaining configurations.