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UE Multiplexer User Guide – Version 1.0 October 2014 UE Multiplexer User Guide Suite E9, 6 Industrial Way West, Eatontown, NJ 07724 www.tellcore.com UE Multiplexer…
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UE Multiplexer User Guide – Version 1.0 October 2014 UE Multiplexer User Guide Suite E9, 6 Industrial Way West, Eatontown, NJ 07724 www.tellcore.com UE Multiplexer - User Guide Copyright © 2014 TellCore Solutions, LLC. All rights reserved. TellCore and TellCore Solutions are trademarks of TellCore Solutions, LLC. Microsoft and Windows are trademarks of Microsoft Corporation. All other third-parts trademarks and service marks referred to in these materials are the property of their owners. No part of this documentation may be reproduced in any form or by any means used to make any derivative work (such as translation, transformation, or adaption) without written permission from TellCore Solutions, LLC. TellCore Solutions, LLC provides this documentation “AS IS,” without warranty, term or conditions or merchantability, satisfactory quality, non-infringement and fitness for a particular purpose. TellCore Solutions, LLC. Reserves the right to make changes to equipment design or program components described in this documentation, as progress in engineering, manufacturing methods, or other circumstances may warrant. No responsibility is assumed for the use of TellCore Solutions, LLC. Software or hardware, all rights, obligations and remedies related to which are as set forth in the applicable sales and license agreements. TellCore Solutions, LLC. Suite E9, 6 Industrial Way West, Eatontown, NJ 07724 Tel: +1 (732) 544-2022 www.tellcore.com Suite E-9, 6 Industrial Way West, Eatontown, NJ 07724 www.tellcore.com UE Multiplexer - User Guide Contents 1.0 Introduction .............................................................................................................................. 4 Overview ...................................................................................................................................... 4 2.0 Getting Started .......................................................................................................................... 5 What’s in the box......................................................................................................................... 5 Control Mechanisms .................................................................................................................... 5 UE Multiplexer Manager Installation .......................................................................................... 6 3.0 Basic Operation ......................................................................................................................... 8 Active Device selection ................................................................................................................ 8 USB Data Connection................................................................................................................... 8 USB Power Connection ................................................................................................................ 9 Active Device Indicator ................................................................................................................ 9 4.0 Remote Control Interface ....................................................................................................... 10 Ethernet Configuration .............................................................................................................. 10 Configurable parameters ....................................................................................................... 10 Default Settings ...................................................................................................................... 11 Command Set ............................................................................................................................ 12 Operational Commands ......................................................................................................... 12 IP Commands.......................................................................................................................... 13 Information Commands ......................................................................................................... 15 Sample Code .............................................................................................................................. 16 5.0 UE Multiplexer Manager ......................................................................................................... 17 Basic Control Tab ....................................................................................................................... 18 IP Settings Tab ........................................................................................................................... 18 Information Tab ......................................................................................................................... 20 6.0 Environmental Compliance ..................................................................................................... 21 Restriction of Hazardous Substances (RoHS) ............................................................................ 21 Waste Electrical & Electronic Equipment (WEEE) ..................................................................... 21 Packaging ................................................................................................................................... 21 Suite E-9, 6 Industrial Way West, Eatontown, NJ 07724 www.tellcore.com UE Multiplexer - User Guide 1.0 Introduction Purpose of the Guide This guide provides the information needed to set up, configure and use the TellCore UE Multiplexer. Intended Audience. This guide is intended for anyone that wants to integrate TellCore’s UE Multiplexer into their test system. Overview TellCore’s UE Multiplexer is a simple to use solution for expanding the test automation capabilities of any wireless test system. Traditional wireless test systems can only test a single device at a time. Since these tests can take many hours to complete, it is normal for a device to complete the tests during nonworking hours. Unless the system is manned 24/7, the test system will sit idle for several hours each day. Figure 1-1. UE Multiplexer The UE Multiplexer allows for multiple devices to be connected and provides the test manager the ability to programmatically select which device is connected through to the test system. By queueing up multiple devices for test this allows the test system to be fully utilized, reducing overall testing cycle times and saving money. An individual UE Multiplexer supports connections for up to 4 devices. Device connections consist of a USB connection and 1 or 2 RF connections for single or dual-antenna devices. This allows the UE Multiplexer to be used with a wide variety of test systems with different RF requirements (e.g. 2x2 MIMO, Rx Diversity, Tx Diversity, etc…). Suite E-9, 6 Industrial Way West, Eatontown, NJ 07724 www.tellcore.com UE Multiplexer - User Guide 2.0 Getting Started What’s in the box When you unpack TellCore’s UE Multiplexer you should find the following item: TellCore UE Multiplexer 24v Power Supply Region Specific Power Cable Ethernet Cable, 6-foot USB Cable, 6-foot (Qty. 2) If there is anything missing or damaged, please contact our customer support team for assistance. Control Mechanisms There are 3 ways to control the UE Multiplexer: 1. The Front Panel This is limited to the ‘Select’ push button, which allows for manual selection of which of the 4 devices is connected through to the test system. 2. The UE Multiplexer Manager software This provides a simple GUI to the user to manually configure the unit. This uses the USB control port on the rear panel. 3. The Remote Control Interface (RCI) This provides a Telnet server and command set to the user to support both manual and programmatic configuration of the unit. This uses the Ethernet port on the rear panel. The anticipated majority use case for the UE Multiplexer is as a fully integrated resource in the user’s test system. The user’s Test Manager software shall programmatically control the unit using the RCI. The unit may be initially connected to via a Telnet session utilizing the command set described below in the RCI chapter. The UE Multiplexer factory default assumes a private network with the unit IP Address set to 192.168.0.1. For first use, the UE Multiplexer Manager software (connected via USB) may be a more convenient method for initial introduction to the unit. This is discussed next. Suite E-9, 6 Industrial Way West, Eatontown, NJ 07724 www.tellcore.com UE Multiplexer - User Guide UE Multiplexer Manager Installation The UE Multiplexer Manager application software must be installed onto a Windows computer. The UE Multiplexer Manager application has been tested with the following Microsoft operating systems: Windows XP (32 bit) Windows 7 (32 bit) Windows 7 (64 bit) The latest version can be found on our web site: www.tellcore.com Download and run the setup.exe to start installing the application. Follow all of the instructions to complete the installation. Once the installation has completed, start the application and the following window should now be visible. Figure 2-1: UE Multiplexer Manager Application Connect the computer to the USB control connector on the rear of the UE Multiplexer, using the supplied USB cable. Connect power to the UE Multiplexer and turn it on using the front panel Power switch. You will see all the lights on the front panel as yellow until the power-up process completes (approx. 2s), at which point LED 1 will transition to green indicating device 1 as the Active Device (the system default). Once the UE Multiplexer is powered up, the UE Multiplexer Manager application will autodetect its presence and should now show the Status as ‘Connected’. The GUI controls shall also become enabled allowing you to manually operate the UE Multiplexer from the Manager. Suite E-9, 6 Industrial Way West, Eatontown, NJ 07724 www.tellcore.com UE Multiplexer - User Guide Figure 2-2: System Management - Basic Control Suite E-9, 6 Industrial Way West, Eatontown, NJ 07724 www.tellcore.com UE Multiplexer - User Guide 3.0 Basic Operation The UE Multiplexer connects a test system to one of four test devices via USB and 1 or 2 RF connections, as the following image indicates. Figure 3-1 Test System Connections Active Device selection Only one device can be connected through to the test system at a time - the ‘Active Device’. The Active Device will be connected via  a USB connection for control and power;  two RF connections for a single or dual antenna test configuration; The device selection can be made from the front panel using the ‘Select’ push button. This push button cycles the Active Device from Device 1 through 4 incrementally per push. This functionality is also available using the Remote Control Interface and the UE Multiplexer Manager. USB Data Connection A feature of the UE Multiplexer is the ability to programmatically engage or disengage the USB data connection of the Active Device. Suite E-9, 6 Industrial Way West, Eatontown, NJ 07724 www.tellcore.com UE Multiplexer - User Guide It is not uncommon that during testing a device may stop responding to USB commands. If this occurs, traditionally the test will fail and the test system will remain idle until an operator resets the USB connection and restarts the test. This feature is made available so that the test system, upon detection of a non-responsive device, can programmatically reset the USB by disabling and re-enabling the USB connection. This valuable feature increases the likelihood that a device can complete the testing without human intervention. This increases utilization of the test system, saving time and money. This functionality is also available using the Remote Control Interface and the UE Multiplexer Manager. USB Power Connection A feature of the UE Multiplexer is the ability to programmatically control whether USB power is provided to connected devices. To support this, USB power to devices is sourced from the UE Multiplexer rather than the control PC. This feature allows for  charging of all attached devices; o All devices can have power applied for charging purposes, allowing them to be fully charged and ready for testing.  disconnection of power from devices; o Power can be disconnected from devices, which may assist in device reset or for tests such as Battery Life Testing. The Power Mode control functionality is available via the Remote Control Interface and the UE Multiplexer Manager. Active Device Indicator A bank of 4 LEDs provide a visual indication of the configuration state of the unit. The following table describes how the LED state should be interpreted. Green Red Yellow Off Current Active Device; Current Active Device, Not Active Device; Not Active Device; USB Charging Enabled; USB Not Charging; USB Charging Enabled; USB Not Charging Table 3-1: LED Indicator Color Chart Suite E-9, 6 Industrial Way West, Eatontown, NJ 07724 www.tellcore.com UE Multiplexer - User Guide 4.0 Remote Control Interface The Remote Control Interface provides for user control of the UE Multiplexer via a Telnet interface. This interface provides a simple string-based command set for ease of human interaction via a console application and for automated control in user-defined test applications. The Ethernet jack on the rear panel shall be used for this application. Ethernet Configuration An initial connection can be made to the UE Multiplexer based upon the factory default static IP Address. The unit’s IP settings are thereafter configurable via the Telnet command set (described below). Alternatively these parameters may be changed via the UE Multiplexer Manager in Administrator mode. Configurable parameters NOTE: A change to any of the IP settings will not take effect until the unit is powered down and then rebooted, regardless of the change mechanism. These changes will then persist from one power cycle to the next unless subsequently changed. IP Mode There are 3 modes of operation for the Ethernet on the UE Multiplexer: Static (default) The user can configure a fixed IP Settings for the unit. DHCP Client The UE Multiplexer will acquire its IP Settings from a DHCP Server on the test network. DHCP Server The UE Multiplexer acts as DHCP Server and assigns an IP Address to a connected control PC. This mode is ONLY for use in a standalone one-to-one connection with a controller PC. This must not be used in a networked environment. IP Address The IP Settings are utilized in the Static and DHCP Server modes of operation only. They reflect the static settings assigned by the user The IP Address, Subnet Mask and Gateway are configurable. These values are utilized as the static address for the unit in the Static and DHCP Server IP Modes. Suite E-9, 6 Industrial Way West, Eatontown, NJ 07724 www.tellcore.com UE Multiplexer - User Guide For DHCP Client mode, the active address information will be provided by the network. The static settings remain available for use if and when the IP Mode is subsequently changed to one of the other modes. IP Port This is the port address on the unit used for the Telnet session. Default Settings The factory default settings upon first use of the instrument are as follows: IP Address Subnet Mask Gateway IP Mode IP Port 192.168.0.1 255.255.255.0 192.168.0.1 STATIC 9760 Table 4-1 IP Settings factory defaults Reset to Factory Default If the user wishes to reset the UE Multiplexer back to the original factory defaults use the following procedure. 1. 2. 3. 4. Power down the UE Multiplexer. Press and hold the ‘Select’ button on the front panel while powering on the unit. Continue to hold the ‘Select’ button until the LEDs indicate RED. Release the ‘Select’ button and the UE Multiplexer will be reset to defaults. Suite E-9, 6 Industrial Way West, Eatontown, NJ 07724 www.tellcore.com UE Multiplexer - User Guide Command Set This section describes the command set available in a Telnet session. Note  Upon connection to the Telnet server the user will be presented with a command line prompt: “UEMux>”  Each command if typed with a question mark (example: “POWER?<return>”) will present a description of the command usage and parameter range.  A successful command execution will result in a response of: “OK”<new line>”UEMux>”  A failed command will result in an error indication replacing the “OK” Operational Commands These commands provide the control necessary for the basic operations of the unit. ‘SELECT’ Selects the active device. This switches both the USB and RF connections. Range: 1 to 4 Default: 1 – Device 1 is Active Example: SELECT=2<return> ‘CONNECT’ Sets the USB connection state for the active device. This command enables the USB connection to be connected and disconnected without changing the RF switches. Range: 0 – Disconnect USB for active device 1 – Connect USB for active device Default: 1 – Connected Example: CONNECT=1<return> ‘POWER’ Sets the USB power mode of the UE Multiplexer. This determines which of the user devices connected to the UE Multiplexer receive USB power. Suite E-9, 6 Industrial Way West, Eatontown, NJ 07724 www.tellcore.com UE Multiplexer - User Guide Range: ALL – All connected user devices are powered ACTIVE – Only the active (selected) device is powered NONE – None of the user devices are powered Default: ALL – All connected user devices are powered Example: POWER=ACTIVE<return> ‘BUTTON’ Enables or disables the front panel push button for selecting Active Device. This allows automation control software to protect against accidental and undesirable human intervention during a test. Note: The push button will be automatically re-enabled once the UE Multiplexer is power cycled. Range: 0 – Disables the front panel button 1 – Enables the front panel button Default: 1 – All connected user devices are powered Example: BUTTON=1<return> IP Commands ‘IP_MODE’ Sets the IP mode to be used by the UE Multiplexer. The default IP mode is the Static IP address. Note: DHCP Server should be used ONLY in the context of a standalone one-to-one direct connection to the controller PC. It supports only the UE Multiplexer and should not be placed on a network with other equipment or another DHCP Server. In this mode the connected computer will be assigned an IP address by the UE multiplexer. This value will be 1 higher, than the programmed IP address (i.e. if the UE Multiplexer is programmed with 192.168.0.2, this will assign 192.168.0.3 to the computer). Note: This command takes effect during the next power cycle of the UE Multiplexer. The updated field will then persist through power cycles until subsequently changed. Suite E-9, 6 Industrial Way West, Eatontown, NJ 07724 www.tellcore.com UE Multiplexer - User Guide Range: STATIC – Fixed IP address programmed into UE Multiplexer CLIENT – UE Multiplexer will request an IP address from a DHCP server SERVER – UE Multiplexer will assign an IP address to the control PC. Default: STATIC Note this is factory default. Once changed, the new value persists. Example: IP_MODE=CLIENT<return> ‘IP_ADDR’ Sets the IP Address settings to be used by the UE Multiplexer for STATIC and SERVER modes. This is a multi-parameter command which accepts three fields in one command. The command parameter order is: IP Address, Subnet Mask, Gateway Address. Note: This command takes effect during the next power cycle of the UE Multiplexer. The updated fields will then persist through power cycles until subsequently changed. Range: Each parameter is an ASCII representation of an IP address within standard range constraints. Default: 1 – 192.168.0.1,255.255.255.0,192.168.0.1 Note this is factory default. Once changed, the new values persist. Example: IP_ADDR= 10.16.0.8,255.255.255.0,10.16.0.1<return> Suite E-9, 6 Industrial Way West, Eatontown, NJ 07724 www
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