In this guide we will cover the configuration and use of the NCD Gen 3 Module. We will discuss the configuration software as well as the web interface. The module can be configured through the web interface, however if you have a Windows Computer available we recommend configuring settings in the module through the configuration software.
For most users the Gen 3 Ethernet module will work right out of the box with no settings configuration required. Simply install the Ethernet module into your main control board, connect a standard ethernet cable to the Gen 3 module, connect the other end of the ethernet cable into your network, then power up the main control board. Your main control board Power LED(s) should turn on and the LEDs on the front of the Ethernet module should turn on and begin flashing which indicates the module is in fact powered up normally.
At this point you can open the Base Station software or Alpha Station software and communicate with the main control board through the Gen 3 Module. Both Base Station and Alpha Station should automatically discover the Gen 3 module on the network and allow you to connect to the main control board through it. If this works for your application then there is no further configuration or setup required so you can exit this guide.
By default NCD Gen 3 modules ship in DHCP mode so it is expected that they be connected to a DHCP enabled networks. Most routers support DHCP, however if your network does not support DHCP then you will want to store a static IP address into the controller.
Force Static IP for Configuration
If your network does not support DHCP then power down the main control board. Install a jumper on the two pins directly to the left of the Ethernet Jack then power the board up again. Installing a jumper on these two pins will force the module to use a Static IP address of 192.168.1.88. This will allow you to connect to the Gen 3 Module for configuration on a Non DHCP enabled network or by connecting the Ethernet module directly to the Ethernet port of your PC. When configuring settings in this way you will need to leave the static IP address jumper in place, alter the settings, select “Apply Settings”, power down the control board, wait 2 seconds, remove the static IP jumper, and power the board back up for the settings to be stored in the module.
There is a hardware method of restoring the Gen 3 module to factory default settings. To do this press and hold the button to the right of the Ethernet Jack for 5 seconds, then release the button. This will factory reset all setting inside the Gen 3 module.
Always connect the Ethernet cable to the Gen 3 module and the network prior to powering the board up.
Any time settings are altered on the Gen 3 module it is necessary to power cycle the module. This can be done by manually removing power from the host board or by clicking the Reset button in the software/web interface.
If you need to make configuration changes to the Gen 3 module and you have a windows computer available we highly recommend using this NCD Config Tool software to make your configuration changes:
If you do not have a Windows computer available or cannot install this software for another reason please proceed to the Web Interface Configuration section.
Discovering Gen 3 Modules with the NCD Config Tool
Download and install the NCD Config Tool from the link above on a Windows computer connected to the same network as the Gen 3 module. Once installed open the NCD Config Tool software.
Power on the Main Control board with the Gen 3 module. After 20 seconds or so the module should appear in the list as a MAC address, if it does not click the Search button until the module appears in the list.
From here all settings of the Gen 3 module may be configured.
If the IP address shows up as 0.0.0.0 go ahead and click the Search button again and the IP address should appear in the IP Address Field.
We will now cover all settings that may be configured through the NCD Config Tool Software. You will notice two tabs on the software labeled Basic Settings and Advanced Options. We will cover each of these categories of settings individually.
Once settings are configured as desired click the Apply Settings button to store them into the Gen 3 module. It is also possible to power cycle the module with the Reset Button. Keep in mind settings entered into the module do not take effect until the module is power cycled.
Network Settings(Use the Follow IP address)
Network Settings(Get IP address from DHCP Server)
COM Port Settings
Show Debug Messages
Echo In AT Mode
Enter Mode when power on or reset
Enabled Web Server Port
Nagle Wait Time(ms):
Clear Data Buffer when TCP Connected
Request Admin Password
Connect TCP Server When
Gen 3 modules have a built in web interface which may be utilized to configure settings in the module.
To access the web interface simply open your web browser and enter the IP address of the Gen 3 module. If you do not know the module’s IP address you may be able to discover it by opening the Base Station or Alpha Station software. It is also possible to obtain the module’s IP address by checking the DHCP Table of your Router. If your router does not support DHCP simply power the board down and install a jumper on the pins directly to the left of the Ethernet Jack, then power the board back up. This will force the module to use a static IP address of 192.168.1.88. Note however that the module will not utilize user configured settings while this jumper is installed so be sure to power down the board and then remove the jumper once settings are entered as desired.
The Device View page displays current information about the Gen 3 Module such as it’s network connection information, it’s socket mode information, UART Settings, etc. If you are contacting technical support for help with your Gen 3 module it’s a good idea to provide a screen shot of this page as it outlines a lot of very important information about the current configuration of your Gen 3 module.
Most settings you will be interested in configuring can be found under Basic Settings. Here you can configure A static IP address and the type of socket connection the module should utilize. Here we will review each of these settings.
Data Packing Size(byte):
Data Packing Time(ms):
Keep Alive Time(5s):
Verify the Connection
Send Hello Message
Clear Buffer if Connected
Enable Debug Message
Enable AT Echo
If you lose communications with the module follow these steps:
If the Factory Reset above does not discover the device