SCU Usage Instructions

 

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What is Windows Performance Tuning (WPT) and how do I run it?

Open "Easy Mode" and then File -> Windows Performance Tuning.

This will walk you through optimizing your PC so it can run its very best for you.

WPT will create a restore point when you first run it, that you can revert back to if you decide to do so in the future.

 

Is there an Easy Way to configure everything? Video

Here is a video showing how to configure everything the Easy Way with the SCU.

 

 

What is the Easy Way to configure everything? Instructions

Easy Mode is the simplest way to configure your computer to communicate with your ESS.

1. Start the SCU application by double clicking on it. Windows UAC will ask if you want to make changes to your computer. You will need to click "Yes", since this application will modify your Firewall settings to allow Mach3 and Mach4 through (and the SCU app itself) along with changing the network adapter settings so it can talk with your ESS. We promise that we are not doing anything else to your PC.

2. On the Start Screen, click on "1: Download Mach" if you have not yet installed Mach. We will take you to our Mach Software page to help you choose and download the correct version of Mach.

3. On the Start Screen, click on "2: Download ESS Plugin" if you have not yet installed the ESS plugin for Mach. We will take you to our Current Software page to help you choose and download the correct Plugin version for the ESS.

4. On the Start Screen, click on "3: Start PC Configuration". This will let you start configuring your PC.

5. On the next screen you will see the "Easy Mode" button, click on it and it will guide you through the configuration process.

6. On the next screen you will see "In the list below, left click on the network adapter connected to your ESS." blinking. In the table below that, left click on the Ethernet network adapter that your ESS will plug into, and the button for the next step will appear

7. The screen will now let you click on "Configure Everything". It will now add Window's Firewall rules to let Mach3 and Mach4 through and modify that network adapter to use an IP of "10.9.9.2", a Subnet mask of "255.255.255.0" and a Gateway of "10.9.9.9" (the ESS's IP address).

8. On the next screen you will see "Detected ESSs: If your ESS appears below, CLOSE this program and start Mach." blinking. In the table below that, if you see "Listening for SmoothSteppers", we have not yet found your ESS. Make sure that the ESS is powered with 5V, and that it is connected to the correct network adapter.

9. However, if on the screen where you see "Detected ESSs: If your ESS appears below, CLOSE this program and start Mach." blinking, a SmoothStepper has "Successful Pings" incrementing, that means that the ESS has been found! You should now run the "Windows Performance Tuning" so the SCU can optimize your system.

 

 

What if I see multiple network adapters?

 

On the screen where you see "In the list below, left click on the network adapter connected to your ESS." blinking, you have more than one network adapter showing.

  1. Make sure your ESS is connected to your network adapter, turn the power to the ESS OFF, and then press the Refresh Details button. Notice how the status is Down on my PCI Ethernet adapter.

  2. Now power your ESS and then after a few seconds, press the Refresh Details button again. You will see that the status for the network adapter has changed from Down to Up. Click on that adapter.

  3. The screen will now let you click on "Configure Everything". It will now add Window's Firewall rules to let Mach3 and Mach4 through and modify that network adapter to use an IP of "10.9.9.2", a Subnet mask of "255.255.255.0" and a Gateway of "10.9.9.9" (the ESS's IP address).

  4. On the next screen you will see "Detected ESSs: If your ESS appears below, CLOSE this program and start Mach." blinking. In the table below that, you can see "Sucessfull Pings" incrementing, which means that the ESS has been found! You may now close this program and Start Mach3 or 4.

 

How do I revert a Network Adapter to DHCP?

Sometimes you will wish to make your Network Adapter use DHCP again and not the statically assigned IP address of 10.9.9.2 give to it by the SCU. The SCU can change the Network Adapter back in 9 steps.

1. Open the SCU and click on Start PC Configuration

2. Click on Advanced Mode

3. Select the Network Adapter to change back to DHCP (note how the mode is currently set to Static).

4. Click on Adapter Configuration

5. Click on Set Configuration Manually

6. Click on Use DHCP

7. Click on Apply Settings Now

8. Click on Go to Next Step

9. Your network adapter should now show DHCP for its mode and the IP address assigned by your router. You may need to click the Refresh Details button.