Connect Generator via LAN

Question

Connecting the ZVA/ZVB with an external generator via the LAN interface to perform e.g. mixer measurements.

Answer

It is mandatory to install at least a VISA driver runtime unit. The example below uses the ZVA24 and the SMF100A.

The setup is similar for other instrument combinations. Please connect a mouse and a keyboard to the ZVA.

Important: It is very important to select "Custom" during VISA library installation. Check that VISA installation is

really enabled because the VISA driver is not installed by default.

Connect the LAN1 connector of the ZVA with the LAN connector of the SMF100A. Please use a

crossover LAN cable.

Set up WINDOWS on the ZVA:

Press the WINDOWS menu key

Start

Settings

Network connections ....

Ethernet 1 (point the mouse on it)

Right mouse key

Properties

Internet protocol (TCP/IP)

Properties

Set IP address: 192.168.000.001

Set subnet mask: 255.255.255.000

Confirm by pressing OK

Set up the SMF100A (set up IP address):

Setup key

Network settings (NOT Ethernet)

Topic: IP address

Mode: peer to peer

IP address: 192.168.000.002

Subnet mask: 255.255.255.000

Click "Accept" (this is very important) !!

Check the Ethernet settings

VISA resource string

TCPIP: TCPIP::192.168.000.002::INSTR

*IDN? identification must be set to "SMF" !!

Check the connection from the ZVA now (from the WINDOWS DOS mode) by

PING 192.168.000.002

Set up the mixer in the ZVA:

PRSET

MODE

More

Scalar mixer measurement

Define scalar mixer measurement

Config ext. generator

Add or modify

The following settings are mandatory:

Name: optional

Fast sweep: no checkmark

Interface: other

Recourse string: TCPIP::192.168.000.002::INSTR

Click "Identify Type", and "SMF100A" will appear.

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