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  • 1. Agilent Technologies USB/LAN/GPIB Interfaces Connectivity Guide

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Contents USB/LAN/GPIB Interfaces Connectivity GuideCONNECTIVITY GUIDELINESGetting Started ......................................................................................... 7 Using This Guide ........................................................................... 8 Steps to Get Started ...................................................................... 9 Connecting Instruments to LANs ......................................................... 11LAN Quick Start ........................................................................... 12Step 1: Select LAN Network Type ............................................... 15Typical Site LAN Networks ................................................... 16Typical Private LAN Networks .............................................. 17Step 2: Gather Network Information ............................................ 18Gather Site LAN Network Information .................................. 19Define Private LAN Network Parameters ............................. 21Step 3: Connect Your Instruments............................................... 23Connect Instruments to Site LAN ......................................... 24Connect Devices to Private LAN .......................................... 26Step 4: Install I/O Software on Your PC ...................................... 28Step 5: Configure Your Instruments ............................................ 29Check Your Web Browser .................................................... 30Set/Change TCP/IP Parameters .......................................... 30Step 6: Configure the LAN Interface ............................................ 33Step 7: Communicate with Instruments ....................................... 38Communicating Using VISA Assistant ................................. 39Step 8: Program Your Instruments ............................................. 40 Connecting Instruments to USB .......................................................... 41USB Quick Start........................................................................... 42Step 1: Install I/O Software on Your PC ...................................... 45Step 2: Connect Instruments to USB ........................................... 46Step 3: Assign Instrument Alias Name ........................................ 48Step 4: Check Instrument Identification ....................................... 50Step 5: Communicate with Instruments ....................................... 52Step 6: Program Your Instruments ............................................. 54 3 3. Connecting Instruments to GPIB ..........................................................55GPIB Quick Start ..........................................................................56Step 1: Install I/O Software on Your PC .......................................59Step 2: Install GPIB Cards in Your PC .........................................60Step 3: Connect Instruments to GPIB Card..................................64Step 4: Configure GPIB Interface Cards ......................................68Step 5: Communicate with Instruments........................................73Step 6: Program Your Instruments ..............................................75Programming Your Instruments ........................................................... 77Programming Overview ................................................................78Addressing Instruments................................................................81 Addressing Instruments via LAN ...........................................81 Addressing Instruments via USB ..........................................86 Addressing Instruments via GPIB .........................................88Example Programs .......................................................................91 REFERENCE INFORMATIONInstalling I/O Software ..........................................................................101 Pre-Installation Checks...............................................................102 Installing Your Software..............................................................103 Troubleshooting Guidelines ................................................................107 Troubleshooting LAN Interfaces .................................................108 LAN Troubleshooting Overview ..........................................108 Hardware Checks ...............................................................111 Communication Checks ......................................................112 Web Browser Checks .........................................................114 Troubleshooting USB Interfaces.................................................118 USB Troubleshooting Overview ..........................................118 USB Hardware Checks .......................................................120 USB Software Checks ........................................................121 Troubleshooting GPIB Interfaces ...............................................124 GPIB Troubleshooting Overview .........................................124 GPIB Hardware Checks ......................................................126 GPIB Software Checks .......................................................130 Agilent IO Libraries Checks ................................................135 4 4. TCP/IP Network Basics ....................................................................... 139LAN Interface Overview ............................................................. 140Typical Network Topologies ............................................... 140LAN Hardware Architecture ................................................ 142TCP/IP Protocols ....................................................................... 144The TCP/IP Network Model ................................................ 144The Network Interface Layer .............................................. 146The Internet Layer .............................................................. 147The Transport Layer ........................................................... 148The Application Layer ......................................................... 150IP Addressing ............................................................................ 153IP Address Classes ............................................................ 153Subnets and Subnet Masks ............................................... 155Local and Remote Networks .............................................. 156IP Address Configuration Methods ............................................ 158Configuration Methods Overview ....................................... 158Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP) ................... 159Auto-IP/ZEROCONF .......................................................... 159Duplicate IP Address Detection .......................................... 159Device Hostname Services........................................................ 161Device Hostname Services Overview ................................ 161Dynamic DNS Naming ....................................................... 162RFC NetBIOS Naming ....................................................... 163Static DNS Naming ............................................................ 164Configuring Your PC for LAN Operation .................................... 165Checking PC Settings ........................................................ 165Installing Network Interface Cards ..................................... 166Installing TCP/IP on Your PC ............................................. 166Setting PC IP Address ........................................................ 168Setting PC Hostname ......................................................... 170Guide Information ................................................................................ 173Guide Contents .................................................................. 174Related Documentation ...................................................... 175Accessing an Electronic Copy of This Guide ..................... 175General Information for This Guide .................................... 176Contacting Agilent .............................................................. 177Glossary ............................................................................................... 179Index ..................................................................................................... 1895 5. 6 6. Getting Started ! Using This Guide! Steps to Get Started NOTE This guide does not describe LAN networks that include a gateway,such as the Agilent E5810A LAN/GPIB Gateway for Windows. See theapplicable gateway documentation for information on gateway systems. Also, this guide does not provide a detailed description of LAN, USB, orGPIB interfaces or TCP/IP networks. Consult standard reference textsfor this information. If you need to contact Agilent, see Contacting Agilent for addresses. 7 7. Getting Started Using This Guide Using This GuideThis Agilent Technologies USB/LAN/GPIB Interfaces Connectivity Guide shows how to connect instruments to USB, LAN, and GPIB interfaces and how to configure and troubleshoot these interfaces on PCs with Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows NT 4.0, Windows 2000, or Windows XP operating systems. A summary of the guide contents follows.Section Description CONNECTIVITY GUIDELINES Getting Started Shows steps to get started and how to contact AgilentConnecting Instruments to LANsGives guidelines to connect instruments to LANsConnecting Instruments to USB Gives guidelines to connect instruments to USBConnecting Instruments to GPIBGives guidelines to connect instruments to GPIBProgramming Your InstrumentsGives guidelines to program instruments via LAN/USB/GPIBREFERENCE INFORMATION Installing I/O Software Shows how to install I/O software on your PCTroubleshooting GuidelinesTroub

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