Posted - 10 Jan 2011 : 15:07:19
| The V2 Firmware of the P3 System Controller incorporates a new tool that will help you to address panels very quickly (effectively only 1 click per panel), I made a quick walkthrough with some screenshots...
Once you made your panel layout (on the P3-100 System Controller or using the P3-100 Offline Editor), and you don't have any physical panels connected, it will look like this.
Once you connect physical panels (if you prepared your layout using the P3-100 Offline Editor, copy it to the P3-100 System Controller first), you will see them appear in the "Discovered Devices" window.
PS: Some panels might be programmed to an address that is being used in your layout, and will automatically jump to the "Configured Devices" window (like panel 5 in this example). Let's ignore this for now.
Launch the Quick Addressing Tool by clicking the corresponding button in the toolbar.
The Tool will now inform you that some panels were already configured (due to the fact that they were set to an address that is used within the layout). Click "Yes" to unconfigure these devices first (make a clean start).
All panels will now return to the "Unconfigured" state, and all panels will be affected by the Quick Addressing Tool.
One physical panel will now be highlighted in real life (will be set at full white), and the tool will ask you to click the corresponding virtual panel on the layout. To help you, he will mark all possible options/panels in yellow.
Once you clicked that panel, it will be automatically programmed to the correct address (panel 6 has been addressed in this step), and jump to the Configured Devices window.
The next physical panel will now be highlighted in real life, and you will need to click the corresponding virtual panel. Continue this "clicking process" until all panels of this type have been addressed.
Once all panels of one type have been addressed, the tool will automatically continue with the next type (if there is any) (and mark the possible options/panels in yellow).
Once all panels have been highlighted one-by-one, and you have clicked the corresponding panels, the addressing will be completed.
It's a good habbit to check the addressing of the panels by putting the "Device Num" testpattern onto the panels.