Setting up a network share (Win7)
From the Start menu, go
In the Computer page,
double-click drive C: . You will see a listing of files and folders
on drive C:
Right-click in the
white space of the page. Place the cursor on new in the resulting
menu, and click
folder in the New box.
A new folder, named
“New Folder”, will appear in the list. Right click on this folder,
Rename on the menu. Now type the new name for your new folder (I'm
using “share2” for this
Right-click on the
folder again, and place your cursor on “Share with” on the menu,
“Specific people”. A box will appear where you can type in the name
of people to share the folder with.
Type everyone in this box and press Enter. “Everyone” will
appear in the Name list. Click on
Everyone and a drop down box will appear. Click Read/Write in
this box, then click the Share button. A new box will pop up,
informing you that your folder is shared. It will display your
folder name, and beneath it, it will display the network path for
your folder. In this case, it's
Click Network on the
menu on the left of the screen. A page displaying computers on the
will pop up. Double-click on your computer (in this case, it's
NETBOOK, as we saw in the previous
step). Folders which are available to the network will be displayed.
Right-click the folder we're working on (share2 in this example) and
click Properties. The Properties window will pop up.
Click the Security tab
and the Security settings will be displayed. Click “Everyone” under
“Group or user names”. Make sure that in the “Permissions for
Everyone” section, “Allow” is checked for every category except
“Special permissions”. If any permissions are not checked, use the
Edit button to allow you to check them. If they are correct, press
OK to accept them.
Next, go to the Start
menu and click “Control Panel”. On the Control Panel, click “Choose
homegroup and sharing options” in the Network and Internet settings.
You will be taken to an
“Introducing HomeGroup” page. On this page, click “Change advanced
sharing settings..”. You will be taken to the “Change sharing
options for different network profiles” page. Make sure “Public
sharing” is turned on, and “Password protected sharing” is turned
off. When these are set correctly,
click “Save changes” to make the changes take effect. You will be
returned to the “Introducing
HomeGroup” page. Click
OK to get out of there.
You're done. Your shared folder is
now accessible to the network.
This document tells the
tale of a network installation on a G4 control. The network
we're connecting to is a pretty typical small-shop setup: a few
Windows computers connected to a modem/router. Most of the
computers, including the one that will be playing the role of the
CNC server, are connected via wifi. The Omniturn is connected
directly to an ethernet port on the router.
Making a Server
The “server” was
created this way, on a computer running Win XP:
Click “My Computer” on
the Start Menu, then double-click the icon for drive C:. The
contents of the drive will be displayed.
Right-click in the
white space of the display and then place the cursor on New in the
menu that pops up, and click Folder in the New menu. A new folder
will be placed in the display. Name this folder whatever you want to
call it. We called ours CNCSERVE, and will call it that throughout
Right-click on the
CNCSERVE folder and click “Sharing and security” on the resulting
menu. A Properties box will pop up, with the Sharing tab selected.
Check the boxes for “Share this folder on the network” and “Allow
network users to change my files”. Click OK, and you have a server.
Once you have the
server created, go to My Network Places from the Start menu. You
This info will be needed later. Put some Omniturn part program files
in the folder. Windows 7 shared folder setup is somewhat different,
and will be described in a separate document.
should see the CNCSERVE folder as a network share. If you set the
View to Details, you will see the
network path to the share displayed under Comments. In our case, the
network path is
Getting the Omniturn
We are using a G4
control with a PCI Express slot available. Some early G4 controls
have a PCI slot. G3 controls may have PCI or even ISA slots. Strange
as it may seem, ISA ethernet cards are still available. If you have
the PCI Express slot, you can use the same card and drivers we used.
We used a TP-LINK
Gigabit PCI-E adapter. The ethernet chip is a Realtek RTL8168B. The
adapter didn't come with DOS drivers, so we downloaded them from
Realtek. Most of the PCI Express
adapters in the world use this chip, so it's quite likely that any
card you buy will use the same driver we are using.
Plug the ethernet
adapter card into the PCI Express slot in the motherboard. You will
need to get your ethernet cable into the control. Depending on your
control's configuration you may have a plugged knockout hole
available. If not, you'll need to punch one. Use a grommet of some
sort to prevent contaminants from getting into the control through
your cable entry.
On the Omniturn's USB
stick, make 3 folders, called MSC1,MSC2, and DRIVERS.
In addition to the
driver for the ethernet card, you will need the client software for
the control. The files you need are here (note that links are
This is the first
part of the Microsoft client software. Put it in the MSC1 folder on
the USB stick.
The second part of
the client software. Put this in the MSC2 folder on the USB stick.
The drivers for the
ethernet card. Your computer will probably be afraid to download
this file. Ignore its whining and download it anyway. Put it in the
DRIVERS folder on the USB stick. If you are using a card that
doesn't use the RTL8168, you'll need to use the drivers for the card
you're using instead of this file.The driver files that are included
within this archive file are:
RTGND.DOS (the name of the .DOS
file will be different for different cards)
RTL8168.NIF (as will the .NIF file)
After installing the
network card, when you turn on the control it will display a message
offering you the opportunity to configure the card's Boot Agent.
Ignore this message and it will go away. Boot the Omniturn with the
USB stick installed and break out to the DOS prompt by pressing
Ctrl-C when prompted to back up your files at the Omniturn logo
screen. Older software won't let you break at the backup screen, so
if you can't get out there, say N to the backup prompt and break out
of Jog mode by pressing Ctrl-Q after turning the servos on and
clearing the initial fault message.
You will now be looking
at the DOS prompt
At this prompt type C: and Enter to log on to drive C: (the hard
You should now see the
Change to the Root directory on drive C: by typing CD\ and Enter.
Log on to drive D: (the USB stick) by typing D: and Enter.
Change to the DRIVERS directory by typing CD\DRIVERS and Enter.
You will now see the
Type DRIVERS and Enter. The DRIVERS archive will be unpacked. If you
are not using our driver package, you probably copied the driver
files into this folder individually, so you don't need to unpack
Type CD\MSC2 and Enter.
You will see the D:\MSC2:> prompt.
Type DSK3-2 and Enter. The MS client software will be unpacked.
Type CD\MSC1 and Enter.
You will see the
Type DSK3-1 and Enter. The rest of the MS client software will be
Type SETUP and Enter. The client setup program will start, showing
an introductory screen. Press Enter and you will be told that the
setup program will use a directory called
unless you want to change it. Press
Enter to accept. You will be told that the setup program is
examining your files, and then you will be shown a list of network
adapters, which will not contain yours. Select “Network adapter not
shown on list below” and Enter.
You will see a box
where you can type in the path for the drivers. Type
and Enter. The
driver name should then show up (in our case, “REALTEK RTL8168”).
Press Enter to accept this driver.
You will be informed that MS Client will maximize network
performance by using lots of memory unless you press C to minimize
memory use. Press C.
You will be prompted for a user name. We used OMNI1. Do as you
A screen will come up giving you these options:
Change setup options
Change network configuration
Use the arrow keys to
highlight “Change network configuration” then press Enter, and a
screen with 2 boxes will appear.
Select “Add protocol” in the lower box and a new box will appear.
Select Microsoft TCP/IP and Enter and you'll be back to the double
Press Enter twice and a new prompt will appear. Type in
There will be a slight delay while the protocol files are loaded,
then you will be prompted to press Enter to reboot. Press Enter and
sure enough, the computer reboots. When the computer reboots,
it will boot without loading the new networking files. This is
because the setup program puts these files at the end of the
autoexec.bat file, and because of that they never get loaded. To
make them active, you'll need to edit the autoexec.bat file. You can
do that by dropping out to the DOS prompt again as you did before
The editor will start
with the autoexec.bat file displayed. Reading through the file line
by line, you will find a line that says CNC. Change this line to REM
CNC and add a new line at the end of the file that says CNC Save the
changed file and reboot the control. This time you will see a lot of
commands displayed as the network files are loaded. The boot process
will be interrupted by a
prompt for your user name. Press Enter to accept the user name you
entered during the setup
process. You will then be asked for your password. Just press Enter
to start with no password. You will be asked if you want to create a
password file. Press Y, and you will be asked to confirm your
password. Press Enter again. The boot process will continue to the
Omniturn backup prompt.
Break out to DOS one
more time and switch to the C: drive by typing C: and Enter. You
will see the
Type NET USE N:
and Enter. Actually,
that's what we typed; you would type NET USE and the drive letter
you want to use for your Omniturn's network drive and the path name
of the shared file you created way back at the “Making a Server”
section. After you've typed the NET USE command, you will be
informed that the command completed successfully. Reboot again. The
network is set up, but you're not quite finished.
Home the machine and go
to Auto. You will be shown the file picker screen, as always. Press
Alt-S to select a new directory, then select “OTHER” from the
directory list. You will be prompted at the bottom of the screen for
the name of the directory. Type:
N: (or whatever you
called your network drive in the NET USE statement above) and Enter.
The prompt will go away, and after a few seconds the directory
listing will show the files on your network share. Pick one and
you're off and running. From now on your network drive letter will
show up in the list on the right side of your file picker screen and
you can select it via Alt-S. Your network connection's all set!