RCTools Installation Guide Datasheet by Radiocrafts AS

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Table of Contents
TABLE OF CONTENTS ............................................................................................................ 1
INTRODUCTION ....................................................................................................................... 2
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS ...................................................................................................... 2
PC HARDWARE REQUIREMENTS ......................................................................................... 2
INSTALLATION GUIDE FOR USERS WITH .NET INSTALLED ............................................. 3
INSTALLATION GUIDE FOR USERS WITHOUT .NET INSTALLED ..................................... 4
COMPONENTS IN YOUR SYSTEM AFTER INSTALLATION ................................................ 5
USB TO SERIAL COM PORT .................................................................................................. 6
UNINSTALL GUIDE .................................................................................................................. 7
DOCUMENT REVISION HISTORY ........................................................................................... 8
DISCLAIMER ............................................................................................................................ 8
TRADEMARKS ......................................................................................................................... 8
LIFE SUPPORT POLICY .......................................................................................................... 8
CONTACT INFORMATION ....................................................................................................... 8
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Introduction
RCTools is a powerful and easy to use PC suite that helps you during test, development and
deployment of the Radiocrafts modules. The RCTools includes RC_CCT, RC_SA and RC_DT
stand alone applications running under windows .Net Framework. The RCTools is free of
charge and easily installed (including .NET and USB Driver) by running the setup file
available in the download section on www.radiocrafts.com.
System requirements
RCTools will have the same system requirements as the .NET framework 2.0 and this is
defined by Microsoft as:
Supported Operating Systems: Windows 2000 Service Pack 3; Windows 98;
Windows 98 Second Edition; Windows ME; Windows Server 2003; Windows XP
Service Pack 2
Required Software: IE 5.01 or later: You must also be running Microsoft Internet
Explorer 5.01 or later for all installations of the .NET Framework.
Disk Space Requirements for .NET: 280 MB
.NET will be installed automatically by the RCTools setup file but if you want to install it
manually you can download it from:
http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?FamilyID=0856EACB-4362-4B0D-8EDD-
AAB15C5E04F5&displaylang=en.
PC hardware requirements
The RCTools requires access to the modules UART via an available COM-port together with
access to the modules CONFIG-pin. Typically UART-access is obtained via an UART-to-
RS232 or UART-to-USB converter. The Demo Boards (DB) from Radiocrafts contains
onboard converter for direct plug-in to a PC using either RS232 or USB port and further
access to the related COM-port. For the USB version of the Demo boards a Virtual COM Port
driver is used.
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Installation Guide for users with .NET installed
Download the RCTools setup file from Radiocrafts’ website. When you run the setup file the
installation will first start to extract files (Fig 1) and perform a system check on your PC. The
Installer will not be able to continue if you are running windows 95 or XP without Service Pack
2 (SP2). If all the system requirements are OK, the installer will display the welcome screen
(Fig. 2) where the user can select location for the RCTools. If an old version of RCTools is
detected in your system it will be upgraded. The Default location is C:\Program files\RCTools.
The installer will by default also add shortcuts to the start up menu (Program->RCTools) and
on the desktop, but the user have the option to disable this in the welcome window. The
installation of RCTools will start when the user select ‘next’ in the welcome window. A
progress bar will then start and informs about the installation progress (Fig. 3). The
installation of RCTools takes less than a minute to be completed and an installation
completed window will be displayed when the installation is done (Fig 4).
Fig. 1: Extracting and check system
Fig. 2: Installation welcome screen
Fig. 3: Installation progress info
Fig. 4: Installation completed
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Installation Guide for users without .NET installed
Download and run the RCTools setup file from Radiocrafts’ website. When you run the setup
file the installation will first start to extract files as described above (Fig. 1) and perform a
system check on your PC. The Installer will not be able to continue if you are running
windows 95 or XP without SP2. If .NET is not detected in the system check you will be
informed about this missing requirements (Fig 5). You now have the option to cancel
installation (for manually installation of .NET) or you can select ‘Download & Install’ if you are
connected to internet. The installer will in this case connect to the internet and download (Fig.
6) and Install (Fig. 7) .NET Framework 2.0. This will take about 8 minutes to download and
install depending on your internet connection. When the .NET has been successfully installed
you will be informed in a windows including a ‘OK’ button (Fig 8). When clicking on the OK
button you will continue the installation of RCTools starting with the welcome screen as
described in the previous chapter (Fig 2).
Fig. 5: .NET Framework not detected
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Microsoft
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Components in your system after installation
After the RCTools installation is completed, and if you selected default settings during the
installation, you will find the program in ‘program files’ (Fig. 9) and shortcuts in the Radiocrafts
start menu folder (Fig. 10) and on the desktop (Fig. 11).
Fig. 9: Program location
Fig. 10: Shortcuts in Start menu
Fig. 11: Shortcuts on Desktop
For details about how to use the RCTools components RC_CCT, RC_SA and RC_DT, you
can use the RCTools Helper in the Start menu or download User Manuals from our web-site.
A link to Radiocrafts web-site is also located in the RCTools folder of the start menu (Fig 10).
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USB to Serial COM Port
The new Demo Board from Radiocrafts Includes an USB to UART converter that is used to
communicate with the PC. The Driver sets up a Virtual COM Port (VCP) when a Demo board
is connected to your PC. The Driver is automatically installed during the RCTools installation.
The first time you connect your Demo boar to the PC after the RCTools installation is
completed, you will be informed that the PC found new hardware and recognise it to be a
USB Serial Port (Fig 12). When the new hardware is installed to your system you will be
informed that the new hardware is ready to be used (FIG 13). Each time this Demo board is
connected to the PC the same virtual COM port will be used. Information on which COM port
that has been assigned to your board is given in the Windows Device Manager. Open the
Device Manager located in "Control Panel\System" then select the "Hardware" tab and click
"Device Manger" or type “devmgmt.msc” in the Start->Run window (Fig 14). In The Device
Manager expand the Ports (COM & LPT) tab to list up all COM ports in your system. The
Demo Board device appears as a "USB Serial port" with an additional COM port number (Fig
15). This is the COM port to use with the RC Tools.
Fig 12: PC Found Radiocrafts Demo Boards
Fig 15: COM ports listed in Device
Manager
Fig 13: The Demo board is ready to be used
Fig 14: Open Device Manager
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Uninstall guide
To uninstall the RCTools you simply run the ‘Uninstall RCTools’ program located in the Start
meny (Fig 10). You also have the option to run the default windows program ‘Add/remove
programs’ located in the Control panel. You will be asked if you are sure about removing
RCTools from your system (Fig 16) when you run the uninstaller. If you continue you will in
addition be asked if you also want to remove some RCTools files and folders that the installer
did not install (Fig. 17). This can be working files you have saved when working with the
RCTools, and you may want to keep them for further use. The rest of the RCTools software
will be removed even if you keep the working files. If you choose to Remove the files you will
be asked to verify this (Fig 18). At the end of the uninstaller you will be informed that RCTools
and all the shortcuts added by the installer was removed (Fig 19).
Fig. 16: Uninstall
Fig. 17: Remove files/folder option
Fig. 18: Confirm removing of files/folders
Fig. 19: un-installation completed
Fig 20: Manual un-installation if the USB Virtual COM Port driver
Note that the .NET framework and the Virtual COM port driver is not removed by the RCTools
uninstaller, as other applications in your system may use it. If you want to remove .NET
Framework or the Virtual COM Port driver you can do this in the ‘add/remove programs’ in
Control panel (Fig 20).
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Document Revision History
Document Revision
Changes
1.0 New Revision
1.1 USB driver installation included
Disclaimer
Radiocrafts AS believes the information contained herein is correct and accurate at the time of this printing. However,
Radiocrafts AS reserves the right to make changes to this product without notice. Radiocrafts AS does not assume
any responsibility for the use of the described product; neither does it convey any license under its patent rights, or
the rights of others. The latest updates are available at the Radiocrafts website or by contacting Radiocrafts directly.
As far as possible, major changes of product specifications and functionality, will be stated in product specific Errata
Notes published at the Radiocrafts website. Customers are encouraged to check regularly for the most recent
updates on products and support tools.
Trademarks
RC232™ is a trademark of Radiocrafts AS. The RC232™ Embedded RF Protocol is used in a range of products from
Radiocrafts. The protocol handles host communication, data buffering, error check, addressing and broadcasting. It
supports point-to-point, point-to-multipoint and peer-to-peer network topologies.
All other trademarks, registered trademarks and product names are the sole property of their respective owners.
Life Support Policy
This Radiocrafts product is not designed for use in life support appliances, devices, or other systems where
malfunction can reasonably be expected to result in significant personal injury to the user, or as a critical component
in any life support device or system whose failure to perform can be reasonably expected to cause the failure of the
life support device or system, or to affect its safety or effectiveness. Radiocrafts AS customers using or selling these
products for use in such applications do so at their own risk and agree to fully indemnify Radiocrafts AS for any
damages resulting from any improper use or sale.
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