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How to setup network on the Fluke 8846A
16 December 2012 20:54
After I have blog about my Fluke 8846A then there has been a number of people there has contacted me and asked for my help to setup the network as they cannot get it to work and it seems that it is not that easy and there is many there not can get it to work.
So I have there for now made this how to guide in this blog post to help all them there is having issues with the network function in the Fluke 8846A and I guess it will be the same for the Fluke 8845A but donít know this.
Before setting up anything on the meter then we have to know some details about the network, so the first thing is to know the TCP/IP settings of the PC and selecting an IP address to use for the meter.

IP address of the PC

First start an dos prompt (Start menu -> Run -> type: CMD.exe)
Then type ipconfig and hit enter, this will list the IP details of your PC

As you can see here, my PCís IP address is 192.168.1.217 with submask 255.255.255.0 and the gateway 192.168.1.1, it will most likely be some other details on your PC, so you have to select IP address details there is fitting your network.
The next thing is that we need to give the meter an IP address and for my meter I have selected to give the meter 192.168.1.20 and before we can go on then we have to verify that the IP address is not already used.

Verify IP is not used already

Type Ping 192.168.1.20 and note that there is no reply because the IP address is not used and it can now be used for the meter.

So now I know the details for my network are:

PC
IP address: 192.168.1.217
Sub mask: 255.255.255.0
Gateway: 192.168.1.1

Fluke Meter
IP address: 192.168.1.20
Sub mask: 255.255.255.0
Gateway: 192.168.1.1

Note this is the details or my network and it is very likely that the same address not will be used in your network, so you have to find what fits your network before going on with this guide.

For this how to guide I then start by resetting the meter back to the default settings so you know that I have not made any other settings and if you have issue getting this to work you can start at same defaults.

Clear internal memory

Click [MEMORY] -> [F5 MANAGE MEMORY] -> [F3 ERASE MEMORY] -> [F4 ERASE]

Reset meter

Click [INSTR SETUP] -> [RESET]

Select the meter interface to be LAN

Click [INSTR SETUP] -> [F1 PORT IF] -> [F5 SELECT PORT] -> [F3 LAN]
When you see this menu next time then note that the LAN is now highlighted and that means it is the selected port

Select to use fixed network settings and not DHCP

Click [INSTR SETUP] -> [F1 PORT IF] -> [F3 LAN] -> [DHCP]
note that after this then the DHCP in not highlighted anymore and if its then click on it again so it is not selected like the photo shows.

Set the IP address

Click [INSTR SETUP] -> [F1 PORT IF] -> [F3 LAN] -> [F2 IP_ADDR]
Now use the arrows on F1 and F4 to navigate between the numbers and use the F2 and F3 to change the value of that highlighted number.
When done then Click [F5 ENTER]

Set the Network mask

Click [INSTR SETUP] -> [F1 PORT IF] -> [F3 LAN] -> [F3 NETMASK]
Now use the arrows on F1 and F4 to navigate between the numbers and use the F2 and F3 to change the value of that highlighted number.
When done then Click [F5 ENTER]

Set the hostname

Click [INSTR SETUP] -> [F1 PORT IF] -> [F3 LAN] -> [F4 HOSTNAME]
Now use the arrows on F1 and F4 to navigate and use the F2 and F3 to change the value at that location.
When done then Click [F5 ENTER]

Set the gateway

Click [INSTR SETUP] -> [F1 PORT IF] -> [F3 LAN] -> [F5 MORE] -> [F2 GATEWAY]
Now use the arrows on F1 and F4 to navigate between the numbers and use the F2 and F3 to change the value of that highlighted number.
When done then Click [F5 ENTER]

Set the port

Click [INSTR SETUP] -> [F1 PORT IF] -> [F3 LAN] -> [F5 MORE] -> [F3 PORT #]
Now use the arrows on F1 and F4 to navigate between the numbers and use the F2 and F3 to change the value of that highlighted number.
When done then Click [F5 ENTER]

Now save the settings as power-up config

Click [MENORY] -> [F3 STORE CONFIG] -> [F3 STORE POWER-UP]
Note when the config is stored then there will on F4 be showing the option to remove it, donít remove it but this indicate that we now have stored the config.

Power cycle the meter

Now turn off the meter but donít use the green power key at the front because this is just a soft power off, so turn off the meter with the big power switch on the back side of the meter or if youíre unsure about this then pull out the power cord from the meter.

Before power on the meter again, then start the ping command on the PC so you can see the meter starting to response when it is power on.

In the dos prompt type Ping 192.168.1.20 Ėt and for now there is no response.

Now power on the meter and monitor the ping command on the PC

Now the meter is responding and this is good as we can now check if the meter will responded to commands.

To test the raw communication with the meter and make sure it is working before trying any other applications then I use the software Putty that you can download from the Internet for free, just use Google and type in putty.

Start Putty

Select the connection type to be RAW and enter the IP of the meter 192.168.1.20 and with the port to be 3490.
Then click on Open to start the connection and you will now see and black empty window


In the black window type *IDN? and enter, then if all goes will then the meter responses with the details there is identify your meter, As you can see the meter is replying that is an Fluke 8846A meter, the serial number and firmware date.

So now we can test the commnication with my test app there is basicly doing the same as with the putty but instedt it is taking some readings per second and display them in the windows form.
Before starting the test app then make sure you have closed the Putty application again because the meter does only allow one connection at the time.

Testing with my application

So start the Fluke8846A-TESTAPP1.exe, enter the IP address and click connect.
If all goes will then the meter will change its display into remote command control mode and the windows app will get the readings from the meter and display the value in the windows form.

It is normal if the meter are beeping from time to time, this is because my small test application is not very well done and when the meter beeps then it just mean that the application is doing some thing that the meter dont like, the errors can be seen in the menus on the meter where you also can clear the error log, but it will automaticly clear out when powered off.

The application "Fluke 8846A Test app 1" can be download from this page

So this is my guide to setup the network on the Fluke 8846A and i hope you can get it working and now can do some cool things via remote control from the pc.

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