Access GPIB instruments over an ethernet network using this affordable, easy to use, Prologix GPIB-ETHERNET controller. Attach the GPIB-ETHERNET controller to any GPIB enabled equipment to control it over a network from anywhere in the world!
Use this controller to remotely control and download screen plots from Oscilloscopes, Logic Analyzers, Spectrum Analyzers, Function Generators, Power Supplies and other GPIB enabled instruments all over ethernet.
GPIB-ETHERNET may also be used with a wireless bridge to access your instruments wirelessly. Requires external power supply of 8-15VDC (included).
If it requires power, you need to know how much, what all the pins do, and how to hook it up. You may need to reference datasheets, schematics, and know the ins and outs of electronics.
Skill Level: Noob - You don't need to reference a datasheet, but you will need to know basic power requirements.
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Based on 3 ratings:
I have a 20 year old HP 34401A I have been eager to interact with programmatically. Within 5 minutes I was up and running and able to connect to it.
Basically it was:
And I'm set.
Very happy with the product!
Easy to setup, works flawlessly. Very quick delivery from SparkFun to Australia. Recommended vendor.
I am purchasing my second unit for latest eBay find, a Fluke 8520A multimeter based on positive experience with the first unit. My first unit was for a Wavetek 275 waveform generator. My experience setting up the first controller included a not unreasonable learning curve, including writing example code to read some information from the Wavetek 275 and create a simple waveform output. The basic activities were: 1) Download and install Prologix GPIB Configurator utility first. (http://prologix.biz/resources.html) 2) Connect GPIB-ETHERNET Controller to instrument. 3) Connect GPIB-ETHERNET Controller to an ETHERNET hub using a straight ETHERNET cable. 4) Connect PC to LAN. I used the PC to set a static IP for the Controller through the router admin page. 5) Use GPIB Configurator to configure GPIB settings. This is a little utility to interactively control the GPIB device. I used it to verify basic operation and try a few commands from the Wavetek manual. 6) Use EZGPIB to implement control applications.
Sparkfun provides a slightly better deal than ordering direct from Prologix by including a power supply and free shipping.