I had this very same issue connecting to the MCU. I have an AMX Landmark system in place that has the programming running on the MCU, so I don't have a connected PC full time. I have the Landmark Designer files in a safe place and over time I have gone through several laptops. I recently decided to make a change, and found that I could not get my laptop to connect to the MCU in my CF2 cardframe. I figured out how to get it to work, so hopefully this helps others.
1. You need a PC with Windows XP installed. It can be updated to the latest service pack (SP3) and internet explorer.
2. You need Landmark Designer installed.
3. You need to have the following setup in your Network Connections:
- Open Network Connections and select your Local Area Network Connection
- If you don't see the NWLink protocols in the list do the following...
- Click Install
- Select Protocol and click ADD
- Select NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS and click OK
- The following will appear in the list and must be checked...
- NWLink NetBIOS + NWLink IPX/SPX/NetBIOS
- Some posts have indicated that you need to change the Auto Detect option on the IPX/SPX/NetBIOS protocol to 802.2, but I did not need to.
- Just to be safe I clicked the TCP/IP protocal, clicked the Advanced button, went to the WINS tab and set teh NetBIOS option to Default
- Click OK, OK, Then reboot
4. To enable communications between the PC and the MCU, you need to make sure the Firewall does not interfere. In Control Panel, open Windows Firewall, and click Add Program to add Landmark Designer to the Exceptions list. Then Reboot again. Windows doesn't force this, but I found that a reboot made the difference.
3. You need the MCU connected to a network via an ethernet cable. Plug the ethernet cable into the 10 Base T jack on the MCU card, and the other end into a switch. Some on this post mentioned a direct cable from the MCU to the laptop, using a cross over cable, but I didn't have one and did not try. If you don't have a switch, a hub might work. I tried plugging into my Apple Extreme router without luck... I think you need a good old fashioned switch. I was successful with both my Netgear FS105 10/100 switch and my Leviton 10/100 4 port internet gateway which includes a router so that Windows believed it was connected to something. Plug your PC into it as well.
4. Start up Landmark Designer and click Design > Equipment and see if you are getting send AND receive packets on the MCU card. If not... see the other posts on tricks to try like moving the card around, and spec-ing a new card... but in general, you will get flashing green lights if all is well. In my case... I got Sent, but no Received.
5. Taking a clue from another post that the ethernet chipsets in newer laptops may be the issue, I purchased a Belkin 10/100 USB Ethernet adapter model F5D5050 (You can find these on eBay). This is about as generic of an ethernet adapter as you will find and it just plugs into an open USB port. Plug it into your laptop and let Windows search Windows Update to find a driver, and it will install quickly. Use this to connect to the switch, and I was in business.
6. All the lights should light up in Landmark Designer. I think the software and hardware are still worth maintaining after all these years. For straight forward RS232 and IR control, it works great.
Hope that helps!