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XtremeLink« Telemetry Station

Software support

 
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The Telemetry Station is a powerful user tool that receives telemetry data from your XtremeLink« system.  This means that data from your transmitter module, receiver, and any connected sensors can be shown in real-time as well as having the data recorded, and played back.  Besides these advanced functions, the Telemetry Station hardware can also perform the same functions of the XtremeLink« Device Programmer (XDP).  This allows you to change settings and update firmware (if applicable).

The Telemetry Station requires v2.4 or later firmware for receivers and any version firmware for the transmitter modules.  XtremeLink« 3 channel and 6 channel receivers do not have telemetry capability, so these receivers will never support telemetry.

To enable telemetry support with your receiver, use the XDP.EXE program.  Put your receiver in programming mode (not binding mode) so that you can access the settings.  Once the EEPROM has been read, go to the pull down menu and select "ADVANCED MODE".  You will see the TELEMETRY button become available.  Click on the TELEMETRY button. You will now see the sensor access menu, telemetry rate configuration, and the developer tools.  You must enable the receiver's telemetry support by setting a telemetry rate.  This rate is how often telemetry data is sent from the receiver to the Telemetry Station.  We recommend a rate of 10, which is every 10th frame.  At a typical frame rate of 22ms, this equates to roughly 46 frames per second.  With a rate of 10, the receiver will be sending telemetry information just a little faster than 4 times per second.  The lower the number, the more often the data will be sent back.  Setting this too low can significantly reduce the amount of bandwidth for other 2.4GHz systems on the same frequency.  This is only a concern when there are dozens of other systems in use simultaneously on the same frequency (channel).  After you have set the rate, close the TELEMETRY window and click the UPLOAD TO EEPROM button to make the change in the receiver.  You are now ready to receive telemetry information!

Run the Scanner (Scanner.exe) program.  Turn on your XtremeLink« system so that you can move servos and such.  Now, click on the "Search for System" button.  The RF hardware will be initialized and then a search will be made for a XtremeLink« system.  If there are multiple XtremeLink« systems in use, the first one found will be the one that is "locked" on to.  Once a system is found, the information about the transmitter module and receiver will be shown.  This information includes the IEEE MAC address assignment, frequency (by channel number), number of servo channels, signal strength of transmitter (as seen by the receiver), and the receiver battery voltage.  Note:  if the values for signal strength and receiver battery voltage are question marks (???) this is due to you not having enabled the telemetry mode in the receiver (see above).  The transmitter's stick positions (in microseconds) is shown at the top of the info window and the sensor information is directly below that information.

At any time while you are viewing the system you can click on the red square button (RECORD) to start recording.  Once you are done recording, press the black square button (STOP).  You can then use the slider bar along with the left and right arrows to look at the data you just recorded.  Note: once you press the STOP button, real time updates are terminated.  You can save this data by selecting "Save Telemetry Data" from the FILE pull-down menu.  You can load telemetry information saved by selecting "Load Telemetry Data" also from the FILE pull-down menu.

About 150K of memory (and hard drive space) per minute is necessary to record both the transmitter and receiver data.  So, a 10 minute flight without any sensors would need about 1.5MB of memory.  Even 640MB systems should be able to record hours worth of data before saving it to the hard drive.

Pressing the ESCAPE key while viewing data in real time will stop the process and allow you to click the Search for System button again to look for another XtremeLink« system.

 

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INFORMATION


 

 

Hardware Requirements

486 or later processor running Windows 98 or later.  1.5 MB of hard drive space, and 640K of memory.  USB 1.1 is also required.

This product works only with XtremeLink« 2.4GHz devices.  A mandatory firmware is required for both the transmitter modules and receivers in order to use this product.  All XtremeLink« systems sold after of July 15th, 2008 will be 100% compatible with the telemetry station and will not require an upgrade.

Developer information is now available here.


Overview

The XtremeLink« Telemetry Station is a USB based device that allows various types of communications with the XtremeLink« product line.  The software available here will give you powerful tools for helping you setup your system and diagnose any potential installation or equipment problems.

This product is designed for PC computers running Windows 98 through Windows Vista operating systems.  Currently, there is not a Macintosh OS version available.  The hardware is compatible with USB 1.1 and USB 2.0 configurations.  The required cable type is a Type A to Mini-B, which can be purchased directly from XPS.

IT IS NECESSARY TO INSTALL THE XTREMELINK« XDP/TELEMETRY STATION SOFTWARE BEFORE CONNECTING THE TELEMETRY STATION HARDWARE!

 


 

Installing the XDP/Telemetry Station software

To install the Telemetry Station software, download the software installer below and run the installer by double-clicking on its icon.  Hint: hold the SHIFT key while clicking the link or using the right mouse button when clicking the link and save the file to your desktop so that it is easy to find.

Follow the installer instructions to install the software on your computer.  Once it has been installed, you can delete the downloaded file.  Double-click on any of the icons to run that program.  Only one program can use the Telemetry Station hardware at a time, so it is necessary to quit one program before launching another.  NOTE:  If you receive a Windows error message about a missing or non-registered DLL "MSSTDFMT.DLL", then go to our help page by clicking here.

PLEASE NOTE: THE TELEMETRY STATION SOFTWARE IS NOW INCLUDED WITH THE XDP SOFTWARE PACKAGE.  PLEASE DOWNLOAD THE SOFTWARE BY GOING TO OUR XDP PAGE LOCATED HERE.  IT IS RECOMMENDED THAT YOU INSTALL THE SOFTWARE IN ADMINISTRATOR MODE.

 


 

Installing the Telemetry Station hardware

To install the Telemetry Station hardware, simply connect the USB cable end with the smaller mini-B connector to the Telemetry Stations USB connector, and the other end to your PCs USB port.  The first time you do this, you may see a Hardware Installation Wizard appear.  Just select NEXT and allow the driver will automatically found and setup.

 


 

XtremeLink« Device Programmer Compatibility

The Telemetry Station is compatible with the XtremeLink« Device Programmer software package.  Please see our XtremeLink« Device Programmer information here.

 


 

Telemetry Station Software Revision History


06/29/08 - v1.0.1

First public release (note: included as part of XDP.EXE)


07/12/08 - v1.0.6

Removed from XDP.EXE as it became too complicated to access.


07/30/08 - v1.0.7

Fixed problem with config not saving language types other than English.

Changed data logging to use a memory based array instead of storing
storing directly to the hard drive. This improves performance.

Increased USB baud rate to 1Mbps. This vastly improved performance.


08/02/08 - v1.0.8

Fixed problem with out of memory error with PCs having only 640MB of memory.


08/03/08 - v1.1.0

Fixed cosmetic issue after successfully doing 1 scan. The "searching..."
message was not being erased after aborting another scan.

Updated installer program to fix installer error. Depending the version of
Windows, the installer would not create the Language folder and end up
copying the language file to the Data folder.

Renamed "Language" folder to "Languages" in preparation for other
apps getting locale support.

Added auto-update feature to check for updates every time the program is
started up.

Changed Load/Save wording to reflect telemetry data.

Fixed timer wrap issue.

02/24/08 - Made most programs v3.x compatible.

 


 

Developer Package

We are providing a developer package that has a schematic, circuit board artwork, and source code for a functioning dual sensor configuration.  Click here to download this package.

 

 
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