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wmattox



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PostSubject: Ethernet vs USB   Fri Jan 08, 2016 2:29 pm

I have been running my Ghost Gunner from a USB port on my Surface Pro Tablet no problem. Looking around the forums, it appears that with the Taig based machines, interference can be a problem using a USB interface. Although a filter is an option and included with the Starter Kit from Soigeneris, would I be better going with the Ethernet interface? If so, I would have to buy a USB to Ethernet adapter for my tablet, as the Surface is a wireless internet only tablet. Does anyone have experience with the USB to Ethernet adapters?
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PostSubject: Re: Ethernet vs USB   Fri Jan 08, 2016 3:01 pm

I think Ethernet is better. I am running two machines on Ethernet Smoothsteppers, and one on a USB Smoothstepper. They all work. I was considering the USB UC100, but read somethings about spindle control being an issue.

The biggest thing in my opinion though is don't mess with the computer while running a job. The next (with Mach 3 anyway) is turn off the toolpath display on large jobs before pressing start.

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PostSubject: Re: Ethernet vs USB   Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:08 am

Wayne, I just replied to your email yesterday but wanted to post a quick replay here for folks reading this later on. The Ethernet board is newer and has a larger FPGA and separate micro-controller handling the communications. Ethernet is much more immune to electrical noise which can drive the USB version crazy. I built the system with a line filter on the spindle motor, a separate 5V power supply for the SmoothStepper, and other filtering which makes it very stable for use with a Taig sized machine.

I bought two USB<->Ethernet adapters a couple of weeks ago and tested them on my Surface1.
Both were from Startech one was USB 2.0 and the other USB 3.0. The USB 3.0 was noticeable faster but either is plenty fast enough for the SmoothStepper. On YouTube search for Soigeneris and you can find a video I did a few years ago running Mach 3 on the Surface with a USB interface SmoothStepper.

I looked up bCNC and found it is a GRBL front end. If you have a GRBL board that you can access the proper signals to wire up to the STDR-4C parallel port input you might make it work. The thing is you will be giving up the USB/Ethernet interface (SmoothStepper) as it only works with Mach 3.

Mach 3 with the SmoothStepper is a quantum leap from what you have now as far as performance. While there will be a learning curve I think in the long run it would be money well spent (a good value for what you get.)

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PostSubject: Re: Ethernet vs USB   Sat Jan 09, 2016 11:19 am

Jeff,
Bob,

Thank you both for the replies. I am now leaning towards the Ethernet interface and usb to ethernet adapter. I have my Surface setup for always on and it works perfectly with my Ghost Gunner so I think it will work with the Taig. I did look at your videos Jeff and will be using my surface at this time to save as much initial cash outlay as possible. Maybe someday an older desktop computer will be in my plans if I get tired or moving my Surface from the shop to the house constantly! I have downloaded the Mach3 Trial Version and will check it out. As for GRBL, Smoothstepper, etc ..... boy I have alot to learn!

Thank You,
Wayne
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