PHL1600

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The PHL1600 is an Opticon Terminal device running our proprietary Operating System. It is based on a Microtec processor.

Load Firmware

This section describes how to load firmware onto your PHL1600 device

Load Firmware: OS

  • Download and install Appload (see the download table below)
  • Download and unzip the firmware: OS File from the download table below
  • Connect your direct load cable to the PC and the PHL1600.
  • Power OFF your PHL1600
  • Press [S] + [ENT] + [POWER]
The LED should now be RED and the display should be blank. If not, power off the unit and try again.
  • Configure Appload
    • Select 'Settings' > 'Port' > COM1 or the name of the USB <-> RS232 adapter you may be using
    • Select 'Settings' > 'IrDA adpater/cradle type' > 'Not installed'
  • Finally, in Appload, select 'File' > 'Download' and browse to the OS file you downloaded. The name should be similar to CBGV0159.hex

Load Firmware: Application

If you have the opportunity please always update the OS prior to updating the Application. This can avoid complications.

  • Download and install Appload (see the download table below)
  • Download and unzip the firmware: Application File you wish to use from the download table below. Alternatively your vendor may provide you with custom firmware for use during this process.
  • Connect your direct load cable to the PC and the PHL1600.
  • Power OFF your PHL1600
  • Press [0] + [7] + [POWER] to enter the Operating System's System Menu
  • Select 'Download Appl'
  • Select 'via Cable'
  • Configure Appload
    • Select 'Settings' > 'Port' > COM1 or the name of the USB <-> RS232 adapter you may be using
    • Select 'Settings' > 'IrDA adpater/cradle type' > 'Not installed'
  • Finally, in Appload, select 'File' > 'Download' and browse to the Application file you downloaded.

Downloading Data

  • Data can be downloaded via the download cable 41-PHL232-00.

All of Opticon's Demo Applications for the PHL1600 support downloading of data through Opticon's proprietary protocol called NetO (Net-Oh). As with all communications there are two sides. In this case these are the terminal (the PHL1600) and the host (usually a PC). This section covers setting up and using such a communication channel.

Setting Up the Host

To use NetO communications on a PC you need an application called NetO32. This can be downloaded from the Downloads table at the bottom of this page. Simply run the installer after download is complete and follow the setup instructions here.

  • Select 'Tools' > 'Options'
    • Choose RS232 from the menu at left
      • Choose the COM port for your cradle (COM 1 if using RS232, check Device Manager for USB ['Start' > 'Run' > 'devmgmt.msc' > click 'OK' and look under the 'Ports' section])
      • Change Baudrate to 115200
      • Change IrDA Device to 'None'
    • Choose 'Download' from the menu at left
      • Click the 'browse' folder icon at right to change the destination folder of the file once you have downloaded it.
      • Choose between 'Append', 'Overwrite', and 'Unique' to determine what happens when you download a data file but a file by that same name is already present.
    • Click 'OK'
  • Select 'File' > 'Save As'
    • Choose a file name appropriate for you (such as your name or your company's name) to save the settings you just changed.
    • Now every time after this that you open NetO32 you must select 'File' > 'Open' and choose this file to load your settings.
  • Select 'Protocol' > 'Start'

NetO32 is now in 'Polling' mode. Note that you should see the yellow light on the cradle blinking steadily. This means it will sit here indefinitely sending queries to the cradle and waiting for the right response to start a download. Multiple downloads can all be done without ever closing NetO32. When you are done using NetO32 simply select 'Protocol' > 'Stop' and NetO32 will discontinue polling mode. The application can then be closed.

Starting the Upload from your PHL1600

After NetO32 is in Polling mode (see above) follow these steps. First, of course, it is expected that you will have scanned some barcodes using the PHL1600.

  • Select 'Transmit Data' from the main menu (use the arrow keys to move up and down and trigger (center key) to select an option.
  • The screen that appears should say "Transmit Data NETO Protocol.
  • NetO32 status log will indicate that the data was downloaded and the PHL1600 will go back to the main menu transmit data screen.
  • Your Data File is now on the PC in the folder specified previously.

Application Development

The PHL1600 firmware is split into two levels, an Operating System and an Application. The Operating System Exposes the functions of the hardware to the Application level firmware, and the Application determines how the device behaves. The Operating System is developed and maintained solely by Opticon, however anyone can make an application for the PHL1600 using using Opticon's C-Library Kit and the "Software Development Tools MCCM77 C Compiler package" made by Microtec™ Research. This compiler can be purchased directly from Opticon or from a third party.

Downloads

Notice: The downloading and use of any Opticon software implies consent with Opticon's End User License Agreement.

Software

Software Description Version Download
Appload Appload Is Opticon's multi-purpose firmware update utility. It is a Windows PC application that provides the capability to download firmware onto most Opticon products. It also contains a versatile terminal interface that allows serial communication to any serial port connected to the PC (be it RS232, USB-VCP or Bluetooth-SPP). Opticon products can be queried and configured in this manner. EAGV0173 Download
NetO32 A PC application implementing the NetO protocol to transfer files from the PC to the terminal barcode reader. EGF2001H (2.1.0.0) Download
Firmware: OS This is the main Operating System file for the PHL1600-10 Download
Firmware: Application standard demo This is the standard demo application for the PHL1600. Download
Firmware: Application (RapidGen) This firmware is an application called RapidGen. It must be used in conjunction with the RapidGen PC software Download
PC Software: RapidGen This is the PC side software component of RapidGen. EGF20711 Download