PortVision DX and Linux Utilities for DeviceMaster

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You can check the serial number or MAC address on the DeviceMaster to determine which PortVision DX version you should use.

PortVision DX underwent changes (History) with the release of PortVision DX 4.x that may affect DeviceMasters running firmware PRIOR to Bootloader v4.00 and SocketServer v10.00.

  • DeviceMasters with older firmware cannot be discovered in PortVision DX v4.00 and higher.

  • Newer firmware versions are still compatible with PortVision DX v3.05.

Please refer to one of the following discussions for procedures to work around this issue.

New Installation – What is My Firmware Version – What Should I Do?

You can use this information to get started. This procedure assumes that the DeviceMaster is powered on and connected to the network.

  1. Install PortVision DX 3.05.

  2. Scan the network (Scan button in the tool bar).

    In the following example, PortVision DX 3.05 located 15 DeviceMasters and several of the DeviceMasters contain old firmware that should to be upgraded. Pepperl+Fuchs Comtrol, Inc. Technical Support advises to always update your firmware to the latest release.

    PortVision DX 3.05
  3. Program the DeviceMaster IP address for each new DeviceMaster. The above example shows a DeviceMaster RTS 2-port that has not been configured and still is using the default IP address.

  4. Upgrade the SocketServer and the Bootloader to the latest version.

  5. Optionally, install the latest PortVision DX version.

Existing PortVision DX 4.xx Installation – Adding an Unknown DeviceMaster

Use this procedure if you currently have PortVision DX 4.xx installed on your system and you are adding a new DeviceMaster with unknown firmware versions.

The default IP address for a DeviceMaster is

  1. After installing the DeviceMaster on your network, click the Scan button.

  2. At this point, you have two choices:

    • Change the IP address on your PC/laptop to 192.168.250.xxx. Scan and locate the DeviceMaster, configure the IP address, and then return your system to the prior IP address.

    • Remove PortVision DX v4.xx using Control Panel | Programs | Programs and Features, install PortVision DX 3.05, and then use the procedure discussed in New Installation – What is My Firmware Version – What Should I Do?

Upgraded to PortVision DX 4.xx - Existing System - Cannot Locate DeviceMasters - Known IP Addresses

Use this procedure to add DeviceMasters with old firmware to PortVision DX 4.xx. This procedure starts after you have scanned the network, noticed that you are missing DeviceMasters and some of the existing DeviceMasters display as OFF-LINE.


You must know the IP addresses of the DeviceMasters or have a saved session with the DeviceMasters.

The first few steps show how to add a DeviceMaster as a new device using the IP address.

  1. Right-click in the Device Tree pane (upper) and click Add New... | Device.

  2. Select the Device Type and Device Model.

  3. Enter a user-friendly Device Name, the IP address, click Ok.

    PortVision DX Add New Device

    The DeviceMaster PRO is now displayed in PortVision DX.

    PortVision DX Add New Device

Use this procedure so that PortVision DX can establish communications with a DeviceMaster.

  1. Double-click an OFF-LINE DeviceMaster.

  2. Change the Detection Type to REMOTE.

  3. Click Apply Changes.

  4. Click Close.

    PortVision DX Set Remote Device

    Notice that the RTS-2P(2E) is displays ON-LINE in Remote mode.

  5. Repeat for each DeviceMaster that you want to display.

    PortVision DX Set Remote Device


PortVision DX 4.xx no longer supports MAC mode (OSI Layer 2) discovery of DeviceMasters, which impacts the firmware versions used in the DeviceMaster. PortVision DX now uses UDP for its discovery protocol, which is not supported in SocketServer versions prior to v10.00 and Bootloader versions prior to v4.00. This means that all DeviceMaster units must have an IP address in order to be manipulated with PortVision DX. IP addresses that are not compatible with the local network will still be discovered but will have extremely limited capabilities until the IP address is set for the local network.

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