Access It! NExT Step Field Hardware Upgrade


Overview

Existing NExT Step systems using the original network appliance can now be field upgraded with the latest embedded computer by following the installation instructions within this article. To prevent loss of data and minimize down time, it is important to follow the instructions in the order they are presented.

Contents

The NEXT-STEP-UPGRADE kit includes the following items:

  • NEXTSTEP-PC – Pre-loaded Solid State Network Appliance default IP address 192.168.0.10
  • Mounting Plate – Pre-mounted to the NEXTSTEP-PC
  • 3’ Ethernet Network Cable – EP-1502 Host communication cable
  • (4) 6-32x3/8” SEMS Screws w/built-in Lock Washers – Used for attaching the NEXTSTEP-PC mounting plate to the enclosure door
  • (4) 6-32x15/32” Hex Standoff Extensions – Used for raising the EP-1502 so that it can accept the new Ethernet network cable

Database Backups

A backup of the system and event databases should be performed from any client machine prior to replacing the original embedded computer. The backups will be used later to restore the newly installed embedded computer with the customer’s data.

System Database Backup

The following steps outline how to perform a backup of the Access It! NExT Step system and CurrentEvents databases.

  1. Select Utilities from the left hand menu
  2. Select Backup/Restore
  3. Click Backup Now button
    A backup of the system database will be downloaded to the Downloads folder of the local machine being used.

Archive Event Database Backup

The following steps outline how to perform a backup of the Access It! NExT Step archived event databases. Repeat as needed until all event databases have been backed up.

  1. Select Utilities from the left hand menu
  2. Select Archives
  3. Click the Events Database hyperlink to be backed up
    A backup of the events database will be downloaded to the Downloads folder of the local machine being used.

Hardware Removal and Installation

Installing the EP-1502 Standoff Extensions

  1. Power down the enclosure containing the original embedded computer and EP-1502
  2. Remove the wiring for the serial connection from the TB2 terminal block of the EP-1502 - Figure 1
  3. Remove the TB1 terminal block from the EP-1502 - Figure 1
  4. If an MR-52 is present, remove the TB3 terminal block from the EP-1502 - Figure 1
  5. Remove all four screws and lock washers used to secure the EP-1502 to the chassis - Figure 1
    Do not discard the screws and lock washers.
  6. Remove the EP-1502
  7. Install the four included hex standoff extensions into the four existing chassis standoffs
  8. Install the EP-1502 using the screws and lock washers from step 5
  9. If an MR-52 is present, reconnect the TB3 terminal block
  10. Reconnect the TB1 terminal block

Removing the Original Embedded Computer

  1. Remove the power cable located on the right hand side of the computer - Figure 2
  2. Remove the Ethernet network cable used for LAN connectivity - Figure 2
  3. Remove all four screws and lock washers used to secure the adapter plate to the door - Figure 2
  4. Remove the adapter plate containing the computer
  5. Remove the two hex standoffs from the door that previously secured the adapter plate

Installing the New Embedded Computer

  1. Orient the adapter plate containing the computer so that the half circle is facing upwards - Figure 3
  2. Place the adapter plate onto the four existing standoffs of the door
  3. Secure the adapter plate using the four supplied SEMS screws w/built-in lock washers - Figure 3
  4. Install the Ethernet network cable used for LAN connectivity into the Ethernet jack marked LAN - Figure 3
  5. Cut the power adapter plug end off of the power cord - Figure 4
  6. Strip the power cord wires - Figure 5
    Ensure that the wires are separated to avoid possible shorting.
  7. Connect white stripped wire to the positive connection of the TB connector - Figure 6
    The positive side of the terminal block is to the left or furthest away from the power button.
    Permanent damage may be inflicted upon the computer if proper polarity is not observed.
  8. Connect the black wire to the negative connection of the TB connector - Figure 6
    The negative side of the terminal block is to the right or closest to the power button.
    Permanent damage may be inflicted upon the computer if proper polarity is not observed.

Configuring the EP-1502

  1. Set the S1 dip switches to 2 ON and 1, 3, & 4 OFF - Figure 7
  2. Connect the supplied 3’ Ethernet network cable to the EP-1502 - Figure 7
  3. Route the Ethernet cable to the newly installed embedded computer
    DO NOT connect the cable until AFTER the databases have been restored.
  4. Restore power to the enclosure containing the new embedded computer and EP-1502

Configuring the Access It! NExT Step for First Time Use

The following are required to configure the Access It! NExT Step:

  • PC / laptop with network jack
  • Crossover Ethernet cable
  1. Manually configure a PC/Laptop IP address to 192.168.0.100 with subnet 255.255.255.0
  2. Using a crossover cable, connect the PC/Laptop to the LAN port of the Access It! NExT Step PC - Figure 8
    Do not connect to either the EP port nor the EP-1502.
  3. Open a web browser and browse to 192.168.0.10
  4. Login into the Access It! NExT Step system
    Default User Name of Admin and Password of password.
    Upon first login, the system will automatically navigate to the System Settings page.
  5. Set Timezone accordingly
  6. Click Apply Settings
  7. Select Yes to apply changes
    The NEXTSTEP PC will reboot.
    Depending on browser used, the system may close the browser and require manual relaunch and login.
    Allow up to 3 minutes for the Access It! NExT Step system to reboot.
  8. Login into the Access It! NExT Step system
    Default User Name of Admin and Password of password.
  9. Set Date/Time settings accordingly
  10. Click Set
    Once set the system will redirect to the login page.
  11. Login into the Access It! NExT Step system
    Default User Name of Admin and Password of password.
  12. Select System | Settings
  13. Set IP Configuration accordingly
  14. Click Apply Settings
  15. Select Yes to apply changes
  16. Close the web browser
  17. Connect the NExT Step PC LAN port to the network using a patch cable - Figure 8
  18. From a machine on the network, navigate to the newly configured IP address
  19. Login into the Access It! NExT Step system
    Default User Name of Admin and Password of password.

Changing Computer Name

The default PC name is NEXT-STEP and while not recommended, it is possible to change this name. The PC name is used to reference the device when accessing the device over DHCP. If using SSL certificates, they must be reissued after changing computer name.

  1. Login into the Access It! NExT Step system
    Allow up to 3 minutes for the Access It! NExT Step system to reboot.

Setting System Password

The System password is the password used when accessing the Access It! NExT Step unit through its console level, or through a remote desktop connection. This account password is also used when performing a system update check. It is recommended this is changed and then properly documented for future reference.

If both the Access It! NExT Step system password and all software Admin accounts have been misplaced, the system must be shipped back to the factory to be reset and all configuration data will be lost.

  1. Login into the Access It! NExT Step system
    Default User Name of Admin and Password of password.
  2. Select System | Settings
  3. Within the Operating System Password section, enter the old password
    The default system password is Rs2_AIUltra-03.
  4. Enter a new system password
  5. Confirm the new system password
  6. Click Change Password
  7. Click Apply Settings
  8. Select Yes to apply changes

Browsing to the Access It! NExT Step System

When connecting to the Access It! NExT Step through a web browser, there are two different ways to connect depending on how it was configured.

Static IP Address

  1. Open a web browser and browse to the IP address programmed during configuration
  2. Login into the Access It! NExT Step system
    Default User Name of Admin and Password of password.

DHCP Address

  1. Open a web browser and browse to the computer name or dynamically assigned IP address programmed during configuration
  2. Login into the Access It! NExT Step system
    Default User Name of Admin and Password of password.
    Default Computer Name is NEXT-STEP.

Migration

A restoration of the system and event databases should be performed from any client machine after replacing the original embedded computer. The previous backups created will be used to restore the customer’s data to the newly installed embedded computer.

System Database Restore

The following steps outline how to perform a restore of the Access It! NExT Step system and CurrentEvents databases.

  1. Select Utilities from the left hand menu
  2. Select Backup/Restore
  3. Click Restore button from the upper left corner of the Backup/Restore screen
  4. Click the Select File... button
  5. Navigate to the backup file location
    See browser’s default download location.
  6. Select Open
  7. Select No to perform a Panel Reset

Event Database Restore

The following steps outline how to perform a restore of the Access It! NExT Step archived event databases. Repeat as needed until all event databases have been restored.

  1. Select Utilities from the left hand menu
  2. Select Archives
  3. Click Upload Archive button from the upper left corner of the Archives screen
  4. Click the Select File... button
  5. Navigate to the backup file location
    See browser’s default download location.
  6. Select Open

System Finalization

  1. Navigate to Hardware from the left hand menu
  2. Select Panel
  3. Select the Pencil icon to edit the EP-1502
  4. Change Communication Type from Hardwired to TCP/IP
  5. Change the IP address to 192.168.0.251
  6. Verify TCP Port is set to 3001
  7. Click the Save And Close button
  8. Connect the supplied Ethernet cable running from the EP-1502 to the Ethernet jack labeled EP - Figure 9
    From Configuring the EP-1502 section step 3.
  9. Hover over the Request Status button and select Reset Panel
    The EP-1502 will reset and cards will temporarily cease to work for up to 5 minutes during download.
  10. Once download is complete, verify overall system functionality

Figures

Figure 1 - Return to Installing the EP-1502 Standoff Extensions

Installing the EP-1502 Standoff Extensions - Figure 1

Figure 2 - Return to Removing the Original Embedded Computer

Removing the Original Embedded Computer - Figure 2

Figure 3 - Return to Installing the New Embedded Computer

Installing the New Embedded Computer - Figure 3

Figure 4 - Return to Installing the New Embedded Computer

Installing the New Embedded Computer - Figure 4

Figure 5 - Return to Installing the New Embedded Computer

Installing the New Embedded Computer - Figure 5

Figure 6 - Return to Installing the New Embedded Computer

Installing the New Embedded Computer - Figure 6

Figure 7 - Return to Configuring the EP-1502

Configuring the EP-1502 - Figure 7

Figure 8 - Return to Configuring the Access It! NExT Step for First Time Use

Configuring the Access It! NExT Step for First Time Use - Figure 8

Figure 9 - Return to System Finalization

System Finalization - Figure 9


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