How to Add a CEPC to an Ethernet Network (Windows Embedded CE 6.0)


You can add a Windows Embedded CE PC-based hardware platform (CEPC) to an Ethernet network to evaluate the networking capabilities of the Windows Embedded CE operating system (OS) that is running on the CEPC.

The steps that you must follow to add a CEPC to a network will vary according to the networking hardware that you set up for the CEPC. You can connect the CEPC to a network through a dedicated product Ethernet network adapter installed on the CEPC. Or, you can connect the CEPC to the network by using the same Ethernet network adapter that you use either to download a Windows Embedded CE run-time image to the CEPC or to debug the CEPC. If the VMINI Ethernet-sharing library is included in the OS, both debugging and application traffic can travel over a single Ethernet connection. For more information about the VMINI Ethernet- sharing library, see Ethernet Debugging Services.

If you use a debug Ethernet network adapter to connect to the network, you should be aware that a debug Ethernet network adapter requires specific settings for the IRQ and I/O base address. For information about the settings required for a debug Ethernet network adapter, see Editing the Autoexec.bat File for an x86 SDB.

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1. Select any PCI or ISA Ethernet network adapter that is NE2000 or SMC9000 compatible. To determine the NE2000 or SMC9000 compatibility for your network adapter, ask your network adapter vendor.

Choosing an Ethernet Card for a CEPC

2. Install the Ethernet network adapter on the CEPC.

Installing an Ethernet Network Adapter on a CEPC

3. Create a boot disk for the CEPC and modify the Autoexec.bat file on the boot disk to recognize the Ethernet network adapter.

Creating a Boot Floppy Disk for an x86 SDB

4. Connect an Ethernet cable from the product Ethernet port on the CEPC to a hub on the network.

Make sure that your development workstation is also connected to the network.

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5. (Optional) To use a separate Ethernet port for debugging messages, connect a second Ethernet cable from the Ethernet debugging port on the CEPC to a hub on your network.

To connect the CEPC to your network by using the same Ethernet network adapter that you use for downloading or debugging, you do not have to have a second connection.

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6. (Optional) To make troubleshooting and debugging easier, connect a serial cable from the serial port on the CEPC to the serial port on your development workstation.

Serial Download Service

7. Configure the Microsoft HyperTerminal accessory application to display the serial debug output from the CEPC serial port.

Configuring HyperTerminal for BSPs

8. Build a run-time image that includes support for Ethernet networking.

Building a CEPC Run-Time Image for Use with an Ethernet Card

9. If the CEPC has both a debug Ethernet network adapter and a product Ethernet network adapter installed, disable the VMINI Ethernet sharing library.

Configuring Multiple Ethernet Cards for a CEPC

10. Configure a connection between the development workstation and the CEPC.

Configuring an Ethernet Remote Connection

11. Download and boot a run-time image on the CEPC.

After the run-time image is booted on the CEPC, you can access the network from the CEPC. For example, you can ping a device on the network, or configure a Web browser to display information from the network.

Downloading a Run-Time Image to a CEPC

12. Discover and resolve any problems with the connection from the CEPC to the network.

Troubleshooting: Cannot Connect from a CEPC to a Network After Configuring the CEPC


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