PipeTech Sentinel

Driver Installation

  1. Download and run the latest installation package from here: http://www.ftdichip.com/Drivers/CDM/CDM v2.10.00 WHQL Certified.exe.
  2. Plug the USB cable into the port labeled "SCAN" on the back of the Sentinel unit and the other end into a USB port on your PC.
  3. The computer will assign a COM port to the unit.
  4. Set the COM port appropriately in PipeTech Scan.

Manual Mode

The PipeTech Sentinel is capable of being used wtihout being connected to a computer and controlled exclusively by a standard USB keyboard. To enable manual mode on the unit, turn it off, plug in the keyboard, turn the manual mode swith to on and turn the unit back on. For a reference on manual mode operation see here.

Firmware Update

The PipeTech Sentinel has a user upgradable firmware. This means that as an end user, you can update your unit without having to return it to us for programming. This is helpful to reduce down time and cost. Instructions for upgrading the firmware are below.

  1. Download and run the Atmel Flip Installer (drivers).
  2. Turn off the unit power for the Sentinel inspection interface.
  3. Move the USB cable from the "SCAN" port to the "PROGRAM" port on the back of the Sentinel unit.
  4. Turn on the Sentinel inspection interfaqce. Please note that the LCD should NOT light up.
  5. Your computer will recognize a new device and ask for a driver. The driver must be installed manually.
    1. Select the "Browse to a specific location on the computer" option.
    2. Select C:\Program Files\Atmel\Flip 3.4.5\USB.
    3. The PC should select the atmel_usb_dfu.inf from that directory and install the driver automatically
    4. Allow the driver installation to complete.
  6. Download the latest firmware ("elf") file: SOD_PII_V5_5.0.3.elf.
  7. Run the Sentinel Interface Utility.
  8. Select "Update Firmware".
  9. Browse to the donloaded firmware ("elf") file and select open.
  10. Once the firmware update has completed, the LCD screen will light up with the programmed firmware version.
  11. Turn off the power to the Sentinel unit and move the USB cable back to the "SCAN" port.
  12. Turn the unit power back on. The Sentinel is now updated and ready for use.