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Sigma Lon card is applicationless and cannot be reset by IC3 LON controller

Issue

Can not commission an IC3 LON controller in LonMaker. It has become application-less and the red service LED is flashing or is permanently lit. 

Product Line

Satchwell Sigma

Environment

  • Sigma
  • IC3 IC LON FTT-10
  • NodeUtil

Cause

The Echelon chip has become 'locked' and requires resetting.  This can sometimes be caused by corrupted controller files or very high LON traffic (> 50% Bandwidth).

The Echelon chip has become "locked" and requires resetting after the controller has started from "start-up mode" or coldstart.

Resolution

The Echelon chip can be reset using NodeUtil.exe a DOS based program that can be loaded onto a laptop which a FTT-10 Echelon adaptor. A clean working set of controller files should also be downloaded to the controller.

  1. In the case of a flashing red LED - Download 'clean' files to the controller
  2. Start Nodeutil on the LON laptop and plug LON cable into controller
  3. Reset controller (via on board reset button)
  4. Activate the plug-in LON card service pin and the Neuron Id should appear on the laptop.
  5. If not and if further controller resets and service pin activations fail to generate the service pin echo then discard the plug-in card and replace with new.
  6. From the NodeUtil menu select 'R' and enter the Node Id number
  7. Confirm reset of 3150 Node
  8. The service LED should stop flashing and the controller should now be 'Configured' that is not Applicationless
  9. In the case of where the red LED was permanently lit - Download 'clean' files to the controller, the echelon chip will become locked again, repeat the reset procedure using NodeUtil.exe, this will allow the controller to work, but the plug in card will need to be replaced.

Example of NodeUtil process;

NODEUTIL> (H)elp with commands
A -- (A)dd node to list.
D -- Set the (D)omain of the network interface.
E -- (E)xit this application and return to DOS.
F -- (F)ind nodes in the current domain.
G -- (G)o to node menu.............
H -- (H)elp with commands.
L -- Display node (L)ist.
M -- Change node (M)ode or state.
O -- Redirect (O)utput to a file.
P -- Send a service (P)in message.
R -- (R)eboot 3150 node.
S -- Report node (S)tatus and statistics.
T -- (T)ransceiver parameters.
V -- Control (V)erbose modes.
W -- (W)ink a node.
Z -- Shell out to DOS.
NODEUTIL> Received an ID message from node 2.
Program ID is ICLON1a
NODEUTIL> Received an ID message from node 2.
NODEUTIL> (R)eboot 3150 node
Enter node id for reboot (0-2) [2] :2
*** Neuron 3150: Rebooting will reset comm. params, node state
on-chip EEPROM variables and buffer configuration
Are you sure you really want to do this? (Y/[N]): Successfully rebooted node
NODEUTIL>
 

* The Sigma IC-LON plug in card can be purchased using the part number S-LON. The S-LON has been discontinued as of 29th December 2019 and it is now in the service period (limited quantities available for purchase). Refer to PA-00528 for details.  

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