Sindoh 3DWox Advanced Network Configuration
August 4, 2016 • Michael S.
3D print jobs can be sent to the Sindoh 3DWox DP200 printer in a few ways. From your computer, you can send prints via USB or network (wired or WIFI). For the most part, this is all plug and play and setup is done in a couple minutes.
However, I ran into a challenge preparing for our Lunch and Learns on 3D Printing in July and August. One of the features of the printer we covered was the remote monitoring. This is very useful as you can monitor the progress in terms of percent completed as well as from a visual display brought to you by a built in camera.
However, remote monitoring is only available through a network connection. How was I going to accomplish this part of my demonstration at the Lunch and Learns? Do I have a secure WIFI that I can connect to? Do I have to set up a network router? Can I plug an Ethernet cable directly from my computer to my printer?
Using a router would have eliminated the following steps because IP addresses for the printer and computer would be automatically defined. However, I didn’t want to lug around any additional equipment to the multiple destinations. The answer with the least amount of risk for me was to have a direct Ethernet connection. Here’s what I did to set up a network connection between my computer and printer with only an Ethernet cable connecting them together.
First, we connect the computer and printer with an Ethernet cable. A standard Ethernet cable is great. No crossover cable necessary.
On the computer (running Windows 7 in this case), go to Control Panel > Network and Internet > Network and Sharing Center and click “Change Adapter Settings.”
Right click on your Local Area Connection Adapter (the one connected to the printer) and choose Properties.
Select “Internet Protocol version 4 (TCP/IPv4)” and click Properties. Change the settings as shown.
Click OK on the Properties windows to commit the change.
Lastly, we configure the network settings on the Sindoh printer. From the Home page, click Settings > Network > Wired and choose Static as shown in the image below.
Enter the IP address information as shown giving the printer a unique IP address. Make sure the subnet mask and default gateway match that of what we configured in Windows. You must enter a DNS, but in this case you can enter zeros for the fields. Finally, click Connect.
The network settings will be saved and upon proper configuration we’re able to find our printer over the network from the SOLIDWORKS integrated interface or from the standalone application. Furthermore, we can now send print jobs and utilize the remote monitoring feature.
Senior Application Engineer