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Laser Tracker






FARO® Knowledge Base

Ethernet Configuration in Windows XP for the Laser Tracker


The network cards on a Windows XP computer can be configured to communicate with the FARO® Laser Tracker by the following instructions. If desired, you can download the instructions here as a Word document:

Laser Tracker - Windows XP

Quick Steps

  1. On the desktop, right-click on the ‘My Network Places’ and select ‘Properties’.

  2. There should be at least one ‘Local Area Connection’ icon. Highlight each icon with your mouse and The Tool Tip should state the make and model of the Network Adapter.


    NoteIf there is more than one ‘Local Area Connection’ you will need to determine which one is the one being used for the Laser Tracker. For most laptops there will be a built-in network connection. An Ethernet board may need to be added for some older desktop computers.
  3. Disable all network connections that are not in use.
  4. Right-click on the ‘Local Area Connection’ icon that is being used for the tracker and select ‘Properties’.

  5. Ensure that there is no firewall installed. If there is a firewall, disable it.
  6. Ensure the ‘Internet Protocol (TCP/IP) is checked and selected. Next, click on the ‘Properties’ button.
  7. Select the ‘Use the following IP address’ radio button and add the following:

    IP address: 128.128.128.X (where X is any number between 0 and 99)
    Subnet mask:

  8. Click OK to return to the ‘Local Area Connection Properties’ window.
  9. Click ‘Configure’ and then select the ‘Advanced’ tab. Check under Property for a listing named ‘Cable Type’. If there is a ‘Cable Type’ listed, select it then ensure the Value is set to ‘Auto’ or ‘Auto Detect’.

    Next click the OK button. If ‘Cable Type’ is not listed simply click the cancel button.

  10. When finished, click ‘OK’ to exit Network Properties, and click ‘Yes’ to reboot if prompted.
  11. Ensure the Ethernet cable is connected to computer and the MCU. The connection on the MCU is next to the On/Off switch.
  12. As a check click on the ‘Start’ button on the Windows Desktop then select the ‘Run’ button
  13. Type in the following: Ping –t Then click ‘OK

  14. If you receive a ‘Reply’ then the Ethernet is properly configured. If there is a problem with the Ethernet configuration you will receive a ‘Request Timeout’ message.
  15. Repeat steps 11-13 using the FARO Laser Tracker IP address: Ping –t.



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