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The Phidgets Server enables you to access Phidget devices that are connected not to your local machine, but to a machine in the network.
If you want to make use of Phidgets via network, the respective remote machine needs to be added to your project as Phidget Server device .
The Network Server must be enabled in the Phidget Control Panel of the remote machine, please make sure that it is reachable via your local Phidget Control Panel.
Note that all Phidget devices are only available in the licensed Widget Designer edition, not the Free version.
To add a Phidget Server device, open the Devices menu and select Phidgets Device > Server Device. This opens the Configuration dialog. Alternatively, you can add a new device in the Configuration dialog with the "+" button.
On the right side, you can name, dis-/enable the device or configure it as explained in the next paragraph.
The name is the unique identifier for this Phidgets Server object in WD and the general rules for naming objects apply here as well (only letters, numbers and underscore are allowed, the first symbol must be a letter).
If you like, you can change the default name to a more descriptive one. When scripting, enter the name to access available members as described further down.
The "Enable" check box is ticked per default. On the left side, you should see that the icon in front of your Phidgets Server is a filled blue circle. An empty blue circle indicates an enabled device which is not connected. A filled gray circle indicates a disabled device.
You can close the dialog at any time. The newly created device will also be added to the Devices menu > Phidgets Device > Server Device and can be opened from here or with Devices menu > Configuration.
To connect to a Phidgets Server, simply enter the remote IP Address and correct Port. There is no need to pick a specific network adapter as WD assigns one automatically based on the IP.
If you have set up a Password to access the remote Phidgets, you need to enter it here as well.
After the connection is established, all Phidget devices connected to the remote machine are listed in this dialog.
After adding a Phidget Server, you can also use it via scripting which allows to perform actions on the device as well as retrieve information from it.
To send commands to the device, first create a CustomScript button or use the Macro editor or anything else with a scripting field. If you enter the device's identifier name into the script field (per default that is e.g. "Phidgets_Server1"), Script Assist will offer you a list of all available members.
You can for example en- or disable the device via scripting:
It also offers you the possibility to retrieve a list of the serial numbers of the connected device and write this to a global or local list variable:
vlist = Phidgets_Server1.GetSerialList
This enables you for example to check whether new devices were added or if one was disconnected.
For a list with all available members and commands with examples and descriptions, please refer to the chapter Phidgets Server Members.
Event Listeners can be added to the Configuration dialog and provide a simple way of listening to triggers from connected devices.
Please see the chapter Event Listener for a detailed description of its functionality and the Phidgets Server Events chapter for a list (with examples and description) of the possible events raised by this device type.