Active Batch Programmer
The Active Tag Batch Programmer provides a convenient way of programming multiple OptiTrack components including the Tags, Pucks, and the Base Stations. This page provides instructions on how to use this program to configure the components.
The batch programmer ships in ZIP format. Extract the ZIP file to access the contents.
Without any of the active components connected to the computer, yet, start the batch programmer. When it loads up, you should see the following window:
Step 3) Configure the settings
Before connecting anything, you will want to configure the settings first:
- Radio Frequency Channel (RF Channel)
- Select the Set Radio checkbox and type in the RF Channel you wish to use (applicable range 11-26). The RF Channel for any Active Tag/Puck should match the RF Channel of the BaseStation you are using.
- Disabled Markers
- You can disable specific markers for each of the active components if needed.
- Set LED Options
- Custom Brightness
- Select Set LED Options checkbox
- If custom Brightness is selected you can enter any value between 0 and 100. The Default is 20.
- Auto Brightness
- If Auto Brightness is selected the value is 0.
While they are powered off, connect a Tag or a Puck to the computer via a USB cable.
Once connected, power on the Puck or the Tag. Wait until it gets recognized in the batch programmer. Once it connects, it will be listed under the current batch section, and configured settings will get programmed automatically. Monitor the Log while connecting the component to make sure the configuration gets applied successfully.
Step 6) Unplug and plug another component
Unplug the Tag/Puck that was connected on step 5, and connect a new Tag instead. You will have to repeat step 4 and 5 for each of the active components in the batch.
Step 7) Check to make sure all Tags/Pucks have been programmed
At the end, you should see all of the components in your batch listed in the programmer with unique labeling group number assigned to each of them.
Firmware Compatibility Chart
Below is a chart to see which versions are compatible with which BaseStations and Active Tags/Pucks. Essentially, it is a one-to-one correlation between Active hardware and firmware versions with some exceptions. For Active Tags specifically, it boils down to: if it doesn't have an IMU then it's compatible with 1.x. If it has the first version of an IMU, then it is compatible with 2.x. And, if it has an upgraded IMU, then it is compatible with 3.x.
BaseStation Compatibility Flowchart
Active Tags and Pucks Compatibility Flowchart
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