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Often with new In-Sight Vision Systems or Vision Sensors, or ones that have been on the shop floor for a while, you find that you can't connect to the system. You may forget what the IP Address is of the camera, or if it's new it comes set to DHCP and you can't get connected. The steps below will help you get connected. We recommend in order to simplify the setup, use hard-wired Ethernet from your PC to a simple Ethernet Switch and nothing else. The reason for this is to make sure that we don't have any address conflicts and that simple communications can work. Do not use a router, or a managed switch, just a simple unmanaged switch. Typically we could also go directly from the PC to the camera without the switch, but some older PCs do not have auto-crossover hardware whereas most switches these days do allow for this. Step 1: Connect your PC and camera to a stand alone network switch, use the wired network port of your PC. Step 2: Set a Static IP Address for the PC's Ethernet Port This depends greatly on your operating system how you get to the list of network adapters. But in the end we typically want to get to "Network Connections" In most Windows operating systems once you get to Control Panel, go to Network and Sharing Center, then "Change adapter Settings", you should see a screen something like this with your various network adapters. Right Click on Ethernet (or whatever your wired network adapter is) and select Properties. Next select the IPV4 line and click Properties again. Set the IP address to a static address. Most companies will use 192.168.0.X or 192.168.1.X for their company network, some will use the 172.16.X.X range and some will use the 10.X.X.X range. We just want to pick something that does not conflict with your company network. Often a 192.168.3.X address will work, so for our example we will use 192.168.3.100 So your settings will look like this: After you click OK, you will now have a static IP Address on your PC. Step 3: Open In-Sight Explorer Step 4: Click on Get Connected Step 5: If you see the camera in the list, you can select it and click Connect, but most likely it will not be there, so you will need to click Add Step 6: Decide if you want to change the Camera's IP Address or your PC, and set the appropriate device's IP Address. The Camera will show up in the list, if you select it you will see it's IP Address. If the camera is part of a working machine, you want to change your PC's IP address to be in the same range as the camera, so go back to Step 2. If the camera is new or not part of a working machine, then it's okay to change it's address as shown below. Step 7: Go back to Get Connected and select the camera and connect!
Download and install the the version of InSight Explorer that matches the firmware on your camera. https://support.cognex.com/en/downloads/in-sight/software-firmware If you are unsure which version you need, get the latest and greatest, then you can use it to determine what firmware you are running and therefore what version of software you should be running as the two should always match. After installing InSight Explorer, you will need to get your Emulator License: Open InSight Explorer Using the pull-down menu at the top: -> System -> Options From the dialog box, choose “Emulation” Copy “Offline Programming Reference” to the clipboard Go To http://www.cognex.com At the top right create an account, or if you already have one, log in. Open this web page - https://support.cognex.com/en/InsightEmulatorKey Enter a value for "Company Name" and paste your Offline Programming Reference key into the entry field. Click “Get Key” Copy the provided “Offline Programming Key” Paste this key back in your InSight Explorer dialog box for “Offline Programming Key” Click Apply Click Okay Restart InSight Explorer You should be all set!