Laird Connection Manager (LCM) allows you to view all radio and security settings, and status; and enables you to troubleshoot connectivity issues
Laird Technologies delivers a connection management and monitoring utility called the Laird Connection Manager (LCM), the successor to the Summit Client Utility (SCU). LCM allows you to view all radio and security settings, and status. It also enables you to troubleshoot connectivity issues.
The following is a detailed list of what you can view using the LCM:
Note: LCM management functions are only available to administrators. For more information on administrator functions, refer to the Laird Administrator's Guide which can be accessed from the Laird Wi-Fi Documentation page.
This LCM User's Guide provides the following information:
This version of the LCM is available for Windows Embedded CE and Windows Mobile. To access LCM from the Start menu, select Programs > Laird > Laird Connection Manager.
The Laird directory includes the LCM application and a directory for the storage of security certificates.
To run LCM, double click the LCM icon. The LCM has three tabbed windows:
To view a window, tap the applicable tab.
Figure 1: Status tab
The status tab is divided into Wi-Fi and Bluetooth sections. The Wi-Fi section provides status information on the radio's Wi-Fi connection between the client device and the access point to which it's associated. The Bluetooth section provides status information on the radio's Bluetooth connection between the client device and the destination device.
The Status tab displays the following sections:
The two images at right (Figure 1) are the LCM Main windows for Windows CE/Windows Mobile and Windows XP operating systems.
The Wi-Fi section of the Status tab provides the following information:
Indicates the current status of the Laird Wi-Fi radio. Connection statuses include:
Down: The radio is not recognized by Laird software and therefore is not associated or authenticated.
Disabled: The radio is disabled. To enable the radio, check the Wi-Fi check box located on the Configuration window. When the radio is disabled, it does not attempt to make a connection to an access point.
Not Associated: The radio has not established a connection to an access point.
Associated: The radio has established a connection to an access point but is not EAP authenticated. The radio cannot communicate unless it is associated and EAP authenticated.
Note: If the Encryption type is set to WEP or Open (None), it can communicate (send data) while in the Associated state.
Connected to [SSID]: The radio is connected to the named SSID.
Displays the IP address of the Wi-Fi device.
Displays the signal strength (or RSSI) in dBm.
The Bluetooth section of the Status tab provides the following information:
Indicates the current status of the Laird Bluetooth radio. Connection statuses include:
Disabled: The radio is disabled. To enable the radio, check the Bluetooth check box located on the Configuration window. When the radio is disabled, it does not attempt to make a connection to an access point.
Not Connected: The radio is not connected to any Bluetooth devices.
Paired, Not Connected: The radio has found a Bluetooth device but is not paired with it.
Connected: The radio is connected to a Bluetooth device.
The local device's MAC address.
Displays the signal strength.
Note: Although you can view current settings, you cannot make any changes to LCM from the Status window.
Figure 2: Configuration tab
The Configuration tab allows Wi-Fi and Bluetooth to be enabled and disabled. It also allows users to manage Wi-Fi profiles, Bluetooth devices, and to scan for both.
Note: Non-administrators are not able to change or edit profiles.
The Configuration tab displays the following two sections:
Check on/off box
Check to enable or disable Wi-Fi
Displays the name of the active profile. Use the drop-down menu to select a different profile.
Allows user to change profiles and global configurations, and enables administrative abilities.
Opens the scan window to scan the area for available SSIDs. Also displays RSSI and security.
The Wi-Fi Manage Profiles page allows you to view profile properties and settings. Non-administrators may view but cannot edit any items on this tab.
There are three tabs listed under Manage Profiles:
Profile settings are radio and security settings that are stored for each configuration profile. Other than viewing the settings for each profile, the functions and settings located on the Profile window are only available to administrators. Non-administrators may not edit any items on this tab.
The Profile tab displays the following properties and options:
Property and Value table
Displays the properties of each profile and its respective value.
Profile drop-down menu
Displays the current profile and a list of all profiles previously configured or used.
Allows a profile to be added to the list.
Deletes a profile from the list.
Displays the value of a prospective property.
Saves the changed value.
Note: The Laird Technologies Knowledge Center provides detailed information for the following radio setting terms located on the Manage Profiles button. Refer to the Administrator's Guide for LCM-specific radio settings including default settings.
The following properties are covered in the Wi-Fi Profile Property and Value table:
The Globals tab displays the source device's Wi-Fi global values that apply to all profiles and settings that apply to LCM itself. The following subsections allow these values to be modified:
Displays various properties and their respective values.
Displays the current and avaliable alternative values for the selected property.
Saves the changed value.
Note: When you tap Commit, a registry flush occurs for all settings.
Only administrators can edit and change global settings.
Note: Detailed definitions of all properties located on the Globals tab can be found in the Laird Technologies Knowledge Center.
The following properties are covered in the Wi-Fi Globals Property and Value table:
The admin tab allows administrative access to advanced Wi-Fi features. The following administrative functions are available:
The Bluetooth panel of the Configuration tab displays the source device's Bluetooth settings. The following options are available:
Check to enable or disable Bluetooth.
Check to enable or disable device from discoverability. The device is discoverable for 60 seconds before automatic turn-off.
Allows users to add and remove devices, profiles, and local services (formerly Bluetooth Globals). It also enables administrative abilities.
Click Scan under "Bluetooth" to find a device. Remote devices in discoverable mode can then be discovered.
After using Scan to find a device, an administrator can double-click an icon and begin the pairing process. Depending on the remote device, a user may be required to enter input to successfully pair with the remote device. Clicking Refresh refreshes the Bluetooth scan.
The are four tabs listed under Manage Devices:
The Devices tab displays discoverable and previously-discovered devices. Additionally, this tab allows connection and disconnection with remote Bluetooth devices. The following options are available:
Devices name and services box
Displays Bluetooth devices in range and the connectivity of each device. Select the device or service and click Connect to enable it. The background of the service's icon changes from blue to green when it is enabled.
Pair or unpair the selected radio or service with the selected device.
Connects or removes the selected device from the list; removing a device closes out any connections with the device and removes any pairing that occured.
Note: You must manually connect to services unless they are set to Auto Start.
Displays service profiles for the selected device, or settings for the selected service.
Sends files to the selected device.
The Settings tab allows configuration of Bluetooth devices. The following settings are available:
Lists properties for the selected Bluetooth device. Property values can be changed in the value dropdown and saved with the Commit button.
Selects the Bluetooth device to be explored in the Property and Value table.
Adds a new Bluetooth device.
Changes a value for a property. Select a property in the Property and Value table, and then change the value in the Value box.
Friendly name of the remote device.
The remote device's unique MAC address.
Note: To manually insert a service, highlight "Service" and click Add. A list of services appears; these can be manually added to the device. Any services can be renamed in the Value box.
The name of the service currently selected.
The type of service currently selected.
The Local Services tab (formerly Bluetooth Globals) displays the source device's current Bluetooth devices. The following subsections allow these values to be modified:
Lists the services available on a device, the state of Auto-Start, and the COM port number associated with the service.
Add Serial Service button
Manually adds a service to the Service table.
Deletes a selected service.
Shows specific settings for a selected service.
The Service table displays the following information:
The Admin tab allows administrative access to advanced Bluetooth features. The following administrative functions are available:
Figure 3: Diagnostics
The Diagnostics tab enables you to troubleshoot connection issues within LCM.
The Diagnostics tab displays the following:
Tap to display LCM information including driver and the LCM version.
Tap to display advanced settings for Wi-Fi, strength percentage, and quality percentage.
There is an icon for both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections, as described below:
To view advanced settings for Wi-Fi, click Advanced. There are three drop-down options in Advanced:
The name of the active profile.
Indicates the current Wi-Fi association status of the Laird Wi-Fi radio (see Table 4)
Device name and other information including IP address, MAC address, and Tx power.
AP name and AP information (for the AP to which the Laird Wi-Fi radio is associated), IP address, MAC address, beacon period, channel, and bit rate.
Information including the WLAN connection (between Laird Wi-Fi radio and AP) information including signal strength (RSSI), and signal quality percentage.
The Wi-Fi connection statuses and their definitions can be located in the Wi-Fi Status window
The destination of the ping in use.
The amount of data (in bytes) that is transmitted on a ping. Use the drop down menu to choose 32, 64, 128, 256, 512, or 1024 bytes.
Ping Delay text box
The amount of time (in milliseconds or ms) between successive ping requests.
Timeout ms text box
How long to wait for a ping before timing out and sending the next ping.
Start Ping/Stop Ping
Start a continuous ping to to the address in the output area to the button. Once the button is tapped, its name and function changes to Stop Ping. Pings continue until you tap Stop Ping, move to a different LCM window, exit LCM, or remove the radio.
Note: If your device has both a Laird Wi-Fi radio and another network adapter active, then pings may go out over the non-Laird network adapter.
Note: The access point's IP address is the default for a ping although any valid IP address can be manually entered.
Obtain a new IP address through DHCP release/renew. LCM logs all activity in the output area next to the button.
Initiate a reconnect of the radio: Disable and enable the radio, apply(or reapply) the current profile, attempt to associate to the wireless LAN, and attempt to authenticate to the wireless LAN. LCM logs all activity in the output area next to the button.
Driver Debug checkbox
Enable or disable Driver Debug mode.
Set the debug parameters. Debug may be of low, medium, or high detail and may be sent over serial connection or logged as a text file.
Displays Wi-Fi rules according to country.
On Windows CE or Windows Mobile, Laird software includes a service that displays an icon in the Windows System Tray. This icon provides a visual status for the Laird Wi-Fi radio in the device and it provides access to the LCM application. The image at right (Figure 4) shows the Laird System Tray Icon.
Note: Tap the icon to launch the LCM application.
The service is active and displays an icon in the System Tray only when all of the following conditions are met:
When the service is active, it queries the radio every three seconds for connection status. Based on the radio's response to the query, the service displays one of the following icons:
Table 4: LCM Tray Icons
LCM Bluetooth Tray Icon
The Bluetooth tray icon displays connectivity and power status for the Bluetooth radio. It displays one of the following:
Tapping the icon launches the LCM. On most CE devices, the System Tray icon is not visible while LCM is running, although the service remains active.
Note: If LCM usually runs on the device, or if you want to maximize performance, then you should disable the System Tray icon service by setting the Tray Icon global setting to Off and power cycling the device.
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