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Linkcomm Beta Software

LinkComm Beta Software

LinkComm is the communicator and configuration app for Sutron’s Satlink3 and X-Link logger families. With LinkComm you can:
  1. View current status and measurement data
  2. Change the setup
  3. Download the log and graph the data
  4. Perform diagnostics (upgrade the firmware, send a command, set the time, etc.)

Installation and Usage

The following describes how to install and use the LinkComm program.

Windows 7+

Unzip the downloaded archive. To install LinkComm, execute setup.exe. To run, select “LinkComm.exe” from Startup – Sutron – LinkComm.

  • If LinkComm does not display correctly, try selecting either the “LinkComm.exe (DirectX)” or “LinkComm.exe (SoftOpenGL)” entries from Startup – Sutron – LinkComm
  • To run LinkComm without installation, execute LinkComm.exe. If LinkComm does not display correctly, try running LinkComm with the “–angle”, “–softopengl”, or “–opengl” command line options.

OS X

Unzip the archive and run the executable from there. There is no need to install the application before use.

Android

  1. Remove any existing LinkComm installation on your phone or tablet
  2. Download the apk file to your tablet or phone (you may choose to email it to an account accessible from your tablet or phone)
  3. Select the apk. Your phone or tablet will prompt you to install the apk.

iOS

BETA versions for iOS are built for select devices. If you would like to participate in testing LinkComm for iOS, please contact Sutron customer service. 

Downloads

The following sections are arranged by version, with the most recent version listed first.

LinkComm v3.3.21

Published November 17, 2017

Change Highlights

  • USB drivers for Xlink and Satlink3 are now automatically installed during LinkComm installation, if they are needed. 
  • Added ability to copy a station to a new entry (right-click station in stations list, select “Copy to new…”).
  • Added SL3-XMTR station type
  • Added cellular notification settings (upcoming feature in Satlink3 v8.13)
  • Includes Satlink3 firmware v8.12r2752, and X-Link firmware v1.72

LinkComm v3.3.20

Published November 1, 2017

Change Highlights

  • Added ability to copy and paste measurements
  • Fixed a bug where opening the language selection dialog would cause LinkComm to freeze (bug introduced in 3.3.17)
  • Fixed a bug where the Diagnostic tab’s warning badge could shift to the Other Setup tab (SL3), after upgrading from an old version of SL3 firmware
  • Includes Satlink3 firmware v8.12r2752, and X-Link firmware v1.72

LinkComm v3.3.19

Published October 27, 2017

Change Highlights

  • Added ability to reorder stations list by press-and-hold, then drag to new position. 
  • Added ability to reorder measurements by press-and-hold, then drag to new position (note, equations and scripts containing measurement references must be updated manually)
  • A warning icon “badge” is now displayed over the Dashboard tab, when the station reports errors in its status
  • A warning icon “badge” is now displayed over the Diagnostics tab, when LinkComm determines a firmware upgrade is available
  • Updated the equation help text to show the range on pulse duration
  • LinkComm is now installed into Start Menu – LinkComm, rather than Start Menu – Sutron – LinkComm, in order to improve installation support for Windows 8 and higher, which do not allow nested folders on install
  • LinkComm now prompts user regarding need to send setup prior to opening the Live Poll dialog, when the setup has outstanding changes
  • Fixed a bug on Windows where taking a picture using the onboard camera failed to show the photo preview after the picture was taken
  • Includes Satlink3 firmware v8.12r2752, and X-Link firmware v1.72

LinkComm v3.3.18

Published October 11, 2017

Change Highlights

  • Fixed a bug where custom site images were sometimes rotated
  • Fixed a bug where custom site images could not be deleted on iOS
  • Fixed a bug where the lower bounds of the graph on the Data tab were computed incorrectly, when the lower bound data was negative, causing the lowest parts of the graph to be hidden from view
  • The correct version of the qtdiag.exe utility is now included in the distribution package
  • Script task code snippets on the Scripts tab are no longer editable
  • When a script load is interrupted (e.g., due to cancel, error, or timeout), LinkComm now warns that getting the setup could clear the current script, since the station copy is likely empty
  • LinkComm no longer forces –softopengl graphics option when running under Windows XP or Windows RDP (remote desktop protocol), originally introduced in 3.3.17
  • Includes Satlink3 firmware v8.12r2743, and X-Link firmware v1.72

LinkComm v3.3.17

Published October 3, 2017

Change Highlights

  • Added a countdown timer to the SDI-12 test dialog
  • The share, remove, and test script file buttons on the Scripts tab are now disabled if there is no script defined. 
  • LinkComm now includes all log data when graphing, not just data having a good quality indicator
  • Data tab graphs now zoom in automatically on available data when the user enables or disables data series
  • Fixed a bug on Android where Redirector station name list did not always show all available names
  • Fixed a bug where upgrading on iOS or macOS would on rare occasion result in a LinkComm crash
  • Fixed a bug where right-clicking in a text area would cause an error regarding “ReferenceError: Acccessible is not defined”
  • Fixed a bug on Android where the dialog warning about setting a blank password would appear behind the change password dialog, making the warning unreadable. 
  • Fixed a bug where assigning an image on iOS to a measurement would crash LinkComm
  • LinkComm now prompts user to confirm cancellation of X-Link upgrade before actually cancelling
  • Fixed a bug where custom images were sometimes rotated when assigning to station image, measurement image, etc. 
  • Fixed a bug where using the camera on macOS would result in “runtime camera error”
  • LinkComm now forces –softopengl graphics option when running under Windows XP or Windows remote desktop protocol
  • Improved window and control sizing when running under Windows remote desktop protocol
  • Includes Satlink3 firmware v8.12r2738, and X-Link firmware v1.72

LinkComm v3.3.16

Published September 25, 2017

Change Highlights

  • Fixed a bug where pressing Reboot button on Diagnostics tab would fail to prompt for password when logger required password to complete the action
  • Includes Satlink3 firmware v8.12r2732, and X-Link firmware v1.72

LinkComm v3.3.15

Published September 22, 2017

Change Highlights

  • The handles used to resize the windows on the Scripts tab are now visible
  • Improved the styling of the function list table on Android to better match other styling in the application
  • Added new script task trigger option, “On Button Press”
  • Multi-line text areas on Android and iOS are now wrapped in a border, to improve readability
  • Whenever a function in the functions list on the Scripts tab is selected, the corresponding function is highlighted in the script file content window
  • Improved readability of mono-spaced fonts on Android
  • LinkComm now uses DirectX, rather than OpenGL, as the default graphics library on Windows PCs
  • The setting “Modbus Value” is now disabled when “Modbus Reg Type” is Discrete, since it is irrelevant in this case
  • Fixed a formatting error in the Satlink3 Quick Status dialog
  • Fixed a bug where selecting “Get Setup” in the setup differences dialog following a previous send setup, would restore the incorrect setup
  • Fixed a bug where trailing white-space in an equation would cause setup send to fail
  • Fixed a bug where “Open Script File…” on Android attempted to open files from local directories, rather than from the application official inbox
  • Fixed a bug where “Share Script File…” on Android appeared to do nothing
  • Fixed a bug where Android floating point editor did not offer ability to enter a negative number
  • Fixed a bug where Export Setup on Android and iOS did not work
  • Includes Satlink3 firmware v8.12r2732, and X-Link firmware v1.72

LinkComm v3.3.14

Published September 19, 2017

Change Highlights

  • Added support for -3-tier password protection to Xlink family
  • Added support for cell transmission protocol setting to Satlink3
  • Added support for remote password change control to Satlink3
  • Improved USB communications to Satlink3 by increasing transfer timeouts and upgrading support library
  • Fixed bug (introduced in 3.3.9), where clicking on OK button in Login dialog did not result in logging in
  • Fixed bug where entering an improperly formatted integer, e.g., 047 rather than 47, would lead to the inability to send the setup to the station. 
  • Fixed a bug where the “Loading Script…” dialog would not close following a failed password attempt, even when Cancel was pressed
  • Fixed bug where date-time setting on Data tab could not be changed by changing the associated text field (the date-time could still be changed using the month, day, year tumblers). This bug occurred only on desktop systems, where the system date format did not match LinkComm expectations.  
  • Fixed a bug where the cell status displayed on Satlink3 cell diagnostics dialog included the entire system status, rather than the cell status alone. 
  • Removed the unused setting, “Listen Port” from Satlink3 settings
  • Includes Satlink3 firmware v8.11r2717, and X-Link firmware v1.72

LinkComm v3.3.13

Published September 6, 2017

Change Highlights

  • Added new window on Scripts tab to show status of script tasks
  • Pressing TAB key in script content window now indents to 4 spaces, rather than inserting a TAB character
  • Added new TX DATA CONTENT value of “All Since Last Tx” to Satlink3 measurement setup
  • Reduced the time needed to cancel a Satlink3 upgrade
  • Python-related strings are now translated into German, Spanish, and French, as needed
  • Includes Satlink3 firmware v8.11r2702, and X-Link firmware v1.71

LinkComm v3.3.11

Published August 29, 2017

Change Highlights

  • LinkComm now hides or shows the Scripts tab as needed, after retrieving firmware version of connected Satlink3 
  • Added new window on Scripts tab to display scripts status
  • Windows of Scripts tab can now be individually resized
  • The Scripts tab script test results window is now non-modal (can be left open while continuing to work in LinkComm)
  • LinkComm now checks the setup and updates the setup-sync button after testing a script, in case a script changes the setup
  • LinkComm now remembers last used directory locations for scripts and upgrade files
  • Pressing the TAB key in the Terminal and script file content windows now inserts the TAB character, rather than changing the focus to another window
  • Updated the longitude used for EUMETSAT in the Satlink3 “Antenna Aim” helper dialog
  • Fixed a bug where if the file portion of the “–scripttest <file>” command line option were left blank, the results of the command would be “script saved”
  • Fixed bug where Satlink3 radio diagnostics dialog failed to open
  • Fixed a bug where a trailing space in an equation would prevent setup sync
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.11 r2638, XL firmware v1.71

LinkComm v3.3.10

Published August 3, 2017

Change Highlights

  • Added support for Satlink3 Python scripts
  • Added new setup synchronization dialog to make it easier to synchronize the setup between LinkComm and the station
  • LinkComm no longer prompts to save new stations on exit, unless the user has added meta data
  • Fixed Satlink3 battery wiring diagram (wire colors were reversed)
  • Fixed bug where negative offset and slope could not be entered in iOS (3.3.9)
  • Fixed a bug where pasting multiple lines to Terminal were treated as one line (3.3.9)
  • Removed pop-up menu from Terminal, given its paste command did not work properly. Ctrl-V should be used for paste in this context (3.3.9)
  • Modbus device ID now limited to a max of 247, instead of 255, consistent with station firmware support (3.3.9)
  • Window Center Enabled option automatically unchecked and disabled when user selects EUMETSAT type (3.3.9)
  • Telemetry tab now shows total-enabled / total, in master list area (3.3.8)
  • LinkComm now preselects an installed USB device ID for New Station entry when the existing USB device ID is invalid (3.3.8)
  • Added FTP and MIS format support for Xlink and Satlink3 (3.3.7)
  • Updated station type detection to allow for X-Link firmware v1.69 which reports HSPA modems as “HSPA with GPRS fallback”. Prior to this change, an HSPALink with v1.69 firmware or higher would be detected as a GPRSLink. (3.3.6)
  • Serial line state is now saved to the event log on connect and command timeouts, to help enable diagnosing connection issues. (3.3.6)
  • Removed errant event log message, “ignoring serial event” (3.3.6)
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.11 r2606, XL firmware v1.71

LinkComm v3.3.5

Published April 14, 2017

Change Highlights

  • Added internationalization and localization support for German, Spanish, and French
  • Fixed minor bug where RS485 MODBUS sensor template used DEVICE ID = 0, rather than 1
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.07 r2402, XL firmware v1.68
  • NOTE: Does not include change highlights described in 3.2.32/33

LinkComm v3.2.33

Published July 28, 2017

Change Highlights

  • Added “Modbus MSW” setting to Satlink3 station types
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.09 r2595, XL firmware v1.71

LinkComm v3.2.32

Published June 29, 2017

Change Highlights

  • Added support for Xlink FTP transmissions
  • Added support for SL3 MIS formatting
  • Added support for Xlink Tx Protocol setting
  • LinkComm now considers the case of SDI-12 addresses and commands (e.g., !M not the same as !m)
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.07 r2402, XL firmware v1.71

LinkComm v3.2.31

Published April 13, 2017

Change Highlights

  • Added new X-Link measurement setting, “MODBUS MSW”
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.07 r2402, XL firmware v1.68

LinkComm v3.2.30

Published April 11, 2017

Change Highlights

  • Added support for SL3 modbus sensor and wiring diagrams
  • The Data tab now displays a message overlay when custom formatting is enabled in the Satlink3, preventing the graphing of data
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.07 r2402, XL firmware v1.67

LinkComm v3.2.29

Published March 28, 2017

Change Highlights

  • Added SL3 rain accumulation reset
  • Added SL3 MODBUS master and slave
  • Added new Xlink DGA format
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.07 r2377, XL firmware v1.67

LinkComm v3.2.28

Published March 10, 2017

Change Highlights

  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.06 r2349, XL firmware v1.66

LinkComm v3.2.27

Published February 16, 2017

Change Highlights

  • Fixed a bug introduced in 3.2.26 causing combo-boxes that allow textual changes via keyboard to initialize incorrectly, sometimes resulting in an unexpected change to settings when first accessing the containing page
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.05 r2320, XL firmware v1.66

LinkComm v3.2.26

Published February 12, 2017

Change Highlights

  • Fixed a bug where a change to Units text would be lost if made just prior to selecting another measurement
  • Fixed a bug where selecting measurement tab would cause DC HIGH OR AC LOW setting to be set to DC HIGH
  • Fixed a bug where graph legend would be displayed, even though “disable graph” was checked
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.05 r2314, XL firmware v1.66

LinkComm v3.2.25

Published February 7, 2017

Change Highlights

  • Fixed a bug where changing a custom log format entry (on the Other setup tab), using the “…” button, wouldn’t update the setup-sync status
  • Added new Satlink3 settings for missing reading protection
  • Improved handling of debug settings in the setup
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.05 r2314, XL firmware v1.66

LinkComm v3.2.24

Published December 9, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Added support for custom formatting of SL3 log downloads (requires SL3 firmware >= 805r2258)
  • Transmission format for TX2 (Random GOES), now defaults to Pseudobinary-B
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.04 r2207, XL firmware v1.66

LinkComm v3.2.23

Published November 21, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Fixed a bug where the SL3 antenna option would sometimes change to an incorrect value after getting the setup from the station
  • Fixed a bug where a change to the SL3 satellite type setting would revert back its previous value after setting the antenna type
  • Fixed a bug where the PREF settings would display on the Other setup tab even though the connected SL3 station did not contain the PREF option card
  • The Append Serial No option is no longer displayed for edit when the connected SL3 firmware is too old to support it
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.04 r2207, XL firmware v1.64

LinkComm v3.2.22

Published November 11, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Fixed a bug where SL3 antenna options on Telemetry tab were cut-off on smaller displays
  • Fixed a bug where LinkComm would prompt to upgrade an Xlink over non-serial connections
  • Server settings on Telemetry tab are now disabled when Tx Mode setting is set to SMS Only
  • LinkComm now displays multiple server settings on Telemetry tab when supported by associated Xlink (v1.64 and above)
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.04 r2207, XL firmware v1.64

LinkComm v3.2.21

Published November 3, 2016

Change Highlights

  • LinkComm now checks for firmware upgrade availability when connecting to a station. If an upgrade is found, LinkComm prompts the user to perform the upgrade.
  • Fixed a bug where LinkComm attempts to set properties related to TX3 and TX4 in SL3 but can’t, never allowing the setup to be synced with the station. In order to occur, the user must be using LinkComm v3.2.15 – 3.2.20, with SL3 firmware prior to v802r2015.

LinkComm v3.2.20

Published November 1, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Fixed a bug where the SL3 Cell “Enable” checkbox failed to keep its setting after change
  • Updated SL3 power levels for EUMETSAT HRDCP
  • Download no longer contains user manuals (please download separately from www.sutron.com/downloads.htm)
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.04 r2207, XL firmware v1.64

LinkComm v3.2.19

Published October 17, 2016

Change Highlights

  • LinkComm now waits up to about 2 minutes for a successful reconnect following upgrade of Satlink3 over cell modem. Previously, LinkComm would wait only about 30 seconds.
  • Fixed a bug where modem baud rate setting didn’t always “stick” once a change was made
  • Connect button now remains disabled when connection settings aren’t fully configured for the given connection type
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.03 r2127, XL firmware v1.64

LinkComm v3.2.18

Published September 30, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Added Cell support to Satlink3 station type
  • LinkComm now displays a warning to user when it detects its connected to a station of the wrong type
  • Fixed bug where RS485 option in SDI-12 test dialog did not work for X-Link family station types
  • Fixed bug where change to Meta index property would not stick
  • Fixed bug where power output setting was computed incorrectly for Eumetsat satellite type
  • Fixed bug where total bytes counts displayed on Diagnostics tab were incomplete
  • Fixed bug where cached version information was being corrupted, causing Cell and Iridium radio types (SL3) to not be displayed
  • Fixed bug where a modem connection would sometimes not hang up correctly on disconnect
  • Fixed bug where LinkComm would prompt with recording off warning when recording state was actually unknown
  • Fixed bug where selected value of drop-list would not always “stick” (e.g., modem baud rate and data bits)
  • Fixed bug where I/O status dialog would occasionally hide behind the SL3 Quick Status dialog
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.03 r2127, XL firmware v1.64

LinkComm v3.2.17

Published September 16, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.03 r2127, XL firmware v1.64

LinkComm v3.2.16

Published August 12, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Added support for satellite type EUMETSAT HRDCP 1200
  • Added support for TX3 and TX4 to support satellite IDs that differ from TX1 and TX2
  • Fixed a bug where satellite id wasn’t changing when selecting a different TX entry (SL3)
  • Cleaned up a few unnecessary warnings in event log regarding unknown setup keys
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.02 r2061, XL firmware v1.64

LinkComm v3.2.15

Published August 11, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Enhanced setup check during connect sequence to help ensure the integrity of the setup file
  • Added “Append Tx Count” option to SL3 station type
  • Reordered the SL3 append option list to match the order of inclusion in transmitted message
  • Disabled SL3 append options when the ASCII Column tx format is selected
  • SL3 append option “Use SHEF codes” is now enabled only when the selected format is SHEF, SHEFFIX, or CSV
  • Fixed bug where LinkComm was ignoring case when changing station name and password settings
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.02 r2061, XL firmware v1.64

LinkComm v3.2.14

Published July 26, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Added “Append Tx Count” option to SL3 station type
  • Reordered the SL3 append option list to match the order of inclusion in transmitted message
  • Disabled SL3 append options when the ASCII Column tx format is selected
  • The “Use SHEF codes for options” SL3 append option is now enabled only when the selected format is either SHEF or SHEFFIX
  • Fixed bug where LinkComm was ignoring case when changing station name and password settings
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.01 r1904, XL firmware v1.64

LinkComm v3.2.13

Published July 22, 2016

Change Highlights

  • New Modbus master support for Xlink station types
  • Xlink cell station types can now transmit to multiple servers
  • The Data tab now works with Xpert and 8310 station types
  • LinkComm no longer reports differences in settings it does not manage (e.g., debug settings changed using the Terminal)
  • Use “Active” rather than “Enabled” in SL3 and Xlink measurement settings
  • LinkComm now detects changes to installed radios when user refreshes version from either Dashboard or Diagnostics tab
  • Don’t show Modbus Cell Modem settings for IridiumLink
  • When no telemetry modem is installed (e.g., Xlink station type), Telemetry tab now displays a message displaying such, rather than showing a blank page
  • Fixed a bug where the Delete key did not work in the Terminal window
  • Telemetry tab master list (list in left/hidden pane), now displays Alarm interval when “Kind” setting is “Alarm”, for SL3 station types
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.01 r1904, XL firmware v1.64

LinkComm v3.2.12

Published July 8, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Add support for multiple server settings to X-Link family
  • Add support for MODBUS master over RS485 to X-Link family
  • Add equation template to support CS205/107 thermistor
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.01 r1904, XL firmware v1.63

LinkComm v3.2.11

Published July 1, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Added support for saving (exporting) custom images, e.g., station image, site images, sensor image and icon, and wiring diagrams
  • Added option to append serial number to SL3 scheduled and alarm transmissions
  • Recent data is no longer stored in the terminal buffer, to reduce clutter
  • Added new Steinhart-Hart equation template to support Xylem H377
  • Added documentation of RND and modulo operator to equation help
  • Fixed a bug where next measurement time parse would fail if the label contained a space
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.01 r1904, XL firmware v1.62

LinkComm v3.2.10

Published June 28, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Fixed bug where Telemetry tab wouldn’t always display the correct number of TX entries
  • Added “Kind” setting to Iridium telemetry
  • Removed “Retransmit” telemetry setting as it is not yet supported in firmware
  • Added append options to Iridium telemetry
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.01 r1904, XL firmware v1.62

LinkComm v3.2.9

Published June 28, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Added support for Satlink3 Iridium telemetry
  • Fixed bug with Xlink signal strength dialog where dialog failed to update
  • Fixed bug where Terminal window failed to open after close
  • Fixed range and default values for TX scheduled interval
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.01 r1904, XL firmware v1.62

LinkComm v3.2.8

Published June 13, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Added support for importing and exporting the station database
  • Added limit checks for setup values, where needed
  • LinkComm now creates a separate event log for each instance of the app
  • Changed the order setup values are sent to SL3 to avoid errors caused by enabling measurements and/or transmissions with only partial setups in place
  • Added ctrl-c/v support to Terminal window
  • Improved Terminal window performance and reliability by reducing history to about 1300 lines
  • Fixed an issue with Data tab graph where user could not zoom in with touch when the view was scrolled from top
  • Fixed issues with Licor and Kipp-Zonen sensor templates and wiring diagrams
  • Improved performance and reliability when searching for graph hover point value
  • Fixed an issue with Data tab where starting a new download after the station had timed-out and gone to sleep would cause the download to appear to complete instantaneously
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.01 r1904, XL firmware v1.62

LinkComm v3.2.7

Published May 17, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Add Table view to Data tab
  • Update status before showing the SL3 quick status dialog
  • Bundle the latest FTDI USB-Serial drivers with LinkComm installer (used for connecting to X-Link)
  • LinkComm package now includes qtdiag.exe, used for capturing details of the PC environment (graphics, CPU, etc.)
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.01 r1904, XL firmware v1.62

LinkComm v3.2.6

Published May 6, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Import Setup on iOS no longer prompts user with File Open dialog that is larger than iPhone screens
  • Exported setup files are now ordered to ensure measurements and transmissions aren’t enabled on import with incomplete settings, which could lead to error reports in the logger
  • Exported setup files now contain any settings not normally offered for edit by LinkComm that aren’t at their default values. This ensures users can fully restore or copy a station setup
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.01 r1904, XL firmware v1.62

LinkComm v3.2.5

Published May 2, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Fixed bug in Rain Gage sensor template, removing scheduling settings, including an errant Sampling Interval setting that caused setup to fail during send
  • Installer no longer tries to install .NET 3.5 if not found, as it’s not a true dependency
  • Keep Satellite ID setting consistent between scheduled and random transmission settings, when importing a setup
  • Close the date-time editor when selecting a new measurement
  • Added detection of serial cable disconnect
  • Warmup values for digital sensor templates are now set to 0, rather than 1
  • Added new thermistor equations for YSI 44007 44034
  • Added shortcuts for DirectX and SoftOpenGL command line options on install
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.01 r1904, XL firmware v1.62

LinkComm v3.2.4

Published April 11, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Added sensor template for SDI-12 Tipping Bucket
  • Added support for SL3 Wind measurements
  • Updated Xlink wiring diagram for 4-wire bridge
  • Fixed bug where on rare occasion, an upgrade of SL3 would fail, reporting error of, “the upgrade”
  • Improved validation of WiFi pass-phrase
  • Fixed bug in display of “Next” measurement time, where value displayed would occasionally be ” ?”
  • Inhibit display of SL3 quick status if a valid status has not been received
  • Updated wiring diagrams for SL3-SDI station type
  • Fixed bug where LinkComm would start downloading recent data following a successful get setup operation, if the original attempt to download recent data failed or timed-out during the connect sequence
  • Increased communication time-outs to allow stations more time to respond to commands
  • Fixed a bug where user pressing Cancel during a forced measurement did not properly cancel the forced measurement. Previously, the communication following the canceled forced measurement would sometimes appear corrupt
  • Allow more time for station to format and return the content of the next transmission (i.e., response to the TXFORM command)
  • Fixed bug where pressing “Stations” item in main menu did not return to Stations view after display of SL3 quick status dialog
  • LinkComm now checks to see if the Sensors database is in use before attempting to upgrade it, to avoid corrupting the database. This scenario would occur only when an older version of LinkComm was running while a new version of LinkComm was started
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.01 r1904, XL firmware v1.62

LinkComm v3.2.3

Published April 2, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Added analog modem support
  • Added new Satlink SDI only (“SL3-SDI”) station type
  • Decreased the time required to cancel upgrade of Satlink3 (previously, had to wait for station to time-out)
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.01 r1873, XL firmware v1.62

LinkComm v3.2.2

Published March 28, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Added password support
  • Added ability to disable SL3 random normal transmissions
  • Added support for SL3 programmable reference voltage
  • Added support for connecting to SL3 via IP modem (TCP/IP connection type)
  • Added support for SL3 running average settings
  • “Force” and other measurement-related buttons on the Measurement tab are now disabled when the associated measurement is disabled
  • Updated SL3 Sampling Interval default and minimum values to match firmware
  • Removed “Details” setting from SL3 measurement tab, since it is not yet fully implemented in firmware
  • Fixed bug where selecting a new USB Device ID failed to “stick” when pressing Connect button
  • Live Poll timeout has been lengthened to allow for measurements that take a long time to complete (up to 60s)
  • Fixed bug where “Log All” check-box did not update correctly
  • Fixed bug where recent data was downloaded during get setup, when previous recent data download was cancelled during connect sequence
  • Includes SL3 firmware v8.01 r1873, XL firmware v1.62

LinkComm v3.2.1

Published March 22, 2016

Change Highlights

  • Added “Live Poll” feature to Measurements tab
  • Added Antenna Aim support for Satlink3
  • Added “Change Password…” support
  • LinkComm now imposes length limits on WiFi Passphrase, to ensure it won’t be rejected by Satlink3 when sending the setup
  • Added display of schedule for next measurement time
  • LinkComm now validates the setup received from the station on connect. If the setup appears to be corrupt in any way, LinkComm requests the station setup again

LinkComm v3.1.18

Published February 26, 2016

 Change Highlights

  • Fixed a bug where performing an SDI Find operation from LinkComm would corrupt subsequent communications
  • Fixed bug that caused a forced measurement to occur after pressing Refresh on measurements tab
  • Added Satlink3 user manual to installation package
  • Updated default setup definition to match Satlink3 firmware v8.00r1830

LinkComm v3.1.17

Published February 22, 2016

 Change Highlights

  • Fixed an issue where attempting to connect to Station Wi-Fi while another device was already connected resulted in subsequent attempts to use LinkComm to fail (empty status, recording off, multiple setup changes, etc.)

LinkComm v3.1.16

Published February 16, 2016

 Change Highlights

  • Added quick status dialog to Satlink3 station type, displayed on disconnect or by menu selection
  • Fixed a bug with setup handling that caused various problems, e.g., New Station station type reverts after being set, and failure setting new station name
  • Fixed a bug where changing the station type to Xlink from Satlink with USB selected failed to set new connection type correctly (displayed Redirector, but USB still selected internally)
  • Fixed a bug where 24:00:00 could not be entered for transmission interval
  • Updated RMYoung, Thermistor, and 3-Wire Potentiometer wiring diagrams

LinkComm v3.1.15

Published February 8, 2016

 Change Highlights

  • Message dialog on Windows and OS X now correctly sizes per message content
  • Added flash of header sync/status button, and display of header hint text, when sync status changes to “changed”
  • Fixed a problem with sending Steinhart equations (invalid character for minus sign being used)
  • Pressing Terminal button now brings Terminal dialog to foreground if it’s already open
  • Added limits to Satlink3 Tx Interval and Tx Window settings to prevent invalid settings
  • Fixed problems with calibration where calibration would fail for long measurements, and prompt for new value would occasionally occur twice
  • Fixed problem causing GPS Signal Strength on Satlink3 GPS tab to not always update on refresh
  • Fixed issues with RMYoung, Thermistor, and 3-Wire Potentiometer wiring diagrams
  • When operating under “New Station” entry and saving files, the reported station name is now used in file naming, rather than “New Station”
  • LinkComm now won’t automatically overwrite the local setup when connecting with “New Station” selected while outstanding changes exist. Instead, LinkComm prompts to send the setup, with an option to get the setup if user says No
  • LinkComm now offers to show differences before overwriting station in station list, so long as the two stations are of the same type
  • LinkComm now imports without prompting for confirmation, a setup imported into New Station while offline with no outstanding changes
  • Fixed bug that caused app to crash when taking picture on Android
  • Fixed bug that prevented Android Back key from returning to previous view, rather than exiting the application altogether
  • Fixed bug preventing “Share” buttons to work on Android
  • Fixed bug making SDI-12 test dialog invisible on Android
  • ** iOS version updated 02/10/2016 to fix issue where setup received from the station was not saved for future LinkComm runs

LinkComm v3.1.14

Published February 1, 2016

 Change Highlights

  • Added “New Station” entry to stations list
  • Added ability to view differences when importing a setup, and before sending changes to a station
  • Improved support for keeping the station name in sync with the LinkComm name
  • Improved support for eliminating unused meta data
  • Get Setup and Send Setup menu operations now prompt for confirmation and offer ability to view changes before acceptance
  • Reversed get/send prompt on connect when differences are found, keeping with philosophy that a listed station in LinkComm has the setup “truth”
  • Revised setup export for SL3 and Xlink stations to generate a setup file containing all user pertinent settings, ordered by priority and feature/function
  • Pending changes to Station Name are now displayed on the Dashboard
  • Added “NY” (“no ymodem”) option to SL3 download command, as newer SL3 firmware will require it for non-ymodem downloads
  • If “Disable Graphing” is selected, LinkComm now automatically prompts to save/share the downloaded data
  • Added Modbus Device ID setting to Modbus Cell settings for when RTU/ASCII format is selected
  • Fixed problems with text and window sizing of message dialog on mobile platforms
  • Terminal window is now closed at app exit, if it is still open
  • Increased visibility of highlight box for all lists
  • “Check setup on connect” is now default behavior for “direct” connections (Serial, USB, and Wi-Fi)
  • Fixed Steinhart equation templates to match typical wiring

LinkComm v3.1.13

Published January 18, 2016

 Change Highlights

  • Added ability to force/measure all from the Dashboard
  • Fixed bug where I/O error occurred at end of OS X upgrade of SL3
  • Split send setup and start recording into separate steps on header button press
  • Updated equation help to cover MINDAY, SECDAY, and OUTPUT
  • Made “Include Header”, “Include Events”, and “Disable Graph” persist per station
  • Replaced “C” commands in sensor templates with “M” commands
  • Measurements tab now lists number of enabled measurements vs. total
  • Antenna type is now synchronized between scheduled and random transmission setups
  • Fixed prompt when upgrading SL3 on Android platform to use new version, rather than current
  • Data tab graph now updates following recent data download
  • Fixed window centering enabled check-box to correctly reflect the default value of disabled
  • Made it more obvious how to update station name by making station name appear as an editable link
  • Fixed a bug where LinkComm would prompt to “View Diffs” even for new connections, i.e., connections where no local setup had yet been stored
  • When loading a setup offline, LinkComm’s title bar now updates to show the new station name

LinkComm v3.1.12

Published January 8, 2016

 Change Highlights

  • Added sensor templates for various OTT, Lufft, Hydrolab, and Sea-Bird Coastal sensors
  • Satlink3 battery voltage now displayed correctly
  • Tx Content related fields on Satlink3 measurement tab now update correctly when changing measurement selection

LinkComm v3.1.11

Published December 18, 2015

 Change Highlights

  • Increased timeout when waiting for forced measurement result to 60 seconds
  • Improved message displayed to user during a forced measurement
  • Fixed bug where getting setup didn’t always update equation text
  • Line breaks entered into an equation are now converted to spaces, as logger does not allow line breaks
  • Improved graphing of data that has increasing extents, such that it is less likely to slow LinkComm performance
  • Added option to disable graphing during a download
  • Improved the list of predefined SDI-12 commands displayed in the SDI-12 test dialog and on the measurement tab
  • Added “Number of Values to Tx” measurement setting, enabled when Tx Content is “Last”
  • The “Details” setting is now available for selection even when averaging is disabled

LinkComm v3.1.10

Published December 11, 2015

 Change Highlights

  • Added wiring diagrams for Satlink3 station type
  • Added new span options to Data tab: “Since last”, “Since boot”, “Start log to end time”, and “Start time to end log”
  • The Data tab’s span options of “Past week”, “Past month”, and “Past 6 months” now consider logger time when computing start and end points, so that the data collected is relative to the logger’s time reference
  • Added new “Invert selection” option to Data tab pop-up menu, for inverting the set of select series’ for display
  • The date-time picker control now allows entering the new value by text on Windows and OS X platforms
  • The data value and time-stamp displayed on the Data tab for a hovered point now match the true value of the corresponding data point from the log, rather than displaying an interpolated value based on mouse position
  • The start and end date-time extents of the Data tab graph are now correct, no longer offset by the current local time offset from UTC
  • LinkComm now remembers the location of the last documents folder used and restores it on document-related activities like downloading the log, exporting the setup, etc.
  • Downloading via two instances of LinkComm simultaneously from two different stations is now supported, no longer corrupting the content of one or both of the downloads
  • Pressing the Send button in the SDI-12 dialog after changing the command text now sends the changed text, rather than the text prior to the change
  • Send SDI-12 button now appears on Measurements tab on iOS and Android devices
  • Restored several transmission related fields (window length, centering, etc.), for Satlink3 device type on the Telemetry tab
  • Added icons to the shortcuts displayed in the Sutron – LinkComm folder on the Start menu

LinkComm v3.1.9

Published November 30, 2015

 Change Highlights

  • Added default sensor images and icons for standard measurement types
  • Added satellite channel validation on satellite type change
  • Added “DC High AC Low” option for Wind using Frequency 1
  • Added new equation templates for specific sensors
  • Removed unsupported settings from Satlink3: “Seametrics”, “Accubar”, and “Wind” measurement types, as well as the “Modbus RS485” settings group
  • “Tx Data Context2” (Random tx content) setting for Satlink3 station types now offers only “Exclude” and “Last”
  • “USB” now hidden as connection type for all station types but Satlink3
  • Added option to select ANGLE as graphics subsystem (specify –angle on the command line)
  • Renamed “Log Details” to “Details”, and moved to Schedule section
  • Fixed error where various messages would sometimes be displayed in German
  • Fixed problem with message dialog where dialog failed to show and/or dialog failed to size itself properly for assigned text
  • Fixed bug on Android when attempting to downgrade Satlink3
  • Break condition on serial line no longer considered an error

LinkComm v3.1.8

Published November 17, 2015

 Change Highlights

  • Added installer for Satlink3 USB driver
  • Added new WiFi security settings
  • Fixed offline storage path to occur in same location in each build
  • Added new analog input range types
  • DC HIGH setting moved to Digital input Frequency 1, from Digital input Frequency 2
  • Improved I/O processing to reduce load on GUI thread
  • Other minor improvements

LinkComm v3.1.7

Published November 13, 2015

 Change Highlights

  • Added support for USB connection types on Windows (see readme.txt for instructions on installing these)
  • Fixed a bug that could cause a crash when a station disconnects
  • COM Port combo box now refreshes on every drop-down

LinkComm v3.1.6

Published November 04, 2015

 Change Highlights

  • Restored Tx Content settings to measurements tab (missing due to bug in v3.1.5)

 Known Issues

  • COM ports drop down list doesn’t always populate correctly on some Windows machines

LinkComm v3.1.5

Published November 02, 2015

 Change Highlights

  • Updated Dashboard for Satlink3 station type (added telemetry status and reset failsafe button)
  • Fixed a bug to allow spaces in labels of X-Link and Satlink3 stations type measurements
  • Combo boxes no longer change selection on a hovered mouse wheel scroll
  • Default labels for TX1 and TX2 are now “Scheduled” and “Random” for Satlink3 station types
  • LinkComm now validates GOES satellite channel selection for Satlink3 station types
  • Added “Get Diagnostics” function (button) on Diagnostics tab for X-Link and Satlink3 station types, to save (or share if on mobile), diagnostics info and setup via file
  • All 32 Satlink3 measurements now support equation settings
  • Stations and Measurements lists now offer scroll bar on Windows platforms
  • Dashboard no longer limits Satlink3 station types to 16 measurements, but now supports all 32
  • On mobile platforms, if no station exists at application start, one is created
  • Removed the invalid address of ” ” (space) from the SDI-12 address list in the SDI-12 test dialog
  • The Terminal command list for Satlink3 station types is now pre-populated with common commands

 Known Issues

  • COM ports drop down list doesn’t always populate correctly on some Windows machines

LinkComm v3.1.4

Published October 26, 2015

 Change Highlights

  • Added “GPS” tab for GPS status and control for Satlink3 station type
  • Added “Other Setup” tab to support entering miscellaneous setup parameters, e.g., WiFi, MODBUS, digital output control, etc. This applies to both X-Link station types and Satlink3 station type
  • Graph image capture and share now works on iOS
  • On change station type, prompt to delete existing setup, if present
  • Satellite ID is now automatically capitalized
  • “Connect…” menu renamed to “Stations…” menu
  • Improved telemetry setup for Satlink3 station type (labels now default to “Scheduled” and “Random”, and Send-to-Sutron has been moved into its own dialog)
  • Added support for setting Satlink3 to factory defaults
  • Added Port option to SDI-12 dialog for Satlink3 station type

 Known Issues

  • Satlink3 support is “demo” only (dashboard and other tabs will evolve)
  • COM ports drop down list doesn’t always populate correctly on some Windows machines

LinkComm v3.1.3

Published October 8, 2015

 Change Highlights

  • Added support for upgrading Satlink3 loggers. Firmware version 8.00 rev1588 is included in LinkComm build
  • Fixed a bug that prevented sending a changed setup value of 0.0
  • Updated default values in Satlink3 setup to match those defined by the logger
  • Updated the connect sequence to ensure the progress of the connection attempt is shown throughout the connect sequence, and to ensure LinkComm displays the proper connect status following a failed connect attempt

 Known Issues

  • Satlink3 support is “demo” only (dashboard and other tabs will evolve)
  • COM ports drop down list doesn’t always populate correctly on some Windows machines
  • Graph image capture and share on iOS doesn’t work

LinkComm v3.1.2

Published September 26, 2015

 Change Highlights

  • Satlink3 Telemetry tab now offers Antenna selection, dumb logger and circular buffer settings, and a simplified Send-To-Sutron user interface. In addition, the “Transmit Now” and “Show Tx Data” buttons work as expected
  • Satlink3 Measurements tab now displays options for assigning data to different telemetry data content, offers SDI-12 port selector, uses the Units value from the logger setup, offers option for “DC HIGH OR AC LOW”, and offers option for “Diff E” analog sub-type
  • Fixed bug that prevented measurements list in X-Link and Satlink3 from updating to reflect changes made in detail view
  • Fixed problem with corrupted text when running on iOS9
  • Fixed problem on iOS and Android where certain floating point values in setup were reported as different in LinkComm setup vs. station setup, even though the values were the same

 Known Issues

  • Satlink3 support is “demo” only (dashboard and other tabs will evolve)
  • COM ports drop down list doesn’t always populate correctly on some Windows machines
  • Graph image capture and share on iOS doesn’t work

LinkComm v3.1.1

Published September 14, 2015

 Change Highlights

  • Satlink3 station type now supports reading status on the dashboard, and supports display and edit of station setup
  • Fixed problem on Windows where certain floating point values in setup were reported as different in LinkComm setup vs. station setup, even though the values were the same
  • Fixed problems with header button not recognizing the current state of recording in the station
  • LinkComm no longer requires GPRSLinks that have an HSPA modem to be typed “HSPALink”

 Known Issues

  • Problem with corrupted text when running on iOS9
  • Satlink3 support is “demo” only (dashboard and setup will evolve)
  • COM ports drop down list doesn’t always populate correctly on some Windows machines
  • Graph image capture and share on iOS doesn’t work

LinkComm v3.0.13

Published September 19, 2015

 Change Highlights

  • Fixed problem with corrupted text when running on iOS9

 Known Issues

  • Satlink3 support is “demo” only (no live connect, no telemetry changes saved)
  • COM ports drop down list doesn’t always populate correctly on some Windows machines
  • Graph image capture and share on iOS doesn’t work

LinkComm v3.0.12

Published August 13, 2015

 Change Highlights

  • Simplified and eliminated unnecessary prompts warning against overwriting local changes
  • On connect, if station name differs from the name assigned in LinkComm, user is asked whether to update the name in LinkComm
  • Fixed bug that could cause multiple sets of “Send setup to…” and “Get setup from…” to appear in main menu
  • Hide “Send SMS” option for IridiumLink station types
  • New station type “X-Link” added to support X-Link logger without telemetry modem
  • Prior to downloading a span of “Past week”, the span’s end time is now updated to ensure it is not stale
  • Pressing ENTER after entering a text command in the Send drop down box on the Telemetry dialog now results in sending the command
  • Fixed a bug that would cause the header status buttons to not always update on station disconnect
  • Fixed a bug that caused measurement equations containing the character “=” to not be displayed
  • When importing a setup, LinkComm now warns if setup changes are pending (i.e., changes have been made that have not been sent to the station). Previously, LinkComm proceeded with the import, and left the changes in place
  • Improved the appearance of Combo Box text labels on high-res Windows displays
  • Fixed bug that caused LinkComm to report HSPALinks as GPRSLinks during the station type check at application start
  • When opening the Sensor Template dialog, it now defaults to showing a Sutron sensor
  • The Data tab will now display recent data even if it was downloaded on the initial connect
  • Length limits have been applied to text fields to ensure these fields can’t exceed those allowed by X-Link
  • Fixed a bug that sometimes resulted in application crash on Windows when trying to open a serial port already in use
  • Now use “X-Link” as default station name, since this matches the default name in X-Link loggers at factory defaults

 Known Issues

  • Satlink3 support is “demo” only (no live connect, no telemetry changes saved)
  • COM ports drop down list doesn’t always populate correctly on some Windows machines
  • Graph image capture and share on iOS doesn’t work

LinkComm v3.0.11

Published June 16, 2015

 Change Highlights

  • Fixed bug preventing proper display of Data and Telemetry tabs on iPhone 4S with iOS 7.1

 Known Issues

  • Satlink3 support is “demo” only (no live connect, no telemetry changes saved)
  • COM ports drop down list doesn’t always populate correctly on some Windows machines
  • Graph image capture and share on iOS doesn’t work

LinkComm v3.0.10

Published June 15, 2015

 Change Highlights

  • New Satlink3 station type with the Telemetry tab showing a preview of how Satlink3 telemetry will be set up within LinkComm. Please note, LinkComm does not yet support live connections to Satlink3, and does not yet support saving changes made to the Telemetry setup.
  • LinkComm no longer assumes Xlink stations are a GPRSLink until connection, but instead, follows the type set by the user. This ensures the Telemetry tab displays the correct content, even when a connection has not yet been made to the station
  • The date-time picker dialog now sizes itself to fit smaller screens, as needed
  • Added application icon and launch image

 Known Issues

  • Satlink3 support is “demo” only (no live connect, no telemetry changes saved)
  • COM ports drop down list doesn’t always populate correctly on some Windows machines
  • Graph image capture and share on iOS doesn’t work

LinkComm v3.0.9

Published June 3, 2015

 Change Highlights

  • Fixed bug that would occasionally cause app to lock-up on return to station list
  • Fixed bug causing app menu to show “send setup” and “get setup” twice
  • Fixed bug causing header sync status button to fail to update after recording start when no measurements are defined
  • Fixed bug causing failure to properly parse for display on the dashboard current data that is averaged
  • Fixed measurement labels in Xlink Dual Orifice Bubbler
  • Removed test stations that are created by default when the app is first installed
  • When the app starts, the last station used is now selected for further use
  • The header and footer are now hidden on smaller mobile screens when the device is tilted to landscape view
  • The Telemetry and Diagnostics tabs are now only updated the first time they are selected, rather than every time they are selected
  • Added “Other Setup” (WiFi and Modbus settings). These settings are accessible by button on the Telemetry tab
  • On disconnect, warn the user if changes have not been sent to the logger
  • Removed Satlink3 as a station type
  • Improved appearance on hi-res Windows displays
  • Improved appearance on Android 5.1

 Known Issues

  • COM ports drop down list doesn’t always populate correctly on some Windows machines
  • Graph image capture and share on iOS doesn’t work

LinkComm v3.0.8

Published May 19, 2015

 Change Highlights

  • LinkComm now prompts before overwriting the local setup with a setup from the remote station containing differences, offering the user the chance to view the differences in order to decide
  • Split the “Get setup and data on connect” option into two options, one to “Check the setup” on connect, and the other to “Get recent data on connect”
  • Import and Export Setup now available on iOS and Android, in addition to Windows and OS X
  • LinkComm now prompts for login when required, and also offers a “Log in…” menu option
  • LinkComm now prompts to send outstanding setup changes before forcing a new measurement and before calibrating a measurement
  • Header sync-status icon now favors showing setup changed status over recording off status
  • Miscellaneous other minor bug fixes and improvements

 Known Issues

  • COM ports drop down list doesn’t always populate correctly on some Windows machines
  • Graph image capture and share on iOS doesn’t work
  • Modbus related settings are not yet available

LinkComm v3.0.7

Published Apr 30, 2015

 Change Highlights

  • Fixed a bug that prevented the header sync status button from updating after selecting a sensor template to configure an Xlink measurement
  • The sensors database used in sensor template selection on Xlink measurements tab is now installed properly on OS X and Windows platforms
  • Check boxes on Android are now easier to select/deselect
  • Android virtual keyboard is now context sensitive, offering appropriate keys for number edits vs. string edits, etc.
  • Fixed bug that was preventing proper read-back of sampling interval from Xlink
  • SMS Notify check-box is now checkable

 Known Issues

  • Time spinners are currently unable to set 24:00:00 interval
  • Password-protected Xlink’s are not yet supported
  • Modbus related settings are not yet available

LinkComm v3.0.6

Published Apr 25, 2015

Change Highlights

  • Added ability to configure Xlink measurements using sensor templates
  • Minor bug fixes

Known Issues

  • About dialog reports version as “3.0.5”, but should be “3.0.6”
  • Time spinners unable to set 24:00:00 interval
  • Selection of sensor template does not update local setup properly, and does not update sync-status. Sending a setup to the station after configuring a measurement using a sensor template will result in error about setup differences
  • If you see only “Test model” in list of sensor templates, please delete your existing LinkComm download, delete all files under “C:Users<your_user_name>AppDataLocalLinkCommQMLOfflineStorage”, and re-download the LinkComm package again

LinkComm v3.0.5

Published Mar 23, 2015

Change Highlights

  • Added ability to select and use custom image for station image, site image, sensor image, and sensor icon. User can use built-in camera to capture image, when internal or attached camera is available (all platforms)
  • Simplified connect view by adding new connection types for WiFi and Redirector. In addition, added an option to inhibit automatic data retrieval