Our full spectrum 5th gen laser has a network connection. Currently it has ip 192.168.1.5 and accepts telnet sessions to port 12345. There is no authentication, we have to be careful not to clobber each other when users have multiple sessions of Retina Engrave running on multiple laptops. Also care needs to be taken when directly playing with this interface as it appears bad things can be done (TM) to the laser when manually fiddling around in the network interface.
There is a published API for the laser's network interface here:
Attached is example code in VS2010 C# 4.0. Since it relies only on network sockets, it requires no drivers and can be used under any OS (PC, Mac, Linux, Android, etc). Currently this is the specification. This is subject to change. Connection is over Telnet to port 12345 Command : Description GOTOXYZ x y z : where x y z are in number of steps GOHOME : goes home TSTFIRE x : where x is duration in 0.1ms eg TSTFIRE 50 = 5ms pulse CURPOS : returns current position in steps LS : list files on SD Card FXJOB : enter file mode FILE filename : load filename (must be in FILE mode first) RUN : runs the job PAUSE : pauses job RESUME : resumes job ABORT : aborts job PIN x IN : set pin as input PIN x OUT : set pin as output PIN x GET : get state of pin (works for input or output) PIN x SET: where x = 1 or 2 or 3, which will set a digital pin level high (3.3v, 4mA). You must buffer this pin or risk damaging the board. Do not hook up devices directly to this pin. PIN x CLR: where x = 1 or 2 or 3, sets the logic level low on that particular pin STATUS : returns RUNNING if job is still running or IDLE if job is finished Example: CURPOS GOTOXYZ -1000 -1000 0 FXJOB FILE test.bin RUN PIN 1 OUT PIN 1 SET this will get the current position, move left 1000 steps, down 1000 steps then load and run the job "test.bin" then raise pin 1 to +3.3v
We have sniffed the network connection to find other useful commands. Here we watched as Retina Engrave set a static ip on the laser. These are the commands ran and in the order they were ran. BURN is not listed in the published API so it probably has nothing to do with activating the laser. Most likely it "burns" these settings to EEPROM, however that is a best guess for now.
SET IPADDR x.x.x.x SET IPMASK x.x.x.x SET IPGW x.x.x.x SET DHCP [OFF|ON] BURN
How to find more
Here is how to use tcpdump to capture a telnet session to the laser:
tcpdump -X -s 4000 -i en1 host 192.168.1.5 and port 12345 > out.txt
Next you need to run Retina and perform the action you want to decode. As soon as you are done in Retina, CTRL+C the tcpdump session. Now you need to extract just the text info from the dump (out.txt). The grep string includes a single tab character, if you copy and paste you must remove the spaces and insert a tab next to the caret (^):
grep "^ " out.txt | cut -c 52- | tr -d "\n"
You will now have some output like this which you can sus-out the commands Retina Engrave is sending to the laser:
E..?..@.@.............09.~.*..>.P.......SET.IPADDR.192.168.1.5.E..0.z....5w........09....>.. ~.AP..T.]..102.OK..E..(..@.@..M..........09.~.A..>.P...._..E..A..@.@..*..........09.~.A..>.P .......SET.IPMASK.255.255.255.0.E..0.|....5u........09....>..~.ZP..;.U..102.OK..E..(p.@.@ .FH..........09.~.Z..>.P....>..E..=..@.@..H..........09.~.Z..>.P...:...SET.IPGW.192.168.1.1.E..0 .~....5s........09....>..~.oP..&.M..102.OK..E..(..@.@..?..........09.~.o..>.P....!..E..5..@.@..- ..........09.~.o..>.P....x..SET.DHCP.OFF.E..0......5r........09....>..~.|P....E..102.OK..E..(!.@. @..s..........09.~.|..>.P.......E..-J.@.@.l-..........09.~.|..>.P....[..BURN.E..0......5p........09.. ..>..~..P....=..102.OK..E..(6.@.@.............09.~....>.P.......