Neptune Technology Group BELTCLIPT Belt Clip Transmitter User Manual 14 0066 Exhibit Cover

Neptune Technology Group Inc. Belt Clip Transmitter 14 0066 Exhibit Cover

Manual

5015 B.U. Bowman Drive Buford, GA 30518 USA Voice: 770-831-8048 Fax: 770-831-8598
Certification Exhibit
FCC ID: P2SBELTCLIPT
IC: 4171B-BELTCLIPT
FCC Rule Part: 15.247
IC Radio Standards Specification: RSS-210
ACS Project Number: 14-0066
Manufacturer: Neptune Technology Group Inc.
Model: BCT
Manual
Neptune Handheld System User’s Manual
Neptune Handheld System User’s Manual
Proprietary Rights Notice
This manual is an unpublished work and contains the trade secrets and confidential
information of Neptune Technology Group Inc., which are not to be divulged to third
parties and may not be reproduced or transmitted in whole or part, in any form or by
any means, electronic or mechanical for any purpose, without the express written
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disclosed herein, including the right to manufacture, are reserved to
Neptune Technology Group Inc.
The information contained in this document is subject to change without notice.
Neptune reserves the right to change the product specifications at any time without
incurring any obligations.
Trademarks Used in This Manual
R900 is a registered trademark of Neptune Technology Group Inc. N_SIGHT R900
is a trademark of Neptune Technology Group Inc. R900 Belt Clip Receiver is a
trademark of Neptune Technology Group Inc. MRX920 is a trademark of
Neptune Technology Group Inc. ARB is a registered trademark of
Neptune Technology Group Inc.
Trimble Nomad s a registered trademark of Trimble Navigation Limited.
CE Net Windows, Windows 6.1, and Windows Mobile Device Center are registered
trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.
Other brands or product names are the trademarks or registered trademarks of their
respective holders.
FCC Conformity
CE5320B Handheld Computer
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class
A digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is
operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can
radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the
instruction manual, may cause harmful interference to radio communications.
Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference
in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.”
Warning: Changes or modifications to this device not expressly
approved by Neptune Technology Group Inc. could void the user's
authority to operate the equipment.
Trimble Nomad Handheld Computer
U.S.A.
This device complies with Part 15 of the FCC Rules. It is tested to comply with FCC
standards for home or office use. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital
device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide
reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This
equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed
and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a
particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to radio or
television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the
user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following
measures:
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
R900 Belt Clip Receiver
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class
B digital device, pursuant to part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference
to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not
occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to
radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures
Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.
Neptune HR2650i
"NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class
A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to
provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation.
This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not
installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference
to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not
occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference to
radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and
on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the
following measures:
Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
Connect the equipment into an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the
receiver is connected.
Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/TV technician for help.”
RF Exposure (Intentional Radiators Only)
This device has been tested and complies with FCC SAR (Specific Absorption Rate)
RF exposure compliance requirements for body-worn operation.
This equipment complies with FCC radiation exposure limits set forth for an
uncontrolled environment. This equipment is in direct contact with the body of the user
under normal operating conditions. This transmitter must not be co-located or operating
in conjunction with any other antenna or transmitter.
Industry Canada
CE5320B Handheld Computer
This Class A digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference
Causing Equipment Regulations. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Cet appareillage numérique de la classe A répond à toutes les exigences de
l'interférence canadienne causant des règlements d'équipement. L'opération est
sujette aux deux conditions suivantes: (1) ce dispositif peut ne pas causer l'interférence
nocive, et (2) ce dispositif doit accepter n'importe quelle interférence reçue, y compris
l'interférence qui peut causer l'opération peu désirée.
Warning: Changes or modifications to this device not expressly
approved by Neptune Technology Group Inc., could void the user's
authority to operate the equipment.
Trimble Nomad
This digital apparatus does not exceed the Class B limits for radio noise emissions from
digital apparatus as set out in the radio interference regulations of the Canadian
Department of Communications.
Le présent appareil numérique n'émet pas de bruits radioélectriques dépassant les
limites applicables aux appareils numériques de Classe B prescrites dans le règlement
sur le brouillage radioélectrique édicté par le Ministère des Communications du
Canada.
R900 Belt Clip Receiver
This Class B digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference
Causing Equipment Regulations. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept
any interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Cet appareillage numérique de la classe B répond à toutes les exigences de
l'interférence canadienne causant des règlements d'équipement. L'opération est
sujette aux deux conditions suivantes: (1) ce dispositif peut ne pas causer l'interférence
nocive, et (2) ce dispositif doit accepter n'importe quelle interférence reçue, y compris
l'interférence qui peut causer l'opération peu désirée.
Under Industry Canada regulations, this radio transmitter may only operate using an
antenna of a type and maximum (or lesser) gain approved for the transmitter by
Industry Canada. To reduce potential radio interference to other users, the antenna
type and its gain should be so chosen that the equivalent isotropically radiated power
(e.i.r.p.) is not more than that necessary for successful communication.
Conformément à la réglementation d'Industrie Canada, cet émetteur radio ne peut
fonctionner à l'aide d'une antenne d'un type et maximum (ou moins) Gain approuvé
pour l'émetteur par Industrie Canada. Pour réduire le risque d'interférence avec
d'autres utilisateurs, le type d'antenne et son gain doivent être choisis afin que la
puissance isotrope rayonnée équivalente n'est pas plus que ce qui est nécessaire pour
une communication réussie.
Neptune HR2650i
This Class A digital apparatus meets all requirements of the Canadian Interference
Causing Equipment Regulations. Operation is subject to the following two conditions:
(1) this device may not cause harmful interference, and (2) this device must accept any
interference received, including interference that may cause undesired operation.
Cet appareillage numérique de la classe A répond à toutes les exigences de
l'interférence canadienne causant des règlements d'équipement. L'opération est
sujette aux deux conditions suivantes: (1) ce dispositif peut ne pas causer l'interférence
nocive, et (2) ce dispositif doit accepter n'importe quelle interférence reçue, y compris
l'interférence qui peut causer l'opération peu désirée.
CE Conformity
The CE5320B meets the 89/336/EEC directive intent for Electromagnetic Compatibility
Compliance when used with appropriate accessories. These are Class B products. In a
domestic environment, these products may cause radio interference, in which case, the
user may be required to take adequate measures.
The compliance was demonstrated to the following specifications as listed in the official
Journal of the European Communities:
Copyright © 2005-2013
Neptune Technology Group Inc.
All Rights Reserved.
EN 50081-2, Emissions
EN 55022: Radiated, Class B
EN 55022: Conducted, Class B
EN 50082-2, Immunity
EN 61000-4-2: Electrostatic discharge
E N 6 10 00 -4 -3 : RF r ad ia te d
EN 61000-4-4: Fast transients
EN 61000-4-6: RF conducted
Neptune Handheld System
Users Manual
Literature No. UM Handheld System
12.13
Part No. 11769-016
Neptune Technology Group Inc.
1600 Alabama Highway 229
Tallassee, AL 36078
Tel: (334) 283-6555
Fax: (334) 283-7293
Contents
N_SIGHT R900 User’s Manual for the Neptune Handheld System vii
1Introduction
Conventions Used in this Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-1
Screen Shots Used in this Manual . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-2
Differences in Screen Appearances. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-2
Product Support within the United States . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-3
Finding the Software Version Number . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-3
When Not Logged In . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-4
When Logged On to N_SIGHT R900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-4
Contacting Customer Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
Finding Information within the Manual. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
Where to Start . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-7
Meter Readers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .1-8
Operators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-9
2Overview of the Neptune Handheld System
Typical Meter Reading Process. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-1
Daily Use of the Neptune Handheld System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-2
Meter Readers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-3
Operators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-3
Basic Features of the CE5320. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-4
Operating Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-7
Rain and Water Resistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-7
Electromagnetic Resistance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-7
Shock Resistance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .2-8
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Contents
Use of the CE5320. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-8
Basic Features of the Nomad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9
Operating Environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-12
Rain and Water Resistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-12
Electromagnetic Resistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13
Shock Resistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13
Use of the Nomad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13
The Display on the Handhelds . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-13
The Handheld Display. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14
Menu Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15
Data-Entry Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-16
Message Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17
Navigating Through Screens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-17
Icon Bar . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-19
3Using the CE5320 Handheld
Determining the System Configuration. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-1
Local and Remote Communications . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2
Unpacking and Inspecting Equipment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-2
Setting Up the CE5320. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3
One CE5320 and a Communication Cradle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3
The Router. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
Connecting to the Host Computer and Power Supply. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
Connecting the Router, CE Handheld Cradle, and Power Supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-5
Configuring the CE5320 Handheld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9
On the Host Computer. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9
On the CE5320 Handheld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-9
Contents
N_SIGHT R900 User’s Manual for the Neptune Handheld System ix
The Display and Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-11
Learning the Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-11
Function Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-13
Number Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-14
Direction Keys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-14
Letter/Character Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-15
Information Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-16
Quick Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-19
Adjusting System Settings. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-20
Calibrating the Stylus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-20
Changing the Handheld Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-22
Working with the Properties Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-22
Configuring RF/Serial Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-24
Logging In and Out of the N_SIGHT R900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-26
Logging Into N_SIGHT R900 on the CE5320 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-26
Logging Out of N_SIGHT R900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .3-30
4Using the Nomad Handheld
Unpacking the Nomad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-1
Setting Up the Nomad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3
One Nomad and a Communication Cradle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-3
The Router . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-4
Connecting to the Host Computer and Power Supply . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-4
Connecting the Router, Nomad Handheld Cradle, and Power Supplies. . . . . . . . . .4-5
Configuring the Nomad Handheld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-7
On the Host Computer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-7
On the Nomad Handheld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .4-7
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Contents
The Display and Keyboard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-9
Learning the Keyboard. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-9
Buttons and Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-10
Buttons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-11
Direction Buttons. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-12
Number Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-12
Nomad Screen Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-13
Changing the Size of the Keys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-13
Large Keys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-14
Small Keys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-14
Lowercase Keys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-14
Uppercase Keys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-14
Numeric and Symbols Keys. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-15
Information Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-15
Direction Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-18
Combination Keys . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-19
Adjusting System Settings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-22
Calibrating the Stylus . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-23
Changing the Handheld Properties. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-26
Working with the Properties Screen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-26
Configuring RF/Serial Properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-28
Turning On and Off the Nomad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-30
Turning the Nomad On . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-30
Turning the Nomad Off . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-30
Logging In and Out of the N_SIGHT R900. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-31
Logging Into N_SIGHT R900 on the Nomad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-31
Logging Out of N_SIGHT R900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-36
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5Setting Up the R900 Belt Clip Receiver
R900 Belt Clip Receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-1
R900 Belt Clip Receiver Overview. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-1
Nomad Handheld and R900 Belt Clip Receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-2
Unpacking and Inspecting Equipment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
R900 Belt Clip Receiver Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-3
Using the R900 Belt Clip Receiver . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4
Understanding the R900 Belt Clip Receiver Modes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4
Accessing the R900 Belt Clip Receiver Status Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-7
Understanding the R900 Belt Clip Receiver LED Operating Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-8
Understanding the External Battery Charger Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-10
Pairing the Trimble Nomad to the R900 Belt Clip Receiver through the Bluetooth . . . . 5-10
Pairing the Trimble Nomad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10
Using the R900 Belt Clip Receiver to Read a Route. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
R900 Belt Clip Receiver Status Screen in N_SIGHT R900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
RF Performance Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-12
Selecting the R900 Belt Clip Receiver Reading Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-13
Using the R900 Belt Clip Receiver RF Test Mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-13
From the Login Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-13
From the Route Screen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-14
R900 Belt Clip Receiver SD Card Functionality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-14
Updating R900 Belt Clip Receiver Firmware. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .5-15
How the Firmware Update Works . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-16
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6Gathering Route Data
The Reading Entry Screen. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2
Manually Collecting Meter Readings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
Entering a Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-3
Entering a Skip Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
Entering Comment Codes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
Adding Free-Form Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9
Leaving a Reading Blank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-11
Collecting RR Readings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-12
Collecting an RF Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-13
Working with Accounts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-14
Changing the Route Direction, Forward or Reverse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-14
Tagging an Account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-15
Finding Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-17
Validating Readings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-20
Hi/Low Fails. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-20
Removing a Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-22
Clearing a Skip Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-24
Clearing a Comment Code, Customer Note, or Trouble Code. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-26
Adding a New Meter to a Route. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-27
Correcting or Changing Meter Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-29
Finding and Displaying Reading-Entry Screens. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-31
Moving Through Reading Entry Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-32
Reviewing Additional Information for an Account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-32
Location or Hazard Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-32
Statistics for Loaded Routes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-34
Moving Around Routes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-35
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Resequencing Routes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-37
Resequence an Order . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-37
Resequence While Collecting Readings . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-39
Confirming the Resequencing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-39
7Communicating with the Host Computer
Exchanging Information. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-1
Exiting the Software . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-1
Sending and Receiving . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7-4
8Using the Field Programmer
Connecting the Mouse. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-1
Connecting the Mouse to the CE5320 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-2
Connecting the Mouse to the Nomad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-4
Verifying the Handheld Recognizes the Mouse . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-6
Starting Field Programmer . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-6
Changing Your Password. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-8
Programming the ProRead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-9
Configuring the ProRead . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-9
Querying the ProRead. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-14
Reading the ProRead Register . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-15
Viewing Software and Firmware Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-17
Programming the R900G Endpoint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-18
Configuring Gas . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-18
Collecting the Initial Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .8-19
Querying the R900G Endpoint . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-21
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Using Command Gas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-23
Reading the R900G Endpoint Register . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-24
Viewing Software and Firmware Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-25
Networking Two Registers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-26
Programming Registers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-26
Programming the Network Primary Register . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-26
Programming the Network Secondary Register. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-27
Network Wiring . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-27
Wiring the Registers. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-28
Managing Formats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-28
Managing Formats for ProRead Registers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-28
Selecting ProRead Preferences. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-29
Selecting a ProRead Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-31
Editing a ProRead Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-32
Using the New ProRead Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-34
Deleting a Format for ProRead Registers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-34
Creating a New ProRead Format. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-35
Using the Custom Format Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-37
Saving the Custom ProRead Format. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-39
Creating Formats for R900G Endpoints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-39
Configuring Gas. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-40
Selecting a Gas Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-41
Adding or Editing a Gas Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-43
Using the Gas Format . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-48
Deleting a Format for R900G Endpoints . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-48
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9Maintaining and Repairing the Neptune Handheld System
Recommended Maintenance. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-1
Maintaining the CE5320 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-1
Cleaning the CE5320 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-1
Storing the CE5320 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-2
Short-term Storage. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-2
Long-term Storage . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-2
Checking the Battery Status. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
Transporting the CE5320 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-4
Repairing the CE5320. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-4
Recharging the Battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-5
Calibrating the CE5320 Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-5
Replacing the Battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-9
Removing or Replacing the Handstrap . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-11
Equipment. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-11
Removing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-11
Replacing . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-13
Maintaining the Nomad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-14
Battery Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-14
Tips for Extending the Battery Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-14
Charging the Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-15
Checking the Battery Status. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-15
Replacing the Battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-16
Calibrating the Nomad Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-17
Notification LEDs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-18
Maintaining the R900 Belt Clip Receiver. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-19
Recommended Maintenance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-19
Battery Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-19
Tips for Extending the Battery Life . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .9-20
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Charging the Battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-20
Using the USB Port . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-20
Charging Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-21
Using the Charger. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-22
Replacing the R900 Belt Clip Receiver Battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-23
Removing the Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-23
Replacing the Battery. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-24
LED Status Indication . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-25
Checking the Battery Status . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-26
Recommended Spare Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-26
Ordering Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-26
CE5320 Spare Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-26
Nomad Spare Parts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-26
R900 Belt Clip Receiver Spare Parts. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-27
Returning your Neptune Handheld System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-28
10 Troubleshooting
Troubleshooting the Handheld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-1
Basic Tasks for the CE5320B Handheld. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-2
Basic Tasks for the Nomad Handheld. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-4
Reading-Entry Tasks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-5
Communication Tasks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-6
Starting the N_SIGHT R900 Program. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-6
Loading Data Initially. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-6
Missing Route Files . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-7
Resetting the CE5320B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-7
Rebooting the CE5320B . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-9
Rebooting When Logged into a Route in N_SIGHT R900. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-9
Rebooting When Logged off N_SIGHT R900 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11
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A Changing Volume Settings 1
Adjusting Customized Sounds. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A-1
Changing the Volume Setting on the CE5320 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A-1
Changing the Volume Setting on the Nomad. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .A-5
B Tokens List for Custom Format Screen 1
C Pressure Configuration Factor Indexes 1
Available Formats . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .C-1
Glossary
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1.1 Sample Screens on the Neptune Handheld System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-3
1.2 Login Screens on the Neptune Handheld System . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-4
1.3 Screen Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-5
1.4 Customer Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1-6
2.1 Typical Meter Reading Process . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-2
2.2 CE5320B Handheld Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-4
2.3 Back of CE5320 Handheld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-6
2.4 Nomad Handheld Features . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-9
2.5 Back of Nomad Handheld . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-11
2.6 Menu and Data-Entry Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-14
2.7 Message Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-15
2.8 Meter Position within Route . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-16
2.9 Navigating Screens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-18
2.10 Search Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-20
2.11 GoTo Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-21
3.1 Cradle and Charging Kit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-3
3.2 Cradle, Router, and Cables Needed . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-4
3.3 Connecting RJ-45 Ethernet Cable to Router, Port 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6
3.4 Connecting the Power Cable to the Communications Cradle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-6
3.5 Connecting the Ethernet RJ-45 Cable to the Cradle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-7
3.6 Network Cable Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-7
3.7 Connecting Multiple Handheld Cradles to Router . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-8
3.8 N_SIGHT R900 Main Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
3.9 N_SIGHT R900 Admin Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-10
3.10 Learning the Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-12
3.11 N_SIGHT R900 Main Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-21
3.12 N_SIGHT R900 Stylus Calibration Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-21
3.13 Stylus at Another Location on Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-22
3.14 Handheld Properties Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-23
3.15 N_SIGHT R900 F1 Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-25
3.16 N_SIGHT R900 System Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-25
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3.17 RF/Serial Properties Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-26
3.18 N_SIGHT R900 Message Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-27
3.19 N_SIGHT R900 Clock Error Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-27
3.20 N_SIGHT R900 Set Date / Time Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-28
3.21 N_SIGHT R900 Handheld Login Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-28
3.22 N_SIGHT R900 Select Route Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-29
3.23 N_SIGHT R900 Initializing Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-29
3.24 N_SIGHT R900 Reading Entry Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3-30
4.1 Nomad and Cradle Charger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-3
4.2 Connecting RJ-45 Ethernet Cable to Router, Port 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-5
4.3 Nomad Communications Cradle Connections . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6
4.4 Network Cable Connection . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-6
4.5 N_SIGHT R900 Main Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-7
4.6 N_SIGHT R900 Admin Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-8
4.7 Learning the Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-10
4.8 Nomad Large Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-14
4.9 Nomad Small Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-14
4.10 Nomad Lowercase Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-14
4.11 Nomad Uppercase Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-15
4.12 Nomad Numeric and Symbols Keyboard . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-15
4.13 N_SIGHT R900 Main Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-23
4.14 N_SIGHT R900 Stylus Calibration Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-24
4.15 Stylus at Another Location on Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-25
4.16 Handheld Properties Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-26
4.17 N_SIGHT R900 F1 Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-28
4.18 N_SIGHT R900 System Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-29
4.19 RF/Serial Properties Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-29
4.20 N_SIGHT R900 Message Area . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-32
4.21 N_SIGHT R900 Clock Error Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-33
4.22 N_SIGHT R900 Set Date / Time Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-33
4.23 N_SIGHT R900 Handheld Login Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-34
4.24 N_SIGHT R900 Select Route Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-35
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4.25 N_SIGHT R900 Initializing Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-35
4.26 N_SIGHT R900 Reading Entry Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-36
5.1 Meter Reading Cycle . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-2
5.2 R900 Belt Clip Receiver Components . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-3
5.3 R900 Belt Clip Receiver Status Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-11
5.4 R900 Belt Clip Receiver RF Mode Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-13
5.5 R900 BCR RF Mode Screen from Route . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-14
5.6 Tab within N_SIGHT R900 Utilities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-15
5.7 R900 Belt Clip Receiver Firmware Tab with Update Options . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-16
6.1 N_SIGHT R900 Reading Entry Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-2
6.2 N_SIGHT R900 Reading Entry Field . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-4
6.3 N_SIGHT R900 Skip Order Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-5
6.4 N_SIGHT R900 Skip Order Reason Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6
6.5 N_SIGHT R900 Skipped Read . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-6
6.6 N_SIGHT R900 Coded Notes Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-7
6.7 Drop-down Selection List of Coded Notes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
6.8 N_SIGHT R900 Comment Code . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-8
6.9 Viewing Comment Codes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-9
6.10 N_SIGHT R900 Free Form Notes Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-10
6.11 Leaving a Meter Reading Blank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-11
6.12 N_SIGHT R900 Manual Reading Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-12
6.13 N_SIGHT R900 RF Reading Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-13
6.14 Left to Right Route Direction Icon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-14
6.15 Right to Left Route Direction Icon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-15
6.16 Tag Account Icon . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-16
6.17 Tagged Account . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-16
6.18 N_SIGHT R900 Find Order Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-17
6.19 Search Display Fields . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-18
6.20 Search Screen Enter Multiple Values . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-18
6.21 Search Screen Multiple Values to Match . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-19
6.22 Reading Outside High/Low Range . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-20
6.23 N_SIGHT R900 Hi / Lo / No / Inact Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-21
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6.24 Reading to be Cleared . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-22
6.25 N_SIGHT R900 Reset Order Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-23
6.26 Reset Reading . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-23
6.27 Reading to be Unskipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-24
6.28 N_SIGHT R900 Undo Skipped Order Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-25
6.29 Reading Field after Unskipped . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-25
6.30 Screen Showing Code Attached . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-26
6.31 Screen Where Code Was Entered . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-27
6.32 N_SIGHT R900 Meter Process Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-28
6.33 N_SIGHT R900 New Meter Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-28
6.34 Meter Information to Change . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-29
6.35 N_SIGHT R900 Meter Process Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-30
6.36 N_SIGHT R900 Change Meter Info Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-30
6.37 Additional Meter Information to View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-33
6.38 Location and Hazard Codes Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-33
6.39 For Statistics for Loaded Routes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-34
6.40 Statistics for Loaded Routes Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-35
6.41 N_SIGHT R900 GoTo Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-36
6.42 Account to Resequence . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-37
6.43 Resequence Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-38
6.44 Inline Resequencing Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-39
6.45 Confirm Resequencing Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6-40
7.1 Confirm Resequencing Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-2
7.2 N_SIGHT R900 Handheld Logout Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3
7.3 Hold Routes Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-3
7.4 N_SIGHT R900 Login Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-4
7.5 Synchronize Button . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7-5
8.1 Field Programmer Mouse for the CE5320 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-2
8.2 Connecting Mouse to CE5320 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-3
8.3 Field Programmer Mouse for the Nomad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-4
8.4 Connecting Mouse to Nomad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-5
8.5 Field Programmer Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-7
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8.6 Field Programmer Password Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-7
8.7 Change Password Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-8
8.8 ProRead Configuration Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10
8.9 Format Name Selection List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-10
8.10 Otr Selection List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-11
8.11 Program Result -- Pass Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-12
8.12 ProRead Program Details Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-13
8.13 ProRead Query Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-14
8.14 ProRead Query Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-15
8.15 ProRead Read Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-16
8.16 ProRead Reading Result Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-16
8.17 ProRead Software and Firmware Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-17
8.18 Gas Meter Configuration Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-18
8.19 Gas Program Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-19
8.20 Format Name Selection List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-19
8.21 Program Result – Sending Data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-20
8.22 Program Result – Pass Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-20
8.23 Gas Query Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-21
8.24 Gas Query Results . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-22
8.25 Command Gas Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-23
8.26 Gas Read Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-24
8.27 Gas Reading Result Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-25
8.28 Gas Software and Firmware Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-26
8.29 Field Programmer Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-29
8.30 ProRead Preferences Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-30
8.31 Select Formats Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-31
8.32 ProRead New Format Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-32
8.33 Default ProRead New Format Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-35
8.34 New Button Available . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-36
8.35 Custom Format 1 Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-37
8.36 Custom Format 2 Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-38
8.37 Configure Gas Password Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-40
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8.38 Gas New Format Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-41
8.39 Gas New Format Selection List . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-43
8.40 Gas Values Shown on New Format Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-44
8.41 Gas New Format Screen – Blank . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-47
9.1 Battery Status Indicator on CE5320 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-3
9.2 Handheld Battery Information . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-6
9.3 N_SIGHT R900 Main Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-7
9.4 N_SIGHT R900 Admin Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-7
9.5 N_SIGHT R900 Calibrate Battery Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-8
9.6 Remove the Captive Screws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-9
9.7 Inserting the Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-10
9.8 Removing Screw From Back Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-11
9.9 Removing the Captive Screws . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-12
9.10 Opening the Velcro Closure . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-13
9.11 Battery Status Indicator on Nomad . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-15
9.12 Changing the Nomad Battery . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-16
9.13 External Battery Charger . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-22
9.14 R900 Belt Clip Receiver Side View . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-23
9.15 Latch Direction to Open . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-23
9.16 Battery Inside Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-24
9.17 R900 Belt Clip Receiver Battery Inside Compartment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-25
10.1 N_SIGHT R900 Login Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-7
10.2 N_SIGHT R900 Main Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-8
10.3 N_SIGHT R900 Admin Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-8
10.4 Reset Warning Message . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-9
10.5 N_SIGHT R900 F1 Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-10
10.6 N_SIGHT R900 Handheld Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-10
10.7 Reboot Handheld Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10-11
A.1 N_SIGHT R900 Main Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-1
A.2 N_SIGHT R900 Admin Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-2
A.3 CE.Net Windows Explorer Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-2
A.4 Windows CE Main Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-3
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A.5 Selecting Control Panel . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-3
A.6 Windows Control Panel Menu . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-3
A.7 Volume & Sounds Properties Screen . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-4
A.8 Nomad Volume Control . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-6
A.9 Nomad Scrollbar and Radio Buttons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . A-6
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2.1 N_SIGHT R900 Display Icons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2-19
4.1 Nomad Functionality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4-20
5.1 R900 Belt Clip Receiver Power . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-4
5.2 R900 Belt Clip Receiver Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-5
5.3 R900 Belt Clip Receiver Software Functions . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-7
5.4 R900 Belt Clip Receiver LED Operating Modes . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-8
5.5 External Battery Charger LED . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5-10
7.6 Meter Input Drive Rotation . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8-45
9.1 Calibration Error Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-18
9.2 Calibration Error Messages . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-18
8.3 Charging Considerations . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-21
9.4 LED Status Indicators . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-25
8.5 CE5320 Part Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-26
9.6 Nomad Part Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-27
8.7 R900 Belt Clip Receiver Part Numbers . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9-27
B.1 Custom Format Tokens . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . B-1
C.1 Pressure Configuration Factor Index Table . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . C-1
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1 Introduction
The Neptune Handheld System Users Manual describes how to use the
following components of the Neptune handheld system to collect route
data. It also explains how to exchange route and account data with the
host computer for the N_SIGHT™ R900® host software. Descriptions
for the following devices and procedures for using them are included in
this manual.
CE5320 Handheld (CE5320)
• Trimble® Nomad® (Nomad)
Neptune Field Programmer
• R900® Belt Clip Receiver (BCR)
This manual also describes how to maintain these devices, also referred
to as the Neptune handheld system.
Conventions Used in this Manual
This manual uses the following icons and typographic conventions to
identify special information.
The Warning icon identifies actions that can injure the user or
permanently damage the product.
The Caution icon identifies important information that is critical to
successfully operating N_SIGHT R900.
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Screen Shots Used in this Manual
In order to be consistent with the representation of all the screens
in this manual. the screens used in this guide are captured on the
Nomad. However, they appear very similarly on the other
handheld device.
Differences in Screen Appearances
The most predominant differences in the appearances of the screens on
both handheld devices are the following.
CE5320 screens appear in a landscape or horizontal format.
The Nomad screens appear in a portrait or vertical format.
The Note icon identifies information that clarifies a point within
the text.
The Setup icon identifies a part of the application program that
needs only periodic adjustment.
The Meter Reader icon identifies tasks that are usually
performed by a meter reader.
The Operator icon identifies tasks that are usually performed by
a N_SIGHT R900 operator.
Save data Messages that appear in the display of the handheld are in
Courier type.
Admin Keyboard entries are in Courier bold type.
Save As Menu titles and menu selections shown in the display of the
handheld are in bold type.
enter Keys that appear on the face of the handheld are in SMALL CAPS.
Except for the chapter dedicated to setting up and using the CE5320B, this
manual uses the Nomad screens. However, the CE5320B screens are very
similar.
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Figure 1.1 demonstrates the differences in the screen appearances.
Figure 1.1 Sample Screens on the Neptune Handheld System
Although the style of the screens appear differently, the information on
both the CE5320B and the Nomad screens is identical.
Product Support within the United States
Neptune offers you different ways to obtain high-quality, responsive
technical support. However, before contacting Neptune, it is important
that you know the version number of the software that your handheld
uses. This information is useful to the support technician who helps you.
Finding the Software Version Number
The procedures for finding the software version number differ
depending on whether or you have logged on to N_SIGHT R900.
Version
Number
Version
Number
Sample CE5320 Screen Sample Nomad Handheld Screen
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When Not Logged In
If you have not yet logged on to N_SIGHT R900, complete the
following.
1 Turn ON the handheld.
The handheld initializes N_SIGHT R900, and this process can take
a few minutes.
2 Go to the Login screen.
The Login screen displays the version number at the bottom of the
screen as shown in Figure 1.3.
Figure 1.2 Login Screens on the Neptune Handheld System
When Logged On to N_SIGHT R900
When you have logged on to N_SIGHT R900, you can find the version
number by completing the following from any screen.
From any N_SIGHT R900 screen, press Ctrl + I.
The Screen Information appears as shown in Figure 1.3.
Version
Number
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Figure 1.3 Screen Information
View the version number which appears directly below the
handheld ID on this screen.
This screen contains all the vital information you need to know
about the handheld.
Contacting Customer Support
Within North America, Neptune Customer Support is available Monday
through Friday, 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM Eastern Standard Time by
telephone, email, or fax.
To contact Customer Support by phone, call (800) 647-4832. You will
be directed to the appropriate team of specialists. These specialists are
dedicated to assisting you until the issue is resolved to your satisfaction.
Version
Number
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When placing a call, be prepared to give the following information:
The exact wording of any message that appears on the screen of the
computer or the handheld device
A description of what happened and what you were doing when the
problem occurred
A description of how you tried to solve the problem
Your utility’s name
You will be directed according to the options shown in Figure 1.4.
Figure 1.4 Customer Support
To contact Customer Support by fax, send a description of your problem
to (334) 283-7497. Please include on the fax cover sheet the best time of
day for a Customer Support Specialist to contact you.
To contact Customer Support by e-mail, send your information to
hhsupp@neptunetg.com.
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Finding Information within the Manual
This manual is written for two basic types of users: meter readers and
operators. To help both types of users find the information they need,
this manual uses the following symbols to identify different types of
tasks:
Tasks usually performed by meter readers are indicated by the
Meter Reader icon.
Tasks usually performed by N_SIGHT R900 operators are
indicated by the Operator icon.
Tasks that are performed occasionally are indicated by the Setup
icon.
In addition to looking for these symbols, use the following sections to
find information quickly:
If you have a specific task or item in mind, look in the Index.
Look through the Contents to find tasks and topics whose titles are
not familiar to you.
If you are unsure of a term, look it up in the Glossary.
Where to Start
The best way for you to use this manual depends upon your
responsibilities in your company’s meter reading process and how
familiar you are with using a handheld computer.
Meter readers typically gather meter readings and other
information about meters on a route. They most likely use the
Neptune handheld system to gather meter readings and route data
and to get route assignments.
Operators typically manage the daily tasks of a meter reading
process. They most likely use a one of the Neptune handheld
devices to upload route data from it to their computer and to
download billing and customer information from their computer to
the handheld device.
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Meter Readers
If this is the first time that you have used the handheld, read one of the
following chapters to get a general understanding of how the display
and keys work.
You will probably find the following chapters of the manual most
useful.
Chapter 2, "Overview of the Neptune Handheld System" describes
the basic features and functions of the handhelds; introduces you to
the Nomad handheld computer; how the handheld is incorporated
into the Neptune handheld system host software; and how it is used
by both meter readers and operators.
Chapter 3, "Using the CE5320 Handheld" provides help to set up
and get started with your CE5320 handheld so that you can begin
collecting information from the field and exchanging information
with the host computer.
Chapter 4, "Using the Nomad Handheld" provides help to set up
and get started with your Nomad handheld so that you can begin
collecting information from the field and exchanging information
with the host computer.
Chapter 5, "Setting Up the R900 Belt Clip Receiver" provides basic
instructions for unpacking and inspecting the Belt Clip. It also gives
instructions for setting it up and becoming familiar with the display,
pairing it with the handheld, and usage.
Chapter 6, "Gathering Route Data" provides instructions for using
the handheld device to collect meter readings and route data.
Chapter 7, "Communicating with the Host Computer" provides
procedures for exchanging information with the host computer and
exiting the software.
Chapter 8, "Using the Field Programmer" provides fundamental
instructions for operating the Field Programmer including how to
connect the mouse, programming the device, and operating the
Field Programmer.
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Chapter 10, "Troubleshooting" helps you solve any issues or
problems that can occur when using the Neptune handheld system.
Appendix A, "Changing Volume Settings" provides instructions for
adjusting customized sounds and the volume control setting.
Appendix B, "Tokens List for Custom Format Screen" provides a
list of the tokens that are constants and special characters used with
the Field Programmer as part of a ProRead™ format.
Appendix C, "Pressure Configuration Factor Indexes" provides a
list used for selecting gas formats available from American Meter,
Sensus, and Actaris when using the Field Programmer.
"Glossary" provides a list of terms used in this manual that can be
useful when reading and learning how to use the handheld device
and software.
Operators
If this is the first time that you have used the CE5320, read Chapter 2,
"Overview of the Neptune Handheld System" to get a general
understanding of how the display and keys work. You will probably find
the following chapters of the manual most useful.
Chapter 3, "Using the CE5320 Handheld" provides help to set up
and get started with your CE5320 handheld so that you can begin
collecting information from the field and exchanging information
with the host computer.
Chapter 4, "Using the Nomad Handheld" provides help to set up
and get started with your Nomad handheld so that you can begin
collecting information from the field and exchanging information
with the host computer.
Chapter 5, "Setting Up the R900 Belt Clip Receiver" provides basic
instructions for unpacking and inspecting the R900 BCR. It also
gives instructions for setting it up and becoming familiar with the
display, pairing it with the handheld, and usage.
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Chapter 7, "Communicating with the Host Computer" provides
procedures for exchanging information with the host computer and
exiting the software.
Chapter 9, "Maintaining and Repairing the Neptune Handheld
System" provides instructions for maintaining and repairing the
CE5320, the Nomad, and the R900 BCR and includes
recommended spare parts. It also gives instructions for packing and
shipping a device to Neptune should you ever need to return any
unit for repair.
Chapter 10, "Troubleshooting" helps you to solve any issues or
problems that can occur when using the Neptune handheld system.
Appendix A, "Changing Volume Settings" provides instructions for
adjusting customized sounds and the volume control setting.
"Glossary" provides a list of terms used in this manual that can be
useful when reading and learning how to use the handheld device
and software.
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2 Overview of the Neptune Handheld System
This chapter is designed to introduce you to the Neptune handheld
system handheld computer. It will explain how the handheld is
incorporated into the N_SIGHT R900 host software, and how it will be
used by both meter readers and operators. It will also help you become
familiar with the basic features and functions the handheld computer
offers.
Typical Meter Reading Process
By using the handheld computer in conjunction with N_SIGHT R900
software, the meter reading process has an effective tool in collecting
and distributing information that is critical to managing daily tasks.
Meter readers use the handheld to gather route information. Operators
use N_SIGHT R900 to collect route information from the handheld and
to collect billing information from the billing computer. Once this
information is stored on an operators computer, called the host
computer, operators use N_SIGHT R900 to make route assignments and
to send updated information to the handheld and to the billing computer.
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Figure 2.1 Typical Meter Reading Process
Daily Use of the Neptune Handheld System
Because the Neptune handheld system helps users collect and pass on
different types of information needed by a meter reading process, how
you use it depends upon your responsibilities in your meter reading
process. The following topics describe how meter readers and operators
typically use the handheld to complete their work.
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Meter Readers
During a typical day, meter readers use the handheld to get route
assignments and to gather route data. Meter readers pick up a handheld
in the morning and review route assignments that were downloaded the
previous afternoon by an operator. Then, they use it to gather meter
readings and other data from the assigned routes. After they complete
their routes, meter readers return the handheld to the office where an
operator uploads the readings and route data onto the computer and then
downloads route assignments and other data to it.
Operators
Typically, operators connect the handheld so that it can communicate
with their computer. Once the handheld is connected, operators set up
the software so that it can exchange information with their computer,
called the host computer.
During a typical day, operators make route assignments and collect
billing information from the billing computer. Toward the end of the
day, after meter readers complete their routes and return the handhelds
to the office, operators exchange information with them. During a
typical information exchange, route data is unloaded from the handheld
at the same time that the next day’s assignments and updated billing
information are loaded to it.
The operator makes sure that the handheld is fully charged and ready for
use by a meter reader.
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Basic Features of the CE5320
In addition to an environmental seal that protects the unit from dust, dirt,
and water, the CE5320 includes the following features:
Figure 2.2 CE5320B Handheld Features
Display—shows up to 33 lines of text and allows touch-screen
entry. In addition, you have the option of backlighting the display
so that information is visible in low light.
Keyboard—uses 51 multifunctional keys that include letter,
number, character, task, and menu keys. The tactile design of the
keys and the tone that sounds when a key is pressed help to reduce
errors. In addition, if you have the Keyboard Backlight option, the
keys can be illuminated making them easy to read in low light.
Display
Keyboard
Battery status light
Keyboard functions
Alphanumeric keys
Editing functions
Blue key
Special characters
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Ethernet Communication Port—an RJ-45 Ethernet connector on
the cradle allows you to connect the CE5320 using an RJ-45
Ethernet cable to a variety of devices. This capability provides for
route assignments and route data to be sent to the CE5320, and
meter readings and route information to be retrieved from it.
Battery Status Light—lets you know when the battery is fully
charged. If the light is red, the battery needs recharging and if the
light is green, the battery is charged and the handheld is operational.
Do not attempt to remove the back panel of the CE5320. Attempting to
repair the unit on your own voids the warranty by breaking the warranty
label which covers a screw on the back of the unit. If the CE5320 does
not function, contact a Neptune support technician for assistance. For
help in contacting Neptune, refer to the topic “Contacting Customer
Support,” on page 1-5.
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Figure 2.3 Back of CE5320 Handheld
Handstrap—makes it easy to carry the CE5320.
Stylus—allows for ease of use for the touch screen on the CE5320.
Battery Compartment—holds a lithium-ion battery pack that is
rated for a usage up to 500 charge cycles or 2 years - whichever
occurs first.
Battery Recharge Contacts—recharges the battery when the
CE5320 rests in a communication cradle.
Cover
Handstrap
Battery
compartment
Battery recharge
contacts
Stylus
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The CE5320 also offers the following:
Suspend Mode—puts the CE5320B into a low-power state.
Manual Off Feature—allows operators to turn the CE5320 off
immediately.
Automatic Return Feature—shows the information that was last
in the display after the handheld is turned off manually or
automatically.
Customized Sounds—can be used as warning signals or as a
prompt.
Operating Environment
The recommended temperature range for operating the CE5320 is from
-20°C to +50°C (-4°F to +122°F). Short exposure to temperatures lower
or higher than these can cause the display to turn very dark or very light
until the unit returns to the recommended operating temperature range.
Rain and Water Resistance
The handheld withstands exposure to rain without allowing water to
seep inside the unit. It is designed to endure occasional immersions, and
the unit floats making it easy to retrieve if dropped in water.
Electromagnetic Resistance
The CE5320 performs well in most common environments where
electromagnetic fields are present. Examples of these environments
include areas near power-transmission lines, electric motors,
transformers, compressors, and low-power radio transmitters.
Performance can be degraded when using a communication cable, a
peripheral, such as a printer, or a battery charger under these conditions.
Long exposure to temperatures below -20°C (-4°F) can damage the display.
Prolonged exposure to temperatures above 50°C (122°F) will damage the
battery and above 60°C (140°F) can permanently damage the unit.
Water resistance can be impaired if the door of the battery compartment or top
cover is improperly closed or if the gaskets have deteriorated.
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Shock Resistance
When the unit is operated within the specified temperature range, it can
withstand occasional drops from up to two meters (six feet) onto a hard
surface.
Use of the CE5320
To set up and begin using your CE5320 handheld, go to “Using the
CE5320 Handheld,” on page 3-1.
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Basic Features of the Nomad
In addition to an environmental seal that protects the unit from dust, dirt,
and water, the Nomad includes the following features.
Figure 2.4 Nomad Handheld Features
Display—shows up to 33 lines of text and allows touch-screen
entry. In addition, you have the option of backlighting the display
so that information is visible in low light.
Keyboard—uses 51 multifunctional keys that include letter,
number, character, task, and menu keys. The tactile design of the
keys and the tone that sounds when a key is pressed help to reduce
Display
Keyboard
Battery status indicator
Left application soft key
Function key
Start
Tab
Power
OK
Backspace
Today
Notification LED
Right application soft key
Enter
Arrow keys (used with
function key)
Charging LED
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errors. In addition, if you have the Keyboard Backlight option, the
keys can be illuminated making them easy to read in low light.
Ethernet Communication Portan RJ-45 Ethernet connector on
the cradle allows you to connect the Nomad using an Ethernet cable
to a variety of devices. This capability provides for route
assignments and route data to be sent to the Nomad, and meter
readings and route information to be retrieved from it.
Battery Status Light—lets you know when the battery is fully
charged. If the light is red, the battery needs recharging and if the
light is green, the battery is charged and the handheld is operational.
Do not attempt to remove the back panel of the Nomad. Attempting to
repair the unit on your own voids the warranty by breaking the warranty
label which covers a screw on the back of the unit. If the Nomad does
not function, contact a Neptune support technician for assistance. For
help in contacting Neptune, refer to the topic “Contacting Customer
Support,” on page 1-5.
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Figure 2.5 Back of Nomad Handheld
Handstrap—makes it easy to carry the Nomad.
Battery Compartment—holds a lithium-ion battery pack that is
rated for up to 500 charge cycles or 2 years - whichever occurs first.
Stylus—makes is easy to use the touchscreen display. Can be
calibrated for the users own personal touch.
Handstrap
Stylus
Battery door screws
Battery
compartment
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The Nomad also offers the following:
Suspend Mode—puts the Nomad into a low-power state.
Manual Off Feature—allows operators to turn the Nomad off
immediately.
Automatic Return Feature—shows the information that was last
in the display after the handheld is turned off manually or
automatically.
Customized Sounds—can be used as warning signals or as a
prompt.
Operating Environment
The recommended temperature range for operating the Nomad is from -
-30C to 60C (-22F to 140F). Short exposure to temperatures lower or
higher than these can cause the display to turn very dark or very light
until the unit returns to the recommended operating temperature range.
Rain and Water Resistance
The handheld withstands exposure to rain without allowing water to
seep inside the unit. It is designed to endure occasional immersions, and
the unit floats making it easy to retrieve if dropped in water.
The Trimble Nomad has gone through multiple tests and meets MIL-STD-810F
military standards. Long exposure to temperatures below -20°C (-4°F) can
damage the display. Prolonged exposure to temperatures above 50°C (122°F)
will damage the battery and above 60°C (140°F) can permanently damage the
unit.
Water resistance can be impaired if the door of the battery compartment or top
cover is improperly closed or if the gaskets have deteriorated.
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Electromagnetic Resistance
The Nomad performs well in most common environments where
electromagnetic fields are present. Examples of these environments
include areas near power-transmission lines, electric motors,
transformers, compressors, and low-power radio transmitters.
Performance can be degraded when using a communication cable, a
peripheral, such as a printer, or a battery charger under these conditions.
Shock Resistance
When the unit is operated within the specified temperature range, it can
withstand occasional drops from up to 1.22 meters (4 feet) onto a hard
surface.
Use of the Nomad
To set up and begin using your Nomad handheld, go to “Using the
Nomad Handheld,” on page 4-1.
The Display on the Handhelds
This section describes the display on the Neptune handheld system.
The types of information that are shown in the display of the
handheld.
An overview of how to use the screens to access different types of
information.
Except for the chapter dedicated to setting up and using the CE5320B, this
manual uses the Nomad screens. However, the CE5320B screens are very
similar.
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The Handheld Display
Information in the display of the handheld is shown in three formats:
menu screens, data-entry screens, and message screens.
Figure 2.6 Menu and Data-Entry Screen
Menu screens allow you to
choose from the icon options. Data-entry screens prompts
you to select or enter data,
such as the meter number.
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Figure 2.7 Message Screens
Menu Screens
Menu screens typically display a list of options within a box and prompt
you to select one. To select an option from a menu screen, do one of the
following:
From the keypad, press the key whose number corresponds to the
item that you want to select. For example, if the menu displays a list
of trouble codes and the code that you want to select is number 3 in
the list, then press the THREE key on the keyboard or keypad.
Your selection appears in the display.
•Use the UP or DOWN key to move up or down the list
until the item that you want is highlighted.
Then press the ENTER key on the CE5320 or the ENTER
key or on the Nomad. Your selection appears in the
display. You can also use the TAB or to move forward,
and the SHIFT + TAB to move backward.
Message screens display information or prompt you to make a
selection. They also can tell you how to exit the current screen or how
to access other screens.
ENTER
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The procedures in this manual will instruct you to follow one or the
other method. Use the method most comfortable for you.
Data-Entry Screens
Typically, data-entry screens prompt you to enter information.
Whenever a data-entry screen is displayed, the handheld automatically
disables inappropriate keys. For example, when prompted to enter a
meter reading, it allows you to enter numbers only. However, if you are
prompted to enter a new trouble code, it enables the letter and number
keys because codes can use letters and numbers.
On each of the reading-entry screens the meter reader can tell the
position of the meter within the route. See Figure 2.8 on Page 2-16.
Figure 2.8 Meter Position within Route
A key that can be used to select an item from a list is called a hot key.
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In this example, the number 1/5show us that the position of this meter is
1 out of 5 accounts contained on the route.
The reader can use and to navigate to other accounts on the
route.
Message Screens
Typically, message screens display messages as well as instructions for
exiting the message screen. For example, when a message, such as
Return handheld to office by 4pm to download
routes, is displayed, the instruction Press ESC key is also shown
to tell you how to exit the message screen. Sometimes you can be given
options for accessing other screens that contain information related to
the message shown in the display.
Some message screens only display information such as the number of
the meter whose reading-entry screen is shown. Because the
information displayed in message screens is linked to a particular meter
or route, pressing any key from this screen always returns you to the
reading-entry screen of the meter or route to which the message
belongs.
Navigating Through Screens
There are two primary screens meter readers and operators use that give
them access to the screens they need: the Reading-Entry screen (a data-
entry screen) and the F1 Menu (a menu screen).
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Figure 2.9 Navigating Screens
You can display a reading-entry screen after routes have been
downloaded to the handheld by logging into the route. From the F1
menu or the Start key menu, you can access other screens, configure
probes, and check or change settings that control how the CE5320 and
Nomad exchanges information with the host computer.
To display screens that allow you to view or change information about a
meter or route, you must first
You can now make changes from the current meter you are on from the
Reading Entry screen and make changes to the route as well.
Generally, meter-readers use the
reading-entry screen to access
information they need to perform
their tasks.
Meter readers also use the Start
key or the F1 menu to access
information and functions they need to
perform their tasks.
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Icon Bar
The icon bar allows you to work with the Reading Entry screens. It
appears at the top of the screen similar to the one shown in Table 2.1.
Table 2.1 N_SIGHT R900 Display Icons
Display Icons
Main menu
Battery indicator
Next unread account
Route direction: points
Tag account
Customer notes
Trouble codes
Comment Code
Cycles between one of these icon
displays
depending on the reading:
Keyed Read (Manual)
R900
Probe
Changes per type of account:
Read parameters (manual accounts)
Edit (radio and probe accounts)
If an icon appears as gray rather than black, it means that this icon is not available.
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While you are on a reading entry screen, if you want to search to find a
specific account, you must first press or press Start, then
Route, then Find Order.to display the Search screen.
Figure 2.10 Search Screen
You can then select which field to search through, then enter the search
criteria to locate a specific account or group of accounts.
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Press or click Start, then Move, then GoTo to
quickly maneuver through a route, such as going to the beginning of a
route or to the end of a route to display the GoTo screen. The handheld
goes to that point.
Figure 2.11 GoTo Screen
On this screen you can go to the following points on a route:
Position of the meter within the route
Sequence number of the meter
Previous route
Next route
Beginning of the route
End of the route
First incomplete read
Last incomplete read
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3 Using the CE5320 Handheld
This chapter provides basic instructions for unpacking and inspecting
the CE5320 handheld. It also gives instructions for setting up the
CE5320 handheld and becoming familiar with the keyboard and display.
This chapter also provide help to get started with your CE5320 handheld
so that you can begin collecting information from the field and
exchanging information with the host computer.
In addition, this chapter gives procedures for changing the system
settings, which affects how the handheld displays and accesses data.
Although these settings are preset by Neptune to meet the needs of most
meter reading processes, you can change some of the settings so that
they better suit your needs.
Determining the System Configuration
Although the handheld requires no installation, you do need to connect
the unit to a power supply to charge its battery and to a host computer to
allow it to communicate. How you make these connections depends
upon how you have configured your meter reading system.
The CE5320 handheld has one basic system configuration that is used
for local communications. A communication cradle is the most
commonly used method to charge and exchange data with a handheld.
See “Setting Up the CE5320,” on page 3-3. With this configuration,
If you want to set up and configure the Nomad handheld, see “Using the Nomad
Handheld,” on page 4-1
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whenever the handheld is placed in a communication cradle, its battery
begins recharging, and it is ready to exchange data with the host
computer.
Local and Remote Communications
The configuration previously described is used for local operations,
where the handheld and its communications equipment are directly
connected to the host computer. The cradle can also be used for remote
operations where the handheld and its communications equipment are in
an office remote from the host computer. In this situation, the remote
units are connected through the Internet to the host computer by an
Ethernet cable. After the connection is established, only the software on
the host computer and on the handheld need to be set up to manage a
communications exchange.
Unpacking and Inspecting Equipment
Besides using normal care, you need no special instructions to unpack
the handheld or the equipment that you purchased with it.
Check that you have received all the items you need for the type of
system configuration that you are using and inspect the items for
shipping damage. If you detect any damage, return the damaged
equipment to Neptune. Instructions for shipping the handheld to
Neptune are given in “Returning your Neptune Handheld System,” on
page 9-28 of this manual.
Save the packing box that was used to ship the handheld. Should you ever
need to ship the handheld, you need to repack the unit in its original shipping
box. The handling involved in land and air transport often subjects the
handheld to impact beyond that which occurs during normal use. The packing
box is designed to absorb shocks and protect the handheld during shipping.
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Setting Up the CE5320
The following section describes how to set up your CE5320 so that you
can begin using it.
One CE5320 and a Communication Cradle
If you are using a communication cradle to power and exchange
information with one handheld at a time, check that you have received
the following items.
Figure 3.1 Cradle and Charging Kit
One CE5320 handheld computer.
A cradle-charging kit, which is required for operation and is usually
ordered with the unit. It includes an AC adapter/battery charger
cable.
An Ethernet cable is required for communication; however, it is not included
in the kit.
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The Router
If you are using a router to link cradles to exchange information with
more than one CE5320 at a time, check that you have the following
items.
Figure 3.2 Cradle, Router, and Cables Needed
One or more CE5320 handheld computers.
One communication cradle for each CE5320.
One AC adapter/battery charger cable.
One RJ45 Ethernet cable for each communication cradle.
One RJ45 Ethernet cable to connect the router to the Personal
Computer (PC).
One AC power supply cable.
It is important that the router you use has the capability to work as a switch.
In order for the Communications function to work properly, a stan-
dard RJ45 Ethernet cable must be used.
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Connecting to the Host Computer and Power Supply
The procedures in this chapter describe how to connect the CE5320 to
the host computer so that it can exchange information with the host. The
procedures also describe how to connect a power supply to the
communications cradle so that you can recharge the battery. Complete
the following procedures to connect the equipment you have.
Connecting the Router, CE Handheld Cradle, and Power
Supplies
You need no special tools to connect the devices that were shipped with
your handheld. Follow this procedure to connect the router,
communication cradles, and power supplies.
1 If you have not already done so, make sure that you have all of the
equipment you need. If necessary, refer to the preceding section
“Unpacking and Inspecting Equipment,” on page 3-2.
2 With the host computer OFF, connect the power supply to the
router.
This configuration is for handhelds not connected to a system network. If you
are connected to a system network, see the network specialist or your System
Administrator for assistance.
It is important that the router you use has the capability to work as a switch.
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3 Leaving the far left port empty, connect one end of the RJ-45
Ethernet cable into one of the four slots in the router. See Figure
3.3.
Figure 3.3 Connecting RJ-45 Ethernet Cable to Router, Port 1
4 Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to the host computer.
5 Push the single-hole connector of the 110V AC adapter/battery
charger onto the single-prong connector on the back of the
communication cradle.
Secure the connector by turning its grooved lock-nut clockwise
until you feel resistance. See Figure 3.4.
Figure 3.4 Connecting the Power Cable to the Communications Cradle
6 Connect the other end of the AC adapter/battery charger into a
power source.
Always leave far left
port empty
RJ-45 Ethernet cable
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7 With an additional Ethernet cable, insert one of its connectors into
the back of the cradle and the other the other end into the back of
the router. See Figure 3.5.
Figure 3.5 Connecting the Ethernet RJ-45 Cable to the Cradle
8 Connect the network cable to the single router.
Figure 3.6 Network Cable Connection
RJ-45 Ethernet cable to host computer
Network cable
from cradle
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9 To connect additional cradles to a router, repeat steps 7 and 8, using
the available ports on the router. See Figure 3.7.
Figure 3.7 Connecting Multiple Handheld Cradles to Router
Network cable from
cradle 1
RJ-45 Ethernet cable to another
handheld cradle or another router
Always leave far
left port empty
RJ-45 Ethernet cable to
host computer
Port number 1 is always reserved for the network cable, and the port marked
Internet is always kept empty.
You can connect another router to the main router you are using by
connecting one end of an additional Ethernet cable into an open port on the
main router and the other end to an open port on the additional router.
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Configuring the CE5320 Handheld
On the Host Computer
1 On the Host Computer, right-click on My Computer.
2 Select Properties
3Click Computer Name.
4 Record the computer name for the Host Computer here:
___________________________________________________
5Click Start, then Run.
6Type CMD and press Enter.
A DOS window appears.
7Type ipconfig and press Enter.
8 Write the IP address here: _____________________________
9Type exit and press Enter to close the DOS window.
On the CE5320 Handheld
1On the N_SIGHT R900 Login screen, press M or touch Menu.
Before proceeding with this section, you must complete the information for the
handhelds in two tables within the N_SIGHT R900 host software: Handhelds
and Reader ID. Refer to the N_SIGHT R900 Online HTML Help for the steps
to complete this information in these tables.
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The N_SIGHT R900 Main Menu screen appears.
Figure 3.8 N_SIGHT R900 Main Menu
2 Select 1, Admin.
The Admin Menu appears as illustrated in Figure 3.9.
Figure 3.9 N_SIGHT R900 Admin Menu
3 Select 4, Reset Handheld.
4Click Yes.
5 Leave the password field blank, or if required, type BUBBA.
6Click OK.
Do not press Reset Handheld if the handheld is not in the communica-
tions cradle.
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The Communications Configuration screen appears.
7 Tab to the HHU ID field, and type the ID of the handheld.
8 Type the IP address in the Server Name field.
9 Be sure the Port is 25100.
10 Touch Connect or OK.
The N_SIGHT R900 Login screen appears.
The Display and Keyboard
This section describes the display and keyboard on the CE5320.
The types of information that are shown in the display of the
handheld.
An overview of how to use the keys to access different types of
information.
Learning the Keyboard
The CE5320 handheld uses 51 keys to give you access to all the stored
information and to allow you to enter new data. Most keys perform
more than one function.
The HHU ID number is located on the back of the CE5320 handheld under
the top part of the strap. It must also match exactly with what has been
entered in the host software for that particular handheld.
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Figure 3.10 Learning the Keyboard
Function Keys or Hot Keys—allow you to perform special tasks
quickly.
Direction Keys—allow you to move up or down a list of items and
to move forward or backward in a data-entry space or through the
meters of a route.
Number Keysallow you to enter a number in the display or to
select an item from a list of items shown.
Quick Keys—allow you to execute a task quickly by pressing
certain keys at once or in a particular order.
Letter/Character Keys—allow you to enter a letter or character in
a screen or to select an item from a list of items shown.
Information Keys—allow you to enter, change, or view
information about a meter or a route.
Function keys
Direction keys
Number keys
Quick keys
Letter/character keys
Information keys
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To help you perform handheld tasks, the keyboard is color coded. For
example, by using the BLUE key in conjunction with keys that have
blue characters printed on them, you can enter a character, such as ?
or “#”. Keys with black numbers or letters are single-entry keys. To
enter the number or letter, simply press the key with the corresponding
number or letter. Keys that have information printed in white above
them allow you to enter or change specific information about a meter or
route.
Because the CE5320 automatically disables inappropriate keys, the type
of task that you can perform from the keyboard depends upon the type
of menu that is displayed.
Function Keys
The function keys on the CE5320 are the top row of yellow keys that are
labeled with an F (for function) and a number. Function keys allow you
to perform special tasks quickly.
If the unit is powered off, pressing will power
it on and pressing BLUE while the unit
is on, will turn it off. The Help feature is not yet
supported.
In addition, allows you to access the Main
Menu for N_SIGHT R900, where you can access
the functions available to you while using the
CE5320 handheld.
While reading a route, pressing accesses the
previous incomplete reading.
F1
F1
F1
F1
F1
F2
F2
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Number Keys
The number keys on the handheld are used most often for entering
readings. Because entering readings is the primary function of users, the
number keys are larger than other keys and are placed near the top of the
keypad. Number keys enable you to complete one of two tasks:
Enter a number in the display, such as for a reading.
Select an item by pressing the number key that corresponds to a
numbered item in a list of items.
The type of task that you can perform using a number key depends upon
the type of screen that is displayed.
Menu Screen—select a numbered item from the list by pressing
the key whose number corresponds to the item that you want to
select. (When used this way, the number key is called a hotkey.)
Data-Entry Screen—enter a number in the data-entry screen by
pressing the key with the number that you want to appear in the
field.
Direction Keys
The direction keys on the handheld are used to move up or down
through a list of items displayed in a menu screen and to move forward
or backward within a data-entry space or through the meters of a route.
Pressing the direction key up or down displays additional screens for the
account, such as an account-specific hazard.
While reading a route, pressing accesses the
next incomplete reading.
In addition, pressing BLUE while the
unit is on accesses the backlight.
F3
F3
F3
3
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The type of task that you can perform using a number key depends upon
the type of screen displayed.
Menu Screen—highlights a numbered item in the list of items
displayed by pressing the UP or DOWN key to move
through the list of items. You can also use the BACKWARD or
FORWARD keys to jump to the first or last item in the menu. As
you reach an item, it becomes highlighted.
Data-Entry Screen—moves forward or backward within a data-
entry space by pressing the FORWARD or BACKWARD key
to move forward or backward within the space.
Reading-Entry Screen—display the reading-entry screen of the next
or previous meter by pressing the FORWARD or BACKWARD
key.
Letter/Character Keys
The letter/character keys on the handheld are the keys that are labeled
with the letters of the alphabet and with special characters, which are
printed in blue to the right of each letter. Letter/character keys enable
you to complete one of three tasks:
Enter a letter in a data-entry screen.
Enter a character in a data-entry screen.
Select an item by pressing the key whose letter corresponds to the
item that you want to select.
Moving over existing letters or numbers will not erase them.
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Use the color coding to remember which keys to use with character keys:
press the BLUE key followed by a letter/character key (characters are
shown in blue on these keys) to display the character in the screen.
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Menu Screen—select an item from the list by pressing the key
whose letter corresponds to the item that you want to select. (When
used this way, the letter/character key is called a hotkey.)
Data-Entry Screen—enter a letter in the data-entry screen by
pressing the key of the letter that you want to appear in the data-
entry screen or by pressing the BLUE key followed by the letter
you want to appear in the display.
Reading-Entry Screen—perform a function by pressing the key
over which the name of the function is printed in white (detailed
next).
Information Keys
The information keys on the handheld are the letter/character keys that
have information printed in white above them. You can enter, change, or
view the following information about a meter or a route by pressing the
appropriate key whenever a reading-entry screen is shown in the
display.
Information keys only work when logged into the handheld (Production
Mode).
Toggles between the Automatic Meter Reading
(AMR) mode: R900 Keyed Advantage
R300.
Accesses the Codes menu allowing you to enter
trouble codes or customer notes depending upon
the type of import file you are using.
Allows you to turn the Edit mode ON. In edit mode,
you can type information on screens that allow text
entry.
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Allows you to access the Search screen where you
can select criteria to look for information you need:
Coded note
•Route
Meter number
•Name
Meter type
Account status
Sequence number
Skip code
Instruction code
Account number
• Constant
•Tag
Allows you to access the GoTo screen. On this
screen, you can access the following information for
a meter or a route:
Position of the meter within the route
Sequence number of the meter
Previous route
Next route
Beginning of the route
End of the route
First incomplete read
Last incomplete read
Allows you to view summary information about the
route. When pressed with the CTL key, this key
allows you to view screen information for the
handheld, such as the version number, Internet
Protocol (IP) Address, Random Access Memory
(RAM), and storage.
Allows you to enter a reading manually.
Allow you enter List mode where the account
addresses are presented in list form, a convenient
way to browse through the accounts.
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You can use these keys only when a reading-entry screen is displayed.
For example, if the you need more information about this meter,
pressing the INFORMATION or keys while reading the account,
will take you to additional information. Once you display the
information you need, pressing these keys again returns you to meters
reading-entry screen.
Allows you to access the Meter Menu where you
can skip a reading, change meter information, and
enter information for a found meter.
Allows you to view the Properties information for the
handheld:
Read direction
Route dir
Battery key clicks
•Date
•Time
Allows you to skip the reading for this account.
Allows you to tag the account, so that you can come
back to it later.
Allows you to log out of N_SIGHT R900 after
completing the required information.
Allows you to search for the accounts already
tagged.
Allows you to perform an RF test.
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Quick Keys
By pressing specific keys at once, or in a particular order, you can
execute a task quickly. Certain quick key tasks can be performed no
matter what type of screen is shown. The following table summarizes
tasks that you can perform using quick keys.
DEL
.
Use the color coding to remember which keys to use with quick keys that have
two functions: to activate the function printed in blue, press the BLUE
key first, and then press the key with a function printed in blue.
Press
To turn on the CE5320.
Press BLUE ,
To turn off the CE5320.
Press To enter a reading or select an item
from a menu screen.
Press To enter a decimal point. (This is
typically required only by “floating
point” meters.)
Press To return to the preceding screen.
Press To enter a space when entering a
special message or other data.
Press To erase a letter, number, or
character that you have entered.
As you backspace over each letter,
number, or character, each is
erased.
Press +
To show meter information on the
screen.
F1
F1
ENTER
DEL
.
DEL
.
ESC
INS
CTL
ALT
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Adjusting System Settings
System settings affect how the handheld displays and accesses data.
Although these settings are factory-set to meet the needs of most meter
reading processes, you can change some of the settings so that they
better suit your needs. These settings are typically set once and never
changed; however, you can adjust these settings any time.
Calibrating the Stylus
The CE5320 handheld has a touchscreen display that uses a stylus for
ease-of-use. Because each person’s touch differs, it is important to
calibrate the stylus to the touchscreen for the users own personal touch.
To calibrate the stylus, complete the following procedure.
1On the N_SIGHT R900 Login screen, press M or touch Menu.
Press BLUE , To backlight the display and the
keys, if your CE5320 Handheld has
the keyboard backlight option.
Pressing these keys again will turn
off the backlight. These keys work
as a toggle.
Press , , then To reboot the CE5320 Handheld.
F3
F1
Backlighting can drain the battery rapidly. To conserve the battery, use this
feature only in low light.
If you do not press a key within 45 seconds of activating this feature, the
CE5320 automatically deactivates the backlight to conserve battery power.
All functions are available without the stylus by using keyboard.
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The N_SIGHT R900 Main Menu screen appears.
Figure 3.11 N_SIGHT R900 Main Menu
2 Press 6 or touch item 6: Handheld.
3 Press 9 or touch 9: Stylus.
The Stylus Calibration screen appears like Figure 3.12.
Figure 3.12 N_SIGHT R900 Stylus Calibration Screen
Calibration is simply done by touching the center of the cross with
the stylus for a couple of seconds. When the cross moves to another
place, repeat the operation.
4 Hold your stylus on the cross until it moves.
Remember just to touch the screen; there is no need to press hard or to
punch it.
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The cross moves to another location on the screen similar to that
illustrated in Figure 3.13.
Figure 3.13 Stylus at Another Location on Screen
5 Repeat holding the stylus on the cross until it moves.
6 When finished, press .
The handheld returns to N_SIGHT R900 Main Login screen.
Changing the Handheld Properties
The section allows you to adjust or change the following properties for
the handheld:
Key clicks
Reading entry direction
Route direction
Working with the Properties Screen
To access the Properties screen, complete these steps.
ENTER
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1On any reading
entry screen, press
.
The Properties
screen appear as
illustrated in
Figure 3.14.
Figure 3.14 Handheld Properties Screen
2 Do one or both of the following:
Proceed to “Changing the Reading Entry Direction,” in the
next section.
Change the “Changing the Route Read Direction,” on page
3-24.
Changing the Reading Entry Direction
As you enter a reading in the handheld, each number can be displayed
from right to left or from left to right.
3In the Read Dir field, touch the down arrow and do one of the
following:
Select LEFT TO RIGHT if you want the number to begin
from the left.
Select RIGHT TO LEFT if you want the number to begin
from the right.
These setting toggle between Left to Right or Right to Left
according to the current setting.
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This procedure affects only accounts whose directions have not been set by
the host computer. If the reading-entry direction of an account has been set
by the host computer, the host setting replaces your setting.
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Changing the Route Read Direction
The handheld typically displays meters of a route from the first meter to
the last meter. However, you can change the order that meters are
displayed so that they are shown from the last meter to the first meter.
4In the Route Dir field, touch the down arrow and do one of the
following:
Select FORWARD if you want the readings to advance to the
next unread account in the route.
Select BACKWARD if you want to change the directions of
the readings to go backward to the previous unread account in
the route.
These settings toggles between Forward or Backward according to
the current setting.
Turning Key Clicks On and Off
The Key Clicks feature allows you to control how the handheld
responds when you press a key. When this feature is ON, the handheld
beeps whenever you press a key. Turning the Key Clicks feature on can
help you reduce errors by making sure that you press each key fully. If
you do not press a key fully, the handheld does not acknowledge your
entry. You can turn the Key Clicks feature on or off at any time.
5 Do one of the following:
Select the checkbox to enable Key Clicks.
Leave the checkbox empty to disable the Key Clicks.
These settings toggles between on (checked) or off (unchecked)
according to the current setting.
6 Touch OK to save your settings.
You return to the reading-entry screen or your previous screen.
Configuring RF/Serial Properties
Depending on the type of accounts on your route, you may have to
configure the RF antenna, the type of probe, or serial properties you are
using. Follow this procedure to configure or change the RF antenna, the
type of probe, or serial properties.
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1Press .
The F1 Menu
appears as
illustrated in
Figure 3.15.
Figure 3.15 N_SIGHT R900 F1 Menu
2 Touch .
The System Menu
appears as illustrated
in Figure 3.16.
Figure 3.16 N_SIGHT R900 System Menu
3 Touch .
F1
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The RF/Serial
Properties screen
appears as illustrated
in Figure 3.17.
Figure 3.17 RF/Serial Properties Screen
Logging In and Out of the N_SIGHT R900
This section explains how to log into N_SIGHT R900 on the handheld
to access the screens needed to complete meter reading tasks.
Logging Into N_SIGHT R900 on the CE5320
After you have loaded a route, or after you have exchanged meter
readings and route data with the host computer, you need to log into
N_SIGHT R900 on the handheld. Signing on gives you access to the
screens you need to collect and exchange route and meter data.
Complete the following steps to log into N_SIGHT R900 on the
CE5320.
1 If you have not already done so, press turn on the CE5320.
F1
If you see the message Not Uploaded, this means the handheld has
been loaded but not yet been unloaded. This is normal if a new route was just
loaded to the handheld.
Touch or Synchronize to start Communications. For more
information, refer to “Communicating with the Host Computer,” on page 7-1.
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You can see a message
like the one illustrated in
Figure 3.18.
Figure 3.18 N_SIGHT R900 Message Area
2Click .
A Clock Error screen
appears, prompting you
to log on to manually set
the clock, as illustrated in
Figure 3.19.
Figure 3.19 N_SIGHT R900 Clock Error Screen
Version number
Message area
There may be times when the Clock Error screen appears when you are
attempting to log in. When this screen appears, continue with the following
steps.
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3Click Yes.
After you click Yes, the
Set Date/Time screen
appears as illustrated in
Figure 3.20.
Figure 3.20 N_SIGHT R900 Set Date / Time Screen
4 If applicable, make any changes to the date and time.
The correct date and time to use is the date and time that the
handheld last synchronized.
5 When the date and time
are accurate, click OK.
The Handheld Login
screen appears as
illustrated in Figure 3.22.
Figure 3.21 N_SIGHT R900 Handheld Login Screen
The Reader ID field displays the information contained in the
N_SIGHT R900 software.
6 Complete the following information as applicable:
Password (Determined by N_SIGHT R900 setup)
Vehicle # (Optional)
Mileage (Optional)
If you answer NO to the
clock error message, the
Login screen appears again.
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7Click .
The Select Route screen
appears as illustrated in
Figure 3.22.
Figure 3.22 N_SIGHT R900 Select Route Screen
8Highlight the route you
want, and click OK.
A message appears
similar to the one
illustrated in Figure
3.23.
Figure 3.23 N_SIGHT R900 Initializing Message
When the software has finished initializing, a Reading Entry screen
indicating that the sign on process is complete and that the unit is
ready for use in collecting readings. See Figure 3.24.
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For assistance in using
the CE5320 to collect
meter readings, refer to
“Gathering Route
Data,” on page 6-1.
Figure 3.24 N_SIGHT R900 Reading Entry Screen
Logging Out of N_SIGHT R900
The only time that you need to log out of N_SIGHT R900 on the
handheld is just before you begin exchanging information with the host
computer. Logging out gives you access to the communication features
of the handheld. Instructions for logging out on the handheld are
included in the procedures that describe how to exchange information
with the host computer. For more information, see “Exiting the
Software,” on page 7-1.
If you allow the handheld to remain inactive for the factory-set delay of
45 seconds or for the delay time specified by the host computer, it turns
off automatically. After this period of inactivity, the screen of the
handheld goes blank and the unit turns off to conserve the battery.
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4 Using the Nomad Handheld
This chapter provides basic instructions for unpacking and inspecting
the Nomad. It also gives instructions for setting up the Nomad and
becoming familiar with the keyboard and display. This chapter also
provides help to get started with your Nomad, so that you can begin
collecting information from the field and exchange information with the
host computer.
In addition, this chapter gives procedures for changing the system
settings, which affects how the handheld displays and accesses data.
Although these settings are preset by Neptune to meet the needs of most
meter reading processes, you can change some of the settings so that
they better suit your needs.
Unpacking the Nomad
Besides using normal care, you need no special instructions to unpack
the handheld or the equipment that you purchased with it.
Check that you have received all the items you need and inspect the
items for shipping damage. If you detect any damage, return the
damaged equipment to Neptune. Instructions for shipping the handheld
to Neptune are given in “Returning your Neptune Handheld System,”
on page 9-28 of this manual.
If you want to set up and configure the CE5320 handheld, see “Using the CE5320
Handheld,” on page 3-1.
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Inside the box with the Nomad is an Orientation Guide that exhibits the
contents:
•Hand strap
•Battery
Trimble Nomad getting started disk
AC adapter
USB cable
• Stylus
Screen protectors
4GB SD card (also included in the box)
The Guide shows you how to do the following:
Install the battery
Attach the hand strap
Insert the SD card
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Setting Up the Nomad
The following section describes how to set up your Nomad so that you
can begin using it.
One Nomad and a Communication Cradle
If you are using a communication cradle to power and exchange
information with one handheld at a time, check that you have received
the following items.
Figure 4.1 Nomad and Cradle Charger
One Nomad handheld computer.
The charger that is included with the Nomad can be used to power
the Communications Cradle. If you want a separate charger, you
can order it as an accessory.
Battery LED
USB host
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The Router
If you are using a router to link cradles to exchange information with
more than one Nomad at a time, check that you have the following
items:
One or more Nomad handheld computers.
One communication cradle for each Nomad.
One AC adapter/battery charger cable for each cradle.
One RJ45 Ethernet cable for each communication cradle.
One RJ45 Ethernet cable to connect the router to the PC.
One router/switch with one AC power supply cable.
Connecting to the Host Computer and Power Supply
The procedures in this chapter describe how to connect the Nomad to
the host computer so that it can exchange information with the host. The
procedures also describe how to connect a power supply to the
communications cradle so that you can recharge the battery. Complete
the following procedures to connect the equipment you have.
It is important that the router you use has the capability to work as a switch.
In order for the Communications function to work properly, a stan-
dard RJ45 Ethernet cable must be used.
This configuration is for handhelds not connected to a system network. If you
are connected to a system network, see the network specialist or your system
administrator for assistance.
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You need no special tools to connect the devices that were shipped with
your handheld.
Connecting the Router, Nomad Handheld Cradle, and Power
Supplies
Follow this procedure to connect the router, communication cradles, and
power supplies.
1 If you have not already done so, make sure that you have all of the
equipment you need. If necessary, refer to the preceding section
“Unpacking the Nomad,” on page 4-1.
2 With the host computer OFF, connect the power supply to the
router.
3 Leaving the far left port empty, connect one end of the RJ-45 Ether-
net cable into one of the four slots in the router. See Figure 4.2.
Figure 4.2 Connecting RJ-45 Ethernet Cable to Router, Port 1
4 Connect the other end of the Ethernet cable to the host computer.
5 Push the single-hole connector of the 110V AC adapter/battery
charger onto the single-prong connector on the back of the commu-
nication cradle.
You need a network switch or it is important that the router you use has the
capability to work as a switch.
Always leave far left
port empty
RJ-45 Ethernet cable
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Figure 4.3 Nomad Communications Cradle Connections
6 Connect the other end of the AC adapter/battery charger into a
power source. See Figure 4.3.
7 With an additional Ethernet cable, insert one of its connectors into
the back of the cradle and the other into the back of the router. See
Figure 4.3.
8 Connect the network cable to the single router.
Figure 4.4 Network Cable Connection
Power input RJ45 Ethernet USB client
Ethernet
connection/
data transfer
RJ-45 Ethernet cable to the host comput-
Network cable
from the cradle
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Configuring the Nomad Handheld
On the Host Computer
1 On the host computer, click Start.
2Type CMD and press Enter.
A DOS window appears.
3Type ipconfig and press Enter.
4 Write the IP address here: _____________________________
5Type exit and press Enter to close the DOS window.
On the Nomad Handheld
1On the N_SIGHT R900 Login screen, press M or touch .
The N_SIGHT R900 Main Menu screen appears.
Figure 4.5 N_SIGHT R900 Main Menu
Before proceeding with this section, you must complete the information for the
handhelds in two tables within the N_SIGHT R900 host software: Handhelds
and Reader ID. Refer to the N_SIGHT R900 Online HTML Help for the steps
to complete this information in these tables.
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2 Select , Admin.
The Admin Menu appears as illustrated in Figure 4.6.
Figure 4.6 N_SIGHT R900 Admin Menu
3 Select , Reset Handheld.
4Click Yes.
5 Leave the password field blank, or if required, type BUBBA.
6Click OK.
The Communications Configuration screen appears.
Do not press Reset Handheld if the handheld is not in the communica-
tions cradle.
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7 Tab to the HHU ID field, and type the ID of the handheld.
8 Type the IP address of the PC which you want the Nomad to
synchronize within the Server Name field.
9 Be sure the Port is 25101.
10 Click OK.
The handheld resets, and the N_SIGHT R900 Login screen
appears.
The Display and Keyboard
This section describes the display and keyboard on the Nomad.
The types of information that are shown in the display of the
handheld.
An overview of how to use the keys to access different types of
information.
Learning the Keyboard
The Nomad handheld uses 51 keys to give you access to all the stored
information and to allow you to enter new data. Most keys perform
more than one function.
The HHU ID for the Nomad can be found four ways:
On the outside of the box in which the Nomad is packaged.
In the battery compartment on the right side.
Navigate to Windows Icon, Settings, System Tab at bottom of the
screen, and then scroll to System Information and Info Tab at bottom of
screen.
Navigate to Windows Icon, Settings, System Tab at bottom of the
screen and click About then Device ID at the bottom of the screen.
If the message DB Uninitialized flashes on the screen press Synchronize
once more to complete Database Synchronization
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Figure 4.7 Learning the Keyboard
Buttons and Keys
In addition to an environmental seal that protects the unit from dust, dirt,
and water, the Nomad includes the following features.
Function Button—allows you to perform special tasks quickly.,
such as navigate through a screen when you use the yellow arrow
keys
Direction Buttons—allow you to navigate and move up or down a
list of items and to move forward or backward in a data-entry space
or through the meters of a route.
Number Buttons—allow you to access accounts while reading
meters.
Function key
Direction keys
Number keys
Quick keys
Letter/character keys
Application soft keys
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Letter/Character Keys—allow you to enter a letter or character in
a screen or to select an item from a list of items shown.
Application Soft Buttons—allow you to enter, change, or view
information about a meter or a route.
Combination Keys—allow you to execute a task quickly by
pressing certain keys at once or in a particular order.
Buttons
To help you perform handheld tasks, the keyboard is color coded. For
example, by using the yellow function button in conjunction with
keys that are marked in yellow, you can navigate around a screen.
Buttons with white numbers or symbols are single-entry keys. To enter
the number, simply press the button with the corresponding number or
letter.
Function Button
Because the Nomad automatically disables inappropriate buttons, the
type of task that you can perform from the keyboard depends upon the
type of menu that is displayed.
On the numeric keypad, the yellow function button (clicky key
sounds) accesses the tasks in yellow, including the navigation arrows.
Several settings can be changed under Keyboard Options.
Auto release: Press and release to access a yellow task for one
use. It then goes back to the original key tasks.
Manual release: This is the default. Press to toggle it on and off.
Yellow tasks remain active until the function key is pressed again.
Disabled: must be held down while pressing any other key to
access the yellow task.
Play Sticky Key Sounds: To disable clicky key sounds, remove the
check in the box.
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Direction Buttons
In conjunction with the yellow function button, the yellow
direction arrows are enabled by the number buttons closest to them. You
can use these buttons on the handheld to move up or down through a list
of items displayed in a menu screen, and to move forward or backward
within a data-entry space or through the meters of a route. Using
and pressing the arrow/number button up or down displays additional
screens for the account.
The type of task that you can perform using an arrow/number button
depends upon the type of screen displayed.
Data-Entry Screen—moves forward or backward within a data-
entry space by pressing + BACKWARD or +
FORWARD buttons.
Reading-Entry Screendisplays the reading-entry screen of the
next or previous meter by pressing the + FORWARD
or + BACKWARD buttons.
Number Buttons
The number buttons on the handheld are used most often for entering
readings. Because entering readings is the primary function of users, the
number buttons are smaller than the other buttons and are placed in the
center of the keypad. Number buttons enable you to complete one of
two tasks:
Enter a number in the display, such as for a reading.
Select an item by pressing the number key that corresponds to a
numbered item in a list of items.
Moving over existing letters or numbers will not erase them.
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The type of task that you can perform using a number key depends upon
the type of screen that is displayed.
Menu Screen—select a numbered item from the list by pressing
the key whose number corresponds to the item that you want to
select. (When used this way, the number key is called a hotkey.)
Data-Entry Screen—enter a number in the data-entry screen by
pressing the key with the number that you want to appear in the
field.
Nomad Screen Keyboard
When you tap the keyboard icon located at the bottom of the
screen, an on-screen keyboard appears with 60 keys to use. There are
three views of this keyboard.
Changing the Size of the Keys
There are two ways you can change the size of the keys that display on
the screen keyboard.
Using the Windows Icon.
1 Click the at the top left of the screen.
2Click Settings, and then click Input.
3 Select Large Keys. (The default is Small Keys.)
4Click OK.
Using the Keyboard Icon.
1Click at the bottom center of the screen.
2Click to the right of the Icon.
3Click Options.
4 Select Large or Small Keys. See Figure 4.8 and Figure 4.9 on
Page 4-14.
5Click OK.
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Large Keys
The following figure illustrates the large keyboard.
Figure 4.8 Nomad Large Keyboard
Small Keys
The following figure illustrates the small keyboard.
Figure 4.9 Nomad Small Keyboard
Lowercase Keys
The following figure illustrates the lowercase QWERTY keyboard.
Figure 4.10 Nomad Lowercase Keyboard
Uppercase Keys
The following figure illustrates the uppercase QWERTY keyboard.
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To use the uppercase keys, tap or .
Figure 4.11 Nomad Uppercase Keyboard
Numeric and Symbols Keys
The following figure illustrates the keyboard with numeric and symbols
keys.
To use the numeric and symbols keys, tap .
Figure 4.12 Nomad Numeric and Symbols Keyboard
Information Keys
The information keys on the handheld screen are the letter/character
keys that allow you to perform specific tasks while in N_SIGHT R900.
You can enter, change, or view the following information about a meter
or a route by pressing the appropriate key whenever you are logged into
a route and a reading-entry screen is shown in the display.
Information keys only work when logged into the handheld (Production
Mode).
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Toggles between the Automatic Meter Reading
(AMR) mode: R900 Keyed Advantage
R300.
Accesses the Codes menu, allowing you to enter
trouble codes or customer notes depending upon
the type of import file you are using.
Allows you to turn the Edit mode ON. In edit mode,
you can type information on screens that allow text
entry.
Allows you to access the Search screen where you
can select criteria to look for information you need:
Coded note
•Route
Meter number
•Name
Meter type
Account status
Sequence number
Skip code
Instruction code
Account number
• Constant
•Tag
Allows you to access the GoTo screen. On this
screen, you can access the following information for
a meter or a route:
Position of the meter within the route
Sequence number of the meter
Previous route
Next route
Beginning of the route
End of the route
First incomplete read
Last incomplete read
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Allows you to view summary information about the
route. When pressed with the CTL key, this key
allows you to view screen information for the
handheld, such as the version number, Internet
Protocol (IP) Address, Random Access Memory
(RAM), and storage.
Allows you to enter a reading manually.
Allows you enter List mode where the account
addresses are presented in list form, a convenient
way to browse through the accounts.
Allows you to access the Meter Menu where you
can skip a reading, change meter information, and
enter information for a found meter.
Allows you to view the Properties information for the
handheld:
Read direction
Route dir
Battery key clicks
•Date
•Time
Allows you to skip the reading for this account.
Allows you to tag the account so that you can come
back to it later.
Allows you to log out of N_SIGHT R900 after
completing the required information.
Allows you to search for the accounts already
tagged.
Allows you to perform an RF test.
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You can use these keys when a reading-entry screen is displayed. For
example, if the you need to find more information about this meter, do
the following:
Press UP or DOWN keys while reading the account.
This takes you to additional information. Once you display the
information you need, pressing these keys again returns you to meters
reading-entry screen.
Direction Keys
The direction keys on the handheld are used to move up or down
through a list of items displayed in a menu screen and to move forward
or backward within a data-entry space or through the meters of a route.
Pressing the direction key up or down displays additional screens for the
account, such as an account-specific hazard.
The type of task that you can perform using a number key depends upon
the type of screen displayed.
Menu Screen—highlights a numbered item in the list of items
displayed by pressing the UP or DOWN keys to move
through the list of items. You can also use the BACKWARD or
FORWARD keys to jump to the first or last item in the menu. As
you reach an item, it becomes highlighted.
Data-Entry Screen—moves forward or backward within a data-
entry space by pressing the FORWARD or BACKWARD
keys to move forward or backward within the space.
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Combination Keys
By pressing specific keys at once, or in a particular order, you can
execute a task quickly. Certain quick key tasks can be performed no
matter what type of screen is shown. The following table summarizes
tasks that you can perform using quick keys.
Use the color coding to remember which keys to use with quick keys that have
two functions: to activate the function printed in yellow, press the YELLOW
function button first and then press the key with a function printed in
yellow.
Press once. To turn on the Nomad.
Press and hold for five
seconds, then release. Choose
Shut Down.
To turn off the Nomad.
Press To enter a reading or select an item
from a menu screen.
Press To enter a decimal point. (This is
typically required only by “floating
point” meters.)
Press To return to the preceding screen.
Press To enter a space when entering a
special message or other data.
Press To erase a letter, number, or
character that you have entered.
As you backspace over each letter,
number, or character, each is
erased.
Press +
To show meter information on the
screen.
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Table 4.1 Nomad Functionality
Press , PROGRAMS,
SYSTEM TAB,
To minimize the amount of time the
backlight stays on and dim it to only
as bright as required to view the
display.
Press , ,
then
To perform a soft reboot of the
Nomad handheld.
Backlighting can drain the battery rapidly. To conserve the battery, use this
feature only in low light.
If you do not press a key within 45 seconds of activating this feature, the
Nomad automatically deactivates the backlight to conserve battery power.
Function Explanation
Power ON Press once.
Power OFF Press and hold for five seconds, then
release. Choose Shut down.
Turn screen OFF Press once.
Turn backlight
ON/OFF Press and hold for two seconds
Reboot Hold down for five seconds, then release.
Choose Reset.
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Today Press to escape from any screen.
Tab Press to advance to the next field on the
screen.
Next and previous
account Press + FORWARD or
BACKWARD
Next unread Press .
Previous unread Press , , then .
Resequence Press + .
Reset order/
delete read Press , , then .
Previous menu/
back Press .
Field Programmer Do one of the following:
Logged into route:
Tap , , , then .
Not logged in route:
Tap , , then .
Function Explanation
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Adjusting System Settings
System settings affect how the handheld displays and accesses data.
Although these settings are factory-set to meet the needs of most meter
reading processes, you can change some of the settings so that they
better suit your needs. These settings are typically set once and never
changed; however, you can adjust these settings any time.
Data Logger Do one of the following:
Logged into route:
Tap , , , then .
Not logged in route:
Tap , , then .
Bluetooth Pairing
(with the R900 Belt
Clip Receiver)
Do the following:
1 Power on the R900 BCR by pressing
for two seconds on the R900 Belt Clip
Receiver.
2Tap , , on the
Nomad.
3 Click .
4 Select the Belt Clip in the drop-down selec-
tion list.
5 Click .
Function Explanation
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Calibrating the Stylus
The Nomad handheld has a touchscreen display that uses a stylus for
ease-of-use. Because each person’s touch differs, it is important to
calibrate the stylus to the touchscreen for the users own personal touch.
To calibrate the stylus, complete the following procedure.
1 On the N_SIGHT R900 Login screen, tap M or touch .
The N_SIGHT R900 Main Menu screen appears.
Figure 4.13 N_SIGHT R900 Main Menu
2 Press 6 or touch item Handheld.
3 Press 9 or touch Stylus.
All functions are available without the stylus by using keyboard.
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The Stylus Calibration screen appears like Figure 4.14.
Figure 4.14 N_SIGHT R900 Stylus Calibration Screen
Calibration is simply done by touching the center of the target with
the stylus for a couple of seconds and releasing. When the target
moves to another place, repeat the operation.
4 Press the stylus on the center of the target until it moves, and then
release.
Once released the target moves to the next corner of the screen.
Remember just to touch the screen; there is no need to press hard or to
punch it.
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The target moves to another location on the screen similar to that
illustrated in Figure 4.15.
Figure 4.15 Stylus at Another Location on Screen
5 Repeat pressing the stylus on the center of the target until it moves,
and then release.
6 When finished, press .
The handheld returns to N_SIGHT R900 Main Login screen.
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Changing the Handheld Properties
The section allows you to adjust or change the following properties for
the handheld:
Key clicks
Reading entry direction
Route direction
Working with the Properties Screen
To access the Properties screen, complete these steps:
1On any reading
entry screen, press
on the
expandable key-
pad.
The Properties
screen appear as
illustrated in
Figure 4.16.
Figure 4.16 Handheld Properties Screen
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Changing the Reading Entry Direction
As you enter a reading in the handheld, each number can be displayed
from right to left or from left to right.
2In the Read Dir field, touch the down arrow and do one of the
following:
Select LEFT TO RIGHT if you want the number to begin
from the left.
Select RIGHT TO LEFT if you want the number to begin
from the right.
These setting toggle between Left to Right or Right to Left
according to the current setting.
Changing the Route Read Direction
The handheld typically displays meters of a route from the first meter to
the last meter. However, you can change the order that meters are
displayed so that they are shown from the last meter to the first meter.
3In the Route Dir field, touch the down arrow and do one of the fol-
lowing:
Select FORWARD if you want the readings to advance to the
next unread account in the route.
Select BACKWARD if you want to change the directions of
the readings to go backward to the previous unread account in
the route.
These settings toggles between Forward or Backward according to
the current setting.
Turning Key Clicks On and Off
The Key Clicks feature allows you to control how the handheld
responds when you press a key. When this feature is ON, the handheld
beeps whenever you press a key. Turning the Key Clicks feature on can
This procedure affects only accounts whose directions have not been set by
the host computer. If the reading-entry direction of an account has been set
by the host computer, the host setting replaces your setting.
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help you reduce errors by making sure that you press each key fully. If
you do not press a key fully, the handheld does not acknowledge your
entry. You can turn the Key Clicks feature on or off at any time.
4 Do one of the following:
Select the check box to enable Key Clicks.
Leave the check box empty to disable the Key Clicks.
These settings toggle between on (checked) or off (unchecked)
according to the current setting.
5 Touch OK to save your settings.
You return to the reading-entry screen or your previous screen.
Configuring RF/Serial Properties
Depending on the type of accounts on your route, you may have to
configure the RF antenna, the type of probe, or serial properties you are
using. Follow this procedure to configure or change the RF antenna, the
type of probe, or serial properties.
1Press .
The System
Menu appears as
illustrated in
Figure 4.17.
Figure 4.17 N_SIGHT R900 F1 Menu
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2 Touch .
The System Menu
appears as illustrated
in Figure 4.18.
Figure 4.18 N_SIGHT R900 System Menu
3 Touch .
The RF/Serial
Properties screen
appears as illustrated
in Figure 4.19.
Figure 4.19 RF/Serial Properties Screen
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Turning On and Off the Nomad
This section explains how to turn the handheld on and off, and then how
to sign on to access the screens needed to complete meter reading tasks.
Whenever the handheld is in a communication cradle, it is on. This is
because, when connected properly, the cradle supplies power. However,
once the handheld is taken out of the cradle, the unit runs on its battery.
When powered by the battery, you can manually turn on the handheld
and you can turn it off automatically or manually.
Use the following procedures to turn the handheld on or to turn it off
manually.
Turning the Nomad On
Turn on the Nomad Handheld by pressing and releasing the
button. The Nomad shows a menu, data-entry, or message screen
depending upon the last activity performed with the unit.
One of the most convenient features is suspend/resume. There is no
waiting for the unit to boot up every time it is turned on. (This does not
occur the first time the unit is powered ON.)
Turning the Nomad Off
Manually turn off the handheld by pressing and holding down the
button for five seconds, then release. Choose Shut Down. The
display goes blank indicating that the handheld is off.
A message indicating low battery can appear on the battery LED located on
right side of the unit. For a new Nomad, be sure to connect the plug to the
power cord and attach to the power supply. The unit will be charged in about
4.5 hours. Neptune recommends that you fully charge the unit prior to your
first use.
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If you allow the handheld to remain inactive for the factory-set delay of
45 seconds or for the delay time specified by the host computer, it turns
off automatically. After this period of inactivity, the screen of the
handheld goes blank and the unit turns off to conserve the battery. Just
tap the screen to use the Nomad again.
Logging In and Out of the N_SIGHT R900
This section explains how to log into N_SIGHT R900 on the handheld
to access the screens needed to complete meter reading tasks.
Logging Into N_SIGHT R900 on the Nomad
After you have loaded a route, or after you have exchanged meter
readings and route data with the host computer, you need to log into
N_SIGHT R900 on the handheld. Signing on gives you access to the
screens you need to collect and exchange route and meter data.
Complete the following steps to log into N_SIGHT R900 on the
Nomad.
1 If you have not already done so, press to turn on the Nomad.
If you see the message Not Uploaded, this means the handheld has
been loaded but has not yet been uploaded. This is normal if a new route was
just loaded to the handheld.
Touch or Synchronize to start Communications. For more information,
refer to “Communicating with the Host Computer,” on page 7-1.
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You can see a message
like the one illustrated in
Figure 4.20.
Figure 4.20 N_SIGHT R900 Message Area
2Click .
Version number
Message area
There may be times that the Clock Error screen appears when you are
attempting to log in. When this screen appears, continue with the following
steps.
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A Clock Error screen
appears, prompting you to
log on and manually set
the clock, as illustrated in
Figure 4.21.
Figure 4.21 N_SIGHT R900 Clock Error Screen
3Click Yes.
After you click Yes, the
Set Date/Time screen
appears as illustrated in
Figure 4.22.
Figure 4.22 N_SIGHT R900 Set Date / Time Screen
If you answer NO to the
clock error message, the
Login screen appears again.
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4 If applicable, make any
changes to the date and
time.
The correct date and time
to use is the date and time
that the handheld last
synchronized.
5 When the date and time
are accurate, click OK.
The Handheld Login
screen appears as
illustrated in Figure 4.24.
Figure 4.23 N_SIGHT R900 Handheld Login Screen
The Reader ID field displays the information contained in the
N_SIGHT R900 system.
6 Complete the following information as applicable:
Password (Determined by N_SIGHT R900 setup)
Vehicle # (Optional)
Mileage (Optional)
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7Click .
The Select Route screen
appears as illustrated in
Figure 4.24.
Figure 4.24 N_SIGHT R900 Select Route Screen
8Highlight the route you
want, and click OK.
A message appears
similar to the one
illustrated in Figure 4.25.
Figure 4.25 N_SIGHT R900 Initializing Message
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When the software has finished initializing a Reading Entry screen
indicating that the sign on process is complete and that the unit is
ready for use in collecting readings. See Figure 4.26.
For assistance in using
the Nomad to collect
meter readings, refer to
Figure 6 on Page 6-1.
Figure 4.26 N_SIGHT R900 Reading Entry Screen
Logging Out of N_SIGHT R900
The only time that you need to log out of N_SIGHT R900 on the
handheld is just before you begin exchanging information with the host
computer. Logging out gives you access to the communication features
of the handheld. Because logging out of N_SIGHT R900, instructions
for logging out on the handheld are included in the procedures that
describe how to exchange information with the host computer. For more
information, see “Exiting the Software,” on page 7-1.
If you allow the handheld to remain inactive for the factory-set delay of
45 seconds or for the delay time specified by the host computer, it turns
off automatically. After this period of inactivity, the screen of the
handheld goes blank and the unit turns off to conserve the battery.
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5 Setting Up the R900 Belt Clip Receiver
R900 Belt Clip Receiver
This section introduces you to the R900® Belt Clip Receiver
(R900 BCR). It will explain how the R900 BCR is incorporated into the
N_SIGHT R900 host software, and how it will be used by both meter
readers and operators. It will also help you become familiar with the
basic features and functions the handheld computer offers.
This chapter provides basic instructions for unpacking and inspecting
the R900 BCR. It also gives instructions for setting up the R900 BCR,
becoming familiar with the display, pairing it with the handheld, and
usage.
R900 Belt Clip Receiver Overview
The R900 BCR is a software-defined receiver capable of simultaneously
receiving R900, Advantage, and Pocket Pro Reader RF transmissions.
The R900 BCR collects readings and then transfers these readings to the
handheld through the Bluetooth connection. The R900 BCR also has the
capability to receive and store R900 readings that can be imported into
the billing system without the use of a handheld. Because the
R900 BCR is software-defined, you can apply firmware updates in
order to keep your R900 BCR current with new products introduced to
the market.
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Nomad Handheld and R900 Belt Clip Receiver
The Trimble® Nomad® (Nomad) handheld utilizes Bluetooth
connectivity to Neptune’s R900 BCR to receive the meter readings.
Figure 5.1 Meter Reading Cycle
Unpacking and Inspecting Equipment
Besides using normal care, you need no special instructions to unpack
the handheld or the equipment that you purchased with it.
Check that you have received all the items you need for the type of
system configuration that you are using and inspect the items for
shipping damage. If you detect any damage, return the damaged
equipment to Neptune. Instructions for shipping the handheld to
Neptune are given in “Returning your R900 Belt Clip Receiver,” on
page 2-7 of this manual.
CIS/billing
software Host
management
software
Field
data collection
hardware
RF AMR
endpoint
Save the packing box that was used to ship the handheld. Should you ever
need to ship the handheld, you need to repack the unit in its original shipping
box. The handling involved in land and air transport often subjects the
handheld to impact beyond that which occurs during normal use. The packing
box is designed to absorb shocks and protect the handheld device during
shipping.
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R900 Belt Clip Receiver Components
Figure 5.2 shows the basic components of the R900 BCR.
Figure 5.2 R900 Belt Clip Receiver Components
LEDs
SD/USB
Battery door
Power buttons
SD card/battery door
Side view
Side view
Top view
Front view
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Using the R900 Belt Clip Receiver
The following section explains how to use the R900 BCR.
Understanding the R900 Belt Clip Receiver Modes
The following tables describe the R900 BCR modes of operation. You
change modes on the R900 BCR with a combination of the Mode and
Enter buttons. To cycle through available modes, you press the Mode
button. The Mode indicator will flash with the color for the mode to
enter. To enter the Mode, you press the Enter button within two seconds
of pressing the Mode button. If entered, the Mode indicator displays the
newly-entered mode. If you do not press Enter within two seconds, the
R900 BCR stays in the previous mode. This combination of Mode and
the Enter button is done to prevent accidental mode changes during
operation.
Table 5.1 R900 Belt Clip Receiver Power
Function Explanation
Power ON
Press for two seconds. The backlight turns
orange when the power is applied.
The unit takes approximately one minute to fully
boot. The Mode and RF lights are white during
most of boot-up. The unit is fully booted when the
Mode and Enter light turn off and the Mode LED
displays the previous mode of operation
Power OFF
Press for two seconds.The mode and RF
lights blink until off.
Setting Date/Time The R900 BCR synchronizes the time with the
Nomad when the two are paired. The time on the
R900 BCR defaults to the time from the last
Nomad synchronization.
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Table 5.2 R900 Belt Clip Receiver Modes
Function LED Color Explanation
Reading Modes
Normal (Green) Normal Mode is used to connect through Bluetooth to
a host device. Selection between Route (filtered) and
RF Test (unfiltered) is made in the host device
software.
To enter this mode from other modes.
1 Press until the Mode LED flashes green.
2Press , and the Mode LED turns green.
Unattended (Yellow) Unfiltered Operations Mode can operate using the
battery or when connected to vehicle power.
To enter this mode with battery power:
1 Press until Mode LED is yellow.
2P
ress .
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MODE
ENT
MODE
ENT
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To enter from when connected to vehicle power:
1 Press until the Mode LED is yellow.
2 Press and release.
3Press again and hold for five seconds, then
release.
The Mode LED is Magenta.
4 Connect the USB.
The USB charger must be capable of suppling 1A of
current.
USB mass
storage (White) The SD card appears as an external drive to the PC.
To enter this mode:
1 Connect the USB to the R900 BCR and to the PC.
The USB must be connected before the unit can enter
the USB mass storage mode.
2 Press until Mode LED flashes white.
3P
ress .
The SD Card now shows as an external drive
attached to the PC.
Table 5.2 R900 Belt Clip Receiver Modes
Function LED Color Explanation
MODE
ENT
ENT
MODE
ENT
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Accessing the R900 Belt Clip Receiver Status Screen
The R900 BCR must first be set to Normal Mode to access the
R900 BCR Status screen. The following tables explains how to access
the status screen on the handheld.
Table 5.3 R900 Belt Clip Receiver Software Functions
Accessing R900 Belt Clip Receiver Status Screen
While in route Neptune Key, System, UTILS, AMR Status =
, , ,
1 Select Advanced Options.
2Select the check box.
3 Select Belt Clip Status.
From the
Synchronize
screen
TAB twice, UTILS, Belt Clip Status =
Click , , .
1 Select .
2Select Utils.
3 Select Belt Clip Status.
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2
8
5
8
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Understanding the R900 Belt Clip Receiver LED Operating Modes
To help you better interpret the different colors for the flashing Mode
LED, refer to the following table.
Table 5.4 R900 Belt Clip Receiver LED Operating Modes
State LED Colors
Unit powered OFF No color; LEDs off.
Power
On-Battery 100% – 31% Green
On-Battery 30% – 16% Yellow
On-Battery 15% – 6% Red
On-Battery 5% – Critical Flashes red
Battery – Charging Flashes yellow
Mode
Normal mode Green
Unattended mode Yellow
Installed mode Magenta
Mass storage mode White
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RF Mode
No reading being received Off
Receive R900/ERT packet Flashes green when receiving
Receive Advantage packet Flashes cyan when receiving
No reading received in two + minutes Solid red
Bluetooth
Not Connected Off
Pairing Flashes blue
Connected Blue
Error Codes
Temperature error Bluetooth and Power LED flash red five times
Hardware error Bluetooth and Power LED are solid red
Battery error Power LED flashes red and yellow
Cannot power on - battery too low Power LED flashes red three times
SD card error Mode LED is solid red
Table 5.4 R900 Belt Clip Receiver LED Operating Modes
State LED Colors
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Understanding the External Battery Charger Status
Refer to the following table for a description of the external battery
LED.
Pairing the Trimble Nomad to the R900 Belt Clip Receiver through the Bluetooth
Complete these steps only if you are pairing the Nomad to the
R900 BCR for the first time.
Pairing the Trimble Nomad
To pair the Nomad to the R900 BCR, complete the following steps.
1 Power ON the R900 BCR and set to Normal Node, if not already
set. See “Understanding the R900 Belt Clip Receiver LED Operat-
ing Modes,” on page 5-8.
2 On the Nomad, click .
3Click UTILS.
4Click Belt Clip Status.
The AMR Connection screen appears. The R900 BCR is visible in
the Broadcasting Device drop-down selection list.
5 Choose the device from the drop-down selection list and click
Bluetooth.
Table 5.5 External Battery Charger LED
LED Indicates
Red, yellow, green or
OFF Startup initialization when applying power
OFF No battery inserted
Yellow Battery charging
Solid green Battery charged successfully
Red Error condition
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The R900 Belt Clip Receiver Status screen now displays the device
details.
If you have previously paired a device, go to the R900 BCR
Status screen and not the AMR Connection screen.
If you want to Change Devices, you can click this option on
the bottom of the R900 BCR Status screen.
You then see the AMR Connection screen and can choose the
device from the drop-down selection list.
Using the R900 Belt Clip Receiver to Read a Route
To begin reading a route using the R900 BCR, you first need to load a
route to the Nomad. See “Loading and Unloading Data for Handhelds”
in the N_SIGHT™ R900® Online Help.
Once the route is loaded and the pairing is complete, you can log in and
the unit can receive readings from the R900 BCR.
R900 Belt Clip Receiver Status Screen in N_SIGHT R900
While the Nomad and the
R900 BCR are paired, you
can access a screen showing
the status of the R900 BCR.
You can see a message like
the one illustrated in Figure
5.3.
Figure 5.3 R900 Belt Clip Receiver Status Screen
Click to load a route when you are working in the N_SIGHT
R900 host software.Press F1 to see the instructions for loading a route to a handheld.
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The following information appears on this screen.
RF Performance Modes
This Mode can be changed from the R900 BCR Status screen. The unit
has three options for the RF performance during a reading:
Connection Displays the type of connection used to pair
the R900 BCR, such as Bluetooth
Device Displays the name of the R900 BCR
Temperature Displays the temperature of the R900 BCR,
such as normal.
SD MEM Free Displays the amount of available memory
for the SD card.
Date Displays the date and time as follows:
Date: MM/DD/YYYY
Time: HH:MM
Firmware Displays the version of the firmware on the
R900 BCR
Battery Displays the available battery percentages
RF Mode Allows you to change the reading mode for
the R900 BCR by clicking the drop-down
selection list.
Efficiency –reduced RF performance
and best battery life
Moderate – default RF performance
Performance – best RF performance
and decreased battery life
1Efficiency Reduces RF performance* and best battery
life
2ModerateDefault RF performance*
2Performance Best RF performance* and decreased
battery life
*RF performance refers specifically to the throughput of the receiver
which can impact the speed with which readings are processed in
high density areas. Range is not impacted by these modes.
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Selecting the R900 Belt Clip Receiver Reading Mode
To choose the reading mode, complete the following steps.
1 On the Nomad, click .
2Click Utilities.
3Cl
ick R900 Belt Clip Receiver Status.
The R900 Belt Clip Receiver Status screen appears.
4 Tap the drop-down selection list for RF Mode and you can choose
the reading mode. See the modes listed above.
Using the R900 Belt Clip Receiver RF Test Mode
RF Test Mode allows the R900 BCR to go into a continuous receive
mode and listens for any and all R900 transmissions.
From the Login Screen
To access RF Test Mode from the
Login screen, complete the
following steps.
1 On the Nomad, click
.
2Click Utilities.
3Click RF Test.
The RF Test Mode screen
appears as illustrated in Figure
5.4.
Figure 5.4 R900 Belt Clip Receiver RF Mode Screen
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8
5
7
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From the Route Screen
To access RF Test Mode from
the Route screen, complete the
following steps.
1 In the route, click .
2Click System.
3Click Utilities.
4Click RF Test.
The RF Test Mode screen
appears as illustrated in Figure
5.4.
Figure 5.5 R900 BCR RF Mode Screen from Route
R900 Belt Clip Receiver SD Card Functionality
Any data that is read by the R900 BCR and sent to the handheld is
stored on its internal SD card.
The SD card also handles the firmware updates explained in “Using the
R900 Belt Clip Receiver,” on page 5-4.
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Updating R900 Belt Clip Receiver Firmware
When there is an update to the R900 BCR firmware, it is available from
Neptune through the web updates in the N_SIGHT R900 software, or it
can be obtained from Neptune Customer Support through email or direct
upload to an FTP site.
With either choice for receiving the firmware update; the firmware is
updated in the N_SIGHT R900 database and then sent to the R900 BCR
through the USB transfer cable or saved to the SD card and installed on
the R900 BCR.
To update the R900 BCR firmware, complete the following steps.
1 Connect the R900 BCR to the PC and place in Mass Storage Mode.
2 In the N_SIGHT R900 host software, select Utilities.
3 Select the Beltclip Firmware tab.
Figure 5.6 Tab within N_SIGHT R900 Utilities
You cannot update multiple R900 BCRs at once; they must be updated individually.
To update the R900 BCR firmware update with the USB cable, the R900 BCR must
first be connected to the PC and be in Mass Storage Mode. To update through the SD
Card, the Firmware Update File can be transferred to the SD card by using an SD Card
Reader
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Figure 5.7 R900 Belt Clip Receiver Firmware Tab with Update Options
How the Firmware Update Works
The following explains how the firmware update works.
Web Updatelooks to the Neptune servers for an updated version of
R900 BCR firmware and downloads it to the database
Local File—allows you to import updated firmware from a thumb
drive, network drive, or FTP site into the database
Belt Clip Update—locates the updated firmware file after the updated
firmware has been downloaded and sends it to the R900 BCR through
the USB transfer cable
The Web Update and Local File buttons perform the same task of updating the
database with the updated firmware version depending on where the updated
firmware file is located.
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6 Gathering Route Data
This chapter provides instructions for using the handheld to collect
meter readings and route data. The procedures in this chapter assume
that route assignments have already been loaded onto the handheld.
When using this chapter, keep in mind that a sample reading-entry
screen is shown throughout the manual. The reading-entry screen of
your handheld may not resemble the one shown here. This
inconsistency is caused when the N_SIGHT R900 operator customizes
the screen so that it better suits the needs of your company.
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The Reading Entry Screen
The following illustration shows the N_SIGHT R900 Reading Entry
screen.
Figure 6.1 N_SIGHT R900 Reading Entry Screen
Meter number
Icon bar
Account number
Location in route
Read entry
Status of account
(UR = unread)
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Manually Collecting Meter Readings
When using the CE5320 to collect meter readings, typically you need to
enter only the reading for each meter. However, sometimes you may
need to also enter a trouble code or comment concerning conditions at
the account. Additionally, you may “skip” an account by inserting a
“skip code” and indicating why you skipped the account. The
procedures in this topic give you the information you need to manually
collect or skip readings:
“Entering a Reading,” which follows
"Entering a Skip Code" on page 5
"Entering Comment Codes" on page 7
"Adding Free-Form Notes" on page 9
Entering a Reading
Follow this procedure to enter a meter reading in the handheld.
1 If you have not already done so, first log into N_SIGHT R900 on
the handheld, so that a reading-entry screen is appears in the dis-
play. See Figure 6.1 on Page 6-2.
For help with this task, refer to “Logging Into N_SIGHT R900 on
the CE5320,” on page 3-26 or “Logging Into N_SIGHT R900 on
the Nomad,” on page 4-31.
If this is the first time that you have accessed a route, the reading-entry
screen of the first meter in the route appears in the display. If the read
direction is set for , “Left to Right,” then after the reading for the first
meter is taken the screen advances to the second meter in the route. By
clicking this icon, you can change the read direction to , “Right to Left.”
The read direction toggles between these two read directions.
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2 Using the number keys, enter the reading in the space provided.
Figure 6.2 N_SIGHT R900 Reading Entry Field
3 Touch or press .
The N_SIGHT R900 software displays the next meter in the route,
according to the route direction or . Touching this icon and
temporarily change the direction for the route. However, to change
it for future uses, refer to the procedure for “Changing the Route
Direction, Forward or Reverse,” on page 6-14.
4 Continue entering readings for each meter until you have com-
pleted all routes assigned to you.
As you complete each route, a message appears in the display to let
you know that you have completed the route and are moving to a
new one. Follow the instructions shown in the display to access the
reading-entry screen of the next route.
Reading entry field
The number of hyphens in the reading entry field indicate the number of
reading digits required.
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Entering a Skip Code
In some cases, you may be unable to collect a reading. If you are unable
to collect a reading, you can enter a skip code, giving the reason that the
reading could not be obtained.
Follow this procedure to enter
a skip code instead of a
reading.
1 From the reading-entry
screen of the meter for
which you want to enter a
skip code, press on
the CE5320 keypad or the
Nomad screen keypad.
A screen appears
prompting you to enter a
skip code in place of the
reading. See Figure 6.3.
Figure 6.3 N_SIGHT R900 Skip Order Screen
In the V4 file format, screens can appear differently depending on the file format you
are using. For example, you could have either Coded Notes or Comment Codes.
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2Click the drop-down selec-
tion list as illustrated in
Figure 6.4 to choose the
appropriate reason code.
Figure 6.4 N_SIGHT R900 Skip Order Reason Codes
The actual codes that are available to you are determined by the
host operator.
3In Comment, type
any notes for this
account.
4Click Skip.
The account is
marked as
skipped, as
illustrated in
Figure 6.5. The
N_SIGHT R900
software displays
the next meter in
the route.
Figure 6.5 N_SIGHT R900 Skipped Read
5 Continue entering readings within this route.
Skipped
read
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Entering Comment Codes
In some cases, you may need to enter a comment code (a coded note) for
trouble or another reason for a meter. For example, if the glass is broken
or the seal is broken, the meter is leaking or frozen, or has a bad dial. If
you notice trouble while collecting a reading, you can enter a trouble
code. Follow this procedure to enter a trouble code.
1From the reading-entry
screen of the meter for
which you want to enter a
trouble code, touch .
A Coded Notes screen
appears prompting you to
enter coded notes. See
Figure 6.6.
Figure 6.6 N_SIGHT R900 Coded Notes Screen
In the V4 file format, screens can appear differently depending on the file format you
are using. For example, you could have either Coded Notes or Comment Codes.
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2Touch the DOWN
arrow to view the list of
codes, as illustrated in Fig-
ure 6.7.
3 Select the appropriate
code for the trouble found.
4 Select one or two addi-
tional codes, if applicable.
Figure 6.7 Drop-down Selection List of
Coded Notes
1. Touch to save the
trouble codes associated
with the meter.
The icon changes to
, as illustrated in
Figure 6.8 to show that
there is a comment code
attached to this account.
This works as a toggle.
Figure 6.8 N_SIGHT R900 Comment Code
Marked Comment Code
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5To view the trouble codes
entered for this account,
click the red icon.
6Click to return to the
Route.
7 Continue entering read-
ings within this route.
Figure 6.9 Viewing Comment Codes
Adding Free-Form Notes
In some cases, you might want to add some free-form notes to inform
your office about a change to an account. When the N_SIGHT R900
operator uploads data from your handheld, your message is sent to the
N_SIGHT R900 host software and may also be sent to your company’s
billing computer. You can also use this feature to create reminders for
yourself. For example, you might use this feature to specify the exact
location of a meter. Follow this procedure to enter a special message.
Note to Pat! After you load the V2 format, this changes to Customer Notes and the
appearance also change.
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1From the reading entry
screen of the meter for
which you want to enter
free-form notes, press
.
2 Touch .
A screen appears
prompting you to enter a
free-form notes. See
Figure 6.10.
Figure 6.10 N_SIGHT R900 Free Form Notes Screen
3 Begin typing your note in the first blank line.
4 At the end of the line, tab to the second line to continue.
5 When you’ve completed your notes, touch .
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Leaving a Reading Blank
In some cases, you need to leave a reading blank. For example, if a
meters reading is to be estimated by your company’s billing computer.
Follow this procedure to skip over a meter without entering a reading or
a skip code.
1Access the read-
ing entry screen of
the meter you
want to skip.
Figure 6.11 Leaving a Meter Reading Blank
2 Using the direction keys, press the FORWARD or BACKWARD
key to display the next meter in the route without entering a
reading.
The next meter in the route appears in the display.
Blank
read
Your ability to use this feature can be restricted by your company. In such
cases, the handheld will inform you that you must enter either a reading or a
skip code.
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Collecting RR Readings
When you receive your Neptune handheld, it is factory-set to collect
readings manually using the keyboard. When you begin readings
manually, the handheld screen appears similar to the one illustrated in
Figure 6.12.
Figure 6.12 N_SIGHT R900 Manual Reading Screen
Manual keyed read
Manual
entry
While on a keyed account or an R900 account the handheld reads R900s
within range, holds these reads in a buffer, and distributes them to the correct
accounts in the route once an R900 account appears on the display.
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Collecting an RF Reading
When you approach an RF account while collecting meter readings on a
route, the screen similar to the one illustrated in Figure 6.13 appears.
Figure 6.13 N_SIGHT R900 RF Reading Screen
If the account you are reading is an R900 account, the reading icon
at the top right of the screen displays as R9. If the account is an R300
account, the reading icon displays as R3. See Figure 6.13.
At an RF account, the unit is ready to receive a reading transmitted from
an RF transmitter, like an R900. If the account is set up properly and the
RF transmitter is transmitting properly, you should receive a reading for
the account once you are in range of the transmitter.
357 FOREST COURT
RF entry
RF read; If current account is
R300, R3 displays.
While on a Keyed account or an R900 account, the handheld collects R900
meter readings in the background.
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Working with Accounts
While you are reading meters and when you are working with accounts,
there are certain tasks that you need to perform to help you with your
data collection.
Changing the Route Direction, Forward or Reverse
This icon is used for changing the Route Direction from a Forward
direction (advancing from account 1 to account 2) to reverse direction
(advancing from account 2 to account 1) as readings are being recording
in the handheld.
On the Reading
Entry screen, click
.
Figure 6.14 Left to Right Route Direction Icon
Right route direction icon
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The icon changes to ,
as illustrated in Figure
6.15. This works as a
toggle between the two
read directions, forward
and reverse.
Figure 6.15 Right to Left Route Direction Icon
Tagging an Account
While you are reading meters, there may be a need to tag an account and
come back to it later. Follow this procedure to tag or untag accounts
within the route for which you want to complete the readings later on.
Left route direction icon
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1On the Reading
Entry screen, do
one of the follow-
ing:
•Click .
or
Press .
Figure 6.16 Tag Account Icon
The icon changes to ,
as illustrated in Figure
6.17. This works as a
toggle between tagged
and untagged accounts.
Figure 6.17 Tagged Account
Tag account icon
Tag icon
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2 Continue entering readings within this route.
3 To search the tagged accounts so that you can complete the readings
for them, press .
Finding Information
When you are reading meters and need to find an account, an address, a
meter number, or some other information, you can easily do so by using
the N_SIGHT R900 Find function. If you already know specific
information about a meter, such as its meter number, you can quickly
display that meter by using the search function. When you use the
search feature, the handheld searches for the specific information that
you enter. When the software finds a meter whose data matches the
information you entered, that meter appears in the display. Follow this
procedure to find the information you need.
1 On the Reading Entry screen, press .
The Find Order
screen appears as
illustrated in Figure
6.18.
Figure 6.18 N_SIGHT R900 Find Order Screen
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2 Touch .
The list of fields
displays for you to
select the type of
information you
want to find. See
Figure 6.19.
Figure 6.19 Search Display Fields
3Select Multiple to
enter more than one
value for the search.
See Figure 6.20.
Figure 6.20 Search Screen Enter Multiple Values
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Figure 6.21 Search Screen Multiple Values to Match
4 Touch the field for the information you want to find.
Your selection appears in the field.
5 Type a value for the information you want to find in the Value field,
if applicable.
6 If you selected more than one route when you logged into
N_SIGHT R900, do one of the following:
Touch Only Current Route if you only want to search within
the current route to find the information.
Leave the Only Current Route checkbox empty if you want
to search within all the routes you selected when you logged
into N_SIGHT R900.
You can find information within only the current route, or within any of the
routes you selected when you logged into N_SIGHT R900. The field named
Display Fields are typically where your address information is located. Use
Display Fields as your address search field.
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7 Touch one of the following to begin your search.
Search> if you want to search forward in the route
<Search is you want to search backward in the route
If only one exact match to your entered search criteria is found, it is
displayed. If multiple accounts match your entered criteria, they
will appear in a list form. You should browse the list and select the
desired account.
Validating Readings
If the audit feature has been set on the host computer, the handheld
validates each reading you enter against the high/low range selected for
the audit feature.
Hi/Low Fails
If the reading falls within the high/low range, the handheld accepts the
reading and advances to the next meter in the route. If the reading is
outside the high/low range, the handheld does not accept the reading
and the Hi /Lo/No/Inact Check screen appears. Use this procedure to
complete a reading that falls outside the high/low range.
1On the reading entry
screen, enter the
reading that falls
outside the high/low
range. See Figure
6.22.
Figure 6.22 Reading Outside High/Low Range
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The handheld
sounds and the
Hi/Lo/No/Inact
Check screen
appears as
illustrated in Figure
6.23.
Figure 6.23 N_SIGHT R900 Hi / Lo / No / Inact Screen
N_SIGHT R900 wants you to be sure that you entered the number
correctly.
2 If you are sure this is the correct reading, then enter the numbers
again on the Hi/Lo/No/Inact Check screen.
3 Touch .
The reading is accepted as the next account appears.
You must enter the same digits in the reading to pass the high/low audit
during the second attempt. If a different reading is entered during the second
attempt, the system will fail the audit. This failure mode will continue until you
enter the same reading digits twice.
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Removing a Reading
In some cases, you may need to clear or delete a reading. For example,
if you make a mistake entering a reading and need to enter it again.
Follow this procedure to clear an existing reading from the handheld.
1Display the reading
entry screen of the
meter whose read-
ing you want to
clear. See Figure
6.24.
Figure 6.24 Reading to be Cleared
2 Press . Then touch , and touch .
You can only clear or reset readings for the same day. If you completed
readings for a previous day, you cannot reset the readings.
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The Reset Order
screen appears as
illustrated in Figure
6.25.
Figure 6.25 N_SIGHT R900 Reset Order Screen
3Press Y or touch Yes
to reset the reading.
Figure 6.26 Reset Reading
The reading is then reset back to UR (unread).
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You can now enter a new reading or skip code, or leave the reading
blank and display the reading entry screen of the next meter on the
route.
Clearing a Skip Code
In some cases, you may need to clear a skip code. For example, if you
can now revisit the account you skipped and enter the reading. Follow
this procedure to unskip a skip code from the handheld.
1Display the reading entry
screen of the meter whose
reading you skipped. See
Figure 6.27.
Figure 6.27 Reading to be Unskipped
2 Touch Unskip.
If you reset a created found meter account, the found meter account is
cleared in its entirety.
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The Undo Skipped
Order screen appears
as illustrated in Figure
6.28.
Figure 6.28 N_SIGHT R900 Undo Skipped Order Screen
3Press Y or touch Yes
to unskip the reading.
The reading is then
reset back to UR
(unread) as illustrated
in Figure 6.29.
Figure 6.29 Reading Field after Unskipped
You can now continue with a new reading, or leave the reading
blank and display the reading entry screen of the next meter on the
route.
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Clearing a Comment Code, Customer Note, or Trouble Code
In some cases, you may need to clear a code that you’ve entered for a
comment code, customer note, or a trouble code. Follow this procedure
to clear the code you entered on the handheld.
1Identify the account that
has the code or note you
want to clear.
The icon, as
illustrated in Figure 6.30,
shows that there is a code
or note attached to this
account.
Figure 6.30 Screen Showing Code Attached
Marked comment code
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2Go to the screen where
you entered the code or
note. See Figure 6.31.
3 Press .
The code or note is then
cleared from this account.
Figure 6.31 Screen Where Code Was Entered
Adding a New Meter to a Route
If you find a meter on your route that has not yet been loaded on the
handheld, you can add the new meter and information about it to the
current route. Follow this procedure to add a new meter to an existing
route.
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1Press .
The Meter Process
Menu appears as
illustrated in Figure 6.32.
Figure 6.32 N_SIGHT R900 Meter Process Menu
2Touch .
The New Meter screen
appears as illustrated in
Figure 6.33.
Figure 6.33 N_SIGHT R900 New Meter Screen
3 Using the letter and number keys, type the meter number for the
new meter in the ID EXP field.
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4In the MTR TYPE field, touch the DOWN arrow and select the
type of meter just found.
5 Touch the DIALS field, and enter the number of dials that the new
meter uses.
6 Touch the DECIMALS field, and enter the number of decimals
that the meter uses.
7 Touch the ADDRESS field, and type the address for the account.
8 Touch the notes field and type any notes, if applicable.
9 Touch to add the found meter.
The found meter is now added to the route.
Correcting or Changing Meter Information
Depending upon the options selected by the host operator, you can
correct or change some information that was loaded from the host
computer. Follow this procedure to access the Change Meter Info
screen so that you can change information about a meter.
Follow this procedure to correct meter information.
1Make sure that the meter
whose data you want to
change is shown in the dis-
play.
Figure 6.34 Meter Information to Change
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2Press .
The Meter Process
Menu appears as
illustrated in Figure 6.35.
Figure 6.35 N_SIGHT R900 Meter Process Menu
3 Touch .
The Change Meter Info
screen appears as
illustrated in Figure 6.36.
Figure 6.36 N_SIGHT R900 Change Meter Info Screen
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4 Correct any of the following information.
Using the letter and number keys, correct the meter number in
the ID EXP field, if applicable.
•In the MTR TYPE field, touch the arrow, and select the
type of meter just found, if applicable.
Touch the DIALS field, and enter the number of dials that the
new meter uses, if applicable.
Touch the DECIMALS field, and enter the number of deci-
mals that the meter uses, if applicable.
Touch the notes field and type any notes, if applicable.
5 Touch to accept the changes you made to the meter.
The changes made to the meter is reflected in the current route with
which you are working.
Finding and Displaying Reading-Entry Screens
The procedures in this section explain how to move within a single
route, change routes, search for specific meters, and use the bookmark
feature. The following tasks are explained in this section.
“Moving Through Reading Entry Screens,” on page 6-32
“Moving Around Routes,” on page 6-35
You will need to print these changes in a standard report. Usually, when the
information is transferred from N_SIGHT R900 to the billing system, this
information is not updated by the billing system.
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Moving Through Reading Entry Screens
The handheld moves from one reading-entry screen to the next in one of
two ways:
When reading meters, the N_SIGHT R900 software automatically
advances to next meter in the route after you enter a reading or a
skip code for the current meter on the route. See “Entering a
Reading,” on page 6-3.
you can move FORWARD or BACKWARD when you are on
the reading entry screen to display the next meter or previous meter
in the route without entering a reading. The key that you press
depends upon the route direction icon that you establish. Refer
to “Entering a Reading,” on page 6-3.
Reviewing Additional Information for an Account
Each reading entry screen has two additional screens you can view by
simply pressing the or arrow keys. These screens contain
location and hazard codes, and the statistics for the loaded routes.
Location or Hazard Codes
To view location or hazard codes, follow this procedure.
Continually pressing the up or down arrow keys while on an account cycles
between the three available screens, the Main Reading screen, the Hazard
screen and the Route Statistics screen.
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1Make sure that the meter
for which you want to
view additional infor-
mation is shown in the
display.
Figure 6.37 Additional Meter Information to View
2Press twice.
The Location and
Hazard Codes screen
appears as illustrated in
Figure 6.38.
Figure 6.38 Location and Hazard Codes Screen
You can view two location codes and two hazard codes for each
account.
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3 When finished viewing these codes, do one of the following.
Press Esc to return to the Reading Entry screen.
Press to view the Statistics for Loaded Routes screen.
Statistics for Loaded Routes
To view statistics for loaded routes, follow this procedure.
1Make sure that the meter
for which you want to
view statistics for loaded
routes is shown in the dis-
play.
Figure 6.39 For Statistics for Loaded Routes
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2Press .
The Statistics for
Loaded Routes screen
appears as illustrated in
Figure 6.40.
Figure 6.40 Statistics for Loaded Routes Screen
You can view the number of unread accounts, skipped accounts,
and read accounts for each of the loaded routes.
3 When finished viewing these statistics, do one of the following.
Press Esc to return to the Reading Entry screen.
Press again to view the Location and Hazard Codes
screen.
Moving Around Routes
While reading meters, you can move around within the current route, or
another route if you selected it at the time you logged in. The GoTo
feature allows you to go to the:
Previous or next route, if selected at login
Beginning or end of the current route
First or last incomplete account in the route
Use the following procedure to move around within a route as well as to
move from one route to another.
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1Press .
The GoTo screen appears
as illustrated in Figure
6.41.
Figure 6.41 N_SIGHT R900 GoTo Screen
2 On this screen, do one of the following to move to where you want
to go.
Press or touch Prev Route to go to the previous route.
Press or touch Next Route to go to the next route.
Press or touch Beg of Route to go to the beginning of the
current route.
Press or touch End of Route to go to the end of the cur-
rent route.
Press or First Incompl to go to the first incomplete
within the route.
Press or Last Incompl to go to the last incomplete within
the route.
3 Depending upon your selection, N_SIGHT R900 moves to the
account you chose.
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Resequencing Routes
Resequencing allows you to sort meters by the sequence numbers or by
the timestamp of when readings were collected. Whenever you exit the
N_SIGHT R900 software, you are given the option to resequence.
However, you can resequence while you are reading meters on your
route. Complete the following procedures to resequence your route.
Resequence an Order
Follow this procedure to resequence an order.
1Display the reading entry
screen that you want to
resequence. See Figure
6.42.
Figure 6.42 Account to Resequence
Before selecting to resequence a route, you should confirm with your Utility
Office Manager that your billing system can accept the route in a
resequenced order.
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2Press .
3 Then touch , and
touch .
The Resequence screen
appears as illustrated in
Figure 6.43.
Figure 6.43 Resequence Screen
4 Make your selections for the following.
Resequence After – if you want the account to resequence
after the current account
Reseq After – if you want to specify a certain position in the
route.
Resequence To – if you want to resequence all account to a
certain position in the route.
5 Press Resequence after you make your selection.
The resequencing is completed for you.
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Resequence While Collecting Readings
Follow this procedure to turn on or off resequencing while collecting
readings.
1Press .
2 Then touch , and
touch .
The Resequencing screen
appears as illustrated in
Figure 6.44.
Figure 6.44 Inline Resequencing Screen
This function works as a toggle either on or off. Use this screen to
turn it on or off, when applicable.
Confirming the Resequencing
When you exit the N_SIGHT R900 software you must first confirm the
resequencing for the routes you have just read. Three options are
available to you.
Timestamp resequencing
Accept resequencing
Reject resequencing
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Follow this procedure to confirm resequencing.
1When you press to
exit the N_SIGHT R900
software, the Confirm
Resequencing screen
appears as illustrated in
Figure 6.45.
Figure 6.45 Confirm Resequencing Screen
2 Touch the to select one of the following options.
Timestamp Reseq
Accept Reseq
Reject Reseq
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7 Communicating with the Host Computer
Once the software for the Neptune handheld system is set up and the
hardware is connected as described in either “Setting Up the CE5320,”
on page 3-3 or “Setting Up the Nomad,” on page 4-3, use the procedures
of this chapter to exchange information with the host computer. During
a typical information exchange, assignments and other route data, such
as code tables, are sent to the handheld, and meter readings and route
information are sent to the host.
Exchanging Information
There are several methods you can use to exchange information with the
host computer. The method for exchanging information is called
synchronize.
Synchronize—initiates a two-way communication between the
handheld and the host computer in which the handheld sends
information to the host computer and also receives information from the
host computer.
Exiting the Software
When you have completed all the reads in your routes, you exit the
software, and upload the route information to the N_SIGHT R900 host
software. To exit the software, complete the following procedure.
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1Exit N_SIGHT R900 by
pressing .
The Confirm
Resequencing screen
appears as illustrated in
Figure 7.1.
Figure 7.1 Confirm Resequencing Screen
2 Touch the in the Change Reseq Status to select one of the fol-
lowing options, if applicable:
Timestamp Reseq
Accept Reseq
Reject Reseq
If you have more than one route, select the next route, and repeat step 2.
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3Touch to confirm
your resequencing
choice.
The Handheld Logout
screen appears as
illustrated in Figure 7.2.
Figure 7.2 N_SIGHT R900 Handheld Logout Screen
4 Type any notes, if applicable.
5Touch Logout.
The Hold Routes screen
appears as illustrated in
Figure 7.3.
Figure 7.3 Hold Routes Screen
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6 Touch the in Change Hold Status to select one of the following
options, if applicable.
All of these hold functions determine which accounts are left in the
handheld after the route is uploaded.
7 Select the route to hold, if applicable.
8Touch .
The N_SIGHT R900
Login screen appears as
illustrated in Figure 7.4.
Figure 7.4 N_SIGHT R900 Login Screen
Sending and Receiving
When ready to communicate or synchronize with the host computer, use
this procedure to send and receive information. Follow this procedure
for each handheld that you are using.
None Hold none of the accounts in the handheld.
Unread/Skipped Hold all unread accounts and all skipped
accounts in the handheld.
Unread Hold only the unread accounts in the handheld.
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1 Do one of the following.
Place the CE5320B handheld in the cradle by sliding it bottom
first into the cradle.
Place the Nomad handheld into the Charging/Communications
Cradle or connect the Nomad to the PC with the USB Cable.
2On the N_SIGHT
R900 Login screen,
press or touch
Synchronize.
Figure 7.5 Synchronize Button
If your handheld system is set to AutoSync, the handheld will
indicate with the audible message "Connected" when it is starting
the communications process.
When the handheld is removed from the Cradle, it will indicate
with the audible message "Disconnected" (regardless of sync
mode).
The hour glass appears on the screen to show that the
communications process in underway.
Touch Synchronize to start communications. An X
appears until Network Connection is established
Communicating with the Host Computer
Notes:
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8 Using the Field Programmer
This chapter provides fundamental instructions for operating the
Field Programmer including how to connect the mouse to the CE5320
and the Nomad handheld devices, programming the device, and more.
This chapter contains basic features of the Field Programmer and it also
gives instructions for setting it up, so that it can be used to collect
information from the field.
Connecting the Mouse
The Field Programmer mouse, when connected to the to the CE5320 or
the Nomad handhelds, allows you to query or program a ProRead
register by using one of the following methods.
• Touch-read
Use of the alligator clip to connect red, green, and black wires.
It also allows you to program an R900G endpoint through an infrared
programming LED.
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Connecting the Mouse to the CE5320
The following illustration displays some of the features of the mouse
that connects to the CE5320.
Figure 8.1 Field Programmer Mouse for the CE5320
To connect the mouse to the CE5320, complete the following steps.
1 Locate the small red dot at the end of the mouse connector cable.
See Figure 8.1.
2 Locate the small red mark on the port at the right of the display on
the Field Programmer. See Figure 8.2 on page 8-3.
3 Push the mouse connector into the lemo port, lining up the red
marks.
Touch-read inductive coupling
Small red dot on mouse connector
IR Programming LED for R900G endpoint
Programming button
Alligator clips to connect red, green, and black wires on register
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Figure 8.2 Connecting Mouse to CE5320
Alligator clips to connect red,
green, and black wires on register
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Connecting the Mouse to the Nomad
The following illustration displays some of the features of the mouse
Figure 8.3 Field Programmer Mouse for the Nomad
To connect the mouse to the Nomad Field Programmer, complete the
following steps.
1 Locate the USB connector at the end of the mouse cable. See Figure
8.3.
2 Locate the USB port on the bottom of the Nomad. See Figure 8.4
on page 8-5.
3 Push the USB connector into the USB port.
Touch-read inductive coupling
IR Programming LED for R900G endpoint
Programming button
Alligator clips to connect red, green, and black wires on register
USB mouse connector
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Figure 8.4 Connecting Mouse to Nomad
Alligator clips to connect red, green,
and black wires on register
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Verifying the Handheld Recognizes the Mouse
If the handheld does not recognize the mouse, complete the following
steps.
1 Exit the NHPSProSys software. See “Exiting the Software,” on
page 7-1.
2 Verify that the mouse and/or receiver are connected to the handheld
device.
3 Run InstallEngine_HH.exe and wait for it to finish.
4 Restart the handheld using the Software Reset located in Options
in the CE window.
5 When the handheld is running, select NHPSProSys.exe.
6 Verify that the program recognizes the mouse or receiver.
Starting Field Programmer
To start the Field Programmer, complete the following steps.
This can take some time for the handheld to check for the mouse. Wait at
least 30 seconds for the handheld to recognize the mouse.
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1From the N_SIGHT R900
Login screen, touch
Menu.
2 Touch .
3 Select ,
Field Programmer.
The Field Programmer
Menu appears.
Figure 8.5 Field Programmer Menu
4 Touch the option you
want to use.
Program Pro Read
Configure ProRead
Program Gas
Configure Gas
The Field Programmer
Password screen appears.
Figure 8.6 Field Programmer Password Screen
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5 Type your password.
On this screen, you can also change your password as described in
“Changing Your Password,” on page 8-8 or you can cancel logging
in to the system
6Click .
Changing Your Password
Complete the following steps
to change your password.
1 On the Field Programmer
Password screen, touch
.
The Change Password
screen appears. See
Figure 8.7.
Figure 8.7 Change Password Screen
2In Old Password, type the old password.
3In New Password, type your new password.
If you cannot remember your password, you can touch or click to display
a clue.
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4In Confirm, type your new password again.
5 Touch .
Your password is now changed.
Programming the ProRead
The first time you use the Field Programmer software after the
installation, you need to configure both the ProRead and the gas
functionality.
Congfiguring the ProRead
To program the ProRead, use the Neptune Field Programmer and
complete the following steps.
What you enter in New Password and Confirm must match in order for you to change
the password. If they do not, you will receive an error message.
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1Select Program ProRead
from the
Field Programmer
Menu. See “Starting
Field Programmer,” on
page 8-6.
The ProRead
Programming screen
appears. See Figure 8.8.
Figure 8.8 ProRead Configuration Screen
2 Touch for Format Name.
A selection list similar to Figure
8.9 appears.
Figure 8.9 Format Name Selection List
3 Touch or click the format you want, and double click or press
Enter.
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4 For Connectivity, touch one of the following.
Coil – if you are using the touchpad
2W – (2-wire) if you are using the alligator clip
5For Dial Code, touch one
of the following to adjust
the number of meter read-
ing digits returned from
the register to a reading
device:
•49
•59
•65
otr – to choose
another value from a
selection list. See
Figure 8.10. (To return
to the screen from this
list, select None.)
Figure 8.10 Otr Selection List
6In Register ID, type the ID or serial number of the register.
7 For Cus Char, enter the additional information you want to have
for that meter, such as size or location.
M N L (upper case, alphanumeric)
1 2 S (numeric digits.)
The water utility often requires modification so that a reading matches its standard
billing units, such as 1000s of gallons.
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8 Connect in one of the following ways.
For coil, align the mouse coil with the receptacle, then proceed
to step 9.
For alligator clips, attach the clips to the corresponding wire
color, then proceed to step 9.
9 Start Programming in one of the following ways.
Touch or click .
(This button can only
be used for
programming; it
cannot be used for
Read or Query.)
Press the program
button on the mouse.
Press Enter.
An audible tone signals
the Program Result.
•PASS
•FAIL
See Figure 8.11.
Figure 8.11 Program Result -- Pass Screen
10 If you want to view detailed information, touch or click Details.
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Details display the data in
raw format. See Figure
8.12.
Figure 8.12 ProRead Program Details Screen
11 Touch or click to return to the ProRead Configuration
screen.
12 You can program a similar register that can automatically generate
a new ID number by pressing again.
13 You can program a different type of register by repeating steps 1
through 10.
14 When finished programming, choose one of the following.
Touch or click Read to take a reading.
Touch or click Query to query the register.
Touch or click to return to the main screen.
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Querying the ProRead
Use the query function to determine the current programming
configuration of a ProRead register. You can determine the format type,
Dial Code setting, Network Numbers, ID number, and other important
settings from the query results. This information is especially critical
when using the Field Programmer to read registers, because the
programmer must first be configured with the proper settings before it
can read successfully.
To query a register, place the appropriate adapter on the register or
receptacle, and complete the following steps.
1Select Program ProRead
from the
Field Programmer
menu.
2 Select the Query tab.
The ProRead Query
screen appears. See
Figure 8.13.
Figure 8.13 ProRead Query Screen
3 Touch or click to perform a query.
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The query results appear
similar to that of Figure
8.14.
Figure 8.14 ProRead Query Results
The query results should confirm that the ProRead register is
programmer correctly.
4 Repeat steps 1 through 3 to query another register or choose one of
the following.
Touch or click Read to take a reading.
Touch or click Program to program the register.
Touch or click to return to the main screen.
Reading the ProRead Register
The Field Programmer is designed to be used as a programming and
troubleshooting tool rather than a reading device. However, the
Field Programmer is capable of collecting readings.
To read a ProRead register, complete the following steps:
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1Select ProRead from the
Field Programmer menu.
2 Select the Read tab.
The ProRead Read screen
appears. See Figure 8.15
Figure 8.15 ProRead Read Screen
3Select Network Type.
4 Select the Connectivity.
Align the mouse with
the register. Touch or
click Coil to collect a
reading.
Select 2W to use
without receptacle.
Select 3W for pro-
grammed registers.
5 Touch or click
to collect the reading. See
Figure 8.16.
Figure 8.16 ProRead Reading Result Screen
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6 Repeat steps 1 through 5 to read another register, or choose one of
the following.
Touch or click Program to program the register.
Touch or click Query to query the r