|Manufacturer||Warp9 Tech Design Inc.|
|Part Number||B-ESS-Ethernet SmoothStepper|
|Item Weight||0.353 ounces|
|Product Dimensions||3.75 x 2.75 x 0.5 inches|
|Is Discontinued By Manufacturer||No|
|Item Package Quantity||1|
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The SmoothStepper is a motion control device that connects to the network port of a computer or router. It accepts commands from CNC software Mach3, and produces very high quality pulse trains that drive step & direction motors. Eliminates the need for a computer with a parallel port! Generates pulses at rates of up to 4Mhz, and has 34 I/O ports. A 5 volt power supply, Ethernet cable, and ribbon cable adapter is required (not included).
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I had been using an old Windows XP-based, Pentium 4 computer to run my CNC tools with Mach3 since 2007, but the computer started having issues and working unreliably. I tried to replace it with another old, virtually identical machine, and found it had different hardware issues. In the intervening months, I went through two other computers, went to Windows 7 64 bit - only to learn Mach3 won't support 64 bit windows, and finally running LinuxCNC.
I bought this smooth stepper to move back to Mach3 on a younger, faster Windows 7 computer. It worked fantastically. The ESS has three parallel ports on it, and with very little effort, I am able to control all three of my CNC machines under Mach3 just by running three different configuration files.
I've been running it a couple of months now and it works great. Between their online support videos and installation software it was easy to set up and get running. I could have avoided a few months of pain swapping computers and going down the whole LinuxCNC path if I had done this sooner. The Warp9 Ethernet Smooth Stepper is the way to go.
The online instructions were not any good for my install as they mainly cover how to install the drivers and setup, the software. I needed how to connect the XYZ axis from this Controller to the Motor boards. Nothing I could see. I needed help, after emailing 3 times and never getting a reply I had no use for this board and returned it.
I have used these ESS units on several CNC builds and they have provided very fast and reliable movement of both servo and stepper motors at very high pulse signal rates.
The only problems you may at times experience occur when the control PC is powered down but the ESS is not and the ESS's connection to the PC is lost. When the PC is powered back on and tries to connect to the ESS via the control software, (Mach 3 in my case) an error message may be displayed that it can not connect to the ESS. However, the solution to this is simple. Just turn the power off to the ESS and back on then restart Mach 3.