Leica’s Flexline series of TST has a fun wrinkle in setting up the comms. If you want it to talk to TheoLt you need to set it to use some form of external communication. Bluetooth wireless, Lemo and USB cables are options. At the Main Menu screen select ‘5. Setting’:
The ‘Automatically’ setting will detect the cable when its plugged in, leaving the Bluetooth active means it will take over when the cable is removed. Selecting ‘RS232’ will allow the baudrate, data bit and parity settings to be switched. Note that on p2 there is a switch for ‘Acknowledge’- make sure its set to ‘on.’
Make sure TheoLt settings match the instrument settings for the allocated COM port:
Once in agreement with TheoLt comms will begin. BUT you only have one way comms! You can call data from the software but although the instrument can be triggered by the ALL key in the Q-Survey Screen nothing is sent to CAD.
What’s up? There is one more setting to see to and it dosn’t live in the ‘comm’ menu, it’s in the ‘General’ settings menu:
A word of warning: the Flexline comms don’t work under Windows 8, apparently because Leica haven’t provided a Microsoft certified interface for them. This kills both cable and Bluetooth options. There are work-arounds ( including a downgrade to Win 7..duh) posted on the web involving re-configuring Win 8 to drop requests for certificates but I have had no luck with this method so far. Leica Geosystems state they are not addressing this problem until there is ‘sufficient demand’.
A kick in the teeth for the early adopters eh?