Ethernet Operator Panel Installation and Setup


Installation Guide

Depending on the reasoning for the change and your existing equipment this documentation may not match exactly for your application/setup. This is a general guide that should assist in making the changes and MachMotion support is available to assist further if needed.

Below is an overview of your Ethernet operator panel upgrade kit.

Figure 1 - Ethernet PoKeys kit components

Follow the steps below to install the Ethernet device.
Step 1: Remove the existing operator panel by taking out the six screws.

Figure 2 - Removing the operator panel

Step 2: Remove the USB device on the back of the operator panel by carefully wobbling it back and forth. It is very important to remove it evenly so none of the pins get bent.  This can be difficult, a little prying from different places a bit at a time can help.

Figure 3 - Installing the PoKeys board

Step 3: Replace the USB device with the Ethernet device.

Figure 4 - The back of the operator panel with Ethernet PoKeys installed

Step 4: Connect the small connector side of the red/black wire pair to the operator panel as shown

Figure 5 - 5V power input for PoKeys board

Step 6: Place the switch in the hole where the operator panel mounts. Then run the spare Cat5
(Ethernet) cable, the red/black wire pair, and black Ethernet switch wire through the back of the control.
If you have an internet cable that you want to connect, make sure to connect it to the switch at this

Figure 6 - Ethernet switch installed behind the operator panel

Step 7: Connect the Cat5 cable to the Ethernet port on the control, the red/black wire pair to the 5V
connector, and the black Ethernet switch wire to the 12V as shown below.

Figure 7 - Computer power output ports

Step 8: Mount the operator panel back on the control.



Step 1: If Mach3 is open, close it. Run the MachMotion PoKeys installer.
Step 2: Start Mach3 and enable the Pokeys plugin:
      1. “Config”->”Config Plugins”
      2. Uncheck the old PoKeys0 plugin and enable the new PoKeys-PoLabs-v0.01 one.
When the correct plugin is completed restart Mach3.

Figure 8 - Mach3 PlugIn Control Window

Step 3: Open the pokeys plugin in Mach3:
           1. "Config"->"Config Plugins"
           2. Press the yellow "CONFIG" button
Step 4: In the new window that opens select “Add new”
Step 5: Choose PoKeys board from the drop down list, hit “OK” and then restart Mach3.
Step 6: Open the PoKeys plugin as before and select the PoKeys board from the list and press

Figure 9 - PoKeys Plugin Settings

Step 7: Go to the “Import/Export settings” tab and check the “PoKeys pin mapping” and “Encoder
settings and mapping” check boxes. Next hit the “Import” button and navigate to the location of the XML file needed:

  • Apollo I (or IO6) board: PokeysConfig.xml
  • Apollo III (or Interpreter): MotionControllerPokeysConfig.xml
    • Either of these files are likely located in the c:\mach3 folder or in the MachMotion Programs and Drivers Folder (shortcut on desktop or look in the C:\ drive)
    • Files are also attached to the online version of this document

Figure 10 - PoKeys import settings tab

Step 8: Close the configuration window then restart Mach3 one last time.

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