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Introduction to the Summit Client Utility

Summit delivers a connection management and monitoring utility called the Summit Client Utility (SCU). SCU allows you to view all radio and security settings, and status; and enables you to troubleshoot connectivity issues. The following is a detailed list of what you can view using the SCU:

  • Individual Summit radio configuration profile contents including radio and security settings.
  • Global settings, which apply to every profile.
  • A snapshot status of the current wireless network connection.
  • More detailed status information on the radio, the access point to which it is connected, and the RF connection or link between the two.
  • In-depth diagnostic information on the connection and the radio, so users can accurately report key data to an administrator when there is a connection or performance issue.
  • Other information on the radio, such as software versions and regulatory domain.

Note: All SCU management functions are only available to administrators. For more information on administrator functions, refer to the Summit Administrator's Guide which can be accessed from the Documentation page of the Summit Data Communications website.

This SCU User's Guide provides the following information:

  • Instructions on how to access SCU.
  • Detailed information regarding each SCU window including Main, Profile, Status, Diags, and Global.
  • Instructions on how to use the Summit System Tray icon (only available for Windows CE and Windows Mobile).

 


 

Accessing the Summit Client Utility

The SCU is available for Windows Embedded CE, Windows Mobile, and Windows XP. Depending on your operating system, use one of the following methods to access SCU:

  • Windows Embedded CE or Windows Mobile - From the Start menu, select Programs > Summit > Summit Client Utility
  • Windows XP - From the Start menu, select All Programs > Summit > Summit Client Utility.

SCU has five tabbed windows which, depending on your operating system, may be accessed from the bottom of the screen (Windows CE or Windows Mobile) or from the top of the screen (Windows XP):

To view a window, tap the applicable tab.


 

Main Window

Main Main XP 

Figure 1: Main window  

The Main window provides an overview of the current wireless network connection configuration (Active Profile), a snapshot of connection information as well as access to administrator functions (Admin Login/Logout - administrator use only), and additional information regarding SCU (About SCU).

The two images at right (Figure 1) are the SCU Main windows for Windows CE/Windows Mobile and Windows XP operating systems.

Table 1 describes the SCU elements available from the Main window.

Element  Description 
Admin Login/Logout Administrator use only. 
Enable Radio
/Disable Radio
When the radio is enabled, select this button (which displays Disable Radio) to disable it. When the radio is disabled, select the same button (which now displays Enable Radio) to enable it.

Note: When the radio is enabled, it attempts to make and/or maintains a connection to an access point. When a radio is disabled, its power remains on but it does not attempt to make a connection to an access point.
Status Indicates the current status of the Summit radio. Connection statuses include:
 
Down The radio is not recognized by Summit software and therefore is not associated nor authenticated.
Disabled The radio is disabled. To enable the radio, tap Enable Radio located on the SCU Main window. When the radio is disabled, it does not attempt to make a connection to an access point.
Not Associated The radio has not established a connection to an access point.
Associated The radio has established a connection to an access point but is not EAP authenticated. The radio can not communicate unless it is associated and EAP authenticated.

Note: If the Encryption type is set to WEP or Open (None), it can communicate (send data) while in the Associated state.
<EAP type> Authenticated The radio has established a connection to an access point and has completed EAP authentication successfully. In this state, the radio can communicate (send data).
Radio Type Indicates the type of radio installed in the device. For example:
 
BG Indicates a Summit 802.11g radio which supports 802.11b and 802.11g.
ABG Indicates a Summit 802.11a/g radio which supports 802.11a, 802.11b, and 802.11g.
N Indicates Summit 802.11n radio which supports 802.11a, 802.11b, 802.11g, and 802.11n.
Reg. Domain Indicates the regulatory domain(s) for which the radio is configured, including FCC, ETSI, MIC, and KCC.
Auto Profile Auto profile enables you to activate or deactivate automatic profile selection. Tap List and use the dialog box to select a created profile.

Note: There is a limit of 19 profiles in the Auto Profile list.

Note: Auto Profile is only available on Windows CE and Windows Mobile operating systems.
Driver Indicates the current version of the device driver.
SCU Indicates the SCU version currently running on the device. Displays only if space permits.

 

Profile Window

 Profile Profile XP 

Figure 2: Profile window  

Profile settings are radio and security settings that are stored for each configuration profile. Other than viewing the settings for each profile, the functions and settings located on the Profile window are only available to administrators. Non-administrators may not edit any items on this tab.

The two images at right (Figure 2) are the SCU Profile windows for Windows CE and Windows XP operating systems.

Note: The Summit Knowledge Center provides detailed information for the following radio setting terms located on the Profile tab. Refer to the Administrator's Guide for SCU-specific radio settings including default settings.

     

Status Window

Status Status XP 

Figure 3: Status window   

The Status window provides status information on the radio connection between the client device and the access point to which it's associated.

The two images at right (Figure 3) are the SCU Status windows for Windows CE and Windows XP operating systems.

Table 2 describes the SCU elements available from the Status window.

Element  Description 
Profile  The active profile.
Status Indicates the active status of the Summit radio.

Status also displays on the Main tab window. See Main Window > Status for details on individual status options. Connection statuses include:
 
Down The radio is not recognized by Summit software and therefore is not associated nor authenticated.
Disabled The radio is disabled. To enable the radio, tap Enable Radio located on the SCU Main window.
When the radio is disabled, it does not attempt to make a connection to an access point.
Not Associated The radio has not established a connection to an access point.
Associated The radio has established a connection to an access point but is not EAP authenticated. The radio can not communicate unless it is associated and EAP authenticated.

Note: If the Encryption type is set to WEP or Open (None), it can communicate (send data) while in the Associated state.
<EAP type> Authenticated The radio has established a connection to an access point and has completed EAP authentication successfully. In this state, the radio can communicate (send data).
Device Information Device information including the device name, IP address, and MAC address.
 
AP Information Access point information including the name of the access point to which the radio is associated, the IP address of the access point, and the MAC address of the access point. Also displayed in this section are the beacon period and DTIM.
Connection Information Connection information including the channel the radio is using to connect to the access point along with the bit rate (in Mbps) and Tx Power. This section also displays the signal strength (or RSSI) in dBm and quality.

Note: For more information on 802.11 channels, refer to the Summit Knowledge Center. 

Status Ping

Figure 4: Status Window, ping indicator   

Note: When a ping initiated from the Diags window is active, the Status window displays a ping indicator consisting of two lights that flash green (for a successful ping) or red (for an unsuccessful ping). The image at right (Figure 4) highlights the ping indicator.


 

Diags Window

Diags Diags XP 

Figure 5: Diags window  

The Diags windows enables you to troubleshoot connection issues with SCU. The two images at right (Figure 5) are the SCU Diags windows for Windows CE and Windows XP operating systems.

Table 3 describes the SCU elements available from the Diags window.

Element  Description 
(Re)connect Initiate a reconnect of the radio: Disable and enable the radio, apply (or reapply) the current profile, attempt to associate to the wireless LAN, and attempt to authenticate to the wireless LAN. SCU logs all activity in the output area at the bottom of the Diags window.
Release/Renew Obtain a new IP address through DHCP release/renew. SCU logs all activity in the output area at the bottom of the Diags window.
 
Start Ping/Stop Ping Start a continuous ping to the address in the edit box next to the button. Once the button is tapped, its name and function changes to Stop Ping. Pings continue until you tap Stop Ping, move to a different SCU window (other than Diags or Status), exit SCU, or remove the radio.

Note: If your device has both a Summit radio and another network adapter active, then pings may go out over the non-Summit network adapter.

Note: The access point's IP address is the default for a ping although any valid IP address can be manually entered.
Diagnostics Attempt to (re)connect to an access point and provide a more thorough dump of data than is obtained with (Re)connect. The dump includes radio state, profile settings, global settings, and a BSSID list of access points in the area.
Save To... Indicate where you want to save the diagnostics file.
Tap Save To... to open the Save As window. From here, you can change the SDC diagnostics file name, the folder in which SCU saves the file, the format in which the file is saved (the file type), and the location of the saved file (Main memory or System).

Global Window

Global Global XP 

 Figure 6: Global window  

Global settings include radio and security settings that apply to all profiles and settings that apply to SCU itself. Administrator use only.

The images at right (Figure 6) are the SCU Global windows for Windows CE and Windows XP operating systems.

Detailed definitions of all properties located on the Global window can be found in the Summit Glossary of Technical Terms:

   


Using the Summit System Tray Icon (Windows CE and Windows Mobile only)

SCU TRAY ICON 

Figure 7: Summit System Tray Icon  

On Windows CE or Windows Mobile, Summit software includes a service that displays an icon in the Windows System Tray. This icon provides a visual status for the Summit radio in the device and it provides access to the SCU application. The image at right (Figure 7) shows the Summit System Tray Icon.

Note: Tap the icon to launch the SCU application.

The service is active and displays an icon in the System Tray only when all of the following conditions are met:

  • A Summit radio is installed in the device or inserted in an external slot in the device.
  • The device is active.
  • Windows Zero Config (WZC) is not active.

The SCU Tray Icon global setting is On (the default setting).

When the service is active, it queries the radio every three seconds for connection status. Based on the radio's response to the query, the service displays one of the following icons:

Table 4: SCU Tray Icons  

RSSI 0  The radio is not associated/authenticated to an AP.
RSSI 1  The signal strength (RSSI) for the current AP (to which the radio is associated) is -90 dBm or weaker, which means that a Summit 802.11b/g radio will operate at 802.11b data rates only.
RSSI 2  The RSSI for the current AP is stronger than -90 dBm but not stronger than -70 dBm, which means that a Summit radio will operate at 802.11g or 802.11a data rates that are less than 54 Mbps
 
RSSI 3  The RSSI for the current AP is stronger than -70 dBm but not stronger than -50 dBm, which means that a Summit radio should operate consistently at 54 Mbps
 
RSSI 4  The RSSI for the current AP is stronger than -50 dBm.