Before connecting the CrossFire machine to your computer for the first time, be sure to close FireControl software. Next, connect the provided USB cable from your electronics enclosure to an available USB port on your computer. When first connecting your device to the computer, it should automatically install the appropriate USB serial drivers for your computer; do not close or stop these processes from running. If you are running a Windows computer, a pop-up in the task bar will notify you when the drivers are correctly installed. For a computer running MacOS, the necessary drivers should already be pre-installed with your operating system and you may not see any activity when first plugging in your device.
Manual Driver Installation for Windows 7/8
Windows 10 will install the correct drivers automatically but earlier versions of Windows (7/8) will require manual driver installation before
FireControl will auto-connect to the electronics. Please download the necessary driver from our Downloads page and follow the Manual Driver Installation Instructions for Windows 7/8.
After the drivers are auto-installed on your computer, you can now open FireControl software. The main FireControl workspace will be locked out until it makes a positive connection with a Langmuir Systems CNC electronics board (see image below).
FireControl Lock-out Screen
The CrossFire CNC electronics box was designed to auto-connect to FireControl whenever it is plugged into your computer. The CrossFire should show as the connected device ‘CrossFire’ in the upper right hand corner of FireControl as shown in the image below.
Auto-connected to a CrossFire
Note: If you also have the Langmuir Systems THC installed, you will see it auto-connected under ‘Height Control’. Please follow the separate THC User Guide for specific instructions on setting up your THC unit in FireControl.
If your CrossFire CNC electronics box is plugged into your computer but fails to auto-connect, you may need to manually connect the device. Next to ‘Machine’, click the ‘Connect’ button to drop down a list of available machine connections and select CrossFire from this menu. If connected properly, this field should turn green like the previous auto-connect image representing a positive connection.
Manually connecting to a CrossFire
Disconnecting and Resetting Connection
At any time during operation you can reset or disconnect your CrossFire machine from the FireControl software. This may be required if you need to clear an alarm state or if the machine is unresponsive. To reset the connection, click the circular reset icon next to the CrossFire machine and the machine will reset the connection and auto-connect again. To disconnect the machine completely, click the ‘X’ next to the reset button. After disconnecting, you will need to manually connect to the machine by selecting it again in the drop-down menu. Note: Your XY position may be lost if you reset or disconnect while the machine is in motion.
Connection management in FireControl
For a Windows computer, the drivers for your CrossFire USB Motion Control Board should automatically download when you first plug the electronics box into your computer. If this driver installation becomes corrupted, it may be necessary to delete the driver and start from the beginning. To do this, navigate to Control Panel in Windows and select Device Manager. Here you will see a subheading titled ‘Ports (COM & LPT)’. Click the downward arrow next to this subheading to collapse the devices within this category. Next, note the devices in this category and unplug and plug back in your electronics box to see which of these devices disappeared from the list when you removed the electronics box USB cable. Plug the cable back in and highlight this device in the drop-down. Next, right click this device and click ‘Uninstall Device’. Next, check the box next to ‘Delete the driver software for this device’ and click Uninstall. After uninstalling the driver, plug the device back in and let Windows automatically download the appropriate drivers without interruption and follow the steps above for connecting to FireControl.
If connectivity to your CrossFire device is lost at any point in FireControl, we recommend unplugging your USB cable from your computer and restarting FireControl before plugging the cable back in. We also recommend trying multiple USB ports on your computer to see if this fixes any connectivity issues that you might be experiencing.