Set Up the CAT-DEV

In this section, you will set up your CAT-DEV, which includes connecting it to the host PC, installing Host Bridge Software, and assigning IP addresses to the host PC and CAT-DEV. The steps to set up your CAT-DEV vary slightly depending on the hardware configuration that you select. For your convenience, each set of instructions contains all steps required to successfully set up your CAT-DEV with the hardware configuration that you selected.

The table below lists three CAT-DEV hardware configurations and the advantages and disadvantages of each. While there are two other configurations available, it is recommended that you use the preferred unmanaged switch configuration.

CAT-DEV Hardware Configurations


Connection Method Advantages Disadvantages
Unmanaged switch (Preferred)

Host PC with one NIC and a switch

  • The connection between the host PC and the CAT-DEV are isolated from most LAN policies such as disabled DHCP, forbidden broadcast traffic, or restricted unicast traffic.
  • Isolates the connection from most LAN traffic.
  • The CAT-DEV is accessible from other hosts.
  • Simplest to configure
  • Other hosts may access the CAT-DEV.
  • Communication bandwidth may be impacted by other network traffic (such as HTTP or email) from the host PC.
  • Requires a reserved DHCP or static IP address from your IT department.
Second NIC

Host PC with one NIC and a switch

  • Isolates the connection from LAN policies such as disabled DHCP, forbidden broadcast traffic, or restricted unicast traffic.
  • Isolates the connection from other LAN traffic.
  • Communication bandwidth is maximized.
  • IT policies and procedures may not allow this type of setup.
  • The second NIC requires a PCI slot or other high-speed I/O to maximize bandwidth.
  • The CAT-DEV is not easily accessible from other hosts.
  • You must ensure that the IP address of the second NIC does not conflict with an existing IP address on the LAN.
  • Setup and configuration are more complex.
Direct connection

Host PC with one NIC and a switch

  • Isolates the connection from certain LAN policies and traffic.
  • Does not require a reserved DHCP or static IP address from your IT department.
  • Communication bandwidth is maximized.
  • The host PC is isolated from the LAN and the Internet.
  • Other hosts cannot access the CAT-DEV.
  • Setup and configuration are more complex.
NOTE:
The LAN port on the CAT-DEV is only for communication with the host PC. You may not connect the CAT-DEV directly to the Internet from this port. If you want to connect to the Internet from the CAT-DEV, you must use a router with a wireless connection or a Wii LAN adapter connected to a USB port.

For information about how to use the Host Bridge software, see Using Host Bridge Software.

Revision History

2013-10-15 Reorganized and updated for SDK 2.10.03.
2013-05-08 Automated cleanup pass.
2013-01-15 Initial version.


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