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Installing and use of XPRS-EC

1. Introduction

The XPRS-EC connects with one of our XRPS-HOST-.. cards, and allows using of ExpressCard type34 and type54 peripheral cards outside of a computer system.

xprs-ec product [Click to enlarge]

The image shows XPRS-EC product, cables coming from XRPS-HOST-.. card, and one ExpressCard type34 peripheral card.
ExpressCard type54 peripheral card is supported as well.

2. Preliminary step

Based on the computer system one preliminary step is installing of a XPRS-HOST-.. card:
- xprs-host-dt on a PCI Express desktop system
- or, xprs-host-ec on a notebook system with an ExpressCard slot

3. Assembly of XPRS-EC

There are 2 ways to connect the 2 cables to the connectors on XPRS-EC.

connecting cables to xprs-ec - wrong [Click to enlarge]

Make sure that the XPRS-HOST-.. card is inserted, and the host computer system is powered on.

The image above shows the wrong way of connecting the cables to the connectors - the onboard LED is not lit, the LED is not on.
In such case remove both cables, switch positions, and plug to the other connectors.

The image below shows the right way - the onboard LED is lit, the LED is on.

connecting cables to xprs-ec - right [Click to enlarge]

4. Insert / remove of peripheral cards

When the host system is a notebook, and the operating system supports ExpressCard slots, you can dynamically insert/remove ExpressCard type34 or type54 card on XPRS-EC.

When the host system is a desktop, or the operating system does not support hot insert/ remove of PCI Express based peripherals you need to:
- power off host system
- mount XPRS-HOST-.. in the system
- connect cables to XPRS-EC - in the proper way
- mount ExpressCard type34 or type54 card
- power on host system

type34 card inserted on xprs-ec [Click to enlarge]

ARSTech Enumerator provides indication of events, and additional software support for hot insert / remove.

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