Xilica processors and control devices run on a network based infrastructure and are set up and controlled by a host computer via Ethernet using the Xilica Designer software.

A DHCP enabled router or server/router combination is recommended. 

With DHCP enabled routers and servers, the processor will automatically obtain the IP address upon power up and connection. When Xilica XTouch or Mini controls will also be used, it is recommended to use a router and a PoE switch. This combo provides DHCP as well as power to the wall controls. 


What you will need: 

  • DHCP enabled router
  • PoE switch
  • Cat 5/6 ethernet cables

Linksys routers and Netgear switches are recommended.

  1. Download and install the latest version of Xilica Designer for your Mac or PC computer. For installation instructions, click here.
  2. Connect a RJ45 Cat 5/6 (Ethernet) cable from your computer to a DHCP enabled router.
  3. From the router connect another Ethernet cable from the router to the Ethernet port of the Xilica processor.
  4. If using a PoE switch, connect an ethernet cable from the Ethernet port on the Router to a powered port on the PoE switch.
  5. Power ON the routers/switch gear.
  6. Power ON the Xilica processor and other hardware devices.
  7. Open the Xilica Designer software on your computer. Start Network View.


Network View

Network view displays all connected device status and information. If connected properly, the device will display with a green On indicator stating that the device is connected and online.
If your device is not displaying with a green On indicator, please make sure that your Wifi is turned Off. You can also click here to troubleshoot your hardware device further.


There are two ways to go online with Solaro Series DSP:

  1. Go online with connected hardware.
  2. Go online with a project at a later time.

Please note that going online will overwrite any design stored in the hardware device. Click here to learn how to save the device design file prior to going online and erasing all device settings.

Going online with connected devices

In Network View, with your device(s) connected and online, click the device block to highlight it.
To select more than one device, you can use Ctrl+Click to highlight additional devices.

At the top right of the software, click "Create new Project with Selected Device(s)". 

Xilica Designer will open a new window called "Project View" and the matching device module will automatically be placed into the work area.
This device module reflects the device(s) you have connected to the network.

You will notice that at the bottom of the device module, the Mac address is listed at the bottom of the module.

Save your project by performing a File > Save As... to create a new project Or File > Save to save the changes to the existing project file. 

To go online, select the "Load Design to Device(s)" button in red located at the top of the work area.

A window will appear confirming the devices that you would like to go online with.

A progress bar will appear at the top of the work area.

Once online, you'll notice that the work area becomes a solid grey color and the menus in Project View are no longer available.
To switch back to Design mode, click "Switch Back to Design Mode" located at the top of the work area. 



Going online with a project later
The second way to go online is to create a new project and to go online at a later time. No hardware devices need to be connected at this time, however the devices must be connected when going online.

To create a new Project, click File > New Project. Select whether you are using a Solaro Series DSP or Neutrino/Uno/Rio series DSP.

A new window will open. This is Project View. Project View is where you can create a BluePrint, export a Bill of Materials, program your DSP and control devices.

On the left you will see a Component Library menu. This menu lists a range of devices that you can add into your project. If your device is not listed, you can choose a User Defined Device.

Click and drag the device into the dotted work area.

With the device highlighted, you can customize the device using the Object Property menu on the right.

Double click the device module to view the device schematic. Click on the device schematic work area. You'll notice that the left Component library menu changes to a list of DSP modules. Using the same process, click and drag modules into the DSP work area to design the DSP. (Only available for open-architecture DSP) Click the red "X" at the top right of the window to exit the device schematic.

To go online, hardware device(s) must be connected and online. (Indicated by Green On indicator displayed in Network View. Easily switch between Xilica Designer windows at the top right of the software)
Please note that your design modules must match the physical hardware devices. Devices with mismatching I/O will not map properly.

In Project view, right click the device module. Select "Map Physical Device...".
Another tab will open.
Select the device you would like to associate the design to. The Mac address is listed next to the device name. Select the device. You'll notice that at the bottom of the device module, the associated Mac Address will display.

Repeat the mapping process for all hardware devices. 

Save your project by performing a File > Save As... to create a new project Or File > Save to save the changes to the existing project file. 

To go online, select the "Load Design to Device(s)" button in red located at the top of the work area.

A window will appear confirming the devices that you would like to go online with.

A progress bar will appear at the top of the work area.

Once online, you'll notice that the work area becomes a solid grey color and the menus in Project View are no longer available.

To switch back to Design mode, click "Switch Back to Design Mode" located at the top of the work area. 


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