When used with certain “smart” enterprise USB hubs, GroundControl 3.3 and later can provide enhanced detail such as port number and charging rate. Some models also allow for LED control, to show successful or failed deployments, for example.
To enable Smart Hub features, use Admin > Launchpads.
The smart hub features will be enabled when you next start the Launchpad app.
|Product Name||Manufacturer||Ports||Host Connection||Port Number||Charging Rate||LED Feedback|
|ThunderSync16||Cambrionix (Datamation in the U.S.)||16||Thunderbolt|
|DS-SC-U16||Cambrionix (Datamation in the U.S.)||16||USB|
|DS-SC-U8||Cambrionix (Datamation in the U.S.)||8||USB|
Certain Datamation cabinets and carts use the same components as the above, and GroundControl will provide the same information.
When available, GroundControl can display the port number for each device plugged into a hub.
If a Launchpad detects multiple smart hubs, then it will assign each a letter. Ports will be displayed as “A-1”, “A-2”, “B-1”, etc. A hub will be assigned the same identifier consistently, so you may mark the hub if you desire. A future release will allow you to reassign identifiers.
When available, charging rate in Amps is displayed next to the battery power level. Mouse over the battery indicator to display.
This data is refreshed every 10 seconds or so.
GroundControl will use available LEDs to display pairing, charging, and workflow status information. On some models, the “Blue” LED shows as yellow.
|LED Color||LED State||Device Status|
|Green||blinking slowly||Idle or successful, and charging|
|Green||solid||Idle or successful, and fully charged|
|Blue (Yellow)||blinking slowly||Deployment in progress|
|Blue (Yellow)||blinking quickly||Waiting for pairing or waiting for recovery mode|
|Red & Blue (Yellow)||Alternating||Not paired or pairing error|