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How to identify my PwrPak7

The PwrPak7 family of GNSS receivers includes the PwrPak7, PwrPak7D, PwrPak7-E1, PwrPak7D-E1, PwrPak7-E2, PwrPak7D-E2, PwrPak7M and PwrPak7Q enclosures.

There are several hardware versions of the PwrPak7 to meet a range of GNSS applications as detailed below.

PwrPak7 Models

  • PwrPak7: The PwrPak7 uses the OEM7700 receiver card to deliver scalable high precision positioning solution in a compact, lightweight enclosure.
  • PwrPak7D: The PwrPak7D is a dual antenna enclosure that uses the OEM7720 receiver card to provide a high precision positioning and heading solution. 
  • PwrPak7-E1: The PwrPak7-E1 combines GNSS and INS hardware in a single enclosure to provide an easy to deploy SPAN GNSS+INS system. The PwrPak7-E1 uses an OEM7700 receiver card to deliver scalable high precision positioning and an Epson G320N IMU to deliver accelerometer and gyroscope measurements.
  • PwrPak7D-E1: The PwrPak7D-E1 combines dual antenna GNSS and INS hardware in a single enclosure to provide an easy to deploy SPAN GNSS+INS and ALIGN system. The PwrPak7D-E1 uses an OEM7720 receiver card to deliver scalable high precision positioning and heading, and an Epson G320N IMU to deliver accelerometer and gyroscope measurements.
  • PwrPak7-E2: The PwrPak7-E2 combines GNSS and INS hardware in a single enclosure to provide an easy to deploy SPAN GNSS+INS system. The PwrPak7-E2 uses an OEM7700 receiver card to deliver scalable high precision positioning and an Epson G370N IMU to deliver accelerometer and gyroscope measurements. The Epson G370N is a high-performance MEMS IMU that provides higher data rates and improved SPAN performance.
  • PwrPak7D-E2: The PwrPak7D-E2 combines dual antenna GNSS and INS hardware in a single enclosure to provide an easy to deploy SPAN GNSS+INS and ALIGN system. The PwrPak7D-E2 uses an OEM7720 receiver card to deliver scalable high precision positioning and heading, and an Epson G370N IMU to deliver accelerometer and gyroscope measurements. The Epson G370N is a high-performance MEMS IMU that provides higher data rates and improved SPAN performance.
  • PwrPak7M: The PwrPak7M is a variant of the PwrPak7 receiver with the Wi-Fi radio and 16 GB of internal memory removed. There are M variants of all six versions of the PwrPak7. For example, a PwrPak7M-E1 is a PwrPak7-E1 with no Wi-Fi and no internal memory for onboard log storage.
  • PwrPak7Q: The PwrPak7Q is a variant of the PwrPak7 receiver with the Wi-Fi radio removed. There are two versions of the PwrPak7Q. The PwrPak7Q-E2 uses an OEM7700 receiver card and an Epson G370N IMU to provide an easy to deploy, high performing SPAN GNSS+INS system. The PwrPak7DQ-E2 uses a dual antenna OEM7720 receiver card and Epson G370N IMU to provide an easy to deploy, high performing SPAN GNSS+INS and ALIGN system.
Photo of PwrPak7

PwrPak7 / PwrPak7-E1 / PwrPak7-E2 / PwrPakQ-E2 Enclosure

Photo of PwrPak7D

PwrPak7D / PwrPak7D-E1 / PwrPak7D-E2 / PwrPak7DQ-E2 Enclosure

Connecting to a PwrPak7

There are different options to connect to the PwrPak7.

The methods below apply on all PwrPak7 enclosures.

  1. Connecting a PwrPak7 to a PC over USB:

    To connect to a PwrPak7 through USB, please follow the steps below (a USB to Micro USB cable is required):

    • Download the NovAtel Application Suite and the NovAtel USB Drivers for your correct operating system, downloads can be found at Software Downloads | NovAtel.

      • Note: In some cases, it is no longer necessary to install USB driver as they are Microsoft certified and will install automatically by Windows.

    • When you have downloaded the required software, proceed to install first the Novatel USB Drivers and then the NovAtel Application Suite. An interactive video can be viewed at Connecting a PwrPak7 to a PC over USB.

    • Once you have installed the software, connect the Micro USB cable to the left USB port (COM PORTS) on the PwrPak7. The wider part of the connector should be on the top.

    • Connect the Power cable.

    • Once your PwrPak7 is on, your computer should detect the PwrPak7. Open the device manager and look for the Ports (COM & LPT) option. Expand the Ports option and you should see three new COMS titled NovAtel USB Virtual Serial Port (COM#).

      • Note: If you connected the PwrPak7 before installing the USB driver, your PC may not configure correctly.

    • Open the NovAtel Application Suite, select the SM (Setup & Monitor) option. Click on the Add Device button button, enter a name for your connection, select the USB type, select any NovAtel USB Virtual Serial Port (COM#) and click on the Add button. 

    • If the configuration is good, you should see the connection as below: 

      Image of connection screen

    • Select the created connection by clicking on it and you should then see the main page of the PwrPak7 as below:

      Main page of PwrPak7
       
  2. Connecting a PwrPak7 to a PC, Phone or Tablet over Wi-Fi hotspot:

    To connect to a PwrPak7 trough Wi-Fi, please follow the steps below:
           
    • Connect the Power cable.

    • Look at the bottom of the PwrPak7 enclosure for a label as shown below. This label should provide the PwrPak7 serial number and Wi-Fi Password (highlighted red).

      Label showing serial number

    • Open your Wi-Fi and search for a network called PwrPak7-NMPMXXXXXXXXXX, the X denotes the serial number from your unit. Connect to the PwrPaK7 network and enter the WIFI Password provided on the label.

    • Once connected to the PwrPak7 Wi-Fi Network open a web browser and enter 192.168.19.1. This should display the home page of the PwrPak7.

    • To navigate through to the Menu, the page will ask for a password. The password is the serial number from your PwrPak7 (NMPMXXXXXXXXXX).

Identifying a PwrPak7

Once you are connected to the PwrPak7 unit through USB or Wi-Fi, there are two different options available to obtain the name and the number of the PwrPak7.

  1. On the Label: Look at the bottom of your PwrPak7 enclosure for a label. Above the serial number is the model of your PwrPak7 as shown in the picture below. Pease also complete step two to confirm that the label model matches with the enclosure model.

    Label showing PwrPak7 version

  2. Command. On the Home page of the PwrPak7 either connected by USB or Wi-Fi, go to Tools and click on Terminal. A terminal box is then shown, go to the box that has a label “Enter your command” and enter the command: log version once. If the command is typed correctly, you should receive data as below.

    Output showing PwrPak7 version

    Look for the line ENCLOSURE and you’ll find your PwrPak7 model (“PWRPAK7-E1” in the example above).