Bluetooth

A Trimble controller (ACU, or TSCe with a BlueCap attachment) can be connected to another controller, a 5800 GPS receiver or a cellular modem using Bluetooth.

To configure one controller to connect to another controller:

  1. Switch on both controllers.
  2. On both controllers, start Trimble Survey Controller and select [Configuration / Controller / Bluetooth] from the main menu.
  3. On both controllers, tap Config and make sure that the [Enable Bluetooth] check box is selected.
  4. On one controller tap [Scan]. (Do not use [Stop] - wait for the scan to complete.) Trimble Survey Controller searches for other Bluetooth devices within range.
  1. Once the scan is complete, highlight the Bluetooth device to connect to. Tap the --> softkey to make it a Trusted device.
  2. When connecting one controller to another controller, you do not need to Authenticate the device. When the authentication message appears, tap No.
  3. On both controllers, tap [OK] to return to the Trimble Survey Controller software.
  4. On the controller that is sending the data, select the controller you are sending to in the Send ASCII data to field. Then tap Accept.
  5. On the controller that is receiving the data, make sure that the Send ASCII data to field is set to Null.

The controllers are now configured to send and receive ASCII data.

Warning - Bluetooth connections are made between specific Bluetooth devices. If you swap one BlueCap attachment on a TSCe for another attachment, you must perform another Bluetooth Scan.

To configure Trimble Survey Controller to connect to a 5800 GPS receiver:

  1. Switch on the receiver and the controller.
  2. Start Trimble Survey Controller and select [Configuration / Controller / Bluetooth] from the main menu.
  3. Tap Config and make sure that the [Enable Bluetooth] check box is selected.
  4. Tap [Scan]. (Do not use [Stop] - wait for the scan to complete.)
    Trimble Survey Controller searches for other Bluetooth devices within range.
  1. Once the scan is complete, highlight the Bluetooth device to connect to. Tap the --> softkey to make it a Trusted device.
  2. When connecting a controller to a 5800 GPS receiver, you do not need to Authenticate the device. When the authentication message appears, tap No.
  3. Tap [OK] to return to the Trimble Survey Controller software.
  4. In the Receiver field, select the Trusted Bluetooth device to connect to. Then tap Accept.
    Trimble Survey Controller automatically connects to the 5800 GPS receiver within a few seconds.

Note - Unless you change the Receiver drop-down to None, you do not need to use the scan function again. The controller connects to the receiver automatically when you switch on both devices.

Warning - If you are using a TSCe, do not connect or remove the Bluecap when the TSCe is switched on. The connection to a Bluetooth devices could break and you may need to perform a soft reset on the TSCe to reconnect.

To configure Trimble Survey Controller to connect to a Bluetooth cellular modem:

  1. Follow steps 1 to 5 above.
  2. Once you make the Bluetooth cell phone a Trusted device, an authentication message appears on the controller. Tap [Yes]. The [Enter Pin] dialog appears.
  3. Ensure Bluetooth is enabled on your cell phone. Where applicable, enable it to be Discoverable and Connectable or ready for Pairing. This process is different for each make of cell phone. For more information, refer to the cell phone documentation.
    When the Add to paired device message appears on the cell phone, tap Yes.
  4. Enter the same Pin on the cell phone and the controller.
    When pairing is successful, a confirmation message appears on the cell phone and the controller is added to the list of paired devices. The cell phone is added to the list of trusted devices on the controller.
  5. Tap [OK] to return to the Trimble Survey Controller software.

To connect to the Internet, you must create a dialing location and start a GPRS connection. For more information see Connecting to the Internet

To use a cellular modem for real-time surveying, see Using cellular modems

Using Microsoft CE Windows Explorer to send files between controllers

You can use Microsoft CE Windows Explorer to transfer any type of file between controllers, using Bluetooth, Infrared (IrDA), a serial cable, or a network cable (TCP/IP).

To configure the transfer method:

  1. Tap [Start / Programs / Communication / File Transfer].
  2. Tap [Settings].
  3. To be asked which transfer method to use each time you transfer a file, select [Always ask which transport to use].
  4. To use the same transfer method each time, select [Always connect using:], and use the [Choose] softkey to select your transfer method.
  5. Configure the other options as appropriate.

Before you can transfer files using Bluetooth, you must configure the Bluetooth devices, to do this:

  1. On both controllers, tap Start / Settings / Control Panel / Bluetooth Device Properties.
  2. On both controllers, make sure that the [Enable Bluetooth] check box is selected.
  3. On one controller tap [Scan]. (Do not use [Stop] - wait for the scan to complete.) Trimble Survey Controller searches for other Bluetooth devices within range.
  1. Once the scan is complete, highlight the Bluetooth device to connect to. Tap the --> softkey to make it a Trusted device.
  2. When connecting one controller to another controller, you do not need to Authenticate the device. When the authentication message appears, tap No.

To transfer files using Microsoft Windows Explorer and Bluetooth:

  1. Use Bluetooth to connect the controllers, as described above.
  2. Close Trimble Survey Controller. Otherwise, the file transfer may fail.
  3. On both controllers, select [Start / Programs / Windows Explorer].
  4. On the controller that is to receive the file, select [File / Receive]. If required select the transport to use.
  5. On the controller sending the file, highlight the file and select [File / Send to / File Transfer]. If required select the transport to use.
  6. Select [OK].
    The file will be transferred.