Using the ACNET Console

The ACNET Console is an interface to retrieve information about ACNET Devices

Downloading/Running the Console

The ACNET Console can be downloaded here:

Click on the link for "Web-Startable" to download and run the Console. You will need Java installed (Don't know if Java 8 is necessary for the console, although it is necessary to run the Synoptics builder now). You can save the .jnlp file locally so that you do not have to keep navigating to this website to launch the Console.

Using the Console


For detailed information about an ACNET Device, use the D80 console by highlighting the top left corner of the console with your mouse cursor and typing D80 and pressing return. You will then be greeted by this screen:

To look at device information, move your cursor over the Device Name field and replace the name there with the name of the ACNET device you wish to look at. Click on the different info panels labeled 'Reading', 'Summary', etc. to get desired information.


E108 is an ACNET Console sandbox page for NOvA Test Beam. You can get an even simpler summary of devices using this console.

Interpreting ACNET Device Names

ACNET Device names are given according to the Data Request Format v2, documented here:

ACNET Alarms - Adding, enabling, bypassing, editing

First, you'll need to get permissions to edit ACNET devices in the Meson class (for TestBeam). Email Denise Finstrom or Brian Hendricks with your kerberos principal for permissions.

To logon to the editable ACNET console:

ssh <your-kerberos-principal> (or

This will popup various console windows. Anytime the instructions below say to enable settings, go to the Utilities window and click on Settings, then 10 Minutes or 1 Hour. To close the console, click on Shutdown Console in the Utilities window.

Adding an alarm

  1. Go to D80.
  2. Enter the device name.
  3. Click on Pgm_Tools->Enable Edit.
  4. On the Analog page, click Add Property.
  5. Enter in the min/max values into tolerance1 and tolerance2, respectively.
  6. Enter the number of tries needed.
  7. On the Summary page, make sure the Protection Mask has Meson highlighted - otherwise you will not be able to toggle the alarm on/off.
  8. To save, go to Pgm_Tools->Save Edit->Submit DABBEL file

Enabling/bypassing an alarm

  1. Go to M4 (or E108 for TestBeam devices).
  2. Enter the device name.
  3. Enable settings.
  4. If the alarm is currently bypassed, it will have an * next to the reading.
  5. Click on the * to enable an alarm, click on where the * should be to bypass it.

Note: digital alarms work a little differently. To enable a digital alarm, follow steps 1-3 above, and then type (on the M4 page):

ACL> enable setttings
ACL> enable <device>.DA
 ACL> bypass <device>.DA 

Editing an alarm

  1. Go to D67
  2. Click Mode:Display
  3. Edit values.
  4. Click SEND BLOCK (probably need to enable settings for this).