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Using the Wiz Config Utility to View/Change Comet64 Settings

Even though you can send commands to the Comet64 to change its configuration, sometimes you just need to quickly view or change the settings. Here's how to use the Wiz Config Tool (a PC-based utility) and set the default settings for the Comet64.

The Wiz Config Utility is a PC-based application, provided by the manufacturer of the Wiznet module that is used on the Comet64 Internet Modem.  It runs in Windows and provides a way to quickly view or change the settings on the Comet64.  The utility must be run from a PC that is on the same network as the Comet64 for it to be discovered properly.

Installation

First, you must download the Wiz Config Tool and unzip it to a temporary location on your PC.  After unzipping it, run the Install program and follow the instructions.  An icon will be placed in your Start menu and/or on your Desktop.  Start the Wiz Config Tool and you will be presented with a window that looks similar to this:

Wiz Config Tool

Make sure your Comet64 is powered-on and plugged-in to your network.  Also, make sure it is on the same network segment as your PC (same router/LAN). Now click the Search button.

Wiz Config Tool Search

The Wiz Config Tool should have found your Comet64 and will display its MAC address in the upper-leftmost part of the window.

Default Settings

Here are the default settings that your Comet64 was shipped with. If you ever make changes or need to restore back to its default values, make sure all settings are as follows (note: there are three tabs of settings, each shown below):

Network Tab

Wiz Config Tool Network Tab

Serial Tab

Please note: There is a version of V-1541 that uses a different baud rate.  Even though the 2400 baud is the default, you might wish to set the Speed to 38400 and the Flow to CTS/RTS instead of the settings shown below.

Wiz Config Tool Serial Tab

Options Tab

Wiz Config Tool Option Tab

Changing Settings

After you have made changes to the settings, click on the "Setting" button and your changes will be sent directly to the Comet64. The changes will be effective immediately without power-cycling your Comet64.

Wiz Config Tool - Setting Button

Conclusion

If your Comet64's settings ever change (for instance, if you are using a terminal program for connecting to BBS servers), it can be easily restored using the PC application as an option for changing the settings back.

You can also use the V-1541CFG file on your V-1541 disk, but that does not set every single setting. Using the Wiz Config Tool can assist in adjusting the settings where V-1541CFG does not.

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jbevren 3/13/2013

I just thought it would be worth noting that (at least for me) the wizconfig tool for windows does work in wine on ubuntu. :)

Goog 3/13/2013

And, although I have not tried them, there are links for Linux and Mac versions as well here:

http://www.planetarygear.org/2012/06/wiznet-configurator-for-mac-v2.html