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Interconnection Compatibility among 61xx units

The purpose of this article is to clarify the various combinations of 61xx units that can be connected together.  There are three basic models of the 6100 series:

 

  • 6100A/6101A    The original instrument.  Latest firmware for this PRIOR to the 6105 was 4.07.  Following the 6105 release, this firmware was upgraded so that it is capable of being connected to a 6105 (or 6106) which has the firmware version no less than 5.xx.  

 

  • 6105A/6106A    This is the higher spec replacement for the 6100A/6101A.  It has better specifications, better performance and the floppy drive has been replaced by USB.  The firmware for this instrument is 2.xx

 

  • 6100B/6101B     This is the direct replacement for the 6100A/6101A.  It has a similar spec and behavior to the 6100A/6101A, but it can control a 6105A/6106A with its higher performance and range improvements.  

 

The table below shows which units can connect and which version of firmware is required.  Of particular note is the 6100A needing firmware version 5.xx to work with the 6105A/6106A/6100B/6101B.

 

Master

Aux 

6100A

FW 4.xx

6100A

FW 5.xx

6105A

FW 2.xx

6100B

FW 2.xx/1.xx

6100A (cannot act as aux)

No

No

No

No

 

 

 

 

 

6101A Aux

 

Yes

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

6105A (acting as aux)

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

6106A Aux

 

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

6100B (acting as aux)

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

 

 

 

 

 

6101B Aux

 

No

Yes

Yes

Yes

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