2.7. Using a terminal with a system model

The Terminal component is a virtual component that enables UART data to be transferred between a TCP/IP socket on the host and a serial port on the target.

Note

To use the Terminal component with a Microsoft Windows 7 client, you must first install Telnet. The Telnet application is not installed on Microsoft Windows 7 by default.

Download the application by following the instructions on the Microsoft web site. Search for “Windows 7 Telnet” to find the Telnet FAQ page. To install Telnet:

  1. Select Start → Control Panel → Programs and Features. This opens a window that enables you to uninstall or change programs.

  2. Select Turn Windows features on or off on the left side of the bar. This opens the Microsoft Windows Features dialog. Select the Telnet Client check box.

  3. Click OK. The installation of Telnet might take several minutes to complete.

A block diagram of one possible relationship between the target and host through the Terminal component is shown in Figure 2.6. The TelnetTerminal block is what you configure when you define Terminal component parameters. The Virtual Machine is your VE RTSM or MPS RTSM.

Figure 2.6. Terminal block diagram

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On the target side, the console process invoked by your target OS relies on a suitable driver being present. Such drivers are normally part of the OS kernel. The driver passes serial data through a UART. The data is forwarded to the TelnetTerminal component, which exposes a TCP/IP port to the world outside of the RTSM. This port can be connected to by, for example, a Telnet process on the host.

By default, the VE RTSM or MPS RTSM starts four telnet Terminals when the model is initialized. You can change the startup behavior for each of the four Terminals by modifying the corresponding component parameters. See Terminal parameters.

If the Terminal connection is broken, for example by closing a client telnet session, the port is re-opened on the host. This might have a different port number if the original one is no longer available. Before the first data access, you can connect a client of your choice to the network socket. If there is no existing connection when the first data access is made, and the start_telnet parameter is true, a host telnet session is started automatically.

The port number of a particular Terminal instance can be defined when the RTSM starts. The actual value of the port used by each Terminal is declared when it starts or restarts, and might not be the value you specified if the port is already in use. If you are using Model Shell, the port numbers are displayed in the host window in which you started the model.

You can start the Terminal component in one of two modes:

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