Remote screen control is a feature that allows the supervisory control of one or more ComfileHMI panel PCs including UI interaction. This feature requires a ComfileHMI panel PC model with Ethernet (all ComfileHMI models with Ethernet ports support remote control) and the panel PC must be running firmware v2.72 or later.
IMPORTANT: This feature does not utilize a secure network protocol. Please be sure to secure access to your Ethernet network before enabling this feature.
To use this remote control feature, follow the procedure below:
Check the Run the Remote Control Server checkbox in the panel PC's Runtime Configuration > Server. The port number can be explicitly assigned if need be. By checking the Password checkbox, it is possible to authorize remote access to the screen.
The panel PC's IP settings can be configured in the panel PC's Runtime Configuration > Network settings. Typically one will configure the panel PC with a static IP address so its IP address can always be known.
From within the ComfileHMI Editor, select Tools > Change to Remote Control Mode and the remote control window will appear. The ComfileHMI Editor will remain in the remote control mode until explicitly selecting Return to Editor Mode.
From within the remote control window, one or more panel PCs can be remotely monitored and controlled.
In the Session Configuration, choose the Data Access connection type.
Then, configure where to write any data received.
Beginning with v2.97, the ComfileHMI panel PC can be viewed and operated remotely from any device with a modern web browser, including smartphones and tablets. Simply enable the Remote Control Server in the panel PC's runtime configuration screen, and then enter the panel PC's IP address and port number in a web browser's address bar (1), e.g.
Once the web application downloads from the panel PC and displays in the web browser, the screen from which the web application was downloaded will be automatically added. Simply press the “View Only” or “Screen Control” buttons to begin viewing and controlling the panel PC.
It is even possible view and control multiple screens. Press the “New” button (1) to add a new screen, and arrange the screens in a grid 1×1, 2×2, 3×3, or 4×3 grid (2). Multiple screens can also be organized into multiple pages (3).
An Android app is also available from the Google Play Store, but its features are limited to only view one panel PC at a time.
Beginning with v2.95, it is now possible to create a standalone, distributable viewer so clients no longer need to install the ComfileHMI Editor software. It even provides the ability to add your own branding to the executable file. To leverage this new feature simply invoke the wizard from the Tools–>Advanced Options–>Create a Standalone Remote Control Executable menu, and follow the on-screen instructions.