Introducing the QooPow™ qualMeter XT
qualMeter XT is an extension board, a DIY kit, which is particularly made for qualMeter X version to extend its functionalities and to enable its firmware upgrading ability. To understand and find out more about the qualMeter X, please access our previous KS campaign page or our official web site www.qoopow.com and forum.qoopow.com. Currently, qualMeter XT has two versions:
1. qualMeter XT Basic
The Basic version gives you the ability to upgrade firmware of qualMeter X and the ability to have Beeping Indication with the testing results.
2. qualMeter XT Network
The Network version has embedded the network cable connectivity testing upon the XT Basic version. It brings you the ability to test your RJ45 twisted-pair network cable and even the RJ11 phone cable.
The XT Network Kit comes with two parts, an XT Network Board which is going to be mounted on qualMeter X and will be plugged at one end of the testing network cable. And an XT Network Transmitter which will need to install a 9V battery on it to be used at another end of the testing network cable.
Functions of qualMeter XT (extension board)
As we have promised, the original qualMeter X was designed to be upgradable which allows qualMeter X to extend its function and fine tune its testing ability and results in the future. Now, with qualMeter XT, you can easily upgrade the firmware of qualMeter X version via a commonly used MicroSD/TF card.
Inspired by one of our previous Angels, THANK YOU! qualMeter XT has integrated an unique Beeping Indication coding system to help people who have difficulties on reading the LED indicators. The Beeping Indication is also a very useful and convenient way to quickly knowing the testing results without visually read the LED indicators.
The above is the beeping example of a network cable testing. The details of Beeping Indication coding system will be described and showing later here.
Network Cable Connectivity Testing
As one of the planned Extensions, Network Cable Connectivity Testing is now available. You can test twisted-pair network cable with RJ45 connectors (8-pin) and even the phone cable with RJ11 heads (4-pin).
DIY Tutorial - qualMeter XT board installation
The upgrading DIY is a fairly easy process. The tool you'll need is only a small size Crosshead Screwdriver, that’s it. Open the Upgrading Supply Bag. Make sure you have the following items in the bag.
- Plastic Support Post x8 (for Shelled qualMeter X version, 4 for using, 4 spare)
- Φ2x5mm Tapping Screws x8 (for Shelled qualMeter X version, 4 for using, 4 spare)
- Φ2x4mm Fine Thread Screws x4 (for Non-shelled qualMeter X version, spare screws)
- 16-pin Female Pin Header Connector x4 (for both qualMeter X version, 1 for using, 3 spare)
- Crosshead Screwdriver x1
Now you can start to upgrade your qualMeter X to qualMeter XT. Please notice that the DIY installations are different according to the version of qualMeter X you have.
For Non-shelled qualMeter X
- Simply unscrew the four screws on the back board of the qualMeter X. Then take off the back board. Please be careful not to touch the electronic components on the main board.
- Carefully mount the qualMeter XT board onto the main board. Make sure the female 16-pin connector is correctly plugged into the corresponding male 16-pin connector on the qualMeter X’s main board.
- Mount the four screws back to secure the XT board. Then you are ready to go.
For shelled qualMeter X
- Carefully plug the 16-pin Female Pin Header Connector into the 16-pin extension connector on the XT board. Make sure the pins are not bended, and each pin is in position;
- Put the four plastic support posts on the corner of the qualMeter X shell’s back;
- Carefully mount the XT board with qualMeter X via the square hole with the 16-pin Female Pin Header Connector;
- Mount the four Φ2x5mm Tapping Screws on each corner to secure the XT board. Then you are ready to go.
Firmware Upgrading for qualMeter XT
Once you have upgraded your qualMeter X to qualMeter XT, you are ready to upgrade the firmware. The firmware upgrading is very simple with few steps:
- Download the newer version firmware file from our Website or Forum. (Operate on your computer)
- Unzip the file, and then copy and paste the“QX#.bin”file to the root directory on a MicroSD/TF card. (Operate on your computer)
- Slide the MicroSD/TF card into corresponding slot on qualMeter XT. (Please be sure that you have slid it in a right direction)
- Plug the qualMeter X (attached with XT board) into any 5v USB power source, the upgrading process will automatically start if qualMeter X detects there is a newer version of firmware in the MicroSD/TF card.
The firmware upgrading is going to take 2~3 seconds, which you would barely notice it. You’ll only find out that the starting time will delay for 2~3 seconds before the Charger Test LEDs start to run as usual. This will only happen when a new firmware has detected. Once the upgrading has been done, there will be no more upgrading to process unless a new one has been detected.
How does Beeping Indication work?
Beeping Indication is an unique way to indicate cable/charger testing results by sound. Instead of using human voice, we’ve chosen to use more common beeping way to simplify the results’ indication. A series of pre-set beeping codes with different tones have been defined for indicating different results. do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-do are basic beeping elements that have been used to indicate results with different combinations.
Example of USB Cable test beeping indication
1 short (150ms) ti. The above beeping indicates the Cable is top quality.
Example of Charger test beeping indication
3 long (600ms) ti. The above beeping indicates the Charger has 2A output capability with output compensation.
Example of Network Cable test beeping indication
Continuous do-re-mi-fa-sol-la-ti-High do. The above beeping indicates a good RJ-45 network cable.
Faulty beeping code
ti + Low Do. The above beeping indicates Shorted Cable or something wrong.
The design for the Beeping Indication is modularized, you can choose to apply or avoid beeping by simply plug or unplug a regular Passive Buzzer (commonly used on PCs) on the XT board.
The Network Cable Connectivity Test
The qualMeter XT Network kit has brought you another testing capability on RJ-45 Network Cables, also a widely adopted cable in our modern society. Despite many people are using WIFI connections to access Internet, a wired network connection is still useful and required for stable and serious Internet applications. Now with qualMeter XT Network, it can not only test your USB cables and chargers for your charging quality but also tests your Network Cables connectivity for Internet applications.
First of all, install a 9V battery on XT Network Transmitter. Then you can start to test.
Notice: Due to the complexity of international battery transportation. The battery doesn't come with the rewards. You'll need to get your own 9V battery (PP3 battery) by yourself.
Note: qualMeter XT Network does not test the data transmission quality of the network cable.
Tips: qualMeter XT Network can also test the connectivity of regular telephone cable (RJ-11). Its 4-pin connector has the same type of physical layout but half-size narrower, which can be plugged into the middle of the 8-pin RJ-45 connector.
The Rewards for qualMeter XT
For Angels who wanted to pledge more than one item.
It is not technically easy to pledge more than one item in a Reward due to Kickstarter’s policy. You have to add the price of items and the shipping together. It’s quite complicated and sometimes confusion, which caused us a huge chaos in our last campaign. However, we have our Angels from previous campaign who had backed more than one qualMeter X that might want to pledge more than one XT for them. We have prepared a Pledge Calculator especially for you (Click here to access).
Pledge Calculator is designed to help our Angels (Backers) who wanted to pledge multiple items in one Reward. Different discounts are applied based on the quantity you have pledged. The shipping cost is also going to be varied depending on the Quantity, Reward's Type and Your Location of course. It is highly recommended to use the calculator to avoid the complicity of the pledge calculation for multiple items and to minimize mistakes (Click here to access).
Important: After using Pledge Calculator for your multiple items calculation, Please don't forget to let us know (check it in) if you have pledged multiple items in your Rewards (Click here to access). To keep both of us on the same page, so we won't mess it up when deliver them to you. Click to check your multiple items in here (Click here to access).
- DC 4.5~5.5V
- DC 9V for Network Cable test
- MicroSD/TF Slot x1
- 16-pin pinhead connector x1
- 4-pin Buzzer connector x1
- 8-pin RJ-45 connector (for XT Network only) x1
Where We Are？
We have been working on qualMeter XT since last year after the qualMeter campaign on KS. It was supposed to be finished at second half of last year. However the development of the qualMeter XT (Extension) board was delayed due to the manufacturing and other problems of the qualMeters’ fulfillment. Anyway, here we go! Fitfully through a year, after 4 editions of the prototyping and testing, it’s ready to go now! We need your help to kick start the manufacturing of the XT board as there is always a minimum quantity requirement for mass production.
Risks and challenges
Mass Production: Production is jumping on the stage at the moment as we are rolling the schedule down towards fruition. We have fully understanding that production plays big role in the project and also we are also aware that there might always be some unforeseen troubles in the way to mass production. We will further leverage our resources and try all the angles to ensure our expectations are met. Our manufacturing partners we’ve been working with are the tops in the industry with decades of experiences. We have locked down high quality and schedule with agreement to ensure the orders are fulfilled as promised. The outcome is expected to be better and smoother as we’ve already had quite intensive practice with our manufacturing partners on our last project.
Product updates: As all our community know that all the pictures showing above may not be the final version. The product details may be slightly different over the manufacturing process. Optimization is what it takes and more to lock off highest quality possible. The updates will be regularly sent out to our community.
Delivery: Since all the manufacturing will be done in China, the rewards will be sent from China as well. We are aware that there may be issues that are unexpected when it comes to international shipping. Our solution is to set up second backup in logistics to avoid delivery failure. This way the shipping risk will be truly minimized. The issues such as on route delay and other unexpected things may happen that we are willing to do our best to avoid and to help solving them if it happened. However, we are not able to take the responsibility on the import duties you may be charged by the custom.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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