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# 8  
As a side note; we should be able to get screen captures via USB and LAN (ethernet).

But, I can only get USB working (as you have seen) for getting these screen captures. The LAN works, but I cannot get the RIGOL to respond to control commands (LXI), but it should.

The legacy web interface works, for example see:

Python Screen Capture of RIGOL 1054Z on macOS Catalina Using NI-VISA-screen-shot-2020-01-18-110659-amjpg

and of course I can ping it (goes without saying since we can access it using HTTP):

macos$ ping
PING ( 56 data bytes
64 bytes from icmp_seq=0 ttl=255 time=3.210 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=1 ttl=255 time=1.790 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=2 ttl=255 time=3.095 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=3 ttl=255 time=1.971 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=4 ttl=255 time=2.338 ms
64 bytes from icmp_seq=5 ttl=255 time=1.873 ms

Scanning the RIGOL DS1054Z had revealed:

macos$ nmap
Starting Nmap 7.80 ( ) at 2020-01-18 11:16 +07
Nmap scan report for
Host is up (0.0041s latency).
Not shown: 996 closed ports
80/tcp   open  http
111/tcp  open  rpcbind
617/tcp  open  sco-dtmgr
5555/tcp open  freeciv

Nmap done: 1 IP address (1 host up) scanned in 1.28 seconds

But so far, cannot get this RIGOL to respond to either nc or telnet commands.

macos$ telnet 5555
Connected to
Escape character is '^]'.

This is really perplexing me. We can see from this screen grab that the LAN I/O is off, but I cannot find a way (yet) to turn it on.....

Python Screen Capture of RIGOL 1054Z on macOS Catalina Using NI-VISA-io_infojpg

If I could only figure out how to turn the LAN I/O on ....


The USB and the LAN cable cannot be used at the same time.... so when I removed the USB cable, the LAN shows "ON"... (see next post)
# 9  
Figured this out.....

When the USB is plugged in, it overrides the LAN. If I unplugged the USB, and then rebooted, it worked.

maco$ telnet 5555
Connected to
RIGOL TECHNOLOGIES,DS1104Z,DS1ZA214912406,00.04.04.SP4

So, later when I'm back from hiking the the mangrove swamps, will try to get some screen captures over the LAN.


Great scope! Awesome for the money, really a bargain at this price.
# 10 also works over the LAN.

(rigol-grab) bash-3.2$ python -f via_lan.bmp -p --auto

More pretty noise, showing "LAN ON"

Python Screen Capture of RIGOL 1054Z on macOS Catalina Using NI-VISA-via_lanjpg

Go RIGOL Go! Smilie
# 11  
Bench Test Kit also works to grab RIGOL screens (over the LAN only):


(bench-test-kit) bash-3.2$ ./ds1054-capture bmp
Found Instrument ID: RIGOL TECHNOLOGIES,DS1104Z,DS1ZA244612446,00.04.04.SP4
Receiving screen capture...
Saved screenshot to /Users/Tim/Desktop/rigol/bench-test-kit/DS1104Z_2020-01-18_18:15:10.bmp (376.1KB)

More pretty noise, this time using channel 2:

Python Screen Capture of RIGOL 1054Z on macOS Catalina Using NI-VISA-ds1104z_2020-01-18_18-12-04jpg

This pretty much wraps up Python Screen Capture of RIGOL 1054Z on macOS Catalina Using NI-VISA.

Hope at least one RIGOL user finds this helpful.

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Final capture at the standard 800px width (versus the 1024px width I have created by enlarging 800px to 1024px width). JPG capture.

Note, the best way to get JPG capture to work on this RIGOL is to specify the JPG file type in the LXI command; but name the file with the .jpeg extension. This works best, consistently, for JPGs for some reason yet explained. But, if you don't want this confusion, go with BMP images, which are consistently better, with the BPM24 option, and file extension .bmp.

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