The flagship of the LINX terminal family offers unparalleled flexibility while being packaged in the immensely popular and rugged standard LINX terminal case. The real-time OS contains an internal web server, FTP server, file system, can use a static IP address or DHCP, and can be configured with a web browser. This allows the terminal to have enhanced remote management and diagnostics, standard TCP communications, and the ability to run an application in eight different operating modes. These modes range from being table driven which requires no programming knowledge, to full terminal control using "C" programming language.

Hardware Specifications

  • Main Memory: 16MB SDRAM
  • Non-Volatile Memory: .5MB Battery-backed SRAM
  • Non-Volatile Program Storage: 2MB Flash
  • Real-time clock for non-volatile time and date information.
  • 3 OPTO-Isolated Digital input lines
  • 1 Relay control line
  • 3 TTL Digital output lines
  • Mylar speaker for audio tone generation.
  • 2 "Full" RS232 serial ports
  • 10/100MB Ethernet interface


The LINX VII-5 Data Collection Terminal is a programmable device, which gives it the ability to adapt to a wide variety of applications. Since not all applications require sophisticated and maybe complex programming methods, LINX provides a variety of ways to program the terminal. These range from complex methods that grant complete terminal control, but require considerable programming knowledge, to much simpler methods that offer considerable functionality but require less programming skills. There are eight programming modes available for the LINX VII-5. They are basically divided into the following types. Type 1 requires host programming expertise, Type 2 is the most powerful mode using full C programming for the terminal program, Type 3 is designed to be used with minimal programming skills and Type 4 is a complete end-to-end Turnkey system that uses a configuration tool to develop both the terminal and the host communication and control application. Type 5 is VT 100 Terminal emulation.

Type 1- Host computer driven applications.

Host Control Mode (HCL): In this mode the controlling program runs on a host computer rather than on the terminal itself.

Automator Mode: This is a simpler to use version of Host Control Mode

Type 2- Native terminal mode

Native Mode: It is "C" programming using a cross compiler to prepare terminal programs that run directly under the control of the terminals operating system.

Type 3- Simplified Programming Language Modes

Scripted Mode: This is a fairly simple programming language called LINXScript that runs on the terminal. LINXScript offers nearly complete control of the terminal but without the complexities of Native, HCL, or Automator modes. The only tools needed are an FTP client and a text editor. Programming experience is helpful.

SPI: The Simplified Programming Interface (SPI) is specially intended to be usable by non-programmers while still offering a fairly high degree of control. An SPI program is simply a set of rules that describes what the terminal should display and what type of input should be accepted from the user. The tools needed are an FTP client and a text editor.

ITAS: Integrated Time and Attendance is the most basic mode. It does not require any programming at all as it is table driven. LINX also provides a Windows based program that can prepare ITAS configuration files.

Type 4- End-To End development requiring no programming knowledge

Turnkey System: The Turnkey System provides a "wizard" development tool that generates the following programs.
  1. A program that resides in the LINX VII-5
  2. A host communication and management control program that runs on the host windows computer. It does not require the developer to be a programmer, but to be "PC literate" and understand the user application.
This Turnkey system provides a complete end-to-end solution to your application needs, whether they are online or batch. It offers full access to all terminal functions and provides a robust host computer control program.

Type 5- Terminal Emulation

VT100 Telnet: This terminal emulation program is available mode is available to any host that has a Telnet server. In this mode the terminal acts and appears as a VT100 terminal.

Click here to learn more about the detailed specifications of LINX VII-5 terminals (or in Spanish). Click here to download the Turn-Key Configurator Data Sheet.

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