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Starting out with Lumberjack

A-Series and Revolution users please skip to connecting to lumberjack

What's Included

  • Lumberjack Logger
  • USB network dongle

  • 128GB FAT32 USB flash drive

You will not need any additional parts as these will pair with the cables provided from your Snoopy purchase.

Using the Lumberjack Logger

Make sure your access point must be in AP mode when powered up. Do not switch this mode as it will result in a reset of the TP-LINK's settings and will require reconfiguration. The switch is show correctly positioned below:

Turn on the white access point and wait approximately 1 minute. It will initially look like the picture below:

Do not power on the Lumberjack until the TP-LINK shows the WiFi light is active (shown below).

On the bottom of your TP-LINK access point is a network name and password. Connect your device(smartphone, tablet, or laptop computer) to this wireless network by entering the corresponding password.

Connecting to Lumberjack

  1. Be sure that the USB flash drive and USB network dongle(EDIMAX) are inserted into the Lumberjack. This EDIMAX allows the Lumberjack to communicate with your access point.
  2. Insert the ethernet cable from your Snoopy lidar unit into the ethernet port of the Lumberjack. Likewise insert the USB from your INS (see note below) into any remaining USB port on your Lumberjack.
  3. Access Point Users > Power up your lumberjack by connecting it to your battery via microUSB.
    1. The lumberjack may take up to 2 minutes to properly boot once connected to power.
  4. A-Series Users > Power up Snoopy.
  5. Connect your smartphone, tablet, or computer to the access point’s wireless network in which the AP name and network password are labeled on your system.
  6. Open an internet browser from your device and enter the IP address provided with your system into the address bar.

At this point you will see a webpage like the one shown below

Your Snoopy unit, Lumberjack, and access point are all one unique and paired set. They will not mix and match with any other unit. The Lumberjack logger is designed for use with your lidar unit and your externally logging INS (i.e. STIM-300, ADIS, FlexPak6, VN-300, etc).

  • For users with the ProPak6 or any other internally logging INS receiver, do not connect the USB from your ProPak to the Lumberjack. Instead, choose “None” from the INS drop-down list in Settings. You must still begin manually logging the INS before you begin collecting lidar data with the Lumberjack. Your Lumberjack will be need to be specially programmed to allow the INS to be initiated separately.

For additional detailed instructions on connecting to your system, return to our main page and choose your system(INS+Lidar) from the “How to Run Your Snoopy System” section.

First Time Setup

From the top right of the webpage, select “Settings” from the menu of options:

You will now see the screen below.

  1. Choose your preference for Automatic Logging of INS and LiDAR:
    1. “True” means that every time the logging device is completely booted, it will automatically begin logging.
    2. “False” means that the user must start and stop logging from the main screen.
  2. Choose your preference for Logging Location:
    1. It is recommended to log externally to the FAT32 USB stick provided. This allows for easier transfer of the collected data.
  3. Choose your preference for orientation Script. Note: In all cases, the laser unit of your scanner is the farthest instrument from the vehicle.
    1. “back-of-vehicle.*” means you intend to post-process the data, and you are scanning off the back of the vehicle.
      1. For A-Series users, the scanner is sitting on the mount(“back-of-vehicle.snoopy-a”). For Revolution users, the scanner can be sitting (“back-of-vehicle-up.revolution”) or hanging (“back-of-vehicle-down.revolution”).
    2. “back-of-vehicle-realtime.*” means rate of data logging is increased for RTK and SBAS and you are scanning off the back of the vehicle. Real-time collection data cannot be post-processed therefore non-realtime collection is recommended.
      1. For A-Series users, the scanner is sitting on the mount(“back-of-vehicle.snoopy-a”). For Revolution users, the scanner can be sitting (“back-of-vehicle-up.revolution”) or hanging (“back-of-vehicle-down.revolution”).
    3. “front-of-vehicle.*” means you intend to post-process the data and you are scanning off the front of the vehicle.
      1. For A-Series users, the scanner is sitting on the mount(“front-of-vehicle.snoopy-a”). For Revolution users, the scanner can be sitting or hanging from the mount with “back-of-vehicle-[up/down].revolution”
    4. “front-of-vehicle-realtime.*” means rate of data logging is increased for RTK and SBAS and you are scanning off the front of the vehicle.
    5. “front-of-uav.*” is post-process data collection and your A-Series or Revolution is hanging off the belly of the UAV with the laser instrument pointed forward in the UAV reference frame.
    6. More orientations are also available for ScanLook Revolution and A-Series, see Snoopy A-Series and Revolution Setup.
  4. Select your LiDAR unit and your INS from the dropdown menus. See graphics below.
    1. If you are using an INS unit that logs within itself (i.e. SPAN-SE, ProPak6), choose “None” from the list of INS. This unit will still need to begin logging before laser data collection and end logging after laser data collection has been stopped.
  5. Select “Save” to retain your settings.
  6. Return to the Lumberjack Logger main screen by clicking the word “Snoopy” at the top of the webpage.

Example LiDAR Unit

Example INS

Collecting Data

  • It is recommended to change project name with each new collection. To do so, select “Change Project Name” from the main webpage and insert the desired project name without using any spaces.
  • For manual logging, select “Start” to log INS and “Start” to log LiDAR data. When the data is properly collecting, the unit sections on the main page will display green when a positive growth rate is being monitored.
  • At the end of a data collection, select “Stop” for each unit.
  • To power down the Logger, open the “Shutdown” tab from the navigation menu and choose “Shutdown.”

Downloading Data Logged Externally (via USB)

  1. Safely shut down the Lumberjack by opening the “Shutdown” tab from the navigation bar and choosing “Shutdown.” Wait for the LEDs to turn off to indicate that the device is off.
  2. Remove the FAT32 flash drive from the Snoopy Logger.
  3. Insert the drive into a USB port on your computer.
  4. Select the project(s) you wish to download to retrieve LiDAR and INS data and save within your computer for processing.

Downloading Data Logged Internally

  1. Select the “Sync” tab from the navigation bar at the top of the webpage. You will now see the screen below
  2. Insert a USB flash drive to the Lumberjack and select the project you wish to download from the dropdown menu and press “Copy.”
    1. Once copy is complete a popup notification will alert of the success.
    2. When necessary, you can also delete chosen projects from the same window to free up disk space. Be certain that the project has been successfully transferred to your external drive before you delete you project. Once deleted, there is no recovery.
  3. After successful copying, safely shutdown the Lumberjack and remove the USB drive.
  4. Insert the drive into a USB port on your computer and select the project from the USB drive. Save the project to a location on your computer for processing.


For licensing issues like the alert from the above image, please follow the steps below.

  1. Click the “License” tab or follow the licensing link. You will now see a screen like the image below.
  2. Click the blue clipboard button at the end of the Hardware ID field.
  3. Email with subject line “Lumberjack License” and include the copied Hardware ID in the email message.
  4. You will promptly receive your new license.
  5. Once received, download the *.lic file.
  6. Select “Choose File” and pick the downloaded *.lic file from the directory.
  7. Select “Upload.”
  8. Upon success, the status below the Hardware ID will change to “OK.”


An invalid license message may also appear in a cached page if:

  1. You have not reconnected to the WiFi of Lumberjack
  2. The Lumberjack has not completely booted. Try checking the WiFi connection and refreshing your page.
starting-out-with-lumberjack.txt · Last modified: 2017/08/21 12:25 by jeff.fagerman