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Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by [email protected], Mar 2, 2006.

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  1. Guest

    Hi,

    I need to get some form of a serial port analyzer. Its not for use
    forever, just need to fix a problem with an app that uses the serial
    port.

    Somehow, I would like to capture data and, if possible, view it in
    ascii.

    A quick search reveals lots of software applications which appear to be
    the type one would load onto the PC with the questionable port, it runs
    in the background, captures data in and out of that port for, I assume,
    a preset amount of time or data.

    These apps monitor the port on the PC they run on, no other hardware
    required?

    I have never used one like this before.

    It would be ideal if I could just load this app and monitor that PC's
    serial port, and even better if it could give me a dump of the traffic
    in ascii text.

    There are so many of these little apps, I also would like to know if
    anyone has used one of the freebie, or fairly cheap ones ($50) as it
    would be nice to know that what I am trying is something known to
    actually work.

    Thanks for any advice,

    Mark
     
  2. (known to some as )
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    HHD Software has some very nice serial monitoring and analysis
    applications. Serial Monitor Lite is right in your specified price range
    at about USD $45.

    http://www.hhdsoftware.com/sermon.html

    I've used Serial Monitor with excellent results. Darn good UI,
    clean monitoring, good stuff.

    Happy hunting.
     
  3. Deefoo

    Deefoo Guest

    If you have two serial ports on your PC try TAL's serial breakout, its free.
    http://www.taltech.com/freesoftware/fs_sw.htm

    --DF
     
  4. Si Ballenger

    Si Ballenger Guest

    There is a free application on the internet called portmon. It
    might give you the data you want.
     
  5. Guest

    Thanks a lot. I found it, and it seems to be what I need. I am now able
    to progress through this problem, and its so much nicer than guessing
    :)

    I appreciate everyone's input on this. I actually found several pretty
    nice apps, but forgot to mention that the machine is running NT 4.0,
    which left out a number of programs that I think looked pretty slick
    when I tried them on my Win2K machine first. <shrug>

    Much obliged for everyone's time.

    Mark
     
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