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Introduction

 

Program can work with any kind of serial devices. Before configuring our software, the following conditions should be executed:

 

Device should have a RS-232 serial port interface (can be also used a RS-485 interface with an additional hardware converter);
Device is configured to send data to serial port with or without requests from a PC side;
You know all information about serial port parameters of your device (If your device uses hardware or software flow control (please, read your device's data sheet), then you should know about flow control type);
Device's serial port is connected with computer serial port with a cable (null-modem or other special cable);
Computer's COM port, to which your device is connected is not busy, for example by mouse software driver.

 

How to configure port parameters, you can read in the next chapter "Serial port settings".

 

Program can work with any kind of network interface cards (NIC). Before configuring our software, the following conditions should be executed:

 

If your PC has more than one network interface card (NIC) then Serial Printer Logger will display a list of all the IP addresses for each NIC installed in your system so that you can select the IP Address that you want to use. In order for Serial Printer Logger to act as a server, the PC that it is running on must have at least one network interface card with an IP address assigned to it;
If Serial Printer Logger will work as a server and your PC receives the IP address dynamically from a DHCP server, then you should ask your network administrator to assign a static IP address to your PC.

 

How to configure port parameters, you can read in the next chapter "IP settings".

 

Serial Printer Logger can save data to a log file(s) without any changes (i.e. create raw binary log files) or write to log files depending on the parser module selected. In the first case you can view the log file with any hex editor and  use this data for further analysis and remaking. In the second case you can view data with any text editor. You can find more information about log files in the "Log rotation" chapter.

 

You can watch the data in the data window (fig. 1.1.1). The data view is fully customizable. You can watch data in decimal, hexadecimal or your own format. How to customize data view you can read in the "Data view" chapter and how to customize program view you can read in the "Window view" chapter.

 

The program and their plug-ins generates many messages and writes they to the list in the main window (fig. 1.1.1) and a protocol file, that you can use for administration of the software. You can configure types of system messages. More information about it you can read in the "Protocol and errors handling" chapter.




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