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The program can work with any serial devices. Before configuring our software, the following conditions should be executed:
•The device should have an RS-232 serial port interface (you need any additional hardware converter for the RS-485 interface).
•The device is configured to send data to a serial port with or without requests from a computer 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 datasheet), then you should know about flow control type).
•Device's serial port is connected with a computer serial port using a cable (a null-modem or other special cable).
•Computer's COM port, to which your device is connected is not busy, for example by another program.
How to configure port parameters, you can read in the next "Serial port settings" chapter.
The program can work with any network interface cards (NIC). Before configuring our software, the following conditions should be executed:
•If your computer 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 computer 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 computer receives the IP address dynamically from a DHCP server, then you should ask your network administrator to assign a static IP address to your computer.
How to configure port parameters, you can read in the next "IP settings" chapter.
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 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 generate many messages and write them 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 also configure types of system messages. More information about it you can read in the "Protocol and errors handling" chapter.