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Recommend an RS232 Monitor?

Started by Michael_s September 9, 2010
Hi all,

I'm getting up to speed on the MSP430 with the ez340-Rf2500 dev kit, which
connects to a pc via a USB-to-serial emulator. That is, the device is
plugged into a USB port, but shows up as a COM port in Windows.

For my application, I'd like this device to report real-time sensor data to
the host computer, where it will be logged. I figure I should really have a
serial port sniffer to aid in accomplishing this, but I'm having a
surprising amount of trouble finding one that will run on Win 7.

So: Can anyone recommend a Win 7-compatible serial monitoring program that
will sniff RS232 packets? Free would be nice, but I have a budget that
covers software.

Thanks,
Michael

	   
					
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On 2010-09-09, Michael_s <hillmyu@n_o_s_p_a_m.hotmail.com> wrote:

> Can anyone recommend a Win 7-compatible serial monitoring program > that will sniff RS232 packets? Free would be nice, but I have a > budget that covers software.
Have you tried sysinternals portmon? http://www.google.com/search?q=windows+monitor+serial+data -- Grant
On 09/09/2010 23:16, Michael_s wrote:
> Hi all, > > I'm getting up to speed on the MSP430 with the ez340-Rf2500 dev kit, which > connects to a pc via a USB-to-serial emulator. That is, the device is > plugged into a USB port, but shows up as a COM port in Windows. > > For my application, I'd like this device to report real-time sensor data to > the host computer, where it will be logged. I figure I should really have a > serial port sniffer to aid in accomplishing this, but I'm having a > surprising amount of trouble finding one that will run on Win 7. > > So: Can anyone recommend a Win 7-compatible serial monitoring program that > will sniff RS232 packets? Free would be nice, but I have a budget that > covers software.
PortMon, <http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896644.aspx>, may cover your requirements. Andrew
On 10/09/2010 12:14 PM, Grant Edwards wrote:
> On 2010-09-09, Michael_s<hillmyu@n_o_s_p_a_m.hotmail.com> wrote: > >> Can anyone recommend a Win 7-compatible serial monitoring program >> that will sniff RS232 packets? Free would be nice, but I have a >> budget that covers software. > > Have you tried sysinternals portmon? > > http://www.google.com/search?q=windows+monitor+serial+data
Have a look at: Hyperterminal or DockLight Cheers Don... ============= -- Don McKenzie Site Map: http://www.dontronics.com/sitemap E-Mail Contact Page: http://www.dontronics.com/email Web Camera Page: http://www.dontronics.com/webcam No More Damn Spam: http://www.dontronics.com/spam USB Isolator 1000VDC For Protecting Your PC OR Laptop http://www.dontronics-shop.com/usb-iso-low-full-speed-usb-isolator.html These products will reduce in price by 5% every month: http://www.dontronics-shop.com/minus-5-every-month.html
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> Hi all, > > I'm getting up to speed on the MSP430 with the ez340-Rf2500 dev kit, which > connects to a pc via a USB-to-serial emulator. That is, the device is > plugged into a USB port, but shows up as a COM port in Windows. > > For my application, I'd like this device to report real-time sensor data
to
> the host computer, where it will be logged. I figure I should really have
a
> serial port sniffer to aid in accomplishing this, but I'm having a > surprising amount of trouble finding one that will run on Win 7. > > So: Can anyone recommend a Win 7-compatible serial monitoring program that > will sniff RS232 packets? Free would be nice, but I have a budget that > covers software.
I've tried RealTerm several times with success. However, that is on a W2K machine.... Meindert
On 10/09/2010 8:16 AM, Michael_s wrote:
...
> > So: Can anyone recommend a Win 7-compatible serial monitoring program that > will sniff RS232 packets? Free would be nice, but I have a budget that > covers software.
Not tried on Win 7 but I quite like the free version from http://www.serial-port-monitor.com/ Tom
On 10/09/2010 09:05, Don McKenzie wrote:
> On 10/09/2010 12:14 PM, Grant Edwards wrote: >> On 2010-09-09, Michael_s<hillmyu@n_o_s_p_a_m.hotmail.com> wrote: >> >>> Can anyone recommend a Win 7-compatible serial monitoring program >>> that will sniff RS232 packets? Free would be nice, but I have a >>> budget that covers software. >> >> Have you tried sysinternals portmon? >> >> http://www.google.com/search?q=windows+monitor+serial+data > > Have a look at: Hyperterminal or DockLight >
Forget hyperterminal - look at the archives of this group if you want to know other people's opinions, but it's not even worth spending that time and effort when there are far better programs available. One of the most popular choices is Tera Term Pro: <http://ttssh2.sourceforge.jp/index.html.en>
On 2010-09-10, David Brown <david@westcontrol.removethisbit.com> wrote:
> On 10/09/2010 09:05, Don McKenzie wrote: >> On 10/09/2010 12:14 PM, Grant Edwards wrote: >>> On 2010-09-09, Michael_s<hillmyu@n_o_s_p_a_m.hotmail.com> wrote: >>> >>>> Can anyone recommend a Win 7-compatible serial monitoring program >>>> that will sniff RS232 packets? Free would be nice, but I have a >>>> budget that covers software. >>> >>> Have you tried sysinternals portmon? >>> >>> http://www.google.com/search?q=windows+monitor+serial+data >> >> Have a look at: Hyperterminal or DockLight >> > > Forget hyperterminal - look at the archives of this group if you want to > know other people's opinions, but it's not even worth spending that time > and effort when there are far better programs available. > > One of the most popular choices is Tera Term Pro: ><http://ttssh2.sourceforge.jp/index.html.en>
Neither one of which can be used to sniff serial traffic. -- Grant Edwards grant.b.edwards Yow! I love ROCK 'N ROLL! at I memorized the all WORDS gmail.com to "WIPE-OUT" in 1965!!
On Thu, 09 Sep 2010 17:16:00 -0500, "Michael_s"
<hillmyu@n_o_s_p_a_m.hotmail.com> wrote:

>Hi all, > >I'm getting up to speed on the MSP430 with the ez340-Rf2500 dev kit, which >connects to a pc via a USB-to-serial emulator. That is, the device is >plugged into a USB port, but shows up as a COM port in Windows. > >For my application, I'd like this device to report real-time sensor data to >the host computer, where it will be logged. I figure I should really have a >serial port sniffer to aid in accomplishing this, but I'm having a >surprising amount of trouble finding one that will run on Win 7. > >So: Can anyone recommend a Win 7-compatible serial monitoring program that >will sniff RS232 packets? Free would be nice, but I have a budget that >covers software.
RealTerm http://realterm.sourceforge.net/index.html has a "spy mode". The drivers required to enable spy mode are not part of the free download but are available pretty cheaply via a contribution to Sourceforge and the RealTerm team. -- Rich Webb Norfolk, VA
On Fri, 10 Sep 2010, Andrew Jackson wrote:
> On 09/09/2010 23:16, Michael_s wrote: >> Hi all, >> >> I'm getting up to speed on the MSP430 with the ez340-Rf2500 dev kit, which >> connects to a pc via a USB-to-serial emulator. That is, the device is >> plugged into a USB port, but shows up as a COM port in Windows. >> >> For my application, I'd like this device to report real-time sensor data to >> the host computer, where it will be logged. I figure I should really have a >> serial port sniffer to aid in accomplishing this, but I'm having a >> surprising amount of trouble finding one that will run on Win 7. >> >> So: Can anyone recommend a Win 7-compatible serial monitoring program that >> will sniff RS232 packets? Free would be nice, but I have a budget that >> covers software. > > PortMon, <http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/bb896644.aspx>, may > cover your requirements. > Andrew
You might also consider using a scripting language, like Tcl. This has a fileevent mechanism which will call a proc (presumeably to log the data) whenever the serial port is readable, and afaict, this works just fine on a serial port or socket -- even on Windows. Cheers, Rob.

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