Did you know each Arduino has a unique serial number in its USB interface that you can use to distinguish one Arduino from another? If you deal with multiple Arduinos, knowing exactly which one is plugged into your computer can be a real time-saver. But actually getting at this serial number and mapping it to COM ports can be challenging. For Windows computers, here’s “listComPorts”, implemented both in GCC C code and in VBScript, both available from my usbSearch github repository.
listComPorts – Windows command-line tool for USB-to-serial - [Link]
Serial port monitor – Peek at your COM ports!… [via]
A while ago we did a tutorial on how to reverse engineer USB protocols using a USB logic analyzer, for when you have to develop your own USB drivers (say for a product that only comes with Microsoft support!) We also wanted to point out that if all you’re doing is debugging or reverse-engineering a basic product that uses serial (a COM port) you don’t need to shell out for a analyzer box! Instead you can use a serial port monitor, a piece of software that can spy on the COM port. These can also be handy when you have to debug software you wrote – to see what’s really going out on the hardware.
We tend to need to reverse-engineer stuff in windows so we use a nicely written piece of software called PortMon. Its a little old but it works great!
For example, while reverse engineering how to use our serial JPEG camera, we had a windows software that could control the camera but we wanted to port it to Arduino (or any microcontroller really). Since the software used a serial COM port, we started up PortMon, then started up the driver software
Then whenever data was sent back and forth, we’d get the data in HEX. For example here you can see the first READ (data sent out to the camera) as “76 00 31 00 00″ and the WRITE (reply from the camera to the computer “56 00 31 0C 01…”
Serial port monitor – Peek at your COM ports! - [Link]
CommSniffer is a valuable tool for technicians, engineers and software developers designing/debugging serial port related projects, it is an advanced COM/RS232 Serial port data viewer / analyzer. View and send (all 256) ASCII/Binary data. Main features include:
- Supports COM1 to COM16.
- Baud rates from 110 to 115200.
- Export transactions session to an ASCII file.
- Designed for ease of use.
- Ultra fast display rate.
- Runs in Windows 9X/2000/XP.
- Capture/send data to/from serial port.
- Built in data converter ASCII/Binary/Hex.
- Built in search.
CommSniffer: COM/RS232 port data viewer – [Link]
This simple four channel temperature meter can be connected directly to your computer COM port and doesn’t require additional power supply. Check you computer back if there are any com ports before you start.
Temperature meter is based on ATtiny15L microcontroller which has built in ADC. Power for this circuit is taken from com port ER and RS signal lines. High level of these lines is from 6 to 12V and can supply up to 5mA of current. As L series microcontrollers are low power this is more than enough.
As temperature sensors there are four 103AT thermisters used. They give pretty good precision at room temperature (~0.3Cº). Author provides firmware for ATtiny15L and VBA project that logs temperature data to excel file. [via]
COM port powered temperature meter - [Link]
As COM ports are disappearing form computers – especially from laptops, there are more and more USB to RS232(COM) adapters showing up in the Internet. The bigger choice the better to end user – he can look and build the best solution that fits his needs. This particular adapter was developed by Alex Sidorenko and its main purpose was to comply RS232 to USB of car ODB(On-Board Diagnostic) unit.
Simple USB to RS232 adapter on PIC18F2455 - [Link]
New model PC mainboards have one on-board IrDA connector such ASUS. The IrDA function can enable by setting in BIOS with is changing the function of serial port between COMx and IrDA. With IrDA module you can download (i.e. ring tone,wall paper) or communication with devices that compliant to standard IrDA 1.2 such as mobile phone, Palm,Pocket PC,PDA.