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asinsh



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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2003 2:21 pm    Post subject: o/t (sort of)...rs232 controls? Reply with quote

I searched here and on remotecentral and came up empty-handed...does anyone have a lead on a site like this for people that control equipment via rs232 rather than IR? I've got a device that I normally control via IR but it has one particular seldom used function that is only accessible via RS232 control; I'd love a lead on how to access that function.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2003 3:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depending on what the device is, there might be a site dedicated to the device itself.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2003 3:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks, Rob. Someone at avsforum suggested that all I need to is fire up XP's simple hyperterminal program and send the ascii commands listed for the device in the device's manual, so I'll give that a try.
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PostPosted: Mon Dec 08, 2003 5:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

asinsh wrote:
fire up XP's simple hyperterminal program

Good luck! From what I've seen and heard, XP doesn't like HyperTerminal (or perhaps serial comm programs in general) all that much. We have a voice mail system at work that's controled and programmed via RS-232. When we upgrade all our PC's to XP, we couldn't talk to it anymore. We had to revert a desktop back to Win98 just for it. Of course, YMMV, and I'd be interested in hearing if it does work for you.
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PostPosted: Thu Dec 11, 2003 7:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have windows xp and hyperterminal works to access my tivo. Both serial and through the ethernet. It does however want to send an error report every time I close it though.
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PostPosted: Fri Dec 12, 2003 9:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Once you figure out what characters you send out via RS-232, you might want to look at slink-e (do a search on google to find the website) and other related devices. The slink-e can receive listen for IR signals and (when receiving a certain signal) send an RS-232 signal. There are other devices on the market that do the same thing, but slink-e is the only one I can think of right now. (Disclaimer: no commercial affiliation and I don't own one, but others in this group do).
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