Using the Serial Port Adapter

The Serial Port Adapter configures and opens a serial port and reads its raw data.  The raw input data will be processed by a configurable reader. 

Screen Cast: Using the Serial Port Adapter

Modes

  • In "Normal" mode, the adapter tries to open the file or pipe and reads its content until it receives an end-of-file notification.  
  • If "Read until port stopped" is chosen, the adapter ignores an end-of-file. This mode can be used if a process writes into the file while reading and no pipe is used (Windows does not support simple pipes). 

Configuration

  • Port: Type in a serial port device name (e.g. /dev/ttyS0 on Linux; COM1 on Windows).
  • Baudrate: Baudrate of the connection (e.h. 9600)
  • Stop bits: No of stop bits; 1, 1.5 or 2.
  • Parity: Even, odd, mark, space or no parity.

Serializer

Configure the serializer by selecting a reader and optionally a reader configuration (some reader require a configuration, e.g. the CSV reader).
You may use the buttons '+' and '...' to add and manage existing reader configurations (Preferences).
You may use the "Test Line Reader" (extracts lines from the raw input) and "Test Block Reader" (extract fixed size byte blocks) for debugging purpose.

Synchronization

Using a multi port adapter, you can combine an unlimited number of different input ports. The synchronization section of the adapters allows you to synchronize inputs with different domain bases (e.g. each input has its own time base). See 11 Synchronisation.

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