Com Port Console
CyberCom is a software console for typing data directly to hardware that is connected to the Com port of a PC. The program provides numerous default Com settings for Cybernetic Boards and allows reconfiguration of various Com port settings for custom applications. Now you can easily control a stepper motor, LCD, or LED module directly from your PC keyboard.
Most of Cybernetic's Control ICs have TTL serial data lines; and all can be connected to Cybernetic's CY233, which acts as a serial node for networking multiple devices on a single Com port. Cybernetic's Prototyping Boards implement this serial capability with RS232 transceivers, so the boards can be connected directly to the PC's serial port.
CyberCom automatically sets up the communications protocol for each type of board and chip. It provides a picture of each prototyping board with the selected control IC that will be the target of the serial communications. Setup tips and switch and jumper settings are pictorially depicted and sample test sequences are suggested.
A customization option allows the user to configure the Com port to suit any modifications to the Cybernetic board or to support custom applications.
You will need a free COM port, which can be any of Com1, Com2, Com3, or Com4. The software will support CTS/RTS on/off, Baud rates from 300 to 57600, data lengths of either 7 or 8 bits, the full range of parity, and 1 or 2 stop bits. The default settings are Com1, CTS off, and 9600,n,8,1, ASCII data. A carriage return terminator is optional. Binary Data and DTR/DSR are not available. The Receive buffer is set to 1024 bytes of data and the Transmit buffer is set to 512 ASCII characters.
The VB-based program requires Win98, NT4, or Win2000 and directly interfaces to Cybernetic's CYB-boards over the COM port. CyberCom v1.0 software is available free at our download site.
Version 2 is now available for $75. Script file processing, in lieu of rekeying data, is a major feature of the upgraded version. Plain-text scripts may be created, edited, saved, and invoked from within the program. Special script control codes (loops, jumps, delays, pop-up dialogs, com settings, etc.) may be inserted in the file for expanded flexibility. The new version also supports DTR/DSR, Transmit/Receive buffer resizing up to 8K, Xmt/Rcv on/off options, block mode or character transmission, and more flexible panel resizing and error recovery.