Tag: USB

Using Comm Operator to Control USB Relays

Comm Operator is a tool used for transmitting and receiving serial and TCP/IP data.  Comm Operator was created by ginkgomo.com, and we have worked directly with the author of this software since 2003.  Comm Operator is capable of communicating to every device we manufacture, this tutorial will show you how easy it is to use Comm Operator to control our devices.  A trial version of Comm Operator is included with Base Station.  If you have not done so, please download Base Station software and run on your Windows 7, 8, or 10 computer: //ncd.io/start Controlling a Relay over USB NCD.io devices use a Virtual COM

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Choosing the Right USB Relay Controller

USB Relay Control devices are a common and convenient choice for basic computer controlled switching applications.  When considering a USB relay board, the application should be critical to your choice.  Not all USB controlled switches are ideal for all applications, particularly when it comes to high voltage switching or switching of inductive loads.  Special precautions will be in order when controlling some types of devices, and electrically noisy devices can cause unreliable operation.  Similarly, small signals loads, such as Audio or Video, can be adversely affected by the on-board relay, as not all relays can switch small signals. There are

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Introduction to USB Virtual COM Port Communications

USB Virtual COM Port A USB Virtual COM Port allows you to use a USB Interface to talk to serial devices.  This essentially gives users a simple pathway to communicating to peripherals using software development tools that support serial communications, a relatively common standard is most programming languages. If you have ever attempted to write a program that communicates with a USB peripheral device, you will quickly find that it is a rather daunting task.  We began developing USB devices years ago, but quickly ran into a brick wall when it came to making our earlier USB devices user-friendly.  So

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ZUSB USB Communications Module Quick Start Guide

USB Communications ModuleZUSB VariantsUsage & Electrical SpecficationsUSB Communications Module NCD USB Interface Modules are shaped to fit the communications socket profile of NCD Fusion, ProXR, Taralist, and many other devices to add USB compatibility to the complete NCD industrial product line.  We typically use the FT232RL from FTDIChip.com for USB to Serial conversion, though we do use a few other FTDI chips on occasion.  The FT232RL or similar chips plug into the USB connection of your computer using a USB Mini connector.  The FT232RL mounts as a COM Port on your PC, Mac, or Linux computers when the appropriate drivers are installed from http://www.ftdichip.com/FTDrivers.htm.

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