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#1 highertheflyer

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 10:22 AM

A few weeks ago, I read an article, I believe here on Cloudy Nights, that showed a very nice way to connect an XL80 Audiostar/Autostar Handbox via serial cable, to a serial cable Bluetooth circuit board, then to a laptop computer by way of a Bluetooth USB Port.
The MeadeHbx/Serial/Bluetooth circuits and the Bluetooth/USB/Computer circuits are ready now, but I have lost the article that explains how to set it up?
Anyone remember this article and its location perhaps on Cloudy Nights?
Thanks,
Jim

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Posted 21 March 2013 - 10:29 PM

this one ?

http://www.cloudynig...hp?item_id=2850

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Posted 22 March 2013 - 08:20 AM

YES Scott4comp!
Try as I might, I could not find this one again and gonna bookmark this so I don't loose it again.
Thanks very much,
Jim

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 12:31 AM

Hi Jim, I am trying to do the same connection. I have the scope side done and my laptop is bluetooth compatible. I have paired up the scope bluetooth and my laptop and notice two port have been dedicated to the connection. Seems weird two ports are listed. I thought it would be only one. I have not had any commands transferred yet, but plan to look at the 232 signals this weekend. I am hoping something simple like reversed wires. Good luck!

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 09:32 AM

For me, I have the little 2 dollar USB plug in to the laptop and I can tell ya that when you do plug in to the USB port, the computer assigns a virtual com number.
If you inadvertently plug in the BlueTooth to another USB port, the computer will assign another com number and the original com port will stay associated with the BlueTooth device and you will not see it listed in the hardware section of control panel!
This is very frustrating...
I wish I could find a YouTube or article on the internet that can explain this troublesome attribute to Windows and could present the way to remove the already assigned port, and start from fresh from the beginning.
If ya happen upon an site that shows an easy fix, please let me know.
Jim

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Posted 23 March 2013 - 10:16 AM

Jim,

Here is a free utility that will give you much more information about assigned USB ports in Windows -- much more than Control Panel. In addition, it allows you to delete assigned ports you no longer use. I have used it several times to solve the problem you are currently facing.
Here is the link: http://www.nirsoft.n...vices_view.html

Hope this helps,
Jim

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Posted 29 March 2013 - 12:19 AM

I used the USB utility from nirsoft. It worked well. Thanks Jim! I am seeing the bluetooth module pairing up and creating two com port entries - one for input and one for output. This won't work with my astro software which is expecting only one com port with both input and output. Has anyone seen this or gotten this to work?






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