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AntiLogPro multiple unit operation

Introduction

AntiLogPro OEM units can log up to two RS232 data sources simultaneously. In addition, each unit can log digital events, supply voltage and environment sensor data (with a supported sensor attached) all at the same time. To log more than two channels and to log more events and sensor data, you can combine AntiLogPro OEM units together to form one large multi-channel RS232 data logger.

You use the menu system to assign a unique bus address value to each unit used in the system from 1 to a theoretical maximum of 255. Next you enable the multiple unit mode on each unit. Units are then 'daisy chained' together via their Auxiliary serial ports to form a multi-unit communications bus. With the addition of one standard CMOS 3.3V signal to RS232 line driver circuit, the whole system can now be completely controlled from a single serial port terminal application on a PC.

The following example shows three units connected together to form a six channel data logger.

RS232 Multiple logger, six channel

If you don't have available, or don't wish to implement a standard RS232 live driver circuit in your design, you can simply fit two link connections on the OEM pin header to assign the line driver normally used for the secondary serial port on one of the units. The following example shows a three channel data logger using the RS232 line driver from the second unit's secondary serial port. As you can see, in this configuration, no additional hardware is required.

RS232 Multiple logger, three channel

If you are only using the line driver function of the secondary serial port in this case, and you would like to log CMOS 3.3V UART signals (from a GPS receiver module for example) then you can still log them on this secondary channel from the pin header connections, so in fact, you now have a four channel multiple unit data logger, all with a single serial port at RS232 line levels in control.

Using the bus assigned address, you can extract data from individual units after a recording session and talk to each one individually by 'connecting' to their individual menu systems all down the one serial port.

Using the multiple unit mode with AntiTermPro

Our free to download and use AntiTermPro application has been designed to provide extensive support for all of our AntiLog product range. It provide a serial port terminal display (to access the unit's menu system) and a whole host of other features including data downloading, media data extraction, unit software upgrades and of course, multiple unit operation.

Simply click on the 'Multiple Unit' button on the right hand side menu to open the multiple unit display. Once opened, you can select from a series of tabs to choose the parameters you wish to view in real time. The following example shows the result of clicking on the 'Media' tab in a system consisting of three AntiLogPro OEM units.

Multi unit bus operation

The next example shows the 'Mode' tab active with all units running in the record mode.

Multi unit record mode

In the 'Mode' tab for example, you can seamlessly switch between the operating modes for all units at any time. When the units are in the playback menu mode, you can click one of the 'Connect' buttons to connect straight through to an individual unit's menu system so you can make individual configuration changes per unit.

Please visit this web site's AntiLog Support software section to access the user guide and installation setup file for our AntiTermPro support application.


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(c) Anticyclone Systems Ltd, 2021 Updated: 22-Apr-2021