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Overview

Current Version: 4.3

PC400 is Campbell Scientific's mid-level datalogger support software. This versatile software supports a variety of telecommunication options, manual data collection, and data display. PC400 includes an easy-to-use program generator (Short Cut) as well as full-featured program editors (CRBasic, Edlog).

PC400 does not support combined communication options (e.g., phone-to-RF), PakBus® routing, or scheduled data collection; LoggerNet software is recommended for applications that require those capabilities.

Benefits and Features

  • EZSetup Wizard for easier station setup
  • Support for our CR200-series, CR510, CR800/850, CR10, CR10X, CR1000, CR6, 21X, CR23X, CR7, CR3000, CR5000, CR9000, and CR9000X dataloggers with mixed-array, table-data, or PakBus® datalogger operating systems
  • ShortCut, Edlog, and CRBasic programming tools used to create/edit datalogger programs that measure sensors and control SDM devices, multiplexers, and relays
  • Data retrieval via direct connect, phone modems, Ethernet, radios (UHF, VHF or spread spectrum), or multidrop modems
  • Real-time or historic data displays
  • Time-series graphs for unlimited elements from a data file
  • Troubleshooting tools (terminal emulator and communications log)
  • Device Configuration Utility for setting up Campbell Scientific hardware

Detailed Description

EZSetup Wizard

To facilitate station setup, PC400 provides the EZSetup Wizard. This simple, station-oriented wizard walks the user through the setup process. The wizard can also be used to modify settings for an existing site.

Clock/Program, Monitor Data, Collect Data

These tools allow customers to set/edit the station’s settings, set the datalogger’s clock, view real-time data, set flags/ports, and collect data on demand. Communication links supported include direct connect, phone modems, Ethernet, narrow-band UHF and VHF radios, spread spectrum radios, or multidrop modems.

Programming

PC400 offers two full-featured programming tools—the CRBasic Editor and Edlog. The CRBasic Editor (similar in syntax to the BASIC programming language) supports our newer dataloggers. Edlog supports our retired dataloggers and the CR7.

For those who prefer a simpler means of programming their dataloggers, PC400 includes Short Cut for Windows (SCWin). SCWin can generate a program for any of our dataloggers and supports all of our popular sensors, as well as user-created custom sensor files (using an existing sensor file as the starting point). Short Cut can also be used for the ET107, ET106, and MetData1 Weather Stations.

View

View provides tabular data displays and line-graphs of an unlimited number of elements from a data file. The graphs can be saved in a variety of formats. The left and right y-axes of the graphs can be configured independently.

Device Configuration Utility

DevConfig allows you to send new operating systems to dataloggers and other devices with flash memory, configure various PakBus® settings in dataloggers, and edit settings for communication peripherals such as the NL240 and RF401A.

Card Convert

CardConvert is used to convert and save binary data from a PC Card, CompactFlash® card, or microSD card. PC Cards are compatible with our CR5000 and CR9000X dataloggers. CompactFlash cards are compatible with our CR1000, CR3000, CR5000, and CR9000X dataloggers. MicroSD cards are compatible with our CR6 datalogger.

Split

Split is used to post-process data files and create reports. It sorts and combines data based on time or conditions, performs calculations on data values, converts “Day of Year” calendar dates into more traditional date/time stamps and allows variable column widths for printable reports.

Specifications

  • PC Operating System: Windows Vista, XP, 7, or 8
  • Current Version: 4.3
  • TCP/IP services must be running on the computer

Compatibility

Computer

Required computer operating system—Windows XP, Vista, 7, or 8

Datalogger Considerations

Compatible Contemporary Dataloggers

CR200(X) Series CR800/CR850 CR1000 CR3000 CR6 CR7X CR9000X

Compatible Retired Dataloggers

PC400 is compatible with the mixed array, PakBus®, and TD datalogger operating systems for the CR510, CR10X, and CR23X dataloggers.

CR500 CR510 CR10 CR10X 21X CR23X CR9000 CR5000

Downloads

PC400 Patch v.4.3 (85.4 MB) 01-07-2015

Upgrade PC400 version 4.0 and newer to 4.3; no intermediate steps are required.

PC400 must be installed on your computer.

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Device Configuration Utility v.2.11 (40.0 MB) 01-25-2016

A software utility used to download operating systems and set up Campbell Scientific hardware. Also will update PakBus Graph and the Network Planner if they have been installed previously by another Campbell Scientific software package.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to PC400: 20

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  1. When using PC400 to connect to a datalogger on an RS-232 port, the baud rate must be matched. This is done through the PC400 datalogger settings.

  2. It is not possible to transfer collected data directly from PC400 to a database. PC400 creates ASCII text data files containing the collected data.

    To transfer datalogger data to a database, consider using LoggerNet and LNDB (LoggerNet Database Software).

  3. LoggerNet and PC400 have a program named Split that enables selection of records and mathematical calculations on data values in a data file. The program is especially useful in isolating data records of interest from data files from array-based dataloggers where several different types of records may be stored in the same file.

    Note that the version of Split in PC200W is a different application. Its only function is to separate each array in a mixed-array file into separate files.

  4. PC400 can be used instead of PC208W to communicate with dataloggers, but the network setup must be done manually. There is not a way to automatically migrate an existing PC208W network to PC400. Some options available in PC208W, such as automatic scheduled data collection and multiple communications hops, are not available in PC400. A better migration path for similar PC208W features and functionality is an upgrade to LoggerNet.

  5. The available COM ports listed in the COM Port drop-down menu are supplied to PC400 by the Windows Operating  System (OS). If there are no COM ports shown for selection, it most likely means that there are no COM ports registered with the Windows OS. This can be confirmed using the Windows Device Manager (Control Panel | Device Manager | Ports).

    Most modern laptops are not equipped with native RS-232 COM ports. In this situation, a USB-to-RS-232 adapter cable must be used to connect to the datalogger. Even when the drivers for this device have been properly installed, the derived COM port will not be shown for selection until the cable is attached to the laptop.

  6. No. LoggerNet is the only Campbell Scientific datalogger support software package that has a Linux version (LNLINUX).

  7. No. However, real-time data can be displayed in tabular form in the Monitor Data tab.

  8. PC400 is designed to run natively only under the Windows OS. However, there are third-party applications available for the Mac OS that can create a virtual environment in which some Windows applications can run. Note that Campbell Scientific does not provide testing or support for these applications.