PC400 Datalogger Support Software
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Overview

Current Version: 4.5

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 (for example, phone-to-RF), PakBus routing, or scheduled data collection. LoggerNet software is recommended for applications that require those capabilities.

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Benefits and Features

  • EZSetup Wizard for easier station setup
  • Support for our CR200(X)-series, CR300-series, CR6, CR1000X, CR1000, CR800, CR850, CR3000, CR9000(X), CR510, CR10(X), 21X, CR23X, CR7, and CR5000 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

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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 provides a wizard-like interface for generating programs for Campbell Scientific dataloggers and supports all 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 Pro

View Pro allows data to be viewed in numeric format or in one of several graphical layouts, including a line graph, xy plot, histogram, rainflow, and 2D/3D FFTs. Multiple data files can be opened at once, allowing side-by-side comparison of the data. There is no limit to the number of traces that can be displayed on a graph. 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 NL241, NL240, RF407, and RF401A. The latest DevConfig can be downloaded from our website.

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 and CR1000X dataloggers.

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.

License for Use

PC400 is protected by United States copyright law and international copyright treaty provisions. Installation of PC400 constitutes an agreement to abide by the provisions of its licensing agreement. The agreement grants the user a non-exclusive license to use the software in accordance with the following:

    1. The purchase of this software allows you to install and use a single instance of the software on one physical computer or one virtual machine only.

    2. This software cannot be loaded on a network server for the purposes of distribution or for access to the software by multiple operators. If the software can be used from any computer other than the computer on which it is installed, you must license a copy of the software for each additional computer from which the software may be accessed.

    3. If this copy of the software is an upgrade from a previous version, you must possess a valid license for the earlier version of software. You may continue to use the earlier copy of software only if the upgrade copy and earlier version are installed and used on the same computer. The earlier version of software may not be installed and used on a separate computer or transferred to another party.

    4. This software package is licensed as a single product. Its component parts may not be separated for use on more than one computer.

    5. You may make one (1) backup copy of this software onto media similar to the original distribution, to protect your investment in the software in case of damage or loss. This backup copy can be used only to replace an unusable copy of the original installation media.

PC400 software may not be sold, included, or redistributed in any other software or altered in any way without prior written permission from Campbell Scientific.

Specifications

Current Version 4.5
Operating System Windows 10, 8, or 7
Requirement TCP/IP services must be installed and enabled on the PC.

Compatibility

Note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible or incompatible products.

Data Loggers

Product Compatible Note
21X (retired) The 21X requires three PROMs; two PROM 21X Microloggers are not compatible.
CR10 (retired)
CR1000
CR1000X
CR10X (retired)
CR200X (retired)
CR206X (retired)
CR211X (retired)
CR216X (retired)
CR23X (retired)
CR295X (retired)
CR300
CR3000
CR310
CR500 (retired)
CR5000 (retired)
CR510 (retired)
CR6
CR800
CR850
CR9000 (retired)
CR9000X

Communication Devices

Product Compatible Note
KonectPBRouter

Additional Compatibility Information

TCP/IP services must be running on the computer.

Computer

Required computer operating system—Windows 7, 8, or 10

Datalogger Considerations

Compatible Retired Dataloggers

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

Downloads

PC400 Patch v.4.5 (124 MB) 08-18-2017

Upgrade PC400 version 4.0 and newer to 4.5; no intermediate steps are required.

PC400 must be installed on your computer.

Supported Operating Systems: (32 and 64 bit) Windows 10, 8.1, 8 or 7.

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Device Configuration Utility v.2.18 (46.5 MB) 08-24-2018

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.

Supported Operating Systems:

Windows 10, 8.1, 8, and 7 (Both 32 and 64 bit)

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Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to PC400: 22

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

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

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

  9. A patch, which is a software upgrade within a major revision level (Example: 4.0 to 4.1), is free. The patch can be downloaded from the Downloads page.

    When upgrading between major revision levels (Example: 3.4 to 4.1), a software purchase is required. The upgrade for PC400 is PC400/U (pn 18369).

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