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PCONNECTCE PocketPC Datalogger Software with Connector and Cable
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Overview

Current Version: 2.33

PConnectCE software supports communications between a Campbell Scientific datalogger and a PocketPC or Windows Mobile device. PConnectCE allows you to go into the field carrying only your PDA and cables instead of having to lug a laptop computer to communicate with your datalogger and collect your data.

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Detailed Description

PConnectCE can be used to collect data from the datalogger, and transfer the data to an office PC. Collected data are transferred to the PC during the ActiveSync® process. This process also synchronizes program files between the handheld and the PC.

Functions supported by PConnectCE includes the capability to:

  • Create unique station files for each datalogger
  • Collect data from the datalogger
  • Display real-time datalogger measurements. Measurements are updated every two seconds.
  • Set datalogger flags, ports, and clock
  • Access the datalogger terminal mode
  • Transfer datalogger programs between the datalogger and handheld
  • Display Final Storage data in tabular or comma-separated format
  • Communicate using a direct serial connection, RF401-series Spread Spectrum Radio, or Bluetooth
  • Graph one element from any array
  • Communicate at baud rates of 38,400 bps (CR800, CR850, CR1000, CR23X, CR3000) and 9,600 bps (all other dataloggers)


DCE/DTE Information

PConnectCE ships with connectors and cables that assume the PDA acts as a DCE device (data communications equipment), with the 9-pin cable terminating in a female connection. Some PDAs act like a DTE device (data terminal equipment) and the 9-pin cable terminates in a male connection. If this is the case, for communication via the CS I/O port, you will most likely use an SC32B (purchased separately) in place of the PDA-to-CSI/O connector that ships with the software. To communicate via the datalogger's RS-232 port, the PDA's serial cable can be plugged in directly to the datalogger's RS-232 port (or a standard serial cable can be used if extended cable length is required). There may be exceptions, however, to this general rule. If you have questions about the RS-232 capabilities of your handheld device, check with the device manufacturer.

Specifications

Current Version Version 2.33 began shipping in May 2008.
Software Requirements
  • A compatible version of Microsoft ActiveSync installed on the PC
  • One copy of PConnectCE software per handheld
PDA Operating System Microsoft Pocket PC or Windows Mobile
Computer Requirements Windows-based, 32-bit operating system (Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, or XP; not designed for Windows 7 and might not work with that OS)
Operating Temperature -25° to +50°C
CE Compliance CE Compliant
PDA to RS-232 Cable Length 38.0 cm (15.0 in.)
PDA to RS-232 Cable Weight 75 g (2.6 oz)
PDA to CS I/O Connector Dimensions 2.3 x 4.1 x 7.6 cm (0.9 x 1.6 x 3.0 in.)
PDA to CS I/O Connector Weight 41 g (1.6 oz)

Compatibility

Datalogger Considerations

Compatible Contemporary Dataloggers

CR200(X) Series1 CR800/CR8502 CR10001 CR30003 CR9000X

Notes:
1The CR200(X)-series and CR1000 dataloggers require PConnectCE version 2.0 or higher.
2The CR800 and CR850 require PConnectCE version 2.2 or higher.
3The CR3000 requires PConnectCE version 2.1 or higher.

Compatible Retired Dataloggers

CR500 CR5104 CR10 CR10X4 21X CR23X4 CR9000 CR5000 CR7X

Notes:
4For the CR510, CR10X, and CR23X, support for both the mixed-array and PakBus® datalogger operating systems is provided in PConnectCE version 2.0 or higher; prior versions only supported the mixed-array OS.

Datalogger Interfacing

  • PDA-to-CS I/O connector or PDA-to-RS232 cable.

                              --OR--

  • SC-IRDA Infrared Interface connects to the CS I/O port (not compatible w/CR200(X)-series)

PDA Requirements

  • Operating system: Microsoft Pocket PC or Windows Mobile®
  • Must be capable of serial communication
  • If using the SC-IRDA, the PDA must have an IRDA port and an IR chip set compatible with the SC-IRDA.
  • For Bluetooth communication, the handheld must be Bluetooth enabled.
  • Pocket PCs or Mobile Handhelds Tested by Campbell Scientific

Communication Requirements

PDA Connection for Serial Communication

PDA-to-serial cable or cradle (one end of the cable/cradle must terminate in a 9-pin serial connector) is required. The cable/cradle connects to the PDA-to-CS I/O connector or PDA-to-RS232 cable via the 9-pin serial connector. This cable/cradle may be included with the PDA, or it may need to be purchased as a separate accessory from the PDA manufacturer or a third party supplier.

Bluetooth Communication

Third-party Bluetooth serial adapter is required. The interface and/or cables that are used to connect the adapter to the datalogger will vary, depending upon whether the device acts like a DTE (computer) device or DCE (PDA) device. In some instances, this is evident by the pin-out of the adapter, but not always. A general rule is if the adapter has a 9-pin female connector, then the adapter is connected to the datalogger using the PDA-to-CS I/O connector for the CS I/O port or the PDA-to-RS232 cable for the RS-232 port. If the adapter has a 9-pin male connector, then the adapter is connected to the datalogger using an SC32B for the CS I/O port or it can be connected directly to the RS-232 port.

Software

  • A compatible version of Microsoft ActiveSync installed on the PC
  • One copy of PConnectCE software per handheld

Computer

PConnectCE runs on Windows-based, 32-bit operating system (Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, or XP).

Downloads

PCONNECTCE Patch v.2.33 (1.65 MB) 05-22-2008

RETIRED PRODUCT

Upgrade PConnectCE 2.0, 2.1 or 2.2 to 2.33.

PConnectCE 2.0, 2.1 or 2.2 must be installed on your machine.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Number of FAQs related to PCONNECTCE: 13

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  1. On the PDA, select Start | Programs | PConnectCE.

  2. No. PConnectCE is compatible with direct serial communications (COM1─COM8), Infrared, Bluetooth, and point-to-multipoint RF401 radio communications in a Transparent RF network. For more information, refer to the “Connecting Your Pocket PC Handheld to the Datalogger” section of the instruction manual

  3. PConnectCE is installed on the PC. When the hot sync process is used with the Windows Mobile device, PConnectCE is transferred to the device. For more information, refer to the instruction manual

  4. Yes. The value of an input location or Public variable can be changed from the Measurements tab.

  5. PConnectCE was not developed to run on Windows 7. Therefore, some additional steps are needed to get PConnectCE running correctly on a Windows 7 PC. 

    There are two issues with PConnectCE and Windows 7. One issue is that, starting with Windows Vista, Microsoft declared ActiveSync obsolete and began shipping the Windows Mobile Device Center instead. The other issue involves the User Account Control (UAC) feature in Windows.

    When attempting to install PConnectCE on a Windows 7 PC, a message appears that ActiveSync cannot be found. By continuing with the installation, a failure message related to the UAC may or may not appear. Windows 7, however, has a self-healing feature for application compatibility. To use this feature, do the following:

    1. Start installing PConnectCE for a second time.
    2. Ignore the ActiveSync error.
    3. When a message appears asking if the software should be run in compatibility mode, choose Yes.
    4. The installation will continue. Everything should work correctly after the installation is finished. 
  6. Use PConnect software for Palm devices or PConnectCE software for Windows Mobile devices.