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.Read More
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:
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.
|Current Version||Version 2.33 began shipping in May 2008.|
|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)|
Please note: The following shows notable compatibility information. It is not a comprehensive list of all compatible products.
|CR1000 (retired)||The CR200X-series and CR1000 dataloggers require PConnectCE version 2.0 or higher.|
|CR200X (retired)||The CR200X-series and CR1000 dataloggers require PConnectCE version 2.0 or higher.|
|CR216X (retired)||The CR200X-series and CR1000 dataloggers require PConnectCE version 2.0 or higher.|
|CR3000||The CR3000 requires PConnectCE version 2.1 or higher.|
|CR800||The CR800 and CR850 require PConnectCE version 2.2 or higher.|
|CR850||The CR800 and CR850 require PConnectCE version 2.2 or higher.|
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.
Third-party Bluetooth serial adapter is required. The interface and/or cables that are used to connect the adapter to the data logger 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 data logger 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 data logger using an SC32B for the CS I/O port or it can be connected directly to the RS-232 port.
PConnectCE runs on Windows-based, 32-bit operating system (Windows 95, 98, ME, NT, or XP).
Number of FAQs related to PCONNECTCE: 13
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On the PDA, select Start | Programs | PConnectCE.
Yes. The value of an input location or Public variable can be changed from the Measurements tab.
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.
Yes. The Archer-PCon package includes PConnectCE software. The PConnectCE manual includes instructions for installing the software.
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:
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.