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Serial connection to a 2400 source meter with Kickstart.

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Serial connection to a 2400 source meter with Kickstart.

Post by Burt2400 » August 12th, 2016, 1:03 am

I’m using the Keithley 2400 source meter which I would like to use with the KickStart Instrument Control Software program.

The setup of the Sourcemeter :
Firmware : C33
Baudrate : 9600
Databits : 8
Parity : None
Flowcontrol : None
Terminator : <CR>
For Kickstart i’m unsing Version

The source meter runs fine when I use a serial connection and sending SCPI command’s to it. Also the source meter works fine with one of the LabVIEW example program’s for this source meter. :)

Ones I use the Kickstart program and use the “Refresh Instrument Discovery” Button, it start looking for all possible connected instruments on all the com port that I have. It sends out the *IDN? command to see which instruments are connected. 8-)

In my case it’s connected to Com3 (see attached file) and I can see with a monitor program that it sends out the *IDN? command and the source meter respond to it.
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But at the end of the discovery action, the Kickstart program is not able to find it.
Does anybody know what I’m doing wrong. ? :?:
Do I need to use a GPIB connection instead ?. Sounds strange, because its send out command’s on the com ports. :!:

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Re: Serial connection to a 2400 source meter with Kickstart.

Post by Dale C » August 12th, 2016, 5:49 am

Hello Burt,
Sorry. Kickstart does not support Serial (RS-232).
That is why you are having these issues.
I would recommend using a USB to GPIB adapter. Keithley Model KUSB-488B is a fine example.

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Re: Serial connection to a 2400 source meter with Kickstart.

Post by Amjad_F » April 10th, 2017, 4:39 am

Is there any software like kickstart or Labtracer that can communicate using RS-232 with 2400 SMU?

If not, any expected date of release?

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