We want to connect a piece of EAS equipment to our BeOS computer so that it logs to a text file. The equipment documentation says to use a Windows computer running Hyperterminal, but the the connection looks pretty basic (serial port, log file is a simple .TXT file), so am wondering if BeOS or Haiku has a program that will do the same thing. I’d hate to have to set up a separate computer just to use the logging function. The instructions are below:
These instructions are for Windows-95 and up-based computers only. If you do log to your computer, it's still a good idea to print out the log. The log file certainly should be backed up every day. 1. Use your Windows Explorer to locate the Hyperterminal problem or reach it through your Start menu. If using Windows Explorer, open it. If going through the Start menu, open this (usually in the lower left-hand corner of your screen). With either one, in the window that appears, next open the Programs folder. Then open the Accessories folder. Next, open the HyperTerminal folder. Then open HyperTerminal, which may be labeled HYPERTRM. 2. The HyperTerminal program will next prompt you for a new connection. The message box that appears will have a space for you to name the new connection. This is what you're going to call your logging connection. EASLOG is a good name. You also may select an icon from the group that appears. If you wish to use a different icon from those available, then you must do this later. You may do it in the box that appears in step 5. 3. The next box that appears will have the header Log To, and will have four data fields. Go only to the fourth field, labeled Connect Using and in the popup menu, select Direct to Com1 (or whatever comport you're going to use). This will blank out the other three fields, which you may ignore. Then click OK. 4. Next, the COM1 Properties box will appear with a tab headed Port Settings and featuring five fields. The easiest thing to do is to first click on the Restore Defaults key, then open the popup menu for Flow control and choose None. Your settings, then, should be: Bits per second: 9600 Data bits: 8 Parity: None Stop bits: 1 Flow control: None Ignore the Advanced... key. Finish by clicking OK. 5. Now you'll have the open window for your connection. But first, go to the File menu in the menu bar, and select Properties. You'll get a Properties box with two tabs. Ignore the first one (Connect to) and click on the Settings tab. In the popup menu for Emulation:, select "TTY." Then, in the Backscroll buffer lines: field, go to the maximum, 500 lines. Ignore the Terminal setup... and ASCII setup... keys. Click OK. 6. Next, go back to the Files menu in the menu bar and select Save. Then you may, if you wish, go to the Connections menu and choose Capture to Printer. 7. Next, use Windows Explorer or the Start menu (RIGHT-click on the Start menu to open it in this case) to locate the EASLOG file (or whatever you named it). Unless you specified a different directory path, you'll find it by a) Programs, b) Accessories, c) Communications, d) HyperTerminal. Right-click on the EASLOG icon (or whatever you named it) to bring up the popup menu. If you have Windows 95, then select Create Shortcut after which you'll have to use the mouse to drag the shortcut to the desktop. If you have Windows 98 or better, you may select Send to..., then Desktop. 8. You now have the fully-configured HyperTerminal icon on your desktop for EAS logging. The program must be running, however, to be logging. Also, in your power-saving features, the system should be always on, never on standby. The monitor, however, may go to a turnoff mode.