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2006/10/25 10:18:23 (permalink)
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A better alternative to Hyperterminal

I see many posts with people using Hyperterminal when trying to debug serial communications with a PIC.  I found out a long time ago that Hyperterminal was very limited in it's ability to be a useful debug tool.  I use a program called RealTerm that I think is far better so I thought I would suggest it to others.  This is from the RealTerm website (http://realterm.sourceforge.net/):

Realterm is a terminal program specially designed for capturing, controlling and debugging binary and other difficult data streams. It is far better for debugging comms than Hyperterminal. It has no support for dialing modems, BBS etc - that is what hyperterminal does.


What I like best about it is that you can display the incoming stream in ASCII, Hex, or a mixture of both.  The program also allows you to send out any Hex values that you specify and not only the 'printable' characters from the keyboard.  And last but not least, the program is Freeware.  Just thought I would share this with everyone.  Hopefully if people have other terminal programs that they like, they will share their experiences also.

It also has support for I2C and a PIC Programmer (parallel port) although I have not used those features.

tom.
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    DarioG
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    RE: A better alternative to Hyperterminal 2006/10/25 11:55:54 (permalink)
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    Thank you, I'll test it ASAP!

    I used to use a program named "SerialWatcher", it was a bit better than Hyper terminal as for RAW/HEX values. It had some limitations too, though.

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    RE: A better alternative to Hyperterminal 2006/10/25 13:03:29 (permalink)
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    Personally I use ZOC, I like all the features it has, you can view in HEX as well. Also you can set up buttons to send out values when pressed or scripts to send out many values and even automatically reply to a command.

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    RE: A better alternative to Hyperterminal 2006/10/25 19:38:37 (permalink)
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    Try Br@y's Terminal.
     
    You can download the executable at the link below.
     
    http://bray.velenje.cx/avr/terminal/
     
    This is a public domain terminal emulator.  
     
    Jim Scorse
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    RE: A better alternative to Hyperterminal 2006/10/25 20:02:38 (permalink)
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    ORIGINAL: jscorse

    Try Br@y's Terminal.

    You can download the executable at the link below.

    http://bray.velenje.cx/avr/terminal/

    This is a public domain terminal emulator.  

    Jim Scorse
    I have been generally pleased with this under Windows 2000, although I encountered some intermittent problems that may have been caused by a buffer overrun.

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    RE: A better alternative to Hyperterminal 2006/10/26 08:25:25 (permalink)
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    I tend to use Advanced Serial Port Monitor (http://www.aggsoft.com)


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    Re: RE: A better alternative to Hyperterminal 2011/07/07 18:56:58 (permalink)
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    i use vps from this site
    http://www.microsant.com/download.html
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    Re: RE: A better alternative to Hyperterminal 2011/07/08 06:36:25 (permalink)
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    CoolTerm. Runs on Mac and Windows (I use it on the Mac) and can switch ASCII/HEX too. Roger Meier (the developer) is also extremely responsive and open to feedback for improvement. The software got several awards and is free.

    http://freeware.the-meiers.org/



    beware of ASCII characters when posting. better safe than sorry!
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    Re: RE: A better alternative to Hyperterminal 2011/07/08 08:44:31 (permalink)

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    Re: RE: A better alternative to Hyperterminal 2011/07/08 10:22:11 (permalink)
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    Another powerful freeware is TeraTerm Pro.
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    Re: RE: A better alternative to Hyperterminal 2011/07/08 10:27:02 (permalink)
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    Hi all.
    I have been using some of the above:
    1) Br@y's++ Treminal 5 stars (and free)... the correct site is this:
    https://sites.google.com/site/terminalbpp/ where you find the last version (it does everything, plus time stamping and scripting)

    2) Eltima Serial Port Monitos (pay), I think that once was Hdd Serial Port Monitor (free?)
    3) various Serial Virtual Drivers
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    Re: RE: A better alternative to Hyperterminal 2011/07/08 14:40:25 (permalink)
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    The PICkit UARTTool is well worth a look.

    I use Putty http://www.chiark.greenend.org.uk/~sgtatham/putty/

    TeraTerm is simple for scripting.

    I found some serial library for LUA , which seemed quite easy to use, for scripting.
    http://ccgi.dougrice.plus.com/cgi-bin/wiki.pl?SERIAL
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    Re: RE: A better alternative to Hyperterminal 2011/07/11 17:44:33 (permalink)
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    so vps is not a replacement of Hyperterminal. it only run on the serial port.
    it emulate bytes hex, ascii characters. you could also transfer a file.
    I only use it to emulate our communication protocol packets with our application.
    I could test all packets very quick- integration testing.
    I do not need any programming or scripting to use it. just clicks. it does not waste my time.
    I still use hyper terminal and PuTTY
    there is no perfect tool that do every thing.
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    Re: RE: A better alternative to Hyperterminal 2011/07/11 17:52:57 (permalink)
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    Re: RE: A better alternative to Hyperterminal 2011/07/12 20:47:03 (permalink)
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    I use a combination of...

    http://www.hw-group.com/products/hercules/index_en.html

    (good TCP/UDP support as well)

    http://www.viddata.com/

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    Re: RE: A better alternative to Hyperterminal 2017/01/14 14:17:59 (permalink)
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    Do not forger docklight :)
    It does belong to the top. With bunch of options, scripting, adaptive macro defines (you enter only part of the string that is changing while the rest is sent predefined), and also TCP/UDP terminal..
     
    http://docklight.de/
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    Re: RE: A better alternative to Hyperterminal 2017/01/14 23:15:06 (permalink)
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    I have found that some serial port programs (and drivers) don't work on Win10 (they work on Win8). I have "RealTerm" on my Winbook tablet and it works OK, although takes some getting used to.
     
    https://sourceforge.net/projects/realterm/
     
    You could also use one of the demo programs that can be built using a programming language, like Borland Delphi. There is a pretty good free version called Lazarus:
     
    http://www.lazarus-ide.org/
     
    And they have an open source comm driver with an active discussion on their forum. The good thing about making your own is that you can customize it and add features specific to your needs, rather than a simple dumb terminal.

     
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