KESTREL Communicator
Comm nicator Software
Soft are Instructions
Instr ctions
Thank you for purchasing the KESTREL Interface and Communicator Software.This system will upload the
stored data from your KESTREL 4000, 4100, 4200, 4250, 4300 & 4500 to a computer for long-term storage,indepth analysis or detailed charting.
This information is for using the KESTRELwith the optional Interface (can be either USB or serial connected).
If you have a BLUETOOTH model KESTREL, then you do not need the interface.
Use the Latest Version:
Please ensure that you have the latest version of the Communicator Interface software.
FREE updates and support is available from:
This is a zip file & you will need to unzip it.
Also, ensure that you are using the latest version drivers for the Proliic USB adapter (also available from the same web site).
What’s in the Box (USB port version):
- Interface Cradle - KESTREL is placed into the cradle for optical communication.
- Software CD-ROM - contains USB drivers & Communicator software and necessary system
files for PC.
- A USB Cable - plugs into the interface and your computer.
- Disc also contains training videos & information PDF’s.
What You’ll Need:
- a PC with an available USB port.
- Windows 3.1 or higher
- a KESTREL 4000 series.
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Install the USB adapter software.
Follow the instructions on Page 4 of this manual.
Install the NK Communicator software.
Insert the Kestrel Communicator disk in your CD drive. It will auto start.
Follow the on screen instructions.
(If you computer has “auto start disabled”, click on the “setup.exe” file).
The self-extracting software will install automatically on your machine.
Once installed,click on the “Kestrel Communicator”icon on your desktop.
Setting the COM port.When the Communicator application is launched for the first time, it automatically detects the available COM ports on your system. On the “Kestrel Tracker” tab, locate
the drop-down list labeled “COM Port”, and select the appropriate COM port. The Communicator will remember the COM port you select, and use it by default every time.
Click on the “Help” tab for full instructions on how to use the Communicator software with
your interface.
Note: you need to have the .net Framework files installed on your computer.The installation
process will install these on your computer automatically.
How to Connect the Interface:
Plug the end of the serial cable with the pins into the connector on the interface.
Plug the end other end of the cable into an available USB port.
Ensure that the Kestrel is turned on
Installation Fault Finding:
- Make sure that you aren’t running any ActiveSync software, such as for a PDA or GPS. If so, the
synch software will control the COM ports, which will not allow the software to operate properly. This software typically opens automatically when you turn on your computer. You might
find an icon for ActiveSync in the lower right corner of the Windows Tray. If the icon is visible,
then the software is running in the background. You can usually right-click the icon and select
Exit or Deactivate.
- Make sure that the COM port setting is correct, and it is set to a value between 1 - 4. You can
find the port settings on the Device Manager in the Control Panel. If you are using a USB-serial
adapter, the port may be set to a value higher than 4. If so, you will need to reset the COM port
setting to a value between 1 - 4.
On the main window of the Communicator software, there is a drop down list of available COM ports.
Click on the COM port that is listed in the Device Manager. Must be set between 1 to 4.
- Check all of the cables (USB -> Serial)
- Make sure the unit is fitted snug into the cradle and check to see if there is anything obstructing the two clear ports on the rear of the unit near the battery door.
- Is the unit on?
I’m having trouble downloading data from my KESTREL. What do I do?
Is the USB driver properly installed? How to check:
- Right click on My Computer icon on your Desktop, go to Manage.
- This will bring up the ‘Computer Management’ window
- Under the System Tools, click on Device Manager
- This will bring up a list of your Computers hardware
- Click on the ‘+’ sign next to Ports
“Download USB Driver Installation Help” pdf is available at:
If ‘Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port (COM #)’ is listed under the Ports tab, then the USB driver is installed.
If not, install the USB driver disc. The driver is also available on our website.
This is a typical screen shot of how a correctly installed Prolific USB adapter should look like
under Device Manager.
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PL-2303 USB to Serial Adapter Installation Manual
Installing the Device with InstallShield
This section will guide you on how to install the PL-2303 USB to Serial adapter under
Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows ME, and Windows
98 operating systems. You can download the latest PL-2303 Driver Installer program
from Prolific support website.
Note: Please take notice of the installation order. First, run the Driver Installer
Program before plugging in the USB to Serial adapter. If you already plug the device
during the driver installation, you need to replug the device again for Windows to
enumerate the device and load the drivers installed.
The following steps will show how to install the device under Windows XP. Basically,
the procedures for Windows XP are also somewhat the same for other Windows
operating systems versions.
Power on your computer and boot to Windows.
Run or double-click the PL-2303 Driver Installer program. The InstallShield
Wizard will be displayed on your screen to inform you that the PL-2303 driver
will be installed on your computer. Click Next to continue and start the
PL-2303 USB to Serial Adapter Installation Manual
The PL-2303 Driver Installer program will then start to install the drivers needed.
Click the Finish button to close the InstallShield program. If you have plugged
the cable into the PC while running the setup installation, please unplug and
replug the cable for the system to detect the device.
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PL-2303 USB to Serial Adapter Installation Manual
Locate the USB port of your computer and plug in the USB to Serial adapter.
Windows should detect the driver as Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port.
Except for beta drivers, most drivers released by Prolific Technology have
passed Windows logo testing and logo digitally signed. You can go to Device
Manager to check for the “Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port” device and the
COM port number assigned by Windows. You can also check the driver version
by right-clicking the “Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port” device and select
Properties and Driver tab.
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Uninstalling the Device Driver
To uninstall the PL-2303 driver, follow the below steps:
Click Start – Settings - Go to Control Panel – Add or Remove Programs. Look for
the “PL-2303 USB-to-Serial” program and click the Remove button.
InstallShield Wizard will then start to run and will prompt you to confirm
uninstallation. Click Yes to begin the driver uninstall.
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PL-2303 USB to Serial Adapter Installation Manual
Wait for the InstallShield Wizard to complete the uninstall process. When
complete, click Finish to end the program. Wait for some few seconds until the
“PL-2303 USB-to-Serial” program is removed from the Add or Remove Programs
We do not have any software to run the Communicator on a Mac, our software is only Windows compatible. You should be able to use the Communicator software on a Mac that is running Parallels, but we have not tested this. Mac Parallels runs Windows XP on Mac computers.
So if a program is compatible with Windows XP it should run on Parallels (the Communicator
software is compatible with XP)
Check the Knowledge Centre on our web site for updated help.
For any enquiries, please contact us on 02 6258 9380 or email: .
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