ACTiSYS ACT-IR224UN-Li User manual

ACTiSYS ACT-IR224UN-Li User manual
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ACT-IR224UN-Li
USB to RAW SIR Serial Adapter for
Mac User’s Manual
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
REVISION HISTORY ....................................................................................................... 3
1
FEATURES ....................................................................................................................... 4
2
OVERVIEW ...................................................................................................................... 4
3
PACKAGE CONTENT ...................................................................................................... 4
4
SPECIAL NOTICE & SYSTEM REQUIREMENT ............................................................ 4
4.1
4.2
Special Notice........................................................................................................... 4
System Requirement.................................................................................................. 5
5
FAQ (FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS)..................................................................... 5
6
MIGRATION FROM OTHER MODELS........................................................................... 5
6.1
For ACT-IR220Li, ACT-IR220L+ & ACT-IR220LN Series Users .................................. 5
7
INSTALLATION UNDER MAC OS................................................................................... 6
8
INSTALLATION CHECK ............................................................................................... 10
8.1
Check from Apple System Profiler in Mac Machine.................................................... 10
9
UN-INSTALL THE DRIVER ........................................................................................... 11
10
OPERATION OF ACT-IR224UN-LI................................................................................. 12
11
LED BEHAVIOR ............................................................................................................. 12
12
ACT-IR224UN-LI DIMENSIONS.................................................................................. 12
13
CHARACTERISTICS AND SPECIFICATION ................................................................ 12
14
WARRANTY INFORMATION ........................................................................................ 13
15
CONTACT INFORMATION ........................................................................................... 14
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REVISION HISTORY
Revision History
Revision
Date
Comment
1.0.1
01/03/2007
Extracted Chapt. of detailed description for models & IR pulse format
1.1
01/25/2007
 Added new configuration models and re-edited the chapter
 Expanded function models to include competitors’ compatible models
1.1.1
04/14/2007
Removed IrReady label from dongle case; added CRoHS logo
1.1.2
04/25/2007
1.1.3
05/16/2007
1.1.4
05/22/2007
1.1.4.1
05/30/2007
1.1.5
08/28/2007
1.1.6
09/27/2007
1.1.7
10/17/2007
 Revised Un-installation Chapters for utility & driver; added FAQ
 Modification in Installation Package for one time removal of both utility
& driver at a click
 Not released officially. Only for Internal use
 Modification In Utility GUI (COM Port Listing, Check For IR224UN-Lx
During Launching Etc)
 Removed Installation Package For Utility Program.
 Modified Chapter Of Installation & deleted section of Configuration
insatallation & Chapter of Configuration un-installation
 Modified Chapter 14 for USB spec 2.0
 Rewrite Chapter of General setup procedure. Added section of “Using
configuration utility to check”
 Included Driver installation/un-installation procedure under Windows
Vista OS.
 Included “UAC” Security features of Windows Vista OS in FAQ section
& Appendix.
 Omitted IR mate 210 function
 Firmware upgraded from version 1.2 to 1.3
 Modified in Configuration Utility (based on firmware change)
 FAQ updated in User Manual
 Added Chapter 4 Special Notice & System Requirement
 System reqirement included Win CE, Linux, & Mac
 Customized to emulate IR220Lx only. Support for all other models are
removed.
 Configuration Utility is removed.
 Added installation chapter, installation check section and uninstallation
section for Mac.
 Revised back driver file for Win to previous version (Latest one still not
qualified.)
1.1.8
11/05/2008
1.1.9
6/17/2009
1.1.9.1
7/22/2009
1.1.9.1.1
8/25/2009
 Substract IR224UN-Li for Mac user Only
1.3.4
3/24/2014
 Deleted all Windows information.
ACTiSYS reserves the right to make changes without further notice to any products herein to improve reliability,
function or design. ACTiSYS does not assume any liability arising out of the application or use of any product or
circuit described herein.
All trademarks, logos, organization & company names and product model names are the properties of the
respective owners.
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FEATURES
a. ACT-IR224UN-Li Supports 8 baud rates: 1.2k, 2.4k, 4.8k, 9.6k, 19.2k, 38.4k, 57.6k and 115.2k bps.
b. 1.63 μs IR pulse.
c. No IrDA® protocols supported, only Raw IR.
d. Supports Virtual COM port. Nothing or minimum changes in user’s sofware which are already
working with above mentiond adapters.
e. Less Latency time, average is 1.5 ms. The latency of a real COM port is about 0.5ms.
f.
Fully compliant with USB 2.0 (Full speed, 12 Mbps).
g. 256 bytes outbound buffer and 256 bytes inbound buffer.
h. Designed for Windows XP Certified logo drivers.
i.
2
Supports Mac OS (both Intel & Power PC).
OVERVIEW
Many customers have used ACTiSYS RS232 Raw IR adapters for a long time. But since RS232 has
been not now a standard COM port on current notebook PC any more, it then becomes an issue for
them. Some customers may use an USB-to-RS232 conversion cable to solve this problem. But still it
is not a good solution yet. ACT-IR224UN-Li is so designed for this purpose.
ACT-IR224UN-Li is an USB-to-IR adapter, which can generate a virtual COM port for user to transmit
data with other IR devices without IrDA protocols required. And its driver will help user to make IR
connection without changing any Application Program in new PC, which is only equipped with USB for
COM port access.
3
PACKAGE CONTENT
ACT-IR224UN-Li package contains the following items:
1
ACT-IR224UN-Li USB to Serial SIR Adapter x1
2
Installation CD x1, which includes:
a. Device driver installer
b. User’s Manual.
c. Quick Installation Guide
4
SPECIAL NOTICE & SYSTEM REQUIREMENT
4.1 Special Notice
4.1.1. Timing of COM Port Closing
ACT-IR224UN-Li uses DTR and RTS signals to configure IR communication baud rate and it has
256 bytes inbound buffer & 256 bytes outbound buffer. Normally there is no flow control protocol
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for this Raw IR transmitting dongle. So, if the sending side completes its sending but
unfortunately some pending data in dongle buffer still haven’t complete its transmission before
you close the COM Port, DTR and RTS signal will get change consequently, which will also
cause the baud rate change. In such a case the receiver will get junk data. To prevent this, we
recommend giving small amount of delay before closing the port, which ensures all pending data
being sent out completely.
4.1.2. Improve the Throughput
We recommend sending bulk of data rather than byte-by-byte data to achieve good throughput.
E.g., send the entire data as a whole, instead of calling the write API one byte at a time. If your
data size is too big, then you can send them in multiple blocks.
4.2 System Requirement
1. Mac OS.
2. At least 256MB RAM (512MB is recommended).
3. Processor Speed 1.8 GHz.
4. USB 1.1 port (or above).
5

FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
Q1: When we use ACT-IR224UN-Li, occasionally at the end of communication, a few bytes show as
junk in receiver side. Why? And how to solve?

A1: Please refer to item 4.1.1 “Timing of COM Port Closing” in section 4.1 Special Notice.

Q2: How to improve the channel utilization or throughput?

A2: Please refer to item 4.1.2 “Improve the Throughput “in section 4.1 Special Notice.

Q3: While un-installing the ACT-IR224UN-Li Driver, Windows prompts to Restart. Do I need to restart
the PC?

A3: Yes! We highly recommend restarting the PC so that you can complete the un-installation
successfully.
6
MIGRATION FROM OTHER MODELS
6.1 For ACT-IR220Li, ACT-IR220L+ & ACT-IR220LN Series Users
Your customized application doesn’t require any change. Please make sure that your application
supports virtual COM Port. Some application cannot handle COM Port greater than 4 or 9. Such
application needs to be updated.
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INSTALLATION UNDER Mac OS
1
Insert the CD into your Mac Machine. It will automatically run the file PL2303_1.2.1r2.dmg.
2
Then you will see the installer file : PL2303_1.2.1.pkg as below.
3
Double click the file “PL2303_1.2.1.pkg”. Then the installation starts.
4
You will see the Welcome Window as below: Click “Continue”.
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After select a Destination, click “Continue”.
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Then click “Install” to continue when seeing below window?
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You will see below window asking you to type your “Name” and “Password” you originally used for
logging in to your Mac Machine in case you have set it in your “screen saver” setting. Enter them
and click “OK: to continue.
8
You will be asked to confirm the installation as below, click “Continue Installation” to continue.
9
You will see the installing window under processing.
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Then you will see the installation Succeeded as below.
Click “Restart” to restat your computer and complete the installation.
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INSTALLATION CHECK
8.1 Check from Apple System Profiler in Mac Machine
1.
It can be accessed through /dev/tty.usbserial.
2.
Open the Apple System Profiler (Applications=> Utilities) to check IR224UN connected to USB
port.
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This is also the System Profiler showing the Extension loaded to support the IR224UN using the
prolific chipset
4.
You can also see a device named “PL2303-xxxxxxx“ is installed by issuing the command (as
root!) like below:
screen /dev/tty.PL2303-xxxxxxx
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UN-INSTALL THE DRIVER
1. Go to terminal
2. key in “cd /system/library/Extension”
3. key in “kextunload ProlificUSBSerial.kext”
4. key in “rm -r ProlificUSBSerial.kext”
5. This should remove the driver from your Mac machine.
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OPERATION OF ACT-IR224UN-Li
Establish IR Connection with another PC after confirming the detection of ACT-IR224UN-Li as
indicated above. Place any other Raw IR device (e.g., ACT-IR220L+). Launch your
Communications application like “HyperTerminal” in the Windows or any other application.
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LED BEHAVIOR
Status
Power on
Standby and receiving
Transmitting
12
ACT-IR224UN-Li
Behavior
LED on for one second
LED off.
Blinks rapidly but weak
DIMENSIONS
Cable Length: 120 cm.
13
CHARACTERISTICS AND SPECIFICATION
Parameter
MIN. TYPICAL MAX. Units
DC supply voltage
5.0
Supply voltage, VSS
DC current (Ready mode)
DC current (Active mode)
Infrared Transmitting range
USB signal threshold level
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60
V
℃
20
100
200
+5.5
mA
mA
cm
V
0
Operating temperature range, TA
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WARRANTY INFORMATION
ACTiSYS Corporation warrants the first end-user purchaser, for a period of 1 year from the date of
purchase, that this wireless interface (The Product) will be free from defective workmanship and
materials, and agrees that it will, at its option, either repair the defect or replace the defective Product or
part thereof at no charge to the purchaser for parts or for labor.
This warranty does not apply to any appearance items of the Product, any consumable items
such as paper, ink ribbon, or batteries supplied with the Product, or to any equipment or any
hardware, software, firmware, or peripheral other than the Product. This warranty does not
apply to any Product the exterior of which has been damaged or defected, which has been
subjected to misuse, abnormal service or handling, or which has been altered or modified in
design, construction or interfacing. Tampering with Label Voids Warranty.
In order to enforce the rights under this limited warranty, the purchaser should mail, ship or carry the
Product, together with proof of purchase, to ACTiSYS.
The limited warranty described above is in addition to whatever implied warranties may be granted to
purchasers by law. To the extent permitted by applicable law, ALL IMPLIED WARRANTIES INCLUDE
THE WARRANTIES OF MERCHANT ABILITY AND FITNESS FOR USER ARE LIMITED TO A
PERIOD OF 1 YEAR FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE. Some states do not allow limitations on
how long an implied warranty lasts, so the above limitation may not apply to you.
Neither the sales personnel of the seller nor any other person is authorized to make any warranties
other than those described above, nor to extend the duration of any warranties beyond the time period
described above on behalf of ACTiSYS. Corporation.
The warranties described above shall be the sole and exclusive remedy available to the purchaser.
Correction of defects, in the manner and for the period of time described above, shall constitute full
satisfaction of all claims, whether based on contract, negligence, strict liability or otherwise. In no event
shall ACTiSYS Corporation be liable or in any way responsible, for any damages or defects in the
Product which were caused by repair or attempted repairs performed by anyone other than ACTiSYS
technician. Nor shall ACTiSYS Corporation be liable or in any way responsible for any incidental or
consequential economic or property damage. Some states do not allow the exclusion of incidental or
consequential damages, so the above exclusion may not apply to you.
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CONTACT INFORMATION
ACTiSYS Corporation
921 Corporate Way
Fremont, CA 94539, USA
TEL:+1-510-490-8024, FAX:+1-510-623-7268
E-Mail: [email protected]
Web: http://www.actisys.com
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