[time-nuts] GPIB to serial

iovane at inwind.it iovane at inwind.it
Sun Jun 6 21:42:39 UTC 2010

 jgray at zianet.com wrote:

>Looking at Ulrich's EZGPIB program, it appears that I should be able
>to use it. I did find the online manual for the GPIB-232CV-A. While I
>wait for the device to arrive, I have some reading to do.
>Antonio, just out of curiousity, what software did you use?


I wrote my programs myself in Quick Basic under MS DOS, using old laptops of 
the 286/386 class: not a great sacrifice leaving them at work for 
months/years.  All what one has to do is to send command strings and expect 
replies according to the command syntax as per the instrument's  (5370A) 
I have to admit  and regret that I have no familiarity with EZGPIB.
A suggestion: for long term measurements, you could remove from the GPIB-232CV-
A the power supply card, and provide the required 5V from an USB or 
mouse/keyboard port of the PC.

Antonio I8IOV

>Joe Gray
>On Sun, Jun 6, 2010 at 7:04 AM, iovane at inwind.it <iovane at inwind.it> wrote:
>>>I just bought one of these for cheap: National Instruments GPIB-232CV-A
>>>Please tell me that I didn't do something stupid, and that this is
>>>useable for taking data from an HP 5370A.
>>>Joe Gray
>> The NI 232CV-A doesn't use any drivers, it is simply a protocol converter.
>> Anyway the manual, available online, contains enough info on using it. I've
>> used it to interface both HP and Fluke instruments successfully. I think 
>> should be able to talk and listen to a 5370A. Read the manual.
>> (The NI 232CT-A instead may or may not use standard NI drivers, upon user
>> choice).
>> Antonio I8IOV
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