Advanced Tubular Loopback Tester Software
We've designed Loopback Tester software that is shipped with our RS-232 applications like Benderlink and the Benderlink Ethernet Modules. It is designed to allow you to test RS-232 cables and connectors with only one computer using a loopback connector. A "loopback connector" is a serial connector usually in DB9 form that loops various signals received in the connector back to the signals normally sent out from other computers. This is how the loopback connector is wired:
|INCOMING Signals||OUTGOING Signals|
|The RX (Receive pin)||is jumped to the TX (Send pin)|
|The CTS (Clear to Send pin)||is jumped to the RTS (Request to Send pin)|
|In many loopback connectors, the DSR (Data Set Ready) and DCD (Carrier Detect)||are jumped to the DTR (Data Terminal Ready)|
This forms a complete circuit for testing the original COM port, and all the important connectors and cable in between.
We also use this software to test our Benderlink Ethernet Modules. You can download and use this software for testing the modules also. Here are a few images showing various states of the Loopback Tester software in action.
|This screen shows the loopback software when it is not testing for loopback.|
Loopback Complete Success
|This screen shows all six lines are working.|
Loopback Partial Success
|This screen shows that the TX-RX and RTS-CTS lines are good. However, the DTR-DSR lines show a disconnect. The total failure count is shown in the green LED text on the right.|