How to Set Up Serial Ports and Hyper-terminals on Windows XP


Serial ports and hyper-terminals are some of the most common and simplest ways of communicating between computers. There is no need to send yourself any data via email or upload/download it with the help of hard drives as the HyperTerminal is a viable way to set up a dial-up connection between several computers, e.g., your home desktop and your portable laptop. Other applications of the HyperTerminal include assuming the serial port control of external devices, including robots, radio communication stations, as well as checking the proper operation of the modem via sending specific commands to it.

But before enjoying them, you need to do the setup correctly. This post provides step-by-step guidance on how to set up these serial port software tools on Windows XP computers.  Here are the eight steps that will enable you to install them successfully.

Step 1: Locate the Serial Port

You need to locate the serial port on your PC. Formerly, all comps had two such ports. However, modern ones don’t have them. Therefore, you can use a USB converter to do the trick and link it to your comp.

Step 2: Opening the HyperTerminal

Next, you need to open the HyperTerminal app. This serial port server program is resident in Windows computers. To access it, go to “All Programs,” then select “Accessories,” and lastly, choose “Communications.”

Step 3: Input the Serial Port Software Details

Next, choose the one you require to connect. Next, specify a name and choose an icon and then arrive at an open screen that allows choosing the specific serial port.

Step 4: Setting Up Connection Standards

Afterward, you should determine your connection’s speeds, bit numbers and settings, and parity. All these features depend on what exists on the other side of your links. Notably, it is mandatory to utilize similar settings on the two ends if you want the link to function.

Step 5: The Serial Device Servers’ Connections – Signals

Now, you need to connect the port. You will require three lines—one for the outgoing data, another one for incoming data, and Ground. The PC transmits and receives data as +ve and -ve excursion. Your PC requires at least three volts to receive data accurately.

Step 6: Loopback Test

After setting up your HyperTerminal and serial port server accurately, everything you input into your computer will leave it via the TxD pin. All data will display itself on your computer’s window. Initially, nothing will show on the screen when you start typing until the RxD and TxD pins are linked. So, you don’t need to worry because it is a standard stage. But after connecting the two pins, the display becomes easy and clear.

Step 7: Now, Type

By now, the loopback plug should be positioned properly, and you are free to start typing anything you wish into the screen. At this stage, everything should display well. Otherwise, it means that you missed something in the previous stages. If this is the case, you need to return and find out where the problem is by pressing the correct buttons or selecting another port.

Step 8: Double Echo

Lastly, activate the local echo and link the loopback plug. This way, you will be able to see a double printing of all the characters you type.

Closing Remarks

Connecting serial port software and HyperTerminal on Windows XP should not be a big hassle as long as you understand the correct way of carrying out the process. By using the eight steps reviewed above, you’ll surely establish the connection correctly by using serial software.