Connecting Challenger 10 to a J15 -printer/hyperterminal
Note: Ensure you have the latest Challenger 10 firmware before starting.
1. From Install menu option 9 Communications, select option 1 Setup, to access the Setup menu.
2. From the Setup menu, select option 1 Onboard to configure the onboard serial port.
3. Program the baud, parity, and stop bits to suit your printer/connection
For Epson printers the range of parameters includes:
• Baud: 9600 • Data bits: 8 (not configurable in Challenger)
• Parity: None, Odd, or Even
• Stop bits: 1
For HP IIP printers the range of parameters includes:
• Baud: 9600 or 19200 • Data bits: 8 (not configurable in Challenger)
• Parity: None • Stop bits: 1
4. Select option 2 Paths, and then create a new (unused) communications path record for the printer (for example, path 4 because paths 1, 2, and 3 are set up for reporting by default).
5. Press Enter to display the first item in the path menu.
6. Select option 1 Main, and then program the format “Printer”, program the subformat to suit your printer, and then select Enable.
Location: On Board Interface Port: RS232 - STU
Sub Format: Epson
Backup path No:0
The only ticked item is: Connect on Event
For test i ticked all items except, Remove unused events
Bits per second: 9600
Data bits: 8
Stop Bits: 1
Flow Control: None
Connect the Challenger 10's J15 directly to a PC com port and check comm's via hyper terminal.
I have done this test with the above settings and was able get a connection straight away.
I have also found that Titan being connected via USB will not stop this connection from reporting.
As an observation the TX/RX lights next to the J15 don't do anything when it is working/communicating correctly.
The image attached below is a typical configuration from Titan to connect a LX-300 to a challenger 10