Running Computer Control w/RH-96 connected

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blake23

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I am trying to connect my computer to my BCD996T that has a RH-96 connected at the same time. I have a Toshiba Satellite L550 with 3 USB ports, a 15DB Female connection in back and a 25DB Female as well. I tried a USB to Serial port cable from the computer to the back of the scanner but ARC996 wasn't able to "AutoDetect" the scanner. Is there anything I can do to make this happen. I obviously can't use the front port on the scanner with the RH-96 connected there. Looking to use the rear port on the back of the scanner for computer control while mobile.

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You'll need a null modem adapter to use the rear port in that manner. You should be able to find small inline ones on eBay for short $$. I do this with 2 996XT's and 1 996T, works dandy.
 

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Exactly what Scott said. I control two Uniden scanners using null modems and it works great.
 

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Your using two USB connections at the same time?

Control Panel | System | Hardware | | Device Manager. Look for your adapters and make sure each has its own COM port.

Null modem is what you would use for a serial to serial connection. Or in this case a USB to serial connection...
 

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Scott was bang on....I connected a USB to Serial to the computer and ran a Null Modem from that to the scanner. Works perfect.

Thanks for all the help.
 

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Could this procedure also be used to connect my BCD396XT's mini USB port to a PC and GPS at the same time? I built and mini ITX PC with touch screen for my Jeep Wrangler. I use Proscan to control the scanner via USB, but I would also like to connect GPS to the scanner. Problem is, they use the same port on the scanner. Thanks for any suggestions/Help.
 

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Could this procedure also be used to connect my BCD396XT's mini USB port to a PC and GPS at the same time? I built and mini ITX PC with touch screen for my Jeep Wrangler. I use Proscan to control the scanner via USB, but I would also like to connect GPS to the scanner. Problem is, they use the same port on the scanner. Thanks for any suggestions/Help.
Connect the GPS to the rear scanner port.

If you don't have a RS-232 port on the computer then you will need a RS-232 to USB adapter. Take the cable supplied with the scanner and plug it in the front port. Install the RS-232 to USB adapter per the installation instructions. Take the other end of the scanner cable and connect it to the RS-232 to USB adapter.

Go into the scanner menu and configure the front port and then set the ProScan port and baudrate to match.
 

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ProScan,

Thank you for the response. Are you describing the 996? I have the 396xt (hand held). It has only one port. I think I'm forced to use either GPS or Computer control, but not both. But one can hope, and ask questions.
 

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ProScan,

Thank you for the response. Are you describing the 996? I have the 396xt (hand held). It has only one port. I think I'm forced to use either GPS or Computer control, but not both. But one can hope, and ask questions.
My bad. I didn't read the 396XT part. In that case, you can only use one or the other at the same time.
 
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