Clever serial logging

The SerialGhost is a compact RS-232 and serial bus logger packed with features, such as time-stamping. It has a huge memory capacity of 16 GB, and may be accessed as a USB flash drive.

The SerialGhost Module is a variation available as break-out board with terminal block connectors. It can be powered with DC voltages up to +24V.

Clever serial logging - SerialGhost

Features

  • Logs asynchronous serial transmission (RS-232 compatible)
  • Baud rates up to 230400 bps
  • Logs 2 streams simultaneously (RX and TX)
  • 16 gigabytes internal memory (industrial grade)
  • Powered from a USB port, or external power supply
  • No software or drivers required, Windows, Linux, and Mac compatible
  • USB flash drive mode
  • Virtual COM mode
  • External push-button for mode switching
TimeKeeper version:
  • Time and date stamping
  • Built-in battery (for real-time clock)

SerialGhost DB-9

Module version:

  • Modular form-factor with terminal block connectors
  • Dual power: +5V (USB) or +9V...+24V DC (terminal connector)
  • Integrated step-down switching power supply

SerialGhost Module

Applications

  • Data recording from peripherals such as printers, terminals, keyboards, mice, card readers
  • Reverse-engineering of data exchange protocols
  • Backups of sensitive data from devices like Points-of-Sale, barcode scanners, card readers
  • Data logging from sensors: temperature, pressure, voltage etc.

Prices and versions

Version Features Pricing and availability
SerialGhost
DB-9
  • 16 gigabytes internal memory (industrial grade)
  • USB flash drive mode
  • Virtual COM mode
  • External push-button for mode switching
SerialGhost DB-9
SerialGhost DB-9

$71.99 / €62.99

SerialGhost
TimeKeeper
DB-9
  • 16 gigabytes internal memory (industrial grade)
  • USB flash drive mode
  • Virtual COM mode
  • External push-button for mode switching
  • Time and date stamping
  • Built-in battery (for real-time clock)
SerialGhost TimeKeeper DB-9
SerialGhost TimeKeeper DB-9

$89.99 / €78.99

SerialGhost Module
  • 16 gigabytes internal memory (industrial grade)
  • USB flash drive mode
  • Virtual COM mode
  • Modular form-factor with terminal block connectors
  • Dual power: +5V (USB) or +9V...+24V DC (terminal connector)
  • Integrated step-down switching power supply
SerialGhost Module
SerialGhost Module

$71.99 / €62.99

SerialGhost Module
TimeKeeper
  • 16 gigabytes internal memory (industrial grade)
  • USB flash drive mode
  • Virtual COM mode
  • Modular form-factor with terminal block connectors
  • Dual power: +5V (USB) or +9V...+24V DC (terminal connector)
  • Integrated step-down switching power supply
  • Time and date stamping
  • Built-in battery (for real-time clock)
SerialGhost Module TimeKeeper
SerialGhost Module TimeKeeper

$89.99 / €78.99

SerialGhost - Clever serial logging

How does it work?

The SerialGhost is a compact asynchronous serial logger, capable of recording RS-232 data streams from devices like printers, terminals, keyboards, mice, barcode scanners etc. Simply connect the SerialGhost in-line on a serial bus, using the DB-9 connectors. If a USB port is available, you can power the device from USB. Otherwise, use the supplied cable and connect an external 5V power source (such as a smart-phone charger). The SerialGhost will immediately start logging all data available on the bus, both upstream and downstream (RX and TX). No software or drivers are required.

SerialGhost - Record mode

Easy access

To view the recorded data, the SerialGhost may be switched to flash drive mode. Connect to a computer using a USB-B cable, press the side button, and the SerialGhost will pop up as a removable drive, containing a file with logged data. The flash drive may also be used to configure the device, such as baudrate, parity bits, start/stop bits, etc.

SerialGhost - Easy access
SerialGhost - Dual port

Dual port

The SerialGhost family of devices has two RS-232 input ports, responsible for data acquisition from up to two sources. Both ports can share a common configuration, or may be configured independently using dual port mode. In this mode two separate settings may be used for the baud rate, number of bits, stop bits, and parity.

Multiple modes

The SerialGhost family is packed with features, such as the capability to act as a USB removable flash drive, or USB Virtual COM port. In flash drive mode, a log file is available with all acquired data. Virtual COM port mode can be used to live-stream the captured data, or to communicate with the device using a proprietary command set.

SerialGhost - Multiple modes
SerialGhost - Date and time-stamping

Date and time-stamping

The built-in real-time clock will keep track of the time and date independent if the computer is turned on or not. This is possible thanks to the internal battery, with a guaranteed lifetime of over 10 years. Time and date stamps with millisecond granularity will get inserted in the log file while the logger is capturing data.



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Videos

SerialGhost - Getting Started

SerialGhost - Basic Settings

SerialGhost TimeKeeper - Date and time-stamping