Steve Steve - 3 months ago 27
Python Question

Python/Pyserial: reading incoming information from port

I've just started using pyserial as I will eventually need to read/save information coming from a particular port. Using the following code I am merely printing the port used and then trying to write and then read in some text ("hello"). The port is printing fine, but the output of my string is coming out as 5. Any idea why this is?

import serial
import sys
from time import sleep

try:
ser = serial.Serial('\\.\COM8', 9600,timeout=None, parity=serial.PARITY_NONE, stopbits=serial.STOPBITS_ONE, bytesize=serial.EIGHTBITS)

except:
sys.exit("Error connecting device")

print ser.portstr

x = ser.write("hello")
print x

ser.close()


Output:

>>>
\.\COM8
5
>>>


Also, is there a simple way for me to mimic a stream of text information coming through the port so that I can test reading in/saving the incoming info?

I am using Python 2.7, and 'virtual serial port driver 8.0' [Eltima VSPD] to emulate a port for testing this stuff.

Thanks,
Steve

Answer

you can do it this way to test it. Firstly create a pair of ports in manage ports

First port: COM199 Second Port: COM188

Click Add Pair

On one console/script do the below steps:

>>> import serial
>>> ser = serial.Serial('COM196', 9600,timeout=None, parity=serial.PARITY_NONE, stopbits=serial.S
BITS_ONE, bytesize=serial.EIGHTBITS)
>>> print ser.portstr
COM196
>>> x = ser.read(5) # It will be waiting till it receives data
>>> print x
hello

On the other console, perform below steps:

>>> import serial
>>> s = serial.Serial('COM188')
>>> s.write("hello")
5L

you can test it this way (or) by creating python programs for each of the ports

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