Step-by-step Instructions for Changing Your ECM8 COM Port Number

Posted by Dan Cook on 22 March 2016

 

Gamry ecm8

NOTE: Be sure to install the drivers for the USB-to-Serial Converter before beginning. The drivers can be found on a CD supplied with the converter

 A Note about USB to Serial Converters. Always use the same physical USB port for your ECM8:

Windows initializes the USB converter device and automatically assigns the next available COM port. This is a problem if the converter is plugged into a different physical USB port, as windows will see it as a brand new device and will initialize it with a new COM port number. The ECM8 is not plug and play, and thus the software has no knowledge of the settings change. This will not be a problem if the same physical USB port is always used.

Instructions for v6 software

      1. Click Start, Control PanelStep-by-step Instructions for Changing Your ECM8 COM port Number
      2. Select "System" (switch to classic view if System is not listed)
      3. Click the Hardware Tab
      4. Click the Device Manager button
      5. Plug in your USB-to-Serial adapter and make sure the Multiplexer is powered on and connected
      6. Look under Ports (COM & LPT)
      7. Locate the device "Prolific USB-to-Serial Comm Port (COM#)"
      8. Write down the COM #, you'll need it for the next step.
      9. Open Framework and go to Experiment>Utilities>Multiplexer COM Port Change
      10. In the pop-up window, select the multiplexer you want to configure and click OK
      11. On the next screen enter the number of the COM port noted in Step 8, click OK

Instructions for v7 software

  1.  Plug in your USB-to-Serial adapter and make sure the Multiplexer is powered on and connected
  2. Open Framework and go to Experiment>Utilities>Multiplexer Auto Detect
  3. The script will guide you through the remainder of the setup. It will automatically detect the COM port the multiplexer is connect to, and test to make sure it is functioning correctly

Additional details can be found on page 3-3 of the ECM8 manual

If you have any issues please contact Gamry technical support at 215-682-9330 or techsupport@gamry.com.