I know the documentation is prelimnary, but this information belongs in the manual… or the getting started guide… :
I messed with this thing all night, and still I have not connection with it from the ALCAM explorer tool. Not sure what kind of settings you would prefer. The FTDI cable is in place with all 6 wires GND, BUSY(RTS), 5V, RX, TX, MISO (CTS).
The Leds that are lit is PWR and LED1.
Clicking on BTN1 makes the LED1 blink 5 times (SD card not inserted - I am not planning to use one, is that required for a response?).
Clicking on reset does not change anything.
Can you advice?
EDIT: The picture shows COM4 selected, I DO select com3 when testing
You are connecting both CTS and RTS, if you select none handshaking, then your RTS is high then ALFAT won’t send any data.
As document says, if you are not using handshaking, should leave your RTS disconnect, or make sure it is low when you want to receive data.
The ALCAM still doing his job, except no sending data.
In the ALCAM explorer I see handshaking is “No”. Try turn it on.
About the button, when you use the button, no data / error code will be sent. Everything will be shown by LED (red one I think). We call this is standalone mode.
When does the camera enter/leave standalone mode?
Once you pressed the button, standalone mode is active
ALCAM will do his his job
Instead of sending error code, ALCAM will raise by LED
ALCAM comes back normal mode automatically.
This is about few ms if take a picture
For recording mode, standalone will be entered when you press the button to start, and gone when you press the button to stop, depends on how long you wanted on your movie.
@ Dat - Can i ask you take a screenshot of both the serial settings in the alcam explorer and the port settings from the ftdi driver with a working setup.
The serial setting in ALCAM explorer is setting for ALCAM explorer software in PC, those setting won’t effect to ALCAM device.
They should be in default value when you start the application. Except for handshaking option, it can be YES/No depends on how you connected CTS, RTS.
And please let me know exactly what wires you have connected. And please use the names on the alcam board and the names from the ftdi cable spec at the same time (they come in pairs)…
If you are using the ftdi cable as we suggested here, there should be 6 wires, the black wire should be in GND, the other side should be in Miso pin