Java - RS232 Bricklet 2.0

This is the description of the Java API bindings for the RS232 Bricklet 2.0. General information and technical specifications for the RS232 Bricklet 2.0 are summarized in its hardware description.

An installation guide for the Java API bindings is part of their general description.

Examples

The example code below is Public Domain (CC0 1.0).

Loopback

Download (ExampleLoopback.java)

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import com.tinkerforge.IPConnection;
import com.tinkerforge.BrickletRS232V2;

// For this example connect the RX pin to the TX pin on the same Bricklet

public class ExampleLoopback {
    private static final String HOST = "localhost";
    private static final int PORT = 4223;

    // Change XYZ to the UID of your RS232 Bricklet 2.0
    private static final String UID = "XYZ";

    // Note: To make the example code cleaner we do not handle exceptions. Exceptions
    //       you might normally want to catch are described in the documentation
    public static void main(String args[]) throws Exception {
        IPConnection ipcon = new IPConnection(); // Create IP connection
        BrickletRS232V2 rs232 = new BrickletRS232V2(UID, ipcon); // Create device object

        ipcon.connect(HOST, PORT); // Connect to brickd
        // Don't use device before ipcon is connected

        // Add read listener
        rs232.addReadListener(new BrickletRS232V2.ReadListener() {
            public void read(char[] message) {
                // Assume that the message consists of ASCII characters and
                // convert it from an array of chars to a string
                System.out.println("Message: \"" + new String(message) + "\"");
            }
        });

        // Enable read callback
        rs232.enableReadCallback();

        // Write "test" string
        rs232.write("test".toCharArray());

        System.out.println("Press key to exit"); System.in.read();
        ipcon.disconnect();
    }
}

API

Generally, every method of the Java bindings that returns a value can throw a TimeoutException. This exception gets thrown if the device did not respond. If a cable based connection is used, it is unlikely that this exception gets thrown (assuming nobody unplugs the device). However, if a wireless connection is used, timeouts will occur if the distance to the device gets too big.

Beside the TimeoutException there is also a NotConnectedException that is thrown if a method needs to communicate with the device while the IP Connection is not connected.

Since Java does not support multiple return values and return by reference is not possible for primitive types, we use small classes that only consist of member variables. The member variables of the returned objects are described in the corresponding method descriptions.

The package for all Brick/Bricklet bindings and the IP Connection is com.tinkerforge.*

All methods listed below are thread-safe.

Basic Functions

public class BrickletRS232V2(String uid, IPConnection ipcon)

Creates an object with the unique device ID uid:

BrickletRS232V2 rs232V2 = new BrickletRS232V2("YOUR_DEVICE_UID", ipcon);

This object can then be used after the IP Connection is connected (see examples above).

public int write(char[] message)

Writes characters to the RS232 interface. The characters can be binary data, ASCII or similar is not necessary.

The return value is the number of characters that were written.

See setConfiguration() for configuration possibilities regarding baud rate, parity and so on.

public char[] read(int length)

Returns up to length characters from receive buffer.

Instead of polling with this function, you can also use callbacks. But note that this function will return available data only when the read listener is disabled. See enableReadCallback() and ReadListener listener.

public void setConfiguration(long baudrate, int parity, int stopbits, int wordlength, int flowcontrol)

Sets the configuration for the RS232 communication. Available options:

  • Baud rate between 100 and 2000000 baud.
  • Parity of none, odd or even.
  • Stop bits can be 1 or 2.
  • Word length of 5 to 8.
  • Flow control can be off, software or hardware.

The default is: 115200 baud, parity none, 1 stop bit, word length 8.

The following constants are available for this function:

  • BrickletRS232V2.PARITY_NONE = 0
  • BrickletRS232V2.PARITY_ODD = 1
  • BrickletRS232V2.PARITY_EVEN = 2
  • BrickletRS232V2.STOPBITS_1 = 1
  • BrickletRS232V2.STOPBITS_2 = 2
  • BrickletRS232V2.WORDLENGTH_5 = 5
  • BrickletRS232V2.WORDLENGTH_6 = 6
  • BrickletRS232V2.WORDLENGTH_7 = 7
  • BrickletRS232V2.WORDLENGTH_8 = 8
  • BrickletRS232V2.FLOWCONTROL_OFF = 0
  • BrickletRS232V2.FLOWCONTROL_SOFTWARE = 1
  • BrickletRS232V2.FLOWCONTROL_HARDWARE = 2
public BrickletRS232V2.Configuration getConfiguration()

Returns the configuration as set by setConfiguration().

The following constants are available for this function:

  • BrickletRS232V2.PARITY_NONE = 0
  • BrickletRS232V2.PARITY_ODD = 1
  • BrickletRS232V2.PARITY_EVEN = 2
  • BrickletRS232V2.STOPBITS_1 = 1
  • BrickletRS232V2.STOPBITS_2 = 2
  • BrickletRS232V2.WORDLENGTH_5 = 5
  • BrickletRS232V2.WORDLENGTH_6 = 6
  • BrickletRS232V2.WORDLENGTH_7 = 7
  • BrickletRS232V2.WORDLENGTH_8 = 8
  • BrickletRS232V2.FLOWCONTROL_OFF = 0
  • BrickletRS232V2.FLOWCONTROL_SOFTWARE = 1
  • BrickletRS232V2.FLOWCONTROL_HARDWARE = 2

The returned object has the public member variables long baudrate, int parity, int stopbits, int wordlength and int flowcontrol.

Advanced Functions

public void setBufferConfig(int sendBufferSize, int receiveBufferSize)

Sets the send and receive buffer size in byte. In total the buffers have to be 10240 byte (10kb) in size, the minimum buffer size is 1024 byte (1kb) for each.

The current buffer content is lost if this function is called.

The send buffer holds data that is given by write() and can not be written yet. The receive buffer holds data that is received through RS232 but could not yet be send to the user, either by read() or through ReadListener listener.

The default configuration is 5120 byte (5kb) per buffer.

public BrickletRS232V2.BufferConfig getBufferConfig()

Returns the buffer configuration as set by setBufferConfig().

The returned object has the public member variables int sendBufferSize and int receiveBufferSize.

public BrickletRS232V2.BufferStatus getBufferStatus()

Returns the currently used bytes for the send and received buffer.

See setBufferConfig() for buffer size configuration.

The returned object has the public member variables int sendBufferUsed and int receiveBufferUsed.

public BrickletRS232V2.ErrorCount getErrorCount()

Returns the current number of overrun and parity errors.

The returned object has the public member variables long errorCountOverrun and long errorCountParity.

public int[] getAPIVersion()

Returns the version of the API definition (major, minor, revision) implemented by this API bindings. This is neither the release version of this API bindings nor does it tell you anything about the represented Brick or Bricklet.

public boolean getResponseExpected(int functionId)

Returns the response expected flag for the function specified by the function ID parameter. It is true if the function is expected to send a response, false otherwise.

For getter functions this is enabled by default and cannot be disabled, because those functions will always send a response. For listener configuration functions it is enabled by default too, but can be disabled by setResponseExpected(). For setter functions it is disabled by default and can be enabled.

Enabling the response expected flag for a setter function allows to detect timeouts and other error conditions calls of this setter as well. The device will then send a response for this purpose. If this flag is disabled for a setter function then no response is send and errors are silently ignored, because they cannot be detected.

See setResponseExpected() for the list of function ID constants available for this function.

public void setResponseExpected(int functionId, boolean responseExpected)

Changes the response expected flag of the function specified by the function ID parameter. This flag can only be changed for setter (default value: false) and listener configuration functions (default value: true). For getter functions it is always enabled.

Enabling the response expected flag for a setter function allows to detect timeouts and other error conditions calls of this setter as well. The device will then send a response for this purpose. If this flag is disabled for a setter function then no response is send and errors are silently ignored, because they cannot be detected.

The following function ID constants are available for this function:

  • BrickletRS232V2.FUNCTION_ENABLE_READ_CALLBACK = 3
  • BrickletRS232V2.FUNCTION_DISABLE_READ_CALLBACK = 4
  • BrickletRS232V2.FUNCTION_SET_CONFIGURATION = 6
  • BrickletRS232V2.FUNCTION_SET_BUFFER_CONFIG = 8
  • BrickletRS232V2.FUNCTION_SET_WRITE_FIRMWARE_POINTER = 237
  • BrickletRS232V2.FUNCTION_SET_STATUS_LED_CONFIG = 239
  • BrickletRS232V2.FUNCTION_RESET = 243
  • BrickletRS232V2.FUNCTION_WRITE_UID = 248
public void setResponseExpectedAll(boolean responseExpected)

Changes the response expected flag for all setter and listener configuration functions of this device at once.

public BrickletRS232V2.SPITFPErrorCount getSPITFPErrorCount()

Returns the error count for the communication between Brick and Bricklet.

The errors are divided into

  • ACK checksum errors,
  • message checksum errors,
  • framing errors and
  • overflow errors.

The errors counts are for errors that occur on the Bricklet side. All Bricks have a similar function that returns the errors on the Brick side.

The returned object has the public member variables long errorCountAckChecksum, long errorCountMessageChecksum, long errorCountFrame and long errorCountOverflow.

public int setBootloaderMode(int mode)

Sets the bootloader mode and returns the status after the requested mode change was instigated.

You can change from bootloader mode to firmware mode and vice versa. A change from bootloader mode to firmware mode will only take place if the entry function, device identifier and CRC are present and correct.

This function is used by Brick Viewer during flashing. It should not be necessary to call it in a normal user program.

The following constants are available for this function:

  • BrickletRS232V2.BOOTLOADER_MODE_BOOTLOADER = 0
  • BrickletRS232V2.BOOTLOADER_MODE_FIRMWARE = 1
  • BrickletRS232V2.BOOTLOADER_MODE_BOOTLOADER_WAIT_FOR_REBOOT = 2
  • BrickletRS232V2.BOOTLOADER_MODE_FIRMWARE_WAIT_FOR_REBOOT = 3
  • BrickletRS232V2.BOOTLOADER_MODE_FIRMWARE_WAIT_FOR_ERASE_AND_REBOOT = 4
  • BrickletRS232V2.BOOTLOADER_STATUS_OK = 0
  • BrickletRS232V2.BOOTLOADER_STATUS_INVALID_MODE = 1
  • BrickletRS232V2.BOOTLOADER_STATUS_NO_CHANGE = 2
  • BrickletRS232V2.BOOTLOADER_STATUS_ENTRY_FUNCTION_NOT_PRESENT = 3
  • BrickletRS232V2.BOOTLOADER_STATUS_DEVICE_IDENTIFIER_INCORRECT = 4
  • BrickletRS232V2.BOOTLOADER_STATUS_CRC_MISMATCH = 5
public int getBootloaderMode()

Returns the current bootloader mode, see setBootloaderMode().

The following constants are available for this function:

  • BrickletRS232V2.BOOTLOADER_MODE_BOOTLOADER = 0
  • BrickletRS232V2.BOOTLOADER_MODE_FIRMWARE = 1
  • BrickletRS232V2.BOOTLOADER_MODE_BOOTLOADER_WAIT_FOR_REBOOT = 2
  • BrickletRS232V2.BOOTLOADER_MODE_FIRMWARE_WAIT_FOR_REBOOT = 3
  • BrickletRS232V2.BOOTLOADER_MODE_FIRMWARE_WAIT_FOR_ERASE_AND_REBOOT = 4
public void setWriteFirmwarePointer(long pointer)

Sets the firmware pointer for writeFirmware(). The pointer has to be increased by chunks of size 64. The data is written to flash every 4 chunks (which equals to one page of size 256).

This function is used by Brick Viewer during flashing. It should not be necessary to call it in a normal user program.

public int writeFirmware(int[] data)

Writes 64 Bytes of firmware at the position as written by setWriteFirmwarePointer() before. The firmware is written to flash every 4 chunks.

You can only write firmware in bootloader mode.

This function is used by Brick Viewer during flashing. It should not be necessary to call it in a normal user program.

public void setStatusLEDConfig(int config)

Sets the status LED configuration. By default the LED shows communication traffic between Brick and Bricklet, it flickers once for every 10 received data packets.

You can also turn the LED permanently on/off or show a heartbeat.

If the Bricklet is in bootloader mode, the LED is will show heartbeat by default.

The following constants are available for this function:

  • BrickletRS232V2.STATUS_LED_CONFIG_OFF = 0
  • BrickletRS232V2.STATUS_LED_CONFIG_ON = 1
  • BrickletRS232V2.STATUS_LED_CONFIG_SHOW_HEARTBEAT = 2
  • BrickletRS232V2.STATUS_LED_CONFIG_SHOW_STATUS = 3
public int getStatusLEDConfig()

Returns the configuration as set by setStatusLEDConfig()

The following constants are available for this function:

  • BrickletRS232V2.STATUS_LED_CONFIG_OFF = 0
  • BrickletRS232V2.STATUS_LED_CONFIG_ON = 1
  • BrickletRS232V2.STATUS_LED_CONFIG_SHOW_HEARTBEAT = 2
  • BrickletRS232V2.STATUS_LED_CONFIG_SHOW_STATUS = 3
public int getChipTemperature()

Returns the temperature in °C as measured inside the microcontroller. The value returned is not the ambient temperature!

The temperature is only proportional to the real temperature and it has bad accuracy. Practically it is only useful as an indicator for temperature changes.

public void reset()

Calling this function will reset the Bricklet. All configurations will be lost.

After a reset you have to create new device objects, calling functions on the existing ones will result in undefined behavior!

public void writeUID(long uid)

Writes a new UID into flash. If you want to set a new UID you have to decode the Base58 encoded UID string into an integer first.

We recommend that you use Brick Viewer to change the UID.

public long readUID()

Returns the current UID as an integer. Encode as Base58 to get the usual string version.

public BrickletRS232V2.Identity getIdentity()

Returns the UID, the UID where the Bricklet is connected to, the position, the hardware and firmware version as well as the device identifier.

The position can be 'a', 'b', 'c' or 'd'.

The device identifier numbers can be found here. There is also a constant for the device identifier of this Bricklet.

The returned object has the public member variables String uid, String connectedUid, char position, int[] hardwareVersion, int[] firmwareVersion and int deviceIdentifier.

Listener Configuration Functions

public void enableReadCallback()

Enables the ReadListener listener.

By default the listener is disabled.

public void disableReadCallback()

Disables the ReadListener listener.

By default the listener is disabled.

public boolean isReadCallbackEnabled()

Returns true if the ReadListener listener is enabled, false otherwise.

Listeners

Listeners can be registered to receive time critical or recurring data from the device. The registration is done with "add*Listener" functions of the device object.

The parameter is a listener class object, for example:

device.addExampleListener(new BrickletRS232V2.ExampleListener() {
    public void property(int value) {
        System.out.println("Value: " + value);
    }
});

The available listener classes with inherent methods to be overwritten are described below. It is possible to add several listeners and to remove them with the corresponding "remove*Listener" function.

Note

Using listeners for recurring events is always preferred compared to using getters. It will use less USB bandwidth and the latency will be a lot better, since there is no round trip time.

public class BrickletRS232V2.ReadListener()

This listener can be added with the addReadListener() function. An added listener can be removed with the removeReadListener() function.

public void read(char[] message)

This listener is called if new data is available.

To enable this listener, use enableReadCallback().

public class BrickletRS232V2.ErrorCountListener()

This listener can be added with the addErrorCountListener() function. An added listener can be removed with the removeErrorCountListener() function.

public void errorCount(long errorCountOverrun, long errorCountParity)

This listener is called if a new error occurs. It returns the current overrun and parity error count.

Constants

public static final int BrickletRS232V2.DEVICE_IDENTIFIER

This constant is used to identify a RS232 Bricklet 2.0.

The getIdentity() function and the EnumerateListener listener of the IP Connection have a deviceIdentifier parameter to specify the Brick's or Bricklet's type.

public static final String BrickletRS232V2.DEVICE_DISPLAY_NAME

This constant represents the human readable name of a RS232 Bricklet 2.0.