SerialGhost RS-232 Module TimeKeeper

The SerialGhost RS-232 Module TimeKeeper is a serial and RS-232 logging module available as a PCB module with terminal block connectors, with an integrated time-stamping module. It can acquire data from a single serial data source, or tap onto a bi-directional serial bus. The SerialGhost can operate as USB flash memory for easy access to logged data. It's packed with features such as dual port configuration or virtual COM port mode with data streaming and a proprietary command set.

SerialGhost RS-232 Module TimeKeeper
  • Logs asynchronous serial transmission (RS-232 compatible)

  • Baud rates up to 230400 bps

  • Logs 2 streams simultaneously (RX and TX)

  • Independently selectable bit rates for both channels

  • Modular form-factor with terminal block connectors

  • Time and date stamping with millisecond granularity

  • Built-in battery (for real-time clock)

  • 16 gigabytes internal memory (industrial grade)

  • Operates as a USB flash drive

  • Virtual COM port mode with data streaming and command set

  • No software or drivers required, Windows, Linux, and Mac compatible

  • Dual power: +5V (USB) or +9V...+24V DC (terminal connector)

  • Integrated step-down switching power supply

  • USB cable included

SerialGhost RS-232 Module TimeKeeper

Data logging made simple

The SerialGhost RS-232 Module TimeKeeper is a modular asynchronous serial logger, capable of recording RS-232 data streams from devices like printers, GPS receivers, terminals, keyboards, mice, barcode scanners etc. Connect the device either to a single serial source, or in-line on a serial bus. Connect +5V through USB or +9V...+24V DC power through the terminal connector. The SerialGhost RS-232 Module TimeKeeper will immediately start logging all data available on the bus, both upstream and downstream (RX and TX). No software or drivers are required.

SerialGhost RS-232 Module TimeKeeper

Easy access

To view the recorded data, the SerialGhost RS-232 Module TimeKeeper may be switched to flash drive mode. Connect to a computer using a USB-B cable, short the MODE pin to GND, and the SerialGhost RS-232 Module will pop up as a removable drive, containing a file with logged data. The log file will be interleaved with time and date-stamps. The flash drive may also be used to configure the device, such as baudrate, parity bits, start/stop bits, etc.

SerialGhost RS-232 Module TimeKeeper

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.

SerialGhost RS-232 Module TimeKeeper

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.

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.