Hi all, I have a device on my boat called an AIS (which basically is a receiver and sender of my boat's position and name etc.). This is an older device that needs to be connected to with a serial port. I need to connect it to my laptop to change some details in the AIS device.
Now the AIS has a 9 pin serial out (male). I connect it to a female to female 9 pin cable. Then to that cable I connect a male 9 pin to USB cable, which will go int my USB port of the computer. The latter 9 pin serial (male) to USB cable came with a CD and I installed the device driver.
The problem: I try to connect the laptop to the AIS device with the correct software. It automatically connects to Com 3 (which is correct in my laptop too) and gives and automatic Baud rate of 115200 (but I changed it later to lower, to no avail). It tries to connect but constantly gives the message that the "Serial port connection timed out". I tried fiddling with the baud rate and the time out settings in the port settings directly, but nothing seems to work.
I really need to get into this AIS device in order to be able to continue. Any advice (step by step please, complete novice here...)
I have Windows 7 Professional, Version 6.1, Build 7601: Service pack 1.