Supported operating systems: Microsoft Windows 10, 8.x, 7, Vista SP2, Server 2012, Server 2008. Embedded versions of Windows are not supported. To install 232key, simply download the installer, run it and follow the instructions on your screen.
Before starting 232key, please make sure that your serial device is switched on and connected to your PC!
Go to the input tab and choose the serial port (COM port) your device is connected to:
You can also try to let 232key detect the port automatically by switching off all other serial devices and pressing the auto button (only works with devices which support hardware handshaking):
232key supports two basic types of devices:
If your device is present in the drop-down list, select it and press ⇓ set defaults ⇓ to set the default interface parameters and terminator. If it is not present, select "Generic measurement instrument" to capture numbers or one of the "Barcode" devices to capture text, then proceed to the next step.
* supports automatic port detection.
*** requires a Plus license.
If your device is not included in the device list or if you're not using its default settings, you have to manually set the interface parameters (bits/s, data bits, stop bits, parity) and the terminator character which marks the end of each line of data.
Please consult the instruction manual of your serial device to find the appropriate settings. If the number of stop bits is not specified, select "1".
The terminator is the very last character in each line of data sent by your device. You can select one of the pre-defined values or enter any ASCII code as a decimal value.
The very last character is "line feed" (ASCII code 10), therefore choose "<10> LF" as the terminator in 232key.
If you have trouble finding the terminator, we recommend
using a terminal program like
to analyze the data sent from you device. In the example below,
you can see that the very last character is again "line feed"
(decimal ASCII code 10):
We'd appreciate if you could post the name of your device and your settings in our support forum so that we can add a new device profile to 232key. Thank you!
Switch to the output tab. Please select the
keyboard type you're using (this is particularly
important if you want to transmit alphanumeric characters or If
you're using a French AZERTY keyboard):
If your keyboard layout is not listed, you can choose the "All (compatibility mode)" setting (available since version 2017.1.2.0). 232key will then use the Alt numpad input method:
Next, select the decimal separator you want 232key
to use when
typing decimal numbers: "dot" (e.g. 10.00) or "comma" (e.g. 10,00):
As you can see from the disabled settings in the screenshots, many additional features are available in the Plus version of 232key.
Press the start button and switch to the target program (e.g. a spreadsheet software). Place the cursor where you want the data to be typed. Press the data transmission button on your device (often labeled "data" or "print") and watch as the value is typed into the target program.
Please consult our extensive troubleshooting page if 232key does not work as expected.
By downloading, you agree to our EULA.
The basic functionality of 232key is available for free.
If you want to use the
Plus features, please
click here to buy a license
for $29 or 27€ (plus
or sales tax, where applicable).
Your license key and invoice will be generated immediately as soon
as your payment is completed.