If you cannot find your question, don't hesitate to post it in our support forum.
Use a USB converter (sometimes called adaptor) as pictured above
(3rd item from the left). We recommend converters with an
FTDI chip (please make sure to buy a genuine one).
Once plugged in, a new USB serial port (virtual COM port) will appear on your system
as shown in the Windows Device manager below:
Specify this port in the input tab in
You can pass the name of the COM port which 232key should use as
an argument (parameter) as shown below ("COM5"):
Please make sure that this port exists before you try to use it (otherwise, 232key will show an error message when you press the Start button).
Thanks to A&D's ingenious use of the handshaking lines, 232key can automatically detect the following errors and alert the user:
These advanced error detection functions are only available when 232key is used with a scale or balance from A&D.
There are currently three barcode profiles, "Barcode numeric" (0-9) and "Barcode alphanumeric" (characters
A-Z and digits 0-9) and "Barcode alphanumeric extended" (all
printable ASCII characters). If your barcodes include no characters outside this range, you should
be able to use 232key as a virtual keyboard wedge.
New device profiles can currently only be added by us (however, you can customize the regular expressions used by existing devices). Please contact us and provide us with the following:
Note: We'll try our best, but we cannot guarantee that submissions will be included.
232key was not developed for use with AAC devices and does not try to implement the GIDEI standard. Whether or not 232key can be used depends on your device:
Note: SerialKeys was originally designed for people who have difficulty using the computer's standard keyboard or mouse. It was included from Windows 95 until Vista. AAC Keys was an alternative to SerialKeys. Some measuring device manufacturers used SerialKeys to send measurement results directly to a PC application (no additional keyboard wedge software was required).
The following conditions have to be fulfilled:
Due to the number of different architectures and potential pitfalls, please understand that we cannot guarantee that 232key will work on your particular system. Please try 23key out for yourself and consider leaving feedback in our support forum for the benefit of other users.
There is none. The 32 bit version works on 32 bit and 64 bit operating systems.
While you could run several instances at the same time, this is not recommended as they all use the same location to store their settings (the instance you close last will overwrite the settings saved by previously closed instances). You can, however install 232key MU in addition to the free/Plus edition of 232key to connect to two serial devices at the same time.
No, because a true Windows service cannot not have a user interface. However, with a Plus license, you can use the auto-start function and minimize 232key to the notification area to run it as a background process.
Note: If you want to run 232key as a service because you want to hide it from your end users, please also see the following question and make sure that your intended use of 232key complies with our EULA.
You are not allowed to redistribute the binary files. Due to the licensing conditions of a third-party library and the programming tools used to make 232key, there's nothing we can do about this. 232key is meant to be downloaded and installed by end users on general purpose desktop computers. Please see our EULA for details.
You may, however, resell license keys and send your customers to the download link to our software. Please consult our reseller page for further information.
Nowhere, 232key is not open source software. The free version is free as in beer, not as in speech.
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
from our reseller FastSpring
for US$ 30 (plus
or sales tax, where applicable).
Volume discounts are available. Your license key and invoice will be generated immediately as soon
as your payment is completed.