RS232 Connection between RIOX and Arduino

2 months 2 weeks ago #29535186 by Chris_ENG
I am trying to communicate between an Arduino Mega and the RIOX using TX RX communication. 

I read that since Arduino uses TTL rather than true RS232, I needed a converter, so I purchased this one.  www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07BJJ3TZR/ref...00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

After checking that my code would send information via TX and RX with another Arduino, I tried to communicate with the RIOX. 

The serial for both the Arduino and the RIOX were set to 115200. I tried wiring it with and without the converter. I also tested between two Arduinos again to make sure the pins weren't damaged from me trying to communicate without the converter. The Arduinos worked fine, but I still wasn't able to communicate anything to the RIOX.

The information being sent to the RIOX is in decimal format (so A=65, B=66, etc.). 
For my test code, I tried setting Variable 10 to 20 by sending "!VAR 10 20" (sans quotes) at once and by sending each character of that individually in order. I tried to test it with the RIOX hooked up via USB, and then by a 24V power supply without the USB connection. Still, I wasn't able to get the RIOX and Arduino to communicate.

For testing purposes, I'd like to know if I can communicate with the RIOX over RS232 Serial while the RIOX is connected to a PC via USB, or can it not use TX RX and the USB connection at the same time (USB going to my PC to monitor/power the RIOX and the RS232 to the RIOX)?

Also, if anyone has gotten an Arduino and RIOX to communicate, I would very much appreciate some sample code/advice. 

If any more information is needed, I'll happily provide it. Sorry if I miss something obvious, I am very new to communicating with RX and TX.

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2 months 1 week ago #29535190 by Chris_ENG
Okay, so I've done some work on this and now I just need to know two things:
1. Can the RIOX receive RS232 commands while it's connected to my laptop via USB (its also powered by the USB?
2. For anyone who knows about Arduino, I have tried the following two scripts in Arduino to set Variable 10 equal to 20 over serial. Is there a reason why the serial information I'm sending over might not be accepted? Both the Arduino and the RIOX serial are set to 115200

Code 1
void setup() {
  Serial.begin(115200);
}
void loop() {
  delay(1000);
  Serial.print("!VAR");  // Motor GO command
  Serial.print(" ");   //   Space
  Serial.print("10");   // Channel Number
  Serial.print(" ");   //   Space
  Serial.println("20");   // Motor Power Value
  delay(100);
}

Code 2
void setup() {
  Serial.begin(115200);
}
void loop() {
  delay(1000);
  Serial.println("!VAR 10 20");
  delay(100);
}

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