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[DPRG] WinXP communications support - the end of simple I/O?

Subject: [DPRG] WinXP communications support - the end of simple I/O?
From: whitmorj joe_cat at verizon.net
Date: Tue Sep 5 21:48:06 CDT 2006

It's been awhile since I've posted, but I'm stumped, frustrated, and my 
projects are all stalled.

I want to interface with a PC running WinXP. Sure the easiest answer is 
user 802.11 b/g (wireless TCP/IP).
I don't want to use TCP/IP, but that might be the only option available 
that is still supported.

I've read Serial Port Complete, Parallel Port Complete and even USB 
Complete. These are great resources but the methods they use are not 
supported by the current O/S and SDK (WinXP, MS Visual Studio, JAVA).

The library for serial and parallel port control with C++ or Visual 
Basic was deprecated a few years ago, and is not compatible with the 
Visual Studio versions. I also found the javax.comm library, which was 
deprecated back in 2001 with JAVA v1.3.

USB is current but it is limited by range and it essentially requires 
expensive developer's kits or extensive experience with WinXP device 
drivers to use with non-standard devices (robots vs. mouse, keyboard, 

Before I give in and adopt wireless networking for my robotic control 
solution, is there any currently supported serial or parallel 
communications port solution available. I'm looking for something that I 
can program to, not a GUI with sliders to control 16 servos on a 
parallel port.

Links, tutorials, books. All advice is appreciated.

Joe Whitmore

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