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I have moved to mainly working on Linux machine primarily Ubuntu 15.04. Please the question here: https://askubuntu.com/questions/731546/wireless-driver-for-mouse-movement-on-ubuntu-15-04


I have a wireless board with genee powerboard http://www.genee-india.com/interactive-whiteboards/genee-powerboard/ I am trying to connect through dongle but with no success and support of it is not available. But I can do it through a usb.

How do I make sure that the board is sending signals to my laptop.

The dongle is connected to COM2 port

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and I have enabled COM2 port in the board settings. enter image description here

The board shows this interface. It shows Board binded for 1 sec and then refreshes again. Also, what does the latter number of it mean? I am assuming it's some port number. enter image description here

Edit 1:

changed port later to COM30 from device manager

import serial
while True:
    ser=serial.Serial(port='COM30',baudrate=9600)
    print "try"
    s=ser.read(100) #reading up to 100 bytes
    print s
ser.close()

I tried to write a small program to read input from the board and then maybe possibly move the mouse. With the above program I get no input from the board. But I have no idea how drivers work, please let me know if I am doing something wrong. Do you need to intialise the board first?

  • Hmm. geneeworld.com/help-desk-support > 404. Not a good sign. – DavidPostill Nov 13 '15 at 10:41
  • Have you tried contacting the vendor? geneeworld.com/interactive-whiteboard-support works. – DavidPostill Nov 13 '15 at 10:42
  • @DavidPostill Yeah they say it only works for Windows XP. No further support. – Abhishek Bhatia Nov 14 '15 at 0:36
  • Your question is a bit chaotic. I assuming that both screenshoots are form the board? How you displaying second screenshoot? What exactly is the dongle and how are you exactly connecting board to PC - USB/COM on board/PC site, serial or USB cable? You can monitor serial ports on Windows by Sysinternals PortMon, Free Serial Port Monitor or other software. I suggest you to start from monitoring transmission between board and XP machine. As serial connections might introduce additional complications I suggest to start from monitoring a TCP/UDP communication (NetBoard Params section). – g2mk Nov 16 '15 at 21:55
  • Free Serial Analyzer might help. – harrymc Nov 17 '15 at 9:01
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I'm assuming that:

  • Dongle is a serial to USB converter which you are connecting to your PC.
  • You are connecting board by its COM2 through serial cable by "dongle" to laptop USB port assigned to COM2/COM30.

I don't know:

  • Is "Config" and "board_driver" screenshots are taken from board or your PC?
  • Have you board have Ethernet port? It is wireless - missed this.
  • Is 192.168.0.127 a IP address of a board or a PC?
  • What you mean by:

    The board shows this interface. It shows Board binded for 1 sec and then refreshes again.

So now I try to help a little...

How do I make sure that the board is sending signals to my laptop.

I tried to write a small program to read input from the board and then maybe possibly move the mouse. With the above program I get no input from the board.

Do you need to intialise the board first?

You can't assume that board ask first - the board can act as server/slave and wait for requests from client/master. Even if the board act as client/master you serial communication parameters (baud rate, data bit count, parity, stop bit count) have to be identical on both sides (board and PC).

You can monitor serial communication with:

  • Sysinternals PortMon.
  • HHD Software Free Serial Port Monitor / Free Serial Analyzer.
  • Many other tools...

Also, what does the latter number of it mean? I am assuming it's some port number.

If you mean 5000 it can be a IP port number - compare it with Config -> NetBoard Params -> Port.

But I have no idea how drivers work, please let me know if I am doing something wrong.

You should try TCP/UDP connections first - Config -> NetBoard Params sugests that board listening on 192.168.0.127:5000 or will be trying to connect to 192.168.0.127:5000.

Helpful software:

  • HWgroup Hercules SETUP utility.
  • Wireshark.

IMO you should start from monitoring functioning communication of the board with a XP machine.

  • Anyway to work around without an XP machine? – Abhishek Bhatia Nov 22 '15 at 11:57
  • @AbhishekBhatia If you don't have a communication protocol documentation unfortunately I don't think so. – g2mk Nov 22 '15 at 12:01
  • @AbhishekBhatia Argh... You can try XP Mode (officially on W7, unofficially on W8 too). – g2mk Nov 22 '15 at 13:01
  • Can you explain more on procedure you mentioned. It will be greatly helpful! – Abhishek Bhatia Dec 3 '15 at 13:48
  • @AbhishekBhatia Which procedure? At least an up-vote will be very encouraging :P – g2mk Dec 3 '15 at 22:24

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