Setting Optional Parameters

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Having established the connection, you may now configure HyperTerminal so that it would display the characters you are typing, and also add automatic line feed characters (i.e, move one line down) whenever necessary, to make the communication easier to read.

 

This is also useful for making sure you're sending the correct commands. Otherwise, when the DS returns an error code, you may be left wondering what went wrong. Enabling a local echo of sent commands will show you exactly what the DS received just before it returned an error code.

 

To enable local echo, perform the following steps:

 

After establishing a connection (as described in the previous sections), go to File > Properties:

 

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Switch to the Settings tab, and press the ASCII Setup button:

 

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In the ASCII Setup dialog, mark the options Send line ends with line feeds, Echo typed characters locally and Append line feeds to incoming line ends:

 

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Press OK to confirm all of the different dialogs, until you reach the main screen again.

 

You can also save your current configuration, so that next time you wouldn't have to set it up again. Do this by clicking File > Save. Next time, run HyperTerminal using the file created by the saving process (it is named after your current session name -- TestConnection in our example).