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Question of the Week: What are the features of the Komodo CAN interface and the software used with it?

We are starting to use the KomodoTM CAN Duo Interface - it is very easy to set up and use. We like the activity LEDs and the choice of connectors. The ability to make the device active or passive is also useful. We have a few questions about the Komodo:

  1. What controls the operation of the PWR (Power) LEDs on the unit? We're not sure what causes them to turn on or off or change color.
  2. How can we can store a list of message to transmit? What I normally want to do is fire off a message, wait for the response, fire off the next message and so on. It seems that I would have to have a batch file for each message - is there another method? If we can transmit CAN messages from the Data CenterTM Software, how is it done? We only seem to be able to transmit from within the KomodoTM GUI Software.
  3. Looking at the display of the GUI - can we stop it from continuously scrolling? Sometimes we only need to see the latest message on any given ident (Identifier) rather than scrolling down a list looking for the latest message.

Thanks for your questions! The Komodo CAN Interface you are using is a two-channel USB-to-CAN device that functions as both adapter and analyzer. The two CAN channels can be configured independently. Following is the information that you requested:

    1. Each CAN interface features two LEDs: an activity LED and a bi-color power LED. The bi-color power LEDs illuminate white when the Komodo interface is sourcing V+ to the CAN bus, and illuminate blue when the CAN bus is powered externally. The power LEDs will be off when power is neither observed nor sourced.
      Komodo CAN Interface Figure 1: Komodo CAN Duo Interface


    2. To send and receive CAN data with the Komodo CAN bus interface, you can use either the Komodo GUI Software or the Komodo API. The Data Center does not have the option to send CAN data.
      For your system test requirements, you can use the Komodo GUI batch mode or the Komodo Software API.  For information about the Komodo GUI batch mode, please refer to section 3.4 of the Komodo GUI Software Manual.
      The Komodo Software API is used to control the Komodo analyzer features, and to write a custom program to achieve the user goals. The API comes with support for multiple OS (Windows, Linux, and Mac) and multiple languages (C, Python, Visual Basic, and C#), and includes examples. For additional information about the Komodo Software API, please refer to section 5 of the Komodo Interface User Manual.
    3. The scrolling of the Komodo GUI Software output can be enabled or disabled by clicking the scrolling button in the lower right corner of the GUI window.


How to control scrolling on the Komodo GUI Software Figure2: Komodo GUI Batch Mode


For more information, please refer to the following documents:

Komodo Interface User Guide
Komodo GUI Software User Manual
Data Center Software User Manual
Total Phase Products
Product Selector Guide

 We hope this answers your questions. If you have other questions about our Komodo Can Interface or other Total Phase products, feel free to email us at sales@totalphase.com or submit a request for technical support.

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