Alternative solutions to monitor serial port
Technet solution (Portmon 3.x) by Microsoft
Portmon is a dedicated solution designed by Microsoft for monitoring COM ports. The program is capable of tracking the activity of parallel interfaces as well. If you need to access serial ports remotely and monitor the data exchange over the network, this software will be a good choice.
Reading COM ports with Portmon is rather simple: you just specify the port you'd like to sniff and the software sends a request with the NT name to the port’s device driver. The app installs its client software itself, which means you can easily capture data from another system (located on the same network) when working on Windows NT/2K system.
Serial Monitor by HHD
Serial Monitor by HHD is another efficient monitoring tool that serves for catching, displaying, analyzing, saving, and replaying data communicated between Windows apps and COM port devices. You will definitely enjoy this solution if your goals are to monitor several devices simultaneously and transfer data at a high speed.
As you can see, each of the aforementioned monitoring apps is aimed to monitor and analyze COM port data effectively and effortless. However, considering the advantages of each solution, it may be rather difficult for you to decide which software is better suited to your needs. Well, we hope that our handy comparison chart below will clear things up for you.
Feature comparison table
| ||SPM (Eltima) ||Portmon (Microsoft) ||HHD Serial Port |
|Analyzing the activity of any serial software/hardware ||+ ||+ ||+ |
|Monitoring multiple COM ports at a time ||+ ||- ||+ |
|Support for all types of serial ports ||+ ||+ ||+ |
|Recording all data going through a COM port ||+ ||+ ||+ |
|Built-in search option ||+ ||+ ||+ |
|Data visualization ||+ ||- ||in Ultimate version |
|Logging of incoming and outgoing data streams ||+ ||+ ||+ |
|Tracing all serial IOCTLs ||+ ||+ ||+ |
|Copying captured data to the clipboard ||+ ||+ ||+ |
|Ability to log customizable monitoring sessions ||+ ||+ ||in Ultimate version |
|Loading and exporting the monitored data ||+ ||+ ||+ |
|Advanced filtering option (presets included) ||+ ||+ ||+ |
|Reading COM ports already used by other apps ||In Pro version ||- ||- |
|Availability of the 'Advanced Send Dialog' ||In Pro version ||- ||- |
|Support for Windows environment (both 32-bit and 64-bit) ||+ ||works only on 32-bit Windows ||works only on 32-bit Windows |
|Price ||from $99,95 ||free ||from $199,99 |
The above chart clearly shows how the solutions differ in terms of functionality. Comparing the three software tools, it can be concluded that Serial Port Monitor by Eltima Software offers a wider range of advanced COM port analyzing features. In addition, this versatile RS232 monitor works equally well in Windows 32- and 64-bit.