C++ usb/serial package?

This is a discussion on C++ usb/serial package? within the C++ Programming forums, part of the General Programming Boards category; does one exsist that helps communicate with the usb and/or serial port? if so where can it be found? thanks...

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    C++ usb/serial package?

    does one exsist that helps communicate with the usb and/or serial port?
    if so where can it be found?

    thanks

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    The serial port isn't too hard. I don't have a reference at-hand, but as I recall, with Windows, you can open the port as a file. Try searching the board. There was a post about this awhile back. Any of the Windows "beyond" Win98 will block direct user-mode access to hardware addresses. So, I think opening the port as a file gets-around this.

    USB is another story. You have to write a driver, and this is advanced shtuff. I've never done it. (Again for Windows) You have to get the DDK (Driver Development Kit) and use the compiler & libraries that come with the DDK to write a kernel mode driver.

    There is a good introductory article about USB drivers in the current issue of Dr.Dobbs Journal. (That's NOT a link to the article... it's not online free. )

    There is also a good book on Windows Drivers by Walter Oney.

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    BeyondLogic.org has lots of information about interfacing.
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    There's an awsome C++ wrapper class for serial I/O under windows right here.

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    Originally posted by Codeplug
    There's an awsome C++ wrapper class for serial I/O under windows right here.

    gg
    i shall try that

    thank you all for ur help

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