Silicon Labs USB Driver Installation Steps
1. Download the VCP Driver Kit.
2. Extract the Zip file from the download.
3. From the extract file run the appropriate diver:
- • 32 bit -> CP210xVCPInstaller_x86.exe
- • 64 bit -> CP210xVCPInstaller_x64.exe
4. The software will install the driver and state it has finished installation. Wait five minutes.
5. Restart the computer.
6. Once the computer is up and running again, start the Device Manager:
- • On your computer go to Control Panel > System > Device Manager.
- • Expand the ports entry in the device list.
7. Plug the controller USB into the computer. After a moment, you should see the Silicon Labs driver pop up in the list of ports, with a COM port in parenthesis next to it.
Note: the driver may pop-up in another area with a warning icon on it. Wait a few seconds and the driver should disappear from the warning area and re-appear under Ports. Unplugging and re-plugging the USB to and from the computer should show the port appearing and disappearing respectively.
8. Note the COM part number, the bridge driver says emulating-listed in parenthesis next to the driver.
This results from the COM port use when connecting to the controller with host software such as ASI’s Console or ASI’s Tiger Console.
Using WK Conrtollers with USB
The WK controller’s USB connection is a virtual serial port. To communicate with the WK controller via USB, use a serial port Terminal application such as Microsoft™ Windows® HyperTerminal® or AGG Software’s™ Advanced Serial Port Monitor©.
In a system with x-1 actual serial ports, your computer usually assigns to the WK controller’s USB virtual serial port the identity COMx. For example, in a system with COM1 and COM2, the WK controller’s virtual serial port should be COM3. Use Windows’ Device Manager to verify the assignment.
COMx exists only when the WK controller is powered on and connected. If you turn off and/or disconnect the WK controller during a session with a terminal application, you will have to close and re-open COMx when the power and/or connection is restored. However, if you reset the WK controller without cycling power, whether by command or by pushing the Reset button on the WK controller’s rear panel, the COMx connection should remain intact.
The Terminal application default settings for the WK controller’s virtual serial port are as follows:
- Baud Rate = (to match the WK controller’s Dip Switch 4 & 5′s setting) ASI recommends 115200 Baud (Dip-Switches 4 an 5 DOWN)
- Data Bits = 8
- Parity = None
- Stop Bits = 1
- Flow Control = None