View Full Version : Cable for AQI to Computer

05/16/2005, 09:08 PM
Can I buy this cable at Radio Shack or a computer store?

If so, does the cable have a specific name/generic name?

North Bay 101
05/16/2005, 09:25 PM
It is a mini8 din plug to a db9 serial cable. You will have to make it yourself or buy it from Neptune Systems. If you make it yourself you can hook up the internal switch option.

05/16/2005, 09:33 PM
North Bay 101

I need some help in understanding how the aquacontroller communicates with everything.

I thought it says in the manual that the cable can be purchased in computer stores?

I have my lights pluged upstairs with the tank under my stand with its own seperate oulet. The rest of my equipment is in the basement on a seperate outlet. I did 2 different outlets so if the lights ever tripped, it wouldnt shut down my pumps.

How will my lights communicate with the Aquacontroller if I have the Aquacontroller downstairs?
Do I have to have everything on one outlet?

Sorry for all the questions. This is my first time using the Aquacontroller and I'm a little confused so any advice on setting it up would be alot of help.

North Bay 101
05/16/2005, 10:51 PM
The controller interface will communicate with your x-10 modules as long as they are on the same "leg" of your home electrical system. Some houses are 110 coming in and there won't be a problem there. The problem comes in when your panel is 220 and you have 2 110 "legs" in the panel. The interface will communicate on one side but not both. You can get around this buying a bridging module.

The serial cable can be bought at any computer store but trying to find a mini 8din cable will be a bugger.

No problem with the questions. You can PM me anytime. I like this sytem and most problems can be resolved.

05/17/2005, 08:38 PM
I have my ACII downstairs and the lights controlled upstairs. No problem.

05/20/2005, 07:24 PM
Ok, I got the cable to connect my PC to my Aquacontroller but I have a problem. The end that connects to my PC cant plug into the back of my computer because the back of my computer is a female connection. I need the end of the cable to have PINS (I guess thats a male connector).

Did I order the wrong cable? My laptop is brand new and its a Toshiba so I dont understand what I'm suppose to do.

Some help PLEASE

05/21/2005, 08:04 AM
Are you sure you are plugging into the serial port rather than the vga port?

05/21/2005, 08:26 AM

I'm pretty sure because my laptop doesnt have any other possible areas to connect too.

Is their an adapter that I can buy to make it compatible?

05/21/2005, 08:28 AM
This is a link to view photos in the upper right hand corner below the picture of the laptop computer. Click on the link to view the back of the laptop.


05/21/2005, 09:59 AM
For the link you sent, it looks like your laptop doesn't have a serial port. You'll need to get a USB to serial adapter. I personally use an iogear USB to serial adapter it has no problems.


05/21/2005, 12:26 PM

Thanks, went an got the cable.

Can the PH, ORP and Temp probes be kept in the overflow box of the AGA tanks?

I would like to keep the Aquacontroller upstairs where my tank is. All my other equipment is the basement. Just didnt know if you suggested keeping the probes in a sump vs overflow box?

05/21/2005, 03:43 PM
One more thing.

I have been trying to get my AQI to communicate with my computer and it keeps saying Aquacontroller not responding. Since I'm connecting through a USB, do I need to configure something different?

05/21/2005, 05:28 PM
For AquaNotes support please send an email to [email protected] Include your name, phone #, and 12 authorization code for AquaNotes (found in the help->about AquaNotes window).