I am currently using an Arduino Uno and creating an LCD simulator that works by sending LCD data through the hardware UART (serial interface). This LCD data is very short in length; in this case, it's 2 bytes. The LCD simulator has already been made, and it is capable of detecting these LCD packets on the serial port and using them to control the simulated LCD.
However, I don't want to disturb the other traffic passing through the serial port; in this case, it's just text. The problem is that most serial monitors are able to pick up the LCD packets, which aren't supposed to be printed out because they appear as gibberish.
For now, I'm prefixing these short LCD packets with two magic numbers for it to be detectable by the LCD simulator alongside non-LCD traffic, and perhaps removable by a modified serial monitor.
I thought about using ASCII control characters to inform regular terminals that following data must not be printed, but there does not seem to be a specific control character to "hide" text/data; the closest thing there is is the
BS character. All other control characters seem to give an inconsistent result among terminals - i.e. ESC doesn't actually hide text with the Windows console host, but it does with mintty.
My goal is to not have to integrate my own serial monitor and force others to use it if there is traffic present that can only be read by the LCD simulator. I want to allow others to use their own terminals and serial monitors to exchange textual data with the Arduino while seamlessly having LCD packets being sent invisibly and "under the hood."
Is this possible? Can I mix different types of data across the same serial port? If not, what are my options, or am I essentially forced to "reinvent the wheel" by making my own protocol that can mix the two types of traffic?