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I have an Arduino Mega with an MaxBotix (MB7066) sonar attached, the sonar has the ability to send serial data with it's reading. It uses a asynchronous RS232 format, except the voltages are 0-Vcc. The output should be a capital "R" (ASCII), followed by four digits(ASCII) and a carriage return (ASCII 13). The baud rate is 9600, 8 bits, no parity with one stop bit. What I get from the device is as follows: (sonarSerial.read() while sonarSerial.available())

43
192
6
6
179
89
30
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What do I have to get to the information? Or is my sensor just retuning garbage? Please see the code below:

#include <SoftwareSerial.h>

#define pin1 3
#define pin2 5 //pwm
#define pin3 6 //analog
#define pin4 10 //RX for sonar, TX for arduino
#define pin5 11 //TX for sonar, RX for arduino

SoftwareSerial sonarPort(pin5,pin4);

void setup(){
   Serial.begin (9600); 
   pinMode(pin1, OUTPUT);

   pinMode(pin4, OUTPUT);
   pinMode(pin5, INPUT);
   sonarPort.begin(9600);
}

void loop(){
  digitalWrite(pin1, HIGH);

  digitalWrite(pin4, LOW);
  digitalWrite(pin4, HIGH);
  delayMicroseconds(20);
  digitalWrite(pin4, LOW);  

  long pulse = pulseIn(pin2, HIGH)/58;
  Serial.print("PM Result: ");
  Serial.println(pulse);  

  String buffer = "";
  sonarPort.listen();
  while(sonarPort.available() > 0){
      int inByte = sonarPort.read();
      buffer += inByte; buffer += " ";
      if(!sonarPort.available()){  
          Serial.print("Serial result: "); 
          Serial.println(buffer);
      }
  }
  delay(500);
}
  • Please provide specific model of the sensor you are using. – Marty Grogan Jan 12 '15 at 21:17
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I contacted MaxBotix with the problem and for my surprise their technical support is really great:

The Arduino is set up to natively read TTL serial data.The MB7066 outputs its serial data in the RS232 format. Do not worry; this problem can easily be fixed. You can use an inverter such as the MAX232. You can also follow the following tutorial to make your own https://github.com/simonmonk/raspirobotboard/wiki/Rangefinder-Adapter.

Another option would be to test using this code section SoftwareSerial sonarSerial(rxPin, txPin, true); //define serial port for recieving data, output from maxSonar is inverted requiring true to be set.

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In the bitstream of your ASCII data the pattern for "R" (01010010b) does never occur.
So obviously something is wrong in your system and/or setup. Have you already considered the information given here http://www.maxbotix.com/articles/034.htm?

I would connect the sensor to a PC to check whether it's working correctly using a standard terminal software.

  • I don't have the cable yet so no, I have not checked, will later post my code to remove the possibility of a bad setup. – MustSeeMelons Jan 12 '15 at 14:43

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