Finding the Correct Serial Port

Devices that are capable of connection to a PC via a programmer cable can be downloaded to directly. Plug in the programmer cable (along with the secondary USB cable if fitted) and then use Windows’s Devices and Printers panel to ascertain which serial COM number has been assigned. Then just set this COM port number in the download window.

Adding Pilot™ as a Bluetooth Device

To download a configuration to a Pilot™ device via Bluetooth (i.e. not BLE) it is necessary to add the device via the Windows “Bluetooth Devices” control panel window. Calling up this window varies according to the version of Windows but is normally accessible via the control panel or via the small Bluetooth icon in the system tray.

Ensure the Pilot™ is powered and in-range of the PC and click “Add a device” or the equivalent. Note: The procedure is quicker if the Pilot™ is not connected to other Bluetooth sensors. In Windows 10, select “Add a Bluetooth Device” and choose the type as “Bluetooth”. A similar dialogue to this shows in most versions of Windows (the window just looks nicer in more recent versions!)

Wait until Windows finds the Pilot device and displays its name and click OK. If prompted for a password/PIN enter, without quotes, “0000” (or “1234” for older devices). Now wait for Windows to install the default drivers.

Once Windows reports everything is installed the Pilot™ device will be listed by name in the Bluetooth Devices control panel screen. Right-click on the icon and select “Properties” then the “Hardware” tab. Note: Microsoft make this harder by moving the options each version; on later versions of Windows (e.g. Windows 10/2018+) you may need to find a link on the Bluetooth screen that reads “More Bluetooth Options”. Make a note of the outgoing serial port listed, in this example it is COM34.

You may add as many Pilot™ devices as you wish. Note that Windows will maintain the serial port (COM number) for the device but if there are problems with connecting to the Pilot™ it may be worth rechecking the above window.