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Old 05-25-2017, 05:24   #1
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Recently I was provided with a new meter by Abbott. The Freestyle Lite is a nice compact and easy to use meter. No problems there.

I am a geek of the first water and wanted to upload my readings to the computer so I can get the data to my Dr. without any hassles. Lo and behold the interface cable costs more than the meter for no reason other than greed.

A little research led me to believe that I could make one for about $2.00. Found an old pair of earbuds with a 2.5 mm jack from the Goodwill and a 9 pin serial cable from the used computer place. $1.00 each. The 9 pin is also called a "DB9."

The cable had a male plug on one end and a female plug on the other. My PC serial port is male so I removed the male end from the cable.

I cut the jack off of the earbud cable leaving all of the single wire part on the jack end.

Strip an inch or so of the insulation from the jack wire end and tin the wires with solder and an iron.

Strip a couple of inches from the serial cable. You need to find which wires go to pins 2, 3 and 5 of the female plug using a continuity (ohm) meter.

Using the same meter find which of the jack wires go to which part of the jack's plug. The jack has 3 separate areas: tip, middle ring and the 3rd ring farthest from the tip - the base.

Solder the two wires together like this:
Jack Serial Cable
Tip -------- >2

Tape the solder joints so the wires cannot touch each other. Cut off the unused wires on the serial cable side. Tape over the entire join area of the wires.

Go to the Abbott site and download the Co-Pilot software.

Connect the cable to the pc and your meter. Start the software and tell it to read your meter. You may have to enter a user first. It loads all of the readings on your meter. You may also upload the readings the to online database as well as storing them locally.

The software provides a number of reports. It seems to be pretty intuitive to me but, like I say, I am a real geek.

I ran the program using several different port settings and it worked on all so you shouldn't need to mess with that.

Hope this helps someone out and saves a few bucks.


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Some people are just too clever!

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Old 05-25-2017, 19:22   #3
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Originally Posted by VeeJay View Post
Some people are just too clever!
Thanks but this is a technology I worked with a lot back in the 70's and 80's. I was quite surprised to see it show up again at this late date. Someone at Abbott should be shamed of themselves...

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Good work, Ed. Yes, this is what most of these company's do is swap a couple wires out. A few bucks "per" makes their boat payment.

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