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Install and Configure Virtual Serial Port Program

Last Updated: Sep 06, 2016 01:16PM MST

If your CAT program needs to connect with Connect through a COM port, then you'll need to install and configure the recommended freeware below. 

If you use Eclipse, you can skip this and just Configure Eclipse with Stenoshare.



Please help us expand this documentation! Let us know about any errors or missing steps.  


Download and install HW Virtual Serial Port program

​Please turn off the StreamText.Net Connector program if you have it running, because it conflicts with our recommended Virtual Serial Port program.

Download the free virtual serial port program HW VSP3 - Virtual Serial Port. Be sure to download the "Single" freeware version.

HW VSP3 download page

Click on the downloaded file to begin installation.  

click to begin installation

Click Yes if you're prompted with a User Account Control message.

Click Next and follow the on-screen instructions to proceed with installation.  

When you reach the step that asks "Which components should be installed?" do NOT use the default Client/Server ApplicationInstead, click the Standalone Application radio button and then click Next to continue the installation.

HW VSP3 Setup Select Components

NOTE:  If you get an error "Cannot create evserial service FAILURE: The specified service has been marked for deletion", that may mean you didn't select Standalone in the step above. Start the installation again and be sure to select Standalone Application.

If prompted to add the application into the list of firewall exceptions, click Yes.

HW VSP3 firewall exception

Once installation is complete, click Finish to exit setup.

Configure HW Virtual Serial Port settings

Launch the HW Virtual Serial Port program by double clicking the new desktop icon, or by finding HW VSP3 in the list of Programs in your Windows Start menu.

desktop icon for HW Virtual Serial Port

Click the Virtual Serial Port tab.

Virtual Serial Port tab

Under the Virtual Serial Port tab, set the Port Name to COM3, the IP Address to and the Port to 6978.

Virtual Serial Port Settings

Then click Create COM.

The VSP Status field should display "Creating..." for a few moments and then change to "Created."

Virtual Serial Port status created

If the VSP Status shows an Error, maybe you have the StreamText.Net Connector running. If so, close that program and then try again.

Adjust settings to create Virtual Serial Port automatically (optional)

You can set the HW Virtual Serial Port program to automatically create this port whenever you start up the program.

​Click on the Settings tab. Check the box next to Create VSP Port when HW VSP Start-Up.

start up port automatically

What do you want to do next?  

Configure StenoCAT with Connect


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