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Active USB-COM Port Driver

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Scanners, CUs, BHT series
File Updated on
Active USB-COM Port Driver Ver.2.1.0.0 (4,130KB) Mar 30, 2017

Read me:Features of the Active USB-COM Port Driver

Supporting OS

Supporting OS is as following Microsoft Windows® OS.

  • Microsoft Windows® Vista (32bit version)
  • Microsoft Windows® 7 (32bit version / 64bit version)
  • Microsoft Windows® 8.1 (32bit version / 64bit version)
  • Microsoft Windows® 10 (32bit version / 64bit version)
  • Microsoft Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise 2015 LTSB(64bit version)

Note of using with Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise

Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise is a Windows® 10 embedded OS.We tested it with our environment, but it does not guarantee your any operational environment.
Please test in enough to be no trouble with your operational environment, and use it.


Note of using with Windows® 10

Windows standard driver will be loaded if you inserted the USB device in the USB port of the PC with Windows® 10 which does not install Active USB-COM Port Driver. The USB device does not support the operation with the Windows standard driver. Please use it after installing Active USB-COM Port Driver by all means.


VersionUpdated contentsUpdated on
2.1.0.0 (1)This driver has been adapted for use on Windows® 10 IoT Enterprise 2015 LTSB (64bit version). Mar 30, 2017
2.0.1.8 (1)Windows® 10 (32-bit/64-bit version) is supported. Apr 19, 2016
2.0.1.5 (1)The disconnection and connection processing of the USB device has been improved. May 28 ,2015
2.0.1.3 (1)The disconnection and connection processing of the USB device has been improved.
(2)The start processing of the PC that the USB device is connected has been improved.
(3)The driver installation processing in the USB device connection has been improved.
Jan 09, 2015
2.0.1.0 (1)Windows® 8.1 (32-bit/64-bit version) is supported.
(2)Improvements have been made through processes when the COM port is open.
(3)The process of transferring data to the USB device has been improved.
Feb 17, 2014
2.0.0.23 (1) Improved to support the function that can automatically resume COM communication.
Note: Users are strongly recommended to use the upgraded version 2.0.0.23.
Aug 23, 2013
2.0.0.22 (1)There was a case in the current version that data communication was not started even though the BHT was reconnected if the USB device was determined to be removed from the USB port in the process of data transmission. This is improved and fixed in the new version.
(2)There was a case in the current version, though it was very rare, that the USB host controller on the PC did not respond to the request command from the driver, which as a result caused a BSoD. This is improved and fixed in the new version.
Jul 11 ,2013
2.0.0.20 (1)Windows 8 (32-bit/64-bit version) is supported.
(2)The phenomenon in which the application on the PC side was changed to a “No response” state on rare occasions is improved.
Apr 08 ,2013
2.0.0.18 (1)Improved the process of removing the USB device from the PC.
(2)Improved the process of opening the COM port.
Dec 05 ,2012
2.0.0.16 In configuration that the Active USB-COM Port Driver is used between the BA series and the QR-kbif, when the QR-kbif was activated with the “-d” option and tries to connect the scanner, the processing of the Active USB-COM Port Driver has been improved. Apr 09 ,2012
2.0.0.13 (1) The phenomenon, in which the communication application on the PC side became unresponsive during data transfer on rare occasions, is improved in the new version. Nov 04 ,2011
2.0.0.12 (1)Supported for Windows7 64bit version.
(2)Improved the data reception processing from the USB device.
(3)Improved the processing when the USB device is connected.
Sep 01 ,2010
2.0.0.10 (1)Supported for Windows 7(32bit version)
(2)Improved reconnection process in case of losing the connection with USB device
Jan 20 ,2010
2.0.0.7 (1)Improved the process of executing opening /closing COM port in application software in disconnecting USB device. Jan 19 ,2009
2.0.0.6 (1)Support Windows Vista (32bit).
(2)Added the displaying information of the "safty remove hardware" icon on the task-tray.
Aug 31 ,2007
2.0.0.4 (1)Released for CU-221/CU-421 to use MS ActiveSync with MS infrared driver. Aug 25 ,2006

Note about version up of Windows

If you want to upgrade your Windows PC that installed the Active USB-COM Port Driver to the new version of Windows, please implement the following steps.

  • STEP1:Before you upgrade the Windows PC, please uninstall the Active USB-COM Port Driver.
  • STEP2:Please upgrade the version of Windows.
  • STEP3:Please install the Active USB-COM Port Driver.

How to install Active USB-COM Port Driver

1. Uninstall the old version's driver

Please uninstall the old version's Active USB-COM Port Driver by the use of the Windows Control Panel “Programs and Functions” as the Administrator.

2. Extract the installation file

Please extract the downloaded file "ActiveUSBCOM_E.ZIP".

The following two files will be extracted.

  1. Installation Manual: ActiveUSBCOM_Installation_Guide.pdf
  2. Installer program: Setup.exe

3. Install the Active USB-COM Port Driver

Please install the installer program as the Administrator, referring to the installation manual.

Features of the Active USB-COM Port Driver

1.Features:

  • The USB device can be removed from the PC USB Port while the application opens the Serial Port with which the USB device is connected. (It will be kept opening when the USB device is plugged into the USB Port again.)
  • The Virtual Serial Port is always existed on PC even if USB device is removed from the PC USB Port, so that the Serial Port can be opened anytime.
  • On the task tray or the Device Manager, the COM port is confirmed which port the USB device is connected with.

2.Supported Devices:

The below table shows the supported Models.


ProductModels
2D Code Scanner QK20-U, QK21-U, QK30-U, QK31-U,QB30-SU, QB31-SU
GT15Q-HU, GT20Q-SM(U)
AT20Q-SM(U), AT21Q-SM(U), AT25Q-SM(U), AT26Q-SM(U),
Bar Code Handy Scanner HC56TU, HC56IITU,
GT20B-SM(U),AT20B-SM(U), AT21B-SM(U)
Bar Code Handy Terminal(1) BHT-900 Series, BHT-1300 Series
Communication Unit CU-521, CU-621, CU-821, CU-921, CU-1321(2),CU-AU1-15(2)
Bluetooth Communication Adapter BA10-RKU, BA11-RKU, BA20-RU
  1. Case that the USB connecter of the side of the BHT body is used as a COM port.
  2. The CU only is not recognized as the USB device. Please hold the BHT on the CU.

3. Differences:

The below table shows the functional differences between the Active USB-COM and USB-COM 1.x.

FunctionActive USB-COMUSB-COM Ver.1.x
Need for the operation of "safely remove the USB device" when the USB device is removed No need Need
Serial Port Number release when the USB device is removed Non-release Release
Plugging the USB device into/off, during communication (COM Port is opened) Possible Impossible

4.Notice:

  • Please install the Active USB-COM Port Driver as the Administrator.
  • The Active USB-COM Port Driver does not have the digital sign of Microsoft Corporation. Please do not block at "Driver Signing Options" and the security options of local policies in the local security settings of your PC, and the installation of the Active USB-COM Port Driver will become successful.
  • The USB device can be removed and plugged into PC during communication (COM port is opened). However, communication data are lost while the USB device is removed.
  • COM Port Number is always occupied because this driver is operated as a Virtual Serial Port, even while the USB device is removed.
  • The Active USB-COM Port Driver can not fix COM Port Number for the specified USB Port. Plugged USB Device is assigned to the lowest COM Port Number which is produced by the Active USB-COM Port Driver. Furthermore, when PC (re-)booting, COM Port Number is also assigned to the USB Port which is recognized order by Windows. Please confirm the pair relation between USB Device and COM Port Number after PC (re-)booting.
  • The Active USB-COM Port Driver and the USB-COM Port Driver 1.x can not be used at the same time. The installer of this driver requires to uninstall the USB-COM Port Driver 1.x.
  • The multiple use of the USB device is available when this driver is installed at the multiple times. However, this driver can not be individually uninstalled, so that all the installed drivers must be uninstalled at one time.
  • In case of Windows Vista, please read "Microsoft ActiveSync" as "Microsoft Windows Mobile Device Center".
  • The release of the Active USB-COM Port Driver does not mean that the current USB-COM Port Driver 1.x should be replaced with the Active USB-COM Port Driver. The USB-COM Port Driver 1.x is not scheduled to support Windows Vista and Windows 7. If your PC’s operating system is Windows XP and you have an intention to upgrade it to the latest version, you are suggested to use the Active USB-COM Port Driver.