Monday, December 26, 2011

A note about Arduino serial

When reading strings through Arduino Serial, I usually make a string variable and concatenate onto it as each character comes in.

Suppose Serial communication occurs one string at a time. If you collect each string with a while(Serial.available()) loop, a problem arises. The first three characters, if the string is longer than three characters, is truncated. Why?

I fixed this problem by adding a small delay (~5 ms, could be less, I did not play with it and it depends on the amount of code between the delay and character reception) after every three characters. It appears Serial communication is done in packets of three, with a small delay in between, making Serial.available() false every three characters for a brief period of time.

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