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Title: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: ramack on Jan 17, 2005, 00:38
Hi,

I'm looking for pinouts/info for a USB interface cable for a LifeScan OneTouch Ultra glucose meter.

I know what the pinout is for the 3.5mm stereo plug.  However I don't know if there is any additional circuitry in the cable.

Surely it's not as simple as terminating the cable with a stereo plug on one end and a USB connector on the other?

Rich
Title: Pin out from stereo to 9 pin com
Post by: Kevin on Jan 31, 2005, 12:03
what is the pin out for the stereo plug to the 9 pin com conection?
Title: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: Anonymous on Feb 02, 2005, 22:21
The connector tip is Rx
the middle connector band is Tx
and the shank is ground.

Rich
Title: circuit link
Post by: ramack on Feb 03, 2005, 18:33
Here's a link to a cable circuit that has a 3.5mm on one end, D25 or D9 on the other.

http://www.armory.com/~rstevew/Lifescan/otcable.html

I'm wanting to replace the D connector with a USB.

Rich
Title: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: Kevin on Feb 27, 2005, 05:38
Thanks for the schematic I will give it a try
Title: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: Anonymous on Mar 25, 2005, 23:41
Quote from: "Kevin"Thanks for the schematic I will give it a try


I'm interested to know if it worked.  Every store that sells this cable wants $29.99 plus shipping. A little high I might add.

Thanks
Title: So what about USB?
Post by: Guest on Apr 20, 2005, 04:10
Does anyone have a schematics for the USB version?
Title: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: timomer on May 26, 2005, 03:40
Kevin, would be really interested if you got this working. Please let us know!
Title: cable for USB adapter
Post by: Mike on Jun 06, 2005, 23:30
The cable for USB would contain a chip that is programmed specifically for the driver you need to install from Lifestyle to make it work, the Serial version would not need anything special and could be made very easily, of course if you alptop does not have a Serial port then you will need to spring for a USB to serial adapter OR the lifestyle cable HTH
Title: Lifescan serial cable
Post by: Guest on May 19, 2006, 09:58
Can anyone tell me what serial 9 pin d-shell connector pin numbers should should connect to the tip, middle connector and shank for the serial cable?
 I bought an original 25 pin d-shell one years ago from Lifescan, but have misplaced it.  I would rather build my own replacement rather than shell out the $29+ usual asking price for another cable.
Title: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: Guest on May 31, 2006, 22:42
Actually, the serial cable for some of the Onetouch meters have a line-driver chip in the D-connector to translate the voltage levels. This is because the meter runs on 3 volts. The driver draws power from one of the handshake lines on the host.. (Ithink it is the DLE... no sure) a Max232 is a common line-driver. I had an older OneTouch that used 2 button cells and the cable that worked with it doesn't work on the ultra... no driver chip... I can clear the log memory on the meter, but I cannot read the log.
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: Mike Southam on Jan 21, 2008, 06:36
I am attempting to make the same cable, usb to 3.5mm for the OneTouch Meter. There is no additional circuitry. The sleeve is the gnd, the tip is the white wire, and the middle ring is the red ( doesn't sound right to me, but that's how my meter's jack ohms out to the usb end. Mike
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: joe on Mar 26, 2008, 23:11
Mike - I have made the cable but did not use the same wires as you are describing. I used the white for the tip the green for the ring and the black for the ground or shell.
From what I know about the USB cable standard, the red is +5Vdc. I don't know if the cable needs the red because my cable is recognized by my computer, but complains that the device has malfunctioned. Have you had any success? Thanks Joe
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: ChurchillK on Sep 04, 2008, 01:24
Quote from: Mike Southam on Jan 21, 2008, 06:36
I am attempting to make the same cable, usb to 3.5mm for the OneTouch Meter. There is no additional circuitry. The sleeve is the gnd, the tip is the white wire, and the middle ring is the red ( doesn't sound right to me, but that's how my meter's jack ohms out to the usb end. Mike

Mike,

I have a OneTouch ultraMini glucose meter.  Documentation
indicates it works with either 9-Pin or USB cables.

I purchased software which came with a 9-Pin cable to
connect it to my notebook.  ( Actually 2 notebooks: XP SP2
and Vista SP1.  Same results with each. )

I have a USB-Serial ( 9-Pin ) adapter. 

Other serial software works with this adapter.  The
OneTouch software does not: It does not see the
OneTouch meter.

Is this more likely a bad 9-Pin cable from
the manufacturer or something unique about the USB cable?

-- Karl
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter "old-type serial connector" interface cable
Post by: anonymous on Feb 26, 2009, 03:29
hello re: onetouch meter cable
i have a serial com 1 port on my computer and wonder what the wiring diagram would be for the com port  (male rs232 ?) to the stereo mini plug?
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: wf1g on Nov 21, 2009, 00:58
Hi,
Can anyone tell me what serial 9 pin pin connections should should connect to the tip, middle connector and shank for the serial cable?
  I bought an original 9 pin D type cable one years ago from Lifescan, but have misplaced it.  I would rather build my own replacement rather than buy a complete new cable and software package.
Title: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: Manuel on Dec 31, 2009, 06:18
ONE TOUCH Interface Cable Pinout:
 DB-25 pin
       2    TXD    transmitted data from computer to meter
       3    RXD    received data from meter to computer
   4    RTS    request to send from computer
   6    DSR    data set ready to computer (connected to DTR)
   7    GND    signal ground
   20   DTR    data terminal ready from computer
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: Paul on Jan 02, 2010, 22:59
Thanks for the help.
I will try and make up a cable and see if it works.
Happy new year to all.
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: stretchy on Feb 08, 2010, 01:13
Hi Guys,

Interesting stuff above and hope you can help...

Thinking of getting a OneTouch Ultra2 that has the 3.5mm jack plug and can get the cable no problem.

However, I would like to pull the data into my own program using a COM.dll

When connected does the device(One Touch) just send the serial stream automatically on 'RXD' or do you have to 'send' something via 'TXD' to initiate?

Or (as I do not have a schematic of the 9 Pin) is the DSR/DTR somehow connected to the TX line also? (as there is only TX/RX on the 3.5mm plug)


Hope that all makes sense, I'm a noob to this but have managed to get an RFID device working through the serial port, just wondering now about the possiblity of other devices!!!

Thanks for your time/reading.
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: EricJames on Mar 10, 2010, 13:51
The connector tip is Rx
the middle connector band is Tx
and the shank is ground.
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: stretchy on Mar 10, 2010, 18:49
Hi,

Thanks for that and have managed to bodge together a cable and send/read the info from it :) so back on track again!

TY
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: Eric on Mar 20, 2010, 05:33
Hey People- Since this thread seems to be recently active, I thought I'd share this. I just spent two hours trying to get this to go and failed. I was using Animas EZ Manager Max and it has the Ultra Mini as an option. Tried all the drivers, cable combos, db-9 connector, usb connector. So then I just found this link, called and they are sending me a free cable!
lifescan.com/healthvault/index.html
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: joskid on Mar 31, 2010, 21:13
Cool!  Thank U very much!  I was about to shell out $29.95 to replace my misplaced cable.  
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: Ron Kriel on May 14, 2010, 23:23
lifescan.com/healthvault/index.html is the ticket.  I just called them and they are sending me a free USB cable for my new OT UltraMini.  I too was about to shell out $29.95/  Also, on the LifeScan website, the provision for upgrading your software to 2.3.2 while it says you must already have the previous version already installed, it is not true and it installs just fine.  Also, while the 2.3.2 version is tested only up to Vista 32, I just installed it on Win 7, 64 bit with no problems or glitches.  Works just fine.  In summary:  I got the meter free, the software free and the cable free, how great is that? ;D
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: Sam on Aug 04, 2010, 23:34
The meter is free... but as of 7/20/2010, the cables have been on backorder. I called today, 8/4/10, and they said it should have more in a few weeks.
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: Motown on Aug 24, 2010, 20:21
As of 8/24, they are still on backorder but are sent out free of charge!!!  Only the cable...not the software.
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: Jerry on Dec 22, 2010, 06:05
 :D Thanks!

The link is still good. Ordered my cable today, FREE!
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: Rich on Apr 08, 2011, 03:35
As of April 7 2011..  the cables are still free.   I just ordered one as well.
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: JimLl on Apr 13, 2011, 22:58
After thinking I would build a cable and seeking pin-outs, I found this site and a lead on obtaining a free interface cable.  Go to this site
lifescan.com/healthvault/index.html  which will refer you to a place to make a phone call:  ALOM Technologies 1-888-334-9522.  I asked to obtain a FREE replacement for a One Touch Ultrasmart meter (USB) and they asked for name and address and said they would send UPS ground and I would receive in 7-10 days.  I asked again if fee and they replied "yes."  The person who answered was very nice and helpful and I think identified herself as working for Lifescan who also will sell you the cable for $29.95 plus S&H. I am pleased and grateful  but also puzzled.   Granted, the paid version has the software and the cable but the software can be downloaded for free.  April 13, 2011
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: Fred on Jul 22, 2011, 20:00
Still available on 7/22/11 !
Thanks !
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: Fred on Aug 07, 2011, 02:52
Quote from: JimLl on Apr 13, 2011, 22:58
After thinking I would build a cable and seeking pin-outs, I found this site and a lead on obtaining a free interface cable.  Go to this site
lifescan.com/healthvault/index.html  which will refer you to a place to make a phone call:  ALOM Technologies 1-888-334-9522.  I asked to obtain a FREE replacement for a One Touch Ultrasmart meter (USB) and they asked for name and address and said they would send UPS ground and I would receive in 7-10 days.  I asked again if fee and they replied "yes."  The person who answered was very nice and helpful and I think identified herself as working for Lifescan who also will sell you the cable for $29.95 plus S&H. I am pleased and grateful  but also puzzled.   Granted, the paid version has the software and the cable but the software can be downloaded for free.  April 13, 2011



JimLI, received free cable w/driver disk. BUT, how does one/did you download the Diab. Manag.ement software from Lifescan for free?   F
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: frank on Sep 08, 2011, 03:07
Thanks guy's. I called the number and they are still sending them free.
9/7/11
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: mannx2 on Sep 16, 2011, 06:04
Still available 09/15/11, thanks!
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: Brian on Sep 27, 2011, 04:16
Still available on 9/26/11   ;D
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: kp on Oct 17, 2011, 05:11
Oh my god, thanks for this thread.  I was about to spend $70 but I'm on medical leave/disability and can't afford it at the moment.  If I'm able to get a free one tomorrow, wow, thank you all for this -- I'll post an update when I call on Monday.
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: lj on Oct 21, 2011, 08:40
Cabe still available 10/20/2011 through phone number in previous post. Said they would FedX ground it out next day.
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: anitha20 on Oct 24, 2011, 16:41
this is so nice..how much its real cost
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: SLEEVY on Nov 04, 2011, 21:28
I am told the Ultra One Touch cable has a chip in it to talk to the meter. Is this true?
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: GS Yankee on Nov 10, 2011, 07:51
Thanks for this info!!
I ordered the cable 11/9/11 from ALOM Technologies 1-888-334-9522, Monday through Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Standard Time.    http://lifescan.com/healthvault/index.html  The ALOM customer service (answered as Lifescan) person told me everyone can get one cable for free. 

I tried contacting Lifescan from their main web site contact info (three different times) and was instructed to contact one of three vendors that each charge $29.99+S&H.  That is when I started searching for an alternative.  Bayer Contour USB is $25 @ CVS plus there is a $5 off Bayer coupon available.  Bayer test strips cost 30% less.  Does anyone have experience with the Ultra Mini and Contour USB and software? 

This all new to me and I am trying to learn quickly.
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: Andrew Choi on Feb 06, 2012, 14:20
Hello! I was just wondering if you can get glucose measurement directly from Ultra2 while the usb cable is plugged in? Or do I need to get from the normal way and then plugged the usb in?
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: marco on Feb 06, 2012, 17:25
does the Glucose interface cable still available tomorrow feb. 7, 2012
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: Donald on Feb 14, 2012, 22:56
I called today because I lost my cable in a move, but unfortunately the program has ended
13 february 2012
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: denogg on Mar 13, 2012, 22:01
Program still ended 03-13-2012
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: Benito Carrera on Jul 06, 2012, 03:30
Quote from: wf1g on Nov 21, 2009, 00:58
Hi,
Can anyone tell me what serial 9 pin pin connections should should connect to the tip, middle connector and shank for the serial cable?
  I bought an original 9 pin D type cable one years ago from Lifescan, but have misplaced it.  I would rather build my own replacement rather than buy a complete new cable and software package.
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: drums18 on Dec 07, 2013, 01:56
This is what I did... It is a little bit more than just a connector USB to 3.5mm TRS conector.

    1. go to Ebay and look for  - DB 9 Female to TRS 3.5mm Male Plug Serial Data Cable - 4.95US free shipping
    2.  also for a USB to DB9 adapter - USB to RS232 Serial Port 9 Pin DB9 Cable Serial COM Port Adapter - $4-6 US

THIS IS IMPORTANT
    The adapter USB to DB9 needs to install as a COM port.   You DO NOT want the ones that installs
     as a  Human Interface Devices or HID

Most of the COM PORT state made the adapter is made for PDA connections.   
Make sure you get a positive Email  from vendor stating installs as a COM port prior to buying. 
Else you will have 3 adapters like me.

The COM port adapters work DTR/CRS/RTS signals on the COM port even they are not used.

So for ten bucks and 20 days of waiting for Mail ..... your set.

Thanks for Reading....hope it helps

Also I'm using XP still and I have not tested this on Windows Vista/7/8 as don't own these OS's.
Title: Re: OneTouch glucose meter USB interface cable
Post by: OneTouchUltra2 on Jun 27, 2015, 00:49
Yes old topic.  But wanted to comment on last post in case somebody runs across this thread in future as these meters and the over priced cables are still being sold.

I ordered both cables mentioned in previous post.  Got the serial data cable today.  Tried plugging it into computer serial port directly.  Yea I have an old computer!  Software couldnt find meter.  I assume this latest version of software only looks for usb ports??? Or converter cable chipset??

The serial to usb converter cable is on its way via slow boat from China so try again then.  It has the PL2303 chip so assume it mimics actual serial port rather than the HID port mentioned.

This is only webpage where I found the suggestion of serial data cable + converter cable mentioned.  And I think its great suggestion if it still works.  Hate to think how many people been ripped off buying either the way overpriced official OneTouch cable or the somewhat overpriced knockoff cable now available several places on Amazon.