For more general device connectivity troubleshooting, see this guide: The device does not connect to the software. [depreciated]
The Saleae Logic devices have unique USB requirements that can make them hard to use in situations more complex than a basic USB cable connecting the device to the PC.
Unfortunately, this means that you might not be able to accomplish the connection topology you would like. Also, Saleae does not officially guarantee that the products will work under all, or any of these less traditional connection types.
Really long USB cables
Generally extra long USB 2.0 cables will probably work. We haven't extensively tested this, but the few tests we have run worked out just fine. The USB 2.0 specification maximum cable length is 5 meters (16.4 ft)
The USB 3.0 spec does not limit cable length explicitly, and we suspect that the practical limiting factor might not be the cable length but the quality of the USB host card. See notes in the section for USB 3.0 extension cables about host difficulties.
We have not tested this cable yet, but we would recommend the 9 feet AmazonBasics USB 3.0 cable
USB extension cables
For operation over USB 2.0, this should generally work well. We recommend buying a very heavy duty USB 2.0 high speed extension cable, and make sure you are only using one extension. If possible, just buy one very long, heavy duty USB 2.0 cable, and don't bother with a separate extension.
For USB 3.0 connectivity, signal integrity plays a very important role. The USB 3.0 specification makes few claims about how far USB 3.0 can run. You may want to take a look at special "active" USB 3.0 extension cables, which contain signal repeaters for this purpose. In our testing, we found that some host controllers worked better than others at running the products with a USB 3.0 extension cable. We suspect that it's not actually the host controller IC, but actually the PCB layout and power supply design that really determine what will and what won't work.
We did perform a quick test with the host controllers we had already setup for testing with Windows 8.1. Keep in mind that we're not sure if this reflects the quality of the host controller or just the PCB layout of the final vendor.
- Renesas from optimal shop Did not work with extension Otherwise best choice due to good driver & cross platform reliability
- ASMedia 3.1 from ASUS Did work with extension
- Via from ORICO Did not work with extension
- ETRON from syba Did work with extension
- Texas Instruments from SIIG Did work with extension Recommended if you need to use an extension cable, second best after Renesas
- Integrated Intel 9 series host on ASRock Motherboard Did work with extension
Test was performed with a 6.5 foot AmazonBasics USB 3.0 extension cable and the USB 3.0 cable included with Saleae Logic Pro devices.
Our software is cross platform, so you should be able to run our software on the native operating system in most cases. Because of this, we don't officially support operating the software in VM. That said, we do know that in some configurations, it can work.
We have had good success running the software in a Windows guest on a Windows host. However, in the past we have seen data corruption issues caused by the improper clearing of USB buffers. Since we were unable to reproduce the issue on any native OS, we suspect the issue lies in the USB virtualization system.
We have had much less luck running the software in a Linux guest on a Linux host. We've managed to capture in this case a few times, but in many cases, we were unable to get the software to detect the hardware. See the section at the bottom for more information about how the software connects to the device.
Ethernet extensions We've never tested one of these products, so we're not sure what it would take, if possible, to get them to work with our product. The Saleae devices have specific latency requirements, however as long as the read requests queued from the host are properly queued on the USB connection end, and there are not significant delays between the issued read requests, the device might operate properly. We suggest starting with the slowest sample rate, and then test faster and faster rates. The latency sensitivity is proportional to the sample rate.
For initial connectivity issues, see the description section.
Wireless options There are no wireless solutions available for USB 2.0. The only way to record data with a Saleae device wirelessly would require an x86 battery powered PC running a supported OS with USB 2.0 high seed ports and a wireless network connection. Then, either remote desktop or the Saleae socket API could be used from a remote computer to capture data.
Software/hardware connection description
Unlike most USB products, the Saleae devices do not contain their own firmware. Instead, they use a hardware boot loader to download the firmware on connection with the PC. This guarantees that the device will always run the correct version of firmware for any given software release, and also prevents accidental bricking of the device during a firmware update.
However, this complicates the initial connection process. When the device is first attached to the PC, it appears with our USB identification VID & PID, but you may see it show up as "westbridge" depending on the OS you are using and what drivers are installed.
When our software detects the device as connected, it will download our firmware using the built in boot loader. Then, the device re-sets, causing it to disconnect and re-connect to the PC as it starts loading our firmware. This is a very important step with regards to remote USB access, for both virtual machines and Ethernet extensions. You need to make sure that your USB forwarding solution automatically reconnects the device back to the PC! The device VID & PID will not change, so in the case of VMWare, the device should auto-reconnect, since it was already configured to share that particular device with the host PC. However, if the forwarding system does not automatically re-connect the device to the operating system, you may be able to manually reconnect it after it disconnected. The firmware is now idle, waiting for the software to start communicating with it. There is no timeout in the desktop software for this operation.
However, the device cannot be force re-enumerated after it automatically resets, and it can't loose power. If either of those events occurs, it will go back to the boot loader, and our software will download the firmware again. It's a very annoying endless cycle.
As stated at the top of this article, we don't officially support anything more complicated than connecting the device directly to the PC though a USB cable, but we're more than happy to help troubleshoot a connectivity problem by providing advice and suggesting ideas to test.
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