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First, I'm a "newbie" to RemoteRig and while I have read a great deal of the User Manual, I have not read it all, nor claim to completely understand it all. My perception thus far is that the RemoteRig is very flexible, but with all that flexibility comes significant complexity - lots of "details" to be concerned with getting right.

What I have working so far: Control and Radio boxes are talking across my local home network. I can hear audio and PTT triggers the IC-746 to transmit mode.
My next logical step was to start/configure HRD on my Toshiba laptop running WIN7 Pro, 64 bit. There are no serial ports on my laptop. Checking the Ports through control panel it appears that the Microbit 2.0 driver installed OK, I see what looks like 4 virtual ports that disappear when I unplug the RR-Control box from the Toshiba. COM0 appears to be mapped to COM5 and so on.
From reading the user guide I "inferred" that I should be able to run the HRD to RR-Control connection over COM0 between my laptop and the Control box, thence on to the RR-Radio box, and then on to the IC-746 via the TTL - CI-V Patch cord I made. I would prefer to use COM0 (COM5) so that I keep the other serial ports free for other uses like rotor control, etc. If this set-up is not feasible, someone please let me know.
So to make a long story shorter, I've tried, to no avail, to connect HRD via COM0. Just seems to time-out. I tried a couple of the other virtual com ports (COM1/2) - same result which makes me a bit suspicious of the Microbit USB-Serial drive on WIN7, but what do I know.

I'd appreciate some guidance on what I'm doing wrong, or something else to try, etc.

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