How to install the Basecam GUI on Windows

Published on October 27, 2014 in sections Letus Helix, Software

Downloading and Installing the Basecam GUI (Graphical User Interface)

The Basecam GUI (Graphical User Interface), designed by Basecam electronics, is the graphical user interface that allows you to interact with the Letus Helix and change settings used in its operation. The latest software can be found at http://letus.net/where-to-get-the-helix-software/  and the manual can be found at http://letus.net/are-there-any-manuals-for-the-helix-or-helix-jr/

To install this application on Windows systems

  1. Download the application from the URL above
  2. Save the file to a folder of your choice
  3. Extract the downloaded ZIP file to a location of your choice.
  4. Double Click the “SimpleBGC” Executable file

If you do not have Java installed, you may be prompted that Java is required. When you click ok a web page to download Java should open automatically. If it does not, you can use this link to download Java.

Installing Java Runtime Envirenment (JRE):

  1. Click on Agree and Start Download.
  2. ​Run or Save and Run the installation file.
  3. Follow the on screen instructions to install Java

TIP – When installing Java (if required), be sure to uncheck the the options to install Ask toolbar and change your default search provider and homepage, unless you want those options.

Downloading and Installing the Virtual COM Port Driver (if required).

In order for the GUI to work, a virtual COM port must be established. This requires a USB to UART bridge virtual COM port driver, which can be downloaded from Silicon Labs at http://www.silabs.com/products/mcu/pages/usbtouartbridgevcpdrivers.aspx

Install the appropriate driver for your operating system before attempting to connect the computer to the Helix. When connecting to the Helix (covered below), you will use the COM port that is created by this driver. The process is relatively straight forward for Windows.