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The 2200087 is an inexpensive DMM sold at radioshack. It supports logging and graphing data on a computer, but the supplied code only supports Windows. This is a python script to allow for connecting to the multimeter over USB on Linux or Mac OSX. Due to radioshack not supplying any serial specifications, the below protocol was reverse engineered from simply observing the output of the DMM.

#Installation and Usage

Start by cloning this repository:

git clone

Then install dependencies:

pip install numpy pyserial

Then you're ready to go. So just run the program:

sudo python -p /dev/ttyUSB0

If you want a graph as your output, first install GNUPlot:

sudo apt-get install gnuplot

then run:

sudo python -p /dev/ttyUSB0 --graph

You also can read from multiple multimeters at the same time and get a CSV output like so:

sudo python -p /dev/ttyUSB0 /dev/ttyUSB1

If you only want the actual values and not information about what mode the multimeter is on, use the -q flag:

sudo python -p /dev/ttyUSB0 -q

#Protocol Description

Bit 7 Bit 6 Bit 5 Bit 4 Bit 3 Bit 2 Bit 1 Bit 0
Byte 1 0 0 0 1 Minus AC SEND AUTO
Byte 2 0 0 1 0 Continuity Diode Low Batt Hold
Byte 3 0 0 1 1 MAX E4 F4 A4
Byte 4 0 1 0 0 D4 C4 G4 B4
Byte 5 0 1 0 1 DP3 E3 F3 A3
Byte 6 0 1 1 0 D3 C3 G3 B3
Byte 7 0 1 1 1 DP2 E2 F2 A2
Byte 8 1 0 0 0 D2 C2 G2 B2
Byte 9 1 0 0 1 DP1 E1 F1 A1
Byte 10 1 0 1 0 D1 C1 G1 B1
Byte 11 1 0 1 1 Percent HFE Rel Delta MIN
Byte 12 1 1 0 0 u (1e-6) n (1e-9) dBm Seconds
Byte 13 1 1 1 1 Farads Amps Volts m (1e-3)
Byte 14 1 1 1 0 Hz Ohms K (1e3) M (1e6)

All bytes are sent over in hexadecimal numbered one through fourteen. Bytes 3-4 contain digit 4, bytes 5-6 contain digit 3 and so on. All other parts of the display are turned on as shown in the above table.

Number Display

======================== is a python program to decode the serial output from this DMM. Run:

sudo python -p /dev/ttyUSB0

to display a text output of the data. Run:

sudo python -p /dev/ttyUSB0 graph

to display a graph of the data.


A reverse engineered protocol description and accompanying code for Radioshack's 2200087 multimeter







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