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Hope all are well. I've put together a very short video showing a technique that we've been looking into.
It involves connecting a current clamp to the CAN H or CAN L wiring on a branch of a network. The idea is that despite the fast switching of data taking place there will be a change in current and thanks to the fast response of the TA473 we can actually pick out the current relating to the packet. Steve Smith did pick up on using a current clamp on CAN in the following post - viewtopic.php?p=98241#p98241 but we can see the limitations where there might be multiple packets.
Hopefully though you'll notice in the video that the TA473 gives enough detail to try a different technique when looking for CAN related faults.
Hope this helps and please give it a try if and when you can and let us know what you find.
It should work with serial comms too.
Thinking about it, if you unplug the module at the end of the branch, it would show voltage on the network side but no current going to the module as there is no circuit. If that is correct could it be used to test network continuity vs dead module, remotely to a difficult to access module? - Might be misleading if the module has lost ground though.
Great question and I can say the TA496 does still work OK with this application. The same vehicle and position was tested as the one in the video.
It had around 10kHz of lowpass filter added to the current trace and this was where the ignition was switched off. Network speed for both clamps was 500kBaud.
Not sure why but I can't seem to add attachments but I will post the image as soon as I can.
Does anyone else have a problem with their TA473 coming up as an unsupported probe? It is frustrating. I have tried cleaning the connections with alcohol and a swab but it still happens all the time. I have an EV kit with the 4425a and none of my other bnc+ probes do this.
Could you confirm the software version you are using and also try the latest Early Access build here https://www.picoauto.com/downloads to see if the symptom persists?
If we have no joy, could you email firstname.lastname@example.org and we can make the necessary arrangements to get this resolved
I hope this helps, take care.....Steve
Apologise for the delay but it now looks like the forum is accepting attachments again.
As promised here is the image from the TA496 current clamp on CAN.
Over all just a great bit of kit to work with, not cheap but if you use your scope professionally - (and why else would you have a 4425a!) it is well worth the money.