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Hey ahendrix,

thanks for the quick response!

I noticed before that connecting the Lidar's Tx to the RS232 Rx did not deliver any data. So I connected Tx to Tx on the RS232 plug, which seems kinda fishy.

I ordered a XV-11 controller from GetSurreal now and it's on its way. I'll update this post as soon as I have tested it.

Thanks again.

Hey ahendrix,

thanks for the quick response!

I noticed before that connecting the Lidar's Tx to the RS232 Rx did not deliver any data. So I connected Tx to Tx on the RS232 plug, which seems kinda fishy.

I ordered a XV-11 controller from GetSurreal now and it's on its way. I'll update this post as soon as I have tested it.

Thanks again.

EDIT:

The issue is resolved and the XV-11 is working beautifully with ROS and hector_slam.

There were a couple of things I had to change. First the Serial converter, I am now using a FTDI Breakout from Sparkfun to translate the signal to USB. Obviously these RS-232 converters speak a different language and that messed up the signal.

Then I switched the sensor power from 3.3V to 5V. On the inside of the XV-11 on the board it says 5V right next to the power cable.

Next I want to add the Razor 9dof IMU to the setup to get some attitude data, will see how that goes...