This tool window is a central location where all supported devices are found.
It has three levels:
Supported devices are listed below the Device Category level. This includes physical devices, virtual devices such as “Next connected device” or serial bridge, discovered log files and so on.
You may use mouse or keyboard to select a single device. This essentially makes it the “current” device and causes any compatible tool window to update its contents. For example, if you click on a “USB Input Device”, Device Descriptor tool window will update to show you USB device descriptor of the selected device. Each device type usually updates only one subset of informational tool windows.
Detailed information is provided in the corresponding documentation section.
Devices that are currently being monitored are marked with an animated gear.
Devices Tool Window automatically updates the list of devices whenever new supported device is connected to the computer or an existing device is disconnected from it.
In addition to displaying the list of supported devices, Devices tool window provides you with following features:
This section describes commands on the Devices Tool Window Toolbar. Note that some of the commands may be missing in your installation, depending on the list of installed modules.
In addition to generic commands, each device type and sometimes category may provide you with extended list of commands. Right-click on the item in a device tree to bring up the list of supported commands.
The Rename… command, supported for most of the devices allows you to specify a custom name for a device. Use this ability to distinguish between similar devices. For example, a mouse and UPS both may be detected as “Human Interface Device”. Use the Rename command to name them “Mouse” and “UPS” correspondingly.
Device Monitoring Studio remembers names you give and automatically uses them next time you start the application or reconnect devices.
Properties… command, also present on most devices, opens the Windows Device Manager's Device Properties window, allowing you to view and sometime change device properties.
Restart Device command emulates the process of disconnecting a device and then re-connecting it to the computer. Note that this operation is not very reliable and may be unsupported by some device classes. Using the command on unsupported device may eventually require the user to physically disconnect and re-connect it.