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Potentiostat Hardware ID and Serial Number

Last Updated: 6/16/21 by Tim Paschkewitz

  • hardware,
  • serial,
  • license,
  • hardware ID,
  • permissions file,
  • serial number,
  • device tab,
  • device,
  • permissions
Article Contents/Section Navigation
  1. Introduction
  2. Device Tab
    1. Step 1: Connect Potentiostat to Computer
    2. Step 2: Select Instrument in AfterMath
    3. Step 2: View Device Details


When you purchase a potentiostat from Pine Research (e.g., WaveDriver 200 WaveDriver 200 EIS Bipotentiostat Basic Bundle , WaveDriver 100 WaveDriver 100 EIS Potentiostat Basic Bundle , WaveDriver 40 WaveDriver 40 DC Bipotentiostat Basic Bundle , WaveDriver 20 WaveDriver 20 Bipotentiostat Basic Bundle , WaveDriver 10 WaveDriver 10 Potentiostat Basic Bundle , or WaveNow Classic WaveNow Potentiostat series), original installation media was included with the purchase.  For years now, this installation media has been a flash drive, but previously, it was on CD-ROM.  The installation media contains the following:
  1. Current Release of AfterMath (which can be downloaded for free at anytime Software )
  2. USB Driver (also available for free download  Software )
  3. License File, called a permissions file AfterMath Installation Guide , used by AfterMath to match the connected instrument with an appropriate list of techniques that the instrument is authorized to perform
In general, if a user installs their potentiostat using the installation media provided, nothing additional must be obtained from Pine Research to run the instrument.  There are cases when you may have to contact us Contact to obtain a new license file, as follows:
  1. You have downloaded AfterMath from our Knowledgebase onto a computer that was not originally used to set up the instrument.
  2. You cannot locate the installation media (CD-ROM or USB flash drive).
  3. You have had to reinstall Windows on your computer.
In these, or any other, cases, it is very easy to obtain a new license file.  This article describes how to find the instrument serial number and hardware ID, both of which must be provided to Pine Research when requesting a replacement license file.
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2Device Tab

While there are stickers and barcodes on the potentiostat to indicate their serial number, the hardware ID must be obtained from AfterMath.

NOTE:  Even if you cannot use the instrument to perform experiments (missing license file), you can still connect a potentiostat to the computer and through AfterMath, obtain system details such as hardware ID.

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2.1Step 1: Connect Potentiostat to Computer

In general, Pine Research potentiostats are USB-interfaced to the computer.  Connect the USB cable between the potentiostat and computer and turn the power on to the instrument AfterMath Installation Guide .
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2.2Step 2: Select Instrument in AfterMath

In the lower left corner of the AfterMath window, click on the desired instrument for which you want to view system details.  Each connected potentiostat will be listed separately beneath the "Instruments" node (see Figure 2, label 1).
AfterMath Device Tab

Figure 2. AfterMath Device Tab

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2.3Step 2: View Device Details

With the instrument selected in the lower left, look to the right of the window.  There, a series of tabs provide many details about the system.  To find the hardware ID, serial number, as well as other information about things like firmware version Potentiostat Firmware Update , select the Device tab (see Figure 2, label 2).  The hardware ID and serial number (among other items) will be shown (see Figure 2, label 3).
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