Tracker 2800S FAQ
Q: What are the primary differences between the Tracker 2800 and the 2800S?
Answer: The Tracker 2800 and the 2800S are identical in function except the 2800S has a built-in scanner function that allows
you to connect ribbon cables to two 40 pin IDC-style connectors on the front panel. Easily constructed custom cables can be interfaced to connectors on a PCB
or use IC clips (not included) to test ICs on a circuit board (see image). The scanning function allows you to step through the pins on a device much faster than probing by hand.
Q: Can the Tracker 2800S be used with the Workstation software?
Answer: Yes. The Tracker 2800S can be used with the Huntron Workstation software. The Tracker connects to the PC through a USB port on the back panel.
The software is optional and needs to be purchased in addition to the Tracker.
The Workstation software lets you capture and store Tracker signatures on a circuit board so they can be used for comparison when troubleshooting bad boards. Go to the
Workstation software web page for more information.
Q: What are the primary differences between the Tracker 2800S and the Tracker 3200S?
Answer: The Tracker 2800S and the Tracker 3200S are very similar in overall function but their purposes are different.
The Tracker 3200S is designed to be connected to optional automation hardware such as Access Probers.
The Tracker 3200S includes the Workstation software where it is optional with the Tracker 2800S.
The Tracker 3200S has two 64 pin front panel scanning connectors with selectable common pins used with custom cables or DIP clips. The Tracker 2800S has two 40 pin connectors
and common is connected using the front panel COM banana jack.
The Tracker 2800S has a scaled down selection of ranges since front panel push buttons are used for setting range combinations.
The Tracker 3200S has the full compliment of ranges available with Huntron Workstation.
Q: Where can I find IC clips and cables for the 2800S scanner?
Answer: IC clips that connect through ribbon cables to the scanner connectors on the Tracker 2800S front panel are readily available from companies such as
Digi-Key and Pomona Electronics. Clips and cables come in different pin counts and spacing with the most
common being 0.1" (2.54mm) that fit standard through-hole ICs. SOIC (small outline) clips are also available for clipping onto 50mil lead spaced surface mounted ICs.
To make your own cables you will want the 40 pin IDC ribbon cable connectors that fit the scanner connections. The manufacturer part numbers are
1658620-9 (connector socket) and
499252-1 (connector strain relief).
We have a detailed drawing showing how you can construct your own DIP clip cable using readily available parts: Download DIP clip cable construction drawing
Q: Are custom interface cables for the 2800S scanner connections easy to make?
Answer: The Tracker 2800S uses a standard 40 pin IDC connector on the front panel so custom cables are easy to construct. You will need a 40 pin IDC socket (listed above) with 0.1' spacing, ribbon cable with no more than
40 conductors, the connector that mates to the PCB jack or plug being tested and the tools to assemble the custom cable.
Q: Can the Tracker 2800S be used with an Access Prober?
Answer: No. The Tracker 2800S can be used with the Huntron Workstation software but otherwise is a stand alone instrument.
The Access Probers can be connected to the Tracker 3200S, the Tracker Model 30 or the
Q: My Tracker 2800S does not have a USB port. Can it be upgraded?
Answer: Possibly. Contact Huntron directly to discuss upgrade options.
Q: I love my Huntron Microprobes. Can I get them directly from Huntron?
Answer: Yes. The part numbers to use for ordering Huntron MP10 or M20 Microprobes are 98-0078 (MP10 standard banana jack) and 98-0249 (MP20 shrouded banana jack).
Huntron Microprobes can be purchased through Shop Huntron.