Stevens’ Shark serial cable replacement uses Bluetooth wireless technology to transmit critical data in industrial, medical, security and environmental monitoring applications. Its robust design handles many extreme environmental conditions. The Shark will communicate with another Shark or with any Bluetooth-enabled device.

The Shark is a Class 1 Bluetooth radio that provides a 100-meter range of communications. With an external antenna attachment and specific antenna options, you can increase the communication range between the Shark and other Bluetooth wireless-enabled devices. Unlike other RS 232 adapters, the Stevens Shark emulates the behavior of a serial cable connection by controlling the serial port and turning the serial port on only when a Bluetooth wireless connection is established.

The Shark includes an internal lithium ion rechargeable battery as an optional power source that provides approximately 4 hours of continuous operation in Bluetooth wireless connected mode. The Shark also incorporates LEDs that indicate various levels of connection and power status. Power management is an integral part of the Shark design, including the serial port control, idle mode, low operating current and a switch that turns off the power LED to conserve standby current.

In addition to built-in durability and flexibility, the Shark is designed for ease-of-use. It is pre-configured in slave mode to operate with most applications without any set-up procedures. The Shark Config Utility Software is an easy-to-use Windows application for configuration of the Shark to individual needs, including designating the Shark as a master device to control and discover other Bluetooth devices, assigning a unique device name and activating secure communications. The software can be used over a Bluetooth wireless link. No installation of drivers is required.

  • Turn any instrument with serial port into a Bluetooth-enabled device
  • Collect data from 100 meters away with smartphone or laptop
  • Designed for outdoor or indoor use
  • Boost range with multiple antenna options
  • Extend device life with Shark’s built-in power management
  • Robust electronics ideal for environmental or industrial applications
  • Programs in minutes with Windows-based software
  • Use internal or external power supply

Technical Specifications

Bluetooth radio

Frequency Band 2.4 to 2.483 GHz
Modulation scheme FHSS, GMSK
Receive sensitivity -80 dBm, type for BER, 0.1%
Bluetooth Profiles General Access Profile
Service Descovery Profile
Serial Port Profile

Baud rate

Default 9600 bps
Configurable 1200 to 115,200 bps
Flow control, default None


Operating temperature -40°C to 80°C
Storage temperature -40°C to 90°C
Humidity 5% to 95% non-condensing
Enclosure Polycarbonate
48.8 x 85.7 x 20 mm

Antenna and ports

External Antenna +2 dBi
RF Connector Female SMA
Impedance 50 ohm
Serial Connector 9-pin male D-SUB

Internal battery

Battery Type Lithium ion rechargeable
Battery Life Approximately 4 hours of continuous use
Number of Recharge Cycles 500


External Power Supply 6 to 15 VDC
Transmit Power 20 dBm max

Operating current

Master mode 55 mA typical
Slave mode 4 mA typical


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