The Mode-S Beast uses an open interface and an open protocol to the PC Therefore it is very simple
to test the functionality.
Like explained in the Planeplotter configuration page, first detect the COM port that the Mode-S Beast
adds to your system devices.
Then download Putty
(you only need to download the executable) or Teraterm.
The Windows standard Hyperterm cannot be used because it does not support 1MBit on the serial interface
unless you have set the serial port to 115200bits/sec.
All boards are pretested for operation with this nice adapter: