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Geotab IOX-COMSPREAD Documentation

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The IOX-COMSPREAD allows Rexroth® Compu-Spread® CS-440 and CS-550 solid and liquid material controllers to send data through the Geotab® GO device to MyGeotab.

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IOX Specifications and Installation

Hardware Technical Specifications


120 g


Overall length: 1230 mm

Widest Point: 19 mm × 31 mm


Black, moisture-resistant thermoplastic overmold


CAN: 500 kbps (for daisy chaining)

COMSPREAD Female: 300 to 115200 baud, parity, data bits and flow control

Power Output

Interface: 900 mA @ 12 V/24 V

Daisy Chaining: 2500 mA @ 12 V/24 V

Current Rating

Operating Mode: 30 mA

Sleeping Mode: 0.2 mA

Temperature Rating

-40 ℃ to +85 ℃


Keyed mini-USB type-B plug: Daisy chain power & CAN in

Keyed mini-USB type-B socket: Daisy chain power & CAN out

Dual Wire: red and black wires used for third-party device power. Do NOT use.


Keyed mini-USB plug connects to the GO device or another IOX harness.

Female DB9 connects to a serial device

Compatible Firmware

GO6®:102.8.XX or higher & GO7®:107.6.XX or higher

Installation Instructions

NOTE: Professional Installation Required  Installation of the IOX-COMSPREAD requires the installer have sufficient technical knowledge and expertise for mobile device installation and integration into modern vehicles, i.e. Certified Geotab Installer certification or equivalent.

WARNING! Prior to IOX-COMSPREAD installation, read and follow GO device installation instructions ( to verify any existing GO device installation is correct in preparation for IOX-COMSPREAD installation. Incorrect installation of either the GO device, and/or IOX-COMSPREAD can result in loss of vehicle control and serious injury.

WARNING! Prior to IOX-COMSPREAD installation, read and follow important safety information including limitations of use located following these installation instructions. Always read and follow all safety information to prevent loss of vehicle control and serious injury.


Start with the Geotab GO device unplugged from the vehicle. Remove the IOX expansion port cover on your GO device.


Plug in the 90° USB connector of the IOX to the GO device. Secure the USB connector using a zip tie, being careful not to over tighten it, thereby possibly damaging the USB connector.

NOTE: The USB connector can only be inserted in one orientation (see image).


Choose an appropriate mounting location for the Compu-Spread accessory. Keep in mind that the location you choose for the GO device will influence the locations available to mount the accessory due to the length of wiring on the IOX-COMSPREAD. The installation must not interfere with safe vehicle operation.


Connect the third-party device to the IOX-COMSPREAD using the female DB9 connector on the IOX-COMSPREAD. Please note that both the Compu-Spread CS-440 and CS-550 can be connected with a male or female DB9 adapter per the requirements in the Connection Types table below.

NOTE: The DB9 connector will not provide power to any connected third-party device. Power must be supplied separately.


The two external red and black wires on the IOX-COMSPREAD are NOT required for supplying power to the COMPUSPREAD device. Do not connect these two wires to the COMPUSPREAD, the vehicle battery/power, or a power source.

WARNING! Red and black wires are not required for this installation.  To prevent electrical heat/fire damage to the GO device, vehicle and/or serious burn injury, do not connect IOX-COMSPREAD red or black wires to vehicle power source or any other connection.


Once your connections to the IOX-COMSPREAD wiring have been made, connect the GO device and immediately start the vehicle. The GO device will enter debug mode.


Verify that the device is communicating correctly. Using a PC or smart phone, navigate to

Fill in your name, company, and the Geotab GO device serial number (found at the bottom of the device) and click on Log Install.


You will now see a screen that displays the current status of the device. If the device is communicating correctly, you will see GREEN lettering with the last valid GPS record. If the text appears in RED, the device is unable to communicate and you must verify the installation.

Supported Rexroth Compu-Spread Models and Suggested Adapter Types

The two tables below outline the adapters needed to connect to the Female DB9 connector on the IOX-COMSPREAD. Please note that these are not sold by Geotab and must be purchased separately.

Compu-Spread Model: CS-550*

*Ensure that the AVL option is enabled for the interface connected to the GO device.


Adapter Type

IOX Cable

Female DB9

Pin 2 — Rx

Pin 3 — Tx

DB9 M/M Mini Gender Changer

Female DB9

Pin 2 — Tx

Pin 3 — Rx

Male DB9

Pin 2 — Tx

Pin 3 — Rx

DB9 M/F Mini

Null Modem

Female DB9

Pin 2 — Tx

Pin 3 — Rx

Compu-Spread Model: CS-440


Adapter Type

IOX Cable

Male DB9

Pin 2 — Rx

Pin 3 — Tx


Female DB9

Pin 2 — Tx

Pin 3 — Rx

Female DB9

Pin 2 — Tx

Pin 3 — Rx

DB9 M/M Mini

Null Modem Gender Changer

Female DB9

Pin 2 — Tx

Pin 3 — Rx

Rexroth Compu-Spread Units and Imperial/Metric Units

The GO device will only report information from the Compu-Spread models in Metric units. If the Compu-Spread unit is setup to report information in Imperial units, then the custom parameter below will need to be added to the GO device for proper operation:

<GoParameters><Parameter Description="REXROTH Imp" Offset="56" Bytes="08"/></GoParameters>

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You may notice your IOX comes with a termination shunt installed in the expansion port. If you are installing more than one IOX in a daisy chain you will need to remove the shunt from each device in line, with the exception of the last IOX connected. That shunt must remain in the last IOX and should be secured with a zip tie.

The use of the shunt in the last IOX is necessary for the GO device to detect and configure the IOX as effectively as possible.

NOTE: Failing to install the shunt in the last IOX could affect IOX communication. It is recommended that you secure the shunt using a zip tie if not already done.

Important Safety Information and Limitations of Use

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WARNING! Do not attempt to install, configure or remove any product from any vehicle while the vehicle is in motion or otherwise in operation. All installation, configuration or removal must be done only in stationary vehicles which are securely parked. Attempting to service units while being operated could result in malfunctions or accidents, leading to death or serious personal injury.

WARNING! All in-vehicle devices and related cabling must be securely fastened and kept clear of all vehicle controls, including gas, brake and clutch pedals. You must inspect devices and cabling on a regular basis to ensure all devices and cabling continue to be securely attached. Loose cabling or devices may impede the use of vehicle controls, resulting in unanticipated acceleration, braking or other loss of vehicle control, which could lead to death or serious personal injury. Improperly fastened in-vehicle devices may detach and impact operators upon sudden acceleration or deceleration, which may cause injury.

WARNING! If at any point after an in-vehicle device is installed a warning light illuminates on the vehicle dash or the vehicle stalls or has a marked drop in performance, shut off the engine, remove the device, and contact your reseller. Continuing to operate a vehicle with these symptoms can cause loss of vehicle control, and serious injury.

WARNING! Your in-vehicle devices must be kept clear of debris, water and other environmental contaminants. Failure to do so may result in units malfunctioning or short-circuiting that can lead to a fire hazard or vehicle damage or serious injury.

WARNING! Do not attempt to remove the devices from the vehicle in which they are originally installed for installation in another vehicle. Not all vehicles share compatibility, and doing so may result in unexpected interactions with your vehicle, including sudden loss of power or shutdown of the vehicle’s engine while in operation or cause your vehicle to operate poorly or erratically and cause death or serious injury and/or vehicle damage.

NOTICE  This product does not contain any user-serviceable parts. Configuration, servicing, and repairs must only be made by an authorized reseller or installer. Unauthorized servicing of these products will void your product warranty.

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