Hey, sorry about the missing stuff from before.
My sketch is just the sample for the Serial.read()http://arduino.cc/en/Serial/Read
The sensor I am using is this:http://www.spectronsensors.com/datasheets/SDS-102-2104.pdf
Forget what I said earlier about the string of zeros. It was a string of 1s, and it was because I was trying to read the Rx pin as digitalRead(0). I don't think that string of 1s actually means anything because I got the same thing if the sensor wasn't hooked up at all.
Grumpy_Mike, I think I get what you are saying, that the board cannot take in some serial data if I am trying to view the serial monitor at the same time, is that correct?
The goal of all this is for the board to turn 2 servos to compensate for the tilt of the sensor, but before I hooked up the servos I wanted a way to see if the data was actually being received correctly by the board. I have the RS232 sensor connected to the TTL converter, connected to the Tx/Rx pins on the Arduino board. Does the software serial define 2 new pins for serial communications? Effectively giving me 2 Rx and 2 Tx pins?