I have set my arduino up to monitor voltage/current/power factor at home. Currently, I can view the data through the serial monitor tool that comes as part of the Arduino IDE.
Ideally I would like to be able to be able to monitor this data from any serial terminal - since the Arduino FTDI chip is detected as a usb<>serial device on most OS. However, my attempts to view the data from other terminal programs has failed. Although I can open the com port, I see no incoming data.
Is there some command that must be issued to the arduino before serial output over the FTDI interface begins?