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Serial File Transfer Cable & Monitor Serial cable

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by numom4katie, Jun 23, 2007.

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  1. numom4katie

    numom4katie Thread Starter

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    Can anyone tell me if there is a difference between these two cables? They look exactly the same & I can't make out specs printed on them to tell. Packaging long gone too! Thanks!
     
  2. kiwiguy

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    "Monitor Serial Cable" is a new one on me.

    A Video (VGA) cable has more pins than a serial cable, definitely not interchangeable?

    There is such a thing as a Serial Port monitor (sniffer) cable but it is a straight through serial cable with an extra plug that allows monitoring of what is going on, it would be very different from a serial data cable in that it has an extra plug.
     
  3. numom4katie

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    Thanks for the info.
     
  4. JohnWill

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    A "serial file transfer" cable has either a DB-9 pin or DB-25 pin DIN connector on it, or perhaps even both on each end.

    I also don't know what a "Monitor serial cable" is. :)
     
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    It's a cable Rich, not an application. ;)
     
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    Yes, and I actually thought I edited out DIN, I really did mean DB. :)
     
  9. friz

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    What you probably have is also known as a "Null Modem" cable. Several of the pins are swapped, like 2 & 3 (Recv. & Xmt).
    If you want to transfer data, use a "Laplink" cable. It's a parallel cable w/ swapped pins, and is much faster. Windows even supports it as "Direct cable connection".
    A little faster is a cat 5 crossover cable (swapped wires) in an "ad-hoc" network.

    .... friz
     
  10. Rich-M

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    I think I was really tired when I posted that...
     
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    You shouldn't compute when you're drunk or tired. :p:p
     
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    Tired I agree but drunk, I do some of my best work!!!! Of course who mentioned drunk?
     
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    I threw that in. :D
     
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