Serial File Transfer Cable & Monitor Serial cable

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numom4katie

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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!
 
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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.
 

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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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Yes, and I actually thought I edited out DIN, I really did mean DB. :)
 
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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.

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JohnWill said:
You shouldn't compute when you're drunk or tired. :p:p
Tired I agree but drunk, I do some of my best work!!!! Of course who mentioned drunk?
 
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