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Serial Cable question

Discussion in 'General Signmaking Topics' started by Colin, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. Colin

    Colin Major Contributor

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    This may be a stupid question, but is it possible to have a serial cable coming from two separate computers, going to one plotter? Or would I need to switch the serial cable from one computer to the other, back & forth?

    I envision a "T" or "Y" serial cable going to one.

    *shrug*
     
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  2. Downforce Graphics

    Downforce Graphics Member

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    How about putting the plotter on your network?

    Give this a try!

    http://www.perle.com/products/Serial-to-Ethernet.shtml

    You might also be able to find a similar device at your local radio shack or best buy for around 75 bucks or so!

    Just ask them for a ethernet to serial device.
     
  3. oldgoatroper

    oldgoatroper Roper of Goats. Old ones.

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    You could also just get a serial A/B switch box... very common 10-15 years ago -- should still be some kickin around...
     
  4. Colin

    Colin Major Contributor

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    Thanks, I'll look into this. The serial cable that came with my Summa plotter has some unique pinning, but I think that as long as it is employed in the line, the switch and any other extensions etc shouldn't cause it to not work.
     

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