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Two Plotters one serial connection ? roland and US Cutter ?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous Plotters' started by Bunky67, Mar 16, 2014.

  1. Bunky67

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    I have a Roland pnc-1050 hooked up to my desktop computer via serial port, and I picked up a US Cutter MH871, I can run the Us Cutter off a USB port but I have read about reliability issues,


    So I was wondering if it was possible to run both of the cutters off Serial with a switch inline ?

    Or If I should just try the USB Port ?
     
  2. SightLine

    SightLine Premium Subscriber

    Personally - I'd try the one on USB. There are also USB serial adapters - some work better than others though. You could use a manual serial switch though.
     
  3. Snydo

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  4. round man

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    if the us cutter will work off of a usb connection ,no need to fix it ,....run the roland off of a com port,....otherwise you can run both off of one serial(com) port with the aid of a $20 A/B switch add the cost of a null modem cable,....no way I would try to run both machines at the same time off of the single pc,...you will create a recipe for problems to arise,.....
     
  5. Stanton

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    Back in the olden days I ran two output devices with an A/B switch.

    One sits idle. Hmmmm.


    Hook up both. What is the worst thing that can happen?
     
  6. player

    player Major Contributor

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    I recommend buying a 2nd used PC... A core2 duo for around $100.

    You can link them together with a J5 Wormhole switch for $20.
     
  7. Bunky67

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    USB or Serial

    Thanks for all the responses.


    I wasn't planning on running both plotters at the same time, I just wanted to be able to run one or the other without hooking and unhooking.

    I will try the USB first and see what happens if problems then I will try a A/B switch...
     
  8. Stanton

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    Nooooo.

    If problems . . . then find a solution that will allow you to use all of your tools
    at the same time.

    Listen to us.

    Ask more questions if you need to.

    Don't fail back to an old A/B switch.
     
  9. Bunky67

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    USB or Serial


    Ok No A/B Switch, what about adding an additional parallel port ?
     
  10. Stanton

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    YES

    Did you play out the USB thing?

    Is there a reason you don't want to try the obvious solution first?
     
  11. Bunky67

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    usb

    No I'm going to try the usb.

    I was just asking in case it didn't work I'm not against trying the simple choice first :thankyou:
     
  12. Stanton

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    Most of the time I am overenthusiastic providing advice.

    PM me for personal talk.


    -Glenn
     
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