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Introducing (and interest check) AirTalk: Wireless plug-and-play LocalTalk dongles

Johnnya101

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You can either use a standard Apple printer-type cable (8-pin male to 8-pin male mini-DIN with RX/TX swapped), which I think some people still make for some reason, or you can get a pair of LocalTalk boxes and a suitable cable, or a pair of PhoneNet boxes and a suitable cable. Anything you can use to connect two Macs over LocalTalk will work with this.

(Note this means that straight wired 8-pin cables won't work, but they won't work to connect two Macs either)

(Sorry, @Scott Squires, didn't mean to repeat you! that'll teach me not to read to the end before clicking 'reply'....)
So, for example, this cable would work? https://www.ebay.com/itm/2936612111...cxX6sv0C3w%3D%3D|clp:2334524|tkp:BFBM8oDKpstf
 

cheesestraws

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If it is a proper one of what it says it is, yes! I don't know who Kentek are. But if that's wired same as the Apple one it's obviously trying to look like, then it'll be fine.
 

Scott Squires

Well-known member
I'm glad you pointed out the need for the cable to be cross-over. All the Apple serial ("printer") cables will be cross-over (and Mac serial cables from other brands). But new generic cables might be made for other applications (audio?) and be straight through. If it's advertised as a serial or cable, it should be cross-over (hopefully the pinout is correct).
 

buserror

Active member
I'm definitely interested by a handful of these, when available. Would be great if some came with short run of cable and a male mini-din, kinda like the original adapters!
 

cheesestraws

Well-known member
The first batch of "production prototypes" are going out to testers this week, as soon as I can bear to wrangle the postal system and/or couriers. There are already some hardware changes I know I want to make:

  • A second ADB port, so that passthrough can be a thing. I revisited my old conclusion (thanks to IRC folks poking me) that stackable ones weren't a thing any more, and found that if I looked at other suppliers they are, so I must have been being very lazy that day. (This may vary, though, depending on whether testers find ADB power actually any use or not)

  • Mounting holes so it can actually fit in a case.

  • A header for a separate LED board so that you can see the LEDs from outside the case.
I think there's only one software fix left to make, which is to provide better feedback to the user that the WiFi selection they've made has stuck. I need to think about how to do that.
 
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