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Hey all,

I'm thinking about using a Classic Mac running MacTerminal (or similar) with the mini din-8 serial port adapter-d to an RS-232 port which is in turn adapter-d to USB.

I think I can then bring this in to a TTY device on a 10.x running MacBook and send the terminal output to it.

 

Has anyone seen/done similar? 

Any total blockers?

 

 

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Nope, it's pretty easy.  I'm doing exactly this with my eMate, actually, as a console onto a switch, but I did it with a PowerBook previously onto a Linux box.

 

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Only thing to be aware of is the usual serial stuff about making sure that the Tx/Rx lines are swapped in the cable and/or using an adapter that will swap them for you, since at least all my 8-pin to RS232 leads are straight-through wired.

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14 hours ago, cocoadelica said:

Hey all,

I'm thinking about using a Classic Mac running MacTerminal (or similar) with the mini din-8 serial port adapter-d to an RS-232 port which is in turn adapter-d to USB.

Any total blockers?

I recommend FreeTerm 2.0 for the terminal emulator, or ClarisWorks 2.1v3 if you've got a newer Mac. The hardest part is making the cable, but if you get a KeySpan USA-28X adapter, you can use a standard Apple printer cable.

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