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34401A Digitalmultimeter

Discussion in 'General Electronics' started by Karl, Apr 14, 2004.

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  1. Karl

    Karl Guest

    I have to interface an multimeter 34401A from agilent
    to PC via RS232 (in order to use Agilent IntuiLink software).
    My questions is: can I use any RS232 DB cable or I must
    buy "Agilent serial cable", (part number 34398A RS-232 Cable)?
    In my opinion, it should be an null modem cable for every product of agilent.
    Is this right?
    Thanks in advance
  2. Mantra

    Mantra Guest

    You can use an "off-the-shelf" RS232 cable but if you are familar with
    the oxymoron of "standard RS232" you'll probably know about the myriad
    of "standard" RS232 cable wirings. There are no assurances that any
    two instruments with RS232 are wired the same way and thus require any
    particular cable wiring.

    This is why buying the cable from Agilent has merit: it will work with
    out further concern as to whether the test program bugs you find are
    due to a bad/wrong cable or a programming error. You'll know it's
    your software.

    You have to decide what that's worth to you, and what the risk of
    spending a few hours finding the right cable. Only you (or your boss)
    know or can assess what your time is worth.
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