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RS232 pin.4 and pin.8

Discussion in 'Electronic Basics' started by Boki, Oct 7, 2004.

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  1. Boki

    Boki Guest

    Dear All,
    The pin.4 and pin.8 are not Tx or Rx of RS232, why I can
    trigger RS232 directly by short them ?

    Best regards,
  2. CFoley1064

    CFoley1064 Guest

    Subject: RS232 pin.4 and pin.8
    I'm assuming you're talking about a DB-9 connector. Pin 4 is Data Terminal
    Ready (DTR), and pin 8 is Clear To Send (CTS). The software you're using is
    apparently telling the other side the Data Terminal is Ready, and when you
    short the two, your software is noticing that the other side is sending that
    it's Clear To Send.

    You've got to back up the truck a bit here. First, on a hardware level, all
    you're talking about is I/O port locations. You can read pin status by
    bit-banging the ports. The trick is to get the UART to do the job of sending
    and receiving serial transmissions.

    Go to the library and borrow or buy a copy of "Serial Port Complete" by Jan
    Axelson. There's a wealth of information in there for newbies on RS-232,
    including software and drivers for BASIC, C, and Visual Basic. It's a bargain
    if you're doing any hardware interface or programming with serial ports. If
    you're in a hurry, go to the website for the book

    and read some of the links. You'll learn what you need to know to do what you

    If all you want to do is read logic level of a few lines, you should be able to
    do that quite easily. It should be especially easy if you use DOS with C on an
    older PC. Also, the RS-232 port is pretty much goofproof. It's very difficult
    to smoke it (although not imposible). However, if you're interfacing to +5V/0V
    logic, it's a lot more likely you'll smoke some of that stuff.

    Do a little reading first. You'll have a more enjoyable ride if you know
    something about what you're doing.

    Good luck
  3. Si Ballenger

    Si Ballenger Guest

    You really need to start specifying if you are using a D-9 or
    D-25 type of connector for the pin numbers to make much sense.
  4. boki

    boki Guest

    Dear Chris,
    I got it, thank you very much. :)

    Best regards,
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