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Linksys WRT54G/WRT54GS Dual Serial Port Hardware Mod

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by Disman_ca, Jan 4, 2005.

  1. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

  2. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    For those of you that don't like all that work, you can buy the parts pre-made from here:
    http://www.theforestnetworking.com/hardware.php

    The AD233AK and interface cable are both there, along with other useful hardware for the WRTs.
     
  3. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

    For those of you who are interested. I recently received the following items from Wolf:
    JTAG interface cable
    Serial interface cable
    AD233AK

    All are A+ quality. The service is excellent and shipping was extremely fast. You won't regret the buy. Next item for me will be the Xport serial console once the weather gets better (come on spring).
     
  4. Anonymous

    Anonymous Guest

    Thank you for the compliments! :)
     
  5. LloydEwing

    LloydEwing Addicted to LI Member

    I would like to make the Dual Serial Port Mod the way it is described, but I haven't been able to find the parts.

    Does anyone know where to buy (reasonably) the 10 pin IDC male PCB-mount header? I read a posting from someone who destroyed their router by plugging the cable in backwards because they used a plain snap-off male header.

    The links above in this tread seem to be ancient history. It seems like it would be better to delete obsolete threads like this than to leave them lying around to distract people looking for useful info.

    Thanks for any help.
     
  6. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

  7. Disman_ca

    Disman_ca Super Moderator Staff Member Member

  8. mstombs

    mstombs Network Guru Member

    I used something like this

    http://onecall.farnell.com/3m/n2510-6002rb/header-straight-10way/dp/9838244

    wired straight to a stereo headphone connector, so I can use a external 3-wire serial convertor (usb from Nokia DKU-5 clone, or max3232 based)

    If you don't have a a local electronics store you can get most stuff from fleabay!

    The title of this thread is "Dual" I have not used the second port, but have noticed the standard max3232 does have enough ways to do two with one chip.
     
  9. LloydEwing

    LloydEwing Addicted to LI Member

    Thanks to you both for the help.

    I didn't understand the line about "usb from Nokia DKU-5" until I found this post:
    http://www.linksysinfo.org/forums/showpost.php?p=306589&postcount=6
    which links to instructions to make the USB-to-serial converter from an old Nokia cable.

    The Nokia cable converter is amazing! It has to be the best and cheapest way to connect the serial port. I am surprised that I have not see it before in the forums I have been reading.

    The idea of using a stereo headphone connector is also ingenious in its simplicity, although I probably would not use it. I don't know that the circuitry in the router is made to handle voltage spikes that might occur if the stereo plug is connected while the router has power.
     

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