>Since I make my own cables I find that the yost
>isn't cheaper for me, offers nothing new, and in fact the only difference is
>that instead of a db9 or db25 connector on the the end you have a rj11.
Well, an RJ-45 actually. The big difference is the convience. You
prewire all your adapters so that they always sit on the serial devices,
and do your thinking one time. After that, you never worry about
needing gender changers, null modems, etc. You have the convenience of
being able to plug in a standard 8-wire telephone cable with an RJ-45
jack to any serial device, and have the serial devices on both ends of
the wire talk to each other with no problem. This convenience is nice.
It isn't cheaper, but it's not more expensive either.
Quote:>The way I read your original article was that I could take 1 cable with no
>adaptors and plug it into anything, you cannot.
Right. You do have adapters, but you wire them up one time and never
think or worry about them again. The adapters are permanently attached
to the devices that they are wired for. The convenience comes when you
start re-arranging your equipment and connecting different devices
together. Then it's worth it.
Quote:>it just uses an rj11 connector instead of a rs232 style connector.
An RJ-45. And there is no such thing as an RS-232 style connector in
practice. The RS-232 standard specifies a DB-25, but doesn't specify
gender if I remember correctly. With the DB-25 connectors, you
constantly had to worry about gender changers, as well as null modems.
In addition, RS-232 connections are also quite common on DB-9
connectors, not to mention DB-15 connectors, and DIN-8 connectors.
With the Yost standard, you use RJ-45 connectors, which are always male
on the cable, and female on the devices. You never need to worry about
gender changers or null modems; that convenience is worth something.
"Prior planning must be done in advance." -- Ken Hendrickson N8DGN/5