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ciper
04-15-2008, 06:07 PM
I am 99.9% sure the DKU-5 or CA-42 cable will work for the THD console access. I've used one of these cables to connect to soho router as mentioned here http://www.neophob.com/serendipity/index.php?/archives/120-TTL-to-Serial-for-dummies-OpenWRT-Serial-Console.html and here http://www.neolics.com/pdfs/dku-5.pdf

Once I can find my cable (probably hidden in my closet) I will post results.

Ebay Search (http://search.ebay.com/DKU-5-CA-42_W0QQdfspZ32QQfromZR40QQfsooZ1QQfsopZ34QQsatitleZQ28DKUQ2d5Q2cQ20CAQ2d42Q29QQsbrsrtZd)

Omikron
04-15-2008, 11:32 PM
I am 99.9% sure the DKU-5 or CA-42 cable will work for the THD console access. I've used one of these cables to connect to soho router as mentioned here http://www.neophob.com/serendipity/index.php?/archives/120-TTL-to-Serial-for-dummies-OpenWRT-Serial-Console.html and here http://www.neolics.com/pdfs/dku-5.pdf

Once I can find my cable (probably hidden in my closet) I will post results.

Ebay Search (http://search.ebay.com/DKU-5-CA-42_W0QQdfspZ32QQfromZR40QQfsooZ1QQfsopZ34QQsatitleZQ28DKUQ2d5Q2cQ20CAQ2d42Q29QQsbrsrtZd)

The TiVo HD actually uses 5V, but these may work. Please let us know what your results are when you find your cable.

ciper
04-16-2008, 04:42 AM
Five volts you say? Well I'm brave enough to try anyways. I can't see undervoltage causing any permanent damage. I wonder if a similar adapter exists at 5 volts since it is the default USB voltage after all.

I randomly stumbled across this http://www.nkcelectronics.com/rs232-to-ttl-5v-converter.html for the DIY kinda guy.

jkozee
04-16-2008, 10:57 AM
These look interesting:
http://apple.clickandbuild.com/cnb/shop/ftdichip?op=catalogue-products-null&prodCategoryID=47&title=Cables:+TTL-232R

I might have to order one.

Omikron, are you still planning on offering DIY 3.5mm kit for the THD?

EDIT: It looks like Mouser stocks these under the DLP Design brand about 20-25 USD.

Omikron
04-16-2008, 02:47 PM
These look interesting:
http://apple.clickandbuild.com/cnb/shop/ftdichip?op=catalogue-products-null&prodCategoryID=47&title=Cables:+TTL-232R

I might have to order one.

Omikron, are you still planning on offering DIY 3.5mm kit for the THD?

EDIT: It looks like Mouser stocks these under the DLP Design brand about 20-25 USD.

Those FTDI cables actually work flawlessly. I've used TTL-232R-AJ in conjuction with a standard Series3 console jack and ended up with a very easy way to access the THD console via USB directly from a Windows or a Mac. I have been toying with the idea of dropping the whole TTL-RS232 converter and going to such a system.

HOWEVER, the two cables that I ordered had a very loose fit in all of the USB ports that I tried it on and I ended up losing the device in Device Manager every time the cord was bumped even a little. For reliability reasons I haven't recommended them yet, but they do work. I just find it a bit much to pay for a cable with a poor USB connector.

ciper
04-16-2008, 10:07 PM
Here is another interesting gadget that should work great. Check the third and fourth image and you will see it can be configured in a number of different ways!

http://www.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=1750401
http://www.ecrater.com/44494/475332f98d999_44494n.jpg

Omikron
04-17-2008, 01:43 AM
Here is another interesting gadget that should work great. Check the third and fourth image and you will see it can be configured in a number of different ways!

http://www.ecrater.com/product.php?pid=1750401
http://www.ecrater.com/44494/475332f98d999_44494n.jpg

If you think that's neat, just wait till you see what I've got cooking... ;-)

petestrash
05-11-2008, 05:22 AM
If you think that's neat, just wait till you see what I've got cooking... ;-)

Smells good!

Has the oven timer gone off on this project yet?

Peter.:cool:

philhu
02-09-2010, 02:42 PM
If you think that's neat, just wait till you see what I've got cooking... ;-)

Is this project still active?