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PostPosted: Wed Jul 02, 2008 11:28 pm 
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Guys.

I'm keen to get my hands on a serial console connection kit for my Kuro pro.
Where can I buy one from? as far as I can tell, revo gear don't list them on their site?

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PostPosted: Sat Jul 05, 2008 8:50 am 
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My bad, here is the wiki page: http://buffalo.nas-central.org/index.php/Serial_port

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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 9:26 am 
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I just tried to buy a SCON-KIT/PRO from Kuroutoshikou here in Japan and the site says that it is no longer being produced. :(

Soldering the kit's connector onto the daughterboard is something I can manage but I don't really have the skills to make a custom adapter to use the Kurobox Pro's serial port via USB.

Is anyone aware of something similar to the SCON-KIT/PRO that could be used with the Kurobox Pro?


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PostPosted: Mon Dec 29, 2008 1:11 pm 
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Some searching on Google lead me to the TTL-232R-3V3 which I then found was the recommended solution in the Wiki for the Kurobox. Duh. Sorry for the dumb question.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 16, 2009 9:32 am 
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I bought one at Yodobashi in Shinjuku (Japan) for around 4,000yen last Dec. 2008.
Found it near the area of the external hard disk cases.


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 4:19 pm 
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ttlens wrote:
Some searching on Google lead me to the TTL-232R-3V3 which I then found was the recommended solution in the Wiki for the Kurobox. Duh. Sorry for the dumb question.


just to confirm if this will work without any soldering....

i want to perhaps buy a serial cable online..


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:15 pm 
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Sort answer, NO

There is a way to make a slip-fit type of connector, but it is quite dangerous in my opinon, I and several other users have shorted out fuses using one. Besides it requires soldering anyways.

The easiest way is to solder in a 4-pin-header, and make some in adjustments on a TTL-232R-3V3 (which is available for around $20USD on Digikey, or Mouser) a pin header is available for pennies.

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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 5:55 pm 
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darn.... cause i aint any good with soldering...


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PostPosted: Mon Jul 13, 2009 10:24 pm 
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rickbath wrote:
darn.... cause i aint any good with soldering...


A pinheader is pretty easy, if you secure it with tape or something during the soldering process.
http://buffalo.nas-central.org/wiki/Tem ... el_Shifter
Take a look at this youtube video of pinheaders being soldered in an Arduino. And for you it would only be 4 pins.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QvvHMbr32pU

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 5:15 am 
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well, out of curiosity.. i thought i would be soldering it to the one which i connect my hdd to.

this seems like a diff one...


ok, read a fair bit of the wiki...

and using the daughterboard portion but, how do i make the cable ?
http://buffalo.nas-central.org/wiki/Image:Scion-kit-pro.jpg


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 3:49 pm 
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rickbath wrote:
and using the daughterboard portion but, how do i make the cable ?
http://buffalo.nas-central.org/wiki/Image:Scion-kit-pro.jpg


You don't, you can substitute the one from FTDI for that one (it's really the same thing). Unless you live in Japan, then you can buy this kit at lot of local retailers.


TTL-232R-3V3 USB to TTL Serial Converter Cable
A very similar TTL/USB converter cable that uses a chip by FTDI (the same chip is used in the SCON-KIT ) can be obtained, but the pinout at the connector end would need to be reassigned: Spec Sheet w/ pinout, wire colors & other info

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Mouser Part # 895-TTL-232R-3V3 $20.00
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Mouser Part # 517-929400-01-04 $0.32

(Digikey also sells this for the same price)
(If you live in europe there are other vendors)

You would need to reassign the pins at the end a little bit, and buy a 4 pin header, but that is all that you would need to equal the SCON-KIT
A working/tested pinout/wire-color scheme is:

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Color    Pin Number    Signal
yellow    1            TXD
orange    2            RXD
unused    3            VCC
black     4            GND


  • Solder the 4-pin header to the board. Make sure you don't have shorts.
  • You will need to switch wires on the TTL-232R-3V3 cable. Use a sharp object to lift the plastic tabs and carefully pull the wires out. Rearrange them according to the table above (black, empty, orange, yellow, empty, empty) and slide those wires back in. Tape the other wires to make sure they don't short anything.
  • When plugging in the cable, make sure black aligns with GND, yellow with TXD, and orange with RXD.
  • Connect the USB cable to your computer, start a terminal program with the right settings.
  • Turn on the device, you should see output from the bootloader in couple seconds.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:04 pm 
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alright ramuk.... i guess i would prob get it and try to carefully solder it.. yeah ? :?

btw, i live in singapore... the land of heat and humidity.. LOL!


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PostPosted: Tue Jul 14, 2009 4:13 pm 
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These guys sell mainly for the US market I think

http://www.futureelectronics.com/en/Tec ... CES5616503

Future Electronics

Singapore (probably a warehouse)
460 Alexandra Road
#12-00, PSA Building
Singapore
119 963

Tel: +65 6479 1300
Fax: +65 6479 3151

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PostPosted: Tue Sep 22, 2009 3:49 pm 
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Now comes the lame and maybe even funny part: I'm really willing to pay the person who would undertake the task of building a serial cable for me.

WIll anyone take the time?


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opeth wrote:
Now comes the lame and maybe even funny part: I'm really willing to pay the person who would undertake the task of building a serial cable for me.

WIll anyone take the time?



Image
Mouser Part # 895-TTL-232R-3V3 $20.00

This one is essentially already built. You still need to solder a header in place on the board...

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