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Make our own VEX programming cable?

Has anyone just tried to make your own VEX programming cable? We would like to have an additional one around. Does anyone know any information like a pin out?




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Re: Make our own VEX programming cable?

Why? You can buy them from Radioshack for $50.00 now. You could also check
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Re: Make our own VEX programming cable?

No programming kits within MILES of our location or online. I snagged one on eBay however. I'll just have the kids ohm this cable out and we can make another for a spare.


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Re: Make our own VEX programming cable?

It's not simple to duplicate the programming modual. It's a usb to serial cable and that little orange box. In that box is a microcontroller that handles the programming. Not an easy thing to clone.
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Re: Make our own VEX programming cable?

It's doesn't HAVE TO BE a USB to Serial cable does it? Our Dell D810 has a real serial port on it.

I know all about USB to Serial converters. I have my own design. I use a FTDI USB serial chip to handle the RS-232.

Other cables for reference...
http://www.plccables.com

bottom line, no problems.

I am using the FTD FT232BM chips.
http://www.ftdichip.com/Products/FT232BM.htm


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Re: Make our own VEX programming cable?

You can use another usb cable as long as you use the right driver. I believe others have used a serial cable. That's not the problem. It's the code on the pic inside the little orange box.
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