Re: [NTLK] Can I use these cables instead of a USB adapter?

From: Victor Rehorst (
Date: Thu Jun 05 2003 - 07:40:00 PDT

Quoting David-Michael Cook <>:

> Hey everyone; I was just wondering if instead of buying a USB to serial
> adapter (which is rather expensive and seems kind of unnecessary--I have no
> use for the second port, which is probably half the cost of the device), if
> I could use one of JKSales' Newton-port-to-PC-serial adapter (no dongle
> needed) and then use a Keyspan PC-serial-to-USB adapter?
> I need to be able to use these on a Mac, however--not a PC. If at all
> possible, I'd want to use NewTen, but it says it works with Keyspan devices
> and lists the USA-28x... However, that particular model is quite pricey for
> me at the moment and if this double-adapter method would work, it's far
> cheaper to get...

If the PC-serial-to-USB adapter has drivers for MacOS X, which it seems to
have, then you should be OK.

> Oh, and does anyone know if I could plug this baby into the back of my
> school's HP laserjet? It does have an old-style PC serial cable in back...
> Would that work (provided I had the right drivers for it)?

The Newton doesn't support printing via Serial (RS-232) connections. If it's
on the network and your Newton is on the network, then you can print via
EtherTalk. Or if the printer has a LocalTalk port, you can print directly to
it with a Mac printer cable (although it sounds like you don't have a dongle
for your Newton, so that wouldn't work).

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