[NTLK] MP 2100 connection options

Jason Boyer jasonandrewboyer at gmail.com
Tue Nov 17 15:11:20 EST 2009

Right now it appears a newtontalk member has been kind enough to sell me an
extra serial dongle.  I'll need to pick up a keyspan usb to mac serial
dongle, and then the serial cable itself.  Is there anything special about
the newton cables I see being sold?  I have a box full of old mac stuff that
I'm sure has a keyboard cable or other in it.


On Tue, Nov 17, 2009 at 10:43 AM, Don Zahniser
<dzahniser at rochester.rr.com>wrote:

> On 11/17/09, Boyer Jason wrote:
> >Is ethernet connection via NCX any easier or harder via wired or wireless?
> In my opinion, a wired ethernet connection is more reliable and less
> trouble to set up than a wireless connection.
> >
> >Also, I just realized last night that my bronze keyboard Lombard doesn't
> >actually have ADB, so I'll need a USB dongle coupled with a 9 pin serial
> >cable. Has anyone had luck using that format on the Mac side?
> I'm using one of these with my Pismo (and I've used it with a Cube, as
> well):
> <http://www.octinc.com.tw/PDF/DK201202.pdf>
> Mine matches the picture of the DK202, but it is labeled as a DK201.
> They are available off of ebay for pretty cheap (search for 'DK201 USB
> dock').  For the 9-pin serial port, it uses the Prolific PL2303 chipset,
> and I have used both the Prolific version of the driver,
> <http://www.prolific.com.tw/eng/downloads.asp?ID=31>
> and the open source driver:
> <http://osx-pl2303.sourceforge.net/>
> ...without problems with NCX and 'terminal' programs (CoolTerm,
> goSerial) to connect to my MP2100s.
> Note that this is with a Newton Interconnect Port to 9-pin PC connector
> cable.  If you get a dongle to go with your keyboard, you might be
> better off going for a Keyspan with the appropriate Macintosh serial
> port connector - or cobble up a Mac-to PC serial cable.
> HTH...
>  - Don
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