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Does anyone know off hand what pins on a serial cable are used?

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On what type of serial cable?? A DB-9 RS-232 cable would use pins 2, 3 and 5 for an NMEA 0183 connection.

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thanks for the response, the cable is a 9 pin serial rs232, to usb converter, will read your post and I appreciate the info
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Be aware that not all of the serial-to-USB converters will work for this purpose. Some of the less expensive ones just don't cut it.

The typical NMEA serial settings are 4800, 8, N, 1.
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I've been told this one will work, just have to find out the exact pinouts, pretty sure it 2 is tx 3 is rx and 5 is gnd?
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If you google RS 232 pinout, you'll get the information you need. You might want to learn how to use google, since it can answer a lot of the basic technical questions, like what are the RS-232 pinouts.

BTW, the pinouts are 2 is Receive Data and 3 is Transmit Data, and 5 is signal ground. If you connect the NMEA OUT + to Pin 2 and NMEA IN + to Pin 3 and the NMEA OUT - and NMEA IN - wires to Pin 5, you should be good to go.

However, not all NMEA 0183 ports are RS-232 compatible... some are RS-422 ports, and some of the pickier RS-232 to USB dongles won't want to play nice with them, because they won't recognize the change in signal levels. IIRC, RS-232 is an unbalanced protocol, and RS-422 is a balanced one, with lower voltage signal levels.
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