Found something locally at Tiger Direct.
Buy the Cables To Go 25-Foot Null Modem Cable at TigerDirect.ca
I'd be interested to know if any other canadians have other sources.
Where do I find a reasonably priced DB25 cable locally? I am in ontario, canada.
I've looked everywhere, and no stores seem to carry it, or the ones that do want $80 for a 15ft male/male cable!
I am asking for local sources since I don't want to wait a week or more to get something shipped from who knows where.
Any one have a source for these cables? I'm down to needing this cable (I left it this long since I never thought it would be difficult to find) but here I am, not able to test my hardware because of lack of connectivity.
I am almost tempted to just make my own cable (buy connectors and solder things myself)...
This is the cable between the parallel port of the computer and the breakbout board that drives the stepper drivers.
Last edited by outsider787; 02-21-2012 at 11:48 AM.
I'd be suspicious of that ... I always get this wrong, but 'Null Modem' to me means that it has a cross over so that two identical modem devices can be linked.
Buy the Cables To Go 1-Foot Extension Cable at TigerDirect.ca is the only 'direct' cable I see there and is short.
I have a box of gender changers so I can use male to female, but again tigerdirect only has the wrong part Buy the Cables To Go Mini Gender Changer at TigerDirect.ca ... not the male to male!
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Canada Computers has stores all over the place and should have them in stock.
If it's not to much trouble for you just make one, I do it all the time.
Shielded stranded 4 conductor security wire from Home Depot, and M-F Solder style Db25's and hoods from anywhere...
Hence the DB25 female connectors on both ends.
I will probably end up making this cable by chopping off the printer connector off a printer cable and soldering my own DB25Female connector on the end.
I usually make up my own to suit, but for anything I can't make up I found Monoprice excellent for all kind of cable, really cheap and good service.
US based but I have have no problems.
A 15ft RS232 9pin D looks like it it is under $3.00.
For only $2.21 each when QTY 50+ purchased - 15ft DB 9 M/M Molded Cable | PC Serial Printer Cables
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I know your are making the cable that goes between the printer port and machine.
You do know that you don't need all 25 pins right?
I usually run 4 wires of four conductor, and zip tie them together.
It's cheap, you get the length you want, and you have it when you need it.
A friend of mine did the "chop the ends off thing" only to find out some of the wires were the same color and had to continuity test most of them...lol.
He said it would have been quicker to make one, which he did, AFTER all that.
Last edited by foam27; 02-21-2012 at 11:57 AM. Reason: spelling
At $3 I would skip building one, good one Al....
So which pins are required of the 25 available?
Looking at the BACK of a male DB25 pin 1 starts at top right, if you look close they are labeled.
I usually do it like this, but you can vary it..
Output 1( for spindle): 1
Grounds are pins 18-25
I believe all outputs are 2-9, 1,14,16,17 (stepper drives, spindle etc)
Inputs are 10-13, and 15 (limits switches, probe etc)