[Repairs] [support-gang] Fwd: Serial adapter for repair centers cost question
Richard A. Smith
richard at laptop.org
Fri May 23 14:53:06 EDT 2008
Steve Holton wrote:
>> 1 is the cable that you use for connections to the laptop serial port.
>> Qty 500 I've got a quote for $.50.
> These are the 4 slot connector for J1, right?
>> The 2nd is the custom usb to serial adapter which in its current form
>> will cost about $35 bucks or so. Perhaps less if we buy them in larger
> Are these essentially the same as this:
> but with a 4 pin connector?
4 pin header that matches the exisiting OLPC cables. A spot to load a 5
pin header and the footprint to load a 65 Mhz osc. In addition it has
the ability to do TTL<->RS232 as well as TTL<->USB and allows you to
swap the TX/RX lines via jumpers so the rs232 part can be used with both
null modem and straight cables.
I had them built with developers in mind as a swiss army knife for
dealing with the laptop serial needs.
> Has anyone seen an interest (from XO owners, or weekend developers) in
> buying these cables for 'home' use?
> Is there any thougt about repair centers selling a kit to build one
> of these from discrete components and boards? This is beginning to
> sound like franchising.
I'm hoping someone takes the ball and makes an e-bay store with exactly
that. I've toyed with doing it but I would just be lying to myself if I
think I _actually_ have the time to manage such a thing.
Richard Smith <richard at laptop.org>
One Laptop Per Child
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