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Wanna Use Serial Devices With Your iPad? There’s A Cable For That!

Wanna Use Serial Devices With Your iPad?  There’s A Cable For That!

Some users have found need to use certain USB devices or even SD cards with their iPad, but what about a serial port? Those of you serial-lovers that still have a closet full of old peripherals are in luck! This unique RS-232 iPad serial cable is just for you!

The cable costs $59, and has a 30-pin connector on one end while a DB-9 connector graces the other. The accessory is a joint effort between Redpark Product Development and Keyspan engineers, but unfortunately, there aren’t any apps that I know of that support RS-232 devices!

Redpark is apparently trying to help developers build apps that can communicate with serial devices, so you may actually be able to use this cable in the future, as long the resulting apps manage to get approved by Apple.

In short, if you’d like to spend $59 on a crazy cable that currently can’t be used for anything beyond decoration, be my guest – here’s the link! As for me, I’ll spend my $59 on something a little less ancient.

  1. Simon Hope says:

    Get Console is iPad/iPhone app that works with Redpark C2-Rj45 cable – its the only one approved by Apple so far. C2-Rj45 is a redpark serial cable as well (it can be made into DB9 with a $4 dongle). See http://www.get-console.com or search app store for Get Console.

    It also does SSH and Telnet, and has a feature that lets you share the terminal screen with web users.
    Cheers
    Simon

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