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Choose the Type of Serial Cable

This topic shows you how to choose a serial cable for connecting your host computer to the PandaBoard hardware.

Two types of cables are available for this purpose:

  • DB9 null modem M/F cable

  • USB to DB9 male adapter cable

DB9 null modem M/F cable:

  • If your host computer has a DB9 male serial connector similar to the one in the following image, you can use a DB9 null modem M/F cable.

  • To find the appropriate cable online, search for "DB9 low profile null modem M-F cable".

USB to DB9 male adapter cable:

  • If your host computer has a USB port, you can use a USB to DB9 male adapter cable.

  • To find the appropriate cable online, search for "USB to RS-232 DB9 Serial Adapter".

  • Some USB-to-serial adapters do not appear in the list of serial connections immediately after you install the software drivers. To solve this issue, disconnect and reconnect the adapter, or reboot your host computer.

  • To avoid issues with the software/driver quality, we recommend choosing an adapter that has good customer feedback ratings, or using the DB9 null modem M/F cable instead.

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