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General => Feature Suggestions => Topic started by: attilla on October 10, 2016, 01:40:10 PM

Title: Serial console support
Post by: attilla on October 10, 2016, 01:40:10 PM
Hi,

During that crowdfunding it was said that the Pocketethernet has a serial port. With a special cable that would be sold separately, you use it in combination with Bluetooth to have a bluetooth console connection.

Can you disclose details on this or just give the specs for this cable?


-- Attilla

p.s I understand the fight against spam on forums, but these images are almost unreadable...
Title: Re: Serial console support
Post by: jboxtel on October 14, 2016, 04:11:28 PM
Hi Atilla. This is pretty high up on our roadmap. We only need to invest some time into researching where to produce the cable, software-wise this shouldn't be very difficult.

Sorry for the spam, the old backerforum got so spammed with fake signups that we thought it would be better to make it a bit harder to signup. (i've lowered the difficulty now)
Title: Re: Serial console support
Post by: JeffB on October 14, 2016, 06:48:35 PM
Excellent.  I'd also be happy with Pockethernet just releasing the specs and a recommendation to a 9 pin D to 3.5 mm similar to this one: https://goo.gl/images/p8gs9h for those of us who already have devices.  At less than $10, it's trivial to purchase or make and would save the extra time needed to produce and ship to current owners.  I assume your 3.5 mm port is just tip TX, ting RX, sleeve GND no flow control serial. 

And you could also riff off of this excellent article and make some great adapters to minimize what we carry, but allow for maximal functionality.  http://www.ossmann.com/5-in-1.html I am putting these in to my Pockethernet carrying case to add functionality and reduce the number of cables I have to carry. If this feature works great, we can dump the USB to serial dongle we have to carry now as most laptops no longer come with DB 9 serial.
Title: Re: Serial console support
Post by: sgtoma on February 07, 2017, 11:55:03 AM
To my understanding there is an on board RS232 UART port exposed through 3 pin 3.5mm socket.
What is the pin out for this? I would guess that Tip=Tx; Ring=Rx and sleeve=Ground
It is easy to make our own cable as long as the functionality is there.

You could add a tab to the App that exposes this port with RS232 port settings (baud, parity etc) with a field for data to be transmitted and a window displaying the Incoming data.

A good example is  Hercules
http://www.hw-group.com/products/hercules/index_en.html

Title: Re: Serial console support
Post by: JeffB on March 27, 2017, 08:50:32 PM
Any update on the serial / terminal feature?  Thanks.
Title: Re: Serial console support
Post by: jboxtel on April 06, 2017, 10:02:35 AM
Hi Jeff. Not really. For the last week all of our resources have been focused on the manufacturing of the next batch. There should be more time for development after we start sales again.
Title: Re: Serial console support
Post by: JeffB on May 05, 2017, 06:32:44 PM
How goes on MFG and more feature development such as serial console support?
Title: Re: Serial console support
Post by: jboxtel on May 18, 2017, 10:13:29 AM
We're first releasing a firmware update which should solve the current issues that were reported so far. We're on the search for an extra developer, which should speed up the process of implementing serial console support as well.
Title: Re: Serial console support
Post by: JeffB on May 26, 2017, 10:17:52 PM
Thanks!
Title: Re: Serial console support
Post by: JeffB on June 12, 2017, 10:18:44 PM
How's the new developer search going? Now that you have released a very stable Firmware v28 (it's working great for me by the way) the only major feature missing from the original list is the Serial port for console control of routers and switch gear, etc.   

Thanks.
Title: Re: Serial console support
Post by: Devo-McDuff on August 10, 2017, 06:45:42 PM
I use AirConsole for this purpose but if I could buy a cable for my Pockethernet to do the same thing, cowabunga! How useful can one device get! I'm recommending this to my IT pro colleagues all the time.
Title: Re: Serial console support
Post by: eits on August 10, 2017, 09:41:06 PM
yeah +1
Title: Re: Serial console support
Post by: JeffB on October 04, 2017, 12:12:18 AM
May we please have an update on Serial Port/ terminal development? Thanks.
Title: Re: Serial console support
Post by: george.morris33 on November 29, 2017, 11:59:12 PM
bump :)
Title: Re: Serial console support
Post by: Stefan on June 02, 2018, 11:35:37 AM
+1
Title: Re: Serial console support
Post by: sgtoma on June 27, 2018, 06:55:26 AM
ttt
come on guys. ;)

This is a very useful feature.
An ETA on this development?
Title: Re: Serial console support
Post by: sm on June 29, 2018, 07:14:46 AM
+1, just bought a PockEthernet and would love to see it provide me with a portable serial port in the near future, lugging around a small laptop with a USB-serial cable is getting old.

That being said, there is nothing wrong with a focus on stability over many additional features. As long as development continues in some fashion, I'll be satisfied.
Title: Re: Serial console support
Post by: MaggifiXXL on August 04, 2018, 08:11:48 PM
Would be a great Idea.
Title: Re: Serial console support
Post by: sgtoma on November 30, 2019, 11:57:07 AM
I am surprised not many people see the RS232 feature useful.
I deal with this on every AV integration job I get involved (most common isues are baudrate missmatch and RX/TX misswire)
I hope the feature gets enabled in the future