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Serial Terminal on Windows

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Ok first things first, before i go on we have to be sure that you got all you need to connect your terminal to one of your pc's FREE serial ports. 


What you will need is:

  1. a usual RS-232 serial cable (like the one your external modem has to connect to your pc)

  2. a NULL MODEM which will be placed between your serial cable and the terminals port. DONT TRY to connect the serial cable to the pc and terminal directly because it DOESNT WORK THIS WAY , nor try to make up your own cable which will have the transmit and receive lines swapped, i have done all these and i failed dramatically, just go to your nearest electric shop and ask for a NULL modem it is really cheap.

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Do you have the serial cable and the null modem ? plug instantly your terminal to one of your pc's free serial ports and lets go to the next step.

Next Step

Download a software called STerm which is a windows terminal server for SERIAL terminals. It lets you work your terminal on Windows for a few tasks.

(In the following steps i assume that you downloaded the latest 2.0 version of Sterm)


After you download it and install it then run it, click on the ADD button to add a connection, then properties of that connection and choose the port you connected your terminal to.

Usual connection settings for old terminals on STerm

Hit the button CONNECT SERIAL to connect to that port and watch your terminal's screen carefully.

If what you see is a clear output then you did it ! These are the correct settings and now you can also use the STerm for windows to check your mail or telnet to another server (local or internet)

If you see garbage like !~@~#@!$#@%$%# then change the baud rate untill you see a clear output. (tha handshake always has to be Xon/Xoff + RTS/CTS)


Now that you also found the correct baud rate and tested your terminal's correct operation you can also see the next section "How to connect your Linux Box with a serial dumb terminal" to use the same baud rate for the LINUX connection.


If something goes wrong and you still cant connect to your terminal feel free to email me directly.



Dumb Terminal Support Center :

How to connect your Linux Box with a serial dumb terminal

How to connect your serial terminal to a long distance without using RS-232



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