Serial port

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A Serial port was once the staple connection to a computer. However today you may not even find one on your computer. The term "serial port" usually identifies hardware more or less compliant to the RS-232 standard. It is intended to interface with a modem or with a similar communication device. Often a terminal screen was connected to the computer via a serial port.


[edit] Connector

The full standard for RS-232 requires a 25 pin connector but many computers used the connector shown on the right that had only 9 pins. The "D" shape was common to all of the connectors. The image also shows the serial icon above the connector itself.

[edit] Alternate Solutions

  • A Serial port adapter can be obtained for a USB port.
  • Serial Port over network can provide a solution to another device with a real serial port.

[edit] Kindle serial port

See Kindle Hardware Index#Serial Port for details on how to get a serial port (needed for jail breaking) on various Kindles.

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