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Mach Discussion => General Mach Discussion => Topic started by: jjanes on October 05, 2013, 09:29:29 PM

Title: USB usage
Post by: jjanes on October 05, 2013, 09:29:29 PM
I got a CNC machine a while ago and am a licensed user of the Mach software may be a little out of date since I haven't had a lot of time to use it recently and I have a basic question. So don't flame on me if it is too basic or it is a well repeated question. I looked around on the site and a lot has changed and I am wondering my system uses the parallel port for the data transfer from my PC to the CNC machine and I was wondering if it can be to use the USB port instead and if so what does it take to so I was looking at another CNC machine and it has USB on it so I was wondering if I could use the Mach software via just the USB port.

IF so could some one please let me know somewhat in detail exactly what I would need to make this work.

Thank you and I apologize if I am just out of times with the version of this software
Title: Re: USB usage
Post by: Hood on October 06, 2013, 04:24:06 AM
You can use the USB or Ethernet port if you use an external controller such as SmoothStepper, CSMIO, Kflop, DSPMC, Pokeys etc etc.
Ethernet is a better choice in my opinion.

Title: Re: USB usage
Post by: Picengraver on October 06, 2013, 08:11:35 AM
Another USB option is the UC-100 from CNC4PC (

I have one in service and another on order.  I also have and use a USB SmoothStepper. 

The UC-100 is simpler to install and use IMO, but the SS is more versatile. 

John Champlain