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RS232
« on: April 08, 2010, 10:47:23 AM »
Hi
Can i transfer a DXF file by RS232 cable from computer to another computer that has mach3 software ?
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Re: RS232
« Reply #1 on: April 08, 2010, 11:00:54 AM »
Mach will not do it but you can probably get windows to do it.
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Re: RS232
« Reply #2 on: April 08, 2010, 11:01:30 AM »
Simple answer is yes you can transfer any data provided both computers are equipped with serial ports and you use a crossover data cable.

However, from experience, I have found it a whole lot easier to use a USB dongle/memory stick to transfer files from one computer to another.

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Re: RS232
« Reply #3 on: April 08, 2010, 11:03:57 AM »
Update.

As Hood has said you cannot transfer the data straight into Mach. It has to be transferred as a file then loaded into Mach.

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Re: RS232
« Reply #4 on: April 08, 2010, 11:06:14 AM »
Ok
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Re: RS232
« Reply #5 on: April 08, 2010, 11:50:28 AM »
Second update.

There is an old saying "ensure brain is engaged before operating mouth" this I can never remember to do so why make one posting when three will do.  ;D

Whilst there is not an inbuilt function within Mach to read files via serial data links it is not, I think an impossible task. In the VB and development of wizards section and also in other sections various contributors have shown that it is possible to open a dialog box and read in files within a macro. It is only another step (large step perhaps) to read the file from another computer on the same network. I don't have the spare time to look into this further but if you are curious enough to do the research you may just find a way to achieve this.

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Re: RS232
« Reply #6 on: April 08, 2010, 11:59:08 AM »
If I recall correctly t is not recommended to load a file directly into Mach over a network, whether its ethernet or serial. I seem to remember Brian saying to transfer the file to the machines hard drive and load from there.
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Re: RS232
« Reply #7 on: April 08, 2010, 12:12:07 PM »
Hi Hood,

I'm sure you are absolutely right, far safer to load from the current machine's hard drive.

However, a lot of new ideas have come out of someone finding a reliable way of doing something that is perhaps not good practice to do.

My problem here is that I had first said it is not possible to do but after further thought realize that I was perhaps wrong so am trying to squirm my way out of a tight corner. ;D ;D

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Re: RS232
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2010, 12:33:41 PM »
Just wondering why you would want to use RS232, when there are much easier ways to transfer a file... (maybe the PC is an old DOS system??).
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