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« on: October 20, 2020, 08:03:15 PM »
I am presently running Mach3 and i have a Gecko controller with a parallel port hook up and would like to get away from Parallel port usage ...If i go to Mach4 is there a way to use the same controller but not use a parallel port on my PC(maybe adaptor) or do i need a new controller to get away from Parallel technology

Thanks
George

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Re: controller
« Reply #1 on: October 20, 2020, 08:27:07 PM »
There are a few USB to LPT mach4 adaptors on the market, PMDX-411, PoKeys57CNCd25 for a start.
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Re: controller
« Reply #2 on: October 23, 2020, 10:40:44 PM »
Hi,
as Graham has pointed out those two external motion controllers are readily available and competitively priced, but they
have one 'ports' worth of IO (12 outputs, 5 inputs).

An Ethernet Smoothstpper has three ports worth of IO for a total of 51 inputs and outputs, a Pokeys 57CNC has 57 IOs
and a UC300 has 85 IOs. They all cost a little more but mean that if you wish to expend, particularly inputs, at a later date you can.

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Re: controller
« Reply #3 on: October 25, 2020, 02:44:19 AM »
pokeys have 24 input and 2 relay on main card,but you can add extension  10 output relay cards ,each have 8 reley
so total can have 80 output relay
and can add extra input card so its real good advantage for who need it