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How can I get away from parallel cable
« on: November 12, 2020, 11:54:35 AM »
I'm about to begin building my third machine. It's getting harder to find old computers with a parallel port. I need suggestions on how to build a system not requiring it. It's my understanding that Mach3 will not accommodate such a system. And the Longs kit I used on my last build required the cable as well. So I need a controller like Mach that doesn't require the cable and a stepper/driver kit as well. Any suggestions? I really appreciate it.
Re: How can I get away from parallel cable
« Reply #1 on: November 12, 2020, 02:10:45 PM »
Smoothstepper has a eithernet port.

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Re: How can I get away from parallel cable
« Reply #2 on: November 12, 2020, 09:49:07 PM »
Thank you!
Re: How can I get away from parallel cable
« Reply #3 on: December 01, 2020, 03:46:35 PM »
There are a number of Ethernet based sub controllers around, Smoothstepper is one and the UC300ETH is another. Both are good and offer a lot of scope for I/O expansion as well as breaking from from the ancient parallel port and its increasingly rare cable.