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Console port output

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Just so I'm not going nuts..
Do desktop PC's console ports output (or can they output) information via the console port - eg, when booting Xpenology?

 

I have a USB to serial cable that I've tested to a cisco router etc - works fine - but not to a Dell Optiplex console port..

Should this only work for Servers or should Desktop PCs output information too??

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serial output is just normal for xpenology, does not depend on the hardware type (server/desktop)

but you need a null modem cable, the usb2serial is the equivalent of a normal serial cable

i use a usb2serial adapter and connected to it a null modem cable

 

A null modem cable is a RS-232 serial cable where the transmit and receive lines are crosslinked.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Null_modem

 

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Thanks.. Aye, had a null modem cable a loooooong time ago (no idea where it went) so I bought a little f/f null modem adapter (to convert it to null modem)..
Looks like they sent the wrong one - I have a sneaking feeling it's straight through - will see if they can replace it..

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2 hours ago, Hostilian said:

I have a sneaking feeling it's straight through

just check the connections with a multimeter if its crossed, the description in the Wikipedia article contains all information

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