dell pda

#1
can I just use a female to female usb adaptor to hookup my picaxe via the usb cable to my dell pda, and thus use terminal to read sertxd.

Scottie
 

papaof2

Senior Member
#2
Only if the PDA supports being a USB *master*. Most devices do NOT; they are USB *slave* devices and can NOT control another USB device (such as a USB->serial).

There is a new standard for USB devices that allows a device to be both slave (for sync to a PC) and master (to use USB accessories). I'm not aware of a PDA that has that type of USB port.

Note that this is a *hardware* issue - the device either has master-capable hardware or it does not. If it does not, there is nothing you can do to change it.

Some PDA's have a serial link as well as a USB connection (my IPAQ, for example). If your PDA has serial capability, it can be used directly with the proper cable (and some terminal software).

John
 
#4
Hi,

I'm not sure if this will help you with your USB to Dell link.

I have a Dell Axim, and have written a maze solving program in C# and run on my Axim. I have purchased an Axim to serail cable from ebay (about £10) and connect to the PICAXE to provide the hardware connection.
This makes the Axim to PICAXE connection very easy.

Hope this helps,

Martin
 
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