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GeeDeeKay

  • Date JoinedApr 19, 2007
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Foxtrot706 years ago
GDK - I have a data device that monitors power usage for the home and it has RS-232 output for a computer. How can I make this into a wireless device. I have a 802.11b Linksys Broadband Router, can this be changed to device that will accept the signals? I have tried to look up various pieces of information and I am completely in the dark.
GeeDeeKay (author)  Foxtrot706 years ago
I really want to be able to tell you there is a simple way to interface that device with a wireless network, but the truth is, I can't. That RS232 serial interface is just that, a serial interface. It is designed to talk with a serial port on a device such as a computer. If you were to connect it to a device that also has wireless access, such as a laptop or computer, it could be possible to then take output from your data device and make it available on the wireless network. Unfortunately, the specifics of how to present that data are far beyond my expertise. Unfortunately, with the information you've provided, the only answer I could give would be to find a device you can put between your monitoring device and the wireless network that also has an interface to both. I wish I had a better answer. BTW, if you happen to find a solution, I would love to hear about it! -- gdk
ewilhelm7 years ago
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