[Soekris] Newbie question

Jared Solomon jsolomon at cse.unl.edu
Thu May 29 19:27:08 UTC 2003

I believe that is a euphemism for a crossover cable.  On serial, for
instance, pin 2 on the initiating end (DB9) would terminate at pin 3 on
the receiving end (DB9) and vice versa.  This is so the transmit pin goes
properly to the receive pin.

If anyone wants one made, I'm a bargain at $50/hour, 2 hour minimum.  No
serious offers entertained.

Jared Solomon

On Thu, 29 May 2003, David Kelly wrote:

> On Thursday, May 29, 2003, at 12:56 PM, Edwin Gonzalez wrote:
> > Hello all
> >
> > I recently wrote the monowall image to my CF,
> > put the CF in my soekris 4501 I powered it up.
> > When it powers up the error light blinks for little bit then
> > goes away.  I was wondering if it's possible to serial in using a
> > rollover eth cable with 2 serial adapters?
> What is a "rollover"?
> "eth" is ethernet?
> You want to use ethernet cables for a serial connection?
> I went to my Friendly Local Mom & Pop PC Shop
> (http://www.gigaparts.com/) and said, "Gimme a null-modem DB9 female to
> female serial cable." Made in China. About $6. Works great on the
> standard Soekris external serial connector.
> Digging at another local computer surplus store I bought a serial
> pigtail for $1 or $2. There are two different ways commonly used to
> wire these things. The 2nd serial port on the net4501 is wired properly
> to use insulation-displacement crimp-on connectors with ribbon cable.
> In other words, crimp a 2x5 10 pin 100 mil connector on one end then
> pin 1 on the cable goes to pin 1 on the DB9 but cable wire 2 goes to 6,
> cable wire 3 goes to 2, smoothly across like that alternating
> top/bottom.
> On the external connector you should be able to watch the BIOS do its
> thing at boot. If monowall has a login getty on /dev/ttyd0  then you
> should be able to get in on the external connector. If a getty is on
> /dev/ttyd1 you can use the internal connector with the above pigtail.
> Soekris defaults to 19,200 baud, FreeBSD defaults to 9600. You might
> have to switch gears when the BIOS hands things over to FreeBSD.
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