- on Microcontrollers
- Published in issue 12/2001 on page 0
Mini RS232 Data Switch
Only simple materials and a little bit of skill are needed to build an RS232 switch. All that you need are two 9-way sub-D plugs with solder pins, a small piece of sheet aluminium, two sets of screw retainer posts, a 4-pole double-throw switch, a strain relief sleeve and a suitable plastic connector shell for a 25-way sub-D connector, with both in-line and right-angle cable entries (such as Conrad Electronics #711322). What is important is that the side cable entry together with its associated strain relief leaves enough room for the switch. If necessary, you may have to cut away a few square millimetres of the sidewall or a few ribs of the plastic shell.