[rescue] rescue Digest, Vol 98, Issue 29

Scott Quinn saquinn624 at aol.com
Sun Jan 16 23:57:32 CST 2011

 Jonathan Patschke <jp at celestrion.net> writes:

>On Sun, 16 Jan 2011, gsm at mendelson.com wrote:

>> Will that actually work? I've only done it, even host to host with a
>> localtalk cable.

>I'd expect it to work, since LocalTalk is (physically) just HDLC.  My
>understanding of the connection boxes (not the phone-net transceivers) is
>that they're MUXes and transformers to implement CSMA/CA over the RS-485
>links that LocalTalk used station-to-station.
>With that hardware removed and a null-modem RS-422 cable in place, it
>should "look" the same to the two hosts.

Null-modem serial cables work just fine for two hosts. I've always connected
LocalTalk printers to single hosts via a standard Apple Mini-DIN type null
modem cable.

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