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Old 02-06-2007, 09:09 AM
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Default Laptop Cable for Northstar Loading of Waypoints

I have all of my waypoints and routes on a floppy disk. Where would I find the cable to connect to my Northstar 952 XW (and 951 xd) to load those waypints into these new units from my laptop short of calling Northstar. Also, how expensive is the laptop cable with the Northstar end?
Old 02-06-2007, 10:56 AM
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Default Re: Laptop Cable for Northstar Loading of Waypoints

you can make your own cable if you have the Nmea/Data cable that comes with the northstar. either purchase a solderable DB9 connector or get a DB9 cable and cut one end off.

if you buy a solderable connector you will need to solder the green wire to pin 2, and the tan wire to pin 5.

if you use a premade db9 cable, you will have to meter out which wires inside of it correspond to pins 2 and 5. then just connect these wires to the ones i mentioned above.

if your laptop doesnt have a RS232 port, then you will also need to purchase a RS232 to USB converter.


edit: i have to double check those colors that i listed when i get to work, i'm not totally sure those are the right ones.
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Thanks. However, I do not have an extra Northstar NEMA cable. Is there a source for premade setup?
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sorry, i meant to say its the aux cable that you need, it does not come with the unit and you will have to buy it from northstar. i double checked the colors and they are correct.
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Default Re: Laptop Cable for Northstar Loading of Waypoints

Actually the main cable that you already use to interface includes the necessary wires to connect the RS232 output. Check the wiring diagram and you will see they are in the bundle. Then you have to configure the port through the menu. I made my own by putting a three prong plug on a cable with a DB9 serial connector for the PC (as suggested above) and then a corresponding female on the unit's cable. When yours was installed, the extra wires may have been cut down so you might have to peel back the insulation but they should be in the bundle.
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Thanks. Found out that Northstar does sell the cablel for about $50. However, the end that connects to the laptop is a serial connector. Northstar cautioned me not to convert that to a USB-I guess the program requires transmission though a com port. Now I have to figure out whether my laptop has a serial port (old technology).
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Call Northstar and order part number 1100-LC That is the pre made cable.

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