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DBX 480 drive rack connection to laptop help

DJ123DJ123 Posts: 9
edited September 2010 in 400 Series Connectivity
Hello I have a dbx 480 drive rack i want to hook up to my lap top my lap top does not have a db-9 type of jack on it it does have a usb and RJ-45 jack on laptop can i use the RJ-45 on laptop to 480 drive rack?


  • GadgetGadget Posts: 4,915
    If I remember correctly the connections on the 480 were RS 485 ...you could get a usb to serial converter to use for communications. There are several "certified" units here:

    http://www.dbxpro.com/product_downloads ... aptors.pdf

    I personally use an off the shelf converter my son got for like $15 from New Egg... but that was a few years ago now.

    I'll alert Mike and he'll chime in tomorrow with all the pertinent data.
  • DennisDennis Posts: 801
    it looks like your only option is the serial connector you might have a bit better luck with an expresscard or PCMCIA to serial adapter or you might not i use both PCMCIA and USB adapters successfully Dennis
  • DJ123DJ123 Posts: 9
    Gadget any info for me yet?
  • GadgetGadget Posts: 4,915
    Sorry, been incredibly buried of late... I believe that the unit I have is Keyspan, but it's a couple of years old. The link I sent contains (other than Dennis's suggestions) all the "tested" units. I did not get a note out to Mike.. I will do so now.
  • DJ123DJ123 Posts: 9
    give thanks Gadget
  • GadgetGadget Posts: 4,915
    I do :| Every day!
  • Hi DJ123,

    Yes, that Keyspan model will work. I have one here and it works great.

    You could also use this USB GEAR adapter:
    http://www.usbgear.com/computer_cable_d ... 1009%2C601

    I have one of these here as well and is cheaper and works equally as well with our products.

    Hope this helps.
  • djd8djd8 Posts: 15
    We use the Sewell adapter with no problems at all. We use it on a Macbook running Windows XP in Parrallels with a custom made 100' null-modem cable from FOH to the stage.
    But I suspect there are many makes that will work well.
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