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    sanjoyjana's Avatar
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    Default Serial communication(RS232)

    Hi All,
    I am new to Mac programming and I am developing an iPhone application where I need to connect an external device from where data will be read into the iPhone and commands will be written to the device through Serial Port (RS232). Regarding this, I have some queries as follows:
    1) Does iPhone/iPod Touch support Serial Port (RS232) communication? If so, do I need to jailbreak the device or I can do it without tampering the device?
    2) Does the iPhone SDK 3.1.2 have support for serial communication? If so, which framework I need to use (like GameKit for Bluetooth communication)?
    3) Does the iPhone simulator, which comes with Xcode, has support for the Serial Port (RS232) communication? Or I need to have the required iPhone development membership for testing the communication on the actual device?
    4) The MAC PC I am using do not have any Serial port. Only USB port is there. So I have to communicate with the device using USB port via serial interface.

    Your early response will be a great help for me in the development.

    Thank you all in advance.
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    flyingember's Avatar
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    Apple offers the dock port interface. you have to design hardware to work with it.
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    Default Re: Serial communication(RS232)

    Can't speak to the first 3 questions. However, I just bought a USB to RS
    232 Converter (TRENDnet model #TU-S9) to communicate with my telescope. I'm running El Capitan on a 2008 MacBook Pro and it works like a champ.

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