Multi-channel Serial Port
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The DS1206N has four serial ports internally. The DS1206N-RS has an RS232 port with DB9M connector, while "-TM" and "-TS" devices have TTL serial port available through a TTL interface connector, which is a standard pin header with 2mm pitch.
The DS1206N-RS implements three outputs and four inputs. Each of the three outputs can be used as a TX line of a serial port, or as a control output such as RTS or DTR. Each of the four input lines can be used as an RX line of a serial port, or as a control input such as CTS or DSR.
With three outputs and four inputs, the DS1206N can be said to offer 3.5 serial "channels". We say "3.5 channels" and not "four channels" because one channel will only have RX line and no TX line (remember, there are four inputs but only three outputs).
TTL interface connector pin assignment is as follows:
For more information on serial ports and I/O lines of the DS1206N see ser. and io. object manuals ("TIDE and Tibbo BASIC Manual").
Serial-over-IP application offered by Tibbo defines 15 "mapping options", or ways in which available I/O lines are utilized. These are presented in the table below:
"Available signals" column shows a particular combination of I/O lines for each option. For example, option 0 defines the standard serial port arrangement with RX, TX, CTS, RTS, DSR, and DTR lines. Option 2 gives you one channel with RX, TX, CTS, and RTS lines, one more channel with just RX and TX lines, and yet another channel with a single RX line. The TX line is "missing" because, once again, there are only three outputs available. This is why this line is shown in grey lowercase (tx).
Notice that on the DS1206N, pin 9 of the RS232 port can be used to power the DS1206 or provide power to an attached serial device. See Power Arrangement for details.