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USB Breakout Cable

USB Breakout Cable

Your Price:$34.00
Part Number:USB-CABLE

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RS232 Version
RS422 NMEA Version [+$15.00]
Have you ever wanted to directly wire your marine electronics into your computer? Now you can with our new USB Breakout Cable featuring the rock-solid FTDI USB chipset.
This cable is available in two versions - one for interfacing with RS232 devices and one for working with true NMEA RS422 devices.
The product consists of a standard USB connector that plugs into your computer's USB port and a 6 foot cable with bare leads on the end. These bare leads can be connected directly to the input / output leads on your marine electronics device, including chartplotters, AIS receivers and transponders, radios and any other device that has bare lead connections for interfacing with the device.
The RS232 version of the USB Breakout Cable uses a common ground signaling system with leads for signal input and output. This cable is most appropriate for use with marine electronics devices that also have a common ground system for interfacing with other devices. This would include the RS232 interface wires on common ground chartplotters such as the Standard Horizon plotters, Garmin 3000, 400 and 500 series plotters, the SR161 AIS receiver and other true common ground RS232 devices.
Other marine electronics use a true NMEA RS422 system for interfacing with other devices. Typically these devices have a pair of isolated signal wires for input and another isolated pair for output. None of these signal wires are tied to ground and carry different voltages and are also known as differential signal interfaces. Devices that use a true NMEA RS422 signaling system include Raymarine chartplotters and Garmin 4000/5000 series chartplotters. For these types of devices, the NMEA RS422 version of the USB Breakout Cable is the correct cable to use to interface with your computer.
Note that some of the products we sell include interface wiring for both RS232 and NMEA RS422. This includes the Comar CSB-200 Class B AIS Transponder and the Comar SLR 200.
Want to connect Coastal Explorer and the GX2200 AIS Matrix radio together?
Check out this blog article with step-by-step instructions on how to use our USB Breakout Cable to easily tie these together.

To see an example of how this cable can help simplify an installation, please see our blog article on how to connect the Standard Horizon GX2200 AIS/GPS radio to your Windows-based computer and use the GPS and AIS data from the Matrix in your Coastal Explorer navigation program. 

This is just one example. There are dozens of other scenarios where these cables can simplify interconnection challenges.

Virtual COM Port Drivers Support

  • Windows 98, 98SE, ME, 2000, Server 2003 and Server 2008
  • Windows XP
  • Windows Vista (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows 7, 8.x (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows XP Embedded
  • Windows CE 4.2, 5.0 and 6.0
  • Mac OS 8/9, OS-X
  • Linux 2.4 and greater

Features

USB Breakout Cable RS232 Version

USB Breakout Cable RS422 Version

USB-RS232 converter cable provides a USB to RS232 serial interface with customized end connectors.

USB-RS422 converter cable provides a USB to RS422 serial interface with customized end connectors.

Entire USB protocol handled by the electronics in the cable USB.

EIA/TIA-232 and V.28/V.24 communication interface with low power requirements.

EIA/TIA-422 communication interface with low power requirements.

UART interface support for 7 or 8 data bits, 1 or 2 stop bits and odd / even / mark / space / no parity.

FTDIs royalty-free VCP allow for communication as a standard emulated COM port and D2XX direct drivers provide DLL application programming interface.

Visual indication of Tx and Rx traffic via LEDs in the transparent USB connector.

Fully assisted hardware (RTS#/CTS#) or X-On / X-Off software handshaking.

X-On / X-Off software handshaking.

Data transfer rates from 300 baud to 1 Mbaud.

Data transfer rates from 300 baud to 3 Mbaud.

Support for FT232R FTDIChip-ID feature for improved security.

Low USB bandwidth consumption.

UHCI / OHCI / EHCI host controller compatible.

USB 2.0 Full Speed compatible.

-40C to +85C operating temperature range.

Cable length is 1.80m (6 feet).

ESD Protection for RS-232 I/O's

15kV Human Body Model (HBM)

15kV EN61000-4-2 Air Gap Discharge

8kV EN61000-4-2 Contact Discharge

FCC, CE and RoHS compliant.

FCC, CE and RoHS compliant.

Wiring colors and signal descriptions for RS232 version

Color

Name

Type

Description

Connected to marine device

Black

GND

GND

Device ground supply pin.

Common ground wire

Brown

CTS#

Input

Clear to Send Control input / Handshake signal.

Red

POWER

Output

Power output not used.

Orange

TXD

Output

Transmit Asynchronous Data output.

Data Input signal wire

Yellow

RXD

Input

Receive Asynchronous Data input.

Data Output signal wire

Green

RTS#

Output

Request To Send Control Output / Handshake signal.

Wiring colors and signal descriptions for RS422 version

Color

Name

Type

Description

Connected to marine device

Black

GND

GND

Device ground supply pin.

Brown

CTS+

Input

Clear to Send Control + (B), Input

Red

TXD-

Output

Data (A) Output

RX (A) Input signal wire

Orange

TXD+

Output

Data + (B) Output

RX (B) Input signal wire

Yellow

RXD+

Input

Data + (B) Input

TX (B) Output signal wire

Green

RTS+

Output

Request To Send Control + (B), Output

Blue

RTS-

Output

Request To Send Control (A), Output

White

RXD-

Input

Data (A) Input

TX (A) Output signal wire

Grey

CTS-

Input

Clear to Send Control input (A), Input

NOTE: For some RS422 connections, the positive and negative wires may need to be reversed. If you do not see a data on the USB port, swap the wire pair connections.

 

Drivers for both products can be downloaded here.
Technical information on the RS232 cable can be found here.
Technical information on the RS422 cable can be found here.
For assistance selecting the correct cable, feel free to contact our sales department.
5 Stars
Excellent - perfect for my VHF/AIS/GPS into MAEXEA
Easy painless install, very impressed with the cable and simple instructions on loading drivers and wiring...Will buy from you again..
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Reviewed by: (Verified Buyer)  from My Yacht in the South China Sea. on 11/9/2014
5/5
5 Stars
Excellent Accessory
I use this cable to see AIS tagets from the GX2150 to my laptop running OpenCPN. It works great. Data LEDs tell you it is working. Good documentation from MFG. If only I could use it to bring GPS data into laptop at the same time. Now I have a separate cable for the GPS data.
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Reviewed by:  from Alameda, CA. on 8/13/2012
5/5
5 Stars
USB Breakout RS232
Great product and instructions for its installation on my GX2150 radio. AIS is now on our laptops.Thanks!
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Reviewed by:  from Sidney BC. on 8/7/2012
5/5
5 Stars
Owner
Works exactly as advertised.
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Reviewed by:  from Corralitos, CA. on 2/15/2012
5/5

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