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I have one controller which processes data from a weigh scale. With it I can capture data using hyper terminal on a PC (RS232 communication - standard DB9 connector). Now I want to analyze it on another PC as well.

Unfortunately, my controller has only one RS232 output. Can I tap another RS 232 from the existing signal cable (by stripping the cable, taking out parallel signals and all)?

Or I need to use any custom hardware or cable?

Ah well, that was my original question, and I did try using the circuit, the problem is I can receive data only on one terminal. The splitter is not working. Totally Clueless now. Any Ideas ???

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  • \$\begingroup\$ yah i think what you showed is possibly the best solution for me, but the explanations of that diagram is a bit sketchy, can you kindly explain the circuit plz ??? \$\endgroup\$ Jun 20, 2014 at 11:51
  • \$\begingroup\$ I'll add some more details to that answer shortly. \$\endgroup\$
    – PeterJ
    Jun 20, 2014 at 11:55
  • \$\begingroup\$ I guess I have got the hang of it, making the connection. Thanks a ton. \$\endgroup\$ Jun 20, 2014 at 13:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ Com0com or its cousin hub4c com0com.cvs.sourceforge.net/viewvc/com0com/hub4com/… \$\endgroup\$
    – kenny
    Jun 20, 2014 at 13:25
  • \$\begingroup\$ Well, the connection, did not work. Any help / ideas / suggestions regarding the splitter ??? \$\endgroup\$ Jun 22, 2014 at 4:35

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You can connect one output to multiple inputs, but you cannot connect multiple outputs to one input.

That means you can connect the line that transmits data from your scales to the PC to a second PC, but you cannot connect the two lines that transmit data from the PCs to the scales.

So yes, you can "tap in" to the transmitted data, as long as you only want to read the data.

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    \$\begingroup\$ Wouldn't it also be necessary to ensure that the "tap" does not load the line? This would only work assuming distances were short and no loading occured, right? \$\endgroup\$
    – sherrellbc
    Jun 20, 2014 at 14:13
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    \$\begingroup\$ Inputs are generally high impedance. Two inputs instead of one would increase the load, yes, but from very very tiny to very tiny. You would have to go some to make any noticeable difference. I often do TTL level RS232 sniffing with a pair of USB->UART adaptors with very rough cabling and it works great even at very high baud rates. \$\endgroup\$
    – Majenko
    Jun 20, 2014 at 14:37
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I have used a modem splitter from time to time. I don't really care for them, but with some resistor wizardry they do work.

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