I think the minimum for simplex communication are TX so we can transmit and the power supply pins +Vcc and GND. That is all we need. When do we need to use all 9 pins of RS-232? I think that the reciever can decipher when data has started coming in and if it knows the baud rate already, it also knows when the latch the incoming bits. Therefore, I don't see the purpose of all the remaining pins on the RS-232 cable besides TX, RX, +Vcc and GND. Do we still need them?
The problem is that I wish to connect a PC to a waveform generator through RS-232 cable. I have the software for this installed on the PC but no RS-232 cable. If I do make my own using RS-232 connectors (which is what I intend) with my own wires soldered to it, how do I know if I just need TX, RX, +Vcc and GND or if I need all the other pins as well?
Soldering all the pins is not such a hard thing to do anyway, but I am just curious.