HOW TO – Use a cellphone data cable for microcontrollers

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HOW TO – Use a cellphone data cable for microcontrollers


Bob writes in with a rundown on how to repurpose an old USB cellphone data cable for rs232 communication.

About three years ago,I bought a USB data cable to use with T610 mobile phone.I can’t remember what is model just know it is made in China.But now I have a new model mobile phone and my USB data cable not used at all.So I want to modify it to use with my microcontroller projects that use rs232 communication like a USB to RS232 converter.If you have this cable and want to modify this article may help you.

Old cellphones are great for scavenging µC project parts like small LCDs, motors, etc. –Link


RS-232 to USB conversion – Link

From the Maker store:

USB-TTL Serial Cable –Link

2 thoughts on “HOW TO – Use a cellphone data cable for microcontrollers

  1. todbot says:

    The USB-to-serial cables that are older cellphone data cables are really great. The WRT54 router hackers discovered this a while back when putting Linux on their routers. I discovered this trick via the NSLU2 hackers when I did the same thing for “Roombongle”, a USB to Roomba dongle.

    One of the comments on the Roombongle page notes you can get FutureDial cables (a brand of usb-to-serial data cables once sold at Radio Shack) for $6.99 at markdown alley. I’ve seen similar cables for similar prices on Ebay too.

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