AppleTalk to USB cable

Discussion in 'Macintosh Computers' started by robbybogers, Mar 2, 2003.

  1. macrumors member

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    Does anyone know where I can get an AppleTalk to USB cable at?
     
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    timbloom

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    What are you trying to use this for?
    I am unaware of one currently, but there may be alternatives depending on your specific need.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors member

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    actually it is for a friend, he need one to transfer files from an old PowerBook to an iMac.
     
  4. macrumors G4

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    Does the old PowerBook have an Ethernet port? If it does, then your friend's problem is solved.
     
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    timbloom

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    you may be able to find a serial-ethernet adapter.. I used one for a long time to connect my old laserwriter to my g3.. probably the cheapest thing to do is, if he just needs to transfer it one time, go to an apple store to see what they can do for you, in terms of just a data transfer.

    Edit: maybe not an "Apple Store" but an independant apple retailer, they will probably have the old stuff still on hand, and are usually much more experienced than the people at Apple Retail, having dealt with much more older hardware.
     
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    Eniregnat

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    Try Keyspan or Belkin .

    Perhaps you are asking the wrong question.
    I think that I am right on this.
    Appletalk is a serial protocol.

    There are a lot of compatible adapters out there. You want a USB to Mini Din Serial. They should all be AppleTalk compatable, as Apple is the only company to use the mini 8 pin DIN for most of their serial connections.



    • Keyspan manufactures this one.
      Belkin has these options.




    The term DIN is actually the initials for the German Institute for Standardization [/URL]. A bet Apple just thought that their connectors were better.
     
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    timbloom

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    for that keyspan i found this in that page

    " Incompatible products include:
    Products which require LocalTalk/AppleTalk"

    That kinda puts a damper on the keyspan

    The belkin one looks the same way

    Here is why:
    Appletalk does not travel through USB, the OS just isn't able to do it. (although ethernet-usb adapters are available, hummm)

    If you can find this product, it has been discontinued it seems, http://www2.sunrem.com/sun01.w?pt=669783

    it is a Farallon iPrint SL, note: the SL part is important. It should work, but is rather pricey.

    I still think your best bet would be to ask what your local mac shop charges for a data transfer, it might just be simpler and more cost effective.
     
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    Eniregnat

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    I'm checking on this, but I believe that the OS now supports the products for AppleTalk, but your right the ethernet solution would work better. I found a number of web refrences to USB to Appletalk for Linx, why I do not know.
     
  9. macrumors member

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    kind of ot but.. can you transfer files from a pc to a powerbook via firewire? i know u can transfer pc to pc but im not sure about a mac.
     
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    timbloom

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    Yes, just boot the machine up holding down T, for target disk mode, and it should just act as a Firewire drive to any mac it is connected to.
     

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