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IBM Portable PC
October 30th, 2013, 12:23 AM
I've finally had a chance to see if there is anything special about this cable, specifically how it's shielded and whether there are twisted pairs etc.

Well, here's a photo with the hood off the D62 connector:

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No twisted pairs and no pair shielding etc, so any generic cable, with shielding, should be fine.

As using the IBM cable is like wrestling with a python, I've Been using a cable from Amphenol without any issues:

-62-Pin (HD62) Deluxe High-Density D-Sub Cable Assembly by Amphenol
-Connectors: HD62 male to HD62 male D-Sub connectors pre-installed
-Cable: 28 AWG UL listed with copper tape + aluminum mylar shields
-Straight-through wiring (i.e. pin 1 to pin 1) design per industry standards
-100% EMI/RFI shielded design combines aluminum mylar and copper tape
-Fully populated with Gold-plated contacts for superior signal continuity

http://www.cablesondemand.com/category/HD62/product/CS-DSDHD62MM0/URvars/Items/Library/InfoManage/CS-DSDHD62MM0.htm

Go with the 2.5' cable, as with most cables, the shorter the better (the genuine IBM cable is 3' not inc connectors).

modem7
October 30th, 2013, 01:58 AM
I'd go with the 2.5" cable, with most cables, the shorter the better (the genuine IBM cable is 3" not inc connectors).
You mean 2.5' and 3'

IBM Portable PC
October 30th, 2013, 03:16 AM
It's all metric down here in Oz....... now and then imperial catches me out :oops:

Trixter
October 30th, 2013, 05:56 AM
Excellent information, thanks. Wish I had this info a decade ago when I passed up an expansion unit that didn't have a cable.

IBM Portable PC
August 17th, 2014, 04:36 PM
Just thought I would confirm that after nearly 12 months, I have not had any apparent issues with the Amphenol HD62 cable which connects my 5161.

I've been using the 2.5 foot version and now intend to test the 5 foot version, has anyone tried this? Or even the 10 foot version?

And before further people ask, no I'm not willing to sell my original IBM cable. It also works well, however it's just too inflexible for my needs whilst I suspect that the electrical characteristics of the 21st century Amphenol cables may be superior; cables technologies have come a long way in nearly 30 years.

http://www.cablesondemand.com/category/HD62/product/CS-DSDHD62MM0/URvars/Items/Library/InfoManage/CS-DSDHD62MM0.htm

bettablue
August 18th, 2014, 07:06 AM
http://www.cablesondemand.com/category/HD62/product/CS-DSDHD62MM0/URvars/Items/Library/InfoManage/CS-DSDHD62MM0.htm



Modem7 - this link seems like a good addition for minuszerodegrees 5161 cable links?

modem7
August 18th, 2014, 11:45 PM
Modem7 - this link seems like a good addition for minuszerodegrees 5161 cable links?
Yes it is. I added it yesterday.

IBM Portable PC
August 19th, 2014, 07:37 PM
Personally, I would go with the Amphenol cable over http://cyberresearch.com/store/data-acquisition-control/pc-computer-cables/CBL_6203_7356.5.htm

Amphenol generally produce very high quality products. The specs on the Cyberresearch cable are a little vague, no mention of shielding etc.

Amphenol's specs include:
-Cable: 28 AWG UL listed with copper tape + aluminum mylar shields
-Straight-through wiring (i.e. pin 1 to pin 1) design per industry standards
-Perfect for low-voltage signals & DCE/DTE RS232 serial communications
-100% EMI/RFI shielded design combines aluminum mylar and copper tape
-Fully populated with Gold-plated contacts for superior signal continuity
-Rugged UL94V-0 flame-resistant PVC jacket and overmold for strain relief
-300V voltage handling capacity at temperatures up to 80 degrees Celsius