interface converter

Interface Converter is any device that converts one hardware interface to another.

What is Interface Converter?

Any device that converts one hardware interface to another. These devices are generally stand-alone, powered devices for midline use or rack-mounted devices for use in wiring closets. There are interface converters for serial and parallel interfaces, asynchronous and synchronous communication, half-duplex and full-duplex communication, single-node and host converters, copper and fiber-optic converters, AC-powered or interface-powered devices, and so on.

Examples of interface converters include the following:

Graphic I-6. A network that uses an interface converter to convert between RS-232 and V.35.

  • RS-232 to RS-422 serial interface converters for directly connecting the RS-232 serial interface of a computer to an RS-422 programmable logic controller for synchronous data transmission. If handshaking is required, you should use an RS-232 to RS-422/449 serial interface converter instead.
  • RS-232 to RS-422/485 serial interface converters that allow RS-422/485 data collection equipment or industrial measurement devices to be connected to a computer using its built-in RS-232 serial interface. Alternatively, you can install an interface card in the computer to allow it to connect directly with the RS-422/485 device.
  • RS-232 to V.35 serial interface converters for connecting RS-232 devices to V.35 lines.
  • V.35 to G.703 or X.21 serial interface connectors for use in Europe.
  • Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) to parallel converter for connecting SCSI peripherals to an Enhanced Capabilities Port (ECP)/Enhanced Parallel Port (EPP) parallel port.