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  1. #1
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    Default CNc router controller and usb

    I use an old Pentium windows xp tower to drive my router. The computer has a centronics printer port for the interface.
    The computer has died. Before I spend time and money fixing it is anyone using a USB interface with a notebook computer?
    10 years ago I was assured this was not possible as notebooks had interrupt issues with the controllers.

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    There is a USB smooth stepper available - Product Details but I have not used one.
    From all I have read, the ethernet smooth stepper is the recommended choice. I have only just installed one to replace my old printer port controller and it is an vast improvement.

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    Quote Originally Posted by maxxsinner View Post
    There is a USB smooth stepper available - Product Details but I have not used one.
    From all I have read, the ethernet smooth stepper is the recommended choice. I have only just installed one to replace my old printer port controller and it is an vast improvement.
    I agree...I went witht the Ethernet version as it is less prone to electrical noise problems.
    I went from a chinese USB to ESS and I also got vast improvement.

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    Assuming you need controller software to go with the new hardware.

    Don't overlook UCCNC. They have matching hardware.

    Recommend Ethernet hardware. Much more robust connection.

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    Check out MASSO CNC Controller.
    Complete unit no pc required.
    Australian made.


    Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    Arie.

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    I use a notebook running Windows 10 and Universal G-Code Sender to drive this via USB:

    3DTEK | GRBL AIO

    Works a treat.

    Notebook is about the cheapest thing you can think of and close to 10 years old.

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    Thanks for the info and advice. The weather here is vile ATM so I am quite happy indoors putting an order together.

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