CF-54 Serial port retrofit

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  1. Mexiwi

    Mexiwi Newbie

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    Hi

    My company are idiots and somehow we have ended up with 2 toughbooks with the same mission software on them from a provider (latest one cost $US6500) - both still in boxes.

    One is 2-3 years old and is a CF-54 and the latest one is a FZ something. I want to repurpose the older one as an aircraft maintenance terminal and I would like to add a serial port. (native serial ports just work so much better talking to the onboard systems)

    I know the latest FZ one I can add a serial port too, but it also has the latest mission software so I want, if I can to add the serial port to the CF-54.

    Is this still a major pain to do? Is it still a Panasonic only deal? Is it even possible these days

    Thanks
     
  2. Shawn

    Shawn Crackpot Search Ninja and Options Whore

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    I imagine that you will need to source the parts from Panasonic.
    The 54 is modular so I bet the serial port would be easy to add.
     
  3. ADOR

    ADOR Evil Mad Scientist

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    It's been awhile since I watched this video, but I think he tries EVERY thing they offer for the 54 swapping out the modular modules.

     
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    ppm007 Newbie

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    CF-54 can get a serial port easily which works prefect by Panasonic port replicator CF-VEB541
     
  5. Mexiwi

    Mexiwi Newbie

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    That's the FZ-55

    Not very portable though - I use it in the field on aircraft, not on a desk.
     
  6. safn1949

    safn1949 I'm sure I'm on the wrong planet

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  7. Mexiwi

    Mexiwi Newbie

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    Yes, I read that, but that was back when the CF-54 was current production - the guy who said he could supply it hasn't been on the forum since 2019.

    I saw that - but the guy wants US$110 for the port, which is fine, but wants US$160 to post it to Australia, which is a ripoff.
     
  8. safn1949

    safn1949 I'm sure I'm on the wrong planet

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    I must admit, that guy is a crook, personal experience.:D
     
  9. Mexiwi

    Mexiwi Newbie

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    That was my impression after emailing them
     
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  10. toughasnails

    toughasnails Toughbook Moderator Moderator

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    Did you try there web site? My guess this is who you were talking to " mruggedmobile " Just Google his name and his website should come up.
     
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