A good item to keep in a CompTIA A+ certified technician’s toolkit is a null modem adapter. What’s a good reason to have a null modem adapter?
A) To connect two modems together without a serial port
B) To connect two computers via serial port without a modem
C) To connect a modem to a computer
D) To connect two modems and two computers together
The answer: B) To connect two computers via serial port without a modem
Null modem adapters change the wiring inside of a serial cable to allow direct connection between two computers without the need for a physical modem. This is often used to communicate to network device management ports or to transfer files over a serial connection.
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