Talk:Mendel USB and power connector

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Why does it say "(alternatively, see the bottom of this page for a simpler, though less neat, alternative)" Does this cable from MakerBot completly go in place of the USB to TTL board? And if so, why would this be "less neat"?

Why not just use a USB/RS232 adapter such as this one that has a USB B female? I used to buy them for $5 each at my old job. That might have been wholesale price though. Better yet, why not just control the RepRap from a serial port, if one is available?