is a telecommunications standard for connecting certain types of electronic equipment. In computer networking, RS-232 cables were commonly used to connect modems
to the compatible serial ports
of personal computers. So-called null modem
cables could also be connected directly between the RS-232 ports of two computers to create a simple network interface suitable for transferring files.
Today, most uses of RS-232 in computer networking have been replaced by USB technology. Some computers and network routers possess RS-232 ports to support modem connections. RS-232 also continues to be used in some industrial devices, including newer fiber optic cable and wireless implementations.
Also Known As: Recommended Standard 232