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Transfer data to PC port

I wolud like to transfer data from my rhino 120 to my pc. The serial port connection from the rhino to my pc does match any configuration on my pc. What is it that I am missing?

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You are going to have to get a USB-serial adapter. Most electronics shops carry these.

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The interface kit and cables are available on the manufacturer’s homepage for the product: Click on the “Accessories” tab and scroll down.

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