X-108 Info X108G - USB-C data cable connection solution

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    If you wish to connect your X108G to a laptop you will normally simply take a USB-A to Micro-USB cable as come with many smart phones.

    What about if you want to connect from a Smart Phone or tablet to the X108G though?

    There are two issues;
    1. The physical conector on the phone or tablet which will be either a micro-USB or on the latest Phones and Tablets a USB-C connector.
    2. The need for "on the go" (OTG) support in the cable. Normally a smart phone or tablet connects to a PC and the PC is the Host or Server and the Smart Phone or tablet acts like a memory key, controlled from the PC. We need the Smart Phone or Tablet to be the "master". This is possible (when supported in the operating system) by either a shorting link (in a Micro-USB plug) or pull-up resistor (in a USB-C plug).

    There are custom leads and adapters available to connect the physical sockets together but although some say they support OTG, many do not.

    What I have come across to enable the connection of the X108-G to a Smart-phone with the new USB-C socket are small plug-in boards shown at the link below - these go INTO the USB-A plug on the same cable that you use for the X-108G to laptop PC link and converts it to a USB-C plug. At the same time the pull-up resistor to enable the phone or tablet to operate in OTG mode is also built-in.

    What's even more positive is the price of these adapters! 5 of them for €1.00 (postage paid)!

    Those who want to be able to use Android based software (such as PocketRxTx) and have this connectivity problem with the XIEGU will agree, this is a great find!

    5PCS USB-C 3.1 Type C Male To USB Female OTG Adapter Converter For Tablet CBL | eBay

    73 Ed DD5LP.
     
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    Hope this is easier to setup than the PC side, as a newby I have been seeing on the forum that it is not all that easy to connect it all up.
     
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    It's true setting up a computer or smart-phone link to a rig can be difficult however once you have done it, it'll work for CAT and all digital modes and when you come along to do the next PC or radio, what you have learnt from the first one will make the next one easier.
    73 Ed.
     

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