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I need to connect to a Linux based STB (set-tob-box) over an emulated serial terminal. I'm not sure how to setup this connection.

The manufacturer has given me this number to use: 115200/8N1. What does this translate to? I think the first part is Baud, but what does that other stuff mean?

Also, they are using the proprietary HyperTerminal, and I want to use the free PuTTY terminal.

It is a Dream Multimedia Dreambox (DM500HD).

The settings in PuTTY:

PuTTY Configuration

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You are correct in that the 115200 is the baud/speed for the terminal connection. The 8N1 is additional settings for the connection; specifically 8 data bits, No (N) parity bit, and 1 stop bit.

For more info check out Wikipedia's article on it: 8-N-1

There's no reason you shouldn't be able to use PuTTY to do what you want (instead of HyperTerminal).

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So I only need to change the Parity to None then (if you see the picture above)? –  sammyg Sep 22 '12 at 14:18
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Yup, and change the baud from 9600 to 115200 (actually may not be necessary, but will be faster). And ensure you are properly connected to the target device on COM1. :) –  Ƭᴇcʜιᴇ007 Sep 22 '12 at 14:43

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