Cables

All RBR loggers and recorders are supplied with a USB data cable that is used for downloading the data from the internal port on the RBR logger to a PC or a Mac. Sometimes data and power connections are required on the external part of the logger to allow for longer deployments or real time data access. A standard Apple 30 pin USB cable is used in the RBRvirtuoso/RBRduo/RBRconcerto and RBRmaestro series, while a standard micro USB cable is used with the RBRsolo and RBRduet loggers.

RBR recognizes that users may not want to pay extra for features that aren’t required. Therefore we offer the choice of external data and/or power connectors as an optional extra at the time of initial instrument manufacture. MCBH-6MP bulkhead plugs are used for all external data and power connections.

RS-232 and RS-485

Patch cables are intended for connections between an instrument and a computer. Underwater extension cables may be used for serial output instrument to increase the distance between computer and instrument. RS-232 can be used up to 50m (longer with lower baud rates). RS-485 is the long-distance choice.

Interconnect cables may be used for RS-232 and power, or general analogue signals, typically between two underwater devices.

Learn about the improvements we’ve made to our RBR patch and underwater cables, making them easier to use and deploy.

Patch Cables

P/N
Name
Notes
P/N: 0004127
Name: USB MCIL-6FS to USB Type A, patch cable, 2m
Notes: For instruments with USB output. Includes power terminal block. No extension cable available for USB.
P/N: 0003664
Name: RS-232 MCIL-6FS to USB Type A, patch cable, 2m
Notes: For instruments with RS-232 output (embedded converter). Includes power terminal block.
P/N: 0003663
Name: RS-485FD MCIL-6FS to USB Type A, patch cable, 2m
Notes: For instruments with RS-485 output (embedded converter). Includes power terminal block.
P/N: 0003970
Name: RS-232 MCIL-6FS to RS-232 DB9-F, patch cable, 2m
Notes: For instruments with RS-232 output. Includes power terminal block.
P/N: 0004126
Name: RS-485FD MCIL-6FS to RS-485FD DB9-F, patch cable, 2m
Notes: For instruments with full duplex RS-485 output. Includes power terminal block.

Underwater Extension Cables (locking sleeves of opposite gender)

Name
Notes
Name: RS-232 MCIL-6FS-FLS to MCIL-6MP-MLS, underwater extension cable
Notes: Extension cable with RS-232 and power wiring.
P/N Length (m)
0005075 3
0004651 5
0004652 10
0005146 15
0004653 20
0005228 25
0004654 30
0005229 35
0004655 40
0005230 45
0004656 50
Name: RS-485FD MCIL-6FS-FLS to MCIL-6MP-MLS, underwater extension cable
Notes: Extension cable with full duplex RS-485 and power wiring.
P/N Length (m)
0005299 50
0005300 75
0005301 100
0005302 150
0005303 200
0005304 250
0004235 300
0005305 400

Underwater Interconnect Cables (both locking sleeves are female)

Name
Notes
Name: Cable, MCIL-6-FS-FLS to MCIL-6-MP-FLS
Notes: Interconnect cable with female locking sleeves. Suitable for RS-232/power or other applications
P/N Length (m)
0000295 0.6
0002611 2
0002209 3
0002265 5
0002210 10
0003163 15
0003627 20
0003164 30

Legacy products

For our legacy products, Impulse IE55(w) wet-pluggable are usually used for Single & Twin channel loggers and the XR series. Impulse MCBH are used for the XRX range. A Serial-USB adapter is required for legacy products.

Older RBR instruments typically use RS-232 protocol for data download. Since many of the latest computers are no longer equipped for RS-232 input, a USB adapter is necessary. There are many types on the market and some function better than others. We can supply one that has been tested and proven to work with our instruments.

Contact us to discuss your connector requirements at the time of order placement. In some cases, it may be possible to retro-fit connectors.

Contact RBR for delivery time on custom order cables. Note: there is a practical performance limit on the length of a cable used for RS-232 serial transmission. Typically, RS-485 transmission should be considered for cable lengths in excess of 50m at data rates of 19.2Kbaud and higher.