Jamport PowerMac Modem to Serial Adapter
What Is It?¶
Starting with the PowerMac G3, Apple began removing the old serial port/GeoPort connectors on their product lines, and replacing them with USB.
This was fine if you’d purchased some newer hardware that supported USB, or Firewire. However, if you wanted to use some older device that used the serial port, you were fresh out of luck.
However, most Apple hardware (until the PowerMac G5), secretly did support the serial port! It was just tucked away on an internal connector!
Jamport allows you to use this hidden serial port on your Mac, as long as you’re willing to replace the modem card with it.
What Are The Alternatives?¶
There were a number of products that solved this dilemma in the same fashion. These included:
- GeeThree G4+ Stealth Serial Port
- Griffin GPort (G4Port)
However, these are no longer manufactured, and the eBay availability (and prices!) are sometimes a bit ridiculous.
They too, like this device, access the serial port by otherwise unmarked lines on the modem port.
The following machines will definitely work:
- PowerMac G4 AGP Graphics
- PowerMac G4 Gigabit Ethernet
- PowerMac G4 QuickSilver
- PowerMac G4 Digital Audio
- PowerMac G4 Mirrored Drive Doors (MDD)
The PowerMac G4 Cube will probably work; just ensure it has a similar looking 40-pin connector, as shown in the above photo.
The Powerbook G4 may also work, but isn’t very straightforward. See the Powerbook G4 page for details.
Power Mac G4 (PCI Graphics) / Power Mac G3¶
Currently unsupported, since they have a different internal connector. I’m working on a compatible version of Jamport for these devices too, though.
At this point, I am not sure what the connector looks like, nor its pinout.
If you have more details, such as a high resolution photo of the logic board, or know the pinout of the debug connector, please contact me.
- Jamport G4
- PCI bracket with female mini-DIN-8 socket and internal connector
As of sometime next week (22 Jan 2018) there should be 10 in stock and 10 on back-order.
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Please see the development page for technical information on AppleTalk, pinouts and implementation.