RS232 is a serial communication standard that is used to connect peripherals to the peripherals. Also called the Path I / O (input / output).
The best example we often encounter is a connection between a computer with a modem, or a computer with a mouse can even also between the computer and the computer are all normally connected via the RS232 serial port. This standard uses several tools in its implementation. The most commonly used is a plug / connector DB9 or DB25. For RS232 with DB9 connector, typically used for mouse, modem, cashier registers, etc., while the DB25 connector, typically used for joystick games.
RS232 standards set by the Electronic Industry Association and Telecommunications Industry Association in 1962.
The function of the serial RS232 port is for connecting / connections from one device to another device, or equipment standards concerning the communication of data between computers by means of computer peripherals. That other devices such as modem, mouse, cash registers and so forth. Serial RS232 port on a DB9 connector has a pin 9 units and the DB25 connector has a pin 25 pieces.
RS232 was made in 1962, long before the popular TTL IC, therefore the voltage level specified for RS232 has nothing to do with TTL voltage levels, and even can be said to be much different. TTL Serial communications work at a voltage of 5V to + 5V RS232 serial communication while working at a voltage of + 25V to -25V.
All microcontroller using TTL serial communications topologies. While some devices using RS232 serial topology. Therefore, you must create a device for connecting two different topologies so that both can communicate.
The circuit above is a TTL into RS232 serial converter or RS232 into TTL serial converter. So that the circuit can connect a microcontroller with RS232 devices such as modems or other devices. You can create a series of mini-RS232 converter IC MAX232 and some capacitors 1uF as shown following circuit. As an interface port, you can use a DB9 connector or just a pin header.