After making a simple RS232 adapter, I have decided to improve it a little bit and added status LEDs of TXD and RXD lines. This adapter works with my AVR development board and should work with any TTL level UART interface. The unit is powered from the target board using power pins.
After putting board in to the plastic case:
TXD and RXD lines are high levels while idle – this is why LEDs are ON. During data, transmission LEDs are blinking.
Download project RS232 adapter Eagle files.