@misty 1) No they're not all the same, but effectively yes. It is possible, however, that not all DB-25-using devices have all of the pins hooked up; in fact, _most_ have no more than about half a dozen pins hooked up. Older devices sometimes do very strange things, but if it's after the mid 70s I doubt you'll see that.
2) The only difference might be whether the adapter connects the common hardware handshaking lines or not. Most will. Some will connect _only_ pins 2 & 3 and ground.
@misty TL;DR: There's a very high probability that any two serial ports will plug together with "standard" cables and adapters, the only _likely_ bugaboo is if one end requires hardware handshaking and either the cable or the other end does not support it. You can sometimes "fix" this with some creative jumpering.
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