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  • USB to RS232 Suggestions or FUBAR

    Well, the sad news is no real decent cost effective Laptop has a serial port anymore. So this leaves the USB to RS232 Solution.


    1: Has anyone, any info on a good USB 2 RS232 adapter and what are the pitfalls/caveats?

    2: Has Anyone used a USB to RS232 successfully with a Dongle of any kind?

    3: Suggest the best one and your experiance

    I already read the roof top post

    I have been reading about this one EasySync Anyone use it

  • #2
    I picked up a IOGear USB to Serial converter a few days ago, and have to say I should have picked one up long ago.

    I was in the same situation as you, I was kind of hesitant - and was still using older laptops for the onboard port.

    Unfortunately I can't say if it would work with a dongle or not - something I haven't tested.

    Look into the IOGear one - cost me about $25 (Which is pretty much average price for these things). Radio Shack also has one that's a little cheaper that a friend of mine swears by.


    • #3
      We use these guys...

      For only $6.73 each when QTY 50+ purchased - USB to RS232 DB9 male(Serial) / DB25 male Converter Cable | USB to Serial/Parallel Converter

      used to use these

      Belkin USB PDA Adapter, USB to RS-232 (Serial) ( F5U109 ) - Other Adapters & Connector - Belkin Cable

      But they are much more expensive.

      Both work very well though.


      • #4
        I have used several different brands, purchased from Best Buy/CompUsa/CircuitCity. All have been low-cost chinese/taiwanese... but have had no problems.
        you're forced to it with todays laptops....