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Author Topic: USB to serial converter question  (Read 2240 times)
frogzz
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« on: January 16, 2011, 02:17:59 pm »

I am considering buying an (M$ considers  outdated) computer that has no serial port(s).  I am wondering if a USB to serial converter (for the external modem) will work or if there would be a conflict between the USB and serial drivers.  Anyone have any experience with this?   Will the USB to serial converter work OK? 
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« Reply #1 on: January 16, 2011, 05:37:37 pm »

I am considering buying an (M$ considers  outdated) computer that has no serial port(s).  I am wondering if a USB to serial converter (for the external modem) will work or if there would be a conflict between the USB and serial drivers.  Anyone have any experience with this?   Will the USB to serial converter work OK? 

I've heard varying reports. You'd probably be more assured of success if you got a PCI-to-serial port PCI card, if you have a free PCI slot. They are not expensive.
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« Reply #2 on: January 16, 2011, 10:49:15 pm »

It will depend on the chipset of the converter. Have any more info about the specific device you're looking into?
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« Reply #3 on: January 17, 2011, 06:06:29 am »

I have had very good results with a couple of FTDI based USB to serial converters for several years now.
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« Reply #4 on: January 12, 2012, 07:04:38 am »

sorry for the dalay, but the PCI serial card works fine.   
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