Serial Adapter

Nothing is more annoying than being cramped up in a tight space in your home or workplace office and trying to hook up a printer or scanner to your computer. You want to have your devices placed placed somewhere that is convenient, safe and promotes optimum functionally, but you also don’t want to be up to your elbows in devices. Where would you put your coffee? And what if the coffee spilled? Add to that the problems to occur of your newer computer doesn’t even have a serial port. Enter the serial adapter, one of the best tools around when it comes to connecting devices or reconfiguring your office set-up. A USB (Universal Serial Bus) port is a common connector device that allows easy connection and disconnection without the rebooting of the computer. In contrast, the serial port recognizes devices after plug-in, then communicates accordingly. Serial adapters join the best of both worlds, making sure that you don’t have to pass up your favorite gadgets.

A serial adapter is a cable that on one end is USB-port friendly and on the other end is serial-port friendly. A USB port is the thin, small port on your computer, while a serial port is larger with two rows of prongs. With this cord, you can adapt USB devices to serial ports or serial ports to USB devices, increasing the range of things your device can do. An adapter is the most straightforward way to add a serial port to your device, for example making your computer compatible to such devices as barcode scanners, GPS navigation devices, digital cameras and PDAs. Many of the newer computers don’t even have serial ports, raising the premium of serial adapters.

Consider how long you will need your device to be before purchasing — they can range from a couple of inches to 6 feet. Also make sure you are purchasing a serial adapter with the right number of pins: 9 pins for a 9-pin adapter and 25 pins for a 25-pin adapter. Also consider whether you need a male or female for the serial adapter, and purchase accordingly. Size and device compatibility are other factors to take into consideration, as is length, perhaps one of the most important features if you’re trying to enhance your office set-up by making devices reach longer. These devices come with software that you will have to install in your computer for it to work, so make sure you are comfortable with that or have the tech support needed to get the job done, either by a trusted friend or by calling or logging online for tech support provided by the manufacturer. Be sure to store your cable in a safe, dry place, away from pets and children. Keep all original packaging to ensure that you are able to claim your warranty or receive tech support, should the situation arise.

Fight the temptation to purchase a generic device and downloading separate drivers, even if you know what you’re doing. The results are mixed. Instead, just go ahead and just make one purchase from a reputable source. Consider these bestselling devices:

  • The Sabrent USB-DSC5 Serial Adapter has received strong favorable reviews from a large pool of reviewers. This high-speed device allows you to transfer, back up or store files in an easier way, and it is compatible with Mac OSX, Windows XP, Windows ME, Windows 98SE, and Windows 2000. For the Windows 98SE, you will need a driver. The device comes with the cable, a 2A AC power cord and an instruction manual.
  • The Belkin F3U134-10 USB Extension Cable is a 10-foot cable that also has received a large number of strong reviews from a good pool of users. This device can extend the distance that your printer, scanner, adapter or drive can reach. You can even hoop up to 127 devices through a daisy chain of these cables.
  • The Keyspan High Speed USB Serial Adapter has received strong reviews by a large pool of reviewers. At 10 feet long, this device is both Windows and Mac compatible, weighs only 2 ounces and does not require a power adapter.
  • The TRENDnet USB to Serial Converter is a Windows-friendly that reaches 27 inches and has a 2-year warranty.
  • The 6-foot Shielded External Esata Cableis a serial-to-serial device that is generally considered easy to install and solid in performance.
  • The Sabrent SBT-USC6M reaches 6 feet and is designed to connect to cell phones, digital cameras, PDAs and more, at a speed of 1 Mbps.

Other commendable devices include the Cables Unlimited USB-2920; the Tripp Lite P940-19I; the Tripp Lite P944-06I; the IOGear USB to Serial/PDA Converter Cable; the Sabrent SBT-USC1K; the Serial Ata To External Serial Ata Dual Port Adapter; the USB to Serial RS232 DB25; and the Cables To Go – 26886.

This Serial Adapter Review is Written/Updated on Sep 19th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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