USB Serial Adapter

Before USB cables became the easiest and most popular way to attach a device to your computer, serial cables were the most popular way to this. These cables could be used for devices ranging from printers to disk drives, and the serial port was almost a standard component of any desktop. Not everybody used devices with serial cords, but enough people did that they were very common. Today, however, they’ve been completely replaced by USB connectivity, which gives out more information at a much faster pace. USB ports are also much smaller than serial cords. However, some of us still need to use devices that have serial ports, which is while USB serial adapters are made.

The vast majority of computers are no longer made with serial ports, and almost no devices is made to connect that way anymore. USB cords are just better made, and literally don’t present any disadvantages when compared to serial cords. But there are many reason to keep an old device that uses serial ports, and they can still work wth today’s computers. If you have an old device that still uses serial ports, you can still connect it to your computer through the USB port.

USB serial adapters work by having one standard end, which connects to the computer, and one end that has a serial port. This mirrors the serial port that is present on most old desktops, and is able to receive a serial cord. This doesn’t usually affect performance, and the computer and device interact with each other in exactly the same manner as they usually would. However, operating systems have changed, and some of the devices might not be compatible with the newest version of Windows or Mac OS. Usually, the computer will be able to self-install the device fine, however in some cases, you might need the installation CD or to contact the company that made the device to get the newest driver for the device.

One of the biggest problems with serial ports was that they were never standardized like USB ports are. If you have a USB cable or device, it will connect to every USB port that’s ever been made. However, this isn’t as true for serial cables. Not only were devices built for different kinds of serial ports, but computers came but with different kinds as well. Fortunately, the kind of serial adapter was usually consistent for the type of device, but this still makes it inconvenient when compared to today’s cabling standards.

This means that when shopping for USB serial adapters, it’s important to have in mind exactly the type of device you’re going to connect to your computer. Any device with a serial cable will say exactly what kind of port it needs, and when you’re shopping for a USB serial adapter, you’ll need to make sure it will connect to your device. If you’re using multiple different kinds of serial cords, then you’ll need to get an adapter that connects to a number of different kinds of cords. There are many USB serial adapters that are built to connect to as many as eight different kinds of serial cords, sometimes even more.

When you’re shopping for a USB serial adapter, the price ranges between as little as $15 or as much as $200. It all depends on your needs – if you’re shopping for a USB serial adapter that’s small and built for just one, popular type of serial device, that won’t cost much at all. But if you’re looking at a big device that connects to eight different kinds of serial cords that comes equipped to operate in different modes for all of the devices, the price can skyrocket.

This USB Serial Adapter Review is Written/Updated on Feb 23rd, 2010 and filed under Computer Hardware. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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  1. My USB adapter was one of the most practical purchases I’ve made – I keep them around because I do a lot of presentations for work with my laptop. You never want to throw away “outdated” adapters, cords or whatever. It never fails that someone has a different hookup for projectors, printers, drives etc… So I have definitely gotten my money’s worth out of mine-

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