Please Note: As of 01-01-2006 New unit does not have nor does it require AC power, AC plug is not existant it uses USB Bus Power.
Expand your PC or Notebook computer with 4 RS232 Serial Ports and 1 additional USB port all in one place. Gain more control over your current serial devices through your USB Serial Ports. Controlled by Prolific Technology, this USB Serial Converter can handle all devices connected to it!
This USB Serial RS232 multi-serial port unit uniquely combines the use of a Prolific Chip control and USB technology with 4 legacy serial ports. The Multi-Serial Ports are powered via the USB port connected to your PC or notebook. The unit can conveniently be mounted on a wall or desk top.
How the USB Serial Multi Port Converter Works
|The USB Serial Multi-Port RS-232 converter with Prolific chip set allows the use of multiple serial devices via USB control. The USB Serial Multi-Port converter is totally self powered by the USB Port it's connected to. The USB Serial converter not only adds the 4 serial ports to you PC or Laptop as seen in the image the right but also adds an additional USB port as Serial converter to your computer with the supplied USB type "A" to "B" cable. You will see all LED indicators power up. Using the new hardware wizard let Windows automatically install the hardware drivers which it will grab from the driver disk already in your drive. You will see the new hardware wizard several times as it must install the driver for each of the serial ports to function properly with the USB port. You will see that the prolific USB serial bridge drivers will be installed for each new hardware found. Once installation is complete, the serial port LED's will flash indication it's ready for operation.
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Features the USB Serial Multi Port RS-232 Converter
LED's above indicates power to the USB Multi-Port Serial converter.
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The USB Serial 4 port rs232 converter with Prolific chip set is connected and self powered.
- Adds 4 RS232 ports (9-Pin) & 1 USB 1.1 port to your PC
- Full compliance with USB specifications v1.1.
- Plug and Play capability
- Supports 4 duplicate devices or 4 different devices at the same time
- Compatible with Windows 98SE / ME / 2000 / XP
Testing the USB Serial multi port converter
Test items used in the USB serial multi-port converter testing. 2 serial modems and 2 serial mouse.
During testing of this item 4 serial devices were used, two modems and two computer mice. Once all devices are connected to the USB serial RS-232 4 port converter, use the add hardware wizard to allow Windows to find your hardware through the serial ports. You may need to install the drivers for those particular items your are connecting. Although the project table looks quite messy, the USB Serial Multi-Port RS-232 converter can be mounted on the wall for convenience, for testing purposes it was left on the table.
|To make sure your devices have been installed, take a look in your device manager for the drivers. The image on the left shows all devices used in the testing. The device manager is seeing the devices through the USB Multi-Port Serial converter. All devices performed as they should through the USB serial multi-port RS-232 converter. If the devices you connect are not present, simply refresh your device manager by scanning for hardware changes.
Note: As can be seen in the image above, the two computer mice that were used in testing were PS2 mice, they were used with a PS2 to Serial adapter. In testing the additional USB port on the USB serial multi-port RS-232 converter a USB digital camera was connected to upload the images above.