[vcf-midatlantic] So, we're going to need an office computer.

Dave McGuire mcguire at neurotica.com
Sat Feb 6 17:13:23 EST 2016

On 02/05/2016 04:31 PM, william degnan via vcf-midatlantic wrote:
> As long as someone is prepared to support you'll be fine with whatever the
> person doing the support wants.
> Me personally I think a real serial port is more reliable.  I have had to
> re-install drivers, reboot the computer, etc when using the USB-->serial
> cable on Win Vista and up.
> Even with a new machine there is usually a serial port on the motherboard,
> just connect an internal serial port cable to the motherboard and pull it
> from the motherboard to an external slot so you can get to it.  I'd go that
> route if this is a permanent need.  Serial to USB is best for laptops and
> temporary use.
> But like I originally said, 95% of the time USB to serial works fine as
> long as you're ok with occasionally exiting out of an application and
> re-entering once in a while, and also unplugging/re-plugging in the USB
> cable every so often if something goes wrong.

  Right now I have five USB<->serial adapters connected to my main
desktop machine.  Two CP2102, two PL2303, and one FTDI.  They're all in
heavy daily use for work.  I've never once had to reboot, re-install (or
install in the first place, or even be aware of) drivers, or
unplug/re-plug anything.  The problems you're talking about are Windows
issues, not USB<->serial adapter issues.


Dave McGuire, AK4HZ
New Kensington, PA

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