• Plugable Usb To Serial Adapter Compatible With Windows, Mac, Linux (Rs 232 Db9 Female Connector, Prol
Plugable Usb To Serial Adapter Compatible With Windows, Mac, Linux (Rs 232 Db9 Female Connector, Prol

Plugable Usb To Serial Adapter Compatible With Windows, Mac, Linux (Rs 232 Db9 Female Connector, Prol

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  • Allows any PC to connect serial devices and programs that communicate through COM ports
  • 24-inch cable with standard USB Type A Male to standard 9-pin DB9 RS-232 serial connector
  • PL-2303 Chipset for widest possible compatibility with Windows (10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP), Mac, Linux, and other platforms
  • Programmable baud rate from 75 bits per second to 128,000 bits per second. Plug-and-play creation of a COM port. Powered by USB - no external power needed
  • We love our Plugable products and hope you will too. All of our products are backed with a 1-year limited parts and labor warranty and Seattle-based email support

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Works exactly as hoped Terminal emulation from three different computers, one new desktop and two old laptops, all running Windows 10. Each worked perfectly, exactly as terminal emulation works with a direct serial connection. No special drivers or extra software required, except the terminal emulation program. I've only had this a day, but I couldn't be happier and I've ordered another.Works perfectly with Your Cable Store 6 Foot DB9 Female / DB25 Male Serial Port Cable RS232 to extend the length to about 8 feet and connect to female DB25. 5Plugable brand USB to Serial Adapter - Prolific PL2303 Chipset - Finicky with Windows 7 64-bit but got it to work As with others, I was attracted to this USB-to-Serial cable by the price and, with a few extra steps involved to get it up and running, it does the job.The task at hand was to connect an older model DiabloSport Predator U7140 (Mustang GT) performance tuner's serial port to my W7 64-bit Compaq laptop's USB port, in order to update the software on the tuner. Have had this tuner for several years, and this is the first software update that has been attempted.Following the provided directions which state that the Plugable cable's drivers are available through the Windows Update plug-n-play installation process, I connected it to an open USB port. Indeed, Windows did acknowledge that a new device had been connected, and the driver installation screen popped open... but installation failed. My laptop's Device Manager continued to show the cable under "Other Devices", either as "no driver installed" or as 'there is a problem with the device (Code 1)'.After several attempts and reboots, I moved on to "Plan B" - using the CD supplied with the cable. Unfortunately, the laptop's CD drive would not read the CD, and I am still not sure why.OK... on to "Plan C": I went to Plugable's website support page for this cable & driver (plugable.com/drivers/prolific), downloaded the installation and text-based Help files, and tried the install that way... even tried installing as Administrator but, after several install & reboot sessions, it still would not work. Was frustrated and fully uninstalled the program through the Control Panel, Programs' routine (then rebooted).So far we are at a one star review, right?Finally -- before giving up I tried just plugging the cable into the USB port one last time. Again, the Windows Update installation routine failed, but (let's call this "Plan D") I selected an option for Windows to Search the Internet... and that was all it took. The search routine ran for about 2 minutes and then the installation process automatically kicked off, resulting in a pop-up window stating that installation was successful. A quick look at Device Manager showed that the cable had now been assigned to COM7.Go figure. Ummm... I highly recommend you try "Plan D" as your first avenue of trouble-shooting.One issue remains though; this install and COM 7 assignment is not permanent on my machine. When I unplug the cable from the USB port, it disappears from Device Manager and I have to go back through "Plan D" all over again. Now that I know this it is a minor inconvenience.In the end the cable worked, but it took a bit to get there. 4Functions perfectly. The adapter connects to a USB port on a computer (in this case a PC running Windows XP) and provides an additional RS-232 serial port (the existing serial ports are being used for other applications). There was some delay getting it up and running. The XP driver downloaded from the manufacturer's web site, supposedly the latest and greatest, did not work. I ended up installing the driver that came with the device. The adapter shows up as COM5 in Device Manager. It's now mated to an A/D converter (the black box in the photo) that provides wind speed data from an anemometer. It works perfectly. 5Other similar adapters I have bought from places like Fry's and Best Buy have given me trouble - ... I'm using this adapter to establish a console connection between the USB of a Windows 7 laptop and the serial port on a few HP networking switches. I'm using a Putty terminal for management of the switches. Other similar adapters I have bought from places like Fry's and Best Buy have given me trouble - mainly the drivers would not be recognized by the Windows 7 operating system, no matter what I did I could not consistently get the OS to recognize the drivers. I have purchased 4 of the Plugable adapters now because they have never given me any issues that I've had with other brands of this adapter. It's a great product and very competitively priced. I won't buy these adapters from any other company. I wish I had found them sooner and I could have saved myself a few hours of trying to get lesser quality products to work. 5Easy installation and no problems connecting with and programming several transceivers As soon as I got it out of the box I plugged it into a Windows 7 machine and it was immediately found. I have another Prolific USB device that I use with that computer and apparently the same driver is used for this device. The USB to RS-232 Serial Adapter was assigned to COM PORT 10 and the old RT-Systems software that I use with my FT-897D and FT-8900 requires a COM PORT between 1 and 9. Under device manager it was a simple matter to reassign it to COM PORT 2 which was available on my system. Once I did that the software had no problem communicating with and programming both transceivers. It also connected fine to my VX7R and flawlessly programmed it with the free Commander software.I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone for use with Windows 7 for programming older transceivers requiring a serial port interface. 5This is the one you want After going through two other adapters from (probably) knock off brands, I was pretty frustrated. Lots of people reported having luck with those but not me. I looked on the Prolific web site and found out the story with all the knock offs out there. But on their own website they had recommended brands and Plugable was listed, so I decided one more try.This worked perfectly right away with Windows 10 and Linux. Never had to touch the cd or manually download the prolific driver, but you always could if you needed to.Don't try to save ~$5 with a cheaper adapter. Buy this and get your work done. 5Debian Linux gotchas This is a great gadget. I had a couple problems with it, though.#1) The Amazon page says it's a female DB9, and it isn't. It matches the male connector found on Windows boxes. It was OK, though. I thought I needed a female, so I got what I really needed.#2) I'm working with 2 computers, a Dell 5414 laptop (Debian Buster) and a Raspberry Pi 3+ (Raspian Stretch). I'm trying to put the Pi on the Internet as a server. That's why I needed this adapter -- I need to talk to Juniper and Cisco routers and stuff, and the Pi has no (easily accessible) 232 port.Plogable's Linux dox say, essentially, "Plug it in." That works on the Pi which creates just /dev/ttyUSB0, but not on the laptop which creates ttyUSB0 through 3. And it makes ttyUSB3 the active connection.The way to deal with this, I found after several hours futzing with USB0 and talking with Plugable support, is to plug it into an already booted computer, type 'sudo dmesg' on a terminal, and read the last line. Linux notices the newly plugged in USB device and deals with it. But Plugable doesn't say anything about the possibility of more than one ttyUSB entry in /dev anywhere, and your machine might do something unexpected, like mine did.Plugable support, BTW, is a delight. Very competent, responsive, and helpful. 5you can get them to work but it's a painful process. It's best to get a device that ... With Windows 8 and onward requiring signed drivers, this device works out well. There are cheaper adapters on the market, but without a signed driver, you can get them to work but it's a painful process. It's best to get a device that will just work. I needed this device so I could have a serial port on my Windows 10 laptop, it did right out of the box.Pro tip for those of you that use PuTTY as your terminal program. Flow Control is set to 'XON/XOFF' by default. If you are trying to connect to a Cisco device, this needs to be set to 'off'. I hope that I save someone the same amount of time I wasted figuring that one out.The COM port does seem to change every now and then, but I'm certain that's Windows, not this device. There's probably a way to fix it, but that's not for this review. 5Back in business once again, thanks to my new hardware! After years of use without issue, Windows 7 and a tried-and-tru prolific chip USB-to-Serial adapter I use refused to play nice together (hint: It's Windows Blue-Screening with any version of the driver I tried, though XP and Mac work fine).Read up on it a bit, and found that it's a widespread problem which this model does NOT suffer from. Purchased it and now my painfully-slow Windoze 7 box (which was lightening quick running XPSP3 and Tails Linux) does not only not BSOD after 1-7 minutes of use with a USB to serial adapter, it doesn't BSOD while using it (meaning using the new PL2303HX chipset adapter) AT ALL even after 3 days of uptime to stress-test.Shoddy software & drivers cause problems. This hardware does not suffer from the issues introduced with Windoze 7 and my old Prolific chipset. This is my new model of choice, and I recommend it to anyone finding that Redmond's latest polished fecal lump has obsoleted otherwise functional hardware. 5Perfect for anyone needing to access equipment via a serial port who has a modern laptop! This little adapter is about the handiest thing for anyone needing regular or occasional access to a serial console. In this modern era of portable computing, the serial port has been sacrificed on the alter of portability, but this adapter will redeem this era. It provides a serial COM port with a standard 9-pin port via USB.The most excellent thing about this adapter is that it is universal - it works on every OS I've tried, Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. At most some drivers may be needed, but once they're installed the adapter just works. 5
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Works exactly as hoped Terminal emulation from three different computers, one new desktop and two old laptops, all running Windows 10. Each worked perfectly, exactly as terminal emulation works with a direct serial connection. No special drivers or extra software required, except the terminal emulation program. I've only had this a day, but I couldn't be happier and I've ordered another.Works perfectly with Your Cable Store 6 Foot DB9 Female / DB25 Male Serial Port Cable RS232 to extend the length to about 8 feet and connect to female DB25. 5Plugable brand USB to Serial Adapter - Prolific PL2303 Chipset - Finicky with Windows 7 64-bit but got it to work As with others, I was attracted to this USB-to-Serial cable by the price and, with a few extra steps involved to get it up and running, it does the job.The task at hand was to connect an older model DiabloSport Predator U7140 (Mustang GT) performance tuner's serial port to my W7 64-bit Compaq laptop's USB port, in order to update the software on the tuner. Have had this tuner for several years, and this is the first software update that has been attempted.Following the provided directions which state that the Plugable cable's drivers are available through the Windows Update plug-n-play installation process, I connected it to an open USB port. Indeed, Windows did acknowledge that a new device had been connected, and the driver installation screen popped open... but installation failed. My laptop's Device Manager continued to show the cable under "Other Devices", either as "no driver installed" or as 'there is a problem with the device (Code 1)'.After several attempts and reboots, I moved on to "Plan B" - using the CD supplied with the cable. Unfortunately, the laptop's CD drive would not read the CD, and I am still not sure why.OK... on to "Plan C": I went to Plugable's website support page for this cable & driver (plugable.com/drivers/prolific), downloaded the installation and text-based Help files, and tried the install that way... even tried installing as Administrator but, after several install & reboot sessions, it still would not work. Was frustrated and fully uninstalled the program through the Control Panel, Programs' routine (then rebooted).So far we are at a one star review, right?Finally -- before giving up I tried just plugging the cable into the USB port one last time. Again, the Windows Update installation routine failed, but (let's call this "Plan D") I selected an option for Windows to Search the Internet... and that was all it took. The search routine ran for about 2 minutes and then the installation process automatically kicked off, resulting in a pop-up window stating that installation was successful. A quick look at Device Manager showed that the cable had now been assigned to COM7.Go figure. Ummm... I highly recommend you try "Plan D" as your first avenue of trouble-shooting.One issue remains though; this install and COM 7 assignment is not permanent on my machine. When I unplug the cable from the USB port, it disappears from Device Manager and I have to go back through "Plan D" all over again. Now that I know this it is a minor inconvenience.In the end the cable worked, but it took a bit to get there. 4Functions perfectly. The adapter connects to a USB port on a computer (in this case a PC running Windows XP) and provides an additional RS-232 serial port (the existing serial ports are being used for other applications). There was some delay getting it up and running. The XP driver downloaded from the manufacturer's web site, supposedly the latest and greatest, did not work. I ended up installing the driver that came with the device. The adapter shows up as COM5 in Device Manager. It's now mated to an A/D converter (the black box in the photo) that provides wind speed data from an anemometer. It works perfectly. 5Other similar adapters I have bought from places like Fry's and Best Buy have given me trouble - ... I'm using this adapter to establish a console connection between the USB of a Windows 7 laptop and the serial port on a few HP networking switches. I'm using a Putty terminal for management of the switches. Other similar adapters I have bought from places like Fry's and Best Buy have given me trouble - mainly the drivers would not be recognized by the Windows 7 operating system, no matter what I did I could not consistently get the OS to recognize the drivers. I have purchased 4 of the Plugable adapters now because they have never given me any issues that I've had with other brands of this adapter. It's a great product and very competitively priced. I won't buy these adapters from any other company. I wish I had found them sooner and I could have saved myself a few hours of trying to get lesser quality products to work. 5Easy installation and no problems connecting with and programming several transceivers As soon as I got it out of the box I plugged it into a Windows 7 machine and it was immediately found. I have another Prolific USB device that I use with that computer and apparently the same driver is used for this device. The USB to RS-232 Serial Adapter was assigned to COM PORT 10 and the old RT-Systems software that I use with my FT-897D and FT-8900 requires a COM PORT between 1 and 9. Under device manager it was a simple matter to reassign it to COM PORT 2 which was available on my system. Once I did that the software had no problem communicating with and programming both transceivers. It also connected fine to my VX7R and flawlessly programmed it with the free Commander software.I would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone for use with Windows 7 for programming older transceivers requiring a serial port interface. 5This is the one you want After going through two other adapters from (probably) knock off brands, I was pretty frustrated. Lots of people reported having luck with those but not me. I looked on the Prolific web site and found out the story with all the knock offs out there. But on their own website they had recommended brands and Plugable was listed, so I decided one more try.This worked perfectly right away with Windows 10 and Linux. Never had to touch the cd or manually download the prolific driver, but you always could if you needed to.Don't try to save ~$5 with a cheaper adapter. Buy this and get your work done. 5Debian Linux gotchas This is a great gadget. I had a couple problems with it, though.#1) The Amazon page says it's a female DB9, and it isn't. It matches the male connector found on Windows boxes. It was OK, though. I thought I needed a female, so I got what I really needed.#2) I'm working with 2 computers, a Dell 5414 laptop (Debian Buster) and a Raspberry Pi 3+ (Raspian Stretch). I'm trying to put the Pi on the Internet as a server. That's why I needed this adapter -- I need to talk to Juniper and Cisco routers and stuff, and the Pi has no (easily accessible) 232 port.Plogable's Linux dox say, essentially, "Plug it in." That works on the Pi which creates just /dev/ttyUSB0, but not on the laptop which creates ttyUSB0 through 3. And it makes ttyUSB3 the active connection.The way to deal with this, I found after several hours futzing with USB0 and talking with Plugable support, is to plug it into an already booted computer, type 'sudo dmesg' on a terminal, and read the last line. Linux notices the newly plugged in USB device and deals with it. But Plugable doesn't say anything about the possibility of more than one ttyUSB entry in /dev anywhere, and your machine might do something unexpected, like mine did.Plugable support, BTW, is a delight. Very competent, responsive, and helpful. 5you can get them to work but it's a painful process. It's best to get a device that ... With Windows 8 and onward requiring signed drivers, this device works out well. There are cheaper adapters on the market, but without a signed driver, you can get them to work but it's a painful process. It's best to get a device that will just work. I needed this device so I could have a serial port on my Windows 10 laptop, it did right out of the box.Pro tip for those of you that use PuTTY as your terminal program. Flow Control is set to 'XON/XOFF' by default. If you are trying to connect to a Cisco device, this needs to be set to 'off'. I hope that I save someone the same amount of time I wasted figuring that one out.The COM port does seem to change every now and then, but I'm certain that's Windows, not this device. There's probably a way to fix it, but that's not for this review. 5Back in business once again, thanks to my new hardware! After years of use without issue, Windows 7 and a tried-and-tru prolific chip USB-to-Serial adapter I use refused to play nice together (hint: It's Windows Blue-Screening with any version of the driver I tried, though XP and Mac work fine).Read up on it a bit, and found that it's a widespread problem which this model does NOT suffer from. Purchased it and now my painfully-slow Windoze 7 box (which was lightening quick running XPSP3 and Tails Linux) does not only not BSOD after 1-7 minutes of use with a USB to serial adapter, it doesn't BSOD while using it (meaning using the new PL2303HX chipset adapter) AT ALL even after 3 days of uptime to stress-test.Shoddy software & drivers cause problems. This hardware does not suffer from the issues introduced with Windoze 7 and my old Prolific chipset. This is my new model of choice, and I recommend it to anyone finding that Redmond's latest polished fecal lump has obsoleted otherwise functional hardware. 5Perfect for anyone needing to access equipment via a serial port who has a modern laptop! This little adapter is about the handiest thing for anyone needing regular or occasional access to a serial console. In this modern era of portable computing, the serial port has been sacrificed on the alter of portability, but this adapter will redeem this era. It provides a serial COM port with a standard 9-pin port via USB.The most excellent thing about this adapter is that it is universal - it works on every OS I've tried, Linux, Windows, and Mac OS X. At most some drivers may be needed, but once they're installed the adapter just works. 5
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