So you are looking for a good low-cost USB Serial adapter (RS232) and you are asking yourself "Will a $10 USB Serial adapter cable work with my device? and will it work with Windows 7 and Windows 8?!" Well read on and find out why you have to be careful about which adapter you choose.
Why many low-cost USB Serial adapter cables does not work with Windows 8.
The reason why many USB Serial adapters does not work with Windows 7 and Windows 8 is because these adapters are made with a low-cost processor chip which complies only with the minimum requirements or less. The physical quality of the processor chip is usually of average quality however the drivers for the chipset are often poorly written programs which makes the USB serial adapter unstable and unreliable and not fully compatible with Windows 8 and other current operating systems. Because of this you will in many cases be unable to make a low-cost USB serial adapter work with Windows 8 and Windows 7 and you can expect some of the following typical errors:
- Computer freeze
- Invalid debug DLL
- Computer crashing
- Driver problems
- Unable to communicate
- Unable to establish a COM port
Click here for a deeper technical explanation of these problems. So will the USB Serial adapter we are selling here work with all serial devices? No, however it will work with the majority of devices and we guarantee that the processor chip and drivers are fully optimized for Windows 8 and Windows 7 so you will not experience any driver problems. This USB serial adapter is designed with one of the best processor chips available, the FT232RL from FTDI, a British family owned company established in 1990 with distributors in more than 50 countries. This chipset is unique in design and has been tested and improved extensively over several years to offer compatibility with the majority of devices on the market.
Our USB serial adapter easily adds a serial COM port to your desktop or laptop, for general office, commercial and industrial use. Serial outputs are automatically configured as additional COM ports with Windows 98, ME, 2000, XP, Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Linux and Mac. It is compatible with most GPS and PDA devices (Garmin, Mallagan, Palm), modems, printers, scanners, digital cameras and office equipment.
This USB Serial adapter cable has protection against static electricity and surges of up to 15KV which gives you reliable data transfers and protects the converter and your equipment from damage due to over voltages.
USB Plug and Play allows easy installation and requires no IRQ, DMA, or I/O port resources which means that more devices can be attached to your system without the hassles of device and resource conflicts. Drivers comply with Microsoft WHQL and VCP for Windows XP, Vista, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
If this USB Serial adapter is not compatible with your device you can return it within 30 days for a refund.
- Port powered USB to serial adapter
- Indication LED lights for TX and RX activity
- WHQL compliant COM drivers included
- Full Handshaking and Modem Interface Signals
- Thumbscrews for securing the adapter
- USB Plug and Play with Windows 7 and 8
- High performance FT232RL processor
- Auto detection of data speed
- Built-in electrostatic protection
- Windows 8.1 / 8 (32/64-bit), Windows Server 2012, Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, Vista (32/64-bit), Windows Server 2008 (32/64-bit), XP, Windows Server 2003 (32/64-bit), 2000, (all WHQL compliant)
- Windows CE v4.2 - 5.2 and 6.0 which includes: Windows Mobile 2003, 2003 SE, Windows Mobile 5, 6, 6.1 and 6.5
- Mac OS 8, OS 9, OS X
|Unique chipID no.
||Yes, each converter has it own unique ID number which can be accessed by the user with the D2XX driver programmers guide.
||RS232 DB9 Male
|RS232 output power
||Standard Type A Male
||TX, RX and Power
||TX, RX, RTS, CTS, DTR, DSR, RI and GND
|Power on pin 9
||300-921,600bps (up to 3Mbps by using alising)
|| None, Odd, Even, Mark, Space
|TX / RX buffer size
||256 Byte Transmit Buffer / 128 Byte Receive Buffer
|Adjustable USB transfer sizes for TX and RX
||From 64 bytes to 4096 bytes
|Adjustable latency timer
||1 to 255 msec
|Adjustable read and write timeouts
||0 to 10000 msec
||None, Xon/Xoff, Hardware
|COM port accessible by
||Included virtual COM port drivers or FTD2XX.DLL
|Electrostatic (ESD) protection
||600W surge protection, 15KV static electricity protection
||Static: less than 80mA. Dynamic average: less than 150mA
||USB1.1,2.0,3.0, EIA/TIA RS-232
||FCC, CE and RoHS
||-20°C to 60°C
||1 year limited warranty
For alternative USB to serial solutions please see our full selection of USB to Serial RS232 adapters