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Old August 23rd, 2022, 11:45 AM   #1
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Looking for a good USB to Serial (RS232) Converter

Until recently, I haven't had to connect to a piece of hardware using a serial connection in quite sometime. Well, that all changed yesterday when I needed to connect to a Watlow F4T Controller. I dug around in the bottle drawer of my desk and pulled at not one, but two USB-Serial Converters that I saved for just such an occasion! My old ones worked on everything from Allen Bradley SLCs, to Schneider Drives. Unfortunately, neither appear to work in a Windows 10 environment. Searching the internet, I was not able to find any drivers for these old converters, but did find some posts in another forum stating that Microsoft changed how it manages its USB ports from Win 7 to Win 10. Thanks Microsoft! Sorry, I will cut this rant short and just ask my question:-).

Can anyone recommend a USB-Serial Converter that works in a Windows 10/11 environment?

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Old August 23rd, 2022, 11:48 AM   #2
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I use this Keyspan model with Windows 10. Haven't yet tried with Windows 11 but they advertise that it will work.
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Old August 23rd, 2022, 11:54 AM   #3
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Anything with an FTDI chip in it will work well with modern Windows. While many manufacturers make converters with FTDI chips in them, FTDI does sell converters:
https://ftdichip.com/product-categor...es_products=57


I recommend one with TX/RX LEDs on it.
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Old August 23rd, 2022, 11:54 AM   #4
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plvlce,
Thanks! I see it is made by Eaton which is a good brand too! I see you are from Michigan, I am originally from Ann Arbor, but moved to the wild wild west of Tucson AZ 11 years ago.
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Old August 23rd, 2022, 11:57 AM   #5
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Awesome! I was not aware that FTDI chips were compatible with Windows 10. That's what I love about this site, I always learn something!
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Old August 23rd, 2022, 12:01 PM   #6
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If money is no object, Allen Bradley offers one. Part number 9600-USBS.
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Old August 23rd, 2022, 12:06 PM   #7
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Another option:

https://www.plccable.com/industrial-...g-w7-xp-rs232/
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Old August 23rd, 2022, 12:49 PM   #8
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We use this one with no issues, I use it very frequently on W10.
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Old August 23rd, 2022, 12:51 PM   #9
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for "tools" I would use this One - https://uk.farnell.com/advantech/ada...485/dp/2893536
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Old August 23rd, 2022, 01:14 PM   #10
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Best in class: XS880
http://www.usconverters.com/usb-serial-adapter-xs880
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Old August 23rd, 2022, 01:25 PM   #11
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this is the one I use. I tried the keyspan in the past and it didnt work with everything. this one has worked with everything and its great having a 2nd port available.



https://a.co/d/4eFq5k1
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Old August 23rd, 2022, 01:36 PM   #12
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+1. Solid device and supporting one of our own.
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Best one I have used..
No issues and long cable. Will not work with Windows 11
https://www.automationdirect.com/adc...bles/usb-rs232
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Old August 23rd, 2022, 02:59 PM   #14
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Wow!

Thank you all for the responses! Gives me a lot of choices.
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Old August 23rd, 2022, 03:11 PM   #15
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Anything with an FTDI chip should do quite well. It doesn't have to be pricey or fancy, by any means. Just anything NOT prolific.
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