Mark Haney wrote: > Joe Tseng wrote: >> I've been asked to look for notebooks for my office that have built-in >> serial ports. We've already used USB-to-serial adapters and port >> multipliers with mixed success; we are kind of leery of using PCMCIA >> serial ports. And we'd like to use these notebooks on the go so docks >> are out of the question. Can I get the big OEMs to sell me a few of >> these or am I out of luck with them? > > Wow, with /serial/ ports? Doh. I don't know, I would suspect the > manufacturers don't make many with serial ports any more. You might get > lucky. My USB to Serial adapter works perfectly every time. Are you > needing more than one serial port on the notebook? > You just have to be careful about the adapter you use. Not all of them support the RS-232 control lines, and a lot of applications require them. Serial ports are still widely used by control equipment. (Building lighting controllers, PLCs alarm controls, etc.) I picked up an Itronix T5200 for these applications, because it can survive abuse better then a laptop. (It is even extremely water resistant - 3" rain/hour.) Mikkel -- Do not meddle in the affairs of dragons, for thou art crunchy and taste good with Ketchup!
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