Tech Laptop with DB9
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Mon Nov 10 21:45:32 UTC 2014
On 11/10/2014 03:59 PM, Eugeniu Patrascu wrote:
> Prolific based USB-to-Serial adapter
Anecodotally, I recommend against Prolific-based solutions. While doing
some embedded dev work, I quite unintentionally found a specific data
pattern that would reliably get corrupted by the Prolific cable I had.
After several hours of debugging my software, finally resorting to a
'scope to verify that the data on the line was correct, I chucked it in
the trash after I found that it worked fine with my 1st-party FTDI
cable. Probably should have kept it and tried to isolate a minimal test
case, but meh.
1st party FTDI cables can be had with bare wire ends on them. With a
little effort, you can crimp an 8P8C directly on and have yourself a
Cisco-style cable that's very reliable and includes traffic indicator
lights in the USB molded housing. I think you can also get them
pre-wired to DE9 connectors. They've got RS-485 and RS-422 options,
too. I buy them from Digi-Key - not the cheapest place by any means,
but you know for sure that they're real.
I've had good luck with FTDI on all OSes. No drivers needed on (modern)
Linux, and the drivers are easy to work with on all versions of Windows
that I've used with them (XP, 7). Dunno about MacOSX, but I think
there's at least options.
YMMV, of course. FTDI got in some hot water recently by intentionally
bricking 3rd party clones of their stuff in a Windows driver update.
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