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Hamish McTorsk

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Tech question for computer buffs.
« on: February 12, 2009, 06:37:27 AM »
I have a question, and have tried to find one but with no luck.

I have just bought a new laptop for exclusive use with RB and the LT has no com port which I need for my Uniden USC 230, I dont have to have it plugged into the computer but it is nice to have the scanner interface on the screen.

My question is this:
Is there such a thing as a com port connector with a male plug one one end and a usb plug on the other and is it at all possible to to use a usb port as a com port or does anybody have any suggestions about what to do...

Thanks.

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Re: Tech question for computer buffs.
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2009, 06:43:02 AM »
Yes, there are various adaptors to provide an RS232 port where only USB ports are fitted.  Here is one I found after a quick search - I have a different one.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=29968

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Re: Tech question for computer buffs.
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2009, 06:47:39 AM »
yes there is its called a serial to usb adapter Maplins or even PC World have them,PC world nearly twice the price though. Regards Lou

Hamish McTorsk

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Re: Tech question for computer buffs.
« Reply #3 on: February 12, 2009, 06:54:10 AM »
Thanks for the fast replies .. Very helpfull.

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Re: Tech question for computer buffs.
« Reply #4 on: February 12, 2009, 12:03:51 PM »
Maplin also do a double Com from USB adapter, as well as a single.
In would advise you NOT to get the Single, which uses a seperate cable, rather than an integrated one as I have had that type fail, with very litle usage.
The integrated cable ones seem more robust.
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Re: Tech question for computer buffs.
« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2009, 07:53:15 AM »
Maplin also do a double Com from USB adapter, as well as a single.
In would advise you NOT to get the Single, which uses a seperate cable, rather than an integrated one as I have had that type fail, with very litle usage.
The integrated cable ones seem more robust.

Thanks for that.
I´m not quite sure what you mean, can you please post a link to the "double com"
« Last Edit: February 14, 2009, 07:59:03 AM by Hamish McTorsk »

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Re: Tech question for computer buffs.
« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2009, 12:05:06 PM »
I have one of these http://www.dealextreme.com/details.dx/sku.5859  Currently $4.61 including delivery. Works fine.

dealextreme do about half a dozen different types.

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Re: Tech question for computer buffs.
« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2009, 12:19:56 PM »
I have both a single and a double comport versions, from USB
Single is ZP43W
Double is N04GF
The single that failed was a A86AN.
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