StarTech.com 1 Port Native ExpressCard RS232 Serial Adapter Card with 16950 UART - ExpressCard 54 Serial Card (EC1S952)
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- Add a high-speed RS-232 Serial port to your laptop computer via an ExpressCard expansion slot
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The EC1S952 1 Port Native ExpressCard RS232 Serial Adapter Card with 16950 UART lets you add an RS232 serial port to your laptop or ExpressCard-equipped desktop computer.
The serial ExpressCard is designed based on a single-chip architecture (as opposed to cards that use a ""bridge chip""), providing native PCI Express communication for greater performance and reliability by reducing the CPU load by up to 48%, and lowering power consumption.
An included stabilizer bracket allows the EC1S952 to fit snugly in both 34mm and 54mm ExpressCard slots. Providing optimal communication with RS232 serial devices, this ExpressCard serial card supports baud rates of up to 115.2Kbps and features a 128-byte FIFO buffer, plus a high performance 16C950 UART.
Backed by a StarTech.com lifetime warranty and free lifetime technical support.
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I have to say that this product works well, and since I don't plan on removing the ExpressCard anytime soon I don't expect having to deal with the wear and tear issues I did with the dongles. This device will create a virtual COM port on your computer that will allow you to console into your networking equipment without issue. Acting more like a native serial port, I don't have to worry about the length of the wires that came from the dongles and now I have all my USB ports free for use. It really is a great product, however i have to remove one star from my rating due to some initial installation issues.
This Serial Adapter Card is not very user friendly. As another reviewer pointed out, as soon as you insert the ExpressCard into the slot, it will try to automatically install the drivers for the device. It will inevitably fail, leading you to have to manually install the driver. Much to my consternation, manually installing the drivers proved a tricky task. Neither the drivers provided on the mini disc nor the drivers provided on the website from Startech would install properly, leaving me with Code 10 "This device cannot start" errors. Rebooting the computer and re-installing the drivers did not work. Finally I ended up calling Startech support, and the only way we got the driver to work on my laptop (Dell Latitude E6420) was to install the old legacy driver.
Besides the issues with getting the driver up and running, this device works great and I highly recommend it for people looking for an more robust alternative to dongles.
1 - The drivers are on a 3" CD so you will need to have access to a computer that will read the smaller disk and if necessary, copy it to a USB thumb drive.
2 - Although the product is compatible with W7 32 and 64 bit operating systems, the instructions included are for XP and earlier versions of Windows. With W7, the driver disk is not plug & play and the drivers can't be installed via the W7 troubleshooter menu. It must be done using device manager and the "choose driver location" option. Be aware that the driver software installs 2 COM ports. The first is for Intel's "Active Management Technology" and the second is for the express card adapter. In the case of W7 64 bit on my X230T, it was COM 3 & COM 4. Several of my serial devices selected COM 3 automatically and would not work. COM 4 had to be selected manually for proper function.
3 - If the computer has a 54MM express card slot, the included 34MM adapter must be used. The instructions refer to a non existent diagram for installation. The adapter will clip on several ways so it may be necessary to check the computer manual for proper orientation. In the case of the Lenovo X230T, it clips on the RIGHT side facing the DB9 connector.
4 - The serial adapter sticks out almost 1.5" from the side of the computer when installed. The housing is made of thin plastic and could easily be damaged. This is especially true when a serial cable is attached. In all fairness, this issue exists on most other serial card adapters I've seen.
Please note the StarTech Express card serial adapter works well once installed and the above issues are quite minor. My comments are meant more for informational purposes rather than complaints.
So when/if you buy one beware that the laptop you are using may or may not receive it warmly.
Now to the device itself. Love the fact that it feels very secure in that slot. USB in general has always concerned me that you never have that secured feeling unless you duct-tape the connector to the computer. And trust me some of the applications I use need a good connection.
Also and you can probably tell my age from this is that your have the ability to screw the cable to the unit. You cannot do that with USB. DUH.
I know and I know. What do you not use Blue tooth and not worry about serial ports and wiring, etc. etc. You find me a dependable Blue tooth scheme that offers good monitor times. I would buy that.
Im able to connect using an old Dell latitude with built in serial port but I would need to carry a second computer and that one runs windows XP.
I wasn't sure if it was an issue with the setup software on windows 7 or the type of serial port but I just tried this startech express card serial adapter and it works perfect with windows 7, connects without any problems.
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Tried with Windows 7 32 Bit, Windows 6 64 bit and Windows10 64Bit
I have used this with multiple devices including routers, switches and multiplexors and have not had one problem so would recommend this to anyone wanting a serial port, certainly beats the USB dongles.
If you dont mind spending the extra get this.