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Discussion in 'Security Alarms' started by Bob La Londe, Apr 13, 2006.

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  1. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest

    Ok.. we had a conversation on here the other day about the fact that most
    new laptops don't have serial ports. There are USB serial adaptors (I have
    one) but I hear they don't work with all software. I currently use a couple
    old Toshiba laptops I got from several years ago that do
    have serial ports, but I got to thinking about options.

    Somebody mentioned that there are PCMCIA to serial cards so I checked one of
    my vendors and found this one.

    Looks like just the ticket except its relatively expensive at $205.00

    Any others out there that might be a little more economical and work well.
    I would really like to start using newer laptops for stuff so that I can
    integrate better laptops with more services in the field.

    Bob La Londe - Webmaster

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  2. Sean Sokoly

    Sean Sokoly Guest

    Bob check Ebay. I got a good deal on 1 there for far less than $205.00,
    also shop around for a Single RS232 rather than that double. Look around
    for Socket I/O they are more reasonable.
  3. Si Ballenger

    Si Ballenger Guest

    You might check with the people at the below site. They make some
    USB to serial equipment which works very well. It has been my
    experience that they are very responsive to questions. They may
    have single USB serial adapter that will work with the desired
    equipment. If the programming software is old and requires
    hardware bit banging of the DTR/RTS lines and such, then the
    PCMCIA card may be the only way to go.
  4. Ok.. we had a conversation on here the other day about
    If you were using Napco this would be a non-issue, Bob. They make a USB
    port-to-panel connector for their software. Plug it in, tell the software what
    you're using and you're off.


    Robert L Bass

    Bass Burglar Alarms
    The Online DIY Store
  5. Bob La Londe

    Bob La Londe Guest

    You are getting forgetful in your old age. I am using Napco panels mostly.
    I was not aware there was a USB to panel adaptor. Of course that won't work
    with panels that don't have a jack, but I program most of those from the
    keypad anyway. I'll get ahold of my rep and ask about one right away.

    Still need that serial port for other stuff though.

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  6. You are getting forgetful in your old age...

    My father likes to say getting old isn't so bad when you consider the
    Since only old Napco panels are sans jack, it's not much of an issue any more.
    The USB version of the PCI-MINI has been out for a while now. Since I don't do
    site work for pay any more, I don't really need one though I still have the
    serial version laying around somewhere.
    It beats trying to maintain an old laptop just for programming.
    Yep. I don't know if other manufacturers' software is as temperamental about
    USB-serial port adaptors but most of the time they don't work with Napco. Some
    machines will and some won't configure the USB-serial port as "COM#" and unless
    you can do that Quickloader has trouble. I never tried to find out which PC
    makes / models work since they're always changing anyway.

    If all else fails, there's always Jim Rojas' everlasting garage sale. :^)


    Robert L Bass

    Bass Burglar Alarms
    The Online DIY Store
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