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Serial and Parallel USB adaptors (Read 8405 times)
15. Aug 2008 at 09:30

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USB to Parallel Adaptors
These are usually plug and play and appear on the system as a virtual printer port. SignGo cannot access the port directly so install a Generic/Text only printer driver on your system configured to the virtual printer port. Name it as "Cutter" or similar and in SignGo select it as your output port. Note: If you plug the adaptor into a different USB port you may end up with a second virtual printer port in which case it will be necessary to select the new one in the printer driver properties or move the adaptor back to the original USB port.

USB to serial Adaptors
Avoid cheap unbranded products, especially USB1 versions. Belkin and Sitecom are two brands that seem reliable. USB to serial adaptors are not recognised by Windows so you will need to install supplied drivers. Once installed check the port number assigned to it using Device Manager. If the port number is higher than COM8, change it to any number from 1 to 8. In SignGo set the output port to match.

Tested Adaptors
The following adaptors have been lightly tested on our systems but we do make any guarantee of success on any other system. This information is supplied for your information only and we recommend you make your own evaluation before purchase.

Belkin F5U103
This adaptor works well but on our system the setup program on the supplied CD was old and did not install the drivers correctly on Windows XP. Once we downloaded the newest drivers all was well. It seems to work well on Vista too.

Belkin F5U103v
This adaptor is quite different from the one above. It appears to use a USB1.1 chipset from Prolific. On XP and Vista it installed correctly and seems to work well.

Sitecom CN104
http://www.sitecom.com/product.php?productname=USB+to+serial+cable+%96+60cm&prod...
Windows XP - The supplied setup program did not seem to install the drivers correctly but once installed using the Add hardware wizard all was well. Interestingly, this adaptor seems to support use of 16-bit applications. Untested on Vista.

Sitecom CN116
http://www.sitecom.com/product.php?productname=USB+to+serial+adapter&productcode...
Windows XP - The supplied setup program did not seem to install the drivers correctly but once installed using the Add hardware wizard all was well. Interestingly, this adaptor seems to support use of 16-bit applications. Untested on Vista.
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