[windows2000] Re: OT: Which new laptop, and how to handle serial communication

  • From: "Andrew Shriner" <aShriner@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: <mfernandez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>, <windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 08 Dec 2004 08:11:57 -0500

At least in this conversation, I'm talking about DB9 when I refer to
serial. I do know that USB is serial too... but nearly all switches,
routers, networking equipment, UPS's, etc., use DB9 serial connections
for configuration.

While a port replicator is great (two might actually be nice - one for
the house, one for the office), I'm thinking it would probably be more
convenient to not have to haul a port replicator around to the different
offices and devices.

Andrew

>>> mauricio@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 12/08/04 07:47AM >>>
Let's clarify something...

USB port IS serial.
I think that you guys call "serial port" to that old DB9 ports where we
used
to connect the first generation of mouses... is that right?. If this
is
right, I think you should buy some laptop with a port replicator
included.

Mauricio Fernández S.
IT Manager
FDTA - Valles
Tel. 591 4 4525160
Fax. 591 4 4115056
mfernandez@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
www.fdta-valles.org 
 

-----Original Message-----
From: windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
[mailto:windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Len Milligan
Sent: Wednesday, December 08, 2004 4:37 AM
To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Subject: [windows2000] Re: OT: Which new laptop, and how to handle ser
ial
communication

We use HP omni book xe3's here. It come complete with a USB > Serial
converter. The laptop is a couple of years old but runs everything
(except
Linux :( ) and we've never had a problem with the converters. You could
more
than likely get one for next to nothing! Nice and light too. 

-----Original Message-----
From: David Spanne [mailto:werenomads@xxxxxxxxxx] 
Sent: 07 December 2004 21:04
To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
Subject: [windows2000] Re: OT: Which new laptop, and how to handle
serial
communication

Micron ships laptops on many BPA agreements to the Fed Gov with Serial
> USB
adapters, and most devices I attempted to use worked. I own one from
Belkin
that I found on Craig's list for $8, and it works for the things I've
tried..

David

Andrew Shriner wrote:

>I've heard about those... I know there are tons of them out there... 
>but I've been told that there are some compatibility problems between
>USB-->serial devises and their attached devices. Has anyone here used
>them, and if so, have you had any problems using null modem adapters 
>with them?
>
>For example, we have a paging system that can only be programmed via 
>its com port, that we've always had to connect to a Gateway laptop
with 
>a serial port, using a null modem adapter on the line.
>
>Forgive me, I don't have too much knowledge on serial connections / 
>null modem connections at all. :-(
>
>Andrew
>
>  
>
>>>>JimH@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 12/07/04 01:50PM >>>
>>>>        
>>>>
>Doesn't matter too much if serial ports are built in on systems or not

>these days...
>
>http://www.keyspan.com/products/usb/USA19W/ 
>
>HTH
>
>J
>
>
>-----Original Message-----
>From: windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
>[mailto:windows2000-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Andrew Shriner
>Sent: Tuesday, December 07, 2004 10:35 AM
>To: windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx 
>Subject: [windows2000] OT: Which new laptop, and how to handle serial

>communication
>
>I'm looking for a laptop for someone who is a network administrator.
>He
>takes his laptop everywhere he goes... weight isn't a huge issue, he's

>fairly hefty and is used to carrying around a laptop, camera, zip 
>drive, barcode scanner, and a ton of accessories.
>
>Thus far, folks seem to be leaning toward the Inspiron 5160 or 8600.
>The problem is, they don't appear to have a serial port on board. Does

>anyone have any experience with either the laptops, to have
suggestions 
>with them, or with serial PCMCIA cards? He needs the serial port(s) so

>that he can connect to cisco/3com switches for programming, via null 
>modem to the Bogen paging system, etc.
>
>So... any advice on, or experience with, either the laptops or a way
to 
>handle serial communication? Thanks in advance!
>
>Andrew
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