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

  • From: "Andrew Shriner" <aShriner@xxxxxxxx>
  • To: <windows2000@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Tue, 07 Dec 2004 13:35:01 -0500

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! 

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