USB 2 Serial Adaptor Checklist

posted May 17, 2014, 12:19 PM by Javad Taghia   [ updated May 17, 2014, 12:19 PM ]

The Quick Checklist:

  1. Preferred processor chip: FTDI or Silabs (very reliable)
    This is the utmost most important step. The reason why we highly recommend a USB to serial adapter with a processor chip from either FTDI or Silabs is because these are simply the best. We have extensive experience with these which shows us that these processor chips works with the majority of devices and equipment on the market. The drivers are very stable, easy to install and compatible with all versions of Windows 32/4-bit, Mac, Linux.
  2. Preferred serial driver chip: ZyWyn, Maxin or NI (very reliable)
    The serial driver chip is what is actually communicating and providing the power signals for your device connected to the USB to serial adapter. We recommend a brand name driver chip from ZyWyn, Maxin or NI because these are very reliable and works well with the FTDI and Silabs processor chips.
  3. Minimum 5.0VDC output power at serial connector (ensures reliable data transmission)
  4. Build-in electro-static protection for at least 600W (protects against static electricity)
  5. LED lights for TX and RX activity (nice to have when troubleshooting)