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Does what it is supposed to
on 26 February 2015
I hadn't needed a serial port for years but a recent interest in electronics and microcontroller programming makes it very useful again.
I have a USB to serial converter that worked well in Windows 7 but the chip inside is unsupported in Windows 8. Faffing around with those things (certainly the cheap ones) is a common problem. I suspect that what is supposed to be a Prolific chip in mine is in fact fake. Prolific's web site has a prominent warning about nasty Chinese knock-offs labelled to look like real Prolific chips, but not fully compatible with the genuine ones. Hence driver support can vanish when Prolific updates its software and of course the hardware fakers don't write their own drivers to go with their bogus not-quite-right chips.
So I decided to hook up this genuine old-fashioned com port socket to the header provided for that purpose on my motherboard. Construction quality of the item is good. Because it brings a traditionally implemented com port to the outside of the PC, it works fine in any OS that supports com ports. This certainly applies to current Windows and Linux, and is likely to do so for a long time yet.
So if you have a motherboard header and a free blanking plate slot, buy this instead of a USB to serial cable, along with a proper null-modem cable. Or if you buy USB to serial cable, don't be swayed by some of the ultra-low prices. The cheapness may come at a price. Spend more on a reputable brand that's likely to give a smoother ride in the long term.