Duane Grotophorst n9dg@yahoo.com
Fri, 6 Sep 2002 10:13:12 -0700 (PDT)

I have had great success for the last year or so
driving up to 3 Pegasi and an RX320 with a 4 RS232
port PCI card from SIIG, Inc.


As I recall it was comparable in price to the
Byterunner. So it would be another option to consider.


--- MIke Pagel <k9uw@msworldnet.com> wrote:
> In case anyone else is struggling with the need for
> additional comm ports, I finally found relief by
> ordering a 4 port PCI card from Byterunner
> Technologies at http://www.byterunner.com
> I now have 5 working serial ports on my desktop PC
> (XP Pro) and all are working smoothly with various
> devices, including my Omni VI+, rigblaster, HT and
> mobile programming interfaces, etc.
> At the time I bought my card, the vendor was
> offering two levels of performance (high and low
> speed).  The low speed was entirely adequate (and
> cheap!), but the vendor is now offering only high
> speed cards.
> The sales rep told me that they were selling a lot
> of these cards to hams.  Small wonder!
> I am not affiliated with Byterunner in any way. 
> Just passing along info about how I managed to solve
> this long-standing headache.  I've seen references
> to this vendor on other reflectors and reports
> indicate that their track record for service is also
> quite good.
> 73 to all on this wonderful list
> de Mike, K9UW
> Amherst, WI
> ---------- Original Message
> ----------------------------------
> From: "Mark Erbaugh" <mark@microenh.com>
> Date: Fri, 6 Sep 2002 10:42:51 -0400
> >Lee,
> >
> >> My system seems to be very touchy regarding
> serial comm.   It
> >> uses USB and USB to serial adaptors.   I tried 6
> different
> >> adaptors until I found one that would work with
> the Ten Tec,
> >> N4PY and some packet software.
> >
> >As you have seen, USB to serial adapters don't
> appear to be the universal
> >solution promised. I had the same results. I
> purchased a USB to serial
> >adapter and it didn't work with N4PY's software nor
> with my own home brew. I
> >discovered that the driver didn't support one of
> the features of serial port
> >coms and contacted the manufacturer. They were
> aware of the problem and
> >allowed me to beta test a new adapter (don't know
> why they couldn't have
> >just updated the driver with the existing adapter).
> The updated adapter
> >fixed that one problem, but then broke something
> else. I discovered that I
> >couldn't run both old and new adapters together as
> the drivers could not
> >coexist and each driver only recognized it's own
> adapters.
> >
> >Then I figured the solution would be to buy a
> multi-port serial card (no
> >USB).  I found that it didn't work either.
> >
> >I guess we hams are just trying to connect too much
> stuff to our computers
> ><g>. I think the real solution would be for
> equipment manufacturers to
> >support some sort of multi drop network. Given the
> state of the art right
> >now, I would recommend Ethernet and TCP/IP. I don't
> know how to do it, but I
> >think someone could have some success building and
> selling a little outboard
> >box that would translate Ethernet TCP/IP into RS232
> serial. I would think
> >that it would be doable with a PIC or Basic Stamp
> chip and a few other
> >parts.  However, since I've not seen such a device,
> maybe there's more to it
> >than that.
> >
> >73,
> >Mark
> >
> >P.S. If anyone wants this idea, they can have it -
> no strings attached.
> >
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