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Author:  Rich [ Sun Dec 07, 2008 9:37 pm ]
Post subject:  USB to serial adapter

The serial port is disappearing fast on new computers and laptops. Had a nose around Comet and PC World and not 1 laptop had a serial port on it.

I bought a usb to serial adapter of ebay for a fiver but whilst the laptop (XP) saw it and installed the driver, it wouldn't connect to the tester. I set the baud rate and other com port settings as detailed in the Megger manual.

I don't have anything else to test the adapter so it may be duff.

Anybody else got a usb adapter for the PAT4?

Author:  richard [ Mon Dec 08, 2008 2:39 pm ]
Post subject:  USB to Serial Converter for PAT4

Hi Rich, regarding Serial to USB adapters and downloading from the Megger PAT4 or any other PAT tester for that matter.

As you say it is relatively un common to find PC's with serial ports these days. Over the past few years we have had all sorts of issues with some Serial to USB converters, particulalry when downloading the Seaward Range of PAT test machines. To minimise these issues we have sourced a supplier of USB to serial converters which we have tested with all the different PAT test machines we have (15 of them!) and on every operating system we have to hand.

You can buy these USB to serial converters direct from us or from our online shop

As you can see the price isnt particularly cheap and we know there are many cheaper ones available on the internet. One reason we are a bit more expensive is that we almost always go through setting up the converter with our users and ensure the correct drivers are installed and that SimplyPats is downloading correctly.

Hope this helps, if absolute cost is an issue, maybe someone else who has found a cheaper USB adaptor that works well with the Megger PAT4 will post and let you know the make and model.

Regards, Richard

Author:  Rich [ Tue Dec 09, 2008 1:35 pm ]
Post subject:  Re: USB to Serial Converter for PAT4

richard wrote:
As you can see the price isnt particularly cheap and we know there are many cheaper ones available on the internet.

Just a tad :)
I'm pleased to report that 5.2.7 is working fine on my old PIII so I can delay buying a new, non-serial ported laptop for a little while.

I'm in discussions with the usb adapter supplier as I've managed to get hold of a serial mouse and that doesn't work either.

Thanks for your reply

Author:  admin [ Tue Dec 09, 2008 3:21 pm ]
Post subject:  USB to Serial Adaptor

Hi Rich

We have sent out a Serial to USB Adaptor for you to try.

This particular one had problems downloading from the Seaward Testers, but worked with some of the others.

We have not tested it with the Megger PAT 4, so give it a try, if it works then Merry Christmas, it's on us.

Regards Carl

Author:  Rich [ Wed Dec 10, 2008 7:52 pm ]
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Cheers Carl, adaptor received. I'll give it a go tomorrow and let you know but many thanks anyway.

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