Industrial equipment still depends on serial interfaces for data acquisition, instrumentation, and automation. Computers and laptops that lack RS-232 ports cannot communicate with serial-based hardware. For this situation, a USB converter is the answer. Powered USB converters allow multiple serial devices to connect simultaneously to a PC or laptop. RS-232, RS-422, RS-485 protocols transmit data at rates much slower than USB so that multiple serial devices may communicate through USB-serial converter.
Features and Configurations
Our USB 2.0 serial converters support 1 to 16 serial ports. The smallest 1-port, like the UST-1110A, is simply a cable with a DB9 connector and RS-232 conversion electronics at one end and a male USB connector at the other. The UTS-1458B does the same thing for RS-422 and RS-485 multi-drop signals. Isolation protects against voltage spikes and current overload. This option is available for electrically noisy locations.
For example, the UTS-401BK-SI handles RS-232 to USB conversion while offering 2,500 Vrms of optical isolation and 500 watts of surge protection.
These USB devices are built to withstand heavy industrial conditions. The rugged metal enclosure features mounting flanges and locking screws to secure cables from vibration and accidental pull-out. Larger converters require a separate power supply; although, it may be unnecessary for 4-port and smaller hubs which draw power from the USB connection.
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Port incompatibility, power needs, and limited range complicate the use of serial and USB equipment. Westward Sales offers solutions to address these network and connection issues. Contact one of our product specialists for further details.