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Cheap alternative to Keyspan
Authored by: Anonymous on Nov 14, '06 08:29:25AM
No need to shell out for Keyspan's admittedly very good drivers. Many USB-serial adapters use the same chip, Prolific Industries' PL-2303 controller. Prolific's own Mac OS X driver is currently not very good; you can't send a break signal via screen in Terminal, for example. However, there's an open-source driver that works better.

I use this with an unbranded PL-2303-equipped adapter bought from eBay for six of our English pounds, compared to thirty-odd for a Keyspan device, and it talks perfectly to my Cisco routers. I haven't tried talking to PDAs or GPS devices though.

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Cheap alternative to Keyspan
Authored by: Anonymous on Nov 14, '06 09:17:50AM

"Shell" out. See what I did there? Heh - oh dear.



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