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Gigaware 6-ft. USB-A to Serial Cable

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  • Flexible white cable jacket helps you arrange your desktop
  • For use with both PC and Mac®
  • Compatible with USB 1.0, 1.1 and 2.0

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Product Summary

New life for your DB9 serial peripherals.

Many computers today are not equipped with a serial DB9 port. However, that doesn't mean your serial peripherals are obsolete. This cable can connect such devices to your computer's USB port instead. Even if your computer does have a serial port, this cable might be an attractive alternative, since it provides added convenience.

  • Adapts serial peripherals such as some digital cameras, modems and PDAs to your computer's USB port
  • Gold-plated connectors reduce interference and improve signal
  • Compatible with Windows® 7, Windows Vista®, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me, Windows 98SE

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  • Compatible with Windows Vista™, Windows XP, Windows 2000, Windows Me and Windows 98SE
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  • 6-ft. USB to serial cable
  • Software CD
 

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  • Parts: 90 days
  • Labor: 90 days
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Date added Document
January 25, 2010 Gigaware® 6-ft. USB-A to Serial Cable (Guía del comienzo rápido)
January 25, 2010 Gigaware® 6-ft. USB-A to Serial Cable (Quick Start Guide)
January 25, 2010 Gigaware® 6-ft. USB-A to Serial Cable (Guía Del Usuario)
June 25, 2008 Gigaware® 6-ft. USB-A to Serial Cable (Drivers for Windows Vista, XP, 2000, ME, 98SE (6.11MB))
May 19, 2008 Gigaware® 6-ft. USB-A to Serial Cable (User's Guide)

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Gigaware 6-ft. USB-A to Serial Cable
 
3.0

(based on 149 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (59)

54%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable construction (57)
  • Highly compatible (49)
  • Reliable (41)
  • Strong connection points (39)
  • Improves performance (16)

Cons

  • Unreliable (33)
  • Limited compatibility (30)
  • No performance gain (7)
  • Pricey / poor value (7)
  • Weak connection (7)

Best Uses

  • Computer equipment (52)
  • High-end equipment (15)
  • Networking (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Quality oriented (110), Budget shopper (22)
    • Primary use:
    • Business (73), Personal (67)
    • Computer Platform:
    • PC (36)

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(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Windows 7 to Allen Bradley

By Luke

from Indiana

Pros

    Cons

    • Unreliable

    Best Uses

      Comments about Gigaware 6-ft. USB-A to Serial Cable:

      Adapter is used primairly for connecting to machines for programming. This USB to Serial adapter is not reliable for my uses.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Computer Platform:
      • PC
       
      4.0

      Also works in Ubuntu Linux

      By NetWorker

      from Tampa, FL

      About Me Quality Oriented

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable construction
      • Strong Connection Points

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Computer Equipment

        Comments about Gigaware 6-ft. USB-A to Serial Cable:

        To use in Linux:
        1. Connect USB to Serial cable to device and PC.
        2. Open a terminal CLI session.
        3. use dmesg | grep tty to find Serial/USB port.
        4. should be something like "ttyUSB0".
        5. open PuTTY, minicom or other console client as root (e.g. sudo putty).
        6. Open a serial connection to the device.
        7. e.g. Serial line = "dev/ttyUSB0".
        8. Speed = 9600.

        This worked for me to connect to Cisco switches and routers via the console port. YMMV. Check this link for more info: https://help.ubuntu.com/community/CiscoConsole

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Computer Platform:
        • Linux
         
        5.0

        Has worked reliably for years

        By Fileark

        from Aztec, NM

        About Me Value Oriented

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable construction
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Computer Equipment

          Comments about Gigaware 6-ft. USB-A to Serial Cable:

          I use this to connect to all sorts of industrial PLC's and RTU's. Once you get the drivers installed it is smooth sailing.
          Best USB to Serial cable I have had.

          • Primary use:
          • Business
          • Computer Platform:
          • PC

          (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Works fine on windows 7 & 8

          By Ben Stockman

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Value Oriented

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Computer Equipment

              Comments about Gigaware 6-ft. USB-A to Serial Cable:

              Works fine with windows 7 and 8. I have also used it on XP and Vista. Install the driver before plugging in the device! The latest driver that is available for download is for Vista. If you are installing it on 7 or 8 use the following instructions. Once you have unzipped the file, navigate to the Vista folder and open it. Right click on the SETUP.exe and select properties. Then select the compatibility tab, then select the "Run this program in compatibility mode for:" check box. Once this has been done the previously greyed out dropdown menu will allow you to select "Windows Vista". Then Click Ok and you should be ready to install the driver. If you want you can once again right click on SETUP.exe and select "Run as Administrator". You may need to restart your computer. After all of this you should be good to go. Make sure it is recognized under "Devices" as "Radio Shack usb to serial". Best of luck.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Computer Platform:
              • PC

              (2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              does not work with Windows 8

              By JayBee

              from North Pole

              About Me Quality Oriented

              Pros

                Cons

                • Limited Compatibility

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Gigaware 6-ft. USB-A to Serial Cable:

                  This device does not work with Windows 8

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Windows 7 does work!

                  By Jeremy

                  from Philadelphia

                  About Me Quality Oriented

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Gigaware 6-ft. USB-A to Serial Cable:

                        I run windows 7 on my work laptop and have used up to 3 of these cables at the same time! Cables work fine.

                        • Primary use:
                        • Business
                        • Computer Platform:
                        • PC

                        (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        No Windows 7 Driver

                        By Glen

                        from USA

                        Comments about Gigaware 6-ft. USB-A to Serial Cable:

                        No Windows 7 Driver is provided, and the device does not work properly with Windows 7. This is obsolete equipment and should not be sold for this use.

                         
                        5.0

                        Works perfectly

                        By Metrology Mike

                        from Chicago, IL

                        About Me Quality Oriented

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Highly Compatible

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • High-End Equipment
                          • Metrology Equipment

                          Comments about Gigaware 6-ft. USB-A to Serial Cable:

                          I'm using this device with metrology products and it has worked with no problems. The drivers are set up automatically without even needing the CD that it comes with. I use a null modem adapter and gender changer typically, and then I don't need to use a serial cable. This is the only adapter I've used that has worked bidirectionally with no issues.

                          • Primary use:
                          • Business
                          • Computer Platform:
                          • PC

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          2.0

                          Windows 7 Did Work, Not Now

                          By Brad

                          from York PA

                          About Me Quality Oriented

                          Verified Reviewer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Gigaware 6-ft. USB-A to Serial Cable:

                                I used this product as the console cable for Adtran and Cisco switches/routers. It worked on my Win 7 notebook for several months. One problem that I had was that it did not retain the same COM port ID. Recently, it stopped working. Now the notebook does not recognizes the device.

                                • Primary use:
                                • Business
                                • Computer Platform:
                                • PC

                                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                No Windows 7 64 bit driver issues at all

                                By Dorothy

                                from Over the Rainbow

                                About Me Quality Oriented

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Gigaware 6-ft. USB-A to Serial Cable:

                                      Am running Windows 7 64 bit and had no troubles with this device. Plugged it in and, after about 30 seconds of thinking about it, the OS found and installed the correct driver. Not sure why so many are having troubles with it.

                                      There were also no unopened packages on the shelf at the store, suggesting it is not a major problem (anymore?).

                                      I DO use Windows Update regularly, resulting in the most current copy of the Windows OS.

                                      • Primary use:
                                      • Business
                                      • Computer Platform:
                                      • PC

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