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I have some equipment that uses an ethernet to serial adapter, and i have 3 laptop that do not have a serial port, so im hesitant to go out and spend 85-100 dollars on a cheap dell latitude just for that sole reason. Anyways I need to know if i use a serial to usb adapter if it will actually work.... All im trying to hook up is something called a Tech II unit, and it connects to the on computer software though an Ethernet to serial adapter.
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Hmm.. that's estoric enough that unless you can find something on a tech II specific site, you may just have to lay down for the adapter and try it. Way way back inthe day ethernet did use serial ports. It's possible you're going straight ethernet, but through an old connector. This very thought is kludgy and awful, but How bout double dongle usb to ethernet, then ethernet to serial?

It's hideous, and the usb-ethernet dongles are $15-30 each, but your equipment is old enough that it may work. just don't let anyone trip over that cord.
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Hmm.. that's estoric enough that unless you can find something on a tech II specific site, you may just have to lay down for the adapter and try it. Way way back inthe day ethernet did use serial ports. It's possible you're going straight ethernet, but through an old connector. This very thought is kludgy and awful, but How bout double dongle usb to ethernet, then ethernet to serial?

It's hideous, and the usb-ethernet dongles are $15-30 each, but your equipment is old enough that it may work. just don't let anyone trip over that cord.

i tried an ethernet to usb dongle, but I did not get signal to the software, although im going though a vm to run the program for the tech II unit because it runs on win xp. I figure tomorrow ill go get one and try it out :S.
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tech II what btw? I did a search and found everything from sound gear to rectal thermometers. On the bright side if you're doing VM, you can actually get in behind the OS and see where stuff is actually going.

Industrial equipment is known for terrible ugly hackery. There's almost no telling what might be going through that wire. It might not be ethernet at all.
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if i understand your situation right, i used the same setup for controlling my telescope. my telescope has an ethernet port which i convert to serial with a simple adapter. from there i connect it to a serial to usb adapter (model keyspan usa-19hs) to connect it to a laptop. the keyspan serial assistant takes care of com port detection and assignment. pretty simple solution

if you want to communicate with your device over bluetooth (and your laptop supports it) you can replace the serial to usb converter with a serial to bluetooth converter, like this one from usconverters, which is what i use to control my telescope with my tablet (no usb ports)
    
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tech II what btw? I did a search and found everything from sound gear to rectal thermometers. On the bright side if you're doing VM, you can actually get in behind the OS and see where stuff is actually going.

Industrial equipment is known for terrible ugly hackery. There's almost no telling what might be going through that wire. It might not be ethernet at all.
its definantly not a rectal thermometer, its a GM ecm tool that lets you adjust certain parameter of a gm car.
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if i understand your situation right, i used the same setup for controlling my telescope. my telescope has an ethernet port which i convert to serial with a simple adapter. from there i connect it to a serial to usb adapter (model keyspan usa-19hs) to connect it to a laptop. the keyspan serial assistant takes care of com port detection and assignment. pretty simple solution

if you want to communicate with your device over bluetooth (and your laptop supports it) you can replace the serial to usb converter with a serial to bluetooth converter, like this one from usconverters, which is what i use to control my telescope with my tablet (no usb ports)

well ill give it a try. my microcenter does not have the keyspan version of a serial to usb, but they have the qvs and trendnet which i assume should get the job done. im going to keep my fingers crossed and try it out in the parking lot.
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its definantly not a rectal thermometer, its a GM ecm tool that lets you adjust certain parameter of a gm car.

there's a Ford joke in there somewhere.
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well ill give it a try. my microcenter does not have the keyspan version of a serial to usb, but they have the qvs and trendnet which i assume should get the job done. im going to keep my fingers crossed and try it out in the parking lot.
which I think makes us all glad it's not a rectal thermometer... I guess it's really late for me, huh.
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