USB Serial Adapter - Ultimate


    Model: XS880

£25.50

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This USB to RS232 serial adapter is identical to our XS8801 with the exception of two things: this adapter has stand-off nuts on each side of the DB9 connector instead of thumb-screws, and the shape of the housing is a bit different than the XS8801; otherwise the circuitry and architecture of this adapter is identical to the XS8801.
So, here are the the highlights of this USB to serial adapter:

High performance processor

This USB to serial adapter is designed around the FT232RL processor from FTDI, a British family owned semiconductor company established in 1990 with distributors in more than 50 countries. The FT232RL processor is superior to most USB to serial processors in the market in regards to performance and price. Not only is it a very well designed and solid processor with many features, it also has well written royalty free drivers which are updated frequently.

Compatible with most operating systems

One of the reasons we use the FT232RL processor in this USB to serial adapter is that the drivers are updated frequently which means that this adapter is fully compatible with most operating systems; even before a new version of a particular operation system is released. It will work with all newer versions of Windows, Linux and Mac. The drivers for Windows are WHQL certified of course.

Advanced functions

All port settings will automatically adjust to your serial device, however multiple port settings can also be manually adjusted. Manually adjustable settings are parameters such as latency timer, COM port number, buffer size and timeouts, just to mention a few. These settings are very nice to have if you need to tweak certain parameters to get a specific application working.
After installing the drivers the virtual COM port will appear in your computer's Device Manager. This COM port can be used almost as if it was a standard built-in COM port.

Overall solid design

A few advantageous design features:

  • A ferrite core built into the cable next to the USB connector prevents high frequency noise to interfere with the data transmission.
  • Highly flexible cable prevents the wires from braking causing loose connections and communication errors.
  • Transparent housing with thumbscrews and indication LED lights indicating when data is sent and received, which is a nice feature to have when troubleshooting problems.
  • Matching serial driver chip from Zywyn. The serial driver chip we use is well designed and matches the overall circuitry which ensures proper RS232 communication without errors.

Electrostatic protection

Protection against static electricity and surges of up to 15KV gives you reliable data transfers and protects the converter and your equipment from damage due to over voltages.

The conclusion

The above mentioned facts are reasons for less headache for the user. With most low-cost adapters you will often experience some kind of installation or communication problems such as driver installation problems, computer freeze, virtual COM port problems or simply just some unexplainable error messages from the operating system. This is not the case with this adapter! Due to its excellent processor and overall well designed circuitry this adapter will not cause computer freezes, unexplainable errors or other installation or user problems. Furthermore this adapter is compatible with most serial devices both new and legacy.

Overall features
  • High performance FT232RL processor
  • Port powered from USB port
  • Compatible with most operating systems
  • WHQL compliant drivers
  • Many advanced port settings
  • Indication LED lights for TX and RX activity
  • Stand-off nuts for securing the adapter
  • Auto detection of data speed
  • Built-in electrostatic protection
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SPECIFICATIONS
Part number XS880
Operating system
  • Windows 10, 8.1, 8 (32/64-bit), Windows Server 2012 / R2, Windows 7 (32/64-bit), Windows Server 2008 R2, Vista (32/64-bit), Windows Server 2008 (32/64-bit), XP, Windows Server 2003 (32/64-bit), 2000, (all WHQL compliant). Windows RT as D2XX drivers only.
  • Windows CE v4.2 - 5.2, 6.0, 7.0 and 2013 including: Windows Mobile 2003, 2003 SE, Windows Mobile 5, 6, 6.1 and 6.5
  • Linux (built into kernel 3.0.0-19 and above)
  • Mac OS 8, OS 9, OS X 10.3 to 10.9 and above
  • Android
Processor FTDI FT232RL
Serial driver Zywyn ZT213LEEA
Unique chipID no. Yes, each converter has it own unique ID number which can be accessed by the user with the D2XX driver programmers guide.
RS232 Interface RS232 DB9 Male
RS232 output power ~5.7VDC
Cable length 3 feet
USB interface Standard Type A Male
Indication LEDs TX, RX and Power
Ports 1-port
Signals TX, RX, RTS, CTS, DTR, DSR, RI and GND
Power on pin 9 No
Baud rate 300-921.600bps (up to 3kbps by using alising)
Parity None, Odd, Even, Mark, Space
Data Bits 7, 8
Stop Bits 1, 2
TX / RX buffer size 256 Byte Transmit Buffer / 128 Byte Receive Buffer
Adjustable USB transfer sizes for TX and RX From 64 bytes to 4096 bytes
Adjustable latency timer 1 to 255 msec
Adjustable read and write timeouts 0 to 10000 msec
Flow Control None, Xon/Xoff, Hardware
COM port accessible by Included virtual COM port drivers or FTD2XX.DLL
Special features
Electrostatic (ESD) protection 600W surge protection, 15KV static electricity protection
Current draw Static: less than 80mA. Dynamic average: less than 150mA
Interface compliance USB1.1,2.0,3.0, EIA/TIA RS-232
Regulatory compliance FCC, CE and RoHS
Working temp -20°C to 60°C
Warranty 1 year limited warranty

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