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    Serial port?

    The EPIA 800 has one serial port. My question is are there any ways to get another serial port? I'm planning on getting a touchscreen (which use serial port) and an ODB diagnostics reader (serial)

    As you can see, I'll need 2 serial ports. Any suggestions?

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    USB serial port converter
    seen here
    good luck
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    you can get a PCI card that houses a serial and parallel conection. about $20

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    I have run into problems with converters - the Belkin one seems to be the best - I have it running my OBD II plug. The touchscreen hates these adapters - I recommend you connect that to the original serial port and use adapters for the rest of your "stuff".

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    I currently have 8 com port devices but device manager shows 11 com ports in use.

    COM 1 on FV24 MB controls the Clifford AG4, smart windows, remote start
    COM 2 is a serial port on a USB port replicator that controls a 8 relay control module to control windows, locks, opening doors.
    COM 3 is USB Copilot GPS navigation
    COM 4 is Keyspan USB to 4 serial hub that connects to IRMan IR
    remote receiver
    COM 5 is connected to Garmin GPS receiver
    COM 6 is connected to Xenarc touch screen
    COM 7 is connected to ODB-II reader
    COM 8 is used as IrDA Nokia 8290 cell phone modem.

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    how did you get 8 com ports???

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    Originally posted by Alphared
    how did you get 8 com ports???
    8 USB serial adapters, or an 8 port serial PCI card.
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    I bought a RocketPort PCI card with 8 built in Serial ports but it didn't work with my devices (Clifford alarm and microtouch touchscreen). Then I bought a USB hub with 4 serial ports and 2 USB made by Xircom. No such luck with this either. Both work fine when attached to the onboard serial port but I have a glidepoint mouse that is serial so I would gladly put the mouse somewhere else if I could. The mouse wasn't recognized automatically when plugged into the USB converter. Any ideas? I will use the touchscreen onboard if I can. This really does suck.

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    Originally posted by Aaron Cake
    8 USB serial adapters, or an 8 port serial PCI card.
    No. Actually 1 USB 4 port serial hub
    The rest are built in to the device.

    Originally posted by Alphared
    how did you get 8 com ports???
    You're not reading it. As I have explained


    COM 1 on FV24 MB controls the Clifford AG4, smart windows,
    remote start
    COM 2 is a serial port on a USB port replicator that controls a 8 relay control module to control windows, locks, opening doors.
    COM 3 is USB Copilot GPS navigation The CP GPS receiver's cable is basically a USB to serial adapter but with their plug design.
    COM 4 is Keyspan USB to 4 port serial hub that connects to IRMan IR
    remote receiver
    COM 5 is connected to Garmin GPS receiver
    COM 6 is connected to Xenarc touch screen
    COM 7 is connected to ODB-II reader
    5, 6, 7 are connected to the 4 serial port hub.

    COM 8 is used as IrDA Nokia 8290 cell phone modem.
    Modems use com ports. The computer sees the Nokia cell phone as a modem. The IrDA is a USB.

    I am totally out of com ports. I don't think im going add any more serial devices. I'm also out of USB ports too.

    I got lucky. All of my devices work from cold boot. Once in a while the keyspan wont start up. I have to reinstall the driver then re start the touch screen calibration program. Once the touch program is loaded, the touch will work. It doesnt require any adjustments. loading th touch program will get the touch screen to work.

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    Not sure if this is the right place or not, but I have a couple of USB to serial adapters I am no longer using. If you or anyone is interested, let me know and I will figure a price out.

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