710RE: [BC346XT] Help
- Jan 14, 2012My computer has only one RS232 serial port, on the back, and it's already
spoken for by a UPS. I only had to download the one USB driver from
www.scannermaster.com - from whom I ordered a quick reference card about 2
From: BC346XT@yahoogroups.com [mailto:BC346XT@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of
Sent: Saturday, January 14, 2012 8:48 PM
Subject: Re: [BC346XT] Help
Likely because RS232 is a standard for communications while USB is not.
For USB, you need software (drivers) for each ship for each OS.
Currently, that's a couple dozen drivers you need for each product. With
RS232, it's plug-n-play (and it will be for decades).
The sad part is that RS232 is so reliable and cheap, but PC
manufacturers are not adding it to save a buck (literally - one dollar).
Fortunately, you can easily add them to almost any PC. Even my iPad has
an option for an RS232 cable. And from rumors, there is an iOS
application in development for Uniden scanners.
Mark W. Walton wrote:
> I have to wonder why Uniden is hitchingme.
> its wagon to a falling star by supplying a cord 9-pin serial plug when
> serial ports are dying. The USB cord is well worth the extra $35 it cost
> Mark Walton
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