Re: Lighting and surge protection
- I have tried a few different USB to Serial adapters and the only one I found that works error free is the IO Gear one. As for surge protectors I put an inline serial surge protector at the computer and I have not had any problems with that blocking any communications.
- USB adapters are generally unreliable. Assuming that you are using XP, I would recommend the one from IOGear available at newegg.com.
IOGEAR GUC232A USB1.1 to Serial/ PDA Converter Cable
If you are using a newer OS like Windows 7, I would recommend a real serial port card. These are also available from Newegg.
The telephone surge protector is not designed to be used with RS-232 communications. What you need is an inline serial surge protector.
Serial Surge Protector
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Mark Paul" <mpbn80@...> wrote:
> I have had my lacrosse 2317 for a few years now and it is directly wired to the sensors via about 50 feet of extra phone cable to its outside location. It is connected to my computer with a USB serial converter. It seems that once a week or so WUHU will simply lose communication with the Main unit located right next to the computer and the only way to get it back up is to reset the computer, does anyone else have this problem. Also when there is a thunderstorm with a lot of lighting it seems to knock out communication between the Therm sensor and the main unit even though it is directly wired and I hate when that happens because then I have to completely reset the unit to get communications to resume and I lose all my data. Now that being said I tried to put a normal phone line surge protector in the line to stop and surges from coming up the line and into the computer USB or the 2317 main unit. When I did this the communications would never come through almost like the surge protector was blocking the data communication, does anyone have a setup like this where they were successful in adding some type of surge protection?