Spoke too soon, IO Gear USB serial adapter...
- Well, it appears that I had made a rush to judgement on the IO Gear
USB serial adapter:
IOGEAR GUC232A USB1.1 to Serial/ PDA Converter Cable
When I installed the USB converter, I went to the IO Gear download
page and downloaded an older version of the driver. The instructions
are very confusing about which download you need. Since I knew my
adapter was at least a few years old, I downloaded the 2002 version.
In actuality the driver you download is based upon a couple of digits
in the serial number on the driver. As it turns out, my adapter must
be a newer one as it uses the latest driver (where the second pair of
digits in the serial number is > 42). Oddly enough, my adapter
somewhat worked with the old driver, I am not sure how (same
So, bottom line, I installed the new drivers and the system has been
up and running for a little over 12 hours now. I will let you know if
it continues to run without fault.
After digging around a bit, I discovered that my version of the IO
Gear adapter has the Prolific chipset as well. Although IO Gear
provides a different installation application, the version number of
the driver appears to match the latest offering from the Prolific
Now what is interesting is the the Sakar International USB serial
adapter and the IO Gear adapater (that I have) are based upon the
same Prolific chipset (PL-2303).
Whether or not it is the chipset, or whether it is a well written
driver that supports the chipset is not known (may be impossible to
determine the root cause), these adapters seem to work (at least for
the WS-23xx, not sure about the WS36xx where extensive handshaking is
If after a few days I can declare this adapter/driver good (which I
suspect I will be able to), you may want to consider throwing out
your old USB serial adapter and buying this one (or the Sakar
The best place I have found on the net for ordering computer
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Here is a link to the IO Gear adapter I am using:
Here is a link to the IO Gear driver page:
(the 42 series or later version works, the older one does not!)
Here is the link to the Prolific driver site (should support both the
IO Gear as well as the Sakar International iConcept adapter)
- --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Charles Owen \(ATT\)"
> BTW, my history file on HW shows a rainfall total for the past 6Hands up here! My WS-3600 has this rather interesting feature.
> weeks and I cleared the total rain on the main screen. Has anyone
> else seen that?
Clearing the rain value from the screen of the weather station has no
effect whatsoever in HW, nor does it clear in HW either.
In addition to that, clearing all the wind values from HeavyWeather
will produce a gust display of 50.9 meters/second gust in a few
seconds after the value is clear.
Luckily this value, when present, is ignored by WUHU.