StarTech.com

1 Port FTDI USB to Serial RS232 Adapter Cable with COM Retention

Add an RS232 serial port with COM retention to your laptop or desktop computer through USB

Product ID: ICUSB2321F

  • Integrated FTDI USB UART Chip
  • Baud Rate up to 115.2Kbps
  • COM Port assignments maintained across reboot
View More
  • Powered by the USB port - no external power adapter required
  • Single cable design for portability
  • Designed to make serial port expansion quick and easy
  • Compatible with Windows®, Mac OS and Linux
  • 6-foot cable length for connecting to devices without having to be too close
  • USB to Straight-Through RS232 Serial Adapter
$39.99 AUD exc GST
$43.99 AUD inc GST

Overview

The ICUSB2321F 1-Port USB to Serial RS232 Adapter Cable with FTDI chipset and COM Retention converts an available USB 1.1 or 2.0 port into an RS232 serial DB9 port to connect, monitor and control your serial devices.

This compact adapter features COM retention, allowing the same COM port value to automatically be re-assigned to the port if the cable is disconnected and re-connected to the host computer, or if the system is rebooted. The ICUSB2321F uses the FTDI chipset which supports additional customization, advanced features, and compatibility not necessarily offered by other solutions.

Compatibility with a broad list of Operating Systems including Windows®, Windows CE, Mac OS and Linux, makes this product easy to integrate into mixed environments.

Backed by a StarTech.com 2-year warranty and free lifetime technical support.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • The FTDI chipset is highly customizable and compatible, making it the ideal solution for any setup
  • Portable USB-Powered design requires no bulky power adapter or outlet
  • Simple installation and operation with COM port retention provides robust serial connectivity for legacy devices

Applications

Perfect for IT Administrators looking to add legacy functionality to newer notebooks, PCs and servers that lack an integrated RS232 port

Connect, monitor and control industrial/automotive sensors and equipment

Connect bar code scanners, receipt printers and other point of sale devices

Connect and program LED and Digital signage boards with serial communication ports

Connect a satellite receiver, serial modem, or PDU

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty 2 Years
Hardware
Bus Type USB 2.0
Chipset ID FTDI - FT232RL
Interface Serial
Port Style Cable Adapters
Ports 1
Performance
Data Bits 7, 8
FIFO 256 Bytes
Max Baud Rate 115.2 Kbps
MTBF 836981.2 hours
Parity None, Odd, Even, Mark, Space
Serial Protocol RS-232
Stop Bits 1, 2
Connector(s)
Connector Type(s) 1 - DB-9 (9 pin, D-Sub) Male
1 - USB Type-A (4 pin) USB 2.0 Male
Software
OS Compatibility Windows® CE (4.2, 5.0, 6.0), XP Embedded, 98SE, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.13
Linux 2.4.x to 4.11.x LTS Versions only
Special Notes / Requirements
System and Cable Requirements One available USB 1.1 (or better) port
Power
Power Source USB-Powered
Environmental
Humidity 5~95% RH
Operating Temperature 0°C to 55°C (32°F to 131°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 85°C (-4°F to 185°F)
Physical Characteristics
Cable Length 6 ft [1.8 m]
Color Black
Enclosure Type Plastic
Product Height 0.9 in [22 mm]
Product Length 1.8 in [45 mm]
Product Weight 7.1 oz [200 g]
Product Width 1.6 in [41.5 mm]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 0.5 lb [0.2 kg]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - USB to RS-232 Serial Adapter
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

Compatibility

View full OS compatibility
Windows® CE (4.2, 5.0, 6.0), XP Embedded, 98SE, 2000, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2012 R2, 2016
Mac OS® 10.6 to 10.13
Linux 2.4.x to 4.11.x LTS Versions only

Certifications

Related Products

USB to RS232 DB9 Serial Adapter Cable with COM Retention
ICUSB232PRO
1 ft USB to RS232 Serial DB9 Adapter Cable with COM Retention

Add an RS-232 serial port to your laptop or desktop computer through USB; features COM port retention

$36.99 exc GST
$40.69 inc GST
1 Port USB to RS232 DB9 Serial Adapter Cable - M/M
ICUSB232V2
1 Port USB to RS232 DB9 Serial Adapter Cable - M/M

Add an RS232 serial port to your laptop or desktop computer through USB

$25.99 exc GST
$28.59 inc GST
USB to RS232 DB9/DB25 Serial Adapter Cable - M/M
ICUSB232DB25
USB to RS232 DB9/DB25 Serial Adapter Cable - M/M

Add an RS232 serial port to a notebook or desktop computer with this Plug-and Play USB adapter cable

$25.99 exc GST
$28.59 inc GST
1 Port FTDI USB to Serial RS232 Adapter Cable with Optical Isolation
ICUSB2321FIS
1 Port FTDI USB to Serial RS232 Adapter Cable with Optical Isolation

Add an RS232 serial port with circuit isolation to your laptop or desktop computer, through USB

$169.99 exc GST
$186.99 inc GST
1 Port Professional USB to Serial Adapter Cable with COM Retention
ICUSB2321X
1 Port Professional USB to Serial Adapter Cable with COM Retention

Add one serial RS-232 port with com retention to any laptop or computer with a USB port

$56.99 exc GST
$62.69 inc GST
3ft USB to RS232 DB9 Serial Adapter Cable - M/M
ICUSB232SM3
3ft USB to RS232 DB9 Serial Adapter Cable - M/M

Add an RS232 serial port to your laptop or desktop computer through USB

$38.99 exc GST
$42.89 inc GST
Micro USB to RS232 DB9 Serial Adapter Cable for Android with USB Charging - M/M
ICUSBANDR232
Micro USB to RS232 DB9 Serial Adapter Cable for Android with USB Charging - M/M

Add an RS232 serial port to your Android smartphone or tablet device through Micro USB with USB charging capabilities

$54.99 exc GST
$60.49 inc GST
3 ft 1s1p USB to Serial Parallel Port Adapter Cable
ICUSB2321284
3 ft 1s1p USB to Serial Parallel Port Adapter Cable

Add one RS232 Serial, and one IEEE 1284 Parallel port to your computer through a single USB connection

$45.99 exc GST
$50.59 inc GST
2 Port FTDI USB to Serial RS232 Adapter Cable with COM Retention
ICUSB2322F
2 Port FTDI USB to Serial RS232 Adapter Cable with COM Retention

Add two RS232 serial ports with COM retention to your laptop or desktop computer through USB

$84.99 exc GST
$93.49 inc GST
4 Port USB to RS232 Serial DB9 Adapter Hub
ICUSB2324
4 Port USB to RS232 Serial DB9 Adapter Hub

Add four RS232 serial ports to any notebook or desktop computer using a single USB port

$133.99 exc GST
$147.39 inc GST
4 Port USB to DB9 RS232 Serial Adapter Hub – Industrial DIN Rail and Wall Mountable
ICUSB2324I
4 Port USB to DB9 RS232 Serial Adapter Hub – Industrial DIN Rail and Wall Mountable

Add 4 DIN Rail-mountable RS232 Serial ports to any system through USB

$167.99 exc GST
$184.79 inc GST
8 Port USB to DB9 RS232 Serial Adapter Hub – Industrial DIN Rail and Wall Mountable
ICUSB2328I
8 Port USB to DB9 RS232 Serial Adapter Hub – Industrial DIN Rail and Wall Mountable

Add 8 DIN Rail-mountable RS232 Serial ports to any system through USB

$302.99 exc GST
$333.29 inc GST
8-Port USB-to-Serial Adapter Hub
ICUSB23208FD
8-Port USB-to-Serial Adapter Hub

Convert a single USB port into eight serial ports, and connect multiple hubs together for a scalable solution

$486.99 exc GST
$535.69 inc GST
16-Port USB-to-Serial Adapter Hub
ICUSB23216FD
16-Port USB-to-Serial Adapter Hub

Convert a USB port into 16 RS232 serial ports in an industrial rack-mountable chassis - and daisy chain multiple hubs for a scalable solution

$795.99 exc GST
$875.59 inc GST
FTDI USB to Serial Null Modem DCE Adapter Cable
ICUSB232FTN
1 Port USB to Null Modem RS232 DB9 Serial DCE Adapter Cable with FTDI

Add a Null Modem RS232 serial port to your laptop or desktop computer through USB

$41.99 exc GST
$46.19 inc GST

Accessories

Product Support

Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

Some driver installation packages may require you to disable driver signature enforcement in Windows 8, which will allow unsigned driver packages to be installed on your system.

Note: Before you continue, save any open documents and close all open programs.

To disable driver signature enforcement, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key + C.
  2. Click Settings > Change PC Settings.
  3. In the left pane, click General.
  4. In the right pane, under Advanced startup, click Restart now.

When your system finishes restarting, complete the following:

  1. Click Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  2. Press 7.

When your computer restarts, driver signature enforcement will be disabled and you can install your drivers.

Note: When you restart your computer after you install your drivers, driver signature enforcement will be enabled again. This does not prevent your newly installed drivers from working, but does prevent any other unsigned drivers from being installed until driver signature enforcement is disabled.

Some driver installation packages may require you to disable driver signature enforcement in Windows 8.1, which will allow unsigned driver packages to be installed on your system.

Note: Before you continue, save any open documents and close all open programs.

To disable driver signature enforcement, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key + C.
  2. Click Settings > Change PC Settings.
  3. In the left pane, click Update & Recovery.
  4. In the left pane, click Recovery.
  5. Under Advanced startup, click Restart now.

When your system finishes restarting, complete the following:

  1. Click Troubleshoot > Advanced options > Startup Settings > Restart.
  2. Press 7.

When your computer restarts, driver signature enforcement will be disabled and you can install your drivers.

Note: When you restart your computer after you install your drivers, driver signature enforcement will be enabled again. This does not prevent your newly installed drivers from working, but does prevent any other unsigned drivers from being installed until driver signature enforcement is disabled.­­­­­­­

You may need to disable Driver Signature Enforcement in Windows 10 to use some driver installation packages. When you disable this feature, you can install unsigned driver packages on your computer.

Note: Before you continue, save any open documents and close all of your programs. You will need to restart your computer to disable Driver Signature Enforcement.

To disable Driver Signature Enforcement, complete the following:

  1. Click the Windows icon in the taskbar.
  2. Click Power.
  3. Press and hold the Shift key and click Restart.

After your computer finishes restarting, complete the following:

  1. Click Troubleshoot Advanced Options Startup Settings > Restart.
  2. Press 7.   

When your computer finishes restarting, Driver Signature Enforcement will be disabled and you can install the drivers.

Note: When you restart your computer after you install your drivers, driver signature enforcement will be enabled again. This does not prevent your newly installed drivers from working, but does prevent any other unsigned drivers from being installed until driver signature enforcement is disabled.­­­­­­­

Prior to installing this device, ensure that your operating system is up to date (for example, you have installed the most recent service pack).

To install the driver:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

Note: Windows will typically save the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Users\your_name\Downloads).

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. Open the appropriate folder for your operating system.
  3. Right-click Setup.exe. 
  4. Click Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be attempting to run the installer from within the zipped file. Extract the files using the instructions in Step 2.

  1. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and restart the computer when prompted.
  2. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation and your device should be ready to use.

Prior to installing this device, ensure that your operating system is up to date (for example, you have installed the most recent service pack).

To install the driver:

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website (http://www.startech.com/Support). You can find the part number and product ID on the product’s packaging.

Note: Windows will typically save the files to the Downloads folder that is associated with your user account (for example, C:\Documents and Settings\your_name\My Documents\Downloads).

  1. Once the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, select Extract All, and follow the on-screen instructions.
  2. Open the appropriate folder for your operating system.
  3. Double-click Setup.exe.
  4. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the device drivers and restart the computer when prompted.
  5. Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation and your device should be ready to use.

How to

To confirm that Windows detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Press the Windows key+R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter.
  2. In Device Manager, under the appropriate heading, confirm that your expansion card is listed and that there isn't an exclamation mark next to it.  For example, a USB controller card would be under Universal Serial Bus controllers.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

To confirm that the Mac OS detects your USB device, complete the following:

  1. Click the Apple icon.
  2. Click About This Mac.
  3. Click More Info or System Report.
  4. Under the appropriate heading, confirm that your USB device is listed and that there isn't an error. For example, a network card would be under Ethernet Cards.

You may need to refresh the System Information page after you plug in your device.  To do so, press Command R with the System Information page open.

Your USB device is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your USB device, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Troubleshooting

When you troubleshoot issues with a serial device, there are some quick tests that you can complete to rule out potential problems. You can test to make sure that the following components are working correctly and are not the source of the issue:

  • Serial cables

  • Serial ports

  • Serial devices

To test your setup components, try the following:

  • Use the serial cable, serial port, and serial device in another setup to see if the problem is with the components or the setup.

  • Use a different serial cable, serial port, and serial device in your setup to see if the problem persists. Ideally, you should test a component that you know works in another setup.

When you test your cables, it is recommended that you do the following:

  • Test each cable individually.

  • Use short cables when you are testing.

When you test the serial ports and serial device, it is recommended that you do the following:

Note: Some serial devices work only if the COM port number is between a certain range. For example, COM1 to COM4.

To check whether or not an RS-232 serial port is working, perform an RS-232 loopback test by doing the following:

  1. If your serial port is not female, convert it by taking a female/female cable or gender changer and plugging it into the serial port.
  2. Take a metal paperclip or wire and cross pins 2 and 3. If you look closely at the female end, the pins should be numbered.
  3. Open a telnet session on the COM port number of the device that you are testing. To find out the COM port number, refer to the following FAQ: https://www.startech.com/faq/com-port-listing-windows.

Note: To open a telnet session on the COM port, you need a telnet client like PuTTY or Hyper Terminal. Windows XP comes with Hyper Terminal.

  1. When the session is open, anything you type into it you should see. The loopback test fails when you cannot see what you are typing.

If the loopback test fails, make sure that the serial cable or gender changer that you are using works and that the adapter is in the correct port. 

You can check multiple ports at the same time by opening multiple sessions, putting the loopback adapter on one port, and trying to type into each session.  When you can see what you are typing, you know that the COM port is working and you can see which port number the physical serial port is. Close the window for the port that you just tested to speed up the testing of the remaining serial ports.

For products related to this article, click here.

If the USB device does not work after your computer has been in extended hibernation, it is likely that Windows has automatically turned off the USB Root hub to save power. 

The steps below outline how to configure the USB root hub to stay on during hibernation, to prevent this from happening.
 

Windows 10 / 8

  1. On your keyboard, press the Windows key + X and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows 7 / Vista

  1. Click the Start button and select Control Panel.
  2. Click Hardware and Sound, then click Power Options.
  3. Click Change plan settings for the plan you want to change.
  4. Click Change advanced power settings.
  5. Click the plus sign (+) next to “USB settings” and “USB selective suspend setting” to expand the options and change the setting to Disabled.
  6. Click OK to apply the setting.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.

Windows XP

  1. On your desktop, right-click the My Computer icon and select Properties.
  2. Click the Device Manager tab.
  3. Expand Universal Serial Bus controllers by clicking the arrow to the left of it.
  4. Right-click the first USB Root Hub device and select Properties.
  5. Click the Power Management tab.
  6. Clear the box next to Allow the computer to turn off this device to save power.
  7. Click OK to apply the setting.
  8. Repeat steps 4-7 for any remaining devices in the Universal Serial Bus Controllers section with “Root Hub” in the name.

Note: You may need to disconnect and re-connect your USB device after applying these settings to re-establish the connection.