2S1P PCI Serial Parallel Combo Card with 16550 UART

Add a parallel port and two RS-232 serial ports to your PC through a PCI expansion slot

Product ID: PCI2S1P

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  • Two 16C550 serial ports with data transfer up to 115.2 Kbits/sec
  • One EPP/ECP parallel port with data transfer up to 1.5 Mbits/sec
  • Includes optional low profile/half-height mounting bracket
Your price
€48,99 EUR excl. VAT
€58,30 EUR incl. VAT

The PCI2S1P PCI Serial/Parallel Combo Card turns a PCI slot into two external 16C550 serial ports and one external EPP/ECP parallel port - an all-in-one solution that gives you both parallel and serial connections while taking up only one PCI slot.

Suitable for installation in a small form factor computer, the PCI serial/parallel card includes an optional low profile/half-height mounting bracket that makes installation easy.

The serial/parallel combo card is PCI plug and play ready and supports IRQ sharing for fast, simple installation. The combo card is supported in virtually any Microsoft Windows operating environment (Windows® 7, Server 2008 R2, Vista, XP, ME, 2000, 98, 95 and NT4), and is backed by a StarTech.com Lifetime Warranty and free lifetime technical support.

Applications

  • Self service automated machines and kiosks to control serial devices such as scales, touchscreens, magnetic card readers, bar code scanners, receipt printers, label printers
  • POS retail applications in grocery stores, and any other retail store to control keyboards, cash drawers, receipt printers, card readers / card swipes, scales, and elevated displays on poles
  • Bank teller workstations in either full profile or low profile versions to control their serial devices such as cash drawers, card readers / card swipes, printers, keypads / pinpads, pen pads
  • Standard ATM automated teller machines to control keypads, receipt printer, card readers / card swipes, touchscreen LCD's, camera control, etc.
  • Used to control multiple surveillance / security cameras in a parking structure, office building, etc.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Guaranteed compatibility with any PC running Windows®, DOS® or Linux® for simple integration into your application
  • All three ports share only one IRQ, minimizing system resources required for the card
  • Easy to install and use with full step-by-step instruction providing a hassle free serial solution

Partner Numbers

  • Ingram Germany V930394
  • ALSO DEUTSCHLAND GMBH 2776347
  • UPC 065030781022

Compatibility

  • Windows 8 logo
  • Linux logo
  • Windows 7 logo
  • Windows Server 2012 logo
  • Windows 10 logo
  • Windows Server 2016 logo
  • Windows Server 2019 logo
Windows® DOS, 95, 98SE, 2000, CE 5.0 / 6.0, Embedded System 2009, XP Embedded, POS Ready 2009, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016, 2019
Linux 3.5.x to 4.11.x LTS Versions only

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty Lifetime
Connector(s) 1 - Connector Type(s) PCI / PCI-X (Universal 3.3 & 5V, 32-bit)
1 - External Ports DB-25 (25 pin, D-Sub)
2 - External Ports DB-9 (9 pin, D-Sub)
Environmental Operating Temperature -10°C to 80°C (14°F to 176°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 100°C (-4°F to 212°F)
Humidity 5~85% RH
Hardware Ports 2
Interface Parallel
Serial
Bus Type PCI / PCI-X (5 / 3.3V)
Card Type Standard Profile (LP bracket incl.)
Port Style Integrated on Card
Chipset ID ASIX - MCS9835CV
Packaging Information Package Height 32 mm [1,3 in]
Package Length 14,5 cm [5,7 in]
Shipping (Package) Weight 200 g [7,1 oz]
Package Width 17,5 cm [6,9 in]
Performance Maximum Data Transfer Rate Up to 1.5 Mbits/sec.
Serial Protocol RS-232
Max Baud Rate 115.2 Kbps
FIFO Serial: 32 Bytes
Parallel: 16-Bytes
Physical Characteristics Weight of Product 66 g [2,3 oz]
Material Steel
Product Length 12 cm [4,7 in]
Product Width 20 mm [0,8 in]
Product Height 12 cm [4,7 in]
Software OS Compatibility Windows® DOS, 95, 98SE, 2000, CE 5.0 / 6.0, Embedded System 2009, XP Embedded, POS Ready 2009, XP, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1, 10
Windows Server® 2003, 2008 R2, 2012, 2016, 2019
Linux 3.5.x to 4.11.x LTS Versions only
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package PCI 2S1P Card
DB9 Ribbon Cable
3 - Included in Package Low Profile Brackets
1 - Included in Package Driver CD
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Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

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. Select 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. Select 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.

Before you install the device, make sure that your operating system is current (for example, the most recent service pack is installed).

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website at http://www.startech.com/Support. The part number and product ID are on the product packaging.

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

  1. After the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and complete the instructions.
  2. Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter to open the Device Manager.
  3. Right-click PCI Serial Port, which will have a “!” or “?” next to it to indicate a driver issue.
  4. Click Update Driver.
  5. Click Browse my computer for driver software.
  6. Select the Let me pick from a list of device drivers on my computer option.
  7. On the Select your device’s type from the list below screen, click Show All Devices, and click Next.

Note: The Select your device’s type from the list below screen does not appear on all systems. If you do not see this screen, skip this step.

  1. Select the Have Disk option.
  2. Browse to the Drivers folder and open the 32-bit or the 64-bit folder, depending on your system type.

Note: To view your system type, press Windows key + R, type control /name microsoft.system, and press Enter.

  1. Click the StnMF file or the NmXpMf file (only one of the file names is displayed). Click OK, and then click Next.
  2. The COM ports are listed in Device Manager under Ports (COM & LPT). Repeat steps 4 to 11 for each of the COM ports, selecting the StnPorts file or the NmPorts file in step 11.

Before you install the device, make sure that your operating system is current (for example, the most recent service pack is installed).

  1. Download the latest drivers from the StarTech.com website at http://www.startech.com/Support. The part number and product ID are on the product packaging.

Note: Windows usually saves 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. After the download is complete, right-click the zip folder that you downloaded, click Extract All, and complete the instructions.
  2. Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter to open the Device Manager.
  3. Right-click PCI Serial Port, which will have “!” or “?” next to it to indicate a driver issue.
  4. Click Update Driver.
  5. On the Hardware Update Wizard screen, click Install from a list or specific location (Advanced), and then click Next.
  6. Select the Don’t search, I will choose the driver to install option, and then click Next.
  7. On the Hardware Type screen, click Show All Devices, and then click Next.

Note: The Hardware Type screen does not appear on all systems. If you do not see this screen, skip this step.

  1. On the Select the Device Driver you want to install for this hardware screen, select the Have Disk option.
  2. In the Install from Disk dialog box, click Browse.
  3. Browse to the Drivers folder and open the 32-bit or the 64-bit folder, depending on your system type.

Note: To view your system type, press Windows key + R, type control /name microsoft.system, and press Enter.

  1. Click the StnMF file or the NmXpMf file (only one of the file names is displayed). Click OK, and then click Next.
  2. The COM ports are listed in Device Manager under Ports (COM & LPT). Repeat steps 4 to 11 for each of the COM ports, selecting the StnPorts file or the NmPorts file in step 11.

Troubleshooting

Older applications that use serial communication often use legacy hardware addresses that do not work with PCI, PCIe, or USB to Serial products. We recommend contacting the software provider/support team to check if this is the case.

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.

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When you troubleshoot issues with a serial or parallel hybrid 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 or parallel cables

  • Serial or parallel ports

  • Serial or parallel devices

To test your setup components, try the following:

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

  • Use a different serial or parallel cable, serial or parallel port, and serial or parallel 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 or parallel ports and serial or parallel device, it is recommended that you do the following:

Note: Some serial devices work only if the COM or LPT port number is between a certain range. For example, COM1 to COM4 for serial and LPT1 and LPT2 for parallel.

Note: There is not an equivalent loopback test that can be performed for parallel devices.

How To

To confirm that Windows detects your expansion card, 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 expansion card is listed according to the name of the chipset. To determine the name of the chipset of your expansion card, navigate to www.StarTech.com and look on the Technical Specifications tab for your product.

Before You Buy

Yes. This PCI card uses a universal connector keyed for both 3.3V and 5V that can be used with PCI and PCI-X. This type of connector is identified as having 2 separate notches, instead of just one.

Compliance and safety

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Safety Measures

  • If product has an exposed circuit board, do not touch the product under power.
  • If Class 1 Laser Product. Laser radiation is present when the system is open.
  • Wiring terminations should not be made with the product and/or electric lines under power.
  • Product installation and/or mounting should be completed by a certified professional as per the local safety and building code guidelines.
  • Cables (including power and charging cables) should be placed and routed to avoid creating electric, tripping or safety hazards.
*Product appearance and specifications are subject to change without notice.

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