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4 Port PCI Dual Profile RS232 Powered Serial Adapter Card

Add four RS232 serial ports with 5V or 12V power output to your computer through a PCI slot

Product ID: PCI4S650PW

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  • Supports major operating systems, including 64-bit editions of Microsoft Windows.
  • Configurable in 5V, 12V, and RI (non-powered) modes.
  • Works in both PCI and PCI-X slots, either standard or low profile.

This 4 Port PCI-based RS232 Powered Serial Adapter Card offers an easy way to add self-powered serial devices to your computer, POS solution, or manufacturing application.

The adapter provides 4 high-performance serial ports that can be configured to deliver 5 or 12 volts of power to compatible devices, and for additional flexibility, this card can be used in PCI (5 volt) or PCI-X (3.3 volt) expansion slots and supports Windows (including 64-bit editions) and Linux environments.

Plus, the serial adapter card includes both standard and low profile brackets, allowing simple installation in virtually any computer case.

Applications

  • Reduce clutter and the need for extra power connections by using self-powered serial devices.
  • Perfect for adding barcode scanners, card readers, and other similar devices to POS, manufacturing, and industrial solutions.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Lifetime warranty and FREE technical support.

Partner Numbers

  • UPC 065030812740

Compatibility

  • Linux logo
DOS, Windows 95, 98, ME, NT; Windows XP (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), Linux

Specifications

Warranty Information Warranty Lifetime
Connector(s) 1 - Connector Type(s) PCI / PCI-X (Universal 3.3 & 5V, 32-bit)
4 - External Ports DB-9 (9 pin, D-Sub)
Environmental Humidity 5~95% RH
Storage Temperature -20°C to 85°C (-4°F to 185°F)
Operating Temperature 0°C to 60°C (32°F to 140°F)
Hardware Interface Serial
Ports 4
Bus Type PCI / PCI-X (5 / 3.3V)
Card Type Standard Profile (LP bracket incl.)
Port Style Dongle (Included)
Chipset ID Sunix - SUN1889
Packaging Information Package Length 8.5 in [21.6 cm]
Package Width 2.1 in [54 mm]
Package Height 5.8 in [14.7 cm]
Shipping (Package) Weight 11.6 oz [330 g]
Performance Max Baud Rate 115.2 Kbps
Serial Protocol RS-232
FIFO 32 Bytes
MTBF 300,000 Hours
Physical Characteristics Product Length 4.7 in [12 cm]
Product Width 0.7 in [17 mm]
Product Height 2.0 in [50 mm]
Weight of Product 1.8 oz [50 g]
Software OS Compatibility DOS, Windows 95, 98, ME, NT; Windows XP (32-bit, 64-bit), Windows Vista (32-bit, 64-bit), Linux
Microsoft WHQL Certified Yes
Special Notes / Requirements System and Cable Requirements Internal SP4 power connector when using EXT (External Power) jumper configuration
Available PCI or PCI-X slot (full size or low profile)
What's in the Box 1 - Included in Package PCI1S650PW Serial Card
4 port DB9 connector dongle
Low-Profile Bracket
Instruction Manual
Installation CD

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Frequently Asked Questions

Installation

Before you install the driver, 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. In the list of extracted files, right-click the Setup.exe file and click Run as Administrator.

Note: If the Run as Administrator option is not available, you might be trying to run the installer from within the zipped file. Complete the instructions in step 2 to extract the files.

  1. Complete the instructions to install the device drivers, and restart your computer when prompted to.

Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation and your device should be ready to use.

Before you install the driver, 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. In the list of extracted files, double-click the Setup.exe file.
  3. Complete the instructions to install the device drivers, and restart your computer when prompted to.

Your computer will automatically complete the driver installation and your device should be ready to use.

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:

  • Press the Windows key + R, type devmgmt.msc, and press Enter to open Device Manager. Check to see if your device is listed under Ports (COM & LPT).

  • Make sure that the COM port number is the correct number for the serial device and that the software being used to connect the computer to the serial device uses the correct COM port number. 

  • If the device is listed with an error, follow the instructions on the website to reinstall the drivers.

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.

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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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