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2S2P PCI Serial Parallel Combo Card with 16C1050 UART

Add two Serial and two Parallel ports to your desktop system through a single PCI slot

Product ID: PCI2S2PMC

  • 2x 16C1050 compatible UART serial ports, and 2x IEEE 1284 Parallel ports
  • Supports RS232 baud rates up to 115.2 Kbps
  • Parallel data rates up to 1.5Mbps
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  • 256 Byte deep transmit/receive FIFO
  • Universal 3.3/5V PCI card
  • Compliant with PCI Local Bus Specification, Revision 2.3
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Overview

The PCI2S2PMC 2S2P PCI Serial/Parallel Combo Card (16C1050 UART) adds 2 RS232 serial, and 2 IEEE-1284 Parallel ports to your system, through a PCI slot.

Supporting RS232 speeds up to 115.2 Kbps and parallel rates up to 1.5 Mbps, the serial/parallel adapter offers the added connectivity needed for industrial and business applications, while only occupying a single 3.3/5V PCI slot.

This 2S-2P card offers a broad operating system compatibility list that includes Windows® 7, Windows Server 2003, XP, DOS® and Linux, for simple integration into mixed environments.

Backed by a StarTech.com Lifetime warranty and free lifetime technical support.

The StarTech.com Advantage

  • Unique 2S2P card design allows you to add 2 Serial and 2 Parallel ports using only a single PCI slot
  • Universal support for 32/64-bit, 3.3/5V PCI or PCI-X slots makes this a suitable expansion card for almost any system
  • Broad OS compatibility, including Windows® and Linux for simple integration into mixed environments

Applications

Add serial and parallel connectivity to newer systems that lack integrated ports, or expand the amount of available peripheral connections

Upgrade standard PCs for control of industrial controls and automated devices on the factory production floor

POS retail applications in grocery and other store locations, for controlling keyboards, cash drawers, receipt printers, card readers / card swipes, scales, and elevated displays

Self-service automated machines and kiosks to control serial devices such as scales, touchscreens, magnetic card readers, bar code scanners and label printers

Connects any parallel peripheral including printers, scanners, CD-R/RWs, Zip® drives, and memory card readers

Technical Specifications

Warranty Information
Warranty Lifetime
Hardware
Bus Type PCI / PCI-X (5 / 3.3V)
Card Type Standard Profile (LP bracket incl.)
Chipset ID ASIX - MCS9865IV
Industry Standards PCI Local Bus Specification, Revision 2.3
Interface Parallel
Serial
Port Style Integrated on Card
Ports 4
Performance
Data Bits 5, 6, 7, 8
FIFO 256 Bytes
Flow Control None, Xon/Xoff, RTS/CTS
Max Baud Rate 115.2 Kbps
Maximum Data Transfer Rate 1.5Mbps (Parallel)
Parity None, Odd, Even, Space, Mark
Serial Protocol RS-232
Stop Bits 1, 1.5, 2
Supported Protocols RS232, EPP, ECP, SPP, PS2
Connector(s)
Connector Type(s) 1 - PCI / PCI-X (Universal 3.3 & 5V, 32-bit) Male
External Ports 2 - DB-25 (25 pin, D-Sub) Female
2 - DB-9 (9 pin, D-Sub) Male
Software
Microsoft WHQL Certified Yes
OS Compatibility Windows® 10 (32/64), 8 / 8.1 (32/64), 7 (32/64), Vista (32/64), XP (32/64), 2000, NT 4.0, DOS 6.2
Windows Server® 2012, 2008 R2, 2003 (32/64)
Linux 2.6.x
Environmental
Humidity 5~85% RH
Operating Temperature -10°C to 80°C (14°F to 176°F)
Storage Temperature -20°C to 100°C (-4°F to 212°F)
Physical Characteristics
Product Height 89 mm [3.5 in]
Product Length 133 mm [5.2 in]
Product Weight 80 g [2.8 oz]
Product Width 19 mm [0.7 in]
Packaging Information
Shipping (Package) Weight 0.2 kg [0.5 lb]
What's in the Box
Included in Package 1 - PCI 2S2P Combo Card
1 - Ribbon Cable with bracket
2 - Low Profile Brackets
1 - Driver CD
1 - Instruction Manual

Compatibility

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Windows® 10 (32/64), 8 / 8.1 (32/64), 7 (32/64), Vista (32/64), XP (32/64), 2000, NT 4.0, DOS 6.2
Windows Server® 2012, 2008 R2, 2003 (32/64)
Linux 2.6.x

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Frequently Asked Questions

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.

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.

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.

Troubleshooting

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.

2S2P PCI Serial Parallel Combo Card with 16C1050 UART

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