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Hardware USB-to-RS232 adaptors

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Are there any very ordinary USB-to-RS232 (serial) adaptors that are guaranteed to work in Linux under the 2.6 kernel?

It wouldn’t be economically viable to require one that uses some third-party driver, either. I already bought one (special order, no less) and plugged it into a server: nothing worked. Turns out it was some cheap Chinese manufacturer who cut corners and embedded a competitor’s hardware serial number. Tech support was of absolutely no help, either: they recommended I rebuild the entire damn kernel with one of their modules to add support for the hardware IDs they stole.

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Anything that uses the FTDI chip should work fine. As far as I know, the default kernel will work out of the box.

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Awesome. I really hope this works.

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Post as to what you find that /does/ work. I'm in need of a USB-to-RS232 adapter that works under Linux, too. We had a fun time finding someone with a laptop that had a serial port to configure the Qube while at HOPE. I guess hardly any laptop comes with RS232 by default.

The USB mag stripe reader that was advertised in the forums a while back used the FTDI chipset (it was really serial underneath) and does indeed work perfectly under Linux/OS X.

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Post as to what you find that /does/ work. I'm in need of a USB-to-RS232 adapter that works under Linux, too. We had a fun time finding someone with a laptop that had a serial port to configure the Qube while at HOPE. I guess hardly any laptop comes with RS232 by default.

The USB mag stripe reader that was advertised in the forums a while back used the FTDI chipset (it was really serial underneath) and does indeed work perfectly under Linux/OS X.

what he said.

I'll be needing one too... I hate swapping out my cables now.

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