Belkin USB PDA Adapter - F5U109

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I'd been looking all over for a serial converter for my laptop which only has USB. This product is small (actually sleeker than it appears in the buy.com picture), lightweight and does exactly what you need it to do. Although the product packaging suggests that it's only for interfacing your PDA to your computer, it does work for any* serial device. After installing the device's driver, it interfaced seemlessly with my GPS receiver. (*according to Belkin, it creates a virtual port for your serial device, some devices may not support virtual ports) My only suggestion is that while installing the driver, you must specify the path to CD-ROM... Window's installation wizard doesn't find the driver on its own. No biggie... the product works great!

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Bought for use w/Garmin Geko 201 GPS & new laptop (WinXPPro) that lacks serial port. Install straight-forward: install driver from CD (click "Continue Anyway" on warning about "Windows Logo testing"), reboot, plug in cable/adaptor & use Add New Hardware Wizard to install software automatically. Shows up in Device Manager under Ports (COM & LPT) as "Belkin F5U109 Serial Port (COM5)." W/Geko Interface set to NMEA & MS Streets & Trips 2004 set to use GPS on COM5, got realtime lat/lon, & w/Geko Interface set to "Garmin" & National Geographic Topo! V2.7.7 set to Garmin ETrex (Geko is not listed) on COM5 w/baud 9600, I can upload/download waypoints/routes & get realtime lat/lon. Warning: blue screen of death occurs if laptop wakes from hibernate while cable plugged in! WinXP on recovery prompted to get new driver at Belkin site, but I didn't bother--just take care to not let it hibernate while using it. Also, if cable/GPS plugged in when booting, WinXP will think GPS is a Serial Mouse, so plug in GPS AFTER WinXP is booted up (this is not the fault of the Belkin cable). Adaptor has indicator lights for Link, TX, RX -- handy when troubleshooting!

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Does exactly what you want!

by Rog on 1/8/2002

I'd been looking all over for a serial converter for my laptop which only has USB. This product is small (actually sleeker than it appears in the buy.com picture), lightweight and does exactly what you need it to do. Although the product packaging suggests that it's only for interfacing your PDA to your computer, it does work for any* serial device. After installing the device's driver, it interfaced seemlessly with my GPS receiver. (*according to Belkin, it creates a virtual port for your serial device, some devices may not support virtual ports) My only suggestion is that while installing the driver, you must specify the path to CD-ROM... Window's installation wizard doesn't find the driver on its own. No biggie... the product works great!

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by ThoroughTester on 7/2/2004

Bought for use w/Garmin Geko 201 GPS & new laptop (WinXPPro) that lacks serial port. Install straight-forward: install driver from CD (click "Continue Anyway" on warning about "Windows Logo testing"), reboot, plug in cable/adaptor & use Add New Hardware Wizard to install software automatically. Shows up in Device Manager under Ports (COM & LPT) as "Belkin F5U109 Serial Port (COM5)." W/Geko Interface set to NMEA & MS Streets & Trips 2004 set to use GPS on COM5, got realtime lat/lon, & w/Geko Interface set to "Garmin" & National Geographic Topo! V2.7.7 set to Garmin ETrex (Geko is not listed) on COM5 w/baud 9600, I can upload/download waypoints/routes & get realtime lat/lon. Warning: blue screen of death occurs if laptop wakes from hibernate while cable plugged in! WinXP on recovery prompted to get new driver at Belkin site, but I didn't bother--just take care to not let it hibernate while using it. Also, if cable/GPS plugged in when booting, WinXP will think GPS is a Serial Mouse, so plug in GPS AFTER WinXP is booted up (this is not the fault of the Belkin cable). Adaptor has indicator lights for Link, TX, RX -- handy when troubleshooting!

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Product Overview

Handheld PC users like their info handy, within reach and easily accessible at all times. Keeping in touch with clients and remembering important meetings is vital.The Belkin USB Serial Adapter provides one DB9 Serial Port and is the easiest and most convenient way to connect your handheld personal digital assistant to your PC or Macintosh computer.

Attach your PDA to your PC through USB. Transfer data or perform HotSync® functions quicker with Plug-and Play convenience. Eliminates need to attach, re-attach, and install your serial mouse.

Specifications

Manufacturer Belkin
Mfg Part# F5U109
SKU 10258257
UPC 722868361474
UPC 14 00722868361474
Links
Product Guide Click Here for the Belkin Store
Features
Product Type Data Transfer Cable
Manufacturer Part Number F5U109
Manufacturer Belkin International, Inc
Product Name USB PDA Adapter
Package Type Retail
Brand Name Belkin
Color Black
Device Supported PDA
Connector on First End 1 x 4-pin Type A Male USB
Connector on Second End 1 x 9-pin DB-9 Male RS-232 Serial
Cable Type Serial/USB
Limited Warranty Lifetime
Tech Specs
Product Type Data Transfer Cable Adapter
Manufacturer Part Number F5U109
Manufacturer Website Address www.belkin.com
Packaged Quantity 1
Manufacturer Belkin International, Inc
Product Name USB PDA Adapter
Package Type Retail
Brand Name Belkin
Additional Information Plug-and-Play simplicity: The DB9 Serial Port of the built-in device cable connects to the PDA and the USB connector connects to the computer Works with PalmPilot organizers and other popular handheld PDAs Completely portable- weighs an astounding 1.8oz Built-in USB Device Cable Status LEDs monitor data transfer activity
Compatibility
System Requirements Windows Me Windows 98 Windows 2000 Windows XP Mac up to OS 9.xx
Color Black
Connector Details 1 x 4-pin Type A Male USB / 1 x 9-pin DB-9 Male RS-232 Serial
Data Transfer Rate 12 Mbps
Platform Support PC / Mac
Number of Connectors 2
Standard Warranty Lifetime
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Does exactly what you want! by Rog on Jan 08, 2002

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