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PostPosted: Tue Feb 21, 2012 7:07 pm 
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My multimeter will act as a data logger, using a D9 female serial lead to the computer, Unfortunately, my new computer is USB only. How can I make it usable for a modest cost?

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Yeah, USB serial leads are the only way these days - unless you're prepared to fit an internal PCI serial card?

Those multimeters usually use 'simple' RS232 therefore practically any USB/Serial converter will work.

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Yeah, USB serial leads are the only way these days - unless you're prepared to fit an internal PCI serial card?

Those multimeters usually use 'simple' RS232 therefore practically any USB/Serial converter will work.


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kelly's right, some USB/serial converter leads can be a bit ropey for more complex tasks - but just for datalogging then pretty much any of the cheap ones on the market will do.

http://www.maplin.co.uk/usb-to-serial-9-pin-male-adaptor-29968

For some of the more complex applications we do at work we've found that a serial/PCMCIA adapter works better (if your laptop has PCMCIA slots!)

http://www.maplin.co.uk/serial-rs232-2-port-pcmcia-laptop-card-47115


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Thanks, I just ordered a lead.

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