[aprssig] Need A GOOD USB<--> Serial Dongle? - Great Deal

Bob Poortinga aprssig at k9sql.us
Thu Aug 14 14:22:06 EDT 2014

On Thu, Aug 14, 2014 at 9:18 AM, Stephen H. Smith <wa8lmf2 at aol.com> wrote:

> This is the good stuff - this cable is based on the highly-desired FTDI
> chip, not the problematic Prolific chip that so many cheap dongles use.

Just to clarify Stephen's comment, dongles which use genuine Prolific
chips usually work well and have few problems. The real issue is the
number of devices (usually manufactured in China) which use
reverse-engineered, counterfeit Prolific chips and are unreliable.
Recent updates to the Prolific drivers cause devices with counterfeit
chips to stop working and many people do not understand what is going
on when an update "bricks" their USB-serial device.

73 de
Bob Poortinga  NG9M
Bloomington, IN  US

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