A serial port adapter allows a computer to connect to certain external devices, like keyboards, printers and mice. The original purpose of Serial ports was traditionally used to transfer data from computers to different external devices, such as modems, input devices and mice, as well as to convert information from a keyboard into electronic form for processing by the CPU.
Serial connectors were first introduced in the 1980s when the IBM PC was first released and quickly became an important part of computer hardware. The addition of a serial communication port enabled faster data transfers and eliminated the need for parallel ports (which are still used on desktops.) Today, most peripherals no longer use serial connections, so they can be considered obsolete.
A serial port is also known as an RS-232 port and provides very slow speeds. One major difference between RS-232 signals and Serial signals on a controller board is that serial data transfers happen one bit at a time while the signal transmission for RS-232 makes use of 8 or more bits at a time. This distinction began to matter less with the popularity of USB, which has fully replaced it when it comes to many tasks today. Fortunately, you can still use USB adapters to get old peripherals working again without needing any expensive adaptors.
At Adept Networks, we are aware of the need for Serial Adaptors and stock a huge supply to fit all your peripheral needs. We have adaptors ranging from 9 Female - 25 Male Serial Adaptors to 9 Female - 25 Female Serial Adaptors.
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