How Can I Add New Serial & Parallel Ports to my Computer?
New laptop PCs commonly have too few serial or parallel ports for interfacing to peripheral devices - increasingly only a USB connection is offered with no RS232 port at all. Modern notebooks seem not to be designed to connect to anything useful such as a printer or modem, even though many of us would like to use our new laptop with existing add-on equipment.
Portable Ports for your laptop & PDA
There is a solution - you can use the laptops PCMCIA slot to connect your notebook to such devices. A PC Card (or compact flash card) can offer you new serial or parallel ports and not just on your laptop... using a PCI adapter you can have new ports in a desktop, and PDA devices (personal Digital Assistant or "handheld computer") also have PCMCIA or CF slots so you can even connect modems or printers through these.
Serial - Parallel - Single - Dual ...
Elan offer a number of different cards so you can chose the option best for you :
...or if you prefer you can go for one serial port + one parallel port for flexibility
...or if your PDA has a compact flash slot we still have a solution for you!
In all cases the cards are designed to automatically configure as standard COM ports using the built in Windows drivers so set up is easy.
Elan - for high quality easy to use interface products including serial and parallel communications cards.