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StarTech 2S1P Native PCI Express Parallel Serial Combo Card with 16550 UART Model PEX2S5531P

  • PCI Express to Parallel / Serial Port
  • Parallel: 1.5 Mbps
  • RS-232: 460.8 Kbps Data Transfer Rate
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The PEX2S5531P 2S1P PCI Express Card turns a PCI Express slot into two RS232 (DB9) serial ports and one Parallel port. The adapter card features a native PCI Express single chip design that allows you to take advantage of full PCI Express capability, providing improved speed and reliability while reducing the load applied to the CPU by as much as 48% over conventional serial cards which use a bridge chip design.

Compatible with a broad range of operating systems including Windows 2000/XP/2003/Vista/Windows 7/Server 2008 R2 (32 and 64-bit), Linux Kernel 2.6.11 and up, and MAC OS 10.4, this 2 Port Serial 1 Port Parallel PCI-Express Card also features an optional low profile/half-height bracket that allows the card to be installed in virtually any computer case, regardless of the case form factor.

  • newegg Add Serial & Parallel Ports to PC Based on a native single-chip, high performance 16550 UART design, the StarTech PEX2S5531P card adds two serial ports and one Parallel port to your PCI Express equipped computer for easy connection to various peripherals.
  • newegg Low/Full Profile Brackets Included Standard and low profile/half-height brackets are included to ensure fitment in any system.

Learn more about the STARTECH PEX2S5531P

Model

Brand
StarTech
Model
PEX2S5531P

Spec

Type
PCI Express to Parallel / Serial Port
External Ports
2 x Serial Ports + 1 x Parallel Port
Data Transfer Rate
Parallel: 1.5 Mbps
RS-232: 460.8 Kbps
Operating Systems Supported
DOS, Windows 95/ 98SE/ 2000/ XP(32/64bit)/ Server 2003(32/64bit)/ Vista(32/64bit)/ 7(32/64bit)/ Server 2008 R2, Linux, and Mac OS 10.4.x and up
Windows XP Embedded/ POS Ready 2009/ Embedded System 2009 OS/ CE 5.0/ CE 6.0

Features

Features
Two high speed RS232 serial ports with data transfer rate up to 460.8 Kbps
One parallel port with data transfer rate up to 1.5 Mbps
Compliant with PCI Express base specifications revision 1.0a
128-byte deep FIFO per transmitter and receiver
Configurable in 5V, 12V, and RI (non-powered) modes.
Selectable power output on pin 9 for the serial port
Native single-chip, single lane PCI Express
Automated out-of-band flow control using CTS/RTS and DSR/DTR
Automated in-band flow control using programmable Xon/Xoff in both directions

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Daniel M.
  • 3/11/2013 9:13:44 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Nice card with two serial ports and a parallel port - great for modems, legacy hardware, and hobbyist projects.
Can supply 0, 5, or 12V on pin 9 of the serial ports (each can be set separately.
One serial port and the parallel port are on ribbon cables and can go into a cutout or a low-profile case.

Cons: Bad drivers - regularly caused bluescreens on Windows 8 64-bit.

Other Thoughts: Installed in a Dell XPS 8500. As soon as I installed the drivers, it would bluescreen with PAGE_FAULT_IN_NONPAGED_AREA (StnSport.sys) with the 2.0.1 and 2.0.2 drivers (then gets into a reboot-bluescreen loop), and would drop off after a short while with the 1.0 drivers on the CD. Startech said it may be incompatible with my chipset and recommended switching to the PEX1S1P952 instead.

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  • John F.
  • 1/31/2013 9:28:23 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsFails daily

Pros: Easy to setup, all config options are available within device manager.

Cons: I have more than 10 of these in my lab, and they are all seem to work at first, yet many fail after time. The com ports just stop responding and require a reboot of the OS to get them working again.

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  • Robert B.
  • 10/22/2012 9:08:32 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorked well

Pros: Plugged it into a Win7 64bit machine, turned it on and it installed itself. No config or drivers needed. Hooked up the devices, set the device configurations and we were off and running.

Cons: none

Other Thoughts: A pleasant surprise.

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  • Wayne F.
  • 10/18/2012 9:10:00 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsIt works, but ...

Pros: It can be made to work, that's good. Mine was on Win7 64 bits, and serial and parallel are working (now). Card has a power connector, but is only for providing power to a RS-232 device. If no such need, then no connection at the power connector is necessary.

Cons: But its a mess. Drivers on CD failed, at least in my Win7 64. Tech support was helpful and said to download newer drivers. Installing them at Device Manager worked OK, and Device Manager was happy. Serial worked, but parallel did not work.

The parallel ribbon cable to connector on second panel is clearly marked red on the edge, for pin 1. The card connector is not marked. The socket is not keyed. The manual makes no mention of its orientation. The front of the manual on the web site had a color picture, which clearly showed the cable red edge towards the rear panel,, so that the cable dressed cleanly over the top of the card. This is opposite direction to the installed serial cable, and seemed suspect, but I asked tech support, and he said, sure, like the picture. So I tried it. Parallel does not work.

A closer exam thinks maybe the tiny pins on the soldered rear side has one square pad, and the rest are round. Assuming that is marking pin 1, I turned the ribbon connector around, so the red cable edge is on it, toward the power connector, toward the front of the computer. This dressed the cable awkwardly down, instead up to go over the top the card... but it works!

Card seems fine now, everything is working, and I assume it will be fine. I want to rate it a disgruntled 2, but will give it a 4. I guess the card is not to blame for the documentation. But it certainly seems crummy installation documentation.

FWIW, a SIIG Firewire card ordered same time installed itself unassisted (via Win7), and worked great first time. A real pleasure.

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  • Terri N.
  • 6/15/2012 10:32:02 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsGreat Product

Pros: Excellent solution to communicate with older equipment.
Can use any PCI Express slot.
Great for the modern chipset boards that don't have any older serial port connection support.

Cons: None

Other Thoughts: I've had these communicate with serial port equipment that the add-ons that come with newer main boards would not.
They've been used on both Win7 and XP.

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