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Pros: It works sometimes.

Cons: So inconsistent and unreliable.

Other Thoughts: Fought with this for an employer for weeks. I TOLD them it was faulty, they didn't believe me. Sometimes it took ten or twenty minutes to boot.

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MANHATTAN 205153 USB to Serial Converter
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4 out of 5 eggs Chipset is Prolific PL2303RA on mine. 03/29/2016

This review is from: MANHATTAN 205153 USB to Serial Converter

Pros: Works as indicated.

Cons: Chipset not listed on item. Annoying.

Other Thoughts: Turns out this is what I meant to order, ironically accidentally not the chipset I needed. The old HXA and XA chips were discontinued by prolific in 2012. They are succeeded by the PL2303TA chipset. Sigh...

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MANHATTAN 205146 Manhattan 205146 usb serial converter, 18
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5 out of 5 eggs Works but beware! 03/18/2016

This review is from: MANHATTAN 205146 Manhattan 205146 usb serial converter, 18

Pros: Simple! Fast! Affordable! Works fine FOR CERTAIN THINGS in Windows 7 with Prolific drivers. Serial signal over CAT5e cable worked over 20 feet. It ran a serial mouse for hours, just fine. Warning: see below.

Cons: I suppose it could be longer, but it's fine if you use a DB9 to RJ45 (ethernet cable) adapter. Also, the driver was NOT available over Windows 7 update. (If you lose the driver disc, search for the Prolific PL2303 drivers.) The poorly labeled item description did not indicate the chip, which didn't work for me: see OTHER.

Other Thoughts: BEWARE: Uses the Prolific PL2303 XA / HXA chip. I wish I would have known this. It does NOT properly work for this Toyota embroidery machine, which works fine using a PL2303-RA chip instead. See details on the prolificusa website regarding PL2303.

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Display Name: Andrew W.

Date Joined: 11/05/06

  • Reviews: 46
  • Helpfulness: 12
  • First Review: 06/01/12
  • Last Review: 04/07/16
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