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Connect USB- Adapters and Converters

April 21, 2009
These days it seems that just about anything can be connected to a computer’s USB port. We’ve all seen those essential office accessories such as USB Missile Launchers and mug warmers, but it’s not just computers that benefit from USB connectivity – lots of TVs, Hi-Fi and pro music equipment feature USB support. Also, many new cars now include USB connections for playing MP3 files from flash drives, or for connecting an iPod or other digital audio player. Even some motorcycles now feature onboard USB ports for data analysis and engine remapping.
USB Converters 

USB Converters

However, for less exotic computer applications, there are a huge variety of USB converter and adapter cables which allow many different devices to be plugged into a USB port. A good example of one of these is a USB to Serial cable. Most modern PCs are no longer shipped with 9 or 25 way serial ports. While this may not be a problem for most office and home users, it can be an issue for user who need to connect to older EPOS, laboratory and process control equipment, especially as these kind of devices are often not easy (or cheap) to update or replace. A USB to Serial converter cable is a simple, low cost solution for this kind of application.

Similarly, if you’ve got a faithful old printer or plotter in your office, USB to Parallel converters are available to allow you them to remain in use when your computers are updated.

USB Adapters

USB Adapters

It’s not just older devices which can be connected using USB converter cables though. It’s also possible to connect more modern ‘non USB’ equipment. For example, monitors and projectors can be connected to USB ports. There are many USB to VGA and USB to DVI cables on the market today. These are an especially useful solution for laptop users who need to connect to multiple monitors.

For audio and recording applications, USB audio cables are also available. These cables allow users to connect to an instrument or microphone to a computer for home recording.

These are just a few examples of the many USB converters and adapters that are available. As you can see, there’s much more to the simple USB cable than just a lead to plug into your printer. However unusual your device, if you look hard enough, there’s probably a USB converter cable that will connect to it!

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