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  • Works well with Raspberry Pi

    posted by LittleBitMore on 06/13/2013
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:more than 1 month

    Pros:

    Compact - all there.

    Works well with Raspberry Pi.

    Great that the wires are color coded and what they are is spelt out.

    Good length of cable.

    Push on sockets are a tight fit on the Raspberry Pi.

    Cons:

    Wires look a bit flimsy. Wouldn't go using it to plug and unplug too many times.

    One of the inserts for the push on sockets was loose and the tiny lock lug had to be slightly expanded to make it reliably hold inside the plastic shell.

    Red VCC wire: 5v or 3.3v? Is it powered by the PL2303HX onboard regulator, or direct from the USB bus? Because this was not spelt out, I'm wary to use it on other devices other than the Raspberry Pi.

    OtherThoughts:

    Won't work with Windows 8 or above as the PL2303 "HX" chip variant of drivers are not supported by Microsoft. See PL2303 vendor site for more information. You will see a yellow problem icon in device manager if you try it on Windows 8. If you need a serial converter for Windows 8, try another device as this is not the one for you.

    Works well with Windows 7, Vista and XP, desktop and laptop.

    You won't need the red cable to be connected for serial unless you are powering the serial device from the USB port (not recommended for the Raspberry Pi 'B' series as it is borderline for USB 2 current draw from the USB port. This is usually limited to supply 500mA maximum while the Pi is rated at 700mA draw).

    If you're not sure what wire does what, use a sticky label to write what they are and wrap it on each wire as a flag folded over the wire in the middle of the label.

    Bottomline:

    Perfect for the Pi!

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