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Hi Justin,

LOR does not use the Ethernet interface on your PC. Attempting to connect LOR to that port could potentially damage things.

Rather, LOR is connected to the serial port ( a 9 pin male connection) on your PC. The LOR starter kit contains the converter that mates from that 9 pin connection to the Cat 5 cables (RJ45) connection. If your PC does not have a serial port then you will need a USB/Serial adapter or you can wait until the spring and use the new direct connect USB/LOR adapter.

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What if all of your usb ports are used and your serial port "kicked the bucket." Would a usb or serial card work? What would you reccomend: usb or serial?

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I believe a serial card will work once it is setup properly... you might want to confirm that with Dan just to be certain...
I DOUBT you have run out of USB ports... (you can have several devices on each one) you just need a hub!:happytree:

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smarts53 wrote:

What if all of your usb ports are used and your serial port "kicked the bucket." Would a usb or serial card work? What would you reccomend: usb or serial?

If you are using the LOR SC485 then I would get a serial port. That would be the best for today.

You can also get a USB hub if you end up with more USB needs.
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I'll toss in here, that if you need a USB to Serial adapter to use with LOR, buy it from Dan. Not all of the adapters work properly (as I learned) and it's so much easier to buy one from Dan which he has tested and knows works well.

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