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andy0202
16-08-2012, 11:40 AM
Hi Guys,

Was wondering if anyone has noticed any difference between the cheaper/more expensive parallel pci cards?

The cheapest being around 5 http://www.amazon.co.uk/Female-Parallel-Series-Express-Adapter/dp/B008SOEPRO/ref=sr_1_7?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1345109338&sr=1-7

Most expensive ones closer to 70 EXSYS EX 41094 - Parallel/serial adapter - PCI - parallel, RS-232: ACTEBIS: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories (http://www.amazon.co.uk/EXSYS-EX-41094-Parallel-parallel/dp/B000CETVAO/ref=sr_1_52?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1345109926&sr=1-52)


Is there anything in particular to look out for when purchasing one of these things?

Regards
Andy

irving2008
16-08-2012, 01:43 PM
The first is fine for what you need. The second has RS232 com ports as well but is way overpriced, there are far cheaper combo I/O cards that do 1 parallel 2 serial for around 15.

If you are buying a new parallel port card then I'd consider spending a little more (11) and go for this one: LogiLink PCI Card, 2 Port Parallel: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories (http://www.amazon.co.uk/LogiLink-PCI-Card-Port-Parallel/dp/B000W2MXWO/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1345116867&sr=8-8)

as it gives you two parallel ports and therefore more inputs/outputs for future expansion...

Amazon is not always a good place to do price comparisons on product, some vendors on there (not Amazon themselves) have silly pricing... you can get exactly the same functionality for 15 here: Ultron UIP-100 2x Serial 1x Parallel PCI Card: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ultron-UIP-100-Serial-Parallel-Card/dp/B0010VR9NY/ref=sr_1_14?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1345117234&sr=1-14)

boldford
16-08-2012, 03:57 PM
The first is fine for what you need. The second has RS232 com ports as well but is way overpriced, there are far cheaper combo I/O cards that do 1 parallel 2 serial for around 15.

If you are buying a new parallel port card then I'd consider spending a little more (11) and go for this one: LogiLink PCI Card, 2 Port Parallel: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories (http://www.amazon.co.uk/LogiLink-PCI-Card-Port-Parallel/dp/B000W2MXWO/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1345116867&sr=8-8)

as it gives you two parallel ports and therefore more inputs/outputs for future expansion...

Amazon is not always a good place to do price comparisons on product, some vendors on there (not Amazon themselves) have silly pricing... you can get exactly the same functionality for 15 here: Ultron UIP-100 2x Serial 1x Parallel PCI Card: Amazon.co.uk: Computers & Accessories (http://www.amazon.co.uk/Ultron-UIP-100-Serial-Parallel-Card/dp/B0010VR9NY/ref=sr_1_14?s=computers&ie=UTF8&qid=1345117234&sr=1-14)Does anyone in the UK do a suitable dual parallel half height card at a sensible price? I know some cards can be hacked by modifying the mounting bracket but I've yet to find a modifiable card of the type I mention.

andy0202
16-08-2012, 06:16 PM
The only one I have come accross is here 2 Port PCI Parallel Adapter Card - EPP/ECP | StarTech.com United Kingdom (http://uk.startech.com/Cards-Adapters/Parallel/2-Port-EPPECP-Parallel-PCI-Card~PCI2PECP)

51 though...

Jonathan
16-08-2012, 06:38 PM
Before buying any of them I'd google the model number and 'CNC' to see if anyone else has used the same and if they've had problems. There's lots on eBay so you should be able to pick one that someone else has used successfully with Mach3 or LinuxCNC.

Fivetide
23-08-2012, 11:39 PM
CPC have loads

PCI (http://cpc.farnell.com/mri-microcomputer-research/mri-pcipp2-lp-r/low-profile-serial-parallel-cards/dp/CS14152?in_merch=Products%20From%20This%20Range)

6651

boldford
24-08-2012, 12:08 AM
CPC have loads

PCI (http://cpc.farnell.com/mri-microcomputer-research/mri-pcipp2-lp-r/low-profile-serial-parallel-cards/dp/CS14152?in_merch=Products%20From%20This%20Range)

6651Did you note the price? Or have I got to look it up?

irving2008
24-08-2012, 12:44 AM
37 (just click the link!) but CPC aren't cheap. that card uses the same chip as the LogiLink (http://www.amazon.co.uk/LogiLink-PCI-Card-Port-Parallel/dp/B000W2MXWO/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1345116867&sr=8-8)one I posted about earlier from Amazon, which is only 11!

boldford
24-08-2012, 09:19 AM
37 (just click the link!) but CPC aren't cheap. that card uses the same chip as the LogiLink (http://www.amazon.co.uk/LogiLink-PCI-Card-Port-Parallel/dp/B000W2MXWO/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1345116867&sr=8-8)one I posted about earlier from Amazon, which is only 11!Circa 26 extra to get a half height version. Hmm.

Fivetide
24-08-2012, 01:46 PM
Circa 26 extra to get a half height version. Hmm.

U did say small form ? thats what I was looking at for you.. :pirate:

boldford
24-08-2012, 10:51 PM
U did say small form ? thats what I was looking at for you.. :pirate:No offense, but I think we may be at cross purposes. If I understand it correctly; you pointed out the low profile card from CPC at circa 37 whilst irvineg2008 referred to the Amazon jobbie at about 11 but I think that is full height.
Me, as always, being mean was looking for a cheap half height one; hence the earlier reference to a possible hack of a full height one.

Fivetide
24-08-2012, 11:39 PM
Understood I thought you where after a 1/2 size sorry,, nevermind its an option lol :dispirited: