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My computer only has 1 external com port and despite the arrival of USB ports, I need far more than one. I currentlly need one for:
Nikon camera
American Express Blue Reader

What options are available for expanding this port & / or using USB instead.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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As I see it, you have two options:
1) buy an I/O card with 2 serial ports (about $15) check out I/O cards under this link: http://www.jdr.com/interact/categories.asp?cat=I/O+Cards/Drive+Controllers
2) buy a USB to serial converter (about $60) http://www.jdr.com/interact/item.asp?itemno=USB-SER

But I wouldn't actually buy from this company - they tend to charge 25-100% more than others.
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Could you use a simple switchbox ?. I used one for simple serial communication and it had 4 out-lines and 1 in-line. I don't the requirements of the devices you want to communicate with, so i can't say if it will work.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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good point tonny, make that 3 options.
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Thanks for all the suggestions. Do you know where I might actually be able to buy this stuff ( w/o the 25-100% premium)

Thanks

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Lee W, MVP earned 25 total points
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Look around - PLENTY of mail order vendors (Computer Shopper, you're local computer store, try NECX.com)
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