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#1 13 years ago

This might be the dumbest question in the world but what the hell do you use a Serial Port For Is it to do with networking 2 pcs up by any chance ? If so is it alot faster than the eathanet thingy




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#2 13 years ago

serial port is old, so old i cant remember what it does or why they still have it on modern pc's. usb is much faster for data transfer, but ethernet pwns usb


Thinking about it.



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#3 13 years ago

yeah,...serial is old stuff. maximum data rate of like 115,000 bps i believe. you'd be surprised to find out how many businesses out there still have some old piece of hardware that can only use serial, though. I had this one guy that I build a new comp for and he needed two serial ports, not the one that the new comp had so I had to buy a serial card to add to the system. Get this, dude was the boss of a textile factory and he needed the setup like that to hook up to,....a monogramming machine. Yeah, had the old program and everything, created what he wanted using the program and that funky looking sewing machine would start whirring and pop out a monogram whereever you wanted it.




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#4 13 years ago
Propeckyeah,...serial is old stuff. maximum data rate of like 115,000 bps i believe. you'd be surprised to find out how many businesses out there still have some old piece of hardware that can only use serial, though. I had this one guy that I build a new comp for and he needed two serial ports, not the one that the new comp had so I had to buy a serial card to add to the system. Get this, dude was the boss of a textile factory and he needed the setup like that to hook up to,....a monogramming machine. Yeah, had the old program and everything, created what he wanted using the program and that funky looking sewing machine would start whirring and pop out a monogram whereever you wanted it.

Heh, my dad works for a tele-communications company and fixes voicemail systems. He still uses an old 9600 baud modem to connect remotely to the systems. Most kids don't understand the vast amount of expense it takes to update a corporate network, which is why a lot of companies are still using older hardware. "If it ain't broke, don't fix it" seems to be the rule of the IT world.


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#5 13 years ago

Lol ok So in this generation i don't really need to worry about serial ports, because far as i've known i've grown up with USB and earthernet etc




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#6 13 years ago

Yea there outdated to dont worry but u can still get a serial to ip adapter if u have old tech u need to hook up.




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#7 13 years ago
M!tchserial port is old, so old i cant remember what it does or why they still have it on modern pc's. usb is much faster for data transfer, but ethernet pwns usb

Parallel Ports/Serial Ports are still used on alot of printers/Scanners still.