PCIe RS232 card

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by costabunny, Jun 1, 2008.

  1. costabunny macrumors 68020

    costabunny

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    I need a RS232 card for the Mac Pro (so it can connect to the APC UPS for monitoring and safe shutdown).

    I have seen plenty of pcie cards on ebay (all work out at about £25 shipped with the exchange rate). My question is will any of them work? I have to asume that Mac OSX supports RS232 comms, but will the Mac Pro detect the card (its only a comms board after all).

    I dont want to use a USB-Serial adaptor if I can help it.

    Has anyone here found a card that works for them?

    Thanks
     
  2. costabunny thread starter macrumors 68020

    costabunny

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    I am still looking for this - anyone have any suggestions (the adapters are not very good and hog a needed USB port)
     
  3. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    I found this: SYBA PCI-Express 4 Port Serial Card Model SY-PEX-4S
    According to the specs, it will work in OS X 10.4 & above. :)

    Manufacturer's site. Read under specifications, and OS X is listed. ;)

    Cost is reasonable here in the US ($32.99 USD), but not sure where where you might obtain it. I've no idea what it would increase for shipping overseas. :(
     
  4. costabunny thread starter macrumors 68020

    costabunny

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    That seems perfect!

    Ill have a google and see if I can find a supplier that will ship to Gibraltar (Then hunt down people I know in the states to see if they will 'assist' me) :)

    Thanks
     
  5. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    I was thinking about the 'assistance program' when I made my previous post. :p
    Thought I'd wait though, you might get lucky and find one. ;)

    BTW, if you do manage to obtain one, could you keep me posted on your results?
    I'm in a situation that may also require one. :eek: ;)

    Thanks. :)
     
  6. costabunny thread starter macrumors 68020

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    She shoots.....She Scores!

    I found one eBay shop that is happily selling other Syba stuff and they will order the particular RS232 if I want it :) and They will ship to Gibraltar :)

    w00t indeed

    http://stores.ebay.com/PCIMICROCOM

    I have found them very helpful indeed. now to go bug a friend at work to make the order (cos I have been cut off from my debit cards by my flatmate until I pay off my overdraft :( )

    lol
     
  7. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Nice! :)
    I've been noticing some parts are nearly, and sometimes, impossible to get in some countries. Ouch. :eek:

    You've been a very bad girl... :D
    Overdraft... been there, done that. :p
     
  8. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    For those interested in the Syba PCIe RS232 card:

    costabunny was able to contact Syba, and they confirmed that the card will work in Mac OS X. :)
     
  9. lostngone macrumors demi-god

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    Drivers?

    I see they support Mac OS X but where are the drivers or does Mac OS X have a generic driver for the chipset on that card? Is anyone using these?

    I want a serial card for my Mac Pro but I am not having much luck finding one.

    I know I can get a USB to Serial adapter but it would be nicer to have everything internal and not a mess of cables running all over.
     
  10. lostngone macrumors demi-god

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    That's strange?!?! I just got this e-mail from them...
    ____________________________________
    Dear Lee,
    Thanks for your inquiry.
    This card is not compatible with Mac. It is only compatible with Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/2003 Server/XP 64-bit/Vista, Linux, DOS.

    Best Regards,

    Michael,
    Michael@us.syba.com
    Syba Support Team
    ____________________________________


    I guess that means I am still looking...
     
  11. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Which exact model did you inquire about?

    They have 3 different ones, IIRC, and the one posted earlier in the thread (SY-PEX-4S), has "Mac 10.4 and above" listed in the System Requirements section.

    The other two models (SD-PEX-NM1S and SD-PEX-NM2S) will not work in a Mac, according to the System Requirements sections anyway. ;)

    Costabunny uses one to control a UPS, and hasn't mentioned any problems with it.
     
  12. lostngone macrumors demi-god

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    Whole e-mail

    Here is the whole message...
    ____________________________________

    Dear Lee,
    Thanks for your inquiry.
    This card is not compatible with Mac. It is only compatible with Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP/2003 Server/XP 64-bit/Vista, Linux, DOS.

    Best Regards,

    Michael,
    Michael@us.syba.com
    Syba Support Team



    ----- Original Message -----
    To: <support-us@syba.com>
    Sent: Friday, December 12, 2008 1:47 PM
    Subject: Mac OS X support for SY-PEX-4S

    >I am looking to buy a serial card for a Mac Pro and I see on your page
    > that the SY-PEX-4S, PCI-Express 4 port serial card indicates support
    > for Mac OS X. I am unable to find the drivers for Mac OS X on your page,
    > does Mac OS X have a generic built in driver already for the chipset on
    > that card or am I missing the obvious?
    >
    > http://www.syba.com/Product/Info/Id/569
    >
    > Thank You
    >
     
  13. nanofrog macrumors G4

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    Strange. :eek:

    Given that Costabunny is using this card, and not reported any problems, I would then assume that it does work.

    Beyond that, perhaps the person who answered your e-mail got the SY-PEX-4S confused with one of the other two models offered, despite listing the exact part number. Perhaps they began having problems. I just don't know. :confused:

    Unfortunately, I don't recall seeing many other RS232 cards available for the Mac, and the Syba was the least expensive.

    You might want to take a look at the StarTech offerings, as the PEX1S952 indicates OS X support. But at $62.95 USD. :eek:

    Maybe this offers a little hope. :)
     

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