The FT232RL USB to Serial Adapter is about a third of the price compared to the FT231X USB to serial adapter and does not have as many options however for a simple environment this will work well enough. Both chips are made by FTDI. There are driver below for MAC Linux as well as all version of Windows. We need to compare the two and see what the difference in price will make and then decide from there as to which one you would really prefer.
FT232RL USB to Serial Adapter Driver
The Pro mini version is very cheap and it does come with LED lights to show activity but it is not as advanced compared to others such as those with the FT231X USB to serial adapter which has a better range of LED indicator lights. Unlike others this adapter is very small and portable but has no extension cable as it is only the adapter. Once you have installed the drivers the serial port is automatically configured as an additional COM port which shows up in your operating system’s Device Manager. You can see more here. How to troubleshoot a USB port is also explained.
The USB to serial adapter using the FT232RL is well tested and it is compatible with most serial devices on the market and has been tested with several GPS and PDA devices such as Garmin, Mallagan as well as the Palm. Note also that the USB to serial adpater is USB port powered with auto detection of data speed.
|Serial driver||Exar SP213EEA|
|Unique chipID no.||Yes, each converter has it own unique ID number which can be accessed by the user|
|RS232 Interface||RS232 DB9 Male|
|RS232 output power||~5.7VDC|
|USB interface||Standard Type A Male|
|Indication LEDs||TX, RX and Power|
|Signals||TX, RX, RTS, CTS, DTR, DSR, RI and GND|
|Power on pin 9||No|
|Baud rate||Guaranteed up to 230.000bps|
|Parity||None, Odd, Even, Mark, Space|
|Data Bits||7, 8|
|Stop Bits||1, 2|
|TX / RX buffer size||256 Byte Transmit Buffer / 128 Byte Receive Buffer|
FTDI FT232RL USB to Serial Adapter Driver
These driver are for all versions of Windows as well as the MAC and Linux.