Portable Crash Cart Adapter



  • Has anyone worked with one of these? I recently heard about them, and while I don't currently need to do much field work, it might be useful to have in the tool kit. However at nearly $400 that is a bit out of the range I want to spend on something I might use twice in three years.

    KVM Console to Laptop USB 2.0 Portable Crash Cart Adapter with File Transfer & Video Capture
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  • I love the idea but there's two main obstacles to it for me.

    1. StarTech

    2. $400



  • @MattSpeller said:

    I love the idea but there's two main obstacles to it for me.

    1. StarTech

    2. $400

    Can't +1 this enough.



  • @MattSpeller said:

    I love the idea but there's two main obstacles to it for me.

    1. StarTech

    2. $400

    And thus the reason for the question @MattSpeller - Sheezh.



  • @gjacobse said:

    @MattSpeller said:

    I love the idea but there's two main obstacles to it for me.

    1. StarTech

    2. $400

    And thus the reason for the question @MattSpeller - Sheezh.

    ¯\(ツ)

    You asked....

    Edit: I feel like point #1 might be overlooked by anyone unfamiliar with StarTech. Previous experience with a vast range of their product has convinced me that there's no need to explain further, however we can have a rant post in another thread if anyone wants.



  • @MattSpeller said:

    I love the idea but there's two main obstacles to it for me.

    1. StarTech

    2. $400

    Why the StarTech hate? They make handy little doodads that work fine for me. Why I'm typing this on a PC connected through one of their USB 3.0 hubs + 1Gbps Ethernet adapters and I have yet to have any tro



  • @crustachio said:

    @MattSpeller said:

    I love the idea but there's two main obstacles to it for me.

    1. StarTech

    2. $400

    Why the StarTech hate? They make handy little doodads that work fine for me. Why I'm typing this on a PC connected through one of their USB 3.0 hubs + 1Gbps Ethernet adapters and I have yet to have any tro

    And in the middle of typing trouble it shat the bed.



  • @coliver said:

    @crustachio said:

    @MattSpeller said:

    I love the idea but there's two main obstacles to it for me.

    1. StarTech

    2. $400

    Why the StarTech hate? They make handy little doodads that work fine for me. Why I'm typing this on a PC connected through one of their USB 3.0 hubs + 1Gbps Ethernet adapters and I have yet to have any tro

    And in the middle of typing trouble it shat the bed.

    But it was nice enough to click "submit" before dying...



  • I've had a low success rate with startech devices. They are cheap and when they work they work ok... but most of the time they don't. Even if one had been working fine one day the next it doesn't work at all.



  • This just became my favorite thread. Don't buy startech products:
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  • @coliver said:

    @crustachio said:

    @MattSpeller said:

    I love the idea but there's two main obstacles to it for me.

    1. StarTech

    2. $400

    Why the StarTech hate? They make handy little doodads that work fine for me. Why I'm typing this on a PC connected through one of their USB 3.0 hubs + 1Gbps Ethernet adapters and I have yet to have any tro

    And in the middle of typing trouble it shat the bed.

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  • Banned

    @coliver said:

    I've had a low success rate with startech devices. They are cheap and when they work they work ok... but most of the time they don't. Even if one had been working fine one day the next it doesn't work at all.

    We've had good luck with them. We have a lot of stuff from them for Cheap cables. Never bought their devices though.



  • @coliver said:

    I've had a low success rate with startech devices. They are cheap and when they work they work ok... but most of the time they don't. Even if one had been working fine come in the next day and it doesn't work at all.

    Exactly my experience, but I will add that the more complicated the product is the lower it's chances of working properly. It's a sliding scale from "meh, yeah, ok" to "possessed by demons" to "complete and utter failure to chooch"



  • Buy Startech products for people you dislike. That is literally the only reason to ever do it. Even if that person is yourself. If I ever buy you a Startech product I'm basically telling you I hate you.


  • Banned

    @Jason said:

    @coliver said:

    I've had a low success rate with startech devices. They are cheap and when they work they work ok... but most of the time they don't. Even if one had been working fine one day the next it doesn't work at all.

    We've had good luck with them. We have a lot of stuff from them for Cheap cables. Never bought their devices though.

    Nevermind.. I'm thinking of Cables to Go..



  • @Jason said:

    @Jason said:

    @coliver said:

    I've had a low success rate with startech devices. They are cheap and when they work they work ok... but most of the time they don't. Even if one had been working fine one day the next it doesn't work at all.

    We've had good luck with them. We have a lot of stuff from them for Cheap cables. Never bought their devices though.

    Nevermind.. I'm thinking of Cables to Go..

    Cables to go... oh man those are the best. Cheap and always work.



  • @MattSpeller said:

    @coliver said:

    I've had a low success rate with startech devices. They are cheap and when they work they work ok... but most of the time they don't. Even if one had been working fine come in the next day and it doesn't work at all.

    Exactly my experience, but I will add that the more complicated the product is the lower it's chances of working properly. It's a sliding scale from "meh, yeah, ok" to "possessed by demons" to "complete and utter failure to chooch"

    At a former job we bought a serial to USB from them for a PLC once... never again. It did funky things and inserted random characters into programs. We returned it for a replacement... the second one didn't work at all.


  • Banned

    @coliver said:

    @MattSpeller said:

    @coliver said:

    I've had a low success rate with startech devices. They are cheap and when they work they work ok... but most of the time they don't. Even if one had been working fine come in the next day and it doesn't work at all.

    Exactly my experience, but I will add that the more complicated the product is the lower it's chances of working properly. It's a sliding scale from "meh, yeah, ok" to "possessed by demons" to "complete and utter failure to chooch"

    At a former job we bought a serial to USB from them for a PLC once... never again. It did funky things and inserted random characters into programs. We returned it for a replacement... the second one didn't work at all.

    USB to serial for a PLC is flaky anyway though. RSlogix doesn't like most of them. We use Serial over network anymore with much better luck.



  • We ran Serial to USB systems for years. Mostly had good luck. Mostly for scales.



  • @Jason said:

    @coliver said:

    @MattSpeller said:

    @coliver said:

    I've had a low success rate with startech devices. They are cheap and when they work they work ok... but most of the time they don't. Even if one had been working fine come in the next day and it doesn't work at all.

    Exactly my experience, but I will add that the more complicated the product is the lower it's chances of working properly. It's a sliding scale from "meh, yeah, ok" to "possessed by demons" to "complete and utter failure to chooch"

    At a former job we bought a serial to USB from them for a PLC once... never again. It did funky things and inserted random characters into programs. We returned it for a replacement... the second one didn't work at all.

    USB to serial for a PLC is flaky anway though. We use Serial over network anymore with much better luck.

    No question there. We bought a more expensive one and it worked alright. Generally had issues connecting but it didn't do random character insertion or anything like that.



  • @coliver said:

    @MattSpeller said:

    @coliver said:

    I've had a low success rate with startech devices. They are cheap and when they work they work ok... but most of the time they don't. Even if one had been working fine come in the next day and it doesn't work at all.

    Exactly my experience, but I will add that the more complicated the product is the lower it's chances of working properly. It's a sliding scale from "meh, yeah, ok" to "possessed by demons" to "complete and utter failure to chooch"

    At a former job we bought a serial to USB from them for a PLC once... never again. It did funky things and inserted random characters into programs. We returned it for a replacement... the second one didn't work at all.

    Oh sweet jesus those are the exception. NEVER buy one unless it's straight from these guys. Trust me, I spent years doing electronics engineering programming chips and bit banging

    http://www.ftdichip.com/Products/Cables/USBTTLSerial.htm



  • @MattSpeller said:

    @coliver said:

    @MattSpeller said:

    @coliver said:

    I've had a low success rate with startech devices. They are cheap and when they work they work ok... but most of the time they don't. Even if one had been working fine come in the next day and it doesn't work at all.

    Exactly my experience, but I will add that the more complicated the product is the lower it's chances of working properly. It's a sliding scale from "meh, yeah, ok" to "possessed by demons" to "complete and utter failure to chooch"

    At a former job we bought a serial to USB from them for a PLC once... never again. It did funky things and inserted random characters into programs. We returned it for a replacement... the second one didn't work at all.

    Oh sweet jesus those are the exception. NEVER buy one unless it's straight from these guys. Trust me, I spent years doing electronics engineering programming chips and bit banging

    http://www.ftdichip.com/Products/Cables/USBTTLSerial.htm

    Where we you two years ago when I needed one!



  • @MattSpeller said:

    @coliver said:

    @MattSpeller said:

    @coliver said:

    I've had a low success rate with startech devices. They are cheap and when they work they work ok... but most of the time they don't. Even if one had been working fine come in the next day and it doesn't work at all.

    Exactly my experience, but I will add that the more complicated the product is the lower it's chances of working properly. It's a sliding scale from "meh, yeah, ok" to "possessed by demons" to "complete and utter failure to chooch"

    At a former job we bought a serial to USB from them for a PLC once... never again. It did funky things and inserted random characters into programs. We returned it for a replacement... the second one didn't work at all.

    Oh sweet jesus those are the exception. NEVER buy one unless it's straight from these guys. Trust me, I spent years doing electronics engineering programming chips and bit banging

    http://www.ftdichip.com/Products/Cables/USBTTLSerial.htm

    What the hell kind of life have you lived? What was your first job again? Whale hunting?



  • @Jason said:

    @coliver said:
    Nevermind.. I'm thinking of Cables to Go..

    Cables to go... oh man those are the best. Cheap and always work.

    Fun fact: Cables to Go's head office/warehouse is located just minutes from me, but I still just order everything through Amazon!

    Support your local businesses, you say? Think of the environment, you say? Well my $99/yr Prime subscription says I don't have to do ANY of those things. So there!



  • @MattSpeller said:

    @coliver said:

    @MattSpeller said:

    @coliver said:

    I've had a low success rate with startech devices. They are cheap and when they work they work ok... but most of the time they don't. Even if one had been working fine come in the next day and it doesn't work at all.

    Exactly my experience, but I will add that the more complicated the product is the lower it's chances of working properly. It's a sliding scale from "meh, yeah, ok" to "possessed by demons" to "complete and utter failure to chooch"

    At a former job we bought a serial to USB from them for a PLC once... never again. It did funky things and inserted random characters into programs. We returned it for a replacement... the second one didn't work at all.

    Oh sweet jesus those are the exception. NEVER buy one unless it's straight from these guys. Trust me, I spent years doing electronics engineering programming chips and bit banging

    http://www.ftdichip.com/Products/Cables/USBTTLSerial.htm

    Yea,.. there is a lot of fakers that just won't work on those FTI drivers... ugh.


  • Banned

    @gjacobse said:

    @MattSpeller said:

    @coliver said:

    @MattSpeller said:

    @coliver said:

    I've had a low success rate with startech devices. They are cheap and when they work they work ok... but most of the time they don't. Even if one had been working fine come in the next day and it doesn't work at all.

    Exactly my experience, but I will add that the more complicated the product is the lower it's chances of working properly. It's a sliding scale from "meh, yeah, ok" to "possessed by demons" to "complete and utter failure to chooch"

    At a former job we bought a serial to USB from them for a PLC once... never again. It did funky things and inserted random characters into programs. We returned it for a replacement... the second one didn't work at all.

    Oh sweet jesus those are the exception. NEVER buy one unless it's straight from these guys. Trust me, I spent years doing electronics engineering programming chips and bit banging

    http://www.ftdichip.com/Products/Cables/USBTTLSerial.htm

    Yea,.. there is a lot of fakers that just won't work on those FTI drivers... ugh.

    The driver has a verification software in the download you can check the chip with though.. in Windows 7 the fake ones would still work I believe.



  • @Jason said:

    @gjacobse said:

    @MattSpeller said:

    @coliver said:

    @MattSpeller said:

    @coliver said:

    I've had a low success rate with startech devices. They are cheap and when they work they work ok... but most of the time they don't. Even if one had been working fine come in the next day and it doesn't work at all.

    Exactly my experience, but I will add that the more complicated the product is the lower it's chances of working properly. It's a sliding scale from "meh, yeah, ok" to "possessed by demons" to "complete and utter failure to chooch"

    At a former job we bought a serial to USB from them for a PLC once... never again. It did funky things and inserted random characters into programs. We returned it for a replacement... the second one didn't work at all.

    Oh sweet jesus those are the exception. NEVER buy one unless it's straight from these guys. Trust me, I spent years doing electronics engineering programming chips and bit banging

    http://www.ftdichip.com/Products/Cables/USBTTLSerial.htm

    Yea,.. there is a lot of fakers that just won't work on those FTI drivers... ugh.

    The driver has a verification software in the download you can check the chip with though.. in Windows 7 the fake ones would still work I believe.

    Until FTDI decide to block them again heheh