This topic of how to use USB-to-Serial-Cable to connect devices rs232 ports to your laptop is one area that will bring relief to many people out there. If you have devices that connect to the rs232 port to perform a special task such as; software upgrade, or data transfer, then this post is for you. Such devices include decoders, cell phones, PBXs, routers, PDAs, Cameras e.t.c.
If you own a desktop computer from the 80s, chances are high that it comes with a 9-pins rs232 port by default. However, modern desktop computers and laptops don’t come with one. This is not to say that you can’t use a serial port on a laptop. A USB to serial adapter comes in when you need to use the serial port capability of your windows or mac computer
Going forward in this article, I will introduce to you a modified and easier to use a version of A USB to SERIAL ADAPTER. The good news is that I have tested it on both my Dell laptop and a Mac computer with good results. The latest version supports all architectures of windows(both 32 and 64 bits) as well as all windows and mac version.
How does a “USB to SERIAL Adapter” Works
Many of today’s new computers come “legacy-free”, which means they have no serial or parallel ports. “The BAFO BF-812 (DB9)“( As the name of the one is using which I also recommend for all is called) will help you solve this problem by adding serial connectivity via a USB port. Now with “The BAFO BF-800 (DB9)”, you can connect all your legacy( I mean all your devices that comes with 9 pin serial ports like PDAs, cell phones, Digital camera, digital receiver, GPRS dongles) to your new computer.
In other words, you can easily use your laptop to restore your dead satellite decoders, routers, phones, digital cameras e.t.c.
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BAFO BF-812 USB to Serial Adapter(DB9)Features, Specs and package contents
This particular brand requires just one free USB Port of your computer, It requires Microsoft Windows 98SE, ME, 2000, XP, VISTA, 7(32/64 bit), 8 or Windows 10. This model can also work with Macintosh OS 8.6 through 10.xxx. In a similar vein, when you open the package, you will see the following items: 1 BAFO BF-810, 1 USB cable,1 Cd Driver, user manual inside the CD.
Windows® 2000 / XP / Vista / 7 / 8 / 10 (32/64-bits)
Package Type : Blister
Dimension : 68 x 55 x 22 mm
USB to Serial Cable Adapter(DB9) x 1
CD-ROM (Driver and User Guide)
How to use USB-to-Serial-Cable: Installing the drivers to your Computer
Installation is very easy and it is more or less like a plug and play. As long as your computer drivers are updated. Once you connect the device, one end to your com-port and the other end to the device, your computer will quickly detect it as a COM Port as shown below.
For my experiment, I updated the firmware of a satellite dongle and it worked perfectly. In my case, my computer assigned COM PORT26 to my device as shown below. The number of the assigned com can be anything so it doesn’t matter.
Basically, once the adapter and your device are properly connected to your computer, you can detect your com port without opening any tool. All you need to do is to simply go through the followings:
right-click on your computer>>properties>>device mananger>>Ports >> the locate the Com port number. For further clarification, see the image below:
How to Properly Connect your Device to a USB to Serial Adapter
The image below depicts how you can correctly connect your device(in my own case a satellite receiver) to a laptop computer via USB to serial adapter.
Using the com port is pretty easy. Just select it from within the PC Suite/loader of the connected device and follow the individual instructions peculiar to your device.
It doesn’t matter the device, one your computer detects the adapter, your problem is half-solved. As a reminder, sometimes, you need to use the pc loader to restore some devices especially the one with serious software problems.
@Lemmy, pls where can I get this very USB to serial adapter, I need it, my number is 08069338224
Lemmy Morgan says
@steve: you can get it from electronic shops sir
hashimu dari says
pls.lemmy morgan I want a USB to serial adaptor cable, this is my number and my email [email protected] thank you.
Pls Lemmy, do I need to install the driver software of the CD plate that came with the BAFO cord on my labtop before I can use it? Just got one,your reply is very important thanks.
@innosaint, in most cases you must install it.
Xcuse pls i bricked my qsat q13g how can i go about it
Pls ao can I reactivate my azsky , it stopped showing since last month.I need ur assistance.
@yo, please read this: How To Renew Your Azsky Dongle & Where To Buy The Account
Hi room, good news to all android mtk users, you can change ur IMEI number to a blackberry IMEI and subscribe to glo bb bis(which cost 1k=3gig) on it and browse!
The better aspect of it is that u can share ur network to any other devices via wifi or hotspot. email me if ure interested [email protected]
how can i buy an account and also upgrade my decoder 4922A
Gud evening sir. Sir God will continue to bless u for us and give u long life. Sir I used my hp window 7 today to update about 13 Azsky sucesfully today after reading ur doc above and follow the step thks
IS QSAT BACK?COS MINE HAVE BEEN OFF FOR 3DAYS NOW
Hi lemmy I wrote 2 mails above yesterday, five minutes after I wrote you I switched my Qsat avatarcam account off and used cccam only and the problem of rebooting stopped and that was why I sent you the second mail informing you that I solved the problem. Thanks
@lemmy,How can I get fat channels on Sat plz
hi Oga Lemmy,we have been enjoying all ur update .Can I use my laptop with windows 7 to flash and recharge my AZ sky.t
@ Oga Lemmy, my Qsat and Azsky accounts has both expired. Pls, which one is the best dat I can go for that the rate of their down-time/off signals is d minimal?? I didnt enjoyed my Azsky at all. Im a Fan of Premier League. So, anytime , anyday, I’m for dst* channels. Pls, advise on d best one and how i can get it. I want to get it frm you. My e.mail is [email protected]
@Tosin, you should be able to decide on your own. If you ask me, i will always say you should renew both.
Segun Oladipo says
I have tried with Etisalat, MTN and Airtel, it is only mtn that stays and the data led blinks red at intervals What can i do
@Segun, the problem will be sorted out in its own time but it is not a general problem
Ibrahim Muritala says
I loaded some G1 super account and after loading it restarts itself.
Pls any solution?
@ibrahim, restart itself as how?
pls what can i do. My azsky did t work wt 4663xii. Option is their evrytin is ok. Pls solution sir oga lemmy.
@mouse, delete all your channels and manualscan
tracksat communication says
Helllooo mr morgan
I sent u a mail 3 times but no reply.pls I need azsky acct and d price I need like 5 or 10 pls less talk this is my mail [email protected]
@tracksat com, i alreay replied your email.
Mr Lemmy good evening. I accidentally deleted all biss key entries. What danger does it pose to my Qsat? Can I recover the deleted pre-loaded biss?
@ezemah, it doesn’t pose any danger to qsat preloaded dst* account thanks
helo sir. I wnt 2 ask may b asky g6 acct has bin out.
@Agbaye, of course azsky account has been out since about a month now.
please sir is qsat working since yesterday my qsat refused to unscramble any dstv channel sir please is qsat off it show network connection success but wen am trying it activate my account sometimes if off by itself and load again, sometime it show connection fail, my my Oga any info.
@Apostle, some qsat went off on Wednesday while all other qsat went off since yesterday
Segun Oladipo says
sorry, it will now repeat the whole process all over again
Segun Oladipo says
Hello Lemmy, finally i have been able to load my azsky g1+ with d account i bought from you but now all it does is blink green rapidly, then it goes to red on signal led and data led before signal led becomes orange and the data led blinks red a bit fast. i have tried all the sims i have and it is still the same problem. what could be wrong
@segun, please reboot your dongle and try again with etisalat sim card
pls oga lemmy, how will I know if my account has expired
@Dgreat, i think you can query your account status with azsky recharge tool v3.06
snr rich says
are the DST guys up to the horrible again?
my Qsat is not working since the 5th, November. Pleasedoes anyone have info on whats going on?
@Daiv, its a general server problem. Not dst* attack
pls do u have idea of how much it cost?
@amokejoe, between #1500 to #3000
I would also love to purchase d Bafo Bf-810
Pls i wanna purchase recharge card bt u aint replying my mails
@seun, i have replied you already
pls where can I get the “The
BAFO BF-810″ ???
@amokejoe any computer accessory shop
Hello lemmy, Qsat is down since yesterday in the evening. What do we need to do.
I just recharged my G6 and it was working when I left but it doesn’t show again instead I see a red exclamation mark with inscription “No signal(Tuner 0) showing on any station I put on. Do you have an idea on the problem.
@victor, something is either wrong with your LNB cable or your disecq switch
This article came a day late. I just recharged my G6 yesterday at alaba (friday) and the guy used a laptop to do it and the application used is the same as the pic displayed above.
Weeeeeell done I salute your courage. I love this and I have been researching on this thank you for liberating me. Pls how much is the bafo bf-810 adapter?
@mykel, please go to a good computer accessory store
hi lemmy, when I put my qsat 23G on,
it connects to the internet alright then
comes the scrambled channel. stay on the
screen for awhile and then reboot or restart
again. my account is not due. it started doing
this since yesterday. pls what is the problem n
what should I do. thanks
@collins, problem from qsat
tanx lemmy for this important info which wil make our updates easier than before with little risk, am glad. pls is code 58xxx down too my went off yesday afternoon n has not been connecting to server, any news?
@dav, qsat is dead for now.
kaba edward says
Are qsat off?
@kaba edward, yes
where can we get this cable?
As I write now at least I can talk for Ghana. Qsat is totally down even with CCCam account. you see connected, network connection success but no pictures. started yesterday 10 mins b4 the end of the Ghana/Nigeria friendly
@charles, tv1 cccam, azsky dongel and A+ are still working
So now what about qsat, is there any solution ? Please.
Hi lemmy! Was able to troubleshoot the problem by switching off avatarcam and using only cccam account.
Azsky super n qsat not working or showing any channel from yesterday night.. As for qsat it can’t even connect to server… Illuminate me lemmy
Oga lemmy, how do we get this BAFO-cable? What is the cost? Even though there is partial downtime for dondles.
Morning Lemmy, any news on code 42 and 46 ? Its hurt you know been offline, my code is 42 for Qsat 13G. Thanks once again.
Please update me.
Goodmorning lemmy! Please what could be the cause and solution to my qsat q23 g rebooting on its own every minute since this morning.your guide will be appreciated.
@ledesma, are you having another sim account loaded on your qsat?
@Lenny pls can u use dis device to connect an external hard disk to a computer? thnx
@francis, you will need sata to ide cable for that.
Thanks for the update. You have made my day because of this timely update.
What is the cost of this stuff
Sir lemmy Infact you be chairman of all chair tnx for the new post
my qsat and others around me is not working as at 07/11/14 and i wanna know if it is a general problem
@asiedu it’s a general problem
Thanks Lemmy, I have been looking 4 dis type of cable, cord or device, Becos I have HP laptop dat don’t have dat port but It is obvious na wit dis device I can use my Laptop 2 load account in my AZsky and A-plus. Pls lemmy I will lke 2 knw how much and how do I get it, I stay in Benin city. Thanks
@Leric1, it is available in popular computer accessory shops. Just make sure you get the original