[time-nuts] usb serial converter (was: Advice on NTP server needed)

Alan Melia alan.melia at btinternet.com
Mon Jun 13 23:08:31 UTC 2011

Hi Attila you got it in one (givethe man a kewpie doll :-))  ) Yes it was so
far on windows machines I have not got to the Linus machine yet but I am
expecting better performance....the trouble is 70-80& or our users will use

Thanks for your comments that is very reassuring.
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Attila Kinali" <attila at kinali.ch>
To: "Discussion of precise time and frequency measurement"
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Sent: Monday, June 13, 2011 11:36 PM
Subject: [time-nuts] usb serial converter (was: Advice on NTP server needed)

> On Mon, 13 Jun 2011 23:25:54 +0100
> "Alan Melia" <alan.melia at btinternet.com> wrote:
> > Of the USB converters the best seemed to use the FTDI chip and driver,
> > even
> > these have shown fails suggesting the problem is deeper inside the PC.
> > problems have been on the PC reception leg, causing corruption, and
> > what seemed like a driver disconnection so the "serial port" became
> > disconnected from the application, and required the app restarting.
> What OS have you been using? If it's windows, then blame the
> windows usb serial driver. It's the biggest piece of sh*** i've
> seen in a long time in the driver world. It is even able to
> freeze the machine without blue screen. Reliably.
> On the other hand, i am running an FTDI based usb-serial converter
> at home on a linux box to monitor another system. I did not have
> any problems at all in the year i use it. And given that the system
> runs 24/7 the slightes problem resulting in a disconnect should have
> shown up until now.
> Attila Kinali
> -- 
> Why does it take years to find the answers to
> the questions one should have asked long ago?
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