VRX Company Inc. has announced the kit form solution of the VR2004 Text Inserter, configured for parallel printer data to both pass data through and also to convert to serial data. This solution allows you to maintain your connection to, for instance, a parallel printer while also transferring the data to the serial COM port on a PC or DVR. This hardware solution is useful for legacy parallel data system where the hardware or software vendor will not or cannot change the software to provide data on a serial port. The VR2004 is different. Although there are products out there to convert parallel to serial, they typically replace the device receiving the parallel data. They do not let you split the data to allow the legacy peripheral to continue receiving the parallel data. With the VR2004, the parallel peripheral stays connected and your PC’s COM port gets the serial data.
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