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USB Director and USB Solo
Plug-and-play connections
are easy with these USB products
from Black Box.
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Connect four peripherals to one PC/server with the USB Director.
» Add serial, USB, and parallel ports to a PC,
server, laptop, or thin client without opening
the computer’s chassis.
» The USB Director gives your PC up to eight highspeed serial COM ports for multiple peripherals.
» Connect a single serial peripheral to the USB
port on your PC with the USB Solo.
» All models comply with USB specifications.
» All models support Windows 98, SE, Me, XP,
and Windows 2000.
» Single-port model also supports Windows CE.
» Lower cost per port than serial boards.
» Configurable COM port assignment.
Point-of-Sale Device
Add peripheral devices to your PC via Universal Serial Bus (USB).
It replaces all the different serial and parallel connectors with one
standardized port. Just plug USB-compliant PCs and peripherals in
and turn them on.
USB devices can have “A” or “B” type ports. Typically, the “A”
ports are used at the host and the “B” ports are used at the
peripheral device.
The Single-Port USB Director RS-232 (IC1000A) gives you reliability,
superb performance, and operating-system support. Simply plug the
Single-Port USB Director RS-232 into the USB port of a desktop PC,
laptop, or thin client and gain one high-speed RS-232 DB9 serial port.
Attaching personal digital assistants (PDAs), printers, bar-code
scanners, and other peripheral devices has never been easier! The
director is perfect for point-of-sale and mobile computing applications
in which space is limited and flexible I/O expansion is required.
The 2-, 4-, and 8-port USB Director RS-232s (IC1001A, IC135A,
and IC1002A) are intelligent, stackable expansion modules designed
for the enterprise user who requires reliability in mission-critical
applications. They connect to a PC, thin client, laptop, or server via the
Universal Serial Bus (USB) port, providing instant COM-port expansion
for peripheral-device connectivity. Unmatched operating-system
support and reliable performance make the USB Director RS-232 ideal
for applications such as point-of-sale, kiosk connectivity, and mobile
computing. The 2-, 4-, and 8-port USB Directors RS-232 are
compatible with Windows® 98, SE, Me, XP, and Windows 2000.
The single-port model is also compatible with Windows CE.
The USB Director RS-232s feature a Type B USB connector
that’s used to attach a cable to the USB port of a PC, USB hub, or
USB switch. In addition, the units are equipped with one, two, four,
or eight DB9 male RS-232 ports (depending on the model). Port
pinning is like that of a PC‘s serial ports.
Installing the hardware is straightforward. To make connections,
simply plug one end of the included USB cable into your PC’s USB port
(or into a USB hub or switch, if necessary), and plug the cable’s other
end into the USB Director RS-232. Then plug your RS-232 device(s),
or their attached cables, into the USB Director RS-232’s serial
If you need to connect a single old-style RS-232 serial peripheral to
the USB port on your PC, choose the USB Solo (IC138A-R3 for a DB25
male connector or IC199A-R3 for a DB9 male connector). The IC199AR3 also has an integral 3.2-foot (1-m) cable.
To take advantage of USB’s plug-and-play capability, your PC must
be running Windows® 2000 or XP. (These two versions of Windows
have built-in USB drivers.)
If you’re not sure if your PC supports USB, diagnostic software is
included to help you find out whether you’ll need to upgrade your
Driver installation is just as easy. CD-ROM-based wizards
take you step-by-step through the process of setting them up in your
Windows system. In fact, once you install the drivers, Windows will
detect your USB Director RS-232‘s new COM ports and will begin to
initialize them.
After you install the hardware and software, the USB Director
RS-232 operates without requiring further intervention on your part.
On the 2-, 4-, and 8-port models, a tri-color indicator signals USB
communications between the device and host as well as serial port
activity on the device.
The USB Director RS-232 also comes with a configuration utility
program that enables you to manage various resources on the unit,
such as mapping of each physical communications port to your
Windows COM port numbers. You can reassign the physical ports on
the USB Director RS-232 to any available Windows COM port number
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1 to 255 or give your USB Director RS-232 a user-friendly device
name—a feature that’s particularly helpful if you intend to install
more than one USB Director RS-232.
To install the USB Director, you don’t need to open the chassis,
power down your computer, or reconfigure the system. It supports
baud rates of up to 230 kbps per port.
A tri-state LED shows the device status and COM port activity.
The Director is compatible with USB 1.0 and 1.1.
The USB Director offers full hardware and software flow-control
support. And it costs less per port than serial boards. Each port
features a UART with 64-byte FIFOs.
No additional IRQ or memory is required. And jack screws keep
your serial devices securely in place.
T e c h S P e cs
IC1002A: rear view
IC1000A–IC1002A, IC135A:
Speed — 110 to 230 kbps
System Requirements — Pentium® class CPU, 16 MB RAM,
(1) available USB Type A (downstream) port, PC that supports USB
with Windows 2000 or XP
Interface — EIA RS-232
Connectors — IC1000A: (1) DB9 M;
IC1001A: (2) DB9 M;
IC135A: (4) DB9 M;
IC1002A: (8) DB9 M
Temperature Tolerance — 32 to 104°F (0 to 40°C)
Humidity Tolerance — Up to 95%, noncondensing
Power — USB bus-powered, consumes less than 200 mA at full
operating speed
Size — 1.5"H x 9"W x 5"D (3.8 x 22.9 x 12.7 cm)
Weight — 1 lb. (0.5 kg)
IC138A-R3, IC199A-R3:
System Requirements — PC that supports USB with Windows 2000 or XP
Connectors — IC138A-R3: (1) USB Type B, (1) RS-232 DB25 M; IC199A-R3: (1)
USB Type B on a 3.2-ft. (1-m) integral cable, (1) RS-232 DB9 M
Power — Self-powered: 0.5 W, 5 VDC, 100 mA maximum; Bus powered from
USB host controller or hub
Size — 2.8"H x 2.4"W x 1.3"D (7.1 x 6.1 x 3.3 cm)
Weight — 0.4 lb. (0.2 kg)
Technically Speaking
USB’s main attraction is that it makes adding peripherals
to your computer incredibly easy. It enables you to connect
peripherals to the outside of the computer so you don’t have
to open your PC.
A USB peripheral simply plugs right into the port and
works. You don’t need to install a card; you don’t even
need to turn off your computer. Because USB configuration
happens automatically, built-in USB means you don’t have
to fiddle with drivers and software when adding most
USB 1.1, the original USB standard, has two data rates:
12 Mbps for devices, such as disk drives, that need highspeed throughput and 1.5 Mbps for devices, such as joysticks,
that need much lower bandwidth.
In 2002, USB 2.0, Hi-Speed USB 2.0, gained wide
acceptance in the industry. It increases the speed of the
peripheral-to-PC connection from 12 Mbps to 480 Mbps,
or 40 times faster than USB 1.1. This increase in bandwidth
enhances the use of external peripherals that require high
throughput, such as CD/DVD burners, scanners, digital
cameras, and video equipment. USB 2.0 also supports
demanding applications where multiple high-speed devices
run simultaneously, such as Web publishing. A USB 2.0 host
will work with both USB 2.0 and USB 1.1 peripherals. USB 2.0
also supports Windows® XP through a Windows update.
Another USB standard, USB On-The-Go (USB OTG), has
also been developed. USB OTG enables devices other than a
PC to act as a host. It enables portable equipment—such as
PDAs, cell phones, digital cameras, and digital music players—
to connect to each other without the need for a PC host.
There are four types of USB connectors: Type A, Type B,
Mini B, and Mini A.
USB 1.1 specifies the Type A and Type B. USB 2.0 specifies
the Type A, Type B, and Mini B. The Mini A connector was
developed as part of the USB OTG specification and is used
for smaller peripherals, such as cell phones.
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What’s included
IC1000A–IC1002A, IC135A:
✦USB Director RS-232
✦Drivers and user’s manual on CD-ROM
✦(1) 3.2-foot (1-m) USB cable
✦USB Solo (USB→Serial), DB9 Male
✦(1) 6-foot (1.8-m) USB Type A to Type B male cable
✦User’s manual on CD-ROM
To connect a USB device to four serial ports, order…
USB Director RS-232
To connect a single serial device to the USB port on your PC…
USB Solo (USB→Serial)
DB25 Male
DB9 Male with Cable
To connect up to four USB devices to your PC, you might
also need…
USB 2.0 (4-Port) Hub
Go to for information on the USB 2.0
(4-Port) Hub.
You might also want to order cables…
USB Version 1.1 Cable, Type A–Type B,
10-ft. (3-m)
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