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Author Topic: Laptops for ham radio?  (Read 6649 times)
W8JX
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« Reply #15 on: February 08, 2011, 03:10:29 PM »

Well a "native" RS232 went the same way that ISA slot, IDE, Parallel Port, AGP and CardBus slot did. Obsolete. (along with FP, RamBus, DDR1 and soon DDR2) And soon PCI will too. But again when you emulate a 232 via USB, it is indeed a 232 port and will work as such too with proper drivers for it so the "lack" of a native one is not really a issue.
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« Reply #16 on: April 01, 2011, 07:19:03 PM »

With ThinkPads, and with others, you can purchase the Dock or Port Replicator.  All of my laptops, but one, are ThinkPads, and I purchased off-lease Docks for all of them.  The Dock provides RS-232C serial, Centronics parallel, several USB ports, audio, and just about every I/O you need, even DVI and VGA video outputs.  I've never paid more than $39 for an off-lease Dock or Port Replicator, although they sell new for as much as $300.  I wouldn't be without one for the ThinkPad.
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