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Using light instead of electricity…

USG1A422-150exThe innovative Actisense USG-1-485 can be used to protect your laptop from sudden voltage spikes while connected to your boat’s serial wiring system. The traditional NMEA 0183 is often offered as a serial port connection when most modern PC’s and laptops only have USB nowadays.

Up till now all you had to do was buy a suitable Serial/USB convertor such as the one I reviewed here, or buy a multiplexor such as the one I reviewed here.

This device does it differently – light is used to transfer the data signals between the serial port and the USB. The device gets its own power from the laptop’s USB port. Installation is easy using the supplied CD that will create a “virtual serial port” on your laptop.

The only problem is the price …¬£80!

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