The USB-485M is a 2-wire USB to RS-485 serial communication adapter for RS485 use. It does not require an external power supply or complicated configuration.
It has a Type A (plug) USB connector for the computer side and a universal female RJ45/RJ12 modular connector. This will accept RJ12 and RJ45 plugs. The USB-485M supports multiple baud rates and is USB V2.0 Compliant.
Installing the Driver
Do NOT connect the USB-485M to your PC before installing the driver file.
Go to the Automation Direct website and download the latest drivers for this device. I would not use the mini CD that came with the converter because it may be out of date.
USB-485M Serial Converter Support Resources
Download and extract the zip file. (Right click on the zip file and select Extract All…. )
If you have a 64bit computer double click on the following file:
If you have a 32bit computer double click on this file:
If you are unsure as to 32 bit or 64-bit computer then go to control panel and look under the system. Under System type, it will display either a 32-bit Operating or 64-bit Operating system.
Alternatively, on Windows 7 you can click start and right click on Computer.
Selecting properties will call up the system information for you.
We will now configure the device driver for our hardware.
Connect the USB-485M to your PC.
The driver software installation will begin by searching for the CP2103 USB to UART Bridge Controller. It will start by searching the windows update…
Once the software has been configured a message will be displayed as follows. If it cannot find the driver software you can manually select the x64 (64bit) or x86 (32bit) folders from the downloaded driver files.
We are now ready to connect to our equipment. Since this is a serial device and is a 1: N connection. This means that we will have a master and at least one slave unit. All communication must have the same parameters when communicating. What separates the communication is that each slave is assigned a unique number.
|Device||Computer ‘Master’||Solo Process Controller
|Station Address / Unit number||N/A||1||2||…|
The protocol is the actual communication (Information format that is transferred) that takes place over the network. (Master to Slaves)
Watch on YouTube: USB to RS485 PC Adapter Installation
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