If you have an older Bernina embroidery machine, you might find that you can’t plug it directly into a newer computer. Newer computers don’t come with a serial port (sometimes called a comm port). You will need a serial port adapter, like the one shown in the picture to the right. The one in the picture, which is a Keyspan USA-19HS, is a configurable model, which means you can designate that the adapter is port 1, 2, 3 or 4 on your computer.
The port number is important, because Bernina software doesn’t recognize hardware (your machine) unless it is on port 1, 2, 3, or 4.
A serial port adapter without configuration software can still be set as port 1 through 4, but you’d have to do that in your computer’s device manager, which is a little more confusing for people that don’t have good computer skills, or who don’t know their way around their operating system.
I used to get my Keyspan adapters from dell.com, but I couldn’t find the USA-19HS model when I checked today. From the prices I saw while searching the internet, you can expect to pay about $35 to $45 for the USA-19HS.
Some of you may know that I like to build my own computers. If you build your own, you might check out the Gigabyte line of motherboards. Many of these motherboards have a comm connection, which means you wouldn’t have to buy an adapter.
Note: You should make sure that the adapter you buy works with your operating system, and that your computer meets its system requirements. The adapter and adapter configuration software mentioned in this blog post may not work on all computer systems.
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