Serial cards are hardware devices that can be used to add serial port connectivity (a type of connection on computers used for peripherals such as older printers and gaming controllers) to your computer or server. They offer a direct connection between your computer and any device that uses one of the serial data transmission standards such as RS232 and RS485. Most serial cards can slot into the back of your desktop.
Some serial cards provide connectivity to independent serial channels while others can give multiple connections. A single serial card, for example, can use a serial cable to give up to eight RS232 (DB9) serial connections. Serial cards are designed for time-sensitive and industrial applications including:
Serial cards come in a broad range of options, from the shape of the connectors to the type of interface. Some of the types include: