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Datasheet 1.02 DS_USB2-F-5001
Quick Start Guide 1.0 QSG USB2-F-5001



Download FTDI Virtual COM Port (VCP) Drivers for Windows, Mac OS and Linux


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The USB2-F-5001 provides a simple method of adapting legacy serial devices with RS485 interfaces to modern USB ports.  This is accomplished by incorporating the industry standard FTDI FT232R USB-Serial bridge chip.

Each USB2-F-5001 adapter contains a small internal electronic circuit board which utilises the FTDI FT232R, mounted inside a rugged plastic enclosure capable of withstanding industrial temperature ranges. The integrated electronics also include RS485 level shifters and TXD/RXD LEDs to provide a visual indication of data traffic through the adapter.

Flexible mounting allows the USB2-F-5001 to be used in a variety of applications, from a portable adapter to accompany a laptop to permanent installations in industrial, commercial and retail locations.

The enclosure incorporates a standard USB-B client connector for connection to an upstream host or hub port.  RS485-level signals, are available on an industry-standard DE-9P (DB9) connector.  The maximum RS485-level data rate is 1Mbps. 

The USB2-F-5001 adapter require USB device drivers, available free from, which are used to make the USB2-F-5001 appear as a Virtual COM Port (VCP). This allows existing serial communications software, such as HyperTerminal, to exchange data through the USB2-F-5001 to a legacy RS485 peripheral device.

Pin 9 of the D-sub connector can provide +5V power output with maximum 450 mA. 



· Adds one RS485 serial port by connecting to USB
· Easy plug & play installation and RS485 device connection
· Works with USB 1.1 & 2.0 Host and Hub ports
· Industry Standard FTDI chip set & device drivers for maximum compatibility
· Microsoft Windows® WHQL-certified, Mac OS X, Linux and Windows CE device
· Installs as a standard Windows COM port
· COM Port Number assignment is configurable
· FIFO: 128 byte transmit buffer, 256 byte receive buffer
· RS485 data signals: Data+, Data-, GND
· Powered by USB port. No external power adapter required.
· Pin 9 of DE-9P (DB9) can provide +5 VDC output at 450 mA
· Serial port speed up to 3 Mbps
· Serial Communication Parameters
          o Parity: None, Even, Odd 
          o Data bits: 7, 8
          o Flow control: None
· One DE-9P (DB9) male connector
· LEDs indicate USB Enumeration, RxD, TxD for monitoring port status & easy 
· High-temperature plastic enclosure
· Operating temperature of -40°C to +85°C
· USB cable of 0.9 meter included

· CE / FCC Approved


DS_USB2-F-5001[ES_000017] [PDF, 3.39 MB]
USB2-F-5001_Quick_Start_Guide [PDF, 265.52 KB]