Which USB to RS232 converter please?

dadamszimdadamszim Posts: 4Registered Users, Users Awaiting Email Confirmation

Greetings all.

I've now bought FOUR different USB to RS232 adapters so I can update the firmware on my TS MPPT-60-150's and so far NONE of them have worked. All that's available in my part of the world is cheap Chinese crap.

So, I need to order off Amazon.

Please could someone let me know which model USB-RS232 converter actually works with the TS-MPPT-60-150 so I can order it and get my firmware upgraded. It's driving me nuts!


Thanks in advance for the help.


Dave

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  • mcgivormcgivor Posts: 1,652Registered Users ✭✭✭✭
    This is the one that will work, not sure if you'll find it on Amazon though 
    https://www.solar-electric.com/morningstar-umc-1-usb-meterbus-adapter.html
      1500W, 6× Schutten 250W Poly panels , Schneider 150 60 CC, Schneider SW 2524 inverter, 8×T105 GC 24V nominal 

  • dadamszimdadamszim Posts: 4Registered Users, Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
    mcgivor said:
    This is the one that will work, not sure if you'll find it on Amazon though 
    https://www.solar-electric.com/morningstar-umc-1-usb-meterbus-adapter.html

    Thanks for replying but I'm not sure that will work. Morningstar MPPT-60's can only have their firmware upgraded through the serial / RS232 port.
  • mcgivormcgivor Posts: 1,652Registered Users ✭✭✭✭
    Here is the manual the RS 232 adapter recommended is on page 11, hope this is helpful 

      1500W, 6× Schutten 250W Poly panels , Schneider 150 60 CC, Schneider SW 2524 inverter, 8×T105 GC 24V nominal 

  • mike_smike_s Posts: 43Registered Users ✭✭
    I've had good luck with one of these. I use it with a Morningstar MSC (among other things).
  • dadamszimdadamszim Posts: 4Registered Users, Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
    mike_s said:
    I've had good luck with one of these. I use it with a Morningstar MSC (among other things).

    Thank you very much for the info Mike :-)
  • dadamszimdadamszim Posts: 4Registered Users, Users Awaiting Email Confirmation
    mcgivor said:
    Here is the manual the RS 232 adapter recommended is on page 11, hope this is helpful 


    Thank you, it is helpful :-)
  • mike95490mike95490 Posts: 7,612Solar Expert ✭✭✭✭
    edited April 27 #8
    I use the Morningstar Recommended adapter :
    TrippLite U209-000-R   It has the proper DC-DC converter internally to power the 12V for RS232, from the USB power source.


    http://www.morningstarcorp.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/02/MS-Comm-Document-2010.pdf
    Page 12 is USB-Serial
    It has been reported that some USB to Serial adapters will not
    work with either the MSC or our controllers.
     This is usually due to the adapter output voltage being below the
    RS-232 electrical specification. Section 11.0 Troubleshooting explains this further.
    Recommended:  Tripp Lite USB / Serial DB-9 Adapter: Tripp Lite U209-000-R

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