Linux Firmware Keyspan USB to Serial


Just wanted to share the difficult to find firmware that works between Linux and the awesome Keyspan USB to Serial devices.  I love these old Keyspan devices!  Anyways, here is the ‘dmesg’ signature for your perusal.

New USB device found, idVendor=06cd, idProduct=012a
New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
Product: Keyspan USA-49WLC
Manufacturer: Keyspan, a division of InnoSys Inc.

On Debian 6, “squeeze”, and on Ubuntu images I simply copy the “keyspan.zip” file to the /lib/firmware/ folder, uncompress it and plug back in the device.  Everything works like a champ from that point on.

Firmware included for:

keyspan/mpr.fw
keyspan/usa18x.fw
keyspan/usa19.fw
keyspan/usa19qi.fw
keyspan/usa19qw.fw
keyspan/usa19w.fw
keyspan/usa28.fw
keyspan/usa28xa.fw
keyspan/usa28xb.fw
keyspan/usa28x.fw
keyspan/usa49w.fw
keyspan/usa49wlc.fw

Happy coding!

keyspan.zip

  1. #1 by david on January 13th, 2013

    thanks for this. any idea if/how i can get my keyspan to work on an android phone?

  2. #2 by dave on January 27th, 2013

    Thanks a million!! I have been trying to add a serial port to my raspberry pi without success , then i found some old keyspan dongles (usa-19). Doing what you say above I now see ttyUSB0 and the RPI now can talk to my radio

    Thanks again

    Dave

  3. #3 by Chris Danielson on January 27th, 2013

    No problem! Glad it worked Dave. Cheers!

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  5. #5 by Guy on December 24th, 2013

    Hey there. Thanks for this, I have downloaded it unzipped it into the firmware library for my raspberry pi and still my keyspan 19hs does not work.

    I found a link to a driver that goes along with the firmware, but I don’t know how to compile it or how to or where to put it. Any help would be appriciated.

    Thanks,
    Guy
    🙂

  6. #6 by Guy on July 21st, 2014

    The keyspan and any that I can find usb to serial port only seems to run on one of the two usb ports on the raspberry pi itself. This works great, if you have the usb > serial converter plugged into one of those two ports.

    I can’t figure out how to get the usb to serial to work on a hub with the raspberry pi no matter what I do. Anyone got any ideas?

    Thanks,
    Guy

  7. #7 by Thomas on March 19th, 2015

    Thanks! Saved me a lot of time to remember how this worked 🙂

  8. #8 by Larry on October 3rd, 2015

    Worked for me too on a Raspberry Pi model B using a powered hub. I didn’t try without a hub since the pi is so sensitive to current load on the USB. Thanks!

  9. #9 by c3dub on February 28th, 2017

    Thanks for this. Today I was able to get an old Keyspan USA-19 recognized by a RPi2 under the latest raspian OS.

  10. #10 by Rob Kouwenberg on April 22nd, 2017

    Excellent, thank you! works like a charm.
    Before:
    [29391234.425270] usb 3-1: new full-speed USB device number 24 using ohci-platform
    [29391234.650413] usb 3-1: New USB device found, idVendor=06cd, idProduct=0109
    [29391234.661852] usb 3-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=0, Product=0, SerialNumber=0
    [29391234.679723] keyspan 3-1:1.0: Keyspan – (without firmware) converter detected
    [29391234.691985] usb 3-1: Direct firmware load for keyspan/usa49w.fw failed with error -2
    [29391234.708720] usb 3-1: Falling back to user helper
    [29391234.722630] usb 3-1: ezusb_ihex_firmware_download – request “keyspan/usa49w.fw” failed
    [29391234.739528] usb 3-1: failed to load firmware “keyspan/usa49w.fw”
    [29391234.750498] keyspan: probe of 3-1:1.0 failed with error -5
    Now:
    [29391360.144114] usb 3-1: new full-speed USB device number 26 using ohci-platform
    [29391360.387175] usb 3-1: New USB device found, idVendor=06cd, idProduct=010a
    [29391360.400547] usb 3-1: New USB device strings: Mfr=1, Product=2, SerialNumber=0
    [29391360.419730] usb 3-1: Product: USB 4-port Serial Adapter
    [29391360.431162] usb 3-1: Manufacturer: Keyspan, a division of InnoSys Inc.
    [29391360.446674] keyspan 3-1:1.0: Keyspan 4 port adapter converter detected
    [29391360.460222] usb 3-1: Keyspan 4 port adapter converter now attached to ttyUSB0
    [29391360.480564] usb 3-1: Keyspan 4 port adapter converter now attached to ttyUSB1
    [29391360.500500] usb 3-1: Keyspan 4 port adapter converter now attached to ttyUSB2
    [29391360.520583] usb 3-1: Keyspan 4 port adapter converter now attached to ttyUSB3

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