|Polar IrDA USB 2.0 Adapter Interface
|List Price: $59.95
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This adapter quickly transmits data from your Polar heart rate monitor to your PC, so you can take an in depth look at your progress. Use the IR Interface to upload training zones and timers from your PC, store and analyze critical performance data and maintain a detailed training log. Adapter enables two-way IrDA communication with a PC using the USB port. Includes: IrDa USB 2.0 USB Adapter, cable, CD-ROM, user manual and driver setup. Not compatible with Polar S610, S710, S810 and E600.
Transfer your training data quickly and easily with the Polar IR USB 2.0 adapter. You'll be able to download data from your HRM wirelessly to your PC via infrared signal so you can take an in-depth look at your stats. Store and analyze critical performance data and maintain a detailed training log. The IR interface works with the Polar F55, AXN500, AXN700, RS400, RS800, S610i, S710i,S720i S810i, S625X, S725, and S725X.
The first EKG accurate wireless heart rate monitor was invented by Polar back in 1977 as a training tool for the Finnish National Cross Country Ski Team. The concept of "intensity training" by heart rate swept the athletic world in the eighties. By the 1990s, individuals were looking to heart rate monitors not only for performance training needs, but also for achieving everyday fitness goals. Today, the same concept of heart rate training is being used by world-class athletes as well as everyday people trying to lose weight. Polar is the leading brand among consumers, coaches, and personal trainers worldwide and the company is committed to not only producing the best products, but also being the leading educator on the benefits of heart rate based exercise.
- Transfers data from your Polar heart rate monitor to your PC for analysis
- Communicates with PCs via either IR (infrared) or USB port
- Works with the Polar S625X, S720i, S725 and other Polar IR downloadable units
- Store and analyze critical performance data and maintain a detailed training log
- Works with Windows Vista
After having problems with other IRDA adapters, it was great to have this work immediately out of the box with Windows Vista (it already has the driver). The adapter worked great with my Polar heart rate montor, and HP printer, and a couple other computers with IRDA adapters....more info
- Expensive, but works well.
I bought this after a few cheaper IrUSB models failed to connect to my
Polar 610i watch. This one had no problems (Windows XP). No problems
installing the driver either.
1 star off for price, which seems high compared to other models....more info
- Polar USB
Works great with my rs800, set up was easy and I use it daily with no problems...more info
- Polar IR - USB Interface
Definitely not plug-and-and-play. I haven't got it to work yet. The fault my lie with my Polar S610i, purchased some time ago, though. The IR interface has always proved tempermental, even with my old IR unit, now lost. The online specs for this new unit included a reference to the s610i, but the specs that came with the unit itself weren't so clear....more info
- Difficult to insert and remove
It works great, except, it does not fit the USB socket very well. It is difficult to insert and pull out....more info
- Don't buy it, seriously
I'm pretty good at getting devices up and running, but this thing is a complete mess. They don't have the software figured out, and the instructions for trying to fix it when it's not working are preposterously complicated. Note that it comes with no directions of any kind. In fact, it arrives with an unlabeled mini-disc with no indication of what it's for, what it is, how to use it, whether everyone needs it, or anything else. Nothing but the blank disc. Note that this device failing to work is a "Frequently Asked Question" on the Polar web site, and they have a list of about thirty things you're supposed to "check," most of which they don't explain as far as what it is you're checking FOR. (In other words, they say "Check the [whatever] setting," but they don't tell you anything about what that setting should be or what might be wrong with it.) Most of the instructions are outdated, don't apply to current version of Windows, or don't reflect current versions of their own software.
Mine will be going back -- the first thing from Amazon I have ever had to return....more info
- Finally Mac and Linux Support from Polar (sort of)
I picked this up looking for a non-serial or bulky IR device for my desktop PC but was VERY happy to find that it came with "SigmaTel IR-721 USB IrDA Bridge Driver" drivers for both Linux and the Mac on the CD; in addition of course to the standard Windows drivers.
The only drawback with the Mac Drivers is that it is a Mini-CD which is not-compatible with the insert drives on Mac, but I was able to get it installed successfully without issue on my MacBook Pro (Intel Based) and on my Windows PC.
Now if Polar could start releasing a Mac Version of their Polar Precision software and the other third-party vendors of HRM Software (like iSmarttrain) can get the update out for this new hardware it will make many Mac owners happy.
Polar Precision 4.03.43 (Mar 06) has worked with this device on my Windows XP SP2 on a Native Intel/AMD Windows PC.
It also works fine on my Mac Book Pro under Nova Development's Parralels Desktop (still windows but on a Mac) running Polar Precision 4.03.43. I have not gotten Polar Precision to run under Dreamweaver's Crossover yet though; but hopefully that is only a matter of time.
As an added bonus, being this device includes Macintosh Drivers it could be used in theory to support other IR applications that have been limited by the lack of two-way IR support on Macs, as of OSX Tiger (10.4.x) on the MacBook Pro the built in IR support is only receive mode. ...more info
- Works in Windows, but no (pre-Intel) Mac compatibility
There exists HRM software for Macs that is Polar compatible, but you won't be able to use this device to move the heart rate data from the watch to the Mac, not even in Virtual PC. You will have to use the Polar serial-infrared adapter together with a serial-USB adapter.
With the new Intel Macs, you can install Windows and the Polar drivers and transfer data that way.
It would be nice if Polar would make their drivers open source so that people could develop versions for other platforms. It could only help their sales....more info
Why pay $60 for an item that you can easily purchase for $10 to $15. I love Polar but this item just doesn't make sense!...more info
- Works fine for me
I use this to update my exercises from a Polar F55 to their web site. Works everytime without a problem. I'm running Windows Vista Ultimate 64-bit edition....more info
- Usually works
Sometimes this unit works flawlessly, other times it seems to have trouble picking up the signal. I am not sure if that is a problem with this USB device, the Polar HRM, or the way that I am holding it. In any event, most of the time it works and the data transfers quickly. ...more info
- If you have to have this - get something else
This works with Vista - just not very good. IRDA and Vista are just not great companions. The first one of these that I had (that came with the HRM) stopped working within 5 months. Instead of working with Amazon to get it replaced, I just purchased another. This one still works - but the process of transferring files using this is so cumbersome and unreliable that I dreaded sitting down at the computer to try to transfer files. The percentage of first times that this worked for me was well below 20%. I like Polar, but this was a failure (with Vista computers)....more info
- Convenient - if your PC's security isn't important
The IR link for the Polar hear monitors is great. It allows you to transfer data 2 ways from your PC: you can download your exercise data, and also change the settings for the watch from the computer. This is great, because it means no scrolling through abbreviations on the watch with the tiny buttons.
The biggest problem with the IR link is the driver that needs to be installed on your computer. For whatever reason, Polar decided not to pay Bill Gates to get the software recognized as being compatible with Microsoft. When installing the driver from the included CD, warnings and error messages pop up to discourage you from proceeding, which will compromise all security and firewall features that you might have. There is no updated version available for download from the internet. I went ahead and installed the driver, but since doing so, the computer has not been functioning properly, and I've been getting those "send error report / don't send error report" pop-ups from Windows. Polar denies responsibility and insists that their driver is "fine" for use. I'm no computer expert, so I don't know for sure, but I don't believe them....more info
- Great product
I received the product in the expected delivery time and it works great with my XP operating system that is running on my Apple computer via the Parallels software. I downloaded the software to run the Interface from the Polar site. Did not need the small CD that ships with the product (which was too small for my CD drive)....more info
- Temperamental but functional
I have the polar S625X HRM. The adapter Interface works reasonably well on my Mac Pro (2 x 2.66 GHz Dual-Core Intel Xeon) with Parallels Desktop 3.0 for Mac (Build 5608) running windows xp pro (5.1.2600 SP3 Build 2600). Still, Mac OS X 10.5 running Parallels running windows running the Polar software is a pretty desperate solution. Polar abandoned Mac users long ago; consequently, I can NOT rate this more than 3 stars.
Temperamental? After setting the HRM to connect mode I have to lay the HRM face down with no more than 2-3 inches between the HRM's ir window and the adapter interface, then cuff my hand over the adapter without blocking the line-of-sight between the HRM Ir window and the Adapter Interface to shield from ambient light. Sometimes I also have to toggle the STIr42xx device off and on in Parallels... Like another reviewer said: definitely NOT plug-n-play!...more info
- Unstable and intermittently functional
I received this as part of a bundle, not through Amazon, but because I use Amazon for a lot of purchases I feel compelled to register my concern over this component here. I run it with a Polar RS400 (which I really like) and use Windows XP SP2. I have to cross fingers, say a prayer, extract my running data and then quickly disconnect the IR device before I get a blue screen of death. Half the time the IR device goes into a continuous transmit state and won't talk with the RS400 at all. I have never had this much trouble with a peripheral that wasn't obviously physically defective. Do not buy this, and communicate with Polar to provide a better interface to their products....more info
- So far, so good
I'm using this product with a MacBook running VMWare (with Microsoft XP Home Edition) and so far it's worked like a charm. I read several reviews, both good and bad, and decided to go with this one. I loaded the software for the IrDA from Polar's website and it has worked well....more info
- No Problems but High Price
I purchased this IRD from Polar because I don't want to face any problem during the interface between the watch and my laptop. I had no problem with this device but I had a problem with the watch. I returned the watch and kept this as IRD for my laptop.
Some people are saying that you can get any IRD from the internet for $5 to $15, but I prefer to go for Polar....more info
- Works with Polar Precision, XP, VMWare Fusion on a MacBook Pro
After being unable to find an IRDA device in the local stores I decided to purchase the Polar IRDA. Although I'm sure I could have found something less expensive I'm happy with this product. It works and is conveniently small.
I'm running the Polar Precision software under Windows XP using VMWare's Fusion beta on a MacBook Pro. The whole setup works with this device. I have problems when I "safely remove" the hardware (causes Fusion to crash and restart the VM) but this is more likely a problem with Fusion than with the device and there is a simple workaround - shut down the VM before removing the device.