said by daveinpoway:
This is strictly for hobbyist use, so the solution doesn't need to be something that will last for years under every-day use in a factory.
I just wanted to comment that some USB-GPIB interfaces have occasional compatibility problems. Unfortunately their drivers are also proprietary and vendors rarely update them. If you find a really cheap one from eBay and such, please check online for the manual and latest driver.
By the way Ethernet-GPIB converters are self-contained, can reach instruments 300ft from any Windows/Mac/Linux computer and you can even run them over WiFi. But they cost a bit more.
I notice Prologix Ethernet to GPIB is selling for $199 at Sparkfun (
) which is $50 more than their USB model.