If you are looking for convenience and control of GPIB devices on your desktop, you should consider the ICS GPIB Controller Card (via ISA). This card efficiently fits in any available ISA slot on your computer and allows you to easily control all your GPIB equipment with ease.
GPIB is also commonly referred to as IEEE-488. GPIB relies on a couple different types of messages: the first rely on a device and are data communications like files, statuses, and estimations; the second are interface messages which are more controlling in their intention, also known as commands (which commence and complete activities, make determinations, and decide what mode from which programming is done).
That's where this GPIB Controller Card manifests its ultimate convenience and usefulness. It will monitor for activity and when detected, connects the device about to send the message to the device receiving it. These are called the talker (sending) and the listener (receiver) respectively. With a single controller card, you'll be able to control multiple devices with ease.
This controller, by ICS Electronics supports several DOS languages, including GWBasic (3.11, 3.22), MS Professional BASIC (7.1) and MS Visual Basic for DOS (1.0), plus several others; and Windows languages, including Microsoft Quick C (2.5), C/C++ (5.0, 6.0, and 7.0), and Visual C++ (1.0 and 1.5), plus several others. See specifications for further information.
For the convenience and control you'll gain, this GPIB Controller Card is an affordable option you won't regret. You'll also receive an informative manual, 488.2 driver, sample programs, and a keyboard controller program with the complete Card Controller package, making is a smart choice for your wallet and your computer and peripherals that all need to work together!