The Serial/IP Redirector lets your applications use serial devices provided by serial device servers on your network. This redirector does this by creating one or more virtual COM ports that make these networked serial devices appear to be connected to the local computer, even though they are physically located on servers.
This means that your serial device applications can begin using networked serial devices quickly, easily, and without software changes. Since the redirector's virtual COM ports work like standard Windows COM ports, your application software sees no difference between a local serial device and one provided by a serial device server.
Many brands and models of serial device servers are compatible with the Serial/IP Redirector due to its support of public TCP protocols that are widely supported by serial device server manufacturers.
The Serial/IP COM Port Redirector allows you to create virtual Serial/IP COM ports that provide access to serial devices on a server.
The redirector connects to the server when an application opens the COM port and disconnects from the server when the COM port is closed. One way to understand what the redirector does is to think of it as a "software cable" from the local computer across the local area network to serial devices on the server.
The redirector uses TCP network connections to the server to gain access to its serial devices. Before using the redirector, place the serial device server on your network and configure it to provide its devices on certain TCP port numbers.
As part of installing and configuring the Serial/IP Redirector, you use its control panel to configure each virtual COM port to a IP address and TCP port number that the redirector will use to connect to the server when that virtual COM port is opened. The Serial/IP Control Panel also contains global settings that apply to all Serial/IP COM ports.
The Serial/IP COM ports are available to software applications as conventional COM ports.
Extensive Platform Support
- Windows 8/7/Vista/XP/2012/2008/2003/2000/NT4/9x
- Terminal Services, Citrix Metaframe
- Native and virtual platforms, including Virtual Server and VMware
- 32-bit or 64-bit version automatically installs