This article covers different approaches the users can follow to work with serial devices over LAN. We’ll review the pros and cons of choosing a hardware version of serial over LAN versus a software version.
What is serial over LAN software?
Serial over LAN software is a pro-level utility for accessing remote serial port devices via Ethernet or Internet connection.
Serial over Network Connector software lets users create virtual COM ports. Thus, permitting computers and remote equipment to communicate with each other.
One of the most beneficial features of RS232 over LAN software is: it doesn’t need any extra hardware: there are no additional cables or wires necessary to connect a remote device.
Run the program on the server PC and select the “Server Connection” option.
Enter a name for the created connection, select the serial port you want to share, and type in the TCP port used for the connection.
Adjust any required additional settings and click “Create”.
On the client machine, select “Client Connection”.
Specify the name for the client connection and a COM port that will be used in the connection.
Type in the server’s name or IP address and the TCP port, as discussed in step three.
Finally, click “Create”.
Once the client connects, the data transmission between the serial device and the remote computer will be established over LAN.
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Serial over LAN software is by far the easiest option for accessing COM ports over LAN: it has a straight-forward installation process and it means that there’s no need to wrestle with complex configurations.
However, if you are looking for a more robust way to share serial devices over LAN and eliminate a computer as intermediate, it’s also possible to share COM ports with an RS232 device.
You might have the question: “what is serial over LAN devices?”
A small hardware device, RS232 to LAN Converter (sometimes an RS232 to LAN Adapter or device server), transmits serial data to a remote computer by converting that data into the network packets.
For anyone needing a solution to allow connection to serial devices over a local network, this will be a big help.
How to use RS232 over LAN adapters
Serial to LAN converters usually come with a virtual serial port driver which is installed on the remote computer to accept and transform serial data from the network packets.
It allows configuring all required settings for the serial over LAN connection and without it it would be impossible to initiate the connection in the first place.
If the acquired serial to LAN adapter does not have a proper virtual serial driver or it is not compatible with your operating system (which is usually the case), you can still use Serial to Ethernet Connector with your hardware device to establish an RS232 over LAN link.
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