It’s also possible that the RS232 standard will remain one of the most common ways to provide communications between PCs and their peripherals. New-generation devices that fit a USB port instead of a serial interface still have a driver that allows them to emulate RS232 port for connections to serial apps.
Serial over TCP IP software
You may find yourself faced with the need to access a serial-based peripheral device that is not located anywhere near your computer. If you are struggling to find a solution to this problem, let us suggest making use of >serial over IP technology to connect to the remote equipment.
A serial over IP adapter converts data transmission from COM to IP format. It can be in the form of serial over IP hardware or software solutions. In either case, translation occurs on data sent through a COM port to TCP/IP format. This allows it to be transferred over an IP-based network like the Internet.
This TCP/IP converter software can be used for a variety of purposes, including:
- connecting to serial ports from virtual environments such as VirtualBox, VMware, and Hyper-V;
- creating virtual serial interfaces that emulate and are recognized by your machine as physical RS232, RS422, and RS485 ports;
- sharing COM ports on Linux, Windows, and ARM-based devices and computers;
- enabling the transmission of RAW data;
- redirecting real or virtual serial traffic over UDP/IP.
There are no distance limitations when using Serial over Ethernet Connector (SEC), making the location of the connected device irrelevant. Simply install the application on the machine with a physical connection to the device and the computers which require access to it. That’s all that is needed to establish communication with the remote device.