What is the use of the serial to Ethernet hardware?
The main purpose of this tool is to provide communication between serial devices and a computer via its COM ports that recognize the signals sent by a serial port over Ethernet. In practice, this means that using RS-232 to Ethernet hardware, you can access any serial device located within Ethernet (LAN) network from your machine, or manage a remote COM port peripheral over the Internet in case you use a Virtual Personal Network (VPN) or DNS.
The use of an RS-485 to Ethernet connector can simplify the work of both a regular customer and the whole enterprise. The device can be applied in dispatching systems, commercial or technological automated metering systems, serial to IP communications and many other areas.
How does a serial to Ethernet technology work?
- First of all, when you buy RS-232 Ethernet device, together with the hardware you get a driver software that needs to be installed on your PC. The program serves for creating virtual COM ports in the system when the hardware is connected to your machine.
- All virtual serial ports created with the help of the device’s software appear in your computer’s Device Manager as local ones.
- This way, any COM port embedded in a serial to Ethernet hardware can be displayed in a remote computer as though it was its own physical port.
- Now, any time you attach a serial device to a COM port of your RS-232 Ethernet connector, the peripheral is redirected to the virtual serial port of your computer and recognized by your PC as a local device.