Serial port redirector software - redirect COM data over Ethernet
Working with serial devices is often not an easy task. Most modern computers are not equipped with serial ports, while a lot of applications, especially industrial software, still require them to communicate with devices. So what do you do if you have an app that needs to talk to a serial device, and your computer has no serial ports? Don’t worry, as long as there is at least one machine in your network that has an interface for serial communication, this is not an issue. Insert the device into that computer and redirect COM data to the application installed on your local machine – you can use either serial port redirector software or additional hardware to do it. We’ll talk about them below.
- Best COM port redirector software
- Hardware solution
Best COM port redirector software
Serial to Ethernet Connector by Eltima Software
Eltima Software already has the solution to redirect serial port data - Serial to Ethernet Connector. RS232 port redirection means that you can share a local serial port and device connected to it with other network users, and, in turn, access a port on a remote computer.
Install Serial to Ethernet Connector to use the content and functionality of remote devices as if they were attached to your local machine. The physical proximity to the device – across the office cubicle or across the globe – doesn’t really matter.
How to use Serial to Ethernet Connector:
- Download the COM port redirector and install it on a computer that provides shared access to their devices (server) and a computer that needs the remote access (client).
If you want to reach ports from virtual machines, make sure to install the software on guest OS.
- Launch the app on the server, select ‘Create Server Connection’ option and set up required parameters.
- Open the app on a client machine and configure the connection there.
That’s it – now you can access a remote device over network and interact with it as if it were a local device.