A lot of electronic instruments interface to a computer via serial port – these are barcode scanners used at points-of-sale systems, measuring tools and laboratory instruments such as balances, spectrometers, spectrophotometers, etc. The common problem we face when working with this kind of equipment is the necessity to access them remotely – more often than not it is not feasible to run a cable to connect to a device.
Fortunately there Network Serial Port Kit by FabulaTech . This software solution allows remote access to a serial port over network by creating a virtual serial port on the local PC that mirrors the activity of a real COM port on the remote PC. It also emulates virtual null modem cables to connect two communication apps over local network or the Internet. Network Serial Port Kit does a good job, although the functionality it offers is pretty basic. Those who are interested in more advanced features, might want to have a look at Serial to Ethernet Connector (SEC), a Network Serial Port Kit alternative.