Managing connections

Serial to Ethernet Connector’s Main Menu provides convenient access to all program settings and options. All main features and options are grouped into the following tabs: 1. Create connection tab: 

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From “Select connection type you want to create” menu item you can create connections for the three main purposes: you can either share serial port for incoming connections (server), or connect serial port to remote host (client) or share serial port using UDP.

1) Sharing serial port for incoming connections (creating “Server” connection)

Server connection will be waiting for incoming client connections and actually will share local serial port into network. All you have to do is select a TCP port which clients will connect to and create connection. Server listens to all incoming connections at the defined TCP port and redirects input/output serial data to TCP/IP network. 

2) Connecting local serial port to remote host (creating “Client” connection)

Creating client connection will initiate local serial port data redirection to the remote server. Client connection does not require SEC presence at the remote side, otherwise make sure TCP ports are the same for “server” and “client”, this will let you create a direct port-to-port connection. 

All you have to do is specify remote server IP address (or network name) and TCP port to connect. Once connection is established, all data sent from remote serial port device, attached to the server, will be genuinely delivered to local serial port where it can be further processed. 

3) Share serial port using UDP (creating “UDP” connection) 

You can redirect all data from the local serial port using UDP/IP (User Datagram Protocol) underlying protocol instead of TCP/IP, providing additional flexibility for specific services (DNS, mail, finger, etc.). All you have to do is the same: specify remote server’s IP address (or network name) and UDP port to connect. This type of connection does not require SEC presence at the remote side as well. 

2. Edit connection tab: 

After connection is created, you might want to edit it later. To do this you should select the necessary connection in “Connections Tree” and click “Edit” on the main toolbar or just click one of the created connections in Connections tree and select “Edit connection”. 

Here you can change connection name, serial port which participates in connection, server IP-address and port number to connect to (in case you established “client” or port to UDP connection) and port number which server will listen to (in case you created “server” connection).

You can refer to editing “Server connection”, “Client connection“, “UDP connection” sections to get detailed information. 

3. Mirror connection tab: 

This menu item allows you to automate creation of inverted configuration parameters on remote host. 

For instance, you are trying to establish connection between local (Host A) COM1 port and remote (Host B) COM4. Remote host, in turn, must set its COM4 port to be connected to COM1 on Host A. Using Mirror connection you are able to create such configuration in one click, automatically.