Serial to Ethernet Connector allows you to share serial ports, either real or virtual, over Internet or Ethernet. The devices connected to the shared serial ports can be accessed from remote computers (clients) and the data that those devices transfer can be received through TCP/IP network thanks to Serial to Ethernet Connector.
So how does it work? To be able to receive data from the device connected to a remote computer, "client-server" architecture is used. Serial to Ethernet Connector is installed on all machines that participate in data exchange. "Server" is a computer where serial port is shared; "clients" are all other computers that use device connected to the shared serial port. It is also possible to use Serial to Ethernet Connector as a "client" only. In this case it will receive the data sent by a COM-port device over the network.
If you are using UDP protocol, Serial to Ethernet Connector for Linux can broadcast all serial data over your local network.
Note, that there is Serial to Ethernet Connector for Windows OS too. One of Linux version's advantages is that it works with Windows version directly. Therefore, you can organize data transfers among Linux and Windows machines at a time. Any of them can be a client as well as a server. Serial to Ethernet Connector for Linux is a command-line software; to make your work with it easier it features extensive documentation with samples. There is also OEM version available, which allows integrating Serial to Ethernet functionality into your software.
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What's New in This Release: [ read full changelog ]
· new user interface for even easier connections creation and management; connections visualization added
· possibility to control serial ports (both on server and client sides) directly from your own application by executing dll functions. 64-bit applications are supported as well. - for OEM License owners
· connections can be created, edited and deleted via command line now - for OEM License owners
· possibility to turn off Serial to Ethernet Connector (Administrator rights required). Permits to temporarily disable created connections without deleting them.
· possibility to specify several remote computers for simultaneous UDP connection
· sample client-server pair can be created to see how Serial to Ethernet Connector works
· read/write access rights can be now configured basing on the last client's/server's activity. Data can be sent to or received from only last or the last active client/server.
· connection's summary and statistics are available upon click on the required connection in the tree
· IPv6 support
· support for the beta version of Windows 8
· Serial to Ethernet Connector can be run and used (including the registration procedure) under user account
· automatic check for updates
· Ring signal transferring mechanism
Internal drivers became more stable:
· - data transmission between virtual ports was improved. This makes data transmission lossless and helps avoid application hanging;
· - data transmission on multicore systems was improved. This helps avoid data distortion and transmission hanging;
· - virtual ports creation now consumes less CPU resources, which is useful when multiple connections are created.
· sending and receiving messages via shared fax machines became more stable
· some cases of SEC Service failure when sending data to multiple connections at a time
· issue when SEC Service failed to recreate some virtual ports after the system reboot
· Telnet initialization issue when data was transferred prior to COM port parameters
· multi-client technology issue. Now, even if one of servers does not respond, there is no delay in sending data to the rest of servers.
· new XML-based mode of communication with SEC Service. Data representation as xml blocks simplifies commands understanding and management. Previous format of Service management is still supported for the owners of older OEM builds. - for OEM License owners
· conditions for packets transmission can be set now for all connection types
· statistics on sent/received bytes is now displayed separately for each host of the given connection - for all connection types
· setting a period of time after which SEC will try to restore connection is now optional
· read/write access rights can be now configured for all connection types
· navigation through recently opened SEC tabs is available now
· Windows NT4 is not supported anymore