Using Serial/IP with Networked Serial Devices

Guidelines for applications using Serial/IP to access serial devices
using public/private networks and wireless data services

 
     
Access serial ports over TCP/IP from Windows application
The client computer
Windows 10/8/7/2012/2008/Vista/2003/XP/2000, 32 and 64-bit versions, single and multi-user, native and virtual environments
Your application runs with no software changes, uses virtual COM ports
 
The Serial/IP Redirector
Kernel-level device driver, no service overhead, always available
High-performance data path entirely at kernel level
Can automatically provide credentials for serial server access
Connects to serial server when virtual COM port is opened or waits for inbound connections, can be used back-to-back
 
The network connection
Firewalls must allow outbound connections to IP addresses and port numbers configured for all virtual COM ports
Proxy servers are supported by Serial/IP for SOCKS v4/5 and HTTPS
   
The serial server
Can be any model/manufacturer that uses public TCP/IP protocols
Passes data between specific TCP ports to corresponding serial ports
Support for RFC 2217 COM port control protocol may be required for correct function of applications that use DCD, DTR, CTS signals
Wireless network endpoints can act as a single-device serial server

Applications using the Serial/IP Redirector

utilities  
electricity/gas meters automated meter reading
substation management monitoring, control
flow/pressure meters data collection
   
energy  
oil/gas field equipment data collection
wind turbines monitoring, control
   
data centers, networks  
routers, firewalls, servers remote / out-of-band management
power systems monitoring, control
   
industrial automation  
RTU's, PLC's SCADA
operator displays process automation
specialty printers label printing
CNC machines DNC, CAM
   
building automation  
HVAC data collection, program updates
entry/alarm systems control panel access, firmware updates
video monitoring live video capture and image snapshots
   
healthcare  
billing, insurance, pharmacy medical data access and transfer
ECG, blood analyzers
monitoring, control
   
financial services  
trading systems collect data for trading reports (COM/IP with SSL)
high value transactions secure point-to-point networking (non-Internet)
   
retail / POS  
kiosks, gaming machines data upload/download, software updates
stripe readers transaction data capture
cash registers, pole displays transaction control by in-store servers
   
transportation  
GPS nav units upload map and routing data updates (COM/IP)
traffic recorders data collection
traffic cameras live video feed
variable message signs text upload, control
road condition sensors data collection
tank gauges, pumps fuel asset management
 Industrial Automation
 Utilities
 Networks / IT Services