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Remote management devices gain enhanced serial port virtualization

Mar 5, 2013  |  Rick Lehrbaum
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Opengear, maker of Linux-powered remote cellular out-of-band management devices and console servers, has announced enhancements to its products’ virtual serial port capabilities based on a new partnership with Eltima Software.

“Opengear customers can now benefit from the evolution of our product offerings with Eltima’s newer virtualized serial port software, robust feature set and intuitive user interface,” said Rick Stevenson of Opengear. “Many of Opengear’s customers require the ability to open remote serial ports and communicate with remotely connected serial devices.”

Opengear says its serial device servers provide comprehensive security and connectivity features, and support a wide range of virtual serial applications. Examples include…

  • Securely connecting building management, security, and industrial control systems and their specialized management software, across the WAN or cellular WWAN.
  • Virtualized servers with access to telemetry and communications systems.
  • Bridging retail point-of-sale equipment and check-in systems over local wired or wireless networks.

 

What’s new

The company says today’s upgrade provides both expanded capabilities and user interface enhancements, including…

  • Ability to create and manage an unlimited number virtual serial ports (RS232, RS422, RS485 COM ports), based on Eltima‘s “serial-to-Ethernet connector” technology
  • Complete real ports settings emulation — virtual ports work just like real ones, emulating real serial ports settings, providing strict baud rate emulation, and offering full hardware and software flow control support.
  • Manage all signal lines — virtual serial ports emulate and support all standard hardware signal lines (DTR/DSR, RTS/CTS, RING, ERROR, DCD, etc.).

Opengear, based in Utah, designs and manufactures remote infrastructure management devices. The company says it’s devices enable “accessing and managing virtually any electronic device on their network remotely and securely from anywhere, even if the network is down.” It bases its products using embedded Linux and other open source software.

For more information, visit the OpenGear’s website.
 

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