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Andrew Broughton:
I have a device that communicates via RS232. There's an app on my computer that can control this device, and while I can very easily use a USB to RS232 dongle, what I'd prefer is to have an RS232 to Ethernet dongle so I can control this from a greater distance and also wirelessly. I have seen RS232 to Ethernet adapters like this: https://www.pusr.com/products/1-port-rs232-to-ethernet-converters-usr-tcp232-302.html and I assume they can "appear" as an RS232 device to the Windows control application?



Anyone done this with some success?

TJ (Tom) Cornish:

--- Quote from: Andrew Broughton on May 28, 2024, 02:25:02 PM ---I have a device that communicates via RS232. There's an app on my computer that can control this device, and while I can very easily use a USB to RS232 dongle, what I'd prefer is to have an RS232 to Ethernet dongle so I can control this from a greater distance and also wirelessly. I have seen RS232 to Ethernet adapters like this: https://www.pusr.com/products/1-port-rs232-to-ethernet-converters-usr-tcp232-302.html and I assume they can "appear" as an RS232 device to the Windows control application?



Anyone done this with some success?

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I had luck with one of these for an IT application (security system controller running on a virtual server). Reasonable price and support; worked well with Windows Server 2016 I think (itís been a while).

Andrew Broughton:
Woah. Starting at $576! Good though to get some validation that these sort of devices work as expected.
With the cheaper ones (like the one I linked which is around US$40 or so) I'll have to buy somewhere that I can return it easily for a refund if it doesn't work...

Scott Helmke:
You might search for "remote RS232", lots of little devices do that kind of thing.

I have a Moxa Nport which used to get used a lot, not so much these days so I don't know if the software is still compatible.

Keith Finch:

--- Quote from: Andrew Broughton on May 28, 2024, 02:25:02 PM ---I have a device that communicates via RS232. There's an app on my computer that can control this device, and while I can very easily use a USB to RS232 dongle, what I'd prefer is to have an RS232 to Ethernet dongle so I can control this from a greater distance and also wirelessly. I have seen RS232 to Ethernet adapters like this: https://www.pusr.com/products/1-port-rs232-to-ethernet-converters-usr-tcp232-302.html and I assume they can "appear" as an RS232 device to the Windows control application?


Digi makes devices that work great https://www.digi.com/products/browse/rs-232
I have used the Moxa and Digi boxes years ago to control XTA, BSS, Shure devices many times.


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