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Serial to Ethernet

Serial to Ethernet Converters / Adapters

Perle’s serial-Ethernet converters (commonly referred to as Terminal Servers or Device Servers) connect serial based equipment across an Ethernet network enabling you to do such things as:

  • Cable replacement using serial-Ethernet
  • Have virtual COM ports connect PC/servers to remote serial devices over Ethernet
  • Communicate to multiple serial devices at the same time across a network
  • Use serial-Ethernet to replace existing serial dial-up modem connections
  • Manage the serial console port on remote equipment (Servers, routers, switches, PBX’s, etc) over Ethernet or through out of band connections
  • Use serial-Ethernet to connect serial PLCs to Ethernet
  • Connect serial signage equipment over Ethernet with serial-Ethernet adapters

With the broadest choice of full featured Serial to Ethernet solutions available, Perle has the right product to meet your RS232 to Ethernet or RS485 to Ethernet conversion project.

Converting Data from Serial to Ethernet

Serial data sent and received on serial ports on the serial to Ethernet adapter are encapsulated in Ethernet packets in a manner that best fits the type of data being transported.

Perle's line of IOLAN serial to Ethernet adapters are extremely flexible and can match your specific application requirements. Described below are just some of the possibilities.


TCP Using RAW TCP Sockets

A raw TCP socket connection which can be initiated from the serial-Ethernet device or from the remote host/server. This can either be on a point to point or shared basis where a serial device can be shared amongst multiple devices. TCP sessions can be initiated either from the TCP server application or from the Perle IOLAN serial-Ethernet converter.



UDP Using RAW UDP Sockets

For use with UDP based applications, Perle IOLANs can convert serial equipment data for transport across UDP packets either on a point to point basis or shared across multiple devices.



Console Access Console Management

For access to remote console ports on routers, switches,etc, Perle IOLAN’s enable administrators secure access to these RS232 ports via inband Reverse Telnet / SSH or out of band with dial-up modems. Perle IOLAN models with integrated modems are available.



COM/TTY Connect Serial-based Applications with a COM/TTY Port Driver

Serial ports can be connected to network servers or workstations running Perle's TruePort software operating as a virtual COM port. Sessions can be initiated either from the Perle IOLAN or from TruePort.



Tunneling Serial Tunneling between two Serial Devices

Serial Tunneling enables you to establish a link across Ethernet to a serial port on another IOLAN. Both IOLAN serial ports must be configured for Serial Tunneling (typically one serial port is configured as a Tunnel Server and the other serial port as a Tunnel Client).



Virtual Modem

Enables the serial-Ethernet converter to simulate a modem connection. When connected to the IOLAN and initiates a modem connection, the IOLAN starts up a TCP connection to another IOLAN serial-Ethernet converter configured with a Virtual Modem serial port or to a host running a TCP application.



Device Servers    Terminal Servers