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TCP-Com Support Notes- Sharing Serial Devices

While these notes are for sharing modems, the same principle applys to sharing other serial devices.

TCP-Com works with nearly all Serial Devices, including::

  • Bar code scanners
  • Gauges
  • Meters
  • RF equipment

TCP-Com can also be used with modems to a limited degree, but we offer another product better suited for TCP/IP Modem use called NetModem.

 


1. Configuring TCP-COM as a Serial Server Server

Install TCP-Com on the PC where the serial device(s) are physically installed.
Configure it like this, changing the COM port to the proper COM port that the serial device
is physically connected to on this PC:

Once this is configured, click the "Activate" button.

If you have more then Serial device you wish to share, click on "File" > "New" to create another session, and for each serial device you will need to do the same, using the proper COM port, and use a unique "Local Port" (the TCP/IP port) for each one.
For example if you have 3 devices, you could place one on port 1000, one on port 1001, and one on port 1002.

Do not close any of the "RS232 to TCP/IP" Session Windows.
You can minimize the entire TCP-Com Window so that it runs in the system-tray, or you can close it and the next time you run it all the same Session Windows will reopen just as they were previously configured. If you close the TCP-Com Window entirely, the TCP/IP redirection will be disabled until it is opened again.


2. Configuring TCP-COM as the Client COM port

Install TCP-Com on the PC where you wish to access the serial device(s) from.
Configure it like this, changing the COM port to a value that does not already exist in your PC:



Be sure that the "COM Port" you select, is one that does not already exist on the Client PC.
The COM port you select here is the name of the Virtual COM port which will be created, and it does not need to match any of the COM port values that are on the Server PC.

Once this is configured, click the "Activate" button.

If you have more then one modem being shared on the server, click on "File" > "New" to create another session, and for each modem you will need to do the same, using a unique virtual COM port, and use a change the "Remote Port" to the value of the TCP/IP "Local Port" you defined on the Server PC for that modem.

Do not close any of the "RS232 to TCP/IP" Session Windows.
You can minimize the entire TCP-Com Window so that it runs in the system-tray, or you can close it and the next time you run it all the same Session Windows will reopen just as they were previously configured. If you close the TCP-Com Window entirely, the TCP/IP redirection will be disabled until it is opened again.

You can have TCP-COM automaticly startup each time you boot windows, by adding a shortcut to its icon in the Windows StartUp folder.



If you encountered any difficulties, please contact either your PC Micro Account Manager, or
you can fill out a support request form on our web site here:
http://pcmicro.com/tcp-com/support_request.html



 



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