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Typical Usage of datAxe Software

You can use the datAxe's tools to solve the following typical tasks.

1. "Connecting" a serial device on one PC to a serial device on another PC

In this case (with both machines being accessible across a TCP/IP network and having datAxe installed),

1. On the first PC:

  • Configure COM Port Redirector for the server mode
  • Map a COM port (to which your serial device is attached) to a local TCP/IP port
  • Start up COM Port Redirector

2. On the second PC:

  • Configure COM Port Redirector for the client mode
  • Map a COM port (to which your serial device is attached) to the server's TCP/IP address and TCP/IP port (i.e., of the first PC)
  • Start up COM Port Redirector and use Connect

After that, the two serial devices could "talk" with each other by passing their serial data across the TCP/IP network.

2. "Connecting" a serial device on one PC with an application running on another PC

In this case (with both machines being accessible across a TCP/IP network and having datAxe installed),

1. On the first PC:

  • Configure COM Port Redirector for the server mode
  • Map a COM port (to which your serial device is attached) to a local TCP/IP port
  • Start up COM Port Redirector

2. On the second PC:

  • Configure COM Port Redirector for the client mode (or configure VCOM-TCP Primary Client)
  • Configure your application to use a virtual serial port
  • Map the virtual serial port (to which your application is "attached") to the server's TCP/IP address and TCP/IP port (i.e., of the first PC)
  • Start up COM Port Redirector (or VCOM-TCP Primary Client) and use Connect

After that, the serial device and the application could communicate with each other by passing their serial data across the TCP/IP network. For example, the application program could remotely control modems, electronic monitoring equipment, testing lab equipment, data acquisition devices, etc.

3. "Connecting" an application running on one PC with an application running on another PC

In this case (with both machines being accessible across a TCP/IP network and having datAxe installed),

1. On the first PC:

  • Configure COM Port Redirector for the server mode
  • Configure your application to use a virtual serial port
  • Map the virtual serial port (to which your application is "attached") to a local TCP/IP port
  • Start up COM Port Redirector

2. On the second PC:

  • Configure COM Port Redirector for the client mode (or configure VCOM-TCP Primary Client)
  • Configure your application to use a virtual serial port
  • Map the virtual serial port (to which your application is "attached") to the server's TCP/IP address and TCP/IP port (i.e., of the first PC)
  • Start up COM Port Redirector (or VCOM-TCP Primary Client) and use Connect

After that, the applications could "talk" with each other by passing their serial data across the TCP/IP network. You could use a terminal emulation program such as HyperTerminal to verify connectivity from COM Port Redirector to the serial device or server.


 
4. "Connecting" a serial device server to a serial device on your PC

In this case (with both your PC and the server being accessible across a TCP/IP network and having datAxe installed on your PC),

  • Configure COM Port Redirector for the client mode
  • Map the COM port (to which your serial device is attached) to your serial device server's TCP/IP address and TCP/IP port
  • Start up COM Port Redirector and use Connect

After that, the serial device and serial server could "talk" with each other by passing their serial data across the TCP/IP network.


 
5. "Connecting" a serial device server with an application running on your PC

In this case (with both your PC and the server being accessible across a TCP/IP network and having datAxe installed on your PC),

  • Configure COM Port Redirector for the client mode (or configure VCOM-TCP Primary Client)
  • Configure your application to use a virtual serial port
  • Map the virtual serial port (to which your application is "attached") to your serial device server's TCP/IP address and TCP/IP port
  • Start up COM Port Redirector (or VCOM-TCP Primary Client) and use Connect

After that, the application and serial server could communicate with each other by passing their serial data across the TCP/IP network. For example, the application program could access and control serial devices connected to the serial server from any computer connected to the network. The application could set up and manage a lot of serial devices for remote monitoring system, attendance/entrance control systems, and many others making it possible to view images from the security cameras and check data from the sensors.


On the figure above, several serial servers are connected to the network. A serial device is attached to each serial server. Your PC is also connected to the network.

Configure datAxe on your PC for the client mode. Create a virtual serial port and map it to the TCP/IP address and TCP/IP port of a server. You can do this for each serial device. Configure your application(s) to use these virtual serial ports. After that, the application is ready to communicate with the serial devices.

   

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