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INTERWORLD Electronics has available Quatech's new line of Ethernet serial device servers. These devices provide native serial ports via an Ethernet-based interface using a number of standard protocols including TCP/IP and HTTP.

Ethernet is the networking option of choice for a range of applications in industrial control, retail and banking. However most of these applications use RS232 or RS422/485 serial equipment that cannot be directly connected to a LAN/WAN.

Serial device servers bridge this gap by providing multiple serial ports that enumerate themselves as standard COM ports on a PC. They are then connected to an Ethernet network from where they can be remotely monitored and controlled.

In addition, Quatech's Serial Device Servers permit implementing standard serial equipment via Ethernet without rewriting any legacy application software.

Users with limited Windows expertise are able to easily install and configure these serial device servers. This is because Quatech has streamlined these processes into a single, easy-to-use Wizard. This is unlike other similar devices on the market that require the user to go through a number of complex steps to operate them.

Quatech's servers are powered by 32-bit integrated communication processors with on-board web servers that can be accessed remotely via a standard web browser. They are available in one, two, four, eight and sixteen port units for RS232 and RS422/485 configurations with a either DB9 ports or RJ45 ports.

They support many standard network protocols including UDP, TCP/IP, HTTP, DHCP, and ARP over 10BaseT and 100BaseT. Serial port support including full modem control is provided for Windows 2000 and Windows XP.

Quatech's Serial Device Servers are packaged for rugged industrial environments. For even more protection, a surge suppression option is available.

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