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Using COM Port Redirector

You can start the program by clicking on the COM Port Redirector item in the VPortPro Programs' folder (i.e., from the Start/Programs/VPortPro menu):

The COM Port Redirector window will appear on your display:

The window displays the available connection channels list.

For each connection channel, the Status column shows activity (listening, stopped, connected), the COM Port number, the TCP/IP address (of the TCP/IP server for the Client mode), the TCP/IP port number, the Protocol Type of a connection (RAW TCP connection or Telnet (RFC 2217) protocol), and the Mode of connection (Client or Server).

The question sign (?) next to COM port numbers marks virtual serial ports that are absent in your system (not created). The word Virtual next to COM port numbers marks created virtual serial ports in your system. COM ports with no sign are considered as physical ones (or created by software other than VPortPro).

Pressing the Close button closes the window and exits the program with saving settings you have made to the list.

The Add button lets you specify parameter values for a COM port that you want to add to the connection channel list along with the other settings for the cannel. (Refer to section Adding a Connection Channel.)

If you select a COM Port from the list, then you can Delete it from the list (and from your system), or Configure it (i.e. change settings for it). (Refer to section Configuring a Connection Channel.)

You can select one or more unconnected COM ports (seen in the Client mode) and Connect them (i.e., establish TCP-connections and make the ports available over the network).

You can Disconnect a group of selected connected COM ports from your network (for any mode). In the Client mode, the Reconnection period setting specifies the frequency of connection attempts (for your client to be able to connect to the selected server). (See section Reconnection Settings.)

The Connect/Disconnect actions may be treated as "... CURRENT connection to/from that port".

The Start/Stop button lets you start or stop the server's activity on a selected listening port (for remote clients to be able to connect to your server or not). In the Client mode, this button lets you start or stop the client's activity on a selected port (for your client to be able to connect to the selected server or not).

The Start/Stop actions must be considered as "... ANY connection to/from that port".

You can click the Port monitor button to display the COM Port Redirector Monitor window to watch activity of a selected and active COM port. (Refer to section Monitoring COM Ports.)

Clicking the Advanced button will come up with the Advanced dialog box that lets you specify your preferences for all connection channels in the list. The Advanced dialog box also lets you run tracing of the virtual serial port driver. (Refer to section The Advanced Box.)

As soon as a new connection channel updates the connection channel list (after Add or Configure), that channel becomes active immediately. This means that COM Port Redirector creates virtual serial ports that are available to PC applications at all times (until you Delete them from the list), even if no user is logged in. You can use the COM Port Redirector to verify immediately that it can communicate with the serial server over the network.

After you have configured COM Port Redirector, you should configure your target applications to use proper virtual serial ports.




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