Tibbo Serial-over-IP (SoI) and Solutions:
Device Servers and Virtual COM Ports
Network-Enable any Serial Device!
RS232 ports may have disappeared from your PC but serial interfaces continue to be widespread in many industries such as automation, security, and IT.
Tibbo's serial-over-IP (serial-over-TCP/IP) solutions marry the simplicity of serial communications with the TCP/IP networking of the Internet age.
Because our SoI devices offer optional Wi-Fi and GPRS connectivity, we refer to them as serial-over-IP, and not just serial-over-Ethernet products.
* Some prefer to call them "Ethernet-to-serial modules".
There are three basic ways in which you can use Tibbo Serial-over-IP devices. Each of the methods described below is fully supported by the Tibbo Device Server Toolkit (TDST) Windows software and its Connection Wizard – a scenario-based configuration helper that will have your Tibbo device server up and running literally in no time at all.
Linux OS is supported as well.
Virtual Serial Ports for Windows
Our Virtual Serial Port Driver (VSPD) for Windows allows you to access your device server's serial ports as if they were real COM ports of your PC. Your "serial" PC software won't notice the cheat.
Linux virtual serial port driver is also available.
Direct TCP and UDP links
All Tibbo serial-over-IP devices support standard TCP and UDP protocols, so you can open a socket and exchange data with the serial port of your device server directly. No driver needed.
A pair of Tibbo device servers can talk to each other directly, using TCP or UDP protocols. This creates a virtual serial link that can span a room, a building, or the entire planet.
3rd-Gen SoI App is Open-Source!
There is more to our 3rd-generation converters.
They are not just fixed-function boxes but BASIC/C-programmable devices preloaded with our open-source serial-over-IP (SoI) application.
We welcome you to edit and change the SoI application in any way you please! It's all possible, from a simple logo change to the implementation of completely new features. Take the SoI app and make it yours!
Visit the Programmable Solutions section of our website to learn how you can modify and create Tibbo BASIC and Tibbo C applications for our products.
Serial-to-Ethernet vs. Serial-to-IP
A decade ago, our foray into the business of network-enabling serial devices has begun from offering serial-to-Ethernet (Ethernet-to-serial) products.
Later, we've added Wi-Fi and GPRS connectivity options. Hence, the terms "serial-over-IP" and "serial-to-IP" are more accurate in describing our products, as Ethernet connectivity is just one of the networking technologies we support.