Tibbo Device Server Toolkit (TDST) Software for Windows
Our TDST software for Windows includes the virtual serial port driver (VSPD) and a set of convenient management utilities.
The driver 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.
The Connection Wizard guides you step-by-step through creating data links between a computer and a device server, or between two device servers.
It takes about a minute to go through a typical Connection Wizard configuration process, including the creation of a virtual COM and the selection and setup of the corresponding device server.
The wizard assists you in creating three types of connections:
- Virtual COM to device server
- Direct TCP or UDP to device server
- Device server to device server
This utility is smart enough to assist you with complex tasks, such as the creation of "reverse" virtual COM to device server links.
Reverse links are necessary when the device server is not "visible" from the PC and must be tasked with "connecting back" to that PC.
The Device Server (DS) Manager utility is used to locate, setup, manage, monitor, and upgrade the firmware of Tibbo device servers*.
DS Manager automatically discovers all Tibbo device servers connected to the local area network, even those with invalid (not yet configured) IPs.
Click Refresh and the DS Manager finds all local device servers and shows them along with their current status.
Double-click on any of the devices and the list of this device's configurable parameters (settings) is retrieved and displayed for editing.
Remote devices are managed through the "address book" of IP addresses you enter manually.
The DS Manager can also configure device servers through their serial ports.
* As well as other devices supporting the DS Manager protocol.
The Virtual Serial Port (VSP) Manager utility allows you to add, delete, and confire virtual COMs*.
Here are a few features of the VSP Manager (and the underlying VSP driver):
- The routing mode defines whether it is the virtual COM that will connect to the device server, or the device server will be making "reverse" connections back to the virtual COM.
- As your "serial" PC software changes the parameters (baudrate, parity, etc.) of the virtual COM, on-the-fly commands sent to the device server change the configuration of its serial port accordingly.
- Real-time exchange of RTS, CTS, DTR, and DSR signals between the virtual COM and the serial port of the device server results in the true COM port emulation.
- MAC-to-IP mapping allows using the DHCP on your (locally connected) device server. Identified by its MAC and not the IP, your device server will still be visible by the virtual COM even after its IP address changes.
* Although the Connection Wizard will perform the configuring for you most of the time, the VSP Manager may still be needed occasionally.
The Monitor logs all activity of Virtual Serial Ports on your PC.
It is an indispensable tool for troubleshooting communication problems between your virtual COMs and device servers.
Virtual Serial Port Driver for Linux (VSPDL)
The Virtual Serial Port Driver for Linux (VSPDL) brings Tibbo Virtual Serial Ports (VSPs) into the Linux environment.
VSPDL features closely mimic those of its Windows counterpart – if you are familiar with the VSPD for Windows you will instantly recognize most of user-definable parameters in the VSPDL configuration file.
The VSPDL package includes:
- The Virtual Serial Port Driver for tty port emulation and redirection.
- The DSNetCMD utility for setting up Tibbo device servers using configuration commands.
- The Netloader utility to upload new firmware onto Tibbo devices via the network.