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Tibbo Device Server Toolkit (TDST)

Our TDST software for Windows includes the Virtual Serial Port Driver (VSPD) and a set of useful 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 any difference from real COM ports.

Utilities included with the TDST are the Connection Wizard, Device Server Manager, Virtual Serial Port (VSP) Manager, and the Port Monitor event logger.

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Connection Wizard

Connection Wizard guides you through creating data links between a PC 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 Virtual COM's PC and must be tasked with "connecting back" to that PC.

DS Manager

The DS Manager utility is used to locate, setup, manage and monitor Tibbo Device Servers*.

DS Manager automatically discovers all compatible Tibbo devices connected to your LAN segment, including those with invalid (not yet configured) IP addresses.

Click Refresh and the DS Manager finds all Device Servers on your LAN segment.

Double-click on any entry in the list and the DS Manager will retrieve the list of configurable parameters (settings) for this device.

Remote devices are managed through the "address book" of IP addresses that you edit manually.

DS Manager can also configure Device Servers through their serial ports.

* As well as other devices supporting the DS Manager protocol.

DS Manager
Virtual Serial Port Driver

VSP Manager

The Virtual Serial Port (VSP) Manager utility allows you to add, delete, and configure Virtual COMs*.

Here are a few features of the VSP Manager (and the underlying VSP driver):

  • The routing mode defines whether it is a Virtual COM that will connect to a Device Server, or a Device Server will be making "reverse" connections back to a Virtual COM.
  • As your "serial" PC software changes the parameters (baud rate, parity, etc.) of a Virtual COM, on-the-fly commands sent to the corresponding Device Server change the configuration of its serial port accordingly.
  • Real-time exchange of RTS, CTS, DTR, and DSR signals between a Virtual COM and the serial port of a 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 address, your Device Server will still be reachable by its Virtual COM even after the Device Server's IP changes.

* Although the Connection Wizard will perform the configuring for you most of the time, the VSP Manager may still be needed occasionally.

Port Monitor

The Monitor logs all activity of Virtual Serial Ports on your PC.

It is an indispensable tool for troubleshooting communications problems between your Virtual COMs and Device Servers.

Port Monitor

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 the user-definable parameters in the VSPDL configuration file.

The VSPDL package includes:

  • 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.
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