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2532Re: [midatlanticretro] Ethernet to RS-232 converter?

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  • Bob Applegate
    Feb 23, 2006
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      Sure.  They're typically called terminal servers.  They aren't as popular as they once were,
      but they were dead common.  For a really fancy one, a Cisco 2511 is great (used them
      commercially for years).  You can probably find term servers on eBay pretty cheap.
      Basically, you can telnet to their IP address, then use the port number to indicate which
      physical port to connect to.  Here in our labs (commercial environment), we've got dozens
      of Equinox ELS-II term servers to allow us to access the serial ports (consoles) of hundreds
      of workstations.
      From the other side, you can usually config the term server to automatically telnet to a
      specific address whenever an RS-232 signal is present, or present a menu of choices for
      what to connect to.
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Ray Sills
      Sent: Thursday, February 23, 2006 8:52 AM
      Subject: [midatlanticretro] Ethernet to RS-232 converter?

      Hi Gang:

      Does anyone know if there is such a thing as an ethernet to RS-232 
      converter?  Some sort of black box?

      I believe I've seen USB to RS-232 converters.. perhaps in Radio Shack.

      73 de Ray

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