TAL Technologies, Inc., Philadelphia PA, is pleased to announce the release of an innovative new software product, TCP-Com™ which allows any of the serial (RS232) ports on your PC to interface directly to a TCP/IP network. This makes it possible for any other computer on the same network to access the serial ports on the PC where TCP-Com is running through a TCP/IP socket connection.
For example, you could connect a serial device (bar code reader, electronic balance or electronic measuring instrument) to a COM port on your PC, run TCP-Com and then connect to the device from any other PC on your network through a TCP/IP socket connection. This would allow you to use TCP-Wedge™, Telnet™ or any other TCP/IP communications software to read or write to the serial device directly from any PC located on the same network. TCP-Com can also be used to pass serial data across a corporate intranet or over the Internet. Here are some uses:
TCP-Com is sold in a two license package so that it can be installed on 2 PCs simultaneously. This is to allow users to attach a serial device to one PC, have TCP-Com transmit the data over a network, i.e. ethernet or the Internet, to another PC where TCP-Com would make the data available at a serial port.