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New 'leet toys - Jason Lindquist
Idle ramblings of an idle mind
New 'leet toys
Matt ordered one of these LavaLink ESL 4-port RS-232 ethernet adapters. It's a 4-port serial port server--not a terminal server. The ports default to "driver" mode, where they communicate with a Windows, Linux, or QNX phantom port driver. The ports look like they are host hardware ports, the driver does all the configuration. But this thing also does the Right Thing™--the ports can be (individually) configured to initiate or accept a telnet connection. They also support RFC 2217. It's trivially configurable via telnet or an embedded web server. It's available in 1-, 2-, or 4-port versions. They're not cheap ($269) but they're damned useful if you've got racks of equipment to be controlled via RS-232. Currently, we do burn-in tests with ProComm scripts running on Windows boxes. Conceivably, we could move all that to expect scripts running automated on anything.

We buy ours from L-com.


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