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HOW TO: Use a Global Cache GC-100 or iTach's serial port
« on: July 01, 2011, 11:51:34 pm »
This article applies to other network serial port devices as well.

When you need to place a serial device in a location where it can not be plugged into a computer, you can use Network Serial Port or COM Port Redirector software to do this. These third party software drivers set up a virtual serial port on your computer which is connected to a network connection on the other end. You can then assign the virtual serial port to the appropriate Elve device as if it were an actual serial port on the computer.

There is a long list of software to do this in the above link.  If any of them have a trial version I would try them first to ensure compatibility before purchasing.

1. If you are using a Global Cache device you are NOT required to add a the Global Cache driver to the Elve device list to make this work. However if you are using a GC100 for automation via Elve then you MUST edit the Elve Global Cache device settings and set the serial port that the COM Port Redirector will be connecting to to "Ignore". This prevents the driver from connecting to the port which makes it available to the COM Port Redirector software. Otherwise both would be attempting to connect to the tcp port and would cause problems.

2. Install the COM Port Redirector software and configure it to connect to the desired Global Cache serial port. The 1st serial port's TCP port # is usually 4999, the second 5000, and so on. In this example lets assume you created a virtual serial port named COM3.

3. You may now set the Elve devices serial port setting to the virtual serial port you created in step to (for example COM3).
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Re: HOW TO: Use a Global Cache GC-100 or iTach's serial port
« Reply #1 on: February 09, 2013, 01:21:45 pm »
I made it work on win7 64bit with this free one:

http://www.hw-group.com/products/hw_vsp/index_en.html

It only allows 1 serial port with the free version.

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Re: HOW TO: Use a Global Cache GC-100 or iTach's serial port
« Reply #2 on: February 10, 2013, 03:06:12 pm »
Thanks for the link! I was previously not using serial on my gc-100-12 because I couldn't find a freeware virtual com port software. Sweet.

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