RS232 in a modern IP Network


Increasingly these days we are coming across gaps between legacy technology and evolving networks.

I recall a story from my IT experience where it was discovered that several remote power generation stations had been working away without issue for years and years. Great you might think, till someone asked the question of what happened if the system needed to be rebooted.

It was discovered there was one 3.5" floppy disk and one laptop with MS-DOS and specific drivers in existence that could be used to bring up these generation stations. It wasn't even known if they worked. Imagine significant parts of the country being without power, just because of a floppy disk.

Luckily through some ingenious thinking it was discovered that the machine could be virtualized and held in a more modern operating system, that could be backed up. Further to that, it could be managed remotely from the Data Center via an RS232 over IP solution.

Similar situations happen all the time.

When was the last time you checked to see if your older, business critical hardware had a plan for business continuity if the worst happened?

Secondly, have you thought about how remote legacy hardware can be more efficiently managed and maintained using Serial to IP solutions?

Take the example of a recent Idea Networks client :

A backup generator located in a remote site needed to be monitored and managed via an RS232 port. How are you going to see from head office what is happening with a generator that is miles away?

Enter a Serial to IP solution from Idea Networks. Through the clever use of technology and hardware, we can setup your legacy hardware to be managed, programmed, maintained, or restarted - all via an IP solution from your network operations center.

How you may ask?

We can provide you with Serial to IP converters/servers, combined with a certified cabling solution from Commscope. Add this to our expertise on bringing the solution together, and the bridge between old and evolving is built.

Applications involve but are not limited to:

  • Point of Sale (POS)

  • Industrial sensors

  • HVAC systems

  • BAS

  • Security Systems

  • Virtualization Working Environments.

Ask your engineers today how much hardware is managed with serial connections in your enterprise.

If the answer surprises you, give us a call.

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