How to Access Serial Ports on Windows Terminal Server
Windows Terminal Server (WTS) is a feature of Windows Server that allows users to remotely access applications and desktops from any device. However, some applications may require access to serial ports, such as barcode scanners, printers, modems, or sensors. How can you access serial ports on WTS
One option is to use a serial port redirector software, such as Serial over Ethernet Connector (SEC). SEC allows you to share serial ports over the network and access them from any WTS session. You can create virtual serial ports on the WTS and connect them to the physical serial ports on the remote device. This way, you can use your serial devices as if they were locally attached to the WTS.
Here are the steps to access serial ports on WTS using SEC:
Download and install SEC on the WTS and the remote device that has the serial port you want to access.
Launch SEC on the remote device and create a server connection. Choose the serial port you want to share and specify the TCP port and IP address for the connection.
Launch SEC on the WTS and create a client connection. Choose a virtual serial port name and specify the TCP port and IP address of the server connection.
Now you can access the shared serial port from any WTS session using the virtual serial port name.
SEC supports various WTS modes, such as Remote Desktop Protocol (RDP), RemoteApp, RemoteFX, and Citrix XenApp. It also supports secure SSL/TLS encryption, custom pinout configuration, and flow control settings. You can try SEC for free for 14 days and see how it works for your serial devices.
Another option to access serial ports on WTS is to use a hardware serial device server. A serial device server is a device that connects serial ports to the network and allows remote access from any WTS session. You can plug your serial devices into the serial device server and assign them IP addresses. Then you can use a virtual COM port driver on the WTS to create virtual serial ports and connect them to the IP addresses of the serial devices.
Some advantages of using a hardware serial device server are that you don't need to install any software on the remote device, you can access multiple serial devices from one WTS session, and you can use any network protocol, such as TCP/IP, UDP, or Telnet. However, some disadvantages are that you need to buy and maintain additional hardware, you may have compatibility issues with some serial devices or applications, and you may have security risks if the network is not encrypted.
Therefore, depending on your needs and preferences, you can choose between a software or a hardware solution to access serial ports on WTS. Both options have their pros and cons, so you should evaluate them carefully before making a decision. In any case, accessing serial ports on WTS is possible and can enhance your remote work experience. aa16f39245