The newly released DeviceMaster AIR wireless device server from Comtrol Corporation is the first to enable users to connect serial or Ethernet devices to an Ethernet network either “wirelessly” using the 802.11b industry standard or using standard wire.
DeviceMaster AIR is said to be ideal for connecting devices used in automation applications where running serial or Ethernet cables is not practical or possible. Product highlights include one (DB-9) serial port for establishing a wireless Ethernet connection to a single serial device; one (RJ45) Ethernet port for establishing a wireless Ethernet connection with any DeviceMaster device server supporting multiple (4, 8,16, or 32) serial devices, or any other Ethernet-ready device.
Other features include serial-tunneling mode that establishes communication between two serial devices over the Ethernet; an on-board processor to host data acquisition or device control programs and Web browser-based configuration, monitoring, and management.
In addition, customers who currently own, purchase, or upgrade to any DeviceMaster device server can receive Comtrol’s new PortVision serial port management console free.
PortVision software reportedly gives network administrators an easy-to-use, affordable, graphical, and convenient way to remotely access, manage, and configure device servers from a centrally located personal computer. PortVision software detects and graphically displays every DeviceMaster server on the network so that network administrators can see real-time operating conditions of each device server.
Until December 31, 2004, customers can take advantage of Comtrol’s DeviceMaster Trade-up Program that offers up to a $25/port rebate.