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ESport 108

• Providing reliable communication between 8 RS232 serial devices and an Ethernet LAN/WAN
• Can be configured as TCP Client/Server or UDP and operates in three modes: Direct IP Mode, Virtual COM Mode, and Paired Mode

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ESport108 connects 8 RS232 serial devices to an Ethernet LAN/WAN providing a reliable communication connection. The ESport108 Windows driver installs virtual COM ports in the Device Manager of the operating system. The virtual COM port is designed to establish a connection with the ESport108. This in turn will allow communications with the connected serial device in the same manner as a device connected to the COM port in a PC. The LAN becomes transparent to the serial device and the software running on the PC. ESport108 also offers a Heart Beat feature to insure a reliable communications connection.

All ESport series can be configured as a TCP Client/Server or UDP. It can operate in three modes: “Direct IP Mode”, “Virtual COM Mode”, and “Paired Mode”.

Direct IP Mode:
Direct IP connections allow applications using TCP/IP or UDP/IP network socket programs to communicate with the asynchronous serial port on the ESport108. In this type of application the ESport108 is configured to TCP or UDP server. The socket program running on the PC establishes a communication connection with the ESport108. The raw data is sent directly to and from the serial port.

Virtual COM Mode:
requires the installation of a virtual COM port device driver. In this mode, the ESport108 must be set to either TCP/server or UDP/server in the menu with a designated communication port number. The virtual COM driver is a TCP or UDP client. Once the connection is made, the LAN is transparent to the serial device. Applications work just as if the serial device is connected a host’s physical COM port. The virtual COM port converts the application’s data into IP packet destined for the ESport108, which in turn converts the IP packet back to serial data.

Paired Mode:
is also known as serial tunneling. When this type of configuration is selected, no additional software is needed to install in a host PC. In fact a PC is not required to make the connection. Any two dumb serial devices that can communicate with each other through a serial link will be able to communicate using two ESport108 and the LAN. Two ESport108 are configured with one setup as a TCP or UDP client and the other to TCP/UDP server. When setting up the Server, the Remote IP address section must contain the address of the Client. This will allow the Client’s IP address to pass the IP address-filtering feature of the Server. Conversely, the Remote IP address of the Client must contain the Server’s IP address.

Heart Beat:
The ESport108 provides a convenient way to establish reliable communications between two devices. Communication port 5300 is reserved for the Heartbeat Protocol. If a loss connection occurs the Heart Beat feature will try to reconnect the TCP data connection every 5 seconds until communications is established again.

Loop Back: all data is sent back immediately for easy connection tests

• Panel mount, optional rack mount kit
• supports 8 RS232 serial ports
• supports 10/100 Mbps Ethernet
• suports LAN and WAN communications
• in server mode supports individual client sessions for security
• management access password protected
• Virtual COM drivers for Windows NT/98/ME/2000/XP
• Supports socket connection, TCP server, TCP client, and UDP
• supports up to 8 TCP connection in TCP server mode
• Heart beat connection ensures reliable TCP connection against power failure or network disruption.
• supports loop back mode, data is echoed back for easy testing
• supports SNMP Get and Set function
Serial Buffer:output: 16K bytes
Input: 8K bytes per port
Serial Connection:DTE – BD-9 male
LAN:10/100 Mbps Auto-detecting – 10 Base T, 100 Base TX
Serial Interfaces:RS-232 - TX, RX, RTS, CTS, DTR, DSR, DCD, GND
Data Rate:110 bps to 230.4 k bps
Parity:none, even, odd, mark, space
Data Bits:5, 6, 7 or 8
Stop Bits:1, 1.5 or 2
Protocol:TCP, IP, ARP, DHCP, Telnet, HTTP, UDP, ICMP
Management:Manager software, Serial Console, Telnet, Web server Firmware upgradeable
Power Requirements:9 ~30 VDC 500 mA
Operating Temperature:0 to 50 °C (32 to 122 °F)
Storage Temperature:-20 to 60 °C (-4 to 140 °F)
Humidity:0 – 90% Non-Condensing
Approvals:CE, FCC
 ESport 101/102/111/112/104/108 Data Sheets
 ESport 101/102/111/112/104/108 User Manual
 ESport Manager V.112714
 ESport108 Firmware V1.8.28
8 port Serial Device Servers $600.00
Accessories Price
DIN rail mount kit (35mm)  $5.00
Power Adapter: 9VDC 500mA  $10.00
DB9 Female to Female null modem cable  $8.00
DB9 Female to Terminal Block Adapter  $8.00

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