Remote Serial Ports Server - Share remote COM ports and serial devices
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Remote Serial Ports Server

Remote Serial Ports Server is an optional component of Virtual Serial Port Tools. It should be installed on a computer which serial ports you want to share over the network. It can be installed either with other VSPT components or as a standalone component. By default, server is installed as Windows Service and runs even without a logged-on user. In addition, the server may be launched on-demand, providing a quick way to share serial devices.

Server component is used to provide remote access to all local serial devices, including legacy serial ports, virtual serial ports or “serial over USB” devices. The server can be used in one of the following modes: installed as Windows Service or running as a stand-alone process.

By default, all local serial devices are shared across the network and all users are granted access. In addition, the server automatically advertises itself on the local network.

All these defaults may be changed using either the command-line parameters if the server is running stand-alone mode or using the Server Configuration Utility if the server is installed as Windows Service. See below for more information.

Windows Service Mode

In this mode, server is installed as Windows Service and is configured to run without logged-on user. This is the default mode, configured by server installation utility. Server options are controlled with a help of Server Configuration Utility.

If the user needs to manually configure Remote Serial Ports Server to Windows Service mode, the following command-line parameter may be used:

ps_server.exe -install-service

To remove Windows Service, use the following command-line parameter:

ps_server.exe -uninstall-service

Since installing or removing a Windows Service is a privileged operation, these command-lines must be executed from the elevated command-prompt.

Stand-alone Mode

Remote Serial Ports Server supports simple deployment for quick serial sharing experience. All you need is to copy the ps_server.exe file to the target computer and launch it, optionally providing command-line parameters for fine-grain control. See the Server Command-Line Parameters section for more information.