CtrlTerm Related Tools

1) The EasyfpGUI page has tools and source code for other programs that are similar to CtrlTerm. In fact, CtrlTerm got it's start (as DbgTerm) on that page. DbgTerm only supports serial communication. CtrlTerm (on this web site) also supports TCP/IP communication.

2) Realterm is a terminal program specially designed for capturing, controlling and debugging binary and other difficult data streams.  Uses AsyncPro code compiled with Delphi.

3) The Null-modem emulator (com0com) is a kernel-mode virtual serial port driver for Windows. You can create an unlimited number of virtual COM port pairs and use any pair to connect one COM port based application to another. The HUB for communications (hub4com) allows to receive data and signals from one COM or TCP port, modify and send it to a number of other COM or TCP ports and vice versa.  I've used hub4com to create a virtual radio network so multiple programs can communicate with each other similar to actual operation using radios.

4) My favorite USB to RS-232 serial adapter (4 port, sold at Amazon, has FTDI chipset, works on my RPi):
  http://www.gearmo.com/shop/gm-ftdi4x/

5) My favorite USB to RS-485 serial adapter is the USB-RS485-WE-1800-BT made by FTDI.  It is sold by many companies:
  http://www.ftdichip.com/Products/Cables/USBRS485.htm
It supports 24000 baud which many other adapters don't.
I've only used it under Windows but as it is made by FTDI I would think using it under Linux should be no problem.

6) Can use WireShark with (old school) hub (not switch) to monitor Ethernet communication.  Network Security Toolkit has related information.

7) I use LogMeIn Hamachi VPN between several PCs because it doesn't require any firewall changes (unlike OpenVPN which I used to use).  This industrial router (eWON Cosy) looks easy to use!

8) Need serial cables?  normal, null modem, DB9 male to an RJ45 socket.


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