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Comtrol’s RocketPort EXPRESS Working in Audio and Video Live Feeds

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Comtrol’s RocketPort EXPRESS PCIe multi-port serial cards are the next generation of multi-port serial adapters, upgraded from previous PCI BUS technology.

RocketPort EXPRESS

At sporting and entertainment events instant audio and video updates are necessary. We need to know the score of the basketball game or how many personal fouls our favorite player had. Comtrol’s RocketPort EXPRESS multi-port serial cards help a leading scoreboard control company make that process easier.

They rely on our 4-port and 8-port RocketPort EXPRESS Cards to add additional serial ports to their servers. The RocketPort cards have the ability to be configured via the software drivers. This allows half of the ports on the cards to be set at RS-232 communications and the other half set at RS-422 communications. These settings allow for multiple uses within their product lines.

Sporting arenas are full of RS-232 communication needs that are used for connecting scoring controllers; these controllers that are typically built for static or amber light boards that are connected via a serial RS-232. Our customer receives a protocol from the manufacturers and implements the configuration into their software. Using the protocol they can read the data live from the signal and process it through the CG portion of their software thereby allowing the end-user to put any real-time scoring data on any LED/LCD screen of their choosing.

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To learn more about RocketPort EXPRESS, please contact sales@comtrol.com

POS System Integration for Vail Resort

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The System Analyst for Vail Resorts was faced with the task of  purchasing 400 serial controller cards. While exploring what options existed, his top priorities included reliability, versatility, and cost-effectiveness. After further research, Vail Resorts decided on Comtrol’s RocketPort EXPRESS Octacable. As a result of the Octacable, customers are now able to purchase their lift tickets, retail items, and private lessons all from one point of sale (POS). This POS system offers Vail a cost-effective solution that provides high quality processing speed.

In addition to its cost effectiveness and reliability, the RocketPort EXPRESS Octacable sustains speeds of up to 921 Kbps, making it more powerful than any other serial controller cards on the market today. It also supports RS-232/422/485 serial connections and operates in temperatures ranging from 0° to 60°C.

To read the full story of Vail Resort and their POS System, CLICK HERE

To learn more about Comtrol’s series of RocketPort EXPRESS serial cards, CLICK HERE

Spotlight on Comtrol’s RocketPort Products

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Comtrol’s RocketPort products, such as the RocketPort multiport serial card, make high-performance device connectivity reliable, cost-effective, and easy. We offer a wide variety of port densities, interfaces, surge protection, and rack mount options to fit an array networking needs.

RocketPort Products

RocketPort EXPRESS is Comtrol’s next generation multi-port serial adapters, upgraded from previous PCI BUS technology. Available in 4-port, 8-port, 16-port, and 32-port densities, with quadcable and octacable fanout cables, these advanced PCIe cards can now be connected via PCIe BUS with increased speed. The EXPRESS design takes advantage of the increased performance of Comtrol’s exclusive Unity ASIC chip.

Every RocketPort serial card features the high-performance RocketPort processor chip, consisting of a dedicated 44MHz core that minimizes host CPU utilization and optimizes data transmission via larger transmit and- receive buffers than those of 16550 UART chips, commonly used in standard PC serial ports and low-end serial cards.

 

Worldwide Release: DeviceMaster LT16

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Comtrol Launches DeviceMaster LT16 – secure device server for serial to Ethernet device communication

DeviceMaster LT16MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota — March 20, 2014— Comtrol Corporation, a leading manufacturer of industrial device connectivity products, today released the DeviceMaster LT16, a highly secure, compact device server for easy integration of serial communication devices into LAN, Internet, or cloud-based systems.

The DeviceMaster LT16 easily links serial communication devices into existing Ethernet networks for remote diagnostics, management, and data collection. With a low-profile design, 16 serial ports, and Windows and Linux driver software, it is ideal for network-enabling barcode scanners, weigh scales, card readers, and POS equipment.

For those with existing systems, the DeviceMaster LT16 utilizes serial port wiring compatible with widely deployed device server models from Digi International Inc. This compatibility makes the LT16 a cost-effective replacement for legacy systems while maintaining investment in existing cabling and infrastructure.

For compliance with new and evolving data security practices, the DeviceMaster LT16 includes the strongest security and encryption features to support deployment in government, financial, and point-of-sale applications where strict privacy and data standards are crucial.

“With security breaches recently topping the news, now more than ever, companies are looking to modernize their networks and serial communication systems,” said Comtrol Director of Product Management David Boldt, “The DeviceMaster LT16 delivers the latest networking and data security features needed to immediately bring systems up to speed.”

The DeviceMaster LT16 is available in two models for installations requiring AC power or direct DC power systems. It includes Microsoft® certified driver software supporting the latest Windows operating systems and TTY drivers for popular Linux distributions. Comprehensive PortVision® DX network management software is included with each product for configuration, monitoring, and remote management within any network size.

About Comtrol Corporation

For more than 30 years, Comtrol Corporation has been a manufacturer and provider of quality networking and industrial data communication products, specializing in industrial Ethernet and device connectivity. With representation across North America, EMEA, Asia and Latin America, Comtrol sells RocketLinx® industrial grade Ethernet and Power over Ethernet switches, DeviceMaster® Ethernet device servers and gateways and RocketPort® multiport serial cards through distributors, resellers and integrators worldwide. Providing exceptional product and technical support, Comtrol establishes solutions for a wide range of security, energy, industrial automation and traffic and transportation applications. For more information, contact Comtrol Corporation at 800‐926‐6876 or visit www.comtrol.com.

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A Technical Support FAQ: Testing serial ports in RS-232 mode

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Question:   How do I go about testing serial ports in RS-232 mode?

Testing Serial PortsAnswer:   For DeviceMaster® products:

Test the serial ports using the Test Terminal application in PortVision® DX (or PortVision Plus) and the Loopback plug provided with the DeviceMaster.

If you need to create a loopback plug, you may download the instructions HERE.

Instructions for testing serial ports:

Stop all applications that may be accessing the ports such as RAS, RRAS or any faxing or production software.  See the appropriate manuals for instructions on stopping these services or applications.  If another application is controlling the port, or if the driver had not been properly configured, then Test Terminal will be unable to open the port and you will receive an error message.

Remember to restart the application once testing of the ports has been completed.

Testing serial ports – the Comtrol ports:

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