If the host computer or the virtual machine runs Linux, Serial to Ethernet Connector will become a great alternative. Serial to Ethernet Connector is a professional solution which allows you to share any number of serial ports over Ethernet, either physical or virtual. The computer a shared device is plugged into (either a host or any other remote machine) will act as a server. Virtual machines connect to it as clients and gain access to the remote serial devices.
Serial Ports in Hyper-V
With Hyper-V Manager it is impossible to know whether the host is equipped with serial ports or not.
This is how FlexiHub helps you access COM port in virtual machine:
- Establish a connection to the virtual machine, launch FlexiHub and click ‘Show Options’ button – to the left at the bottom.
- Navigate to ‘Local Resources’ tab, click ‘More…’ next to ‘Local devices and resources’ box.
- Tick ‘Ports’ checkbox.
- Sign into the virtual machine – ‘General’ tab, the host’s resources should be visible to you now.
Serial Ports in VMware
VMware virtual environment allows to work with local devices only if the user will make additional settings. Here’s how you can do it:
- In the virtual machine navigate to Settings
- Open ‘Hardware’ tab, choose ‘Add’
- Follow the instructions given and choose a serial port
- Your serial port’s output destination needs to be specified. A named pipe requires a certain amount of configuration.
- Selecting ‘Connect at power on’ option means a connection to the port will be established immediately when the virtual machine starts.
- Once you click ‘Finish’, you can start using the serial port right away.
As you can see, obviously, FlexiHub is the most simple way to access your serial devices plugged to the system. No additional hardware needed.