FTDI USB to Serial Converter - how to share and get FT232R UART data
FTDI stands for Future Technology Devices International, a private semiconductor device company specializing in USB technology, which is based in Scotland.
This company specializes in developing, manufacturing and supporting the devices used for transforming RS232 or TTL serial data into USB signals. This kind of devices allows support for the outdated appliances with the today’s computers.
The chipsets for USB slave converters, manufactured by Future Technology Devices International, are able to convert any RS232 port data to Universal Serial Bus (USB) port.
Each FTDI adapter contains a USB microcontroller which talks a proprietary protocol via USB and transforms that into the regular UART signals and vice versa.
The FTDI USB to serial converters are widely spread and being used in a vast variety of fields: USB to serial converters, USB chip card readers, USB industrial control and so on.
FT232R is a great example of such device, which is the latest one in the range of FTDI USB serial adapters, with the brand new licensed dongle security feature, optional clock generator output, and async/sync bit bang interface modes.
There is a wide range of cases when you might face a necessity to access such device over the network (LAN/WAN/IP). For example, FTDI to USB adapter might be integrated to your dongle or to the EMV smart card reader you use day-to-day and need to connect to it from the remote computer.
How to share FT232R USB UART
FlexiHub will definitely come in handy in such case. This piece of software allows you to share such a device as FT232R with the remote computer over the network in such a way that it is recognized as a locally connected device. You will just need to install FT232R USB UART driver on the remote machine in order for the device to function properly.
So, how the FTDI device can be shared over the network?
- First of all, you will need to register a FlexiHub account.
- Then select how many connections you need and download FlexiHub to both the local and the remote machines.
- Sign in to the software using your credentials.
- In the list of devices find the FT232R USB UART and connect to it. (Do not forget to install the corresponding FTDI driver.)
- That's it! Now you will be able to work with the device as it was plugged directly into your computer.
Another proficient software solution for sharing the FTDI adapter over network is USB Network Gate. The software is capable of tunneling data over RDP, which is not something FlexiHub can do. Another USB Network Gate's strength that differs it from FlexiHub is an ability to work via LAN only, without any Internet access, which will definitely come in use.