Sharing COM ports to Windows hosts

Peter Vereshagin peter at
Mon Sep 3 13:02:20 UTC 2012


2012/09/03 14:29:20 +0700 Victor Sudakov <vas at> => To freebsd-questions at :
VS> > > There is a FreeBSD box with several RS232 ports. Can those ports be
VS> > > accessed by Windows hosts over the network? Actually, does anyone
VS> > > have a success story for such a scenario?
VS> At least it has an example of an RFC 2217 client (COM port to TCP
VS> redirector) in its README file. Thanks again, will look at it. 

>From what I remember the os/2 smb protocol implementation could share COM ports
as easily as LPT ports for printers. I can't remind though if this was for
'printer-only' purposes e. g. output-only, supplied with a mandatory queueing
facilities, etc.,  or not.

Who knows if modern smb protocol implementations could do this, too.

Depending on a task I think the most interactive user-friendly solution here is
a minicom(s) each in its own ssh'ed jail(s).

Peter Vereshagin <peter at> ( pgp: A0E26627 

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