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The death of support for XP - How do I Move Forward
With the up-coming removal of support for XP, I am need ing to make a decision on how to move forward with my install.

My whole system is on Win7 & W2K8 apart from one CQC server - an old box that sits in the shed running a really slim version of XP (old pentium 400).

There are four devices connected to this server, a PLC, Solar Inverter, Electric Fence Monitor and something else I cant think of at the moment. It has an eight port serial card installed.

I can't work out how to move forward. A new PC is overkill, and this PC wont run Win7.

One thought is to run linux with a serial port haring utility to create a device server - anyone have any experience with this option and can recommend anything (free preferably).

A four port device server is not cheap - almost as much if not more than a new small form factor PC.

Any other ideas?

Mykel Koblenz
Illawarra Smart Home
If you don't need an interface there, try this:

It looks like they have a win 7 driver.
Flamin' Noobie...
Warp speed now and don't give me any of that dilythium crystal crap!
On the server side, I think that Server 2008R2 is the equivalent server side version of Win7. So if you can get it up to R2, then I think it should be OK. I'm pretty sure there are folks who have already upgraded to the latest betas on 2008R2.
Dean Roddey
Explorans limites defectum
If it were me, I definitely wouldn't spend time and power to run a Linux box just for Ethernet to serial. Getting a used serial server on eBay is what I did. Lots of brands on eBay.
--Kill all the serial ports--
Thanks for the link to the Quatech terminal server - thats the sort of thing I need if I can get it at that price with S2K8 support.

Dean - there is not much chance that server 2008 will run on a P400 with 500mb ram. I dont think this is a realistic option without buying a new PC, which I don't want to do.

The only downside to ebay is that there are not many here in Aus - there may be a lot in the states, but postage can make them very costly - but I will keep looking.
Mykel Koblenz
Illawarra Smart Home
Oh, sorry. I misread what you were saying.
Dean Roddey
Explorans limites defectum
doe that qualtech thingy even need a driver?
aren't most of the IP -> serial doohickys just a telenet:port type interface that CQC now appears to support natively?

on the other side of things, you could probably rig something up with an rPI...
NOTE: As one wise professional something once stated, I am ignorant & childish, with a mindset comparable to 9/11 troofers and wackjob conspiracy theorists. so don't take anything I say as advice...
an rPI running global cache fimrware would be great - cheaper tan a GC100 and direct support in CQC.

I don't think CQC offer direct support for "serial doohickeys", apart from the global chanche doohickey
Mykel Koblenz
Illawarra Smart Home
Yeh, I wouldn't particularly expect the GC-100 serial port support to work with some other device. It could but if so it wasn't by design or anything.
Dean Roddey
Explorans limites defectum
I went to an HP t510 with a touchscreen installed. It came with an HP operating interface, but it was pretty easy to get the HP win7 download installed onto it - very responsive with a small form factor - got 2 of them for around $100 each on ebay. I also have an unused Moxa 8 port serial to USB that I bet could be installed on a small form factor pc, and you can have it. Not sure how much it would cost to get it to your part of the world, but I have a guy working for me that lives in Australia that rotates every 28 days here. He is leaving tomorrow back to the UK so if you are interested, let me know. He lives in Perth.

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