What are the different types of serial port profiles on PortServer TS and One series products?

A port profile allows you to easily configure a serial port based on how you intend to use that port. Only the configuration settings relevant to the current profile are displayed in the profile settings. Ensure the PortServer TS and One series product has the latest Post and Firmware installed.   The Digi PortServer TS and One series products support the following port profiles:

  Advanced configuration of the serial port.

RealPort Profile

The RealPort Profile allows you to map a COM or TTY port to the serial port of your Digi device server. The COM/TTY port appears and behaves as a local port to the PC or server. RealPort is also known as COM Port Redirection.

Console Management Profile

The Console Management Profile allows you to access a device's console port over a network connection. Most network devices such as routers, switches, and servers offer serial port(s) for management. Instead of connecting a terminal to the console port, cable the console port to the serial port of your Digi device server. Then using TCP/IP utilities like reverse telnet, network administrators can access these consoled serial ports from the LAN.

TCP Sockets Profile

The TCP Sockets Profile allows serial devices to communicate over a TCP network. The TCP Server configuration allows other network devices to initiate a TCP connection to the serial device attached to a serial port of the Digi device server. This is also referred to as Reverse Telnet.  In a TCP Client configuration, the Digi device server automatically establishes a TCP connection to an application or network device.

UDP Sockets Profile

The UDP Client configuration allows the automatic distribution of serial data from one host to many devices at the same time using UDP sockets. This is also referred to as UDP Multicast.

Serial Bridging Profile


Industrial Automation Profile

The Industrial Automation (IA) Profile allows you to connect IA devices and PLCs to the serial port in order to network-enable the devices. Use this profile if you need to communicate over the network with an IA device or PLC that only uses serial protocols. This profile may also be used to add routing capabilities to IA devices or PLCs that act as serial masters and send packets to various systems or devices on the network. Industrial Automation enhances the IA device or PLC connected to the serial port.

Printer Profile

The Printer Profile allows you to connect a printer to the serial port. Use this profile if you intend to print using the lpd protocol on your UNIX system.

Terminal Profile

The Terminal Profile allows you to connect a terminal to the serial port.

Modem Profile

The Modem Profile allows you to attach modem devices to the serial port in order to establish or receive connections from other systems and modems.

Custom Profile

Troubleshooting Knowledge base articles:

RealPort Troubleshooting for Microsoft Windows:




Loopback Test Portserver or Digi One family Device or Terminal Server products through the CLI using Connect:

Last updated: Aug 23, 2018

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