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•You don’t have to reboot your computer. You can create, connect, or remove virtual COM ports in real time.
•You can create as many virtual COM ports as you need.
•Tcp Com Bridge is based on driver technologies and supports WDM, WMI, power management, plug-and-play, etc.
When you launch Tcp Com Bridge, its main window will open (Figure 1). You can use this window for configuration purposes. The picture below shows Tcp Com Bridge’s window, which consists of a few areas.
|1.||Main menu — For more details about the commands in this menu, see the Menu section of this help file;|
|2.||List of connections — A list of connections and their status;|
|3.||Start-up mode — You can either set Tcp Com Bridge to start up automatically when Windows loads, or leave the manual start-up mode. As soon as the program starts, it will automatically create all virtual ports as needed.|
Figure 1: The main window
The main menu contains the following commands: File, Devices, View, and Help. Below you can find a description of each menu item. You can also call some commands via Hotkeys (see the section of Help). For each menu item, there is usually a hotkey and a toolbar button.
After adding a new connection, click “OK” in the configuration window to apply all changes. If the connection uses a virtual COM port, Tcp Com Bridge will add a virtual COM port to the system and install drivers as needed. On slow computers, it may take several minutes. Please wait for Tcp Com Bridge to add new virtual devices. During the process, some warnings can be displayed similar to the one in Figure 2. Such system messages will be displayed for each new virtual COM port. When Tcp Com Bridge is launched next time, it will use the drivers installed earlier, and no warnings will be displayed.
Figure 2: Tcp Com Bridge is adding a virtual serial port
After that, the virtual COM port will appear in the Device Manager (see Figure 3).
Figure 3: A virtual COM port displayed in the Device Manager.