Lantronix brought a mixture of new and previously-announced products to their stand at the ShowStoppers press event. The new included the Ubox that will be available this summer for around $180. The Ubox four port USB "server" is similar to products from Keyspan and Silex and allows users to access almost any USB device (Lantronix demo'd a USB flash drive and digital camera) from a connected Ethernet LAN.
Lantronix' UBox Four Port USB Server
Perhaps even more interesting were the existing products that Lantronix brought. The WiBox and SecureBox device servers both support two RS-232, RS-422 or RS-485 serial devices. Network connection for the WiBox is via WEP-encrypted 802.11b wireless connection, while the SecureBox uses a 128 to 256 bit AES-encrypted 10/100 Ethernet connection.
Software is included that will map the ports to Virtual COM ports on your Windows machine so that remote-connected devices appear to be connected directly to your computer. There's also a modem emulation mode that accepts modem AT commands on the serial port, then establishes a network connection to the end device.
Servers Gettin' Real Small
If you like your device serving to be small and embedded, Lantronix may also have the solution you seek. The tiny XPort and WiPort can respectively enable OEM / ODM's to add a 10/100 Ethernet or 802.11b wireless network connection to any device with a serial connection. Both contain full TCP/IP stacks, encrypted communication and embedded webservers for control and monitoring of connected devices.