Systems and methods for making serial ports of existing computers available over a network

  • US 8,218,566 B2
  • Filed: 10/07/2005
  • Issued: 07/10/2012
  • Est. Priority Date: 10/07/2005
  • Status: Active Grant
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1. A system for making serial ports of existing computers available over a network, comprising:

  • a serial controller for locally controlling at least one serial port of a networked computer; and

    a management processor operatively associated with the networked computer and operable in both a first mode and a second mode, the management processor operating in the first mode to disable local control of the at least one serial port by the serial controller, the management processor taking control of the at least one serial port for network access in the first mode, and the management processor operating in the second mode to return control of the at least one serial port to the serial controller.

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