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RS232 Extender



An RS232 extender increases the distance of a users RS232 serial connection. The extender system uses a two unit (local and remote) structure; connecting the two units is a standard Cat5e Ethernet cable. Due to the physical capability of CAT5 cable in comparison to standard serial cable, the distance of transmission can be greatly increased. Some RS232 extenders allow you to place your serial devices up to 1000 meters (3300 feet) away from the host computer to which it is connected.