Ad Hoc and Infrastructure Networks

What are Ad Hoc and Infrastructure Networks? LAVA’s wireless serial device servers (WiFi ESLs) can operate in Ad Hoc or Infrastructure modes. These two modes are fundamentally different, each with their own advantages and disadvantages. Ad Hoc Networks The Latin expression “ad hoc” translates into English as “for this,” a translation that loosely suggests what […]

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NEW! Wireless Ether-Serial Links

LAVA has expanded its Ether-Serial Link serial device server line with wireless Ethernet variants of its ESL 1-232-DB9, ESL 2-232-DB9, ESL 1-232-RJ45, and ESL 2-232-RJ45 units. WiFi ESL 1-232-DB9, WiFi ESL 1-232-RJ45   WiFi ESL 2-232-DB9, WiFi ESL 2-232-RJ45 These new wireless serial device servers support 802.11a or 802.11b+g modes, with choices of WEP 64, […]

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Connecting DOS emulators with RS-232

Shergroup Textiles runs its DOS-based accounting system “RealWorld” inside an emulator on a SCO Unix server. This accounting package has a virtual serial interface, but no physical serial port exists on the server. Users at Shergroup can access this accounting package through dedicated terminals. One exception exists however: a user on a Windows system, who […]

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LAVA Lifetime Warranty: 100% Product Testing

You’re probably aware that all LAVA boards are covered by the LAVA Lifetime Warranty. We don’t beat around the bush — the bottom line is that if your LAVA card fails to perform in its intended use, we will fix or replace it. What makes us confident enough to offer this warranty? It’s simple: we […]

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The Source for Ports for Adamas Technikos Inc.

Adamas Technikos Inc. is a generalist in the computer services industry, providing systems and integration since 1990. In that time they have relied on LAVA to supply them with reliable products, knowing that the cost in time and reputation of installing unreliable, so-called “cost-effective” components does not save money in the long run. As a […]

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Predictive Dialer Applications

Predictive dialers, at their most basic, are Computer Telephony Integration (CTI) hardware or software devices that dial a list of telephone numbers, and, when a call is answered, pass that call to a human calling agent, who initiates a conversation with the person answering the call. Beyond this basic function, predictive dialers also manage the […]

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New Power over Ethernet (PoE) white paper

We’ve just put out our newest white paper, on the subject of Power over Ethernet (PoE), also known as IEEE 802.3at. This technology makes it possible to deliver power to networked devices simply and easily, using existing network cabling. Power can be added to a network using either PoE endpoint devices (these are, for example, […]

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RJ-45 Serial: A Tale in Confusion

It’s a common problem we see at LAVA — customers calling up with cabling issues. The most problematic are RJ-45 connectors providing RS-232 interfaces, since there is no solidly standardized pin-out. This issue of RJ-45 to RS-232 connection crops up frequently in POS (Point of Sale) systems, and shows up in other hardware as well. […]

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POS to DVR or NVR Integration: A Serial Splitter – Part 2

We’ve had a number of POS system installers wanting to take output from a POS system to a serial printer, and also send it to a DVR (Digital Video Recorder) or NVR (Network Video Recorder) over an IP connection. Integrating POS and video surveillance is a growing business, and some people are finding it a […]

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Windows 7 certified PCIe drivers

New Microsoft-certified drivers are now available for online download for the range of LAVA PCIe cards: SSerial-PCIe SSerial-PCIe/LP DSerial-PCIe DSerial-PCIe/LP Quattro-PCIe SP-PCIe 2SP-PCIe [9,9] 2SP-PCIe [9,25] Parallel-PCIe Parallel-PCIe/LP These drivers are certified for Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit.

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