[aprssig] convert serial weather data to tcp socket

Kurt A. Freiberger kurt at badgers-hill.net
Wed Jul 28 10:04:40 EDT 2004

Lantronix makes some interesting little sugar cube sized Ethernet 
interfaces that also have a web server built into it.  It has at least 
one serial interface on it as well.  That sounds like a perfect fit.


Tyler Allison wrote:
> I've been beating my head against a wall doing google searches for the
> last 3 hours and find nothing of use under $300.
> Instead of asking for a solution I figure I'll throw out my issue and see
> if anyone has an idea and then throw out a few ideas myself at the bottom.
> I have an Oregon Scientific WMR-968 Weather Station currently hooked up to
> a Linux box running the wx200d software.  This is all fine and dandy and
> works like a charm.
> I want to replace the Linux server, since it does nothing but convert
> serial weather data into something I can get via a TCP port from a remote
> webserver. Seems like a waste to power a complete desktop to do nothing
> but run a weather deamon that simply translates serial data and spews it
> out when you connect to a specific port.
> Does anybody know of a way to take serial output from a WMR-968 and make
> it available via a tcp port WITHOUT installing any 'virtual serial'
> drivers? I found plenty of serial-to-ethernet devices but they all
> required installing a driver on the client to create a 'virtial' serial
> port. Not an option since I cant require a driver be installed on all the
> clients.
> What would be great is to be able to connect to say...port 8888 and have
> the device spew serial data over the TCP session.
> Another option might be to take the WMR-968 data, run it through a device
> to convert it to an APRS weather data packet and make that available via
> TCP port 8888
> I know I COULD connect the WMR968 up to a radio and transmit the weather
> data on APRS but I am unable to hit a reliable IGATE in my area with even
> 50watts of power so my only option is to go ethernet.
> Ideas?
> Thanks,
> -Tyler

Kurt A. Freiberger     Austin, TX	kurt at badgers-hill.net
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