Comtrol launches DeviceMaster

26 Jun, 2001, 18:36 BST de Comtrol Corporation

  • New thin server appliance revolutionises device connectivity, offers capabilities that can obsolete many general-purpose PC servers

Minneapolis - Comtrol Corporation, a leading provider of serial device connectivity solutions, announced today a new line of embedded microcomputers designed to network-enable digital devices and provide a low cost-of-ownership platform for processing specialised software. The new DeviceMaster Real-Time Server (RTS) is shipping immediately. Additional DeviceMaster models will be announced in the coming months.

DeviceMaster is unique because it can significantly lower the cost of owning and managing digital devices. In addition to its competitive price point, the system and attached devices can be accessed and managed "anytime, from anywhere" over the Internet - virtually eliminating the need to dispatch costly support technicians to a remote site. And because application software can also be run on the DeviceMaster thin server appliance, this system can often be substituted for traditional general-purpose PC servers that are more expensive and support-intensive.

"The objective of DeviceMaster is to 'crush' the cost of owning and managing remotely deployed digital devices," said Comtrol's president and COO, Lee Stagni. "It solves an industry-wide need for intelligent device connectivity and remote management. And it offers local stand-alone processing that can function as a gateway for Application Service Providers or others that need a local, network-connected point-of-presence. These features make it a viable option for replacing many conventional general-purpose servers. Implementing DeviceMaster will save users a lot of support-related headaches, and ultimately a lot of money!"

Comtrol introduces DeviceMaster network appliance

The new DeviceMaster RTS family is in stock for immediate shipment from major PC products distributors around the world, including Ingram Micro, Tech Data, and Express Systems and Peripherals in the United States, Contact Comtrol Europe for availability in Europe either by phone: +44 (0) 1869 323220, Fax: +44 (0) 1869 323211 or email: DeviceMaster RTS is offered in 4-, 8-, and 16-port models. Additional DeviceMaster models, including several that support lower and higher port densities, will be announced during the next few months. Product highlights include:

  • Configurations to network-enable from 1 to 32 serial devices per DeviceMaster unit
  • 10/100Base-T network connectivity with built-in switch providing a downstream port
  • Application software compatibility with COM and TTY ports or TCP socket connections
  • Full-function embedded Web server, SMTP e-mail client, and SNMP agent
  • Programmable processing platform with on-board Flash and RAM memory
  • Watchdog software and reset circuitry
  • Internet accessibility and remote management capabilities
  • Application software development tools and support

Remote system management features provide the ability to monitor port/device performance, run diagnostics, reset ports, or even download and reinstall any or all of the DeviceMaster's software from any standard Web browser.

For more information about DeviceMaster, please visit or call Comtrol at 1-800-926-6876 or 763-494-4100, or Comtrol Europe for availability in Europe either by phone: +44 (0) 1869 323220, Fax: +44 (0) 1869 323211 or email:

About Comtrol Corporation

Comtrol Corporation, based in Minneapolis, is a leading global provider of in-server and Ethernet-attached multiport serial and modem connectivity products. Comtrol's RocketPort and other brands are used for connecting multiple peripheral devices within the office, industrial, hospitality, and retail automation markets. Comtrol's thin servers Internet-enable serial devices and application-specific solutions for enterprise IT integration. The company operates facilities in North America and Europe and distributes its products through value-added distributors and resellers worldwide. For additional corporate and product information, call Comtrol at 763-494-4100 or toll-free in the U.S. at 800 GO ROCKET or 800-926-6876, or visit Comtrol online at

DeviceMaster is a trademark of Comtrol Corporation. RocketPort is a registered trademark of Comtrol Corporation. All other brand names and product names are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective trademark holders.

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