A Serial to Ethernet Device Server is a device that is used to enable serial devices to communicate over an IP-based network. It transforms serial transmissions into Ethernet compatible signals that allow them to be used remotely by network-attached applications and machines. The serial server acts as an intermediary for a locally connected peripheral device by providing cabled network connectivity. Serial to Ethernet device servers work by creating virtual serial ports. The virtual COM interfaces that are created emulate physical serial ports and are used to connect the peripheral device to the network. The Ethernet serial server assigns TCP ports and IP addresses to facilitate communication between users and the connected devices. A serial printer server will also route network traffic to the specified serial device.