Remote access to my rotor ...

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I am looking for an easy way to control my rotor remotely while using my K6TU Remote via VPN. My current way is to use one of many Remote Desktop programs such as Parallels Access and run PSTRotor on my shack computer. The problem is that this consumes too much valuable bandwidth and slows down my K6TU connection, which is already marginal.

I am using a Yaesu G800DXA rotor with the E.R.C. Rotor-to-USB interface.

Does someone know of a way to acces my rotor across the VPN, or run PSTRotor on my office computer with a simpler interface than a complete Remote Desktop solution?

Are there inexpensive Ethernet to USB adapters that will allow me to access a USB serial device across the Internet as though it was local?

Thanks.

Ken - NM9P
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The bottom line solution for me so far was found in the program I already had...PSTRotatorAZ.

It has two methods that will work.  

1) A built in web server that allows me to use a simple web browser to control the antenna orientation.  It allows about 12 presets and is effective on my cell phone when using a VPN into my station.  (A relatively simple matter using my ASUS Router, or using SoftEther.net on my shack computer.)  There is probably a way to do this without needing to use VPN, but I haven't played enough with the web server to do it yet.

2) My favorite way to do it from the office is with the PSTRotator TCP Server/Client.  This allows me to open a port on my home router and run PSTRotatorAZ on my shack computer in TCP Server mode, and run the program in Client mode in my office on my laptop or other machine.  When run this way, it runs exactly the same as if I were running in the shack.  The compass rose and bearing indicator, map double-click controls, and other functions are the same.  And it  seems to run instantaneously.  I don't notice any lag in performance, nor does it seem to take up much bandwidth.  It doesn't require connecting via a VPN to do it, I only need to remember the port number.  Once configured in PSTRotator, it functions on the remote computer as though it were running locally.

Both methods require the ham shack computer to be running and PSTRotator to be active on it.

Another option I would like to see would be to allow a serial device to be connected to the 6000's USB port and allow it to serve as a "pass through port" that sends signals from an ethernet port to and from the rotator interface from a program, like a virtual remote COM port, served through the flex radio ethernet connection.  If that were true, I could use a program on my remote computer and address it to send to a COM port through the 6000 which would then activate the ERC controller on my rotator...no other shack computer needed.

I can dream, but for now, these two solutions are getting me where I want to go.

I will explore DDUtil this weekend and may determine that I have yet another option that has been on my computer all along!

Thanks for the input guys....
Ken - NM9P
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I run PSTRotatorAZ when I'm running Log4OM as my logger, seems to work very well and also controls the SteppIR .