The LinkManager is designed for remote programming and servicing of industrial equipment. Apart from approving access similar to VPN, it also simulates a virtual phonebook due to concept of “device agents”. The LinkManager displays a view of all your sites and SiteManagers and each device will be shown with the name given when initially configured, its type and whether it is online or not. Just locate the device you want to connect to, click it, and you are online with it.
The LinkManager installs a virtual adapter and thus requires running on Windows. But it works fine alongside VPN clients and is designed for both 32 and 64 bit windows, and even runs inside a virtual machine such as VMWare, ESXi or HyperV.
Unique about the LinkManager is its ability to not only connect to UDP and TCP based equipment. LinkManager includes a virtual COM port driver that makes it capable of connecting to Serial equipment that is connected to the SiteManager at the factory. Furthermore, the LinkManager will make a USB redirect if connecting to an agent that represents a USB device connected to a SiteManager at a factory.
Where the original LinkManager is intended for remote programming and requires installation on a Windows PC, the LinkManager Mobile is designed for accessing web enabled applications such as a custom Web GUI of a PLC, a HMI or a WebCam. Additionally LinkManager Mobile can establish connection to the desktop of equipment running Linux or Windows. You simply connect to the device with LinkManager Mobile, and subsequently you can start a VNC or MS Remote Desktop client (RDP) and remote control the device.
Since the LinkManager Mobile can run on an iPhone, iPad or Android device, the product is ideally suited for end-users that need to remotely access their own equipment for monitoring status or perform typical operator tasks. LinkManager Mobile supports two factor authentication login and encrypts all connections, thus ensuring uncompromised security.
LinkManager Mobile user accounts can be created for free in the GateManager Portal when buying a Secomea start package. Such an account allows monitoring of status of equipment and viewing of event logs. Applying a LinkManager Mobile “license” to the account, will further allow you to connect to the Web GUI and remote desktop of the equipment.