Crystalfontz America Inc. is a supplier of LCD displays, mainly for the OEM market. They also produce an extensive line of LCD displays for the consumer market. These displays can be interfaced to computers by means of a serial port, printer port, or USB port. CrystalControl2 is a software solution written by this company that will allow you to display an extensive amount of information about your computer (and certain software applications) on these displays. For general information about Crystalfontz, click on the link above. To get an idea of the capabilities of the software, go here to see the type of information that can be displayed on these devices. A recent post posed a question and the answers provided a potential solution that might be able to break the limitation created by a direct USB cable connection and have a wireless solution for a Crystalfontz display.
The possibilities for use of these LCD displays would increase greatly. Trapman, in his post I mentioned above, and wiszmaster in his post, would be able to set up a CF display locally near their aquarium and be able to manage that display clear across the house. An IT administrator (or home user) could setup a series of displays in his office and have a very informative visual display of server (or home computer) information right in front of him. For the Windows Home Server users (especially those who have headless servers “tucked” away in a closet), you would be able to display HW/SW information that would not be easily obtained otherwise.
One of the devices mentioned in the post I linked above was a Silex SX-2000WG+ USB to Ethernet Device Server. This device breaks the USB wire limitation. This device also breaks the wired Ethernet limitation, as it is a wireless device. This could be very useful, if it worked.
Crystalfontz displays, and many of its competitors, make use of a Virtual Com Port to USB converter driver made by Future Technology Devices International Limited (FTDI). I was somewhat apprehensive if this driver software would be able to interface with USB to Ethernet converter software. Lots of “converters” there!