troubleshooting Question

Serial to IP across different LAN segments?

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I have an old piece of software that was intended to be installed on a user's workstation.  However our organization intended to use it in a more client-server fashion.  So I installed it on a box that I put in the network rack of the building the users work out of, and setup remote desktop for them to access it.  There was a device that they needed to use with the software, which attached through serial, so I bought a serial to network adapter and set that up, and it's been working fine.  My intention was always that one day, when connectivity between that location and the main site was better, I would move that software to a VM at our main site, and my assumption was that the serial to network adapter would keep things working.  Well, todays the day I started working on moving it to a VM and turns out I was wrong.  The serial to network adapter (NETRS232 from Startech) it turns out only works when the adapter and computer are on the same lan segment, which will no longer be the case when the software is moved to the main site.  So I started looking into this problem, and all I've managed to do so far is confirm that there really seems to be no way to get this NETRS232 to work across lan segments.  Really struggling to find info on this situation....

Surely I'm not the only there a way to get this device to work across lan segments?  Or is there another product that does work across LAN segments?
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