After quite a bit of poking and prodding my computer (and cussing and talking lovingly)...
Attached is the module, and this is the buttom I'm using for testing:
Private Sub CommandButton1_Click()
'ip.text is a text box that contains "126.96.36.199"
sooooo....how do I connect to anything and listen and talk to it? In case it matters, it is proprietary equipment; the data is not in any particular format or protocol I don't think. I can see it in Hyperterm. I just want the data raw for post-processing.