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  • White Papers
  • USB: Ruggedized For Tough Environments

    USB is too convenient and useful to ignore. Yet, when taken off the desktop into tougher environments, features like isolation protection, EMI/ESD shielding, IP67 cabling, high-retention connectors, DIN-rail or panel installation, range extension, are a must. This white paper discusses USB specs for successful use in industrial applications.
  • RS-422 & RS-485 Applications eBook

    A Practical Guide to Using RS-422 and RS-485 Serial Interfaces
  • 10 Questions to Ask Before Selecting an Ethernet Switch

    There are some requirements to consider before narrowing your search for a switch that best suits your application. Following are helpful questions to ask at the beginning of the project.
  • Why Security is Becoming More Important (2nd edition)

    Increased connectivity means increased risk. When devices are all interconnected, they are more vulnerable to cyber attacks and unauthorized intrusions. Thus, with IIoT infrastructure becoming increasingly networked via Ethernet, Ethernet security has become a key issue for the modern world.
  • What's the Protocol: Wireless Protocols to consider for your next Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) Application

    As the demand for data and analytics grows, manufacturers and users must face up to the realization that IIoT is happening today and should be ready to address the challenge.
  • Why Security is Becoming More Important

    In the IoT world, the number of devices being connected to networks is growing. However, there is a tradeoff that must be considered when seeking to connect everything together. In this case, the tradeoff is between connectivity and security.
  • Power Supply Selection Tips and Calculation

    Requirements to keep in mind when selecting a power supply
  • IP Ratings Explained

    The ’IP’ in IP codes, or sometimes called IP ratings, stands for ”Ingress Protection”. These codes rate the degree of protection that a housing offers from objects such as dust and water. These ratings are defined by the IEC 60529 Standard. The standard makes it possible to quantify the degree of protection instead of using a subjective terms
  • Tips for Using Port Powered Converters

    When using or installing any RS-232 port powered device, it is important to keep a few things in mind. The two main items are the Power Available from the RS- 232 port and the Power Dissipated by the RS-422 or RS-485 system.
  • Automatic Serial Data Collection

    There are multiple options for expanding the capability of a port that was designed to communicate with only one device. Using a Buffered Smart Switch, such as BB-232BSS4, is an excellent way to collect data from multiple devices by utilizing RS-232 serial ports.
  • Media Conversion - LAN to MAN and Beyond

    Media converters play an important role in today’s multiprotocol, mixed media Local Area Networks (LAN). For example, LAN administrators can deploy media converters to integrate fiber optic cabling and active equipment into existing copper-based, structured cabling systems while achieving significant cost-savings.
  • 12 Questions to Ask Before Selecting an Ethernet Network

    Ethernet’s simple and effective design has made it a popular industrial networking solution at the physical and data link levels. With high-speed and high-bandwidth options and a variety of media types to choose from, Ethernet is efficient and flexible.
  • Wireless Quick Tips

    In some commercial and industrial data communications applications, hardwiring devices together is not practical. Long distances, inaccessibility and frequent relocation of devices are a few situations that can complicate applications.
  • 10 Tips to Remember About Industrial Ethernet

    10 Tips to Remember About Industrial Ethernet
  • The Emergence of Wireless Thinking Networks

    Thinking networks will ultimately be able to deliver just about any data, just about anywhere and the transmission methods involved will be completely transparent to the end user, whether that end user is a machine or a human being.
  • Make Tablets and Smart Phones Smarter

    This article will review serial device server technology’s usefulness and drawbacks and demonstrate how to access serial data from locations that are either remote or restricted and, thus, out of range of a Wi-Fi network.
  • Simple Wire Replacement - Tips and Fixes

    These tips and tricks make it simple enough to take your wireless modems out of the box, plug in power and data lines and, voilà, your network is wireless.
  • Converters for the Industrial Bus World

    What is an industrial bus? Traditionally, the industrial bus has been used to allow a central computer to communicate with a field device. The central computer was a mainframe or a mini (PDP11) and the field device could be a discreet device such as a flow meter, temperature transmitter or a complex device such as a CNC cell or robot.
  • Calculating Fiber Loss and Distance

    Fiber optics has been providing long distance connections for a long time. But, until now, the higher cost often made it impractical in many LAN topologies. That is has been changing as the need for bandwidth rises and the price of fiber drops.
  • Ethernet Basics Guide

    Ethernet Basics Guide