Networking & Security - Ethernet

Unmanaged industrial Ethernet switches

AutomationDirect’s SE2 DIN-rail Stride unmanaged industrial Ethernet switches offer up to 16 ports... » more

What does time-sensitive networking and real-time Ethernet data mean for the future of industrial systems?

Avnu Alliance members explain how real-time communications enabled by Time Sensitive Networking... » more

Open field network for Ethernet communication launched

The CC-Link Partner Association (CLPA) has launched CC-Link IE Field Basic, which is an open field... » more

How to choose the best controller for each application

Consider the features and typical applications for industrial controllers to understand what type... » more

Five tips to modernize industrial network architectures

Optimize an industrial network design and stay ahead of potential future challenges by deploying a... » more

IIoT deployment: How quickly is it coming?

How quickly do you see IIoT being adopted in manufacturing? How quickly should it be adopted? » more

The first three steps are always the hardest

Accelerate the value of an IIoT strategy for enterprise assets. » more

Monitoring a growing network by tracking data trends

Audit and compliance rules dictate data must be true to ensure processes and systems are running to... » more

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Industrial Networking: Introduction to Networking

Doug Bell introduces Chris Harris. Networks communicate in several ways including by wire, wireless, and fiber optics. Various standards such as RS-232, RS-422, RS-485 and Ethernet come with the particular device being...

Industrial Networking: Basics of RS-232

The RS-232 standard allows for communication between two devices in either a master-slave or master-master configuration. A master-master configuration does not require the cables to be changed however the hardware needs to...

Industrial Networking: RS-232 Media and Hardware

All types of connectors are found with RS-232 with no set standard, zip links are a solution especially in long distance (up to 50 feet) applications. DTE and DCE devices require different wiring configurations. The device...

Industrial Networking: Networking Protocol Basics

A compatible wiring scheme does not mean two devices can communication with each other, they need the same language. In a network, there must be a device that produces a signal for the network to work, cannot have two slave...

Industrial Networking: Basics of RS-422

The RS-422 standard allows use with up to 11 devices and 4000 feet of wire. The standard is commonly confused with RS-485 and can even work with RS-485 devices. RS-422 is not widely supported. Long-time automation trainer Doug...

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2016 Cybersecurity Study: Six key findings

Respondents to the Control Engineering 2016 Cybersecurity Study... » more

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Cyber Security: Technology Review

A very fast paced look at many types of hardware...

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Avoid the worst control system ever

Automation System Integration Blog: Nobody wants to get a screaming... » more

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