Network analyzer maximizes uptime

NetDecoder is an industrial protocol, data and timing analyzer for Ethernet, serial, and fieldbuses from Frontline Test Equipment (Charlottesville, VA). A fully integrated solution for troubleshooting network protocol problems, NetDecoder simultaneously captures, decodes, filters, and displays data, as well as detects protocol errors, all in real time.

By Staff January 1, 2003

A 2002 EDITORS’ CHOICE AWARDS WINNER

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NetDecoder is an industrial protocol, data and timing analyzer for Ethernet, serial, and fieldbuses from Frontline Test Equipment (Charlottesville, VA). A fully integrated solution for troubleshooting network protocol problems, NetDecoder simultaneously captures, decodes, filters, and displays data, as well as detects protocol errors, all in real time. Besides providing a common user interface across serial, Ethernet, and fieldbuses, it also decodes protocol information on most leading communication buses. Frontline worked with Woodhead Connectivity (Northbrook, IL) on some development. Co-marketing ended in November 2002.

Serial protocol decoders currently supported include Modbus RTU, Modbus ASCII, Allen-Bradley DF1/PCCC, DNP3, and COMLI. Available fieldbus protocol decoders and associated data-capture modules include Allen-Bradley DH485, Data Highway Plus, DeviceNet, and CAN 2.0A. Available industrial Ethernet protocol decoders include Modbus/TCP, EtherNet/IP that includes CIP and PCCC, Allen-Bradley CSP, and DNP3. NetDecoder runs on any Microsoft Windows 95/98/Me/NT/2000/XP-compatible PC. In a standard RS-232 configuration using two standard PC serial ports, the product supports serial data rates up to 115.2 kbps.

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Analyze Ethernet, serial, and fieldbus networked equipment

Decode data for Allen-Bradley, Modbus, Ethernet/IP, DeviceNet, DNP3 and other protocols

Reduce development intervals and equipment downtime

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