The new Pro Series Serial to Ethernet converter units from Sena are better than anything else on the market. The serial ports, Ethernet network interface and control and management are amazingly sophisticated for their price range.
Kanda have been supplying Ethernet network products for years and during that time the amount of "bang for your buck" has increased exponentially, just like PCs have improved while staying the same price. The Sena Pro Series Serial to Ethernet converters have many more features but remain competively priced.
These units have flexibility built-in to make them do exactly what you need, whilst remaining easy to use. On the serial port, these products support RS422 and RS485 interfaces as well as the standard RS232 and you can change the Baud Rate from 75bps right up to 230Kbps. They give access to all the signals and have optional software flow control (Xon/Xoff) as well as hardware flow control or none. This makes them ideal for many more applications. Serial port buffering gives faster data transfer and reduces data losses. The serial port also has surge protection, which is an uncommon feature in low cost serial device servers.
What about the Ethernet network interface? Sena have produced an excellent interface that can be configured to do what you need. They support both 10Base-T and 100Base-T for faster data throughput and connection to more networks. They also have every protocol that could be needed, including TCP, HTTP and SMTP for Internet based applications, so your application is covered.
Security and logging are very important in most networks and the new Pro Series have versatile logging of all system events and they support SSL, SSH and HTTPS protocols to give a really secure system.
System management and setup are also easy to use. As well as the usual Serial Console and Telnet/SSH interfaces using programs such as Hyperterm and Putty, the Pro Series also have HelloDevice management software for really fast configuration. Setup and control can also be done via a browser interface.
The PS series also include a full function Ethernet modem with an AT command set support to facilitate phone-based applications. They also come with COM Port redirector software that allows your software application to communicate with remote serial ports as though they are local COM ports – virtual COM port. This means that you can communicate with virtual Serial Ports rather than using IP addresses, unless you want to.
If your application needs more than one serial port, the Pro Series have one, four or eight serial port types, which gives an amazingly low cost per port. For more information click here.
Kanda are manufacturers and distributors of tools for electronic engineers and trainers. Products include microcontroller and PLD training kits, programmers, cables and embedded modules. PC interfaces for CAN Bus, Bluetooth, USB and ZigBee wireless.
Issued by: Kanda on 08 August 2005.
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