The Serial-to-Ethernet products discussed in this guidebook, referred to in the industry as serial device servers, were first developed by Moxa Technologies in 1994. The popularity of serial device servers is tied closely to the prevalence of Ethernet LANs in both business and industrial settings, and in recent years serial device servers have become one of the major players in the communications and industrial automation markets. In fact, although the marriage of serial with Ethernet was originally one of convenience, it has quickly becoming a matter of necessity.
Our primary aim in writing this guidebook is to provide potential users of serial-to-Ethernet products with the knowledge required to choose the most appropriate product and operation mode for their particular application. Moxa's 18-year history in the development and marketing of many successful communications products, including a complete line of serial device servers, allows us to speak authoritatively on serial-to-Ethernet concepts. All of Moxa's products undergo a rigorous regimen of research and testing before being released to the market, and the knowledge we gain from this process serves as a solid foundation for educating the industry about our technology.
Chapter 1: Introduction
The purpose of this Serial-to-Ethernet Guidebook is to provide Product Managers and Sales Personnel working in the communications industry with a general introduction to the terminology and methodology of the serial-to-Ethernet field.
Chapter 2: Serial-to-Ethernet Applications
Serial-to-Ethernet refers to any product or process used in the marriage of the serial and Ethernet interfaces. In general, this is an important field for both business and industry, since millions of legacy serial devices, most without built-in Ethernet ports, are still in common use today. A serial device server allows users to connect legacy serial devices to an Ethernet LAN/WAN, providing many more options for data acquisition, device management, and industrial control than would otherwise be available.
Chapter 3: Case Studies
In this chapter, we examine five examples that illustrate the implementation of serial device server technology.
Chapter 4: Finding the Right Solution
In this chapter, we discuss how to find the serial device server most appropriate for your application.
This chapter gives the definitions of more than 40 terms commonly used in the industrial communications field.