Making serial devices network-ready in an instant

08 December 2015

One of the products shown on the Moxa stand at the recent SPS/IPC/Drives show was the NPort 5100A – device servers designed to make serial devices instantly network-ready and to give PC software direct access to serial devices from anywhere on the network. 

The ruggedised NPort 5100A device servers are said to make simple and reliable serial to Ethernet solutions possible. It connects up to 8 TCP hosts, and offers both COM port grouping and UDP multicast applications. NPort 5100A comes with Real COM/TTY drivers for Windows and Linux, and it offers a standard TCP/IP interface and versatile TCP and UDP operation modes.
NPort 5110A series is believed to be the world’s only device server with power consumption less than 1 W thanks to the Moxa MiiNe, a small but powerful ARM-based serial-to-Ethernet SoC with RAM and Flash embedded. With the MiiNe inside, the device server saves at least 50% on power consumption, when compared to existing solutions on the market.
Moxa’s surge immunity solution, which is applied to the NPort 5100A’s serial, power, and Ethernet lines, is tested and proven compliant with IEC 61000-4-5. It provides a robust serial-to-Ethernet solution that can protect electrical devices from voltage spikes and withstand electrically noisy environmental conditions.

A three-step web-based configuration tool guides users through three simple configuration steps to enable activation of the serial-to-Ethernet application. A user only needs to spend an average of 30 seconds to complete the NPort settings and enable the application, claims the company.
NPort 5100A device servers support SNMP, which can be used to monitor all units over Ethernet. Each unit can be configured to send trap messages automatically to the SNMP manager when user-defined errors are encountered. For users who do not use SNMP manager, an e-mail alert can be sent instead. 

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