Ethernet converters and gateways provide a bridge between different communication protocols and standards that exist in the industrial automation field.
Media converters and gateways allow data transfer between networks using different protocol standards and/or transmission media.
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Modbus is one of the most popular communication protocols in the automation industry because it supports both traditional RS-232/422/485 devices and industrial Ethernet devices. Many industrial devices use Modbus as their standard communication protocol. However, the Modbus protocols running over serial and Ethernet are different and data transfer between these two network protocols requires a communication bridge.
Modbus gateways provide that bridge, allowing seamless communication between Modbus RTU/ASCII (Serial) and Modbus TCP (Ethernet) products.
MQTT is a machine-to-machine "Internet of Things" connectivity protocol that provides small size, low power usage, minimized data packets, and efficient distribution of information to one or many receivers.
The STRIDE MQTT gateway converts Modbus RTU/TCP signals to MQTT in order for Modbus devices to easily communicate with MQTT/ IIoT capable networks.
The STRIDE Ethernet switch lineup offers several models that support media conversion between copper-based Ethernet and fiber optic signals through built-in ST or SC type Multimode Fiber Optic connections, or ports that accept SFP transceivers (transceivers sold separately).
Benefits of fiber optic communication include: