Archive For: Communications

AutomationDirect adds CLICK Ethernet PLC Units with Built-in Analog I/O

AutomationDirect adds CLICK Ethernet PLC Units with Built-in Analog I/O

CLICK Series stackable micro brick PLCs are now available from AutomationDirect with both Ethernet communications capabilities and analog I/O built-in. 12 new units provide both discrete and analog I/O including four discrete inputs, four discrete outputs, two or four analog inputs and two analog outputs.
 
AutomationDirect adds Affordable Cloud Enabled Remote Access

AutomationDirect adds Affordable Cloud Enabled Remote Access

Remote access with cloud data logging options has been added to AutomationDirect’s line of industrial communications products. STRIDE SiteLink provides secure access over the “industrial internet” to remotely connect to monitor and troubleshoot multiple field devices. SiteLink easily and affordably cloud enables any Ethernet-ready device.
 
Stride® Industrial Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Switches from AutomationDirect

Stride® Industrial Power Over Ethernet (PoE) Switches from AutomationDirect

AutomationDirect has added PoE+ switches to its unmanaged Ethernet switches lineup. Power over Ethernet (PoE) allows Ethernet network cables to also carry electrical power. Normally two connections are required, a network connection and a power connection. PoE reduces the time and expense of having electrical power cabling installed.
 
The Ethernet Explosion Quiz & Giveaway!

The Ethernet Explosion Quiz & Giveaway!

Are you ready for the Ethernet explosion? Well, fire up your memory banks and take the quiz below to see how well you know Ethernet!  Answer all 11 questions and enter your email address by June 9th, 2017! We are randomly giving away a FREE Stride SE Series Managed Ethernet Switch. The winner will be ... Read More
 
AutomationDirect Offers Additional Stride Managed Ethernet Switches

AutomationDirect Offers Additional Stride Managed Ethernet Switches

AutomationDirect’s line of Stride Managed Industrial Ethernet Switches now offers even more connectivity choices for Ethernet applications. Stride managed switches allow networks to be configured/managed to assure the highest performance and security levels. New Stride SE2 series switches provide Modbus TCP and EtherNet/IP management capability. The Stride Web-based configuration tool is used for monitoring, setup ... Read More
 
Ethernet Basics

Ethernet Basics

Ethernet has become a prominent method of communication in industrial automation. Its ease of use, speed, and versatility have allowed it to surpass the older, closed-off, proprietary means. Not only that, but Ethernet has also introduced automated systems to a whole new world of possibilities with connections to high-level IT systems, remote/mobile access, cloud computing, ... Read More
 
Ethernet Dos and Don’ts

Ethernet Dos and Don’ts

With the popularity of the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), industrial Ethernet applications are expanding. The IIoT is helping collect data on plant floors and is using Ethernet cables, connector and switches as key components. Industrial protocols such as Modbus TCP/IP and EtherNet/IP help connect edge devices and instruments to controllers and HMIs. Not only ... Read More
 
Managed Ethernet Switches | White Paper

Managed Ethernet Switches | White Paper

Knowing when to choose an managed Ethernet switch instead of an unmanaged Ethernet switch for your industrial grade networking solution might not be obvious. Plus, the price differential between an unmanaged and managed switch is significant and can impact the overall system budget.