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The Ethernet Explosion | AutomationDirect.com

In the world of technology, nothing seems to evolve faster than communication and the effects are felt across many industries with industrial automation being no exception. When you think of how much communication has changed and how many options are available today in terms of transmission media and protocols, it’s really quite astounding and that’s not taking into account the changes on the horizon. Just think to yourself how many port and protocol options you’ve come across in your career: serial, fast Ethernet, gigabit Ethernet, fiber, USB, wireless, Profibus, EtherCAT, Modbus, BACnet, and on and on.

In industrial automation, Ethernet currently holds the crown and is the primary method of communication replacing the slower serial methods of the past. As a result, suppliers of industrial automation products have incorporated Ethernet communication into their PLCs, HMIs, drives, etc. Here at AutomationDirect, we have many products available that support or facilitate Ethernet networks but we also have a host of informative articles, videos and other content to help you understand the ins and outs of Ethernet communication. If you have ever wanted to know more about Ethernet, we have what you need. So check out list below and let’s get started.

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