- Industrial protocol conversion/bridging
- Industrial serial-to-Ethernet connectivity
- Multi-master/multi-protocol support
- Additional serial port can be used as pass-through port
Digi One IAP provides a means of connectivity and true interoperability of industrial serial and Ethernet devices such as Programmable Logic Controllers (PLCs), process and quality equipment, motors, drives, bar-code readers, operator displays and other types of manufacturing equipment.
Digi One IAP is a serial server and a protocol bridge rolled into one. The serial server functionality allows virtually any device with a serial port to be connected to a TCP/IP network. Applications may communicate with the serial device using TCP/UDP or Digi's patented RealPort® COM port redirection for remote native COM port access. RealPort makes it possible to establish a connection between the host and networked serial device by creating a local COM or TTY port on the host computer, allowing existing software applications to work without modification.
The protocol conversion portion of Digi One IAP means that Digi can actually bridge together two industrial devices provided that they speak any of the supported serial (DF1, Modbus, ASCII) or Ethernet (ModbusTCP, AB/Ethernet, Ethernet/IP) protocols. It also allows for multi-master access, which means that many masters can simultaneously communicate with a single slave, even if they are using different protocols. Digi One IAP is also able to convert ASCII data from devices like scales, bar-code readers, RFID devices, cameras and more to Industrial Ethernet protocols.
Another significant feature of Digi One IAP is a second serial port which can act as a pass-through port. This means that a local serial device, like an HMI panel, can communicate through Digi One IAP to a PLC slave without disrupting its serial to Ethernet connection to an application across the network.
Digi One IAP delivers the functionality specifically required by industrial applications, including DIN rail mounting, device sharing, IA protocol support, Class 1 Div2 rating, industry leading low latency and many more.