Brainboxes, a leader in serial and Bluetooth connectivity,
today announced an expansion of its range to include Ethernet to Serial
devices. The new Brainboxes products are designed to provide easy, fast
and reliable connection between Ethernet ports on existing local
network infrastructure and asynchronous serial interfaces. These
sophisticated, easy to use RS232 and RS422/485 device servers will open
up a new era in the functionality and reliability of extended networks.
Brainboxes has engineered the Ethernet to Serial devices with built-in intelligence. This means the 1 port RS232 and 1 port RS422/485 – ES-357
– device servers will enable connection across a network with no loss
of reliability or signal integrity, whether it is over one metre or
1,000 kilometres. The high quality of Brainboxes’ connectivity will
prove ideal for large installations such as refineries, large
manufacturing plants and warehousing where increased control and
automation can help to reduce costs and so improve efficiency.
Most serial devices currently in use throughout industry are not
connected to a local network and are working in a closed and isolated
environment that requires physical access to operate, monitor or
control the device. By providing a powerful processor at the edge of a
network, Brainboxes’ Ethernet to Serial products now make it possible
to remotely manage such devices from any connected location. Allowing
the same control as if working locally and, if connected to the
Internet, these devices can be based anywhere in the world and still be
“We identified the need for serial devices to be connected to the
Ethernet network and responded by designing these serial products to
work autonomously ,” said Eamonn Walsh, chairman of Brainboxes. “We
believe that Ethernet to Serial connectivity is the way forward for
many customers who no longer wish to rely on physical access to their
devices. At Brainboxes we strive to provide our customers with
connectivity options to suit their needs that are also cost-effective.
By developing new Ethernet to Serial devices we are enabling our
customers to both increase the accessibility of their devices and
provide expanded connectivity for additional devices.”
The Brainboxes’ Ethernet to Serial connectivity range is based on
proven and familiar technology. It is a cost-effective way to manage a
wide range of serial accessories for various applications in an
Brainboxes’ Ethernet to Serial products are ideal for a wide and varied
range of applications which are becoming increasingly networked
including: ATM machines, barcode scanners, refrigeration and heating
controls, medical devices, security controls, weather stations and
electronic key systems.
The 1 port RS232 and 1 port RS422/485 device servers support data
transfer rates up to 230,400 baud coupled with 1Mbit/s line drivers to
deliver uncompromising performance to a laptop, server or PC.
Brainboxes will package these products with its Boost.net driver,
retaining existing software applications on the network and allowing
high reliability connectivity over longer distances.
The Ethernet to Serial range comes with Microsoft signed drivers for
Windows XP 32-bit and 64-bit editions. The range will also benefit from
Brainboxes’ renowned lifetime guarantee and support, subject to online