ConnectEx, Inc. BACnet Connectivity Solutions http://www.connect-ex.com BACnet support for Smart Buildings and the Smart Grid Wed, 21 Oct 2015 10:57:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.7.6 Costs Considerations in the Internet of Things http://www.connect-ex.com/2014/05/29/507/ Thu, 29 May 2014 18:19:36 +0000 http://www.connect-ex.com/?p=507 In the IoT there will be billions of devices, and because of sheer size of the market, component costs are going to be squeezed out of each and every device.... Read more »

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In the IoT there will be billions of devices, and because of sheer size of the market, component costs are going to be squeezed out of each and every device. Fractions of a cent matter. So, even though the costs of very powerful microcontroller devices are plummeting, the costs of their smaller bretheren are also dropping, perhaps more spectacularly because of scale. You can buy a small microcontroller for less than 30 cents, but it cannot run a TCP/IP stack or have an OS on it.

ConnectEx, Inc.’s focus is on the Machine-to-Machine (M2M) or control system space. Our products (and roadmap) add “Connectivity for the last 100m”™, whether this is WiFi, wired Ethernet, twisted-pair multidrop, Zigbee, Bluetooth Smart or Powerline, we have software, a module or a gateway to connect these very small devices to the global Internet of Things. (Called the Industrial Internet of Things, IIot, I2oT or IzoT).

 

 

 

IzoT™ is a trademark of Echelon Corporation

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EasyPHY™ – Connectivity for the last 100 meters™ http://www.connect-ex.com/2014/05/23/easyphy-connectivity-for-the-last-100-meters/ Fri, 23 May 2014 20:48:47 +0000 http://www.connect-ex.com/?p=505 EasyPHY™ Communications Modules provide “Connectivity for the last 100 meters”™ of a link between devices and each other, or with a central control computer, or applications in the Cloud. Let... Read more »

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EasyPHY™ Communications Modules provide “Connectivity for the last 100 meters”™ of a link between devices and each other, or with a central control computer, or applications in the Cloud.

Let us know if you are interested in finding out more at info@connect-ex.com

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Nice new infographic on the Internet of Things http://www.connect-ex.com/2014/05/15/nice-new-infographic-on-the-internet-of-things/ Thu, 15 May 2014 20:16:11 +0000 http://www.connect-ex.com/?p=498 Click on the image for the full-sized version

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Ed Hague, CEO of ConnectEx, defines “The Four PHYs” http://www.connect-ex.com/2014/05/03/ed-hague-ceo-of-connectex-defines-the-four-phys/ Sun, 04 May 2014 04:53:36 +0000 http://www.connect-ex.com/?p=486 Ed Hague, CEO of this fine institution, has just posted a white paper outlining his views of “The Four PHYS”, or the four necessary physical connectivity technologies every player in... Read more »

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BulbEd Hague, CEO of this fine institution, has just posted a white paper outlining his views of “The Four PHYS”, or the four necessary physical connectivity technologies every player in the building automation space needs to address. Read for yourself his viewpoint at the white paper link of our website.

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EasyPHY™ – Connecting the last 100 meters™ http://www.connect-ex.com/2014/04/24/easyphytm-connecting-the-last-100-meterstm/ Fri, 25 Apr 2014 02:27:37 +0000 http://www.connect-ex.com/?p=460 EasyPHY™ Communications Modules are designed for “Connecting the last 100 meters”™ of a link between devices and each other, or with a central control computer, or applications in the Cloud.... Read more »

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EasyPHY™ Communications Modules are designed for “Connecting the last 100 meters”™ of a link between devices and each other, or with a central control computer, or applications in the Cloud.

Let us know if you are interested in finding out more at info@connect-ex.com

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Announcing EasyPHY™ and our “Solutions for the last 100 meters”™ http://www.connect-ex.com/2014/04/24/announcing-easyphy-and-our-solutions-for-the-last-100-meters/ Thu, 24 Apr 2014 16:50:06 +0000 http://www.connect-ex.com/?p=457 ConnectEx is excited to be working on a range of new communications modules, which we are calling “EasyPHY™ Communications Modules”. These will address the dominant protocols in the industry, namely... Read more »

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ConnectEx is excited to be working on a range of new communications modules, which we are calling “EasyPHY™ Communications Modules”.

These will address the dominant protocols in the industry, namely BACnet, LonWorks, Wifi, Ethernet, KNX, Modbus and DALI.

We are still in the conceptual phase of this project, but if you want a sneak peek, please feel free to contact info@connect-ex.com

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BACnet Browser for Echelon’s IzoT http://www.connect-ex.com/2014/03/17/bacnet-browser-for-echelons-izot/ Mon, 17 Mar 2014 23:26:39 +0000 http://www.connect-ex.com/?p=445 Download the released version of the BACnet Interface for i.LON SmartServers here: Download the BACnet Interface for i.LON SmartServers software. ** Note: Software package will begin to download immediately. Software will work... Read more »

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Download the released version of the BACnet Interface for i.LON SmartServers here:

BACnet Interface for SmartServer

Download the BACnet Interface for i.LON SmartServers software.

** Note: Software package will begin to download immediately. Software will work for 72 hours before Authentication is required. **

Windows XP or Windows 7 required.  And user must have a SmartServer with Programmability activated. Programmability activation is $75 and is available on Echelon’s site.

View the installation guide or watch this tutorial video on how to install and use the Demo software:

 

 

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Connecting BACnet Devices over the Internet using BBMD http://www.connect-ex.com/2013/03/20/connecting-bacnet-devices-together-using-bbmd/ Wed, 20 Mar 2013 20:03:32 +0000 http://www.connect-ex.com/?p=399 Oh the Irony! Our business is connecting devices together. Over the Internet and to the Cloud. However, every now and then a customer asks us to do it the “old... Read more »

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Oh the Irony!

Our business is connecting devices together. Over the Internet and to the Cloud. However, every now and then a customer asks us to do it the “old way”. Using their favorite vendor. And wanting to help them out, of course we offer to help.

Let me tell you, it is great to be reminded why we invented the BACnet CloudRouter! After following all the Addendum O recommendations, configuring the Port Forwarding, and getting the Public IP addresses, the BBMD Routers did not connect. I even went back to the tongue-in-cheek item I added to the BACnet Wiki (here).

Oh, and eventually, the manufacturer said their devices do not support this configuration…. Note to self : Should upsell our own solutions more often.

Ed

Here is the BACnet Wiki article on the subject

Connecting Two (or more) Remote Sites Using BACnet
A not-so-tongue-in-cheek review of what is required to hook together two BACnet Sites.
1. Read and enjoy BACnet Specification Addendum O http://www.bacnet.org/Addenda/Add-135-2008o.pdf
2. Purchase two devices that have BBMD functionality
2.1. Configure BBMD device according to Manufacturer’s instructions
2.2. Determine if the site uses DHCP or Static IP, or Hybrid addressing schemes.
2.3. If the site uses DHCP only you are SOL.
2.4. If the site uses Static IP addressing, obtain an IP address from the IT department.
2.5. If the site uses Hybrid addressing (a combination of a dynamic block of IP addresses and a statically assigned block of IP addresses), obtain an IP address from the static block of IP addresses.
2.6. Configure the BBMD device with the assigned IP address. We will call this IP-B for this site.
2.7. Obtain the Inside IP address and password for the firewall/NAT router at the perimeter of this site. We will refer to the inside IP address as IP-C.
2.8. Obtain the Outside IP address for the firewall/NAT router at the perimeter of this site. We will refer to this IP address as IP-A.
2.9. Ensure that this IP address (IP-A) is a static IP address. You need to contact and arrange this with your ISP. Normally there is an additional charge for this service. These IP addresses are becoming RARE. Bear in mind that since you want to link two sites together you will eventually need 2 of these (actually one for each site you eventually join together). These prices range up to $40 per month. Easily.
2.10. Arrange that the firewall/NAT device at the internet perimeter of the site has an available port (usually port 47808) but it could be another available port. It is important to remember this port number for later in this process. We will call this PORT-A for this site.
2.11. Configure the firewall/NAT device so that incoming UDP packets (from the Internet to the site) that are addressed to PORT-A are forwarded to IP address IP-B.
3. Congratulations, you are almost halfway there.
4. Repeat steps 2.1 to 2.11 for each site. Making notes of the IP addresses and ports used as you go along.
4.1. Now revisit each BBMD and configure the BBMD table, per manufacturers instructions, with the IP addresses of the peer devices at the other sites. You have to enter the Outside IP address (IP-A) in this table, since the actual IP address of the BBMD (IP-B) is hidden behind the NAT router.
5. Repeat step 4.1 for each site.
6. Test this configuration by sending a Who-Is from Site A and confirming that you can see all the devices at the other site(s).
7. Debug.

 

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AHR 2013 in Dallas http://www.connect-ex.com/2013/01/28/ahr-2013-in-dallas/ Mon, 28 Jan 2013 15:27:59 +0000 http://www.connect-ex.com/?p=389 We’re currently attending AHR 2013 in Dallas! Contact us to set up an appointment. We’d love to talk with you!

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We’re currently attending AHR 2013 in Dallas! Contact us to set up an appointment. We’d love to talk with you!

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NFMT Las Vegas http://www.connect-ex.com/2012/10/17/nfmt-las-vegas/ Wed, 17 Oct 2012 12:42:41 +0000 http://www.connect-ex.com/?p=367 Earlier this month we attended the NFMT show in Las Vegas. Thank you to all of you who made our visit so enjoyable and productive! It was a great networking show, with... Read more »

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Earlier this month we attended the NFMT show in Las Vegas.

Thank you to all of you who made our visit so enjoyable and productive!

It was a great networking show, with focused educational presentations and opportunities to meet and mingle with a wide range of vendors and end users from equipment manufacturers and developers to system designers and integrators to facilities managers.

We look forward to seeing you at the show next year!

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