Voices: Montague

There are advantages to a one unified protocol for Ethernet

Everyone could communicate and interoperate on the same Ethernet network, but only if enough major and regular customers demand a mixed network.

By Jim Montague, executive editor, Control
Feb 10, 2016

Well, I was chugging along researching this issue's cover article, "Alive and growing," about how industrial Ethernet is basically taking over plant floors and process applications, when I hit a snag. Of course, Ethernet is saving cable, digitizing networks, aiding wireless, enabling cloud and virtual computing, and paving the way to the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). However, I think all this sunshine pumping about Ethernet created a vacuum in my head, which pulled some reality back in, along with the voices of several cooler-headed sources reminding me that Ethernet is not always as terrific as advertised.

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