Migration is the Key to Upgrade Legacy RS-485 Serial Infrastructure to Ethernet/IP Networks

Overview:

In this paper, we introduce Ethernet over RS-485™, a new approach to the modernization of industrial automation and distributed control networks, and describe how it can be rapidly, reliably and securely deployed to cost-effectively transform an existing legacy RS-485-based industrial network infrastructure into one that can support IP-enabled devices while still supporting existing RS-485 networks and ensuring a managed migration to the cloud using existing paid-for infrastructure.

The installed base of industrial RS-485 networks is engineered to operate reliably in the specific environments for which they were designed; that is, closed and operating using a myriad of physical layer communications and language protocols. Product obsolescence, limitations in scalability of the infrastructure and potential loss of highly skilled support all have become high-Pareto challenges to managers. In this paper, we introduce Ethernet over RS-485™, a new approach to the modernization of industrial automation and distributed control networks, and describe how it can be rapidly, reliably and securely deployed to cost-effectively transform an existing legacy RS-485-based industrial network infrastructure into one that can support IP-enabled devices while still supporting existing RS-485 networks and ensuring a managed migration to the cloud using existing paid-for infrastructure.

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