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LNET Ethernet Interface Board for Laurel Electronics 1/8 DIN Instruments

Ethernet meter interface board

Key Features

  • Connects 1/8 DIN Laureate DPMs, counters, timers & remote displays to a LAN via a standard Ethernet cable.
  • Automatically discovered using Laurel's Instrument Setup software, Node Manager Software, or Node resident web server software.
  • Data transfer rates up to 9600 baud.
  • Powered by instrument.
  • Isolated from meter and power grounds.
Description

The laureate LNET Ethernet interface board plugs into a host 1/8 DIN digital panel meter, counter or timer to provide a 10/100 Base-T Ethernet interface via an industry-standard RJ45 connector. Multiple meters, each with its own Ethernet cable, can be connected to a local area network (LAN) or to the Internet via a router, or be connected directly to a host computer. Internet connectivity is fully supported so that the meter can be set up and read remotely.

Laurel meters connected to Internet

Node Manager software is a free Windows based application which automatically discovers all Laurel Ethernet Nodes on the same Local Area Network (LAN) as the PC. It adds capabilities, such as naming the Node and associated devices, entering email addresses for alarm notification and data requests, selecting the Node's time zone for time-stamping of data, and setting communication parameters for associated meters. It allows emails or text messages to be sent in response to requests from the host computer, periodically, or when devices encounter an alarm condition or go off-line. Node Manager is described in our Ethernet Manual.

Instrument Setup (IS) software is a free Windows-based application which automatically discovers all Laurel Ethernet Nodes on the same Local Area Network (LAN) as the PC, plus the device (or Laurel instrument) associated with the Node. IS software is used to set up the instrument, such as scaling the reading, scaling analog outputs, setting setpoints, and more.

On a Wide Area Network (WAN), such as the Internet, the host computer is outside of the LAN and must know the public IP address of the LAN router to discover Laurel Nodes. Web server software built-into each Node can also be used to discover and configure Laurel Nodes over the Internet.

Laurel meter connected to PC via Ethernet cableBuilt-in DHCP server capability allows Laurel Nodes to constitute themselves into a network and be connected directly to a host computer when no router or dedicated DHCP server is present, as illustrated to the right. When a Node fails to find a DHCP server that responds to its request for a private IP address, it assigns one. When several Nodes fail to receive a Private IP address, they mutually agree to make one of the Nodes a temporary DHCP server that assigns a Private IP address to each device on the network.

The Modbus TCP protocol is fully supported. Modbus command cannot only be used to read meters remotely, but also to change setup parameters like setpoints. Conversion to form Modbus RTU to Modbus TCP is transparent so that an Ethernet application can use the Modbus RTU protocol.

 

Laurel's Ethernet-to-RS485 converter board can be used as an alternative to networking multiple meters each with its own Ethernet cable. The converter board can be connected to an a single Ethernet router port and also act as the gateway via an RJ11 connector for up to 31 meters on an RS485 bus. The remote meters must be equipped with Laurel's RS485 interface board with dual RJ11 connetors. These allow the remote meters to be daisy-chained with no need for a hub. All meters on the RS485 bus are easily discovered by our Instrument Setup software or Node Manager software. Please see our Ethernet Manual.

Specifications
LNET Ethernet Board Specifications
Data rates 300, 600, 1200, 2400, 4800, 9600 baud
Meter per Ethernet line 1 Node
Ethernet connector RJ45 jack
Ethernet cable 10/100 Base-T
Ethernet compliance IEEE 802.3
Isolation 250V rms working, 2.3 kV rms per 1 min test
ESD Protection 15 kV per IEC 1000-4-2
EMI Immunity 10 V/m per IEC 1000-4-3
EFT Protection 2 kV per IEC 1000-4-4
Short Circuit Protection Continuous
Communication Protocol Modbus TCP
Modbus TCP
Standards Compliance Modbus over Serial Line Specification V1.0 (2002)
Conversion from RTU to TCP Automatic
Protocol Type Master-slave, query-response command mode.
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