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DeviceNet to Four-Port ASCII Gateway


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New product orders will be available until December 31st 2014. After that all new orders need to be placed with WRC.
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The DeviceNet to Four-Port  ASCII gateway allows users to connect and integrate ASCII devices into a control system through a DeviceNet network.  This gateway functions as a DeviceNet adapter and supports connectivity to a wide variety of serial ASCII devices through the four RS-232 ports.  The gateway is a general-purpose interface gateway that exchanges data between ASCII devices and a DeviceNet scanner.  This flexible gateway can be used in many applications where ASCII data is needed since each application port can be individually configured.  Further application flexibility is attained by not interpreting any of the data being exchanged, which means that data can be of any nature or definition. 

Features and Benefits

DeviceNet Features:                                                                                                       

  • Meets ODVA DeviceNet sSpecification
  • 2 micro DeviceNet connectors – 1 male and 1 female
  • Panel mount
  • Powered from DeviceNet network
  • Standard DeviceNet mModule and nNetwork status LEDs
  • Address selection via DIP switches
  • Communications Device Profile 12
  • Autobaud operation
  • Supports Polled I/O, Cyclic I/O, Change-of-State (COS), and Explicit messaging

ASCII Features:

  • 4 DB9 male RS-232 ports
  • Software Configurable Parameters
  • Baud rates of up to 115.2k baud
  • Supports ASCII string lengths of up to 128 bytes per port
  • Transmit and receive LED’s for each port
  • Ability to pad the end of a message for fixed length DeviceNet Scanners
  • Ability to specify the character to use for padding
  • Byte swapping
  • Supports configurable Start and Stop delimiters
  • Transaction header or data only mode option
  • Master/slave handshake option




Serial Baud Rate Selection

Rotary Switch or Software
 (1200 through 115.2k baud)

Cable Connection

Serial:  4 ports, 3-wire RS-232 DB-9 (male)

DeviceNet:  2 ports (1 male and 1 female that are connected internally), 5-pin standard micro (M12) connectors

LED Indicators

MS Module Status: green/red bi-color

NS Network Status: green/red bi-color

RX(serial ports 1-4):  green

TX(serial ports 1-4):  green

Maximum Power

Network Isolation: 500 Vdc

Current: 340 mA @ 11 Vdc to
 150 mA @ 25 Vdc
 Unregulated Power Supply

Power: 3.75 W


Length: 7”

Width: 4.25”

Height: 1.85”  (to the top of the connectors)

Operating Temp

0 ºC  to 60 ºC


Up to 95% RH, with no condensation


ASCII Protocol Specification

The ASCII protocol driver permits the module to interface to many ASCII devices. Each ASCII port on the module is configurable to send and/or receive ASCII strings, each supporting its own individual serial network.

Protocol Specifications

The ASCII driver provides a powerful connection between the internal application database in the ProLinx unit and devices supporting serial ASCII communications (bar code scanners, line printers, legacy terminal based computer systems, etc).

The serial port on the gateway is user-configurable to support ASCII communications (Baud rate, Data Bits, Stop Bits, etc). The ASCII port can act as a Master (Send ASCII strings) or as a Slave (Receive ASCII strings), or both.

ASCII Specifications


Available in up to four port configurations to receive and/or transmit data.

Transmit and Receive buffer size

255 bytes each

Transmit character with pacing

0 to 65535 millisecond delay between each transmitted character.


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