The most exciting things happen when we have a conversation.  Think of this blog as a team of engineers sitting around a table and having a discussion. What works - what doesn’t. What technology is exciting and what’s seriously over-rated. Come on and put in your two cents…

B&B Insider by Mike Fahrion For almost 15 years, Mike Fahrion has been sharing his unique perspective on life, liberty and the pursuit of anything and everything of interest to an engineer. A master of M2M device connectivity, Mike has an insatiable curiosity in how everything is connected;  people and places, machines and man, politicians and reality. He loves left field (he spends a lot of time there) – but you’ll find him funny, irreverent, thought provoking and always connected.
Brian's Blog Brian Foster is new to blogging but definitely not new to talking about legacy devices and data connectivity. A former career submariner and Navy man, Brian brings an extremely organized mind, a willingness to work in a very small office, and a love of acronyms to his work. Check in with him and weigh in on what you think matters. Feel free to congratulate him on the 10 straight Navy wins in the annual Army/Navy game
Susan's Tech Tips Susan Stanley has spent the last 18 years in engineering and customer service at technology-related companies. Her working experience encompasses a wide range of technologies, including Operating Systems, supporting and troubleshooting peripherals such as IP-based Multi-Function equipment and Scanners, web-coding for an Intranet and utilizing the application of Visual Basic to modify code. Certified as a technical trainer, she has trained all new employees for product knowledge as well as developing a comprehensive FAQ system for internal use. Susan's ability to convey technical information into layman’s terminology is a critical element in quickly resolving an end-user’s product issues and questions. 
Stan's Tech Tips Stan Simmons, Manages the Technical Services group, over 20 years of experience with communications devices and their application in M2M device connectivity.  Shares tips and tricks about devices and their application.

4/18/2017 12:01:58 PM
An IoT-connected journey—the biggest mistake is not getting started
3/18/2017 12:05:59 PM
Details of Power over Ethernet (PoE) and Mode A, Mode B
12/19/2016 11:48:46 AM
When Good Networks Go Bad, Part II
12/1/2016 11:38:39 AM
Factory Buzz
10/10/2016 2:14:41 PM
USB in the Field
10/3/2016 8:45:02 AM
Looking Up Certifications
10/3/2016 8:10:07 AM
When Good Networks Go Bad
8/17/2016 3:18:15 PM
Moore, Metcalfe and Me
5/17/2016 12:00:00 AM
Loopback Tests and Media Converters
1/13/2016 1:56:00 PM
Our Focus and Commitment Has Not Changed
1/13/2016 8:23:51 AM
Looking Up Advantech B+B SmartWorx Certifications
12/3/2015 5:41:00 PM
Class 1, Division 2: Certified for Hazardous Locations
11/12/2015 7:54:55 AM
The Right Tool for the Job
11/5/2015 8:20:04 AM
Serial Converter Selection Guide
10/28/2015 5:18:00 PM
OM3/OM4 Fiber
10/14/2015 2:21:05 PM
What's So Special About Dual-Band Wi-Fi?
10/1/2015 2:13:54 PM
Opportunity is Knocking; It’s Time To Open the Door
9/1/2015 1:11:38 PM
Well Grounded
8/6/2015 12:00:00 AM
The IT/OT Mashup
7/29/2015 6:22:00 PM
Ethernet Copper to Fiber Media Converter Selection Guide
7/15/2015 12:00:00 AM
Ethernet to Serial Conversion Selection Tips
6/30/2015 4:26:00 PM
Troubleshooting Features on Media Converters
6/24/2015 3:12:11 PM
Wireless Tech and the Energy Harvesting Conundrum
6/16/2015 4:14:35 PM
USB to Serial Converter Selection Tips
6/11/2015 10:42:23 AM
Don't Be Intimidated by IoT Tech – Just Use it Where You Need It
5/28/2015 10:08:48 AM
How to Select the Right Ethernet Switch
5/21/2015 10:37:42 AM
IoT Tech: The Universal Translator for the Industrial Tower of Babel
5/7/2015 1:14:07 PM
Helpful Hints from B&B Electronics
5/7/2015 12:06:28 PM
Value Added Modifications: A Horse of a Different Color
5/4/2015 3:16:20 PM
What is a Port Powered Serial Converter
4/17/2015 11:18:14 AM
Respect Your Elders – Even If They’re Machines
3/12/2015 12:00:00 AM
The Journey of 1000 Miles Begins With Locating Your Car Keys
1/29/2015 12:00:00 PM
1/13/2015 12:00:00 AM
Link Fault Pass-Through
12/18/2014 7:00:00 AM
Prioritizing My Projects for 2015
12/9/2014 12:00:00 AM
Isolation vs Surge Suppression for Serial Communications
11/26/2014 12:00:00 AM
Feeling Thankful for the IoT Macro Trend
10/31/2014 12:00:00 AM
Nightmares from the Network Edge
10/8/2014 1:00:00 PM
9/15/2014 12:45:11 PM
Input or Output, and Other Confusing Things About RS-232
9/15/2014 12:20:54 PM
The Case for Carrier Ethernet
7/23/2014 12:00:00 AM
Sensors on the Internet of Things
7/7/2014 1:37:55 PM
Advantages of Using Managed and Manageable Media Converters
6/6/2014 11:47:24 AM
Special orders don’t upset us…
5/13/2014 3:18:38 PM
Testing and Troubleshooting Media Converters
5/5/2014 11:10:05 AM
A Second Warm Welcome to Wireless Mesh Networking
4/29/2014 12:59:40 PM
From Assets to Analytics: Supplementing SCADA Systems with Cloud-Based Remote Monitoring Platforms
4/24/2014 11:38:12 AM
Tech Tip for UE204 Ethernet Enabled USB Hub
3/28/2014 2:33:18 PM
Consumer Tech is Fun, But M2M Networking is Still the Top Banana
3/20/2014 11:49:33 AM
Connect Legacy Infrastructure on Modern Networks
2/24/2014 3:59:41 AM
It's Always Time for Breakfast When You're Time Traveling
2/18/2014 12:52:49 PM
Aggregating Disparate Data Protocols on the Internet of Things
2/10/2014 3:00:42 PM
Fiber Optics in Networks
1/31/2014 10:00:00 AM
The Internet of Things
1/13/2014 1:00:00 PM
Weather Impact on Fiber Optics
1/13/2014 10:00:00 AM
Caught in the Vortex
12/27/2013 10:46:28 AM
OSI Layers 1 and 2
12/20/2013 9:00:00 AM
Ipads from Heaven
11/26/2013 9:00:00 AM
Upgrading the Local Intelligence on the Internet of Things
11/22/2013 8:50:40 AM
The Best Weapon is Technology
10/29/2013 3:30:37 PM
Farewell to the Wild West of M2M
10/24/2013 11:00:00 AM
Serial Connections with a Global Reach
10/15/2013 2:49:23 PM
The Importance of Updating Software and Firmware for Managed Network Equipment
9/27/2013 11:47:39 AM
Keeping the Bugs Out of Your Belfry
9/23/2013 10:00:00 AM
Smartphones & M2M (1)
8/28/2013 11:16:45 AM
Venturing Out to the Edge
8/20/2013 12:59:28 PM
NEBS, UL/FCC and Network Equipment
8/15/2013 3:58:00 PM
Cellular M2M Networking is Available Now – No Waiting
7/31/2013 10:36:39 AM
Who Says You Have to Let Sleeping Dogs Lie?
7/15/2013 10:18:39 AM
You Need USB Surge Suppression
7/11/2013 2:24:22 PM
You need to know your ABC’s – Especially in RS-485
7/8/2013 12:26:15 PM
IP, NEMA, Ruggedized devices, Industrial Ethernet (IE) and Network Equipment
6/26/2013 9:08:30 AM
It's Only Loony If It Doesn't Work
6/20/2013 1:23:24 PM
Ten Commandments of Fiber Optics
6/18/2013 10:00:00 AM
M2M Implications of the 4G LTE Buildout
5/31/2013 1:00:00 PM
Some Things Never Change
4/30/2013 8:30:00 AM
The Glories of Information Overload
4/16/2013 1:00:00 PM
Remote M2M Device Management on Mars
3/28/2013 1:30:38 PM
IP Cameras Aren’t Just for Security
2/27/2013 8:00:00 AM
Two Hoots and a Holler
2/26/2013 3:25:54 PM
10 Commandments of Wireless Communication
1/31/2013 1:00:00 PM
Mashups & Airport Delays
12/20/2012 10:58:29 AM
Christmas Shopping During the Apocalypse
10/31/2012 7:00:24 AM
Trick or Treat in the Wireless Age
9/21/2012 9:15:06 AM
The Tire Gauge Principle
9/15/2012 8:03:00 AM
Classifications of Fiber & Safety
8/30/2012 11:07:32 AM
URLs for Pocket Change
8/13/2012 11:14:48 AM
The Summer of Fiber, Part III
7/11/2012 9:12:41 PM
The Summer of Fiber, Part II
7/1/2012 10:32:57 AM
If It’s Tuesday This Must Be the Czech Republic
6/29/2012 10:56:26 AM
B&B Meets the Space Time Continuum
6/10/2012 8:08:10 AM
The Summer of Fiber
5/31/2012 7:09:00 AM
New Approaches
4/6/2012 10:19:23 AM
The Peanut Butter Days
3/22/2012 1:23:04 PM
Re-Inventing the Radio
2/20/2011 12:05:15 PM
Misconceptions about MTBF