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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.


Serial Converter Selection Guide

Internet of Things tech may get the media headlines, but industry’s tried and true RS-232/422/485 serial connections remain as ubiquitous as ever.  So B+B SmartWorx tech support still fields questions about serial connectivity every day, with the most common topics being serial conversion and isolation.  BBAdmin | 11/5/2015 8:20:04 AM | 0 comments

Ethernet to Serial Conversion Selection Tips

Ethernet to Serial Converters convert Ethernet signals to serial signals, and the other way around.  I’m sure that many of you have been using them for years.  But some folks may not be completely familiar with them, and may not realize that they can use Ethernet to Serial Converters to turn their serial devices into nodes on modern Ethernet networks.
BBAdmin | 7/15/2015 12:00:00 AM | 0 comments

USB to Serial Converter Selection Tips

Today we’ll look at an equally important device connectivity issue. With the legacy RS-232 serial port becoming almost extinct on modern PCs, the USB port has become the new standard for serial connections.  This works just fine, but not until you have made a connection between the USB port on the PC and the serial port on the peripheral device. BBAdmin | 6/16/2015 4:14:35 PM | 0 comments

Don't Be Intimidated by IoT Tech – Just Use it Where You Need It

You don't have to uproot your existing infrastructure to take advantage of the new IoT technologies.  IoT tech is designed to be fully interoperable with whatever you already have in place. You can add as much or as little as meets your current needs. You can also add more IoT later, whenever and wherever you feel that it makes sense.
BBAdmin | 6/11/2015 10:42:23 AM | 0 comments

How to Select the Right Ethernet Switch

We all know that it’s impossible to become an expert in single every aspect of industrial M2M.  Who has the time?  So today’s tech tip is intended to help you select the Ethernet switch that is most appropriate for your application.  
BBAdmin | 5/28/2015 10:08:48 AM | 0 comments

Helpful Hints from B&B Electronics

Hi, I’m Stan Simmons, manager of the Technical Services Group here at B&B Electronics. You may have questions about data networking projects, and I wanted to be sure that you are aware of some of the B&B resources that can help you answer them.   BBAdmin | 5/7/2015 1:14:07 PM | 0 comments