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  • Industrial Ethernet Webcast

    Got this info this morning.

    "Ethernet isn’t new technology, but designers are facing the challenge of evaluating it as a communication interface that may or may not be right for a project. Communication is the key because Ethernet isn’t a traditional component that fits into an OEM product like a puzzle piece. It’s a technology that will give designers access to new software, additional components and end-product benefits."

    Industrial Ethernet Roundtable Webcast
    DATE: Wednesday, May 18, 2005
    TIME: 2:00 p.m. ET
    DURATION: One Hour
    Register Here!

    Barry Milton

    [This message has been edited by precisionworks (edited 04-26-2005).]
    Barry Milton

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    Showing my ignorence here Barry.
    but havnt the foggiest idea what your talking about.
    i may as well be on another planet.
    all the best.mark


    • #3

      Computers aren't my favorite topic. As I understand it, Ethernet is a common networking platform that allows people working on a project to share information.

      I signed up to see if it has any application for what I do. My customers often send CAD files, drawings, prints, etc. More of what I do happens electronically, but the fun part is still the blue chips & oily smoke!

      Barry Milton
      Barry Milton


      • #4

        Ethernet itself is not the problem. Ethernet is just a simple physical interface. The problem with Ethernet is almost everyone runs TCP/UDP/ARP/IP or (TCPIP for short) on top of Ethernet.

        TCP/IP is a software protocol suite that requires a good amount of computer resources to successfuly communicate over. There are also endless amounts of additional protocols that sit ontop of TCP/IP (like BOOTP and DHCP).

        One major problem with TCP/IP is the need for devices to obtain their identy on the network.. This usually means you need some type of server to dynamically configure new clients that connect, or you need a way to configure each device before it can connect to a known network..

        Ethernet and TCP/IP do make sense for a lot of devices, but it's also very costly to connect your device to an Ethernet/TCPIP network. You need the simple Ethernet interface, but you also need a microprocessor and extensive software.

        Contrast Ethernet/TCPIP with a simple serial port, and the complexity and cost go way down... It costs around $20-$30 in materials, and a significant software cost to get on Ethernet/TCPIP... It costs around $.50 cents and almost no software or zero software to get on a peer-to-peer serial link.



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            <font face="Verdana, Arial" size="2">Originally posted by IOWOLF:
            Just press ALT-F4