Multi-functional CAN-to-Ethernet gateway

HMS Industrial Networks has released the IXXAT CAN@net NT 200, a CAN-to-Ethernet gateway which allows users to connect CAN and Ethernet. Thanks to its two operating modes, CAN@net NT can be used as CAN-Ethernet-CAN bridge and as CAN-to-Ethernet gateway. Equipped with two CAN interfaces, it is claimed to support a wider range of use cases compared to the CAN@net II.

One of the key features of the CAN@net NT – which is especially suited for use in building automation – is the ability to separate CAN networks that are distributed over large areas. CAN@net NT couples the CAN networks via a backbone Ethernet system, allowing existing infrastructures to be used. This segmentation is also said to increase the reliability and stability of the overall system.

Designed for high performance in harsh environments, another common application for CAN@net NT is remote access to CAN networks via Ethernet – in wind power plants or in the manufacturing sector, for instance. CAN@net NT enables service staff to get access to plants all around the world, simplifying control, service and monitoring of CAN-based plants, reducing costs and downtime significantly.

CAN@net NT supports all CAN baud rates from 5kBit/s to 1Mbit/s, as well as simultaneous use of 11 and 29 bit identifiers. The TCP/IP-based protocol ensures that no CAN messages are lost when transmitted over Ethernet.