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Plugging in from New Hampshire
BACnet International Plugfest 2016 at the InterOperability Lab at the
University of New Hampshire, Durham, New Hampshire gave attendees the
opportunity to live test new products and features. The conference, for
manufacturers of BACnet products, allows attendees to test their BACnet
products with BACnet devices from other attendees in a neutral and
"One of the benefits of attending PlugFest is the chance to test new products," said Mingshu Wang, an engineer at Contemporary Controls. "We attend PlugFest every year because it gives us a unique chance to see how our products interact with those from another company."
This year, there were 43 teams and about
80 attendees. Contemporary Controls worked with 9 different teams
in 9 one-on-one sessions. They tested their BASgatewayLX, BAScontrolZ
(in both server and client mode), BAScontrol22S, BASrouter, BASrouterLX
and BDT products.
Contemporary Controls also utilized its
new unmanaged EISK8-GT/H 8 port gigabit Ethernet switch with hub
functionality to allow easy access for sniffer programs during the
BACnet interoperability tests.
“Yes, we purposely ‘broke’ the address learning functionality of the switch,” said Joe Stasiek, Sales Manager at Contemporary Controls. “This allows all messages - directed, multicast, broadcast – to flood the ports on the switch, allowing a protocol analyzer tool such as WiresharkŪ the ability to observe all traffic on the network.”
Contemporary Controls kept the best part
of the switch functionality by maintaining the auto-negotiation of the
data rate at 10/100/1000 Mbps and allowing a straight through or
cross-over cable on a per port basis. The switch, which Contemporary
Controls calls a Diagnostic Switch, performed well at PlugFest 2016.
“Sometimes it becomes very important to be able to view the communication packets to determine why BACnet devices are not responding properly,” said Joe Stasiek. “With the diagnostic switch on the communications wire and the sniffer set up to listen, the root cause is easier to discover and fix.”
your field work, if communication problems cause you serious grief, the
EISK8-GT/H is the tool to help you resolve the issues. If you prefer a
smaller diagnostic switch, there is a 5 port gigabit model EISK5-GT/H
or the 5 port 10/100 model EISK5-100T/H. For more information please visit the Diagnostic Switch product page at https://www.ccontrols.com/ctrlink/eiskd.php.
In addition to the interoperability
testing at PlugFest 2016, Andy McMillan, President of BACnet
International, spoke about the 4 accredited test labs around the world
and the new BACnet International website. Lori Tribble spoke about the
advancements BTL is making in testing the new BACnet BIBBs.
This year’s PlugFest was held in the
new, upgraded facilities of the InterOperability Lab at the University
of New Hampshire. During the second day, Hillary Clinton and Bernie
Sanders spoke on the UNH campus, a short distance from the PlugFest,
but for some reason they did not stop by to join the interoperability
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