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Industrial RS-232/ RS-422/ RS-485 over Ethernet Media Converter


  • Overview
  • Cost-effective Solutions of RS-232 / RS-422 / RS-485 for Industrial Ethernet Applications
    PLANET ICS-2100 Smart Media Converter / Device Server series offers conversion of serial RS-232 / RS-422 / RS-485 communication to Industrial Fast Ethernet networking. It allows serial and Ethernet communications to connect efficiently and inexpensively. The ICS-2100 is a time-saving and cost-effective solution for users and SIs to quickly transform its serial equipment to the Ethernet network with no need of replacing the existing serial equipment and software system.

    Remote Manageable
    The ICS-2100 makes the connected serial equipment become the IP-based facilities and able to connect to a TCP/IP networking immediately. It also provides Web Management Interface for efficient network management. The powerful Web-Smart Media Converter supports application mode and serial operation mode for alarm or IP address connection, which helps reduce a network administrator’s time by detecting and locating network problems without requiring visual inspection of cabling and equipment. Multiple connection options are available for large networking environment as well.

    Stable Performance under Difficult Environments
    The ICS-2100 provides a high level of immunity against electromagnetic interference and heavy electrical surges which are usually found on plant floors or in curb side traffic control cabinets. Its operating temperature range from -10 to 60 degrees C allows the ICS-2100 to be placed in almost any difficult environment.

    The ICS-2100 is equipped with the compact, IP30 standard metal case that allows either DIN rail or wall mounting for efficient use of cabinet space. The ICS-2100 also provides an integrated power supply source with wide range of voltages (12 to 48V DC) ideally suitable for worldwide operation with high availability applications requiring dual or backup power inputs.

  • Applications
    Access Control System – traditional installation
    Most of the enterprises and government use access control plate and Mifare or RFID to authorize entrance identity. Traditionally, access control machines use RS-232 or RS-485 serial interface with their cables connecting to login server. By connecting to ICS-210x Serial over Ethernet Converter, the access control machine is able to extend the network over longer distances via fiber optic interface. The distance can be up to 15km in a local range. In another way, the ICS-210x can be linked to a xDSL router to get the Internet access capability so that the access control can be set and monitored over the Internet.
    Process Control
    To monitor, configure and manage the Robot conveyer including other machines in manufacturing, PLC (Programmable Logical Control) is required to drive the above manufacturing process. The ICS-210x can be set to the TCP Server mode and connect to the PLC. Thus, the administrator can configure and set command settings through Fast Ethernet intranet to remotely control the PLC, the administrator and workstation. It is not necessary to stand by the I/O machine.
    Surveillance Motion Control – Pair Connection Mode
    Using pair connection along with fiber optic patch cord, the ICS-210x extends RS-232 / RS-422 / RS-485 interface distance from surveillance and scanner to the control keyboard/ joystick installed in the remote monitoring center.
  • Key Features
  • • Serial Interface
     –One RS-232 port and one RS-422/485 port to 10/100Base-TX Media Conversion
     –Cost effective solutions of RS-232/ RS-422/ RS-485 for Ethernet applications
     –Supports RS-232 with DB9 interface, 4-wire RS-422 or 2-wire RS-485 with terminal block operation
     –Asynchronous serial data rates up to 230400bps

    • Ethernet Interface
     –Complies with IEEE 802.3, IEEE 802.3u 10/100Base-TX standard
     –Supports auto MDI/MDI-X function on RJ-45 Port for ICS-2100

    • Smart Functions
     –Standard TCP/IP interface and versatile operation modes
     –Software Protocol supports ARP, ICMP,TCP/IP, UDP, HTTP server, DHCP client, Telnet
     –Built-in IP-based Web interface for remote management
     –Serial Operation mode selected via Web management
     –Pair Connection mode for connecting two serial devices over a network
     –PLANET Smart Discovery utility automatically finds the client devices on the network
     –Firmware upgrade via HTTP protocol

    • Hardware
     –LED indicators for easy network diagnostics
     –Reset Button on the front panel for resetting to factory default

    • Industrial Case / Installation
     –IP30 metal case protection
     –DIN rail and wall mount design
     –12 to 48V DC, redundant power with polarity reverse protect function and connective removable terminal block for master and slave power
     –Supports EFT protection 6000 V DC for power line
     –Supports 6000 V DC Ethernet ESD protection
     –-10 to 60 degrees C operating temperature

  • Specifications
  • Serial Port
    Interface RS-232 x 1
    RS-422 / RS-485 x 1
    Connector DB9 for RS-232
    Terminal block for RS-422 / RS-485
    Baud Rate (Data Rate) 300bps to 921600bps
    Data Bits 5,6,7,8
    Parity Type 1, 1.5/2
    Stop Bit Odd, Even, None, Space, Mark
    Flow Control Hardware, None
    Signals RS-232: DCD, RxD, TxD, GND, RI
    RS-422: Tx+, Tx-, Rx+, Rx-
    RS-485: Data A (+), Data B (-)
    Fast Ethernet Port
    Standard 10/100Base-TX
    Connector RJ-45
    Distance 100m
    Cable Twisted-pair
    LED Indicators System: Power 1, Power 2, Fault
    TP or Fiber Port: Link / Active
    Serial Port: Serial port mode, RS-232, RS-422 or RS-485
    Management Web Management
    PLANET Smart Discovery Utility
    Virtual COM Utility Platform Supports Windows Base Only:
    Windows XP
    Windows Server 2003
    Windows 7
    Windows Server 2008
    Windows 8 (Must install the latest version of WinPcap)
    Windows Server 2012 (Must install the latest version of WinPcap)
    Operation Mode TCP Server
    TCP Client
    UDP Client
    Virtual COM
    Telnet Server
    Pair Connection – Remote (Slave)
    Pair Connection – Local (Master)
    Dimensions (W x D x H) 135 x 97 x 32 mm
    Weight 425g
    Power Supply 12~48 V DC, Redundant power with polarity reverse protection function
    Power Consumption 10.1 watts / 34.44 BTU (max)
    Installation DIN rail kit and wall mount ear
    Alarm Provides one relay output for power failure; alarm relay current carry ability: 1A @ DC 24V
    Mechanical Metal
    Environment Operating Temperature: -10~60 degrees C
    Storage Temperature: -20~75 degrees C
    Operating Humidity: 10~90% RH
    Storage Humidity: 5~90% RH
    Regulation Compliance FCC Class A, CE Certification Class A
    Standards Compliance IEEE 802.3 10Base-T,
    IEEE 802.3u 100Base-TX
    EIA/TIA RS-232/422/485
    Regulatory Approval RoHS
    Stability Testing IEC60068-2-32(Free Fall),
    Note Reset Button on the front panel for resetting to factory default
  • Downloads

  • Datasheet

    Date Version Description Download
    2015-06-05 1.0 ICS-2100


    Date Version Description Download
    2012-12-28 1.8b121009 Bug Fixed – DHCP Enable, the system will recheck after every 10 seconds.
    2012-04-10 1.7b110927 (1) Fix the catch CSS issue when clear cookie.
    (2) Fix the Client reply signal loss.
    (3) Change Inactive Timeout to be “Second”.

    2010-11-05 1.5b101021 Bug Fixed
    1.Fix the change IP address issue.
    2.Fix the UDP client mode issue.
    3.Fix the software reset default that IP address can not become to default IP address.

    Quick Guide

    Date Version Description Download
    2009-04-20 1.0 Quick Install Guide

    User’s Manual

    Date Version Description Download
    2012-07-13 1.2 Add model for ICS-2105A.
    2009-07-15 1.1 User’s Manual
    2009-04-20 1.0 User’s Manual


    Date Version Description Download
    2013-11-29 3.6.3
    (Virtual COM)
    Windows Base Only:
    1. Improves the stability for RS232/422/485
    2. Supports Win7/Win2008:
    Win8/Win2012 (Must install latest version of WinPcap)

    EC Declaration

    Date Version Description Download
    2012-07-13 1.1 EC Declaration
    Ordering Information
    ICS-2100 Industrial RS-232/RS-422/RS-485 over 10/100Base-TX Media Converter (Copper, RJ-45)