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BACnet

Intro to BACnet

BACnet is a communications protocol for Building Automation and Control (BAC) networks that leverage the ASHRAE, ANSI, and ISO 16484-5 standard protocol.

BACnet was designed to allow communication of building automation and control systems for applications such as heating, ventilating, and air-conditioning control (HVAC), lighting control, access control, and fire detection systems and their associated equipment.

The BACnet protocol defines a number of services that are used to communicate between building devices. The protocol services include Who-Is, I-Am, Who-Has, I-Have, which are used for Device and Object discovery. Services such as Read-Property and Write-Property are used for data sharing.


BACnet Flavours

The BACnet protocol consists of a number of data link/physical layers referred to as BACnet flavours. They include BACnet IP, BACnet MSTP, BACnet ARCNET, BACnet Ethernet, BACnet IPv6, BACnet PTP, and ZigBee.


Of these flavours, BACnet IP and BACnet MSTP are the most popular with BACnet Ethernet rapidly declining. The last few are relatively rare.


Chipkin provides solutions for all flavours of BACnet including Gateways, Routers, Data Clients, Software, and Stacks.

BACnet System Block Diagram

BACnet Tools

CAS BACnet Explorer

CAS BACnet Explorer is the perfect utility for testing, debugging and discovering BACnet® networks and devices. It is great for network diagnostics and discovering who is the problem. No more pointing fingers.


CAS BACnet Explorer performs the following functions within BACnet Networks:

  • Exploring/Discovering
  • Testing
  • Debugging
  • Monitoring

Buy the CAS BACnet Explorer

CAS BACnet Object Monitor

The CAS BACnet Object Monitor is a software designed to run on a Windows computer for testing a connection to a BACnet IP device, or to monitor a BACnet IP device.


Its simple to use and FREE! (No email required)


Download the BACnet Object Monitor FREE!!

BACnet Routers

The BACnet Router provides stand-alone routing between BACnet/IP, BACnet Ethernet and BACnet MS/TP.


BACnet utilizes the same protocol whether it is over RS-485 Serial, Ethernet or IP. In order to interconnect between the various levels a BACnet Router is required. The FieldServer BACnet Router can easily interconnect between BACnet MS/TP, BACnet Ethernet or BACnet/IP. Interested? Read More!

BACnet for Field Technicians (Free!)

Learning about BACnet? Want to update your BACnet knowledge? This free EBook will guide you through basic and advanced BACnet topics.


You can purchase a hardcopy of this book from Amazon or you can download the BACnet for Field Technicians for free from our website.

FREE CAS BACNET EXPLORER WITH THE PURCHASE OF A BACNET GATEWAY!

Purchase a FieldServer or CAS Gateway from us that contains any BACnet protocol and we will help you test and document the BACnet interface by providing a free full license to the CAS BACnet Explorer and a Hardcopy of the BACnet booklet.

The USB key and booklet ships with the FieldServer.

BACnet Ethernet
BACnet Arcnet

Gateway Selector

Select your combination of protocols.
Protocol 1
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