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. It is currently the most popular protocol use in Building Automation systems (BAS).
The BACnet standard defines a way to communicate over a number of wires such as Ethernet, EIA-485, EIA-232, ARCNET, and LonTalk as well as UDP, IP and HTTP (Web Services). Protocols Supported include BACnet MSTP, IP and Ethernet.
BACnet was designed to allow communication of building automation and control systems for applications such as heating, ventilating, air-conditioning control (HVAC), lighting control, access control, 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.
The BACnet protocol consists of a number of data link/physical layers referred to as BACnet flavors. They include BACnet IP, BACnet MSTP, BACnet ARCNET, BACnet Ethernet, BACnet IPv6, BACnet PTP, and ZigBee.
Of these flavors, BACnet IP and BACnet MSTP are the most popular with BACnet Ethernet rapidly declining. The last few are relatively rare.
Chipkin provides solutions for most flavors of BACnet and can develop the rest. Products include Gateways, Routers, Data Clients, Software, and Stacks.
Below is a list of protocol converter hardware that support the BACnet Protocol:
The Chipkin BACnet Gateway is a protocol converter that converts data from BACnet and makes it available to devices that support a different protocol e.g. BACnet IP to Modsbus RTU, Veeder Root, HTTP etc.
Chipkin provides both Hardware versions and soft versions of our Gateways. Our software Gateways runs on any compatible version of windows. This means you can select your own computers of any format to run them on or you can run them on a server.
Chipkin provides solutions, not boxes. We work with our clients to ensure the solution to their problems is customized to their needs. Interested? Read More!
QuickServer (FS-QS- 1XXX) is a family of high-performance, fully configurable, and cost-effective building and industrial automation protocol gateways for integrators to easily interface devices to networks in commercial buildings, campuses, and industrial facilities. There are four standard models that come in basic (250 points) or enhanced (500 points) and can connect to serial (RS485 and RS232), Ethernet, and/or LonWorks.
Chipkin has the capabilities to add additional protocols to the QuickServers not supported by the original manufacturer. Interested? Read More!
The FieldServer Multiport Protocol Gateway (FS-B35XX) is an extremely flexible tool for integrators looking to connect devices to the cloud and on different physical networks, using different links, and speaking different protocols.
With support for 1,000 points (upgradable to 10,000), the Multiport Gateway can easily handle multiple protocol drivers and multiple translations simultaneously with no slowdown in performance. The product includes four serial connections (two RS-232, two RS-485), two 10/100 Ethernet ports, and a LonWorks (Free Topology - FT) port. Interested? Read More!
The EZ Gateways is an easy-to- use, high-performance, building and industrial automation protocol gateway for system integrators to be used in commercial buildings, campuses or industrial facilities.
The EZ Gateway provides quick multiprotocol deployment of field protocols to enable integrators to commission the gateway with ease.
BACnet System Block Diagram
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:
The CAS BACnet Wireshark Storm application is a tool to help test BACnet server applications with problematic BACnet UDP messages. The tool loads a Wireshark PCap log file and resends the UDP messages to a destination IP address. The BACnet server at the destination IP address will then process the incoming UDP message and attempt to respond to them as if they were coming from an actual BACnet client.
The Chipkin BACnet Wireshark Report Tool is a tool to help debug problematic device installations on sites with BACnet networks. The tool decodes the captured BACnet messages from a Wireshark PCap log file into their XML representations and outputs a comprehensive report containing important information and statistics. The outputted report and xml files provide the user with an informed understanding of their network so that they can easily locate and debug problematic devices.
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.
Learning about BACnet? Want to update your BACnet knowledge? This free EBook will guide you through basic and advanced BACnet topics.
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.