Simplex 4100 Integration: Gateways, Services, Resources

Intro to Simplex 4100 Computer Port Protocol

SimplexGrinnell, a subsidiary of Tyco International, is a company specialized in active fire protection systems, communication systems and testing, inspection and maintenance services. In 2016, Johnson Controls and Tyco completed a Merger and subsequently, JCI announced that the SimplexGrinner Brank will transition to JCI. JCI Will continue to sell Simplex Fire and Security Products under the Simplex brand name.

The Simplex 4100 protocol driver, aka FS-8700-41 Simplex Time Recorder Company 4100 Computer Port Protocol 8700-41, has been tested with most of the SimplexGrinnell product line and we believe that it is compatible with all, but testing is still required for some. See below for the list.

  • 4020, 4100 and 4100U: Currently out of production.
  • 4100ES: A large addressable, modular, and network-capable control panel intended for large to campus-size applications.
  • 4010ES: A 250-point addressable control panel with the new features, networking, and design of the 4100ES intended for medium-size applications.
  • 4007ES: A control panel with a 4.3" touchscreen available in a single-SLC addressable configuration, or a single-SLC hybrid system with 4 conventional zones intended for small to medium-size applications.
  • 4006: A conventional panel expandable to 10 zones and intended for small applications.
  • 4003EC: A small voice panel for emergency communications or mass notification.
  • 4004R: A conventional, two-hazard suppression release panel.

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The Simplex Time Recorder Company - 4100 Computer Port Protocol driver allows the FieldServer to transfer data to and from devices over RS-232 using Simplex Time Recorder Company - 4100 Computer Port Protocol.

QuickServer for Simplex 4100

The Simplex 4100 QuickServer (QS) is a high-performance, fully configurable, and cost-effective protocol gateway for integrating any SimplexGrinnell System.

The Gateway comes enhanced (500 points) and connects to RS232 ports. Chipkin knows this protocol to source code level – get expert support (Level 1,2) and configuration from day 1.

Simplex 4100 FieldServer gateways are available for over 150+ different protocol conversions. Take a look at our complete list. Or, please Contact Us for a free consultation or quote.

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Dual-Ethernet Port QuickServer for Simplex 4100

The Dual Ethernet Port QuickServer is the premium secure QuickServer for those needing the best and most secure networks. Besides being capable of handling everything that the classic QuickServer and the QuickServer can handle, it also contains 2 Ethernet ports, can convert up to 10,000 points and has a lot of new security features. It supports 1 RS-485/RS232 Port, 1 RS485 Port, and two Ethernet ports.

With two Ethernet ports, the dual-port QuickServer allows data to move seamlessly across disparate subnets allowing seamless integration with maximum security.

Multiport Gateway for Simplex 4100

The FS-B3510 is one of the FS-X30 Series FieldServers designed to meet the needs of any system integrator.

The FS-B30 Series brings together the powerful FieldServer driver library with state-of-the-art gateway design. It supports 1,000 points which can be updrageded to 10,000 points allowing it to easily handle just about anything with no slowdown in performance.

Chipkin provides Simplex 4100 gateways for a wide number of conversions. For a list, please click here. Or, Please Contact Us for a free consultation.

Multiport Gateway

Simplex 4100 Block Diagram

Simplex 4100 Block Diagram

List of Simplex 4100 Gateways (Protocol Converters)

Description of the Simplex 4100 Driver

The FieldServer provides a generic MIB (Management Information Base) file that sets out the OID (Object Identifiers) structure. The FieldServer Enterprise ID is 6347. A selection of standard MIB-2 OID’s are supported to allow interaction with popular Network Management packages.

This driver is designed to connect to a Simplex 4100 panel equipped to support the “4100 Computer Port Protocol” as defined in Simplex’s document 950-004 Revision E dated 28 July 2000. The implementation provides a selected subset of protocol functions and subset of functionality for each of these selected functions. It is important to note the exclusions and limitations described in this document.

The driver is capable of parsing and storing information sent by a panel in the form of unsolicited messages which are typically generated when there is a state change in the panel or one of the connected devices. The driver is also capable of polling for point and panel status data and some additional data such as the panel’s time and revision information. In addition, the driver is capable of setting some control points in the panel – acknowledging and resetting alarms and writing data (where permitted) to some analog and discrete points.

When configured as a Client, the FieldServer can read objects from the Server using Get, GetNext (walk) or GetBulk commands. The GetBulk command is very useful to transfer large amounts of data. The FieldServer can update objects in Agent using the Set command.

This is a client only driver and is not capable of emulating a Simplex Panel. Server emulation is provided for test purposes only and is not supported or documented.

BACnet for Field Technicians (Free!)

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

BACnet for Field Technicians

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 product.

Thanks for choosing Chipkin’s protocol gateways, data clients, and integration services to meet your building and industrial automation requirements!

Chipkin™ is a building and industrial automation protocol expert. We develop, configure, install and support gateways (protocol converters), data loggers and remote monitor and controlling applications. Founded in October 2000, Chipkin provides expert solutions for converting BACnet®, Modbus®, and LonWorks®—to name just a few—and enabling interfaces for HVAC, fire, siren, intercom, lighting, transportation and fuel systems. The high-quality products we offer (including those from other vendors) interface with Simplex™, Notifier™, McQuay™, GE™ and many others—so you can rest assured that we will select the most appropriate solution for your application.

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