SDI-12 Protocol Converters and Testers

Models 3600, 6543A, 6412A, 6411C, 6603U-FTDI, 6603W-FTDI

  • Overview

    Neon LoRa WAN SDI 12 Extender 3600
    The 3600 Neon LoRa WAN SDI 12 Extender is an extender device which utilises the LoRa communication system as its method of providing an SDI 12 extender function between SDI 12 field sensors and a Neon Remote Logger. The 3600 provides a bridge between two SDI 12 devices, emulating a standard wire connection between SDI 12 devices. Some of the other functions on the remote 3600 LoRa WAN SDI12 Extender are separately addressable, such as analogue inputs and counter inputs. The 3600 Neon LoRa WAN SDI 12 Extender is programmed in the factory to perform the SDI 12 bridge function.

    The 3600 is a useful accessory product to be used in any measurement station especially when the measuring instruments are located a few hundred metres away from the central Neon Remote Logger at the hub of the measurement station. Using this extender eliminates the need for long runs of wire, which may not be practical, especially in some river measurement stations. The system requires a pair of the 3600 Neon LoRa WAN SDI 12 Extenders to be used; the system does not work with only one of these units in isolation.

    Protocol Converter Model 6543A
    The model 6543A Protocol Converter converts Modbus to SDI-12 requests or converts HSIO data to Modbus data. This allows Unidata dataloggers and third-party SDI-12 sensors to be integrated into process control (PLC, SCADA) systems. Modbus data is in RTU format. Modbus communications are via RS232 or RS485.

    Modbus to SDI-12 Conversion:
    The model 6543A Protocol Converter acts as a Modbus slave on a Modbus RTU bus. On receipt of certain Modbus commands the Protocol Converter module initiates SDI-12 commands, awaits the response and returns the results as Modbus values. The data returned is selectable as either binary decimal values with a sign delimiter or an IEEE 32bit floating-point values.

    Modbus to HSIO Conversion:
    The 6543A Protocol Converter can also act as HSIO slave on the HSIO connection from a UNIDATA data logger or Starflow. On receipt of HSIO data the Protocol Converter module stores the HSIO data into memory. On receipt of certain Modbus commands, the Protocol Converter returns the requested memory values as Modbus values. The data returned is an exact representation of the HSIO value/s received.

    SDI-12 Tester Model 6412A
    SDI-12 Tester is a portable unit which simplifies the setup and fault finding of SDI-12 sensors in the field and on the laboratory bench. It allows sending a variety of commands enabling sensors to be configured and read. It also enables monitoring communications between a logger and sensors(s) on an SDI-12 bus.
    The unit has the following functions: monitor bus, query address, acknowledge active, change address, send identification, start the measurement, send data, send extended command and cyclical measure & send data.
    6412A SDI-12 tester has also been tested using the NR Systems SDI-12 verifier.

    To find SDI-12 communication protocol specifications please visit: SDI-12 Support Group or view Unidata white paper: SDI-12 Serial Digital Interface Standard

    SDI-12 Dual Listener Model 6411C
    This device assists with integration projects where you may wish to have both a Starlogger and a neon remote Terminal use the same SDI-12 bus.

    Normally two SDI-12 masters on the same bus will cause problems, but with this device a master logger can control all SDI-12 communications activity, but if that logger fails, the secondary logger for example, a Neon remote Terminal, can assume command of the SDI bus and can allow the operation of the system to continue in the event of failure.

    3600 Neon LoRa WAN SDI 12 Extender
    starlog dataloggers Interfaces protocol converter 6543A
    SDI-12 Test unit
    starlog dataloggers Interfaces SDI-12 listener 6411A-SDI

  • Specifications

    Neon LoRa WAN SDI 12 Extender 3600
    Operating Frequencies: LoRa WAN AU915, US915
    Material: Polycarbonate
    Size: L190mm x W80mm x H55mm Weight: 300g
    Operating temperature: -20° to +60°C. Not affected by humidity
    Power: 3.6 V Lithium D Cell
    Current Draw: 3 mA
    Antennae: External antenna
    Provides Instrument Power: 5V switched regulated, 150mA
    Interface: SDI 12 bus
    Analog channels: 3 Single-ended (0-2500mV) with 12-bit resolution addressable
    using a dedicated SDI 12 address
    Counters: 1 x 16 bit, potential-free contacts addressable using a dedicated SDI 12 address

    Protocol Converter Model 6543A
    Connections:
    RS232 D9 Socket;
    RS485 Terminal Block;
    DC Power Terminal Block
    Power Supply: 5 to 24 V DC @ 14mA-active
    Housing Size (LxWxD): 140 x 80 x 65mm
    Housing Type: Polycarbonate Enclosure – IP67
    Operating Temperature: 0˚C to 50˚C (32˚F to 122˚F)
    Storage Temperature: 10˚C to 60˚C (50˚F to 140˚F)
    Weight: 250g

    SDI-12 Tester Model 6412A
    Power Supply: PP3 9V Alkaline
    Housing Size (LxWxD): 170 x 80 x 30mm
    Housing Type: Fire retardant ABS Enclosure – IP61
    Operating Temperature: 5˚C to 55˚C (41˚F to 131˚F)
    Weight: 250g

  • Ordering Information

    Model Description
    3600B Neon LoRa WAN SDI 12 Extender 3600
    6543A Protocol Converter
    Modbus to SDI-12 requests OR converts HSIO data to Modbus data
    6412A SDI-12 Tester
    6411C SDI-12 Dual Listener
    Model Description
    6603D-SDI Starflow Comms and Power Cable Harness with SDI Option
    6603U-FTDI USB to Serial Interface Cable Harness
    6603W-FTDI Starflow QSD Programming Interface

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