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The CoBox-FL-IAP Device Server allows almost any serial device to be connected to a new or existing Ethernet network. Featuring a 10Base-FL fiber optic interface, it is ideal for applications that require long cable runs, EMI/RFI immunity and the inherent electrical isolation that optical fiber offers.

The CoBox-FL-IAP is a member of the new IAP (Industrial Automation Platform) family of products, which are loadable with various Industrial Communications Protocols from the supplied APS (Automation Protocols Suite) CD. The user simply chooses the appropriate protocol that his application requires and loads that into any of the -IAP family Device Servers. Continuous addition of more Industrial Communication Protocols to the APS CD will expand the number of applications where the -IAP family of products can be used.

By encapsulating serial data and transporting it over Ethernet, the CoBox-FL-IAP allows virtual serial links to be established over Ethernet. By using this unit, limited distance, point-to-point, direct serial connections can now be extended within the plant, throughout the facility or across the global enterprise.

When used in conjunction with an OPC server, most Windows® based HMI, SCADA and PC-based control applications have full access to information in the connected device.

Existing COM-port based Windows® applications can access network-enabled devices using DeviceComm Manager. This allows the creation of virtual serial ports, which can be mapped to remote Device Servers over Ethernet.

Installable communication drivers allow specific support for most industrial communication protocols. With native support for these protocols, devices that previously allowed only one connection can now support multiple connections simultaneously.

Flexible configuration options allow the unit to be setup locally using the serial port, or remotely over Ethernet using telnet or a common web browser.

Included Windows® based configuration software simplifies the process of installing communication drivers and in configuring them for use with attached devices. Flash memory provides for maintenance-free non-volatile storage, and allows future system upgrades.

Remotely configure, program, monitor and manage: PLCs, AC/DC Drives, Process Controls, Power Monitoring Equipment, Barcode Scanners, and other factory floor serial devices
Choose from many supplied Industrial Communications Protocols or the Standard Serial Protocol Tunneling on the APS CD
Connect enterprise (ERP, MES) systems to factory floor devices without disturbing existing control networks
Dual serial ports support RS-232 (DB-9) and RS-232, RS-422/485 (DB-25) at rates up to 115,200 bps
10Base-T Ethernet (RJ45) and 10Base-FL (ST multi-mode fiber) Ethernet interfaces
Universal 100 to 240 VAC power adapter included

Serial Interface
(Port 1)
Interface: RS-232, RS-422 or RS-485
Connector: DB25, DCE configuration
Data Rates: 300 to 115,200 bps
Characters: 7 or 8 data bits
Parity: odd, even, none
Stop Bits: 1
Flow Control: XON/XOFF, RTS/CTS
Control Signals: RTS, CTS, DSR, DCD, DTR
Installable serial protocols
Serial Interface
(Port 2)
Interface: RS-232
Connector: DB9, DTE configuration
Data Rates: 300 to 115,200 bps
Characters: 7 or 8 data bits
Parity: odd, even, none
Stop Bits: 1
Flow Control: XON/XOFF, RTS/CTS
Control Signals: RTS, CTS, DCD, DTR
Installable serial protocols
Network Interface Standards: ARP, UDP/IP, TCP/IP, ICMP, SNMP, BOOTP, DHCP, TFTP, Telnet and HTTP
Interface: 10Base-T Ethernet (RJ45) or 10Base-FL multi-mode fiber (ST)
Installable application layer protocols
Indicators Transmit data (yellow), Receive data (yellow), Good link (green), Collision (red), Status-Port 1 (green), Status-Port 2 (yellow), Fault indicator (red)
Management SNMP, serial, telnet and HTTP (web browser)
Power Input: 9 to 30 VDC, 9 W maximum, Universal 100 to 240 VAC, 50/60 Hz power adapter included
Environmental Operating: 5° to 50°C (41° to 122°F)
Storage: -40° to 66°C (-40° to 151°F)
Unit Packaging Mounting: Flange
Material: Metal case
Physical Dimensions
(H x W x D)
40 x 155 x 183 mm
(1.57 x 6.1 x 7.2 in)
Weight: 0.5 kg (1.1 lbs)
Shipping Dimensions
(H x W x D)
70 x 336.6 x 171.5 mm
(2.75 x 13.25 x 6.75 in)
Weight: 1.315 kg (2.9 lbs)
Agency Approvals CE, FCC B, C/UL
Warranty 1-year limited warranty - as of August 1st, 2003
Software Included Windows® 95/98/ME/NT/2000 based configuration software simplifies initial setup

Part Number Description
CoBox-FL-IAP Device server, 1 DB25 (RS-232, RS-422/485) serial port, 1 DB9 (RS-232), ST fiber (10Base-FL) and 10Base-T network ports, diagnostic LEDs, APS CD-ROM with configuration tools, installable communication drivers and installation guide.
Datasheet (PDF)
Automation Protocol Suite Datasheet (PDF)
Quick Start Guide (PDF)
Installation Guide (PDF)
APS: Installing Protocols (PDF)
APS: DF1 Protocol Configuration (PDF)
APS: Multi-Master DF1 Reference Manual (PDF)
APS: Modbus Protocol Configuration (PDF)
APS: Modbus Protocol Reference Manual (PDF)
APS: Standard Tunneling Configuration (PDF)
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