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Brainboxes Remote IO Anytime anywhere control

Established in 1984, Brainboxes is one of the leading communication device developers and manufacturers in the World. With headquarters in Liverpool, UK, it has a team of highly qualified software and hardware designers, matched by a world-class in-house volume manufacturing facility and a global distribution chain.

Product List

Remote I/O : 

Ethernet to Serial

Industrial Ethernet Switches

USB to Serial

Signal conditionner

Laptop serial cards

Desktop & Server Serial Cards

Parallel Printer Port

IntaShield

Bluetooth Serial Adapters

Remote I/O : 

Brainboxes Remote IO devices are available as Digital IO, Relay, Analogue IO or Thermocouple, controlled over Ethernet using a range of protocols. In both industrial and commercial/light industrial form factors. The modules have a suite of software API’s available including for Visual Basic, C# and C++, which allows them to be controlled  and monitored over the local network or internet as a web relay or ethernet relay switch

Industrial :

 ED588 :Ethernet to 8 Digital Inputs and 8 Digital Outputs + RS485 Gateway:


     Lifetime Warranty Lifetime Support 

ED516 : Ethernet to 16 Digital Inputs + RS485 Gateway

ed 516 ethernet to 16 digital inputs
Lifetime WarrantyLifetime Support

  • 8 Digital Inputs, 8 Digital Outputs and an RS485 Gateway Port
  • Control any input or output from TTL to high voltage high current industrial devices
  • Factory floor process control and automation, Integrated DIN rail mount
  • Supports simple ASCII or industry standard Modbus TCP
  • -30°C to +80°C Temperature range
  • Software APIs for Visual Basic, C# and more
  • 16 Digital Inputs and a RS485 Gateway Port
  • Monitor any input from TTL to high voltage high current industrial devices
  • Factory floor process control and automation, Integrated DIN rail mount
  • Supports simple ASCII or industry standard Modbus TCP
  • -30°C to +80°C Temperature range
  • Software APIs for Visual Basic, C# and more
ED-588-datasheet (1.92 MB) ED-516-datasheet (1.72 MB)

ED527 : Ethernet to 16 Digital Outputs + RS485 Gateway

ed 527 ethernet to 16 digital outputsLifetime WarrantyLifetime Support

ED504: Ethernet to 4 Digital IO & RS232/422/485 Serial Port & Switch

ed 504 ethernet industrial 4 x dio rs232 422 485 switchLifetime WarrantyLifetime Support

  • 16 Digital Digital Outputs and a RS485 Gateway Port
  • Control any output from TTL to high voltage high current industrial devices
  • Factory floor process control and automation, Integrated DIN rail mount
  • Supports simple ASCII or industry standard Modbus TCP
  • -30°C to +80°C Temperature range
  • Software APIs for Visual Basic, C# and more
  • Integrated 3-in-1 solution saves time, space and money
  • Complete Ethernet to Serial Device Server
  • Factory floor process control and automation
  • Install Virtual Com ports in Windows, tunnel over ethernet between 2 devices, communicate over TCP/IP or use the Software APIs for Visual Basic, C# and more
  • -30°C to +80°C Temperature range
  • Integrated DIN rail mount
ED-527-datasheet (1.60 MB) ED-504-datasheet (2.03 MB)

ED538 :Ethernet to 4 Relays and 8 Digital Inputs + RS485 Gateway

ed 538 ethernet to 4 x relay 8 digital inputsLifetime WarrantyLifetime Support

ED549:Ethernet to 8 Analogue Inputs + RS485 Gateway

ed 549 ethernet 8 analogue inputLifetime WarrantyLifetime Support

  • 4 Form A Relays, 8 Digital Inputs and an RS485 Gateway Port
  • Easy-wire: Colour coded and numbered removable terminal blocks
  • Factory floor process control and automation, Integrated DIN rail mount
  • Supports simple ASCII or industry standard Modbus TCP
  • -30°C to +80°C Temperature range
  • Software APIs for Visual Basic, C# and more
  • 8 differential channels, individually configurable
  • 0-10V and 4-20mA inputs – connect all types of sensors
  • Factory floor process control and automation, Integrated DIN rail mount
  • Monitor instantly from any web-browser
  • -30°C to +80°C Temperature range
  • Programmable Gain Amp allows full resolution measurements down to 75mV
ED-538-datasheet (2.01 MB) ED-549-datasheet (1.80 MB)

ED560:Ethernet to 4 Analogue Outputs + RS485 Gateway

ed 560 ethernet 4 analogue outputLifetime WarrantyLifetime Support

  • 4 Analogue Outputs – individually selectable as Current or Voltage
  • Precision 0-10V and 4-20mA outputs
  • Control instantly from any web-browser
  • -30°C to +80°C Operating Temperature range
  • Use with Modbus or ASCII commands
 ED-560-datasheet (1.57 MB)

Commercial :

ED-008 : Ethernet to 8 Digital IO Lines :ed 008 ethernet to 8 digital io portsLifetime Warranty Lifetime Support 

ED004:Ethernet to 4 Digital IO and RS232 Serial Port:ed 004 ethernet to 4 dio ethernet to rs232Lifetime WarrantyLifetime Support

  • 8 Digital Inputs/Outputs
  • Factory floor process control and automation
  • User friendly software interface, Legacy compatible
  • 0°C to +60°C Temperature range, Wall mountable
  • Software APIs for Visual Basic, C# and more
  • 4 Digital Inputs/Outputs + RS232 Serial Port
  • Complete Ethernet to Serial Device Server: up to 1 MegaBaud
  • Factory floor process control and automation
  • User friendly software interface, Legacy compatible
  • 0°C to +60°C Temperature range, Wall mountable
  • Software APIs for Visual Basic, C# and more
ED-008-datasheet (1.76 MB) ED-004-datasheet (1.80 MB)
  ED204: Ethernet to 4 Digital IO and RS232 Serial Port with Ethernet Switch
ed 204 ethernet 4 dio rs232 switchLifetime WarrantyLifetime Support
  ED-038: Ethernet to 3 Relay + 3 Digital In
ed 038 ethernet to 3 x relay 3 digital inputs
Lifetime WarrantyLifetime Support
  • 4 Digital Inputs/Outputs + RS232 Serial Port + Ethernet Switch
  • Complete Ethernet to Serial Device Server: up to 1 MegaBaud
  • Factory floor process control and automation
  • User friendly software interface
  • 0°C to +60°C Temperature range
  • DIN rail & Wall mountable
  • 3 Form A Relays and 3 Digital Inputs
  • Relays: 5A @ 30 VDC, 5A @ 250VAC, 5 A @ 110VAC
  • Factory floor process control and automation
  • User friendly software interface, Legacy compatible
  • 0°C to +60°C Temperature range, Wall mountable
  • Software APIs for Visual Basic, C# and more
 ED-204-datasheet (1.88 MB)  ED-038-datasheet (1.54 MB)

Ethernet to Serial:

Send RS232 or RS422/485 serial data over the network

  • Allows communication between a serial enabled device and a computer anywhere on the local network, or anywhere in the world (using the internet)
  • No network expertise required, simply plug your device into the Brainboxes Ethernet to Serial device, then plug that into your network
  • A web interface allows secure configuration and control of the serial ports over a local network or the internet using any browser.
  • Windows users: our in-house designed driver gives you local COM ports, retaining existing software applications and allowing you to connect across your network to remote devices just as if they were attached locally.

    PoE

    Desktop and Laboratory E2S

    Industrial E2S

    ES-246 4 and 8 port Ethernet to serial Servers 1 and 2 port ethernet to serial devices with screw terminals ES-511

    Power Over Ethernet

    • Power from any PoE Switch/Injector
    • IP30 rated Case
    • Wall Mounting
    • Optional DIN rail

    1 & 2 Port DB9

    • Light Weight
    • Wall Mounting
    • Optional DIN rail mounting
    • Small Format

    4 & 8 Port DB9

    • IP30 rated Case
    • Optional Wall Mounting
    • Optional DIN rail mounting
    • LED status indicator

    1 & 2 Port Terminal Block

    • IP30 rated Case
    • Wall Mounting
    • Optional DIN rail mounting

    1 & 2 Port Terminal Block

    • RS232/422/485
    • Slim DIN rail designed
    • Industrial Operating Temperature
    • Wide Input Power
    • Galvanic Isolation
    Power Over Ethernet to Serial 1 & 2 Port DB9 4 & 8 Port DB9 1 & 2 Port Terminal Block 1 & 2 Port Screw Terminal

Simple Installation

Customer feedback tells us Brainboxes set up process is extremely simple – set and forget

  1. Connect serial port to device
  2. Plug in network cable and power
  3. Install software on windows machine
  4. There’s Automatic discovery of devices on network
  5. Connect to serial port, use as normal com port in application

Software

Network Protocols

Our Ethernet to serial devices support the following network protocols:

ICMP, IP, TCP, DHCP, BOOTP, Telnet, HTTP, RFC2217

TCP/IP Socket

You can access the device via TCP/IP sockets from any networked device. On Windows OS TCP/IP sockets are handled by the Winsock API, this will differ on other OSes.

Web Based Configuration Software

Our Ethernet to Serial Adapters allow secure configuration from a web browser. The brainboxes network to serial convertor can be configured in the following ways:

  • invisible on the network
  • visible to all on the network
  • block connections from all devices except those specified using MAC address filtering
  • allow connections from any device

Windows Software

On Windows systems we provide drivers for the serial ethernet adapter, which allows you to run software which expects to communicate over a local COM port. The software works as if the serial device is connected directly through RS232 or RS422/485 however the brainboxes driver converts serial connection over networks; either local (LAN) or from across the world. Can install on any COM Port from COM1 to COM255 and remembers your COM Port assignment on reboot.

All brainboxes software is developed and maintained in-house. Brainboxes software has been proven to work where other manufacturers software fails. Have a specific requirement? please get in touch.

 News :

SW-005 SW-504 SW-505 SW-508 SW-608
SW-005 - 5 Port Unmanaged Ethernet Switch Wall Mountable SW-504 - Industrial Ethernet 4 Port Switch DIN Rail Mountable SW-505 - Industrial Compact Ethernet 5 Port Switch DIN Rail Mountable SW-508 - Industrial Ethernet 8 Port Switch DIN Rail Mountable SW-608 - Hardened Industrial Ethernet 8 Port Switch DIN Rail Mountable
5 Port Unmanaged Ethernet Switch Wall Mountable Industrial Ethernet 4 Port Switch DIN Rail Mountable Industrial Compact Ethernet 5 Port Switch DIN Rail Mountable Industrial Ethernet 8 Port Switch DIN Rail Mountable Hardened Industrial Ethernet 8 Port Switch DIN Rail Mountable
Ethernet Ports
5
Ethernet Speed
10/100 Fast Ethernet
Ethernet Ports
4
Ethernet Speed
10/100 Fast Ethernet
Ethernet Ports
5
Ethernet Speed
10/100 Fast Ethernet
Ethernet Ports
8
Ethernet Speed
10/100 Fast Ethernet
Ethernet Ports
8
Ethernet Speed
10/100 Fast Ethernet
                   

Brainboxes unmanaged industrial ethernet switches can be DIN rail mounted or wall mounted.

Industrial Ethernet Switch Features

industrial ethernet switch features
  • Operating Temperature range -40°C to +80°C
  • Redundant dual power inputs: +5V to +30V DC
  • Integrated DIN Rail Mount with ground connection
  • Power status LED
  • Status and Link LEDs for each RJ45 Magnetic Jack Ethernet Socket

Brainboxes USB to Serial converter adapters come in 1, 2, 4 and 8 ports as RS232 or RS422/485.

Brainboxes USB to Serial Range 1,2,4,8 Ports RS232 and RS422/485
  • Baud rates from 110 to 921,600
  • Simple installation
  • Works where many USB to serial converters do not
  • Brainboxes proven software drivers, enable the serial port to behave just like a real COM port attached to the PC motherboard
  • Robust software for excellent application compatibility
  • Brainboxes Lifetime Warranty and Support

Products in Range

Protocol\Ports 1 Port 2 Ports 4 Ports 8 Ports

RS232

US-101 - 1 Port RS232 USB to Serial Adapter

US-101

US-235 - Tough Compact 1 Port RS232 USB to Serial Adapter

Industrial US-235

Ultra 1 Port RS232 Isolated USB to Serial Adapter

Industrial
Isolated US-159

US-257 - 2 Port RS232 USB to Serial Adapter

US-257

US-701 - 4 Port RS232 USB to Serial Server

US-701

US-279 - 8 Port RS232 USB to Serial Adapter

US-279

RS422/485

US-324 - 1 Port RS422/485 USB to Serial Adapter

US-324

US-320 - Tough Compact 1 Port RS422/485 USB to Serial Adapter

Industrial US-320

US-313 - 2 Port RS422/485 USB to Serial Adapter

US-313

US-346 - 4 Port RS422/485 USB to Serial Server

US-346

US-842 - 8 Port RS422/485 USB to Serial Adapter

US-842

Range Description

USB is a widely accepted PC user interface standard. This range has been designed to be stylish enough for desktop environments and rugged enough to withstand the industrial market environments. The proven, robust and reliable Boost software ensures these devices have the functionality and performance for even demanding applications.

Being hot plugable and plug & play devices makes USB a very attractive way to add serial connectivity to your platform.

USB is the worlds most popular interconnection standard with over 3Billion devices shipped last year. The plug & play USB experience is one of the reasons USB has stormed the world. In a laboratory or industrial setting many people want the USB connectivity convenience but also want high reliability devices and connections.

At Brainboxes we designed ranges of both mobile Laboratory devices and Industrial metal cased products to be extremely robust even in hard hat environments. Brainboxes Boost software provides an excellent User Interface with state of the art compatibility and data integrity.

Rugged Enclosures

IP30 rated rugged metal housing, means that the brainboxes usb serial device can operate in industrial environments

IP-30 rated rugged, high strength, metal case protects the device in any environment from industrial to office based.

IP (International Protection Rating) Code specifies that objects greater than 2.5mm in diameter cannot penetrate the case, this means that the hardened metal case provides a safety barrier from objects (such as tools and wires) interfering with the internal circuitry.

DIN rail and Wall mountable

DIN rails and wall mountable

DIN Rail and Wall mountable

Optional DIN Rails

The DIN rails are an optional accessory. This allows the device to be mounted in a Server rack or any DIN rail fitted equipment rack. The DIN rails conform to IEC International Standard 60715 and European Standard EN 50022.

Integrated Wall Mount

All brainboxes serial to usb adapters have integrated wall mount points which are located on either side of the device (also known as Ears). Screws on nails can be used to attached the device through the wall point ears to a wall, table or any firm flat surface.

High Retention USB

High Retention USB cable and screw fit power supply

High Retention USB socket (all models) and screw fit power supply (only 8 port models and 4 port RS422/485 require power)

Brainboxes USB to serial range includes high Retention USB socket (all industrial models) and screw fit power supply (only 8 port models and 4 port RS422/485 require power)