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PRODUCT RELEASE: DeviceMaster ® RTS 4-Port DB9 2E

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DM UP-RTS 4P DB9 2E Product Announcements Blog Post




DeviceMaster ® RTS 4-Port DB9 2E

The DeviceMaster RTS 4P2E is the 4-port model of Comtrol’s popular line of industrially-focused DIN-rail mount serial device servers.  Packaged in a compact, rugged housing, the RTS 4P2E model provides four serial ports via standard DB9 male connectors with the additional benefit of a two-port Ethernet switch to support a variety of network installations.  Featuring the same Linux and Windows certified drivers, SSL/SSH security, and intuitive configuration as the rest of the industry-leading DeviceMaster family, the small-form factor RTS 4P2E is the perfect serial expansion solution for panel builders, cabinet installations or any application where performance demands are high but space is at a premium.


  • Wide DC input voltage range (5-30 volts)
  • Redundant power input for fail-safe powerDeviceMaster RTS 4-Port DB9 2E
  • RS-232/422/485 software selectable interfaces
  • DB9 male serial connectors
  • PortVision DX
  • Screw terminal power connector
  • Dual Ethernet ports for daisy-chaining devices
  • 25KV surge protection for serial ports
  • Features DIN rail mounting
  • Wide operating temperature range (-40º to 75º C)
  • NEMA TS2 certified
  • SSL & SSH management, SSL serial data stream encryption
  • Wide input power range
  • IPv6 support
  • Real-time email event notification


Product Overview

The DeviceMaster RTS 4-Port DB9 2E serial device server can be used to network-enable two serial devices on any Ethernet network and is ideal for applications in: traffic and transportation, power utility, industrial automation, material handling and any project that requires serial-to-Ethernet communication with DIN rail-based equipment installations.
For more information or to request an evaluation unit, contact [email protected] or 763.957.6000

Access Control UL294/294B Regulations: Why Do They Matter?

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Access Control UL294 is the standard of safety for Access Control System units that all access control systems must meet. UL294B is a newer standard, specifically for the use of Power over Ethernet (PoE) components used within access control systems where PoE is the primary power source.

Government and state regulations are moving toward required access control UL294 compliance. Comtrol’s RocketLinx ACS7106 is the first UL294B certified switch enabling confidence in deployment and integration within access control systems. 

The ACS7106 switch features four 10/100BASE-TX PoE Plus ports for providing power and data to remote PDs (Powered Devices) such as access card readers and IP surveillance cameras, and two 10/100/1000BASE-TX uplink ports that assure maximum throughput for high bandwidth applications.

The official site for the UL Standards states that:

SCOPE (Access Control UL294)

1.1 These requirements apply to the construction, performance, and operation of systems intended to regulate or control:

a)    Entry into a protected area or a restricted area or

b)    Access to or the use of a device(s) by electrical, electronic or mechanical means.


Meeting Your Network Needs: Unmanaged vs. Managed Switches Explained

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The world is moving towards managed switches as complexity and demand increases. But what are the differences and how do you know which switch is going to be right for you?Unmanaged vs. Managed Switches Explained RocketLinx_group 3_left

Unmanaged Switches

An unmanaged switch reduces costs and simplifies the configuration process. On the other side, a managed switch is more intelligent, allows for new technology and application adjustments, as well as enabling better troubleshooting and most importantly increased security.

An unmanaged switch is less expensive at initial purchase. An unmanaged switch contains a fixed set of rules and will handle incoming data based on those rules. It’s important to note that the forwarding rules cannot be changed, which may increase downtime to discover and fix a problem. An unmanaged switch can simplify the configuration process or decrease the product cost in some of these areas; a less powerful processor, may contain less memory, fewer LEDs, fewer ports. Depending on your network needs those cost saving efforts can greatly benefit your company.

Managed Switches

The best feature of a managed switch is its configurability. When using a managed switch you are free to adjust the rules for your application at any time, this can be very useful in the Industrial Automation field and many others. The configurability can save costs and downtime when you are free to separate your networks.  The best way to benefit from this configurability would be to have an engineer in your company who understands the managed switch’s complexity. A managed switch offers other valuable resources such as; the support of VLANs, IGMP snooping, port mirroring, decreased downtime and increased security.

Comtrol offers a wide selection of industrial, enterprise, and hardened switches supporting 10/100/1000 Ethernet, fiber, and PoE applications.  The end decision of a managed switch or unmanaged switch will be determined by your unique network needs.

Comtrol at ITS Heartland

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Comtrol will be attending ITS Heartland on April 25 to the 27 in Des Moines, Iowa. Attendees will have an opportunity to network and share experiences across a wide variety of ITS disciplines.

Comtrol at ITS Heartland




Comtrol at ITS Heartland

The many different training and networking opportunities available through this event will provide participants with the tools necessary to effectively plan and deploy ITS technologies within their own jurisdictions. Register Today!

Contact Katya Lee at 763-957-6122 to learn more.

Join Comtrol at ISC West

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Comtrol at ISC West

Comtrol will be attending ISC West in Las Vegas on April 6-8. At ISC West you will have the chance to meet with technical reps from 1,000 exhibitors and brands in the security industry and network with over 28,000 security professionals.


Find out about new and future products and stay ahead of the competition. Encompassing everything from access control to Facial Recognition software you’re sure to find products and services that will benefit your company and clients. This year don’t miss our new IT Pavilion featuring the latest cyber security solutions.

Register Today!

Questions? Please contact Tom Baker at [email protected] or 763-957-6158

Visit us at the Profinet One-Day Training Class

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Profinet One-Day Training Class

We will be exhibiting at the Profinet One-Day Training Class on March 29, a free event that provides training on how to apply PROFINET in your own projects. Comtrol will be featuring our IO-Link Masters as well as our RocketLinx Switches and DeviceMaster UP Gateways.

This class is designed for:

  • End Users
  • OEMs
  • System Integrators
  • Manufacturers of automation devices

PROFINET is a standard, unmodified Ethernet protocol designed to support the latest automation strategies.

Event Date: March 29, 2016  

Greenville Marriott
One Parkway East
Greenville, SC 29615 USA

Sign-up for the One-Day Training Class

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Brandon Roy at [email protected] or 763.957.6127

Comtrol’s RocketPort EXPRESS Working in Audio and Video Live Feeds

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RocketPort EXPRESS

Comtrol’s RocketPort EXPRESS PCIe multi-port serial cards are the next generation of multi-port serial adapters, upgraded from previous PCI BUS technology.

RocketPort EXPRESS

At sporting and entertainment events instant audio and video updates are necessary. We need to know the score of the basketball game or how many personal fouls our favorite player had. Comtrol’s RocketPort EXPRESS multi-port serial cards help a leading scoreboard control company make that process easier.

They rely on our 4-port and 8-port RocketPort EXPRESS Cards to add additional serial ports to their servers. The RocketPort cards have the ability to be configured via the software drivers. This allows half of the ports on the cards to be set at RS-232 communications and the other half set at RS-422 communications. These settings allow for multiple uses within their product lines.

Sporting arenas are full of RS-232 communication needs that are used for connecting scoring controllers; these controllers that are typically built for static or amber light boards that are connected via a serial RS-232. Our customer receives a protocol from the manufacturers and implements the configuration into their software. Using the protocol they can read the data live from the signal and process it through the CG portion of their software thereby allowing the end-user to put any real-time scoring data on any LED/LCD screen of their choosing.

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To learn more about RocketPort EXPRESS, please contact [email protected]

Comtrol Exhibit at Profinet One-Day Training Class

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Profinet One-Day Training Class

We will be exhibiting on March 1, a free event that provides training on how to apply PROFINET in your own projects. Comtrol will be featuring our IO-Link Masters as well as our RocketLinx Switches and DeviceMaster UP Gateways.

This class is designed for:

  • End Users
  • OEMs
  • System Integrators
  • Manufacturers of automation devices

PROFINET is an industry technical standard, unmodified Ethernet protocol designed for collecting data from, and controlling, equipment in industrial systems to support the latest automation strategies. Learn more.

Event Date: March 1, 2016  

Fremont Marriott Silicon Valley

46100 Landing Pkwy Fremont, CA 94538 USA

Click here to Register now.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact Brandon Roy at [email protected] or 763.957.6127


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