Fabnet is a multi-drop network, meaning that multiple modules (a.k.a. nodes) share a single set of communication wires. Signalling is differential based on the RS-485 specification. Each node is assigned a four-byte IP address which uniquely identifies it over the network. Besides communication, Fabnet provides power at two voltages: high voltage (12V - 24V) is intended to drive motors, lamps and actuators, while low voltage (7.5V) supplies power to the logic circuits of the nodes.
Establishing connectivity between nodes and a computer, and providing proper power, requires several components: high and low voltage power supplies, a USB-RS485 converter cable, and an adaptor board (076-000A) with bias resistors.
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