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Data Storage, External

Several types of data storage devices are available from Campbell Scientific. Data storage devices can be used for redundant data storage, additional data storage, or...

Direct Communication

Direct Communication is our term for the process in which a datalogger communicates directly with a computer port.

Internet and IP Networks

Our Ethernet options allow Campbell Scientific dataloggers to communicate with a computer using TCP/IP. The local network or dedicated Internet connection can also be accessed...

Field Displays

In most applications, data and communications interactions with the datalogger are displayed and monitored on a base station computer running one of our datalogger support...

Multidrop

A multidrop network allows many dataloggers to be interrogated via a single cable. Individual multidrop modems are assigned unique addresses.

Radio

Spread spectrum, UHF, VHF, or ELOS radio frequencies can be used to retrieve data from monitoring sites. We offer radios in the 900 MHz, 2.4...

Satellite

Campbell Scientific supports satellite telemetry through the Iridium, GOES, Argos, and Meteosat systems. Satellite telemetry may also be possible using other satellite systems; contact the...

Short Haul

Short haul modems provide local communication between the datalogger and a computer with an RS-232 serial port. The modem transmits data up to 6.5 miles...

Telephone

Telephone communications offered by Campbell Scientific are digital cellular modems, rugged landline modems for field use, and voice modems. Voice modems allow you to access...

Communication Peripherals

Some of our communication devices require a peripheral to complete the connection. Devices that require a communication peripheral include cellular modems, short-haul modems, and fiber...

Data Cables

Data cables physically connect two devices together to allow data to flow between the two devices. They may be used to connect a datalogger to...

FAQs

What are the available onsite data retrieval options?

We offer storage modules, displays, and PDA options. In addition, a datalogger can be connected to a PC or laptop computer. Review the "Data Storage & Retrieval Peripherals" brochure for more information. 

If a computer does not have a serial port, how can the SC32B be used to connect to the datalogger?

There are several options:

  1. Use the SC-USB connector/interface instead of the SC32B.
  2. Use the SC32B with a pn 17394USB-to-9-Pin Male RS-232 Cable.
  3. Use a user-supplied USB interface with the SC32B.

If the datalogger being used has an RS-232 port, only a serial cable is needed. It is not necessary to use the SC32B unless there is another device connected to the RS-232 port or there are concerns about low-level noise from a permanently connected, ac-powered computer.

What is needed to connect a modem to a datalogger?

Most third-party modems require a null modem cable, SC105, SC110 cable, or SC932A to interface with a datalogger.  Many modems manufactured by Campbell Scientific can connect directly to a datalogger’s CS I/O port using an SC12 or serial cable.

What is a server?

In its simplest form, a server hears requests and delivers answers. In the case of RTMC Web Server, it hears requests from PCs, and it delivers files using Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), the language of the Internet.

Do Campbell Scientific dataloggers directly support the BACnet communications protocol?

Campbell Scientific dataloggers do not directly support BACnet, but an industrial protocol converter can be used to add a datalogger to a new or existing BACnet network. The protocol converter sits between the datalogger and the network, and it converts BACnet requests to a protocol supported by the datalogger, such as Modbus, DNP3, SNMP, or others.

For more information about BACnet, see the “BACnet to Modbus/Modbus to BACnet Protocol Conversion” application note.

Do Campbell Scientific dataloggers directly support the Profibus communications protocol?

Campbell Scientific dataloggers do not directly support Profibus, but an industrial protocol converter can be used to add a datalogger to a new or existing Profibus network. The protocol converter sits between the datalogger and the network, and it converts Profibus requests to a protocol supported by the datalogger, such as Modbus, DNP3, SNMP, or others.

Do Campbell Scientific dataloggers directly support the LonWorks communications protocol?

Campbell Scientific dataloggers do not directly support LonWorks, but an industrial protocol converter can be used to add a datalogger to a new or existing LonWorks network. The protocol converter sits between the datalogger and the network, and it converts LonWorks requests to a protocol supported by the datalogger, such as Modbus, DNP3, SNMP, or others.

Your price list mentions to contact CSI for assistance on antennas. Who should I contact?

Contact us via phone (780-454-2505) or email (datalogger@campbellsci.ca) and we will forward your questions to an applications engineer that can help you choose the best antenna for your system. You will need to provide information about your measurement system, such as datalogger, power supply, and telemetry preferences. Depending on the system, you will be asked about the distance between measurement stations, type of topography, location of each station, or to provide maps of the measurement area.

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About Communications

Campbell Scientific offers a full range of communication devices. On-site peripherals include external data storage devices, laptop or desktop computers, and displays.

Telemetry peripherals support communications between the datalogger and one or more computers. These peripherals allow the user to access remotely the datalogger's real-time data, stored data, and programming. Examples include short haul, multidrop, telephone, radio, and satellite modems.

Combinations of on-site and telemetry devices can be used in the same application for maximum flexibility, convenience, and reliability.

Click below for an overview that includes a telemetry comparison chart and compatibility charts:

Data Storage and Retrieval Peripheral Overview

FAQs for

What are the available onsite data retrieval options?

We offer storage modules, displays, and PDA options. In addition, a datalogger can be connected to a PC or laptop computer. Review the "Data Storage & Retrieval Peripherals" brochure for more information. 

If a computer does not have a serial port, how can the SC32B be used to connect to the datalogger?

There are several options:

  1. Use the SC-USB connector/interface instead of the SC32B.
  2. Use the SC32B with a pn 17394USB-to-9-Pin Male RS-232 Cable.
  3. Use a user-supplied USB interface with the SC32B.

If the datalogger being used has an RS-232 port, only a serial cable is needed. It is not necessary to use the SC32B unless there is another device connected to the RS-232 port or there are concerns about low-level noise from a permanently connected, ac-powered computer.

What is needed to connect a modem to a datalogger?

Most third-party modems require a null modem cable, SC105, SC110 cable, or SC932A to interface with a datalogger.  Many modems manufactured by Campbell Scientific can connect directly to a datalogger’s CS I/O port using an SC12 or serial cable.

What is a server?

In its simplest form, a server hears requests and delivers answers. In the case of RTMC Web Server, it hears requests from PCs, and it delivers files using Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP), the language of the Internet.

Do Campbell Scientific dataloggers directly support the BACnet communications protocol?

Campbell Scientific dataloggers do not directly support BACnet, but an industrial protocol converter can be used to add a datalogger to a new or existing BACnet network. The protocol converter sits between the datalogger and the network, and it converts BACnet requests to a protocol supported by the datalogger, such as Modbus, DNP3, SNMP, or others.

For more information about BACnet, see the “BACnet to Modbus/Modbus to BACnet Protocol Conversion” application note.

Do Campbell Scientific dataloggers directly support the Profibus communications protocol?

Campbell Scientific dataloggers do not directly support Profibus, but an industrial protocol converter can be used to add a datalogger to a new or existing Profibus network. The protocol converter sits between the datalogger and the network, and it converts Profibus requests to a protocol supported by the datalogger, such as Modbus, DNP3, SNMP, or others.

Do Campbell Scientific dataloggers directly support the LonWorks communications protocol?

Campbell Scientific dataloggers do not directly support LonWorks, but an industrial protocol converter can be used to add a datalogger to a new or existing LonWorks network. The protocol converter sits between the datalogger and the network, and it converts LonWorks requests to a protocol supported by the datalogger, such as Modbus, DNP3, SNMP, or others.

Your price list mentions to contact CSI for assistance on antennas. Who should I contact?

Contact us via phone (780-454-2505) or email (datalogger@campbellsci.ca) and we will forward your questions to an applications engineer that can help you choose the best antenna for your system. You will need to provide information about your measurement system, such as datalogger, power supply, and telemetry preferences. Depending on the system, you will be asked about the distance between measurement stations, type of topography, location of each station, or to provide maps of the measurement area.

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