Why use the BACnet protocol?

Pros and cons of the BACnet protocol and why you should use it
The benefits of using the BACnet protocol on your smart building network

We actually wrote a whole whitepaper on why you should use BACnet, interviewing thought leaders and technicians throughout the industry. To give you the coles notes, though, here are a few pros and cons of BACnet.

Pros: BACnet’s open and widely adopted, making it easier to integrate devices and work with many different vendors. Using BACnet Web Services, it’s possible to achieve a single pane of glass solution and manage many disparate systems in one place. You can expect better out of your vendors, because they aren’t locked in for the lifetime of a building. BACnet’s open nature has led to more partnerships between manufacturers, which leads to greater innovation in the industry. BACnet — and especially BACnet IP — is really an infrastructure that you can build on, now and into the future.

Cons: There are some issues with maintenance and management. BACnet IP can be quite chatty if you don’t configure all your broadcasts and BBMDs properly. BACnet MS/TP’s wiring is a particular frustration for technicians, when wires come loose or aren’t properly terminated. The Internet of Things is presenting new opportunities and challenges as well, with so many  data-generating devices being added to the network. Managing vendors can be a huge challenge, as you juggle devices from different manufacturers. The devices might speak the same language, but that doesn’t mean they work well together; and finger-pointing can be a significant obstacle to getting work done. We’ve also heard criticisms that BACnet doesn’t develop quickly enough for this new world of the Building Internet of Things (BIoT).  

Overall though, BACnet is the strongest, most robust option for managing all our different building automation systems.

Recent Blog Posts

What defines a BACnet network?

BACnet Web Services is a standardized system that helps facilities managers integrate different types of information to understand their building and network.

April 3, 2019, Vancouver, BC – The latest release from Optigo Networks helps facility managers understand their building network’s health at the site, zone, and capture node levels.

We’re excited to announce the launch of our new Visual BACnet Site Manager! On April 25th, we’re releasing the latest update to Visual BACnet Site Monitoring.

We actually wrote a whole whitepaper on why you should use BACnet, interviewing thought leaders and technicians throughout the industry.

Recent Projects

Penn State University Optigo Networks Visual BACnet


When Tom Walker looked at Penn State University’s Navy Yard network, he saw huge issues. The system was busy and loud, to the point where the overrun network was bringing down the entire building. Because this was happening on the MS/TP network, pinpointing the problem would mean boots on the ground to segment and test the chain, piece by piece.

Penn State University Optigo Networks Visual BACnet


When Tom Walker first started working at Penn State University four years ago, there were a lot of network issues. Buildings were dropping offline. Broadcast traffic was pushing 90,000 packets per hour. Walker was on the phone almost every single night because devices were down or had to be reset.


Torre Manacar Mexico City Optigo Connect


When MR Soluciones began work on Torre Manacar, they knew they needed a flexible and scalable network infrastructure to support a wide array of integrated systems. Optigo Networks was a natural fit for the massive project, designing a robust network at a competitive cost.



Short Pump Town Center, an upscale retail center, underwent a complete renovation in 2014. The flexibility of Optigo Networks’ solution meant the retail center’s unknown final design was not a barrier to placing IP surveillance equipment in the field.



Optigo Networks connected New York-based Boulevard Mall’s security surveillance devices in December 2015, using a Passive Daisy Chain topology.

Visual BACnet tech support team


One tech support team at a manufacturer purchased an account with Visual BACnet in April 2017, for technical problems around the world.

Aster Conservatory Green Optigo Connect


The Aster Conservatory Green is a community comprising 352 residences across 24 low-rise buildings. The buildings use advanced surveillance and access control technology, including 40 HD video cameras and 60 FOB-access-tele-entry points for access control.



When Delta Building Automation (Australia) won the BMS Upgrade at 25 National Circuit for the Australian Trucking Association, they partnered with Optigo Networks to create a secure and robust Building Services Network (BSN). Optigo Connect more than delivered on this project with a scalable solution that restored the building network to perfection.

Optigo Connect Seattle Stadium


Optigo Connect offered a simple, cost-efficient solution for a premier Seattle-based stadium. Optigo Networks’ design improved the surveillance system to crystal clear perfection, made it dependable, and allowed the security system to scale with the addition of more than 40 16MP cameras.



Optigo Networks and OTI offered a secure and scalable solution for four data centers’ HVAC and Access Control systems throughout the United States. Optigo Connect’s performance in the first data center was so impressive, the client asked that Optigo replicate the network design for three other data centers.