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What is BACnet?

 

Very simply put, BACnet is a communications protocol that governs how your building automation devices work together. Think of it as a language: the rules that guide how devices communicate, just like vocabulary and grammar dictate how we talk to each other. 

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Combat the issues of a dusty server room

 

Construction sites are dirty, dusty places. If you’ve ever been on one, you know the dust gets everywhere. Thick film covers every surface and particles sneak into every crevice. The finer the dust, the greater the damage it can do to your brand new devices if you install them too early.

There are steps you can and should take to ensure nothing damages your switches and fiber in those final stages of installation. Here are a few ways that a little construction dust can have bigger consequences than you’d think, and what you can do to stop it.

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Optigo named finalist for BCAMA Marketing Excellence Award

 

We’re excited to announce that Optigo Networks is a finalist in the BC American Marketing Association (BCAMA) 2018 Marketing Excellence Awards in the “Marketing on a Shoestring” category. This prestigious award recognizes powerful marketing campaigns that work within a budget of $25,000. Past winners have included COBS Bread and the Vancouver Convention Centre and Tourism Vancouver.

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The business case for BACnet/IP

 

Slowly, more and more buildings are moving onto BACnet/IP. There aren’t any hard and fast numbers on installations of IP versus MS/TP, but there is a growing shift in the industry. Not just because of the technological benefits — although IP is lauded for its simplicity and inherent connectivity. No, the shift is due to the business benefits of BACnet/IP.

What is the business case for BACnet/IP? Why should we be implementing this technology?

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Digging into Wireshark display filters with Optigo

 

If you’ve been wanting to dive deeper into your BACnet packets, we’ve got great news: Optigo’s developers have been hard at work adding new display filters to Wireshark. These field dissectors expose more detailed information in BACnet packets, allowing you to get a deeper understanding of your systems.

In Wireshark, field dissectors let you expose a packet’s information in a human readable way. There’s a lot of data in each BACnet packet, and display filters let you translate that data and gather detailed information on your network.

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A star is born at AHR

 

Optigo Networks has been honoured with the Rising Star Award from BACnet International. This award is given to an individual or organization that, while new to the industry, has already shown dedication to the betterment of the BACnet community.

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Fine-tuning diagnostic checks in Visual BACnet update

 

Our developers have been hard at work updating Visual BACnet, and we’re excited to share these changes with you. Read on for some key updates we’ll be rolling out over the next two weeks!

The two most important adjustments are:

We've gotten rid of the "Max Networks Exceeded" diagnostic check. As a result of this, some of your Network Health Scores may change slightly if you are reprocessing old files. You can still see the number of networks in the file on the summary screen under “Statistics Summary.”

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Small deployment? No problem.

 

Optigo Connect is now available for any building, no matter the deployment size. Enhance an existing network, or form the base for a new building to grow into the full Optigo solution. With the ONS-C401i and ONS-C810p, you can start with one or two edge switches and expand over time.

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Optigo Networks is Atlanta-bound for AHR Expo 2019

 

Optigo Networks is off to Atlanta, Georgia for this year’s AHR Expo, January 14–16! AHR is the world’s largest Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning, and Refrigeration (HVACR) marketplace, with tens of thousands of industry professionals attending every year. We’ll be highlighting our cornerstone products and announcing new releases at the exhibition.