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What is a BACnet Broadcast Management Device (BBMD)?

 

BACnet/IP predominantly communicates through broadcast messages, which are received by every device on the same network. Broadcasts are super important for discovering devices or finding and sharing new information. On big systems, though, you can’t have every device on every network sending and responding to broadcasts. If you broadcast to an entire system, it could bring the whole building network down. But sending individual messages from device to device would be overly complicated. 

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What are BACnet Ethernet, IP, and MS/TP?

 

OK, so we understand that BACnet is a communications protocol.  

Well, Ethernet, IP, and MS/TP are the ways that BACnet devices can communicate with each other. Think of these as phone calls, emails, and text messages: they’re speaking the same language, but not using the same mediums. You can have a mix of BACnet IP, MS/TP, and Ethernet in your building. So, how exactly are they different?

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Introduction to networking

 

Do you struggle to communicate with your IT colleagues? Do they use concepts and language that go right over your head?

The worlds of IT and Operational Technology (OT) are merging more and more these days as the Internet of Things grows in prominence. This collaboration between IT and OT is great, but there are still gaps in understanding that keep us from fully working together.

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Vancouver company lone tech business to win at BCAMA Marketing Excellence Awards

 

February 14, 2019, Vancouver, BC – Optigo Networks took home the award for Marketing Excellence in the “Marketing on a Shoestring” category, at the annual BC American Marketing Association (BCAMA) Awards on February 8th. The only tech company nominated in a crowd of marketing agencies, B2C companies, and non-profit organizations, Optigo was a glowing representative for the Vancouver tech community.

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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.