CR-2 Character Repeater / RS-232 Line Driver / RS-485 Converter

Extends RS-232, Converts RS-485/422, Re-generates ASCII characters - Industrial Rated

 Line Driver / RS-485 Converter
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  • Repeats RS-232, RS-422 (often named RS-485 4-wire), RS-485 data
  • Drives 4 wire lines up to 5,000 feet
  • Converts RS-232 to RS-485/422 4-wire or RS-485 2-wire
  • Regenerates asynchronous characters to correct timing problems
  • Industrial rated temperature from -40 to +70 C
  • Two asynchronous serial ports
  • RS232, RS422, or RS485 2-wire or 4-wire
  • Ports speeds to 57.6 Kbps
  • Works in Point-to-point and multipoint applications
  • Easy to setup and maintain
  • Configuration via serial or ethernet port
  • Used to regenerate over-sampled data
  • Compact size; stand-alone or rack mounting
  • AC and/or DC power supply
  • User name and password option for configuration security
  • ROHS, CE
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The CR-2 is an industrial rated asynchronous line driver, interface converter, and character repeater.

The line driver mode is used to connect RS-232 interfaces up to 5,000 feet apart using a 4-wire link.

It regenerates asynchronous data to corrrect oversampling errors, or drive up to 5,000 feet of copper wire. The CR-2 uses UARTs in addition to RS232 and RS485 2-wire or 4-wire drivers and receivers (The CR-2 is RS422 compatible using the RS485 4-wire setting). The CR-2 regenerates both the electrical signals and the characters.

Regenerating characters is useful when back to back links that user over-sampling are tied together. For example, over sampling 19200 bps asynchronous data over a 56 kbps synchronous circuit will shorten or lengthen each 1 or 0 by up to 34%. Receiving devices will typically correctly recover the data with 34% bit length distortion. However, back to back over sampled links can add another 34% bit distortion, for a total of 68%. A bit distortion of 68% results in bit errors.

The CR-2 removes async bit distortion by regenerating the characters. Each of the bits of a character coming out of an asynchronous UART have the same time duration.

The CR-2 is shipped with both interfaces set to RS232. The user can option the CR-2 for RS422/485 4-wire operation or for RS485 2-wire operation by using the configuration menus through the console port, telnet, or web-browser configuration management features.







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Item Number Description Price Buy Now!
CR-2 Character Repeater / Line Driver(5-30VDC and 120 VAC power supply) $249 Qty:
9501033 Optional 36-72 VDC Input Power Supply $ 75 Qty:
9501081 Optional 125 VDC Input Power Supply $ 125 Qty:
9902090 Optional DIN rail mounting clips $ 5 Qty:

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