Grid Connect Introduces NET232+ Serial Device Server

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – (August 26, 2014) – Grid Connect (gridconnect.com), a manufacturer and distributor of embedded networking products, has introduced the NET232+, the next generation of serial device servers. The NET232+ helps extend the life and utility of existing RS-232 serial devices by providing a simple solution to enable them to connect to the network via Ethernet and TCP/IP

The NET232+ is a full-featured device server that delivers serial data rates up to 921kbps and auto-sensing 10/100Mbps Ethernet. This product supports up to four TCP connections (or a mixture of TCP and UDP). It also supports DNS, email serial triggers, email authentication, and 256-bit AES encryption at no additional charge. A debug trace feature helps troubleshoot the serial connection.

The NET232+ features an industrial grade temperature range, a factory reset push button, detailed LED status indicators, and an updated configuration web page.

The product is simple to configure using free installation software. Just connect the NET232+ to a serial device and to the local Ethernet network and run the software to find and set up the NET232+. It can be used in pairs to tunnel serial data between them over the Internet, or stand-alone connected to a serial device on RS-232 and to a host computer on Ethernet. The host computer can open a direct TCP connection or use the virtual COM port software.

The NET232+ is backward compatible with Grid Connect’s previous generation NET232 product.

Additional product information and online ordering are available at http://gridconnect.com/rs232-rj45.html.

About GridConnect

Grid Connect, an ISO 9001:2008 company, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of products that enable the Internet of Things. The company’s custom engineering services and attentive customer support ensure that all networking technology products sold by Grid Connect work to customer specifications. In-stock items usually ship the same day, and all products come with a no-risk, 30-day money back guarantee. Grid Connect also can be found on Twitter @GridConnect and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/grid-connect.

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For information contact:

Linda Muskin, 847-432-7300
lmuskin@teamclarus.com

Mara Conklin, 678-825-2000
mconklin@teamclarus.com

Grid Connect Taps John Marchiando as VP, Business Development

NAPERVILLE, Ill. – (August 12, 2014) – Grid Connect (gridconnect.com), a manufacturer and distributor of embedded networking products, has appointed John Marchiando as vice president of business development. Marchiando will focus on growing the customer base for the Internet of Things (IoT) business, which includes the company’s ConnectSense line of smart products that automate homes and businesses.

Grid Connect entered the rapidly-growing Internet of Things (IoT) industry with the launch of ConnectSense in November 2013. Since then, the company has developed smart sensors to monitor temperature, humidity, water, motion, security and light.

“The Internet of Things market is growing rapidly and I’m excited to help Grid Connect become a significant player in the home and business automation market,” said Marchiando. “I’ve worked with Grid Connect executives in the past and respect them tremendously.”

Marchiando has more than 25 years of experience growing sales for technology companies in networking products, industrial automation and automotive markets. He joins Grid Connect from Houston Wire & Cable, one of the largest distributors of electrical wire and cable and related services in the U.S. industrial distribution market, where he served as region vice president. Marchiando also held senior roles at Anixter, Inc. and Lantronix.

“John is a talented business development professional; his sales and management skills are unbeatable,” said Mike Justice, founder and president of Grid Connect. “I’m very happy to have the opportunity to work with him again.”

Marchiando is a graduate of Texas Tech University. He resides in Plainfield, Ill.

About GridConnect

Grid Connect, an ISO 9001:2008 company, is a leading manufacturer and distributor of products that enable the Internet of Things. The company’s custom engineering services and attentive customer support ensure that all networking technology products sold by Grid Connect work to customer specifications. In-stock items usually ship the same day, and all products come with a no-risk, 30-day money back guarantee. Grid Connect also can be found on Twitter @GridConnect and on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/company/grid-connect.

For information contact:

Linda Muskin, 847-432-7300
lmuskin@teamclarus.com

Mara Conklin, 678-825-2000
mconklin@teamclarus.com

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Cellular companies: Making M2M easier

By Mike Justice, President of Grid Connect and ConnectSense

It’s a good time to be involved with connected devices. Research firm IDATE forecasts machine-to-machine (M2M) market revenue to reach $54.3 billion by 2017. While Asia is currently the biggest player in the arena, Europe is expected to become the largest market in terms of revenue over the next few years.

Why isn’t the United States a more prominent player in this growing industry? The answer, in part, is the difficulty that device manufacturers have in getting M2M products certifies for use on American cellular networks.

Device manufacturers have two options: build in a pre-approved modem, which can be expensive and drives up device price, or design your own and devote substantial resources to have devices certified for each network. In the U.S., adding a cellular modem to a device can cost five times more than adding a Wi-Fi modem, in addition to the cost of certification, which runs upwards of $50,000 per device, per network.

This creates a huge barrier for small and mid-size companies. As a growing industry, M2M needs innovation, which often happens at these smaller competitors.

American cellular companies should look to Europe to see how a robust industry can grow. In Europe, M2M device manufacturers can buy inexpensive SIM cards to build into devices. These cards are loaded with data and can be refreshed as needed. A cellular contract is not needed and the certification process is minimal for manufacturers. This reduces development costs and speeds time-to-market for new products.

Connecting devices to the cloud via cellular networks opens up new markets to cellular companies, manufacturers, and consumer alike. Simplifying the process for getting devices onto cellular networks in the U.S. will spur innovation, benefiting all parties.

To read the original article, visit ECN Magazine.