You can use the SmartServer BACnet Router to interact with BACnet FT devices using a BACnet workstation and other BACnet client applications on one of the Ethernet channels. BACnet FT devices communicate on a free topology (FT) twisted pair channel using the BACnet/IP protocol with a LON/IP transport. BACnet FT devices typically also have a LON FT interface. If your BACnet FT devices also have a LON FT interface, the procedure that you use to configure the BACnet Router depends on the LON management mode you are using. The two LON management modes are LON device management mode (DMM) and LON independent management mode (IMM). For LON DMM, your LON network is managed by the SmartServer. For LON IMM, your LON network is management by another tool such as the IzoT Commissioning Tool (CT).
This section provides the procedures for using the BACnet Router with LON DMM and LON IMM and consists of the following:
Using the BACnet Router with LON Device Management Mode (DMM)
You can use the SmartServer BACnet Router to interface a BACnet workstation or other BACnet client application with BACnet FT devices managed using LON DMM. When using LON DMM, you can use either or both of the SmartServer Ethernet interfaces, but you can only use the BACnet Router with one FT interface.
To configure BACnet Routing for LON DMM, follow these steps:
The BACnet Router and your BACnet FT device will now be visible to BACnet/IP workstations or browsers. For example, a BACnet router and a BACnet FT device will appear as follows in the BACnet browser:
Using the BACnet Router with LON Independent Management Mode (IMM)
You can use the SmartServer BACnet Router to interface a BACnet workstation or other BACnet client application with BACnet FT devices managed using IzoT CT and LON IMM. To configure BACnet Routing for SmartServer IMM, follow these steps: