LonWorks is very different from open device networks like DeviceNet, Profibus and Modbus typically found on the factory floor.

For example:

  • Unlike these popular device busses, LonWorks is a completely peer-peer network. Instead of moving data through a “Master” device, any device can exchange data with any other LonWorks device on the network.
  • LonWorks is not tied to a single physical communication layer.
  • LonWorks can use twisted pair, Ethernet or even a power line as its communication channel.
  • Network data exchanged on LonWorks is configured by a network configuration tool. This operation called “binding” ties an input of one device to an output of another device independent of the operation or application software in either device.

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