BitScope Networking

These pages describe networking for BS300.

Newer models BS325N and BS445N are similar but networking is built-in.

Networked BitScope

Networked BitScope (BS300)

Browse this part of the website to learn about:

  1. BitScope Networking and what it means.
  2. How networking works and the benefits it provides.
  3. Network interface hardware design with schematic.
  4. The network protocols and packet formats used.
  5. Network interface configuration and programming details.
  6. Free networking toolkits and software you can download.

BitScope networking was first implemented in BS220 and BS300 via an external adaptor; an RS-232 serial to 10BaseT ethernet convertor custom designed for use with these BitScopes.

Network Adaptor

Network Adaptor Module

This allowed a single or multiple PCs to be used with as many BitScopes as required, simultaneously.

In addition to converting between ethernet and serial formats the adaptor knew how BitScope's VM-220 and VM-300 modules and Serial Interface work together to provide a dramatic increase upload speed while maintaining efficient network utilization.

Since then BitScope's networking technology has been integrated into the current model Network BitScopes for seamless network operation opening up a whole range of remote testing, automated diagnostics and other networked data acquisition applications.

Networking Advantages

  • Multiple Network BitScopes may be connected simultaneously to a single PC.
  • The data upload speed is increased compared to serial and some USB models. In particular this makes possible high rate refresh DSO style applications.
  • Removes distance limitations associated with RS-232 or USB. The PC and the BitScopes can be geographically remote: from the next room to around the world.
  • A single software application may simultaneously control many Network BitScopes. This capability enables the virtualization of larger BitScopes.
  • Open Standard Internet Protocols (UDP/IP) are used for all communication. This allows the development of new generation of BitScope applications such as remote monitoring, remote control, BitScope sharing, distance learning etc.
  • Use of the standard IP stack and "sockets" interface eliminates custom serial handlers and makes possible the development of applications that can readily be deployed across different hardware and software platforms.
  • Backward compatible with older BS2xx BitScopes (after installation of the upgrade).
  • The adaptor version is self contained and powered by the BitScope itself.
  • Ethernet isolation means BitScope is also electrically isolated from the PC.