Instantel announced the release of Blastware Version 10.60. The updated software features the addition of TCP/IP Communication Protocol on Series III and Series IV:
■ TCP/IP stands for Transmission Control Protocol (TCP) and Internet Protocol (IP). These are communication standards for the Internet.
■ Previously, only UDP communication protocol was available with Instantel vibration monitors. UDP stands for User Datagram Protocol (and also for Universal Datagram Protocol), which is also a communication standard for the Internet. UDP communication protocol remains available for those Instantel users who prefer this method.
■ TCP/IP results in increased reliability and integrity during data transmission. As TCP/IP uses error-checking systems, the data that is sent is the data that is received. If data is lost, the server will request the lost part, ensuring integrity and reliability of the data stream. However, this data checking results in slower transmission rates. TCP/IP is generally used in situations where data integrity is more important than speed of transmission.
■ UDP is generally used in situations where fast transmission rates are required. UDP does not provide error checking.
Instantel users should determine which protocol best suits their applications. Both TCP/IP and UDP can be used to manually connect to a Series IV vibration monitor that is connected to a PC using an Ethernet cable part no. 720A4101. Both TCP/IP and UDP can be used to manually call a Series III or Series IV vibration monitor that is connected to a modem.
Both TCP/IP and UDP can be used to connect to Series III or Series IV monitors using Auto Call Home. If using Auto Call Home, Instantel strongly recommends that you download the updated software and use TCP/IP communication protocol.