What is the unit load of a TC300 thermostat and what are the bias and termination requirements when used with a SmartX Server.
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Documentation does not state the RS-485 transceiver type for the TC300 range, making it unclear how many devices can exist under a SmartX servers RS-485 serial port ComA or ComB.
The answers to the transceiver interface attributes below can be applied with to the Worksheet for Configuration of RS-485 Bus with generic RS-485 devices on Webhelp
Q1 Failsafe Receiver
The TC300 does not use an RS-485 transceiver with an integrated idle-state failsafe receiver.
Q2 Data Transmission Speed
TC300 thermostats manufactured from January 2017 onwards can be configured to communicate at 9600 or 4800 bps. TC-300 thermostats manufactured before this date can only communicate at 4800 bps.
Q4 Isolated Interface
The TC300 does not provide an isolated RS-485 interface.
Q6a Measured Resistance
With no electrical connections to the TC300, the measured resistance between the RS-485 low-side (-) signal and the communications common is 10K ohms. Based on this the unit load of the TC300 is 1.2 (12.000/10,000)
Bias requirements and number of devices
If the length of the RS-485 bus is less than 150M (500ft) then Generic RS-485 Device Configuration 3 from Webhelp can be applied. Using this configuration the recommended 3300 bias resistors present a unit load of 3.6 (12,000 / 3,300). The SmartX server adds 0.5UL. The remaining node budget is calculated as: 32 - 3.6 - 0.5 = 27.9UL. Since the TC300 has a unit load of 1.2 the maximum number of devices that can be placed under each comm port using this configuration is 27.9 / 1.2 = 23.25
If the length of the RS-485 bus is greater than 150M (500ft) then Generic RS-485 Device Configuration 7 from Webhelp can be applied. Using this configuration the dual end-point bias configuration presents a unit load of 24UL (12,000 / (1,000 / 2) = 24). The SmartX server adds 0.5UL. The remaining node budget is calculated as: 32 - 24 - 0.5 = 7.5UL. Since the TC300 has a unit load of 1.2 the maximum number of devices that can be placed under each comm port using this configuration is 7.5 / 1.2 = 6.25
Also check out the SmartStruxure-RS485-Controller Unit Load Quick-Help video on the Exchange.
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Information concerning Linux releases used within the Automation Server.
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Questions concerning Linux releases used within the Automation Server.
AS versions to 1.4.1 run Linux kernel 184.108.40.206 AS versions 1.5 to 2.0.2 run Linux kernel 3.0.101 AS-P versions 1.7 to 2.0.2 run Linux kernel 3.5.0-lsp-3.3.1
For questions concerning what type of Linux...i.e. Red Hat, Ubuntu, openSUSE - There is no linux distribution in the automation server just vanilla linux kernel. For further reading, download some documentation about the kernel from their website www.kernel.org
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