Interface box connects GPIB, USB, and RS-232 test instruments to LAN

April 04, 2013 // By Graham Prophet
Agilent Technologies' E5810B LAN/GPIB/USB gateway is an upgrade of the E5810A with added USB capability. The new gateway allows you to connect and control, over a standard local-area network, up to 14 GPIB instruments, up to four USB instruments via a self-powered hub, and an RS-232 instrument.

With the gateway’s improved GPIB transfer rate of 1.2 MB/s, engineers can reduce test time and improve production. The E5810B supports 1000BASE-T (1 Gigabit) LAN/Ethernet as well as 100BASE-TX and 10BASE-T to meet the demands of higher network bandwidth. The E5810B comes with a built-in LCD display, allowing users to check the IP address of the gateway for quick setup. Users can easily configure the gateway via a password-protected Web interface. It allows multiple users in different locations to access a centrally located test system. Connecting a wireless router to the E5810B enables engineers to wirelessly control instruments from a PC where LAN connection is unavailable or inconvenient. You can use it for system integrations, shared test systems in R&D, design verification and manufacturing environments.