The RF protocol analyzer is released as an add-on extension to the main nBox-Tool (URL reference: https://neuron.swiss/nboxtool.htm). The nBox-Tool both controls and powers the RF protocol analyzer over a USB interface. This modularity makes it possible for existing G3-PLC nBox-Tool devices to be upgraded to support G3-PLC Hybrid PLC&RF protocols concurrently.
G3-PLC RF’s protocol analysis follows the same principles as G3-PLC through seamless integration with Wireshark. All of the additional RF Information Elements (IEs), as listed in the G3-PLC Hybrid specifications are supported in the protocol analysis and enumerated in protocol-panel of Wireshark.
“Availability of protocol analyzers is a key component of a mature technology eco-system. With nBox-Tool’s G3-PLC RF extension, we believe we see accelerated adoption of this technology in new markets and applications” said Leon Vergeer, G3-PLC Alliance General Secretary.
“Offering G3-PLC RF protocol analysis on the same baseline maturity and easy usability of nBox-Tool not only further the product’s capabilities but also catalyze the marketplace for development of new products and solutions. We look forward to engage with various industry players on this exciting new extension” said Manu Sharma, CEO of Neuron.
About G3-PLC Hybrid
The G3-PLC Hybrid is the first industry hybrid standard offering extended capabilities for smart grid and IoT applications in one seamlessly managed network over both wired and wireless media. The hybrid protocol stack is built using open standards IEEE 802.15.4-2015 in addition to the existing G3-PLC protocol. Each device in the mesh network can use PLC as well as RF for the communication. Depending on the actual conditions in the field, messagesbetween two devices are sent over the ‘best’ available channel. The channel selection for each link in the network is done automatically and adjusted dynamically.
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