FarLinX Connect Mini
A compact remotely manageable HDLC Bridge and TCP to HDLC/LAPB Converter.
The FarLinX Connect Mini is a multi mode HDLC bridging appliance. HDLC lines can be bridged securely across the Internet or other TCP/IP networks also data from a HDLC/LAPB connection can be converted to be transmitted over a TCP connection.
All features are easy to securely manage from your browser. There are daily activity logs with a selectable level of detail, automatically archived on a daily basis. The SNMP support provides alerts for numerous different conditions including critical events such as line down and line up. A line monitor supplied permits analysis of the HDLC/LAPB line.
- TCP to HDLC conversion with the route created statically or dynamically, handles a variety of modes including: character streaming and frame length defined
HDLC ↔ Internet ↔ HDLC bridging including static or dynamic routing
- LAN accessible HDLC/LAPB line as a sharable remotely manageable resource
- Choice of HDLC/LAPB network interface connections: RS232 (V.24), V.35, RS422, RS530, RS449, X.21, RS485
- HDLC line speeds up to 1 Mbps and over 1,200 frames per second each way
- Line Monitor to view HDLC traffic for easy network problem diagnosis
- Browser graphical configuration, SNMP alerts for critical events and activity logging
- Real time display of current connections, line performance, errors, connections and much more
- Small rugged low profile all metal case, low power consumption
- Transparently bridge HDLC type lines over the Internet, reducing line rental costs
- Allow TCP/IP access to a HDLC line where the HDLC line data is provided over the TCP connection
- LAN accessible and sharable HDLC port resource
The FarLinX Connect maintains a comprehensive set of statistics and activity counts. This information can be used to indicate the total loads on the bridge and also to give early warning of line performance problems and even misconfigured systems elsewhere in the network.
All connections setup through the Connect bridge can be logged. The logs are automatically saved on a daily basis. Old logs can be displayed as required. Log events can also be routed to a syslog to allow logging centrally and also permit real time viewing of the log.
The Connect bridge supports SNMP alerts with 3 configurable levels. Alerts can be issued for connections, disconnections, connection routing errors, line up and line down events and many more.
Upgrades to the firmware can be remotely and securely uploaded to the appliance to allow the latest revision firmware to be used. Rollback to a previous version is supported.
Built in HDLC Line Monitor
The FarLinX Connect includes downloadable Line Monitor software installable onto a Windows PC. This allows HDLC traffic to be recorded and displayed in real time. Multiple FarLinX Connects and FarLinX Gateways can be monitored simultaneously. Support to allow the popular Wireshark line monitor to record and display the HDLC and TCP/IP is also included.
This very useful feature allows Network Managers and System Installers to locally or remotely analyse, and rapidly diagnose, problems that may occur on the HDLC lines without the need for expensive external line monitors.
The line traces can be saved and viewed later, for example in a customer support situation.
The FarLinX Connect Mini is configured from a Browser – Chrome, Edge, and Firefox are all supported. Access to the configuration is secured through a user name and password. Secure configuration access is through https.
The majority of configuration changes to the appliance are made dynamically so continuous operation of the FarLinX Connect can be maintained.
Configurations can be saved for later use.
FarSite recognises that this product is frequently used as a key component in networked systems and as such a guaranteed response to unexpected problems is required. Maintenance contracts are available for the FarLinX Connect Mini for fast hardware swap out, firmware upgrades, priority service and rapid problem resolution.
|TCP/IP <-> HDLC conversion
|Converts data between HDLC and TCP. The route can be setup permanently (Static) or created dynamically on receipt of data.
|HDLC - TCP - HDLC connection bridging
|Permits a HDLC connection to be bridged over a TCP network such as the Internet. The route used for the bridge can be setup permanently (Static) or created dynamically on receipt of data.
|Frame encoding options
|Character stream, FarLinX Formatted Header, Length+Data
|HDLC data frames per second
Over 1200 HDLC data frames per second (in each direction)
|Logging key events
|Events log maintained for events such as the HDLC line down, and HDLC line up. Log auto archived daily. Can be routed to syslog for remote logging and real time viewing.
|Line monitor application included for display of frames and frames on HDLC connections, can be run locally or remotely. Wireshark supported.
|Browser – Chrome, Edge, and Firefox are all supported. Access to the configuration is secured through a user name and password. Secure configuration access is through https.
|Configurable levels, generated for events such as HDLC line down, HDLC line up, connections established and disconnections and appliance failures.
|Statistics provided for line activity, line errors, bridge activity. Resetable on demand on both local and remote bridges.
|Connections for RS232 (V.24), X.21, V.35, RS530 (RS422), RS449 and RS485 2 and 4 wire operation available.
Line speeds up to 1 Mbits/s; internal and external generated line clocks.
HDLC network cables are ordered separately, see the list of available cables in Order Information
|Line signal encoding options
|NRZ, NRZI (with and without clock lines), FM0, FM1
|10/100 BaseT LAN port, RJ45.
|IP and IPv6 supported
|CE: EN55022:2006+A1:2007, EN55024:1998+A1:2001+A2:2003, EN61000-3-2:2006,
EN61000-3-3:1995+A1:2001:A2:2005. FCC part 15. UL. Safety: EN 60950-1: 2006. RoHS2 compliant.
|100vac to 240vac, 50/60 Hz, 6 Watts.
Solid state design, all metal case, software selectable power down. Reset to factory defaults switch.
|FarLinX Connect Mini
1 line Compact HDLC Bridge and TCP to HDLC/LAPB converter.
|RS232/RS530 DTE (V.24, X.21bis/ EIA530) cable with DB25M connector, suitable device generated or external clock generation, 1.5 metres
|X.21 DTE (V.11) cable with DB15M connector, suitable for device generated or external clock generation, 1.5 metres
|V.35 DTE cable with standard M34M connector, suitable for
FarLinX Connect generated or external clock generation, 1.5 metres
|RS232/RS530 DCE (V.24, X.21bis/ EIA530) cable with DB25F connector, suitable for device generated or external clock generation, 1.5 metres
|X.21 DCE (V.11) cable with DB15F connector, suitable for device generated or external clock generation, 1.5 metres
|V.35 DCE cable with standard M34F connector (V.35F), suitable for device generated or external clock generation, 1.5 metres
|General purpose X.21 double shielded crossover cable, DB15F connectors, 0.5 metres. Converts the DTE presentation into a DCE, see pinouts
|X.21 double shielded 15 metre extension cable, DB15F to DB15M
|RS232 and RS530 (EIA530, RS422) double shielded crossover cable, DB25F connectors, 0.5 metres. Converts the DTE presentation into a DCE.
|X.21 to RS449 (DB37F connector) - conversion cable, for use when FarSync adapter generates the clock, 0.5 metres, see pinouts
|X.21 to RS449 (DB37M connector)- conversion cable for use when the clock externally generated (DCE Clock), 0.5 metres, see pinouts