Ethernet/IP Upgrade Devices support RIO Blue Hose cabling.

Press Release Summary:

Operating at 24 Vdc nominal, BH4485 Ethernet/IP Devices upgrade and migrate Remote I/O Blue Hose® cabling into Industrial Internet network infrastructure. Units are 10/100 Base-T compliant, offer remote I/O baud rates of 57.6 and 115.2 K, and support data highway RIO specifications up to 10,000 ft. Unlike gateway and converter patchwork solutions, products provide full infrastructure transformation, enabling access to all IP-enabled features of new wired or wireless devices.

Original Press Release:

PCN Releases 24VDC Ethernet/IP Upgrade Devices for Allen Bradley Remote I/O Blue Hose Infrastructure

Install Ethernet/IP® Industrial Internet Networks using Remote I/O (RIO) Blue Hose® Infrastructure

Keep Allen-Bradley RIO Networks Operational as Long As Needed During Upgrade

Columbia, MO — PCN Technology, Inc. is pleased to announce the availability of its latest product portfolio which upgrade and migrates Remote I/O (RIO) “Blue Hose” cabling into Industrial Internet network infrastructure for deploying Ethernet/IP networks.

Originally introduced by Rockwell Automation; Ethernet/IP is a leading industrial Ethernet protocol used to deploy plant wide systems for real-time control and information in discrete, continuous process, safety and other industrial applications.

A barrier to deployment of Ethernet/IP networks and applications however is that thousands of industrial facilities around the world still utilize specialized non-IP based legacy serial Remote I/O communications which operates on Belden Blue Hose cabling. Until the release of PCN’s products, Blue Hose cabling was not compatible for full migration to Ethernet/IP based networks.

Unlike gateway and converter patchwork solutions; PCN’s products provide a full infrastructure transformation enabling access to all IP enabled features of new wired or wireless devices allowing a risk-reduced, secure, cost-effective upgrade and migration pathway. This is achieved without requiring any of the dramatic impacts to production operations, budgets or serial product lifecycles seen with other products or the operational shutdown of a rip and replace required for new structured cabling.

PCN 24VDC EtherNet/IP Infrastructure Upgrade Device Specifications:

Product Types:

BH4485 (Master, Slave, Repeater, Development Kits)


Ethernet/IP Upgrade & Migration Devices for Data Highway RIO Blue Hose Infrastructure


24VDC Nominal (18 to 30VDC)

Din Rail:


Ethernet Bandwidth:

10/100 Base-T Compliant

Remote I/O Baud Rate:

57.6K & 115.2K

Cabling Type:

Trunk/Drop Belden® 9463 Blue Hose


Peer to Peer, Multi-Drop Ethernet


UL, cUL, CE, Class 1 Division 2


System Supports Data Highway RIO Specifications up to 10,000 Feet

Current Lead Time:

4 Weeks


The Industrial Internet leverages new IP enabled devices, networked sensors and software in order to offer a whole host of new industrial applications and efficiencies for manufacturing, oil & gas, sensor and other critical industrial markets. “We’re proud to offer 24VDC Ethernet/IP infrastructure upgrade products that allow end customers with Blue Hose infrastructure to rapidly connect to the Industrial Internet by installing new Ethernet/IP networks without having to shut down today’s operations.” said Dave Karpenske, CEO of PCN

PCN’s products eliminate compatibility issues and allow engineers to deploy new Ethernet/IP Industrial Ethernet networks on legacy Blue Hose cabling as if high-speed structured cabling were already installed. Uniquely, PCN products even allow legacy Remote I/O (RIO) serial networks to operate simultaneously and independently on the Blue Hose infrastructure while deploying Ethernet/IP networks. This allows control engineers to perform risk-reduced, cost-effective upgrades and migration from low-speed serial networks of yesterday to meet the Industrial Internet requirements of tomorrow.

About PCN

PCN is a leading manufacturer of products that enable customers to rapidly upgrade their infrastructure in order to deploy new IP based networks and connect to the Industrial Internet. PCN is venture funded and operates from offices in California, Missouri, and Texas. Information about PCN is available at You may also contact PCN by email at or 858-434-0605.

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