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Old November 17th, 2017, 09:52 AM   #1

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" RS485 serial " or " Modbus Rtu " protocol

Kindly, what is the difference between " RS485 serial " and " Modbus Rtu " communication protocols? Like the below two modules, they use which protocol?



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Old November 17th, 2017, 10:14 AM   #2
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RS-485 is just the means of the electrical transmission (it is a balanced signal), Modbus is the protocol at which the DATA is transmitted across the line.

You can transmit/receive Modbus across various electrical schemes
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Old November 17th, 2017, 04:41 PM   #3
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Modbus RTU has specific timing requirements that define the size of a communications message 'packet' and calculates the CRC error checking value.

Converters like these generally have a specific Modbus model with firmware that handles Modbus packets. The firmware is specfically designed to keep a Modbus message packet intact, without splitting it up, it constructs a proper Modbus packet from other data with the correct header and byte count values, and it calculates the CRC error check value for the Modbus packet.

The generic RS-485 is just that, RS-485. It does not hold to Modbus packet size and timing requirements or calculate a CRC value. It just transmits and receives on 485.
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