USB to Data Highway Plus using the ANC-120e, a lower cost alternative to the 1784-U2DHP

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In today’s episode of The Automation Podcast I take a look at the ANC-120e USB to Data Highway Plus converter from Automation Networks.

theautomationblog-anc-120e-scene-0Now you may be asking yourself why the folks over at Automation Networks would release a USB to DH+ converter when Rockwell already makes the 1784-U2DHP?

Well if you haven’t looked lately, that Rockwell cable now lists for a whopping $3,140, while the ANC-120e lists for $995.

But how well could a third party DH+ cable really work?

theautomationblog-anc-120e-scene-1As I demonstrate in today’s podcast, it actually works really well.

In fact, I couldn’t see any difference between my ControlLogix Gateway and the ANC-120e.

There must be some catch right? Like it’s hard to setup or something?

theautomationblog-anc-120e-scene-2Nope.

In fact, the entire podcast from un-boxing to making online edits in a SLC-5/04 and PLC-5/20, took less than 20 minutes.

So if you’re in the market for a USB to Data Highway Plus converter, or just curious to see how the ANC-120e works, check out Episode 35 of The Automation Podcast below:

PS – Special thanks goes out to the folks at Automation Networks for sending over the ANC-120e for me to test – thanks guys!

Sincerely,

Shawn Tierney
Automation Blogger and Trainer

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