4G industrial routers and 4G DTUs are both used for wireless network data transmission of industrial equipment. 4G DTU and 4G industrial router are two common 4G network devices, which have some differences in functionality and application. Specifically, they can be reflected in their appearance, operation methods, and usage environment.
1. Appearance features
4G industrial routers usually have reserved network ports in hardware design to facilitate wireless networking of network devices. Network devices can access the center to complete the transmission process of network data. Generally speaking, 4G industrial routers provide users with docking forms such as WAN/LAN ports or WAN/LAN free switching, facilitating users to freely match.
2. Different characteristics
4G DTUs are usually small and lightweight, and sometimes can be directly integrated into other devices to achieve real-time data transmission and monitoring functions. It often focuses on data transmission and communication, lacking some advanced features and interfaces of 4G industrial routers.
4G industrial routers generally have stronger hardware performance and protection capabilities, support more interfaces and protocols, and have higher signal coverage and network stability. It is usually designed to work stably for a long time in harsh environments and meet the requirements of industrial grade applications. Higher environmental requirements than ordinary home routers.
3. Functional differences
4G DTUs are mainly used for data transmission and communication connections. They connect non network devices such as sensors, instruments, and devices through serial or IO ports, and transmit data to servers or cloud platforms through 4G networks, achieving functions such as remote monitoring, data collection, and remote control.
4G industrial routers are generally devices that integrate functions such as routing, switching, and firewalls. In addition to providing 4G network connections, they also have capabilities such as data transmission, network management, and security protection. It can handle network connections of multiple terminal devices and provide functions such as local network distribution, data isolation, and remote access.
4. Usage environment
4G industrial routers typically support VPN/APN functionality and have excellent encrypted transmission performance; This is very relevant for scenarios such as video surveillance, oil well data monitoring, and street light monitoring. 4G industrial routers that support Wi Fi functionality, when used in conjunction with public transportation, can better create an atmosphere of a smart city. Compared to others, 4G DTUs are more dispersed in the transmission distance of on-site terminals, making them more suitable for charging station control, environmental monitoring, and other fields.
5. Operation method
4G industrial routers support Ethernet/bus communication protocol conversion, and can be set with an IP address as the gateway in advance at the terminal. The main purpose of 4G DTUs is for dial-up internet access, rather than a true gateway. For example, after the 4G DTU completes dialing at the access terminal, it can be used as a new network device.
6. Application scenarios
4G DTUs are mainly used in remote monitoring, Internet of Things, environmental monitoring and other fields, enabling data collection and remote management of non network devices through 4G networks. For example, used in scenarios such as agricultural monitoring, smart homes, and industrial automation.
4G industrial routers are suitable for industrial control, intelligent transportation, energy monitoring, and other fields that require high network connectivity, data security, and high reliability. It can provide stable network connection and data transmission, achieve real-time monitoring, data backup, remote maintenance and other functions.
There are differences in functionality and application scenarios between 4G DTUs and 4G industrial routers. 4G DTUs are mainly used for data transmission and communication connections, suitable for remote monitoring and the Internet of Things field; 4G industrial routers are devices that integrate functions such as routing, switching, and firewalls, suitable for industrial control and high reliability network communication scenarios.
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