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What is the maximum cable length for a Modbus RTU network?
We recommend that the total cable length per segment does not exceed 1.000 m. (Total cable length = sum of the main network line and all branches).
A standard Modbus network should follow a line topology. This means that it is important to minimise the length of the branches. If branches are present, they should be kept as short as possible. The combined length of all branches should not exceed 20 m.
When the total cable length becomes too high, the Modbus RTU communication might get disturbed. To compensate these communication losses, a Modbus repeater (type DPOM-24-20) can be used to fix the problem.
Sentera developed the concept 'Power over Modbus' or PoM. This means that Modbus data communication and 24 Volt supply voltage are distributed via one single UTP cable. This technology reduces the risk of data losses due to disturbances. When Sentera products are interconnected via PoM technology, the combined branch lenghts become less critical. More and longer branches can be added to the Modbus network before disturbances and data losses will occur.
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