Universal serial RS232/RS422/RS485 to single-mode optic fiber media converter (4 SC type connectors )


  • 3 in 1 built-in serial interface : RS232/RS422/RS485, speed up to 500 Kbps (RS232), 2 Mbps (RS422/485)
  • Reliable error free communication even in case of EMI/RFI pertubations
  • Fiber length up to 20 Km (9/125 µm fiber type), SC type connectors
  • Automatic RS485 line turn-around, software independent
  • Half-duplex & Full-duplex bidirectionnal data transmission
  • Activity LED for fiber and copper TxD & RxD signals, error LED in case of fiber breakdown
  • Wide DC power range, from +9VDC to +36VDC
  • Point to point mode and multipoint redundant mode
  • 15 KV ESD protection and HF filtering on the copper side
  • Robust & compact metal case, CE standards, 35 mm Din Rail mounting


Using fiber optic enables to use a higher communication bandwidth while offering a total immunity against EMI/RFI interferences and an increased security as well.


The optical fibre still offers other advantages : use without risk in an explosive environment, no EMC emission, no ground loops, immunity against lightning and high voltage environments, they are finally lighter, less cumbersome, inert and corrosion resistant ...


Plug & Play: RD320 device features a self configuration mechanism based on a CPLD component that frees you from the tiresome operation which consists in the serial parameters setup, product is "Plug & Play".


RD320 features in standard a built-in system to control the fiber integrity, it reports automatically any failure with an error LED and also setups a relay contact (MOSFET) to activate any external safety device.


Its small size, design features and its great adaptability make the RD320 a really universal product capable to satisfy to major needs of the industry.


Technical characteristics





Serial RS232/RS422/RS485 to single-mode fiber optic, RS485 mode self line turnaround




Serial speed


500 Kbps for RS232 mode, 2Mbps for RS422/RS485 mode






20 Km with a 9/125 µm fiber type at 25°C




Serial protocols


The device supports any kind of communication protocols (Modbus, Unitelway, Profibus, DH+ and any ASCII or binary serial protocols ...)






Serial link parameters auto configuration, no switches. Line polarization, termination and selection between RS232/RS422/RS485 modes are configurable by mini-switches.




Serial connectors


Pluggable screw-in terminal, TxD & RxD signal for RS232 mode, TxA, RxA, TxB, RxB for RS422 mode, TRxA & TRxB for RS485 mode




Optic fiber


9/125 µm fiber support, 1310 nm wave length




Power budget


16 dB (typical)




Fiber connectors


4 SC connectors




Network topologies


Point to point, ring, single-master & dual-master, redundant fiber ring, dual ring & dual master, dual point to point, star






2 LEDs Tx/Rx for copper

2 LEDs Tx/Rx for fiber optic n°1

2 LEDs Tx/Rx for fiber optic n°2

1 LED for fiber n°1 breakdown

1 LED for fiber n°2 breakdown

1 LED for power






31 RS485 interfaces, 10 RS422 interfaces




Input load


Input load 1/8 UL in RS485 mode




EMI/RFI protection


Built-in continuous line surge protection, ESD protection (15 KVeff), HF filtering






Infinite galvanic isolation through the optic fiber






NF EN 55022 emission, NF EN 61000-6-2 immunity






Fiber breakdown self diagnostic, failure is reported on a LED and a relay contact (MOSFET) is activated.




Power supply


+9VDC to +36VDC (pluggable screw-in terminal), 3.9W






Temperature from -5°C to +65°C, storage -40°C to +80°C, relative humidity from 0 to 95% RH without condensation




Dimensions, weight


107 mm (L) x 88 mm (l) x 25 mm (H), 260 g



Point to point topology

This configuration enables to control a single equipment installed in a very polluted or distant area. The optical line is totally insensitive to EMI/RFI perturbations.

Application RD320-OFR_01

Simple ring topology

This topology enables to build a simple ring whereas the master equipment is installed in the middle.

Application RD320-OFR_2

Single master bus topology

Each media converter device enables to connect to the network one or more slaves peripherals controlled by the master which governs exchanges using addressing sequences.

All the slaves equipments receive data transmitted by the master and answer are then received only by the master.

Application RD320-OFR_3

Dual master bus topology

By using this configuration, data transmitted by the "A" master are received by all the slave equipments and by the "B" master (backup station) as well.
The answers from slaves are received by all the slaves and by masters "A" & "B" as well.

Such configuration brings security to the application as the "B" master warrants the system to work even in case of master "A" failure or fiber breakdown.

Both "A" & "B" masters can be a single equipment with two independant serial ports.

Application RD320-OFR_4

Redundant ring (fault tolerant)

A single ring is used in this configuration but data are transmitted simultaneously on the two rings, this is a single master topology.
The master doesn't retransmit the data he receive in order to avoid infinite data loop.
In case of fiber breakdown, the equipments will still continue to receive data on the only line.

Application RD320-OFR_5

Dual ring & dual master topology

This topology should be used when an equipment needs to answer to different masters located on distinct networks.
The RD300-OFR device can also be used as a simple repeater or as a fiber optic converter to be compatible with other equipments.

Application RD320-OFR_6

Dual point to point network

This topology should be used when EMI/RFI perturbations concern only a part of the whole installation.
Redundancy provides a double security for the sensitive link.
Moreover, any fiber failure is reported on a LED and a relay contact (MOSFET) in activated.

Application RD320-OFR_7

Star topology

The device works as an RS485 network repeater and makes it possible also a star topology in a polluted environment.

Application RD320-OFR_8

Technical documentation

Reference to order





Serial RS232/RS422/RS485 to single mode fiber optic media converter, multipoint & fault tolerant, +9VDC to +36VDC power supply, din rail mounting