The Babel Buster MX-73-V3 BACnet Router routes BACnet messages between BACnet IP and BACnet MS/TP networks. The MX-73-V3 BACnet Router can be a learning router or configured router, and includes BBMD support. The MX-73-V3 BACnet Router also provides slave proxy capability to answer to Who-Is messages on behalf of devices that do not support dynamic binding.

The Babel Buster MX-73-V3 BACnet Router can also operate as a BACnet gateway, reading and writing other BACnet devices and retaining a copy of object values in its own set of BACnet objects. The MX-73-V3 also provides an SNMPv3 server for additional gateway flexibility. The MX-73-V3 can be used to connect BACnet devices to an SNMPv3 network.

BB3-7302-V3 BACnet Router plus SNMP Gateway Functionality

The MX-73-V3 is an upgrade alternate for BB2-7030 offering higher performance at a lower cost. Routing efficiency is improved and gateway capacity increased. The MX-73-V3 also provides a secure (https) web user interface.

Feature Highlights
• BACnet Router, IP to MS/TP
• Configured or learning router
• BBMD support for WAN connectivity
• Slave proxy for static address binding support
• BACnet Client/Server gateway for mapping BACnet objects
• Up to 5,000 BACnet Objects
• BACnet Input, Value, Output objects for Analog, Binary, Multistate
• SNMP Server (aka Agent)
• Up to 1,000 BACnet Objects mapped as MIB variables
• Connect BACnet IP or MS/TP Devices to an SNMPv3 Network
• SNMP trap sender with user programmable threshold rules
• FCC, CE Mark
• Software Included, No Drivers to Buy

Babel Buster BB3-7101 BACnet IP to SNMPv3 Gateway

Babel Buster MX-73-V3 BACnet Router plus SNMP Gateway

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Retail price: $549.00

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Control Solutions’ Babel Buster MX-73-V3 is a BACnet router, slave proxy, and client/server gateway that allows remapping objects from multiple slaves into one master. You can use the MX-73-V3 as just a router, just a client/server, or both at the same time. The MX-73-V3 also includes BBMD support. The MX-73-V3 is a performance upgrade of Control Solutions’ original BB2-7030 BACnet router.

The MX-73-V3 as a BACnet Router will route IP to MS/TP and vice versa via its local ports, and supports full router capability for multi-hop internetworks including via NAT WAN routers. Routing is simple to set up. Routing can be used without any other gateway features enabled. Routing can be configured or automatically learned.

The MX-73-V3 as a BACnet Client/Server Gateway will poll BACnet IP and/or BACnet MS/TP slaves or servers, and retain copies of selected object properties. Upstream clients may then query the MX-73-V3 to receive data originating from multiple devices.

The MX-73-V3 is an SNMP Agent that will respond to SNMP v1, v2c, or v3 requests. Local BACnet objects can be assigned to either of the branches of the local MIB for remote access by SNMP Managers. The local data may be accessed as scaled integer or 32-bit floating point (RFC 6340). An SNMP Get to the MX-73-V3 will read local objects and an SNMP Set will write the local objects. If local objects are mapped via the BACnet client to write to other BACnet devices, then SNMP Set will result in writing to a BACnet device.

The MX-73-V3 can send v1, v2c, or v3 traps or notifications based on threshold rules created via templates in the MX-73-V3’s web UI. When data in the local objects meets the rule criteria, the notification will be sent. Notifications can be triggered by reading other BACnet devices or by object values written to the MX-73-V3 by other BACnet devices.

The MX-73-V3 includes its own internal web server that provides a web based user interface for configuring the MX-73-V3. Configuration is done using simple templates, and each web page has an online help section at the bottom.

Screen shot from BB3-7302-V3 BACnet Router plus SNMP Gateway

Click the link below to view a demo copy of the entire Web UI in the MX-73-V3.

 MX-73-V3 Demo Web


MX-73-V3 Features

• BACnet IP to MS/TP Router
• Configured or learning, I-Am route learning, I-Am-Router route learning
• Slave proxy to support MS/TP slave-only devices
• Client/Server gateway for remapping BACnet objects
• Direct import of CSV files for faster point mapping
• Read/Write any standard BACnet objects as a Gateway
    • Up to 5,000 objects
    • Analog, Binary, Multi-State object types
    • Input, Output, Value objects
• Commandable BACnet objects implement priority array
• BBMD, COV support
• SNMP v1, v2c, v3 Get/Set access to all data points
• SNMP v1, v2c, v3 trap generation, user programmable criteria
• MD5/DES support for Get/Set, encrypted traps not supported
• Up to 1,000 MIB variables
• Map any BACnet object to a MIB variable
• Auto-Build MIB on command
• Hardened EIA-485 transceiver for BACnet MS/TP
• 10/100BaseT Ethernet for BACnet IP and SNMP
• Configure via secure web pages with password protection
    • TLS 1.2
    • RSA-1024/SHA-256 self-generated certificates
    • Supports externally generated certificates
• Flash file system with XML configuration files
• Field upgradeable firmware
• Includes “10X” file capacity
• Powered by 10-30VDC or 24VAC 50/60 Hz
• Power Consumption: 0.1A @ 24VDC
• Panel mount, 70mm H x 131mm W x 38mm D
• Pluggable screw terminal block for power & RTU network
• Operating temperature -20°C to +75°C
• Humidity 5% to 90% non-condensing
• FCC Class A, CE Mark

Maximum Object Counts and System Capacities for MX-73-V3

• MX-73-V3 Object Pool allows up to 5,000 BACnet objects. The object pool may be allocated among the following object types, with a minimum of 1 per object type: Analog Input, Analog Output, Analog Value, Binary Input, Binary Output, Binary Value, Multi-state Input, Multi-state Output, Multi-state Value.

• Maximum 1024 states for Multi-state objects with state text, actual number of objects/states supported varies by resource usage per object.

• MX-73-V3 allows user allocation of memory resources. Memory capacity will not support maximum counts of everything possible, but maximum count limits are set high so that you can allocate resources where you need them.

• Maximum BACnet object count 5000
• Maximum BACnet device count 200
• BACnet Client read map count 5000
• BACnet Client write map count 5000

• Maximum MIB Size: 1000 Variables

MX-73-V3 Video Library

Watch these videos for an introduction to configuring the gateway. It's easier than reading!

Note: These videos were recorded using a BB3-7302-V3 which is functionally identical to the MX-73-V3.

Introduction to the BB3-7302/MX-73 BACnet Router

Configuring BB3-7302/MX-73 BACnet Router

Configuring BB3-7302/MX-73 BACnet Server

Configuring BB3-7302/MX-73 BACnet Client

Configuring BB3-7302-V3/MX-73-V3 SNMP Server (Agent)

CSV to XML Conversion Tool

Babel Buster Configuration Builder

You would normally use the web pages found in the gateway itself to configure the gateway. But you may be able to take a shortcut if you have a long list of registers already in CSV file format.

The Babel Buster Configuration Builder is used to facilitate building of configuration files (aka "profiles") for Babel Buster network gateways by converting XML files to CSV files and vice versa. This simplifies the process of creating or changing a large number of entries because you can use any standard spread sheet program to manipulate the content of one or more CSV files, and then convert that into an XML configuration file that can be loaded into the gateway. If the gateway will be reading a long list of Modbus registers, for example, you can sometimes just copy a list of registers from another source, paste into a simple text file, and import that into the spread sheet program. Then add a header line to label the content, add a handful of additional columns, and you quickly have most of a complete configuration. Very often, the only thing that changes from one line to the next is the register number. The other entries can be quickly made by entering once and using the spread sheet program's "fill down".

The Babel Buster Configuration Builder simplifies the process of making global changes to a large number of gateway register or object "maps". The gateway “converts” protocols by querying devices on one network with one protocol, and then saving that data internally so that it may be accessed on another network using a different protocol. The designation of what should be queried is referred to as a “map” in the gateway. In most applications, most or all maps are “read” maps, meaning the gateway will read data from some other device. A “write” map will write data to that device. Most often the gateway will actively read data from a device and passively wait for another device on the alternate network to query the gateway to obtain that data. But it is also possible to configure the gateway with two sets of maps, one to actively read device A using protocol A, and then actively write that data to device B using protocol B. The process can also be reversed, and can be done concurrently. You may both read and write data on one network while writing and reading data on the other network.

What to Expect from the Conversion Tool

The point of this configuration builder is to simplify the process of entering long lists of registers or objects. Where most of the parameters are the same for many maps, using a spread sheet program's "fill down" makes the process fast and easy.

There are situations where creating a CSV file for configuring some aspect of the gateway is actually going to create more work than simply using the web UI or PC based software to directly configure that aspect. Configuring the Modbus RTU port baud rate is one such example. There is only one setting. A CSV file would create more work rather than less, as intended. Therefore, the configuration builder only supports CSV import/export for those aspects of gateway configuration that involve long lists of largely replicated parameters. There are a very limited number of list type entries that are not supported in part because they are seldom used, and in part because very little of the list is replicated from one entry to the next. The BACnet Broadcast Distribution Table is one such example.

Do note, however, that if you have already done a lot of configuration, have saved that to an XML file, and want to add a list from a CSV file, you can do that. Refer to the section in the user guide that talks about modifying an existing configuration.

Get the Tool Now!

This tool is free and available for download now. Unzip and run the bb-builder-setup.exe file. Open the program, and click the help icon (blue question mark in upper left corner) to access the user guide. The very first section tells you how to get started.

NOTE: Version 2 of the configuration builder tool supports BB3-7101 file formats, and supports upgrading XML files from BB2-7010 format to BB3-7101 format. Also do note that the BB3-7101 can import CSV files directly. If you have a compatible CSV file ready to go, just upload that into the BB3-7101 - no need to convert to XML first.

Download the Babel Buster Configuration Builder here.

CSV to XML Conversion Tool

Configuration Service

Need even more help with your network gateway configuration task? We can do the configuration for you, or at least give you a big head start. We are working on building a library of configuration files for commonly used devices. If yours isn't already in the library, we will add it. To get started, open a support ticket and attach a copy (typically a .pdf document) of whatever documentation you have for your device. In addition, provide a list of the registers or objects you want to read or write. Of course, you can also start by asking if we already have that device in our library. If you have a proprietary application that you do not want included in our library, you can hire us at a very reasonable rate to do custom, proprietary configuration work for you, too.

Our most extensive technical support is provided by the same engineering staff that developed the products. Your personal attention from this staff is available via the support ticket system.

No user/password is required to open a new ticket. Once you open a ticket, you will immediately receive an email with your ticket number. Your ticket number becomes your login to review your ticket(s) later. Click the Support Ticket icon anywhere you see it. (If you do not get an email with your ticket number, within minutes, check your junk folder, spam settings, etc, and try again if necessary.)

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