Modbus

Modbus defines four different object types form which values can be read: Coils, Discrete Inputs, Input Registers, and Holding Registers. Of those four, Coils and Holding Registers can also be written to. Coils and Discrete Inputs hold single bit values while Input Registers and Holding Registers hold 16 bit values. For values that cannot fit into 16 bit, it is customary to use multiple consecutive registers to hold the value. Modbus does not define what the bytes in the registers represent; it is up to the creator of the Modbus Slave Device to specify how to interpret the stored bits. A 16 bit register could be used to hold a single byte value, for example, or four consecutive registers could hold a double precision floating point number. Storing texts as ASCII characters is also possible. For integer numbers in particular it there is no defined byte order, nor signage definition. Because of those ambiguities it is not possible for the Lobaro LoRaWAN Bridge to understand the data read from/written to Slave Devices. All communications therefore simply forward raw Modbus Commands and Responses with their payload, as it communicated on the Bus. Any check sums (CRC16 for RTU, LRC for ASCII) are excluded from LoRaWAN communications or the Bridge's configuration, as there are other check sums in work their already.

For a deeper introduction into Modbus please refer to https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Modbus.


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