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What is Unserver

Unserver is an application that provides a simple interface for communicating with device networks using Modbus protocol.

Unserver maintains a connection to devices and exposes their data as a simple, unified HTTP API.

Other applications can easily integrate with the provided API and perform read/write operations across the network:

        +-------------+
        | HMI Clients |
        +------+------+   ^
               |          | tags
         +-----+------+
         |  UNSERVER  |
         +-----+------+   ^
               |          | Modbus data
       +-------+--------+
       |                |
+------+-----+   +------+-----+
| Modbus PLC |   | Modbus PLC |
+------------+   +------------+

To make access to data simple and independent of the underlying protocol, Unserver uses a concept of tags.

A tag is an object that consists of one or more properties. Each property corresponds to a specific Modbus address or a range of addresses.

Modbus
Addresses                   
                            Tag
+----+  +--------+
|C1:1|->|        |  +-----------------+
+----+  |        |->|IsPumpOn:   True |
        |UNSERVER|  |EmergencySw:False|
+----+  |        |  +-----------------+
|C2:0|->|        |
+----+  +--------+

You can find out more about tags on the creating tags page.

Supported Device Protocols

This version of Unserver can communicate with Modbus RTU and Modbus TCP devices.

Main Features

  • Combining multiple Modbus addresses into tags
  • Easy and transparent JSON-based configuration
  • HTTP/REST API for integrating with high-level systems
  • Tag polling
  • Automatic data type conversion
  • Tag caching

System Requirements

  • Windows XP SP3 or later
  • .NET Framework 4.0 or later
  • 512MB RAM
  • 10 Mb of disk space

Getting Started

To see what it’s like to use Unserver, proceed to Getting Started

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