The Philips Dynalite product catalog features two ethernet products; the Ethernet Gateway (PDEG), and Ethernet Bridge (PDEB). Many may be familiar with the PDEG ethernet gateway, using it a time clock for scheduling, and wireless programming. Many may be unaware of the more recent addition to the product portfolio, the PDEB ethernet bridge. Let’s take a closer look at these two products, and how they can be used.

PDEG Philips Dynalite Ethernet Gateway

The Philips Dynalite PDEG provides a multipurpose Ethernet connection to a Philips lighting control system. It supports access to the lighting system via a dedicated Philips app as well as providing a web interface delivering access to the inbuilt timeclock and schedule editor functions. It provides bridging functionality between Ethernet backbone and the DyNet fieldbus devices.

  • Large storage capacity – The device stores large project files internally, which apps use to automatically configure their settings. This saves configuration time and ensures accuracy for phone and tablet control.
  • Built-in web server – Allows the user to edit and check system settings via the Network Hardware Checker and System Roll Call tools.
  • No technical skills needed – Inbuilt timeclock and schedule manager allow the user to manage operation and task scheduling without advanced technical knowledge.
  • Powerful custom task engine – Allows users or third-party systems to run macros, such as ‘After Hours’, ‘Shut Down’, ‘Welcome’ and more.
  • Advanced interoperability – Supports management of Philips Dynalite and Philips PoE fittings on a single system.

Practically, for most integrators, the PDEG can be used for the following:

More information
Specification sheet
Installation manual
Commissioning guide

PDEB Philips Dynalite Ethernet Bridge

The Philips Dynalite PDEB provides a cost-effective Ethernet connection to a Philips lighting control system. It provides bridging functionality between an Ethernet backbone and the DyNet fieldbus devices. The PDEB enables the implementation of a trunk and spur topology on large project sites, with the bridge providing a high-speed backbone coupled to many lower speed spurs.

  • Cost-effective – The device provides an economical way to connect the RS-485 DyNet network to an Ethernet network.
  • Internal controls – Programmable logic controller capable of comprehensive conditional and sequential logic and arithmetic function processing, packet filtering and DyNet to DyNet 2 translation.
  • Flexible mounting solution – DIN-rail mountable, designed to be installed into a distribution board or other electrical enclosure.

Practically, for most integrators, the PDEB can be used for the following:

  • Third-party system control integration
  • Ethernet bridge

More information
Specification sheet
Installation manual

Summary

Whilst most projects will incorporate a PDEG ethernet gateway for time clock and scheduling functionality, the PDEB ethernet bridge can be used as a more cost effective solution for integrating third-party control systems, or as a bridge for large systems.

Disclaimer: This series of reviews focuses on special products that are part of a networked lighting control system; specifically the Philips Dynalite system. Philips Dynalite is probably the world’s best lighting control system, that I have represented in a professional and expert role with Lightmoves for many years. These reviews may be quite technical, and may benefit those who are this way inclined. Let me know if you want to know more. @SimonLakey

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