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Which groov?

Posted by Jean Femia on Apr 10, 2014 4:49:00 AM

groov BoxYou've heard a lot from us about groov, But you may be wondering which groov is right for you.

Let's compare a few choices.

groov Box or groov Server?

groov software and the operator interfaces you build are served in one of two ways: from a hardware appliance (the groov Box) or from a Microsoft Windows computer (groov Server for Windows). Here's how to decide which one you need.

Choose the groov Box (GROOV-AT1) if:

  • You don't want to have to install any software.
  • You need an industrially hardened unit for this job. (See Specifications.)
  • You don't want to put a Windows computer on your network (or don't have one that's compatible with groov Server).
  • You just want to plug in an appliance and be ready to roll.

groov Server for Windows logoChoose groov Server (GROOV-SVR-WIN) if:

  • You're a machine builder or OEM and you already have a compatible Windows PC in your machine. Just install groov Server on it and you're ready. (See compatible Windows versions.)
  • Your IT Department doesn't want you to put any hardware on your network, but they're OK with using a Windows server.
  • You already use a Windows-based HMI (PAC Display or others) and want to add groov to that PC.
  • You’re using a SoftPAC software-based controller or other PC-based control and want to add groov to the same PC.

groov or groov SNAP?

With groov, you can build mobile operator interfaces for an amazing variety of systems and equipment—industrial automation, building automation, energy, and more. See the list of systems you can use with groov and KEPServerEX, the tag server we recommend.

But if you need an interface just for Opto 22's SNAP PAC System and OptoEMU Sensor energy monitoring units, choose the SNAP-only groov. It's less expensive, and of course you can upgrade later if you need to.

See more about groov choices

Topics: groov, Tips

Written by Jean Femia

Jean Femia writes about technical subjects and has focused on automation and control systems for more than 15 years. She likes learning about technology and taking corners in her Honda S2000.
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