The Data Station Plus was designed to act as a nexus for industrial data collection and management. The unit offers multiple protocol conversion, data logging and remote machine access. With three built in serial ports and a 10 Base-T/100 Base-TX Ethernet port, the unit performs protocol conversion, allowing disparate devices to communicate seamlessly with one another. The Ethernet port supports up to ten protocols simultaneously using Crimson 3, so even ethernet to ethernet protocols can be converted. The CompactFlash card allows data to be collected and stored for later review. The files are stored in simple CSV file format allowing common applications, such as microsoft excel and access, to view and manage the data. The free Websync utility provides a means to synchronize the files with a PCs hard drive for permanent storage. The CompactFlash card may also be used to load new configuration files into the data station.