file RS-232 (RS-485) networks have no ground connection

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Loucifer Posted 2 years 6 months ago
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This is for a huge home theater.

I have a power transformer that converts 380VAC between two legs of a 3-phase power system down to 230VAC, with a center-tap of the secondary being our "neutral" for this secondary. (FYI, there are three such transformers, connected between phases A and B; B and C; and C and A. All this is needed.)

A hundred feet away we have a Lutron lighting panel that operates at 230 VAC from one leg of the same 3-phase power, on the same breaker panel, to neutral.

The lighting system is controlled via a Crestron system powered at the above-mentioned transformer, with control from the Crestron to the Lutron via RS485 .

If the RS485 cabling makes a connection from the chassis ground of the Crestron system to the chassis ground of the Lutron, it looks like we have a HUGE ground loop. Hence the question, which I'd like to generalize:

Do ethernet, RS232, and/or RS485 essentially isolate grounds at the two ends of their cables? Do they carry a ground through? Does it depend on the equipment?
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Moderator Posted 2 years 6 months ago
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Short answer, yes, with RS-232 and 485 the ground is pin 5 so the ground is carried through the cable to both ends. One would presume the equipment manufacturers will isolate that ground properly - certainly we'd assume someone like Crestron would do so.

A little bit out of the realm for this forum...
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