Semi-custom design and development project to develop embedded gateway for OEM


The ProtoNode is an external, high-performance, low-cost building automation and industrial control IIoT gateway for original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) that provides manufacturers connectivity to the cloud and instant multi-protocol deployment of field protocols, enabling new or legacy devices to easily interface with other protocols. With two Ethernet ports, the ProtoNode FPC-N64 allows data to move seamlessly across disparate subnets and supports physical segmentation for Cloud connectivity, allowing for enhanced LAN security from the WAN/Cloud.

OEMs can enjoy the benefits of the cloud connectivity through the SMC Device Cloud. The ProtoNode is SMC Cloud-enabled, meaning all ProtoNodes can be registered to the SMC Device Cloud, Sierra Monitor’s device cloud for the IIoT. The SMC Cloud web interface lets users remotely access, in a secure fashion, the FS-GUI and custom web applications that are available locally on the ProtoNode. These applications offer functionality for configuration, monitoring, logging, security, diagnostics, and updates.

This product is protected by FieldSafe.

FieldServer ProtoNode
1. SMC Device Cloud support

Register your ProtoNode to the SMC Cloud interface for remote access to local applications, configuration, and device management

2. Serial or Ethernet Environment Support

Provide multiple protocol support for any protocol translation as a full-featured, field-programmable OEM protocol gateway solution

3. BACnet Protocol Experience

Use the ProtoNode to translate between BACnet MS/TP and BACnet/IP protocols, reduce traffic over a BACnet network by providing fast data communication, and easily connect to remote BACnet networks

4. Multi-Client Support

Ensure interoperability between any industrial and/or building automation protocols with one or more of the 140+ protocols supported by Sierra Monitor

5. Advanced Auto-Discovery

Automatically discover known devices on the network and be configured to provide the protocol translation necessar

6. Configuration Auto-Selector

Via DIP switches. Enable manufacturers to pre-load multiple predefined configuration

7. VPN

OpenVPN allows users to remotely connect local software to their remote site ethernet devices via FieldServer for software updates and changes

8. Proxy Tunnel

An SMC Cloud feature that allows users to view the web page on their remote device via the remote

9. ProAttach

This FieldServer feature assists users enter valuable site information to enable rich analytics when analyzing or diagnosing data from all sites via the SMC Cloud

10. Virtual Data Points

A rich Edge Gateway feature that enables manipulation of device data on the FieldServer to produce useful data using a JSON logic engine embedded in the FieldServer Gateway


FieldServer ProtoNode
Model Numbers

FPC-N54 - ProtoNode with RS-485 (replaces N34)
FPC-N35 - ProtoNode with LonWorks 
FPC-N36 - ProtoNode with RS-232
FPC-N37 - ProtoNode with KNX
FPC-N64 – ProtoNode with two Ethernet port

Power Requirements

Power: 9-30 VDC or 24 VAC

RS-422: 15-30 VDC or 12-24 VAC

Current draw @ 12V:

  • FPC-N54 @ 12V = 240 mA
  • FPC-N35 @ 12V = 250 mA
  • FPC-N36 @ 15V = 200 mA
  • FPC-N37 @ 15V = 210 mA
  • FPC-N64 @12V = 240mA


  • Slave: 550 mA @ 12V
  • Master (1 Slave): 580 mA @ 12V
  • Master (64 Slave): 980 mA @ 12V

Operating Temperature: -40º to 167ºF (-40º to 75ºC)
Relative Humidity: 5-90% RH, non-condensing


N3x (classic) form factor:

  • Dimensions: 4.5 x 3.2 x 1.6 in. (11.5 x 8.2 x 4.0 cm)
  • Weight: 0.4 lbs (0.2kg)

N54 & N64 form factor:

  • Dimensions: 4.0 x 1.1 x 2.7 in. (10.2 x 2.8 x 6.8 cm)
  • Weight: 0.4 lbs (0.2kg)

Serial RS-485:

  • Galvanic isolation
  • Baud: 9600, 19200, 38400, 57600, 76800, 115200


  • 10/100-Base-T
  • MDIX
  • DHCP
BACnet Support

Alarm & Event notification read properties multiples
BACnet COV’s Trend Logging, BBMD and optional BACnet Router support
Support up to 10,000 BACnet Objects
DIP switches are for setting MAC Address, Node-ID, Baud Rate on the RS-485 Field protocol


BTL Certified 
UL 60950-1

CAN/CSA C22-2 
RoHS Compliant
DNP3 Conformance Tested

FCC part 15



Two years return to factory

MSA FieldServer ProtoNode: PC GUI Set Up

This video explains the process to set up your PC to connect to the MSA FieldServer ProtoNode's GUI. This example is shown using the Windows 10 operating system.

MSA FieldServer ProtoNode: Troubleshooting Communication Issues

This video explains the process of basic troubleshooting communication issues of the MSA FieldServer ProtoNode.

Dual Ethernet FieldServer: Additional Security

MSA’s FieldServer ProtoNode Model FPC-N64 Gateway has been designed with two Ethernet ports, with one Ethernet port for the LAN and the other Ethernet port for the WAN (Internet).

Please contact the OEM vendor of your ProtoNode to ask for the Start-up guide for the specific ProtoNode. The output protocol can be configured a number of different ways on the ProtoNode and the OEM Vendor will have the correct documentation on how to set it.

The ProtoNode mapping has been pre-configured and approved by the OEM Vendor. MSA Technical Support is not authorized to change it. Please contact your OEM Vendor to inquire about any modifications to the mapping.

Please contact the OEM vendor of your ProtoNode to ask for the Start-up guide for the specific ProtoNode. There are several ways of changing the Device Instance on a ProtoNode Gateway and the OEM Vendor will have the correct process documented in their Start-Up guides.

Recovery Mode occurs when an internal Module of the ProtoNode firmware has suffered a crash or corruption. A firmware upgrade will be required to resolve.

i. Take a Diagnostic Capture and Contact Technical Support

  1. Download and install the FieldServer Toolbox.
  2. Connect to the ProtoNode’s Ethernet port
  3. Hit the Diagnostic button on the FieldServer Toolbox
  4. Take a 5-minute, Full Diagnostic of the ProtoNode
  5. Email the zip file to Be sure to include your observations and what you would like Technical Support to check