groov Product Comparison

With groov Products, your automation and IIoT applications are easier to install, develop, and maintain. Whatever you need—realtime industrial control; distributed I/O; monitoring and visualization; data acquisition, processing, and communications—there's a groov product designed to help simplify your job.

This chart compares features for groov EPIC, groov RIO, groov Edge Appliance (groov Box), and groov Server for Windows. Which one is best for your project?

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  groov EPIC groov RIO groov Box groov Server for Windows
Description Edge programmable industrial controller Edge I/O Edge appliance Server for groov View HMI​
Industrially hardened device x x x  
Software that runs on Windows PC       x
Field I/O 0-16 groov I/O modules can be placed on same chassis Built-in, software-configurable I/O    
Real-time industrial control x      
I/O x x    
Data processing x      
Data communication x x x  
IIoT connectivity x x x  
Visualization (HMI) x   x x
Control programming - PAC Control software
- CODESYS® Development System (all IEC 61131-3 compliant languages)
- Custom programs run via secure shell access (SSH)
Node-RED (data flows) x x x  
Ignition from Inductive Automation® (additional cost) x      
Ignition Edge® (additional cost; drivers for Allen-Bradley® & Siemen®s PLCs, Modbus®/TCP devices & software; MQTT communications) x   x  
groov View (HMIs for mobile devices, PCs, any device with a web browser) x   x x
groov Manage (configuration) x x    
groov Admin (configuration)     x  
Secure shell access (SSH) x x    
   IIoT Connectivity
OPC UA x   x x
MQTT with Sparkplug B x x (only via Node-RED or Ignition Edge)  
Node-RED x x x  
RESTful APIs - PAC Control variables
- groov Manage (to I/O)
- groov View Data Stores
- groov Manage (to I/O)
- groov View Data Stores
- groov View Data Stores - groov View Data Stores
   Data Handling
Data acquisition x x    
Data storage x x    
Data processing x      
Data communication x x x  
   Security and Networking
Data encryption (HTTPS/TLS) x x x x
User authentication x x x x
Self-signed or Certificate Authority certificates x x x  
Device firewall, configurable x x    
LDAP support x x    
VPN client x x    
Two independent Ethernet NICs (different IP addresses) x   x (Depends on PC)
Two switched Ethernet NICs (same IP address)   x    
IP address format IPV4/IPV6 IPV4/IPV6 IPV4 IPV4/IPV6
HDMI ports One (for external monitor)      
USB ports Two USB 2.0 (for external keyboard/mouse, WiFi adapter, serial adapter, or USB memory stick to 32 GB One USB 2.0 (for WiFi adapter, serial adapter, or USB memory stick to 32 GB/td> Three USB 2.0 (for USB memory stick backups up to 2GB, WiFi adapter, or serial adapter)  
Built-in, high-resolution color touchscreen display x      
Mounting Requires groov EPIC chassis. Chassis is DIN-rail or panel mounted. Self-contained; DIN-rail or panel mounted Self-contained; DIN-rail or panel mounted n/a
Power AC, DC, or pass-through power supply options on chassis Power over Ethernet or 10-32 VDC input 8-32 VDC (power supply included) n/a
Operating temperature -20 °C to +70 °C -20 °C to +70 °C 0 to 70 °C n/a
Storage temperature -40 °C to +85 °C -40 °C to +85 °C -20 °C to +80 °C n/a
Relative humidity, non-condensing (operating) 5-95% 5-95% 10-90% n/a
Agency approvals UL/cUL (Class 1 Div. 2), CE, ATEX (Category 3, Zone 2), RoHS, DFARS UL/cUL(Class 1 Div. 2); CE, ATEX(Category 3, Zone 2), RoHS; DFARS; CB Scheme CE, RoHS, DFARS n/a
Warranty Processor: 30 months. Most I/O modules: lifetime warranty. 30 months 30 months n/a