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Compare groov Box and groov Server

groov Box appliance or groov Server for Windows?

Which one is for you?

groov Boxgroov Box appliance—plug this tough little Box into your network and it automatically serves groov software. Also included: Node-RED for easy development of secure IIoT projects. To build a groov mobile app, just open a web browser and type in the name or IP address of the Box on the network.
groov_server_120x36groov Server for Windows—Install this small-footprint software on a compatible Windows computer on your network, and the groov software is served from there. To build a groov mobile app, open a web browser and type in the name or IP address of the computer on the network.

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Included features groov Box groov Server for Windows
groov Build (to build your mobile interface) Yes Yes
groov View (to use your moble interface) Yes Yes
groov Admin (to administer the groov Box) Yes No (not needed)
Node-RED (to develop IIoT projects) Yes No
Browser-based mobile interface creation Yes Yes
Requires browser plugins No No
Interface deployed via URL Yes Yes
Interface usable on multiple device brands & sizes Yes Yes
Security: HTTPS/TLS encryption plus authentication Yes Yes
Self-signed or Certificate Authority certificates Yes Yes
Drag-and-drop gadget library Yes Yes
Create users and groups Yes Yes
Create multiple pages Yes Yes
Log events Yes Yes
Create email and text notifications Yes Yes
Back up and restore mobile interface projects Yes Yes
Industrially hardened device Yes Depends on computer
Two independent Ethernet NICs Yes Depends on computer
Runs on Windows No Yes
IP address format IPV4 IPV4/IPV6

Which one should I choose?

Choose the groov Box if:

groov Box

  • 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 want to easily use Node-RED for an IIoT project.
  • You just want to plug in an appliance and be ready to roll.

Choose groov Server if:

  • groov Server for Windows logoYou’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.
  • 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 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.

Still not sure?

Talk to one of our experienced engineers. They’ll be glad to help. Pre-sales engineering help is free.
Phone: 800-321-6786 (toll-free in the U.S. and Canada) or 951-695-3000
Email: systemseng@opto22.com

PC compatibility requirements for groov Server  (.NET Framework 3.5 or greater is required):

  • Windows 7 Professional (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows 8 Professional (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2
  • Windows Server 2012
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