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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 you’re ready for the Internet of Things. Included: groov View for visualization and Node-RED for easy development of secure IIoT projects. Add a groov Enterprise license and you have OPC-UA drivers and MQTT/Sparkplug, built in.
groov_server_120x36groov Server for Windows—Install this small-footprint software on a compatible Windows computer on your network, and groov View software is served from there. Easily build and view your own custom operator interfaces.


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Included features groov Box groov Server for Windows
groov View (to build and view an operator interface) Yes Yes
groov Admin (to configure networks, security, Node-RED, Ignition Edge) Yes No
Node-RED (to develop IIoT projects) Yes No
Ignition Edge (for OPC UA and MQTT/Sparkplug – requires groov Enterprise license) 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
Users and groups for security Yes Yes
Real-time trending up to 5 years Yes Yes
Event logging Yes Yes
Email and text notifications 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 want IIoT software and security built in.
  • 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 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, you already have a compatible Windows PC in your machine, and you need an HMI.
  • 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 View to that PC.
  • You’re using a SoftPAC software-based controller or other PC-based control and want to add groov View 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

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

  • Windows 10, 8, or 7 Professional (32-bit and 64-bit)
  • Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2012 or 2012 R2
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