Thanks for that....I just don't want to stick a PC in the middle of my "control network" to perform tasks. Being into industrial automation, I typicall don't like doing "controls" thru a PC.....but that's just my opinion
I come from industrial automation as well and 10 years ago, I would have agreed - no computers.
In reality everything these days is a computer and there is device layer upon device layer talking to make a system work. Times are changing.
Take Siemens or AB for example... PLC is really an embedded computer (with firmware) talking to a drive (another computer and firmware) communicating via some other device (with firmware) via some protocol (such as Profi, DN, MB, OPC, etc) to an HMI, which is really just an outdated Windows embedded machine running some other software.
I've installed precision (0.5um accuracy) multi-axis tools into major fab plants that run completely custom .NET HMIs talking to QNX computers used as controllers.
Anyways, your choice. I have a 2DS arriving shortly and I'll be adding support to DSCLink in case you change your mind.