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9600 FP Modem, Standalone AC

The modem for multidrop applications in utility or harsh environments.


Please call 877-877-2269 for a replacement product or part.
Extended Double Diamond™ Warranty Available (3 Additional Year)

Product Features

  • Ideal for smartgrid applications.
  • Flash poll speeds of 4800 or 9600 bps.
  • Operate 4-wire full-duplex or 2-wire half-duplex over a leased line.
  • 202T compatible.


  • Built tough for industrial or outdoor environments, like utilities.
  • Operate in temperature extremes ranging from -40 to +185° F (-40 to +85° C).
  • Ideal for large polled networks requiring thousands of drops.
  • Select from three modes via DIP switches, eliminating the need for PC or AT commands. No software code commands necessary.
  • Feature a 23-msec RTS/CTS delay at 9600 bps in FlashPoll mode and an 8-ms delay at 1800 bps in Bell 202T mode.
  • Fast poll-response enables you to make more drops per polled link than any other modem.
  • Adaptive equalizer with DSP technology gives you the fastest speeds even on unconditioned lines.
  • Provide fast response, short training time, and low throughput delay.
  • Auto RTS feature enables multidrops for devices with 3-wire data interfaces and no RTS control signal.
  • Heavy-duty surge protection for their power supply as well as for leased or private lines.
  • AC and DC models are available, including a rackmount card for the Modem Rack II.

  • This modem works in extreme conditions and provides super-fast polling times for multidrop applications.

    This modem operates at 202T rate and can be switched to 4800 or 9600 to accomodate newer Scada and RTUs, without changing out the entire system.

    Tech Specs

    Approvals CE
    Connectors (1) DB25 F; (1) terminal block, 2- or 4-wire
    Data Format 8 or 9 data bits with 1 or more stop bits
    Data Rate FlashPoll: 4800 or 9600 bps, asynchronous; Bell 202T: Up to 1800 bps, asynchronous; V.23: Up to 1200 bps, asynchronous
    Dimensions MD1980A, MD1980A-DC: 1.5"H x 5.7"W x 8.3"D (3.8 x 14.5 x 21.1 cm); MD1980C: 0.75"H x 5.7"W x 8.3"D (1.9 x 14.5 x 21.1 cm)
    Distance Without cable equalizer: 9.5 mi. (15.3 km) maximum; With TX and RX cable equalizer: 15 mi. (24.1 km) maximum
    Modulation V.23 or Bell 202 FSK
    Power MD1980A: 100-240 VAC, 50-60 Hz, autosensing, external; MD1980A-DC: 10–53 VDC, internal; MD1980C: From the Modem Rack II (RM421A)
    Surge Protection Provided at the power line and leased line; Standalone models: Up to 15 kV

    The MD1980C works with:
    • Modem Rack II (RM421A)
    Questions? Contact our FREE Tech Support.

    * Technical specification weight is the unit weight. It is not the packaged shipping weight. For shipping weight, please contact Black Box customer service at 877-877-2269.



    Double Diamond Warranty

    Extended 1 Year Warranty Available

    Protect your purchase with an additional 1 Year Double Diamond™ warranty!
    Cost: $103.00

    Extended 3 Year Warranty Available

    Protect your purchase with an additional 3 Year Double Diamond™ warranty!
    Cost: $205.99


    Double Diamond™ Warranty (Standard)

    Take the risk out of equipment purchases with the Double Diamond™ Warranty from Black Box Network Services.

    The Double Diamond Warranty is our warranty that protects your Black Box® brand products* from accidental damage, including drops, water, and power surges.

    The 9600 FP Modem, Standalone AC comes with a standard 1 Year Double Diamond™ Warranty (Standard) already included.

    During the warranty period, Black Box Network Services will repair or replace your damaged equipment within one week of receipt at NO CHARGE!*

    Plus, get an Extended Double Diamond Warranty.

    You can also extend your warranty or protect a previously purchased Black Box® brand product** for an additional year—for only 10% of the purchase price! Or, extend your coverage for a full three years for only 20% of the purchase price!

    Ordering an extended warranty is easy: When viewing a product in your shopping cart, just select the one or three years of additional coverage in the dropdown menu under “Warranty Options.” For details, contact Customer Service at 724-746-5500.

    * Warranty subject to certain exclusions and limitations ** Certain products may not be eligible.

    What’s more, we also have a 45-day return policy. Simply call Customer Service for a Return Authorization (RA) number, return your product in new condition and in the original package, and receive a full refund.