For a project, I'm looking for a way to gather serial data from up to 50 devices which have a RS232 port. I'm talking one-way traffic, so the devices will send data regularly (we're talking relatively low bitrate traffic at 9600 baud, and a message say every second or so). They might however output data at the same time.
I was looking into RS485, which as per the standard seems to allow to make a multidrop network supporting up to 32 nodes. Even 64 with a tranceiver like this one:
Would what I'm trying to do actually be possible with something like this or am I missing very obvious stuff? The goal would be to get all the data to a PC, where timing is not very important (doesn't really matter which stream comes first, as long as I get them all within a reasonable timeframe).
Any input would be greatly appreciated. As I'm not by any means an electronics specialist, I'd appreciate a constructive answer :-)
Thanks a lot! Jens