Employee Spotlight: Mike Justice, Founder and President

Dec 4, 2015 7:11:53 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Employee Spotlight, General, Grid Connect, Lantronix, Mike Justice, networking productst, ping pong, Synergetic, technology


Grid Connect-5028-3Mike Justice is the Founder and President of Grid Connect. Before the Grid Connect, Mike founded Synergetic Micro Systems, which was later acquired by Lantronix in 2001. After working on the Lantronix team for a couple of years, Mike decided it was time to form another company. Grid Connect was founded in 2003 and has been selling and creating great networking products and technologies since.

Other than Mike's everyday duties to keep Grid Connect running smoothly, he spends a lot of time in different parts of the company helping to create a better and more efficient place to work. If Mike is not in his office, you can find him in an engineering meeting, helping make marketing decisions, or even vacuuming up the warehouse! Mike's favorite part of Grid Connect is being able to watch his employees grow and have fun. "As a family business, it is important to have great people that treat Grid Connect like part of their family."

Although you can find Mike dominating the ping-pong table almost daily at Grid Connect, one of his favorite hobbies outside of work is playing ping-pong too.

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Grid Connect is a Distributor of the Best Networking Products

Sep 21, 2015 8:09:05 AM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in AKCP, ales, ATC, distributor, expert support, General, Grid Connect, High-Flying, inventory, Lantronix, manufacturer, marketings, parners, PEAK, PEAK-System Technik, PROCENTEC, Products, profichip, seminars, Technical Support, tradeshows



Grid Connect Inc. carries and distributes only the best networking products from top-tier manufacturers throughout the world. Each device from every manufacturer is thoroughly tested to make sure it meets Grid Connect’s high standards of quality while complimenting our own manufactured products.

A major difference between Grid Connect and our competitors is that we are typically the master distributor or exclusive distributor for the products we sell. For our partners, this means that we do all the work: local inventory, marketing, sales, tradeshows, seminars and full technical support. In all cases, we understand and can skillfully support each product just as well as the manufacturer. As a distributor, it is our goal to provide high quality products and expert support to all of our customers.

Some of our outstanding partner companies with the most superior technology in the marketplace include:

To get a full view of the high quality products we distribute, browse the Grid Connect store now.

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Employee Spotlight: John Marchiando, VP of Business Development

Sep 4, 2015 2:04:39 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in Employee Spotlight, General, Internet of Things, IoT, Lantronix, Mike Justice, Synergetic


John Marchiando joined Grid Connect as our VP of Business Development about 15 months ago. He spearheads the Internet of Things (IoT) developments in our company on taaeaaqaaaaaaaaj8aaaajgu1zmfkmgi5lwy0zdktnda0ni1izdnilwq3ntuwzdqyytlhzqhe sales/partnering level: continually looking for new companies to partner with and traveling with reps to meet potential customers. “I just love the overall culture,” says John about his experience at Grid Connect, “the only pressure in the job is what I put on myself.”

John has a long history in the technology business, working for Synergetic and Lantronix (where he worked with Mike Justice before Grid Connect). Additionally, John was the regional manager for a multi-million dollar wire and cable company, before he turned his attention back to wireless tech.

In his free time, John likes to ride his motorcycle, cook and hang out with his three kids and two grandsons. 

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Common Questions about Grid Connect Products

Jul 27, 2015 3:57:46 PM / by Brittney Borowicz posted in CYT-133SC, FAQs, General, Grid Connect, Lantronix, NET232, NET485, Products, Technical Support


New products can be confusing: directions can sometimes be tricky, or devices may not work the way that they seem. This is why we try to provide as much technical support for our products as possible. We provide clients with the expert support of our engineers to ensure that our products run smoothly in their hands.

Our technical support engineer, Matt, tends to get asked certain questions more often than others. So from time to time, we like to compile these questions for easy access to our customers. Here are a few:

  • I am trying to setup my device using Internet Explorer but it is not working. What can you recommend? Avoid using Internet Explorer to setup devices that use a web configuration page. I recommend Google Chrome.
  • How can I obtain a copy of the product CD for my device?
    All of the CDs we include with our products are available on our website. Visit GridConnect.com, find your product on the website, and the CD as well as other useful materials will be located under "Documentation."


  • For the NET232, NET485, NetDirect products, and Lantronix products, where can I find the latest version of Device Installer or Com Port Redirector (CPR)?
    Those are available on the Lantronix website at http://www.lantronix.com/support/downloads/.
  • Where can I find the latest version of VCOM for ATC products? Where can I find the right version for my operating system?
    Those can be found on the product page on the ATC website at http://www.szatc.com/.
  • Where can I find the latest drivers for the PCAN-USB? Where can I find the latest version of PCAN-View?
    All of the software for the PCAN-USB can be found in the PCAN-USB package on the Peak website at http://www.peak-system.com/fileadmin/media/files/usb.zip. All software can be found on the download page at http://www.peak-system.com/Downloads.76.0.html?&L=1.
  • Specific questions for RS232:
    • Why is the signal blocked on my RS232 Module? On the RS232 modules, be sure to use a null modem instead of a gender changer, otherwise it will block the signal.
    • How do I connect my RS485 serial lines to a computer? RS485 requires either an RS485 to USB or RS485 to RS232 adapter to connect to a computer
  • Specific questions for the Chiyu CYT-133SC:
    • Why won't the Peer-to-Peer I/O function work on my device?
      That I/O function requires a firmware update be performed on the CYT-133SC. This can be done pretty easily through the web configuration page. The firmware files and instructions can be obtained by sending an email request tosupport@gridconnect.com or by calling the office.
    • Does each unit control the other in Peer-to-Peer?
      Yes, the I/O control works in both directions.
    • Am I able to transmit serial data in Peer-to-Peermode?

    • Where can I find the latest version of VCOM for my Chiyu device?
      All software and drivers are available from the downloads section of the Chiyu website at http://www.chiyu-t.com.tw/file_list.asp?cat=124.

If you have any other questions about these products, or any of the other products on the Grid Connect website, please contact Matt at +1 (630) 245-1445 or +1 (800) 975-GRID (4743) for USA Toll Free.

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Enter the XPort Pro Design Contest Today, Don't Miss Your Chance to Win!

Jun 11, 2010 3:39:54 PM / by Adam Justice posted in Bill Wong, contest, EDN, Electronic Design, ESC Boston, Events, General, Lantronix, Margery Conner, xPort, ZPort Pro


Don’t miss your chance to participate in this year’s XPort® Pro Design Contest. There is still time to enter for a chance to win substantial cash prizes. To date, we’ve received 56 inspiring entries that continue to demonstrate the endless applications for network-enabled devices. Every day, novel ideas are submitted. We hope to see your entry soon!

Some interesting entries that have been received so far include a networked BBQ, egg incubator, medicine dispensing machine, home energy usage monitor and a sensor for a mailbox, to name a few.

As a reminder, Lantronix will award the following prizes:

•    $6,000 USD – First Place
•    $3,000 USD – Second Place
•    $3,000 USD – Best Student Linux Design.

Winners will be selected by a panel of experts, including Bill Wong, technology editor for Electronic Design, and Margery Conner, technical editor for EDN.

So don’t delay, entries are due to Lantronix on or before August 6, 2010 and winners will be announced at ESC Boston, September 20-23 at the Hynes Convention Center. Just for submitting your entry, you’ll get a free tee shirt; everyone’s a winner!

For more details on how to enter and receive a discounted XPort Pro and evaluation kit, please visithttp://www.lantronix.com/info/xportpro/designcontest/.

The kit required for the design contest can be purchased from Grid Connect: XPort Pro Design Contest Kit

Via: The Lantronix Weblog

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