52These very same problems may arise in FOUNDATION Fieldbus networks, for the exact same reason: the cabling is passive (for increased reliability). This makes FOUNDATION Fieldbus instrument systems challenging to properly install for most applications (except in really simple cases where the cable route is straightforward), which in my mind is its single greatest weakness at the time of this writing (2009). I strongly suspect Ethernet’s history will repeat itself in FOUNDATION Fieldbus at some later date: a system of reliable “hub” devices will be introduced so that these problems may be averted, and installations made much simpler.