RSLinx Tutorial | Configuring the Ethernet Driver


RSLinx
Tutorial | Configuring the Ethernet Driver

The Ethernet driver is used to make a
connection to Ethernet Devices, such as an Ethernet PLC-5, or a ControlLogix
system
.  The following steps will walk
you through a sample configuration of the Ethernet driver in RSLinx. 
1)    
Open RSLinx communication server


2)    
Click ‘Communication’ on the menu bar, and then choose ‘Configure
Drivers’.


3)    
 From the Available driver
types pull down menu, choose ‘Ethernet Drives’, then press the ‘Add New’
button.


4)    
For this example, the name can be left at default.  Press OK.


5)    
 Populate the list of
hostnames.  If you do not have a way to
resolve host names, you can enter the IP address of the devices you wish to
connect to (as shown below in the example). 
The IP address for each device can usually be obtained from the network
administrator, drawings, the off line project, or in some cases, the IP address
is displayed on the front of the module.  


6)    
Press Apply, then OK.  You
will see the driver is now running. 
Close the ‘Configure Drivers’ screen.


7)    
To test your drivers, click the RSWho icon in the tool bar of
RSLinx.

8)    
Click the Ethernet Driver (the one you just configured) on the
left side of the screen. The devices you are communicating with will appear on
the right.  In this example, 192.168.0.95
is a ControlLogix module, and the other devices are not present, or not a
recognized PLC module.


9)    
To go on line with a PLC, you must go to RSLogix at this point.

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