Establishing an Ethernet/IP Connection to a 1756-L7x Controller Prerequisite to Tech Drill “Establish Ethernet/IP PLC driver”. Objectives Given a computer with Windows 10 and RSLinx Classic software installed and an Ethernet card configured to communicate on the desired network, you should be able to: • Establish an Ethernet/IP network connection to a 1756-L7x series controller through a communication module. • Use an RSWho window in the RSLinx Classic software to view controller properties. Requirements • RSLinx Classic software installed. • Ethernet card configured on the computer (IP address and Subnet mask). • Ethernet module configured in the Controllogix chassis (IP address and Subnet mask). • A physical connection between the computer and the Ethernet module (Wired or Wirless). Limitations • The 1756-L7x controllers only have a USB port that supports a point to point connection. Therefore, network access to a 1756-L7x controller is accomplished through a communication module installed in a ControlLogix chassis that can provide access to the backplane where the 1756-L7x controller is installed. • The RSLinx Classic “Ethernet/IP” driver will browse the local subnet searching for devices that support the Ethernet Industrial Protocol. • To communicate with older devices that do not support the “Ethernet/IP” protocol, an “Ethernet Device” driver can be configured. Configuring a Static IP Address (Windows 10) • There are many ways to configure a static IP address in Windows 10. The steps outlined below is just one example. • Right-Click the Windows icon and select “Network Connections” Configuring a Static IP Address (Windows 10) • From the “Settings” window, select “Change adapter options”. Configuring a Static IP Address (Windows 10) • From the “Network Connections” window, right-click on the wired Ethernet adapter and select “Properties”. Configuring a Static IP Address (Windows 10) • From the “Ethernet Properties” window, select “Internet Protocol Version 4” and select “Properties”. Configuring a Static IP Address (Windows 10) • From the “Internet Protocol Version 4 Properties” select “Use the following IP address” option. • Populate the desired IP address and Subnet mask. • Click “OK”. Ethernet/IP Driver Configuration • The “Ethernet/IP” driver must be configured using the RSLinx Classic application. • Open the RSLinx software and select “Commmunications>Configure Drivers...”. Configuration In the “Configure Drivers” window, select “EtherNet/IP Driver” from the Available Driver Types dropdown box and then click on the “Add New”. Configuration Here you can choose a name for your driver. The name must be between 1 and 15 printable characters cannot contain spaces, or any of the following characters: ! : . / \ Configuration Here you will choose from the devices on the computer that is configured correctly to communicate on the desired network. In this example, the hard wired Ethernet Adapter with an IP address of 192.168.1.250 is configured to communicate on the desired network. Configuration In the “Configure Drivers” window you should now see your new driver with the status of “Running”. Connection If not already opened, open an “RSWho” window by selecting “Communications>RSWho”. The newly created driver should be displayed in the tree on the left side of the window. Driver Connection With “Autobrowse” selected, access to the desired controller will be accomplished by browsing/expanding through the “Driver>Communication Module>Backplane>Controller”. Autobrowse Driver Communication Module Backplane Controller Controller Properties You can view certain properties of the controller such as firmware revision by “Right-Clicking” on the controller and selecting “Device Properties”. Summary • RSLinx Classic application is used to configure and Ethernet/IP communication driver. • An Ethernet connection to a 1756-L7x controller from a computer must be accomplished through a Ethernet device installed on the computer to a communication module installed in the Controllogix chassis. • The Ethernet device on the computer must be configured to communicate on the same network as the communication module in the Controllogix chassis. • With this connection, you can go Online, Upload and Download programs as well as update firmware directly from your workstation.