2 1 Setup and Installation In This Chapter. . . .

2 1 Setup and Installation In This Chapter. . . .
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In This Chapter. . . .
— ECOM Network Identifiers
— Setting the Module ID with the DIP Switch
— Inserting the ECOM Module in the PLC Base
— ECOM Network Layouts
— Network Cabling
— Maximum Cable Length
— Maximum Number of ECOM Modules on the Network
2--2
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ECOM Network Identifiers
Installation and
Safety Guidelines
Setup and
Installation
This section describes network identifiers that can be assigned to the ECOM
module. Each module must be assigned at least one unique identifier to make it
possible for PCs or other ECOMs to recognize it on the network. Four methods of
identifying the ECOM module give it the flexibility to fit most networking schemes.
The four ECOM identifiers are:
• Module ID
• Name
• IP (Internet Protocol) Address
• Ethernet (MAC) Address
The first three are user-selectable. The last one is set at the factory. Each of the
identifiers is discussed in this chapter. If you have more than a few ECOMs on your
network, consider making a chart or spreadsheet of network IDs, as shown below:
Ethernet (MAC) Address Module ID
00 E0 62 20 01 20
00 E0 62 20 01 58
00 E0 62 20 01 8D
00 E0 62 20 01 94
00 E0 62 20 01 DE
00 E0 62 20 01 F1
00 E0 62 20 01 FB
00 E0 62 20 01 F0
3
8
17
2
61
33
1
5
Name
IP Address
PumpStationTwo
Effluent
BldgThree
PumpStationOne
192.168.100.005
255.255.255.255
192.168.100.001
192.168.100.002
192.168.100.003
192.168.100.004
255.255.255.255
192.168.100.006
Control Room
Mixer
The decision about which type of identifier to use is an important one. Much of the
decision depends on the requirements of your particular application. PC-to-PLC
communications are generally better accommodated with one type of identifier while
PLC-to-PLC communications require a different type. Ease of maintenance and
troubleshooting also must be considered before deciding which type to use.
The identifiers are used to link your PC to your PLC or one PLC to another PLC. The
flexible design of the module allows you to use different identifiers for different links
to the same module. This is particularly important if you require both PC-to-PLC and
PLC-to-PLC communications on the same network.
The following table summarizes Network Identifiers and their uses:
How to Set
Format
Communication
Restrictions/Notes
DIP Switch
Number 1-63
PLC-to-PLC or
PC-to-PLC
Disables Module ID in
NetEdit3
NetEdit3
Number 1-90
PLC-to-PLC or
PC-to-PLC
DIP Switch must be set to “0”
NetEdit3
Number 1-999,999,999
PC-to-PLC Only
> 90 (Not for PLC-to-PLC )
Name
NetEdit3
32 Alphanumeric Characters
PC-to-PLC Only
HMI Software may have restrictions
IP Address
NetEdit3
4 Three-digit Numbers
xxx.xxx.xxx.xxx
(See Page 2-4)
PC-to-PLC; (PLC
to PLC--Client/
Server using TCP/
IP or MODBUS
TCP protocol)
See Your Network Administrator for IP address;
(refer to pages 3--10 to 3--11,
chapters 5 and 6)
Ethernet (MAC)
Address
Set at Factory
12 Hex digits
PC-to-PLC Only
Factory-assigned, for IPX
Module ID
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Module ID
2--3
A Module ID is required for PLC-to-PLC communications, and it can be set either of
two ways. You can assign the Module ID:
•
using the DIP switches on the module.
•
using the configuration tools in NetEdit3
•
HTML Configuration (after IP address is assigned to module using
NetEdit3; described in Chapter 5; H0/H2/H4--ECOM100 only)
Use the DIP switch if you want the ability to install or change modules without using a
PC to set the Module ID. Set the module’s DIP switch, insert the module in the base,
and connect the network cable. Your Module ID is set on powerup, and your ECOM
is ready to communicate on the network. We step through setting the DIP switch on
pages 2-5 and 2-6.
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1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
ON
7 6 5 4 3 2 1 0
If you prefer to be able to set or change all Module IDs on your network from a single
PC, use the tools in NetEdit3, discussed in chapter 3.
Name
A Name makes it easy to recognize the PLC by its function. An example of a Name is
“PumpStationOne.” The Name can be up to 32 alphanumeric characters in length. A
Name can be assigned using NetEdit3.
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P
L
C
E
C
O
M
Pump Station One
PUMP STATION ONE
NOTE: Some HMI software products will not accept Names with numbers as the first
character, spaces or certain other non-alphanumeric ASCII characters. Also, your
HMI product may not accept Names longer than 16 characters. Consult your HMI
product documentation about its naming conventions.
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IP Address
An IP Address can be assigned to the ECOM module if your network requires one.
Usually, the IP Address is required in cases where PLCs are sharing the same
network with PCs, and some of the PCs are carrying out functions unrelated to PLC
control. Normally, a network administrator will assign an IP Address to each device
on the network. If you have a separate dedicated network for your PLCs, you can use
the Module ID or a Name for each communication link. You must use an IP Address,
if you are using the UDP/IP or MODBUS TCP protocol.
Use NetEdit3 to assign an IP address to the ECOM (refer to chapter 3).
The module ships from the factory with an IP Address of 0.0.0.0. This is not a usable
IP Address for normal communications. It only serves as a default setting which can
be changed using NetEdit3. The valid settings are 1 through 254. You do not have
to change the default IP Address unless you are using the IP Address to link to your
ECOM module. The default setting does not cause conflicts with other network
communications.
If you change the default IP Address for linking to other network devices, you must
change all four “0” fields. If any field contains the number 255 and other fields have
been changed, the module will not be recognized on the network.
Example
Valid Client (PC/ECOM) IP Address:
255.255.0.0
192.168.50.2
Valid Server ECOM IP Address:
192.168.55.5
Valid Server ECOM IP Address:
192.168.70.15
Client (PC/ECOM) Subnet Mask:
1--254
Valid settings for
Bold number fields
(Do not duplicate)
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Safety Guidelines
WARNING: It is extremely important not to have duplicate IP Addresses on
your network. If you are using the IP Address to link the ECOM to any network
devices (PCs or PLCs), the ECOM must have a unique number.
Ethernet (MAC)
Address
A unique Ethernet (MAC) Address is assigned to each module at the factory and will
not change. It is printed on a label attached to each ECOM module. The Ethernet
(MAC) Address is recognized by NetEdit3. The Ethernet (MAC) Address is a twelve
digit number with no deliberate relationship to your network or functional areas of
your plant. It does not usually serve as a convenient and easily remembered
identifier for your ECOM.
Factory-assigned Ethernet (MAC) Address
H0--ECOM
00 E0 62 20 20 36
Host Auto Prod
H2--ECOM
00 E0 62 20 00 84
Host Auto Prod
H4--ECOM
00 E0 62 20 00 85
You can use the IP Address to satisfy network requirements, a Name for PCs
Using Multiple
Network Identifiers running HMI software and the Module ID for PLCs to share data among themselves.
Using one type of identifier does not limit your use of the other identifier types.
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Setting the Module ID with the DIP Switch
You can use the DIP switch on the ECOM module to set the Module ID to a
number from one to sixty-three. Each module on a given network must be
assigned a unique Module ID if the Module ID is to be used for communications.
Do not use Module ID “0” for communications.
If the DIP switch is set to a number greater than 0, the software tools are disabled
from setting the Module ID. The software tools will only allow changes to the
Module ID if the DIP switch setting is 0 (zero, all switches OFF). The DIP switch
settings are read at powerup. You can use the software tools to set the Name and IP
Address even if you use the DIP switch for setting the Module ID.
H0 / H2 Series
ECOM DIP Switch
The ECOM’s DIP switches contain eight individual slide switches, but not all of these
are active. The individual slide switches are labeled 1 through 8 on the body of the
DIP switch (upside down in the following figures). You will find that the printed circuit
board is labeled 0 (zero) through 7. We use the labeling on the printed circuit board in
describing how to set the switch. The numbers on the printed circuit board indicate
the power of 2 represented by each slide switch. For example, switch 0 represents
20 (or 1), switch 1 is 21 (or 2), switch 2 is 22 (or 4), and so on. The following figures
show the binary value of each switch in parentheses ( ).
If using the ECOM/ECOM100 module with Dataworx software, or the ECOM100
with IBox Communication instructions, then Dipswitch 7 must be set to ON.
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WARNING: Using duplicate Module IDs on a single network will cause
unreliable PLC-to-PLC communications.
Ignore these numbers
4
3
5
6
8
7
Not
Used
5 4
. .
25 24
. .
(32)(16)
2
6
1
7
3.
23
.
(8)
2.
22
.
(4)
1.
21
.
(2)
0
.
20
.
(1)
Binary Value
The numbers (0--7) printed on the circuit
board indicate the power of 2 represented
by each slide switch.
The Module ID equals the sum of the binary values of the slide switches set in the ON
position. For example, if you set slide switches 1, 2, and 3 to the ON position, the
Module ID will be 14. This is found by adding 8+4+2=14. The maximum value you can
set on the DIP switch is 32+16+8+4+2+1=63. This is achieved by setting switches 0
through 5 to the ON position.
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Only used for
Dataworx or IBox
Communications
Instructions.
ON
2--6
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H4--ECOM (--F)
Ignore these numbers
ON
3
4
5
6
1
7
0
8
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2
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1
3
Binary Value
4
.
.
22 21
.
.
(4) (2)
5
.
23
.
(8)
6
. .
25 24
. .
(32)(16)
7
Not Used
.
20
.
(1)
The numbers (0--7) printed on the
circuit board indicate the power of
2 represented by each slide switch.
The Module ID equals the sum of the binary values of the slide switch set in the ON
position. For example, if you set slide switches 0, 1, and 3 to the ON position, the
Module ID will be 11. This is found by adding 8+2+1=11. The maximum value you can
set on the DIP switch is 32+16+8+4+2+1=63. This is achieved by setting switches 0
through 5 to the ON position.
NOTE: When all the switches are set to OFF (Module ID = 0), the Module ID can be
set using the software utilities in NetEdit and DirectSOFT. Do not use
Module ID “0” for normal communications. It is okay to leave the Module ID set at
zero if you are using the Name or IP Address for communications.
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Inserting the ECOM Module in the PLC Base
H0 Series ECOM
Before installing the option module in the DL05 option slot or any of the DL06 option
Module Installation slots, set the Module ID dip switch (if your application requires this) on the H0 Series
ECOM module. The next step is to remove the protective option slot cover. Remove
the cover by squeezing the pinch tabs and lifting the cover off.
Pinch Tabs
PWR
RUN
CPU
TX1
RX1
TX2
RX2
C0 X1 X3 X4 X6 C2 X11 X13X14 X16 C4 X21 X23N.C.
X0 X2 C1 X5 X7 X10 X12 C3 X15 X17 X20 X22 N.C.
TERM
PORT1
PORT2
RUN STOP
Now, insert the module into the open slot on the DL05 or into any one of the four slots
in the DL06. Locate the module so the printed information is oriented in the same
direction as the markings on the PLC. Be careful to align the female connector on the
printed circuit board of the module with the male connector on the PLC mother
board. Press the module into the slot until the front of the module is flush with the
front of the PLC. Check the DL06 power budget to be sure that it remains within the
power supply limits before installing more modules.
The DL205 system supports placement of the ECOM module in the CPU-base only,
not in local expansion bases or remote I/O bases. The number of usable slots
depends on how many slots your base has. The module does not work in slot 0 of the
DL205 series PLCs, the slot next to the CPU. The D2--240, D2--250--1 and D2--260
CPUs support the ECOM modules. The D2--230 CPU does not support the ECOM
modules.
205
CPU
Slot 0
Slot 1 Slot 2
Slot 3
Slot 4
No!
WARNING: Your system can be damaged if you install or remove system
components before disconnecting the system power. To minimize the risk of
equipment damage, electrical shock, or personal injury, always disconnect
the system power before installing or removing any system component.
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DL205 Slot
Choices
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G LG 0V Y0 Y2 C1 Y5 Y7 Y10 Y12 C3 Y15 Y17
AC(L) AC(N) 24V C0 Y1 Y3 Y4 Y6 C2 Y11 Y13 Y14Y16 N.C.
50 -- 60Hz
2.0A,6 -- 27V 2.0A PWR: 100--240V
50--60Hz
40VA
OUTPUT: 6--240V
Y 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 20 21 22D0--06DR
23
X
INPUT: 12 -- 24V
3 -- 15mA
2--8
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Module Type
H2--ECOM
H2 ECOM100
H2--ECOM100
H2--ECOM--F
H2 Series ECOM
Module Installation
CPU
DL240
DL250 1
DL250--1
DL260
CPU-Base
Usable Slots
D2--03B--1, D2--03BDC1--1, D2--03BDC--2
1
D2--04B--1, D2--04BDC1--1, D2--04BDC--2
1, 2
D2--06B--1, D2--06BDC1--1, D2--06BDC2--1
1, 2, 3, 4
D2--09B--1, D2--09BDC1--1, D2--09BDC2--1
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
205
Setup and
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Retaining Clips
To install the ECOM module, line up the module’s printed circuit board with the
grooves in the base and push the module until it is flush with face of the DL205 base
power supply. If you feel more than moderate resistance when you push the module
into the base, the circuit board may not be aligned with the grooves in the base.
When the module is firmly seated in the slot, depress the top and bottom retaining
clips to lock the module in place.
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Safety Guidelines
NOTE: When adding modules to your PLC always confirm that your power budget
will accommodate the added module. See the User Manual for your PLC for more
information about calculating the power budget. See Appendix A for the power
consumption of the ECOM modules.
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DL405 Slot
Choices
2--9
For PLC systems with D4--430 and D4--440 CPUs, the ECOM modules can reside in
any I/O slot but only in the CPU-base. The D4--450 CPU allows the installation of the
ECOM module in the CPU-base or in local expansion bases.
If the ECOM module is used in a local expansion base, all bases in the system must
be the “--1” type bases. The valid part numbers for these bases are D4--04B--1,
D4--06B--1, and D4--08B--1. The “--1” on the end of the part number indicates that the
base supports specialty modules including the ECOM. The “--1” bases can be
connected as local expansion bases or remote bases. They are not the same
thing. Remote bases do not support the ECOM modules.
405
Slot 0
Slot 1
Slot 2
Slot 3
Setup and
Installation
CPU
WARNING: Your system can be damaged if you install or remove system
components before disconnecting the system power. To minimize the risk of
equipment damage, electrical shock, or personal injury, always disconnect
the system power before installing or removing any system component.
Module Type
Base
D4--430/440
D4--450
D4--450
D4--04B, D4--04B--1
Usable CPU-Base
Slots
0, 1, 2, 3
Usable Expansion
Base Slots
N/A
D4--06B, D4--06B--1
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
N/A
D4--08B, D4--08B--1
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
N/A
D4--04B
0, 1, 2, 3
N/A
D4--06B
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
N/A
D4--08B
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
N/A
D4--04B--1
0, 1, 2, 3
0, 1, 2, 3*
D4--06B--1
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5*
D4--08B--1
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7
0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7*
* You must use the “--1” base for the CPU-base and all local expansion bases.
NOTE: Before installing the ECOM module, confirm that your power budget will
accommodate the added module. See the DL205 or DL405 User Manual for your
PLC for more information about calculating the power budget. See Appendix A for
the power consumption of the ECOM modules.
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H4--ECOM
H4 ECOM100
H4--ECOM100
H4--ECOM--F
CPU
2--10
Setup and Installation
H4 Series ECOM
To insert the ECOM module in a DL405 base, place the bottom tab of the module into
Module Installation the notch at the bottom of the base. Pivot the module toward the base as shown
below. Ensure that each module is tightly seated and secured with the captive screw
at the top of the module.
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Installation
DL405 Base
Disconnect power before installing module!
Installation and
Safety Guidelines
ECOM Network Layouts
The ECOM Ethernet network is a peer-to-peer network. Using Read (RX) or Write
(WX) instructions, any PLC on the network can initiate communications with any
other PLC on the network. A PC running our KEPDirect for PLCs software can also
initiate communications with any ECOM that is on the same network, but a PLC
cannot initiate communication with the PC. A PLC cannot literally broadcast to all
other PLCs at the same time, but a PLC can sequence through communication
connections with each other PLC on the network, one at a time.
The ECOM products inherently support two network layouts: point-to-point and star.
The point-to-point layout can be used to link together two PLCs or a PC and a PLC. A
hub or repeater connects multiple networkable devices into a star topology. Multiple
hubs or repeaters are used to modify the star topology so that it becomes a
star-bus-star topology. See the figures below and on the next page.
Point-to-Point
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Hub or Repeater
Star Topology
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10/100BaseT
or
10BaseFL
Setup and
Installation
Hubs or repeaters can connect together to make it possible to connect more devices
to the network or to extend the range of the network.
10BaseT
or
10BaseFL
Any Backbone
Star-Bus-Star Topology
NOTE: Hubs or repeaters often designate one port for uplink to another hub. This
port may not be able to be used to connect to a PLC. If the uplink port is used to
connect to another hub, it may disable the adjacent port. Use of the uplink port may
require the use of a crossover cable.
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Hub or Repeater
10Base2
10Base5
10BaseT
100BaseT
10BaseFL
2--12
Setup and Installation
Network Cabling
ECOM Supports
Two Standards
Two types of ECOMs are available. One type supports the 10/100BaseT cabling
standard, and the other supports the 10BaseFL connection standard. The
10/100BaseT standard uses twisted pairs of copper wire conductors, and the
10BaseFL standard is for fiber optic cabling.
10/100BaseT
10BaseFL
Setup and
Installation
Unshielded
Twisted-Pair
cable with RJ45
connectors
10/100BaseT
Networks
62.5/125 MMF
fiber optics cable
with ST-style
connectors
The cable used to connect a PLC (or PC) to a hub or repeater is called a patch
(straight-through) cable. The cable used to connect together two PLCs, or a PC and
a PLC or two hubs is a crossover cable. We recommend that you purchase cables
pre-assembled with connectors for convenient and reliable networking.
Installation and
Safety Guidelines
Patch (Straight--through) Cable
10/100BaseT
TD+ 1
TD-- 2
RD+ 3
4
5
RD-- 6
7
8
OR/WHT
OR
GRN/WHT
BLU
BLU/WHT
GRN
BRN/WHT
BRN
RJ45
OR/WHT
OR
GRN/WHT
BLU
BLU/WHT
GRN
BRN/WHT
BRN
1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
TD+
TD-RD+
RD--
RJ45
Crossover Cable
1 2 3 4 5 6 78
8-pin RJ45 Connector
(8P8C)
TD+ 1
TD-- 2
RD+ 3
4
5
RD-- 6
7
8
OR/WHT
OR
GRN/WHT
BLU
BLU/WHT
GRN
BRN/WHT
BRN
RJ45
GRN/WHT
GRN TD+ 1
OR/WHT TD-- 2
RD+ 3
BLU
4
BLU/WHT
5
OR
RD-- 6
BRN/WHT
7
BRN
8
RJ45
This diagram illustrates the standard wire positions in the RJ45 connector.
We recommend all ECOM 10/100BaseT cables to be Category 5, UTP
cable.
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10/100BaseT
Connections
UTP Cable
2--13
Most 10/100BaseT hubs or repeaters use a patch (straight-through) cable for
connecting the network devices (PLCs or PCs). For hub-to-hub connections a
crossover type cable is commonly required. The figures on the previous page show
pin assignments and insulation color codes for patch (straight-through) and
crossover type Ethernet cables.
The ECOM has an eight-pin modular port that accepts RJ45 type connectors. UTP
(Unshielded Twisted-Pair) cable is rated according to its data-carrying ability
(bandwidth) and is given a “category” number. We strongly recommend using a
category 5 cable for all ECOM connections.
NOTE: See page 2--14 for 10/100BaseT distance limitations.
Fiber Optic Cable
Fiber Optic Module
ST Connector
Each module has two bayonet ST-style connectors. The ST-style connector uses a
quick release coupling which requires a quarter turn to engage or disengage. The
connectors provide mechanical and optical alignment of fibers.
Each cable segment requires two strands of fiber: one to transmit data and one to
receive data. The ST-style connectors are used to connect the H2--ECOM--F or
H4--ECOM--F module to another H2--ECOM--F or H4--ECOM--F module or a fiber
optic hub or repeater.
The H2--ECOM--F and H4--ECOM--F modules accept 62.5/125 multimode fiber
optic (MMF) cable. The glass core diameter is 62.5 micrometers and the glass
cladding is 125 micrometers. The fiber optic cable is highly immune to noise and
permits communications over much greater distances than 10BaseT.
Multimode Fiber Optic (MMF) Cable
Fiber cross-section
Ferrule
Transmit
Sheathing
Receive
Transmit
Cladding
Connecting Two
Fiber Optic ECOMs
Transmit
Receive
Receive
NOTE: See page 2--14 for 10BaseFL distance limitations.
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Core
62.5/125 MMF cable with
bayonet ST-style connectors
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10BaseFL
Connections
2--14
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Maximum Cable Length
The maximum distance per 10/100BaseT cable segment is 100 meters or 328 feet.
Repeaters extend the distance. Each cable segment attached to a repeater can be 100
meters. Two repeaters connected together extend the total range to 300 meters.
10/100BaseT Distance Limitations
Setup and
Installation
100 meters
(328 feet)
100 meters
(328 feet)
100 meters
(328 feet)
100 meters
(328 feet)
100 meters
(328 feet)
Between
Repeaters
The maximum distance per 10BaseFL cable segment is 2,000 meters or 6,560 feet.
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Safety Guidelines
Repeaters extend the distance. Each cable segment attached to a repeater can be 2,000
meters. Two repeaters connected together extend the total range to 6,000 meters.
10BaseFL Distance Limitations
2,000 meters
(6,560 feet)
2,000 meters
(6,560 feet)
2,000 meters
(6,560 feet)
2,000 meters
(6,560 feet)
Between
Repeaters
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2,000 meters
(6,560 feet)
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Maximum Number of ECOM Modules on the Network
The maximum number of nodes that can be connected to a 10/100BaseT or
10BaseFL network is a function of the topology used in constructing the network.
Therefore, it is not possible to state an absolute maximum number of nodes that
would apply in all cases.
You must take into consideration the network limitations imposed by all cabling and
network devices. Consider the limitations imposed on your network if your network
uses:
• a combination of cabling standards, such as 10/100 BaseT and
10Base2, or
• intermediate devices, such as switches or routers.
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The IEEE 802.3 specification defines the maximum node limit for an Ethernet
segment in terms of the ability to detect and avoid data collisions. A “legal” network
can have any number of devices provided that they can:
• detect all data collisions that may occur during the communication
process and
• respond to these collisions appropriately.
Each ECOM module can be assigned a Module ID ranging from 1 to 999,999,999.
Theoretically, you could have this many Ethernet modules coexisting on a single
network. Other network limitations would restrict the network size before reaching
this limit. For the majority of network PLC applications there is practically no limit to
the number of ECOM modules you can access from the NetEdit3, DirectSOFT
Programming Software or the KEPDirect for PLCs software.
There is a node limit for PLC-to-PLC communications. The network Read and Write
instructions performed by the initiating (master) PLC are only capable of accessing
PLCs with Module IDs of 1 through 90. This effectively sets the maximum number of
nodes available for PLC-to-PLC communications at 90.
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WARNING: We recommend against connecting Ethernet modules to the same
network that serves as your primary office network. While Ethernet networks
can handle a very large number of data transmissions, and normally handle
them very quickly, heavy Ethernet traffic can adversely affect the reliability
and speed of the network.
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