3 Configuring the EBCs Using NetEdit3 In This Chapter. . . .

3 Configuring the EBCs Using NetEdit3 In This Chapter. . . .
Configuring the EBCs
Using NetEdit3
In This Chapter. . . .
— NetEdit3 Software
— Using NetEdit3
— Locating the MAC Address Label
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Using NetEdit3
NetEdit3 Software
NetEdit3 is a software utility which can be used to set network identifiers (Module ID
or IP Address), configure the EBC serial port, perform diagnostic and
troubleshooting tasks and upgrade the firmware in the EBC module if necessary.
The H2--EBC100 requires NetEdit 3.x or later.
You can install NetEdit3 on Windows98/ME/2000/XPt or Windows NT4t. NetEdit3
is included with this manual on the AutomationDirect Software Product Showcase
CD (also available online at www.automationdirect.com). After inserting the CD into
the drive, the following window will appear.
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Click on the Essential Tools button. The following window will be displayed.
Click on Install NetEdit3. A series of windows will step you through the installation
process. Fill in the necessary information as the installation wizard prompts through
the install. In the Setup Type window, select Typical setup. This setup type is
recommended for most users. The installation process places NetEdit3 in the
C:\HAPTools directory (default).
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There are three methods to launch NetEdit3.
The three methods are:
 using the Windows Start menu Programs>AutomationDirect Tools>
NetEdit3 as shown below
 launching DirectSoft32 (if installed), from the programming window,
select PLC>Tools>NetEdit3
 launching DirectSoft32 (if installed), then select Utilities>NetEdit3
The NetEdit3
Screen
Starting NetEdit brings up the screen below. All NetEdit3 functions are accessed
from this screen.
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NetEdit3
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Adding Network
You may have already set up your PC with selected networking protocols for
Protocol Support Ethernet communications. If not, you will need to select the protocols now for
to the NetEdit3 PC communication with the Ethernet modules. We strongly recommend that you
include the IPX protocol. For Windows 2000, go from My Computer on your
Windows desktop to Control Panel. Double click on Network and Dial--up
Connections, then double click on the desired Network Device to see the installed
Protocols. If IPX is not listed among the protocols already loaded, add it now by
clicking on the Install button. For Windows XP, go from Start>Settings>Control
Panel. The steps are the same as Windows 2000 from this point.
Add the TCP/IP protocol if it is necessary for your application. The TCP/IP selection
will give you support for the UDP/IP protocol. Also, add the IPX protocol if it is not
already active.
NOTE: We strongly recommend you load IPX protocol on your PC for the connection
from your PC to the ethernet modules. Use UDP/IP in your application, if required,
but also add IPX to your list of active protocols. Having IPX loaded on your PC gives
you a backup for troubleshooting communication problems.
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Using NetEdit3
This section steps through the features and uses of NetEdit3. We will describe the
individual segments of the NetEdit3 screen and the function of each.
NOTE: Your PC-based Control software may be capable of configuring the EBC
module. If so, please refer to the appropriate documentation for that software
product to determine the best method to configure the EBC. Depending on which
software you are using, it may not be necessary to use NetEdit3.
Ethernet
Communication
Protocol
In the upper left corner of the NetEdit3 screen, you will find buttons labeled IPX and
TCP/IP. The EBC module understands these protocols. Both protocols are
permanently resident in the firmware of the module.
When you click on one of these buttons, you are selecting the protocol you want your
PC to use to communicate with the EBC module. You are not telling the module
which protocol to use, because it is using both protocols all the time. IPX is a Novell
standard in widespread use, and UDP/IP is a popular protocol supported by the
TCP/IP suite of protocols in your PC.
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Some PC-based control software
products may support only one of
these
protocols.
Read
the
documentation for your software to be
sure the protocol you select is
supported.
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The figure to the right shows the
Protocol selection buttons in the upper
left corner of the NetEdit3 screen. The
choice you make here tells your PC
which protocol to send to the EBC to
link NetEdit3 to the module.
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Ethernet Address
The upper left section of the NetEdit3
screen
displays
the
Ethernet
Address of the modules currently on
the network.
If modules are added or removed from
the network, click on the Scan Network
button
to
update
the
list.
Notice that the MAC Address is the
factory-assigned address that is on the
permanent label on the module.
Select a specific module here by
clicking on the MAC Address or by
using the arrow keys. The selected
module is highlighted.
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NOTE: The Module window may list the MAC Addresses of devices not covered by
this manual.
Module Type, IP
Address and ID
The upper mid section of the NetEdit3 screen displays the Module Type,
IP Address, module ID, Name and Description of the modules currently
on the network.
A new EBC will have an IP Address of 0.0.0.0, a Module ID of 0 (zero),
Module Name (module part number) and a Description (EBC w/ part
number). To assign or change a module an IP address, ID, name or
description refer to the EBC Settings>General Information description
later in this section.
Right clicking on an EBC module listed
on the NetEdit3 screen will display the
window to the right. This is an
alternative to using the Module Info or
EBC settings tabs (shown below) to
access the module’s configuration
settings. The settings are discussed
later in this section.
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Module Info>
General
Information
When the Module Info tab is selected, the General Info box lists the
selected module’s Firmware Revision, Booter Revision, DIP Switch
Setting, PWB Revision, PLD Revision and CPU Revision.
This box is in the lower left section of the NetEdit3 screen.
Module Info>
Ethernet Stats
When the Module Info tab is selected, the
Ethernet Stats box displays statistics related
to the selected module’s communication
errors. Click on the Reset Stats button to reset
all categories to 0 (zero).
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When the EBC Settings tab is selected, the selected module’s
Configuration, Utilities and Firmware tools can be accessed.
This box is in the lower middle section of the NetEdit3 screen.
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This box is in the lower middle section of the
NetEdit3 screen.
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EBC Settings>
Configuration>
General
Clicking the General button in the EBC
Settings>Configuration box brings up the General
Settings window below.
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The General Settings box allows you to assign a Module ID. Module IDs must
be unique for each EBC, but they do not have to be in sequence. The module’s
DIP switches must be set to zero to allow NetEdit3 to set a Module ID. Do not
use address zero for communications.
The Name field and Description field are optional and can be used for user
identification purposes.
The OK button sends all the entries to the module’s flash memory.
IP Address
An IP Address is assigned to the EBC module if your network will be using the
TCP/IP or MODBUS TCP/IP (H2--EBC100 only) protocols. If you have a separate
dedicated network for your EBCs, you may be able to use the Module ID identifier
(IPX protocol) for communications instead of an IP address. To set an IP Address,
use the twelve-digit number assigned to the EBC module by your network
administrator. If you change the IP Address, do not use the number “0” or “255” in
any field. Doing so will cause communication problems. The valid settings are 1
through 254. The module ships from the factory with an IP Address of 0.0.0.0. This
is not a usable IP Address for communications. Click on Use the following IP settings
radio button before clicking on the OK button to write the updated settings to the
module’s flash memory. It is extremely important not to have duplicate IP Addresses
on your network.
Example
Valid Client IP Address:
255.255.0.0
192.168.50.2
Valid EBC IP Address:
192.168.55.5
Valid EBC IP Address:
192.168.70.15
Client Subnet Mask:
1--254
Valid settings for
Bold number fields
(Do not duplicate)
WARNING: If your using the H2--EBC100, be sure to read Chapter 5 concerning
DHCP issues.
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EBC Settings>
Configuration>
Serial Port
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Clicking the Serial Port button in the EBC
Settings>Configuration box brings up the
Serial Port Settings window below.
NOTE: The serial port has a fixed address of “1”. The port is intended to be used as a
single RS--232 slave device.
On the Serial Port Settings window, make
any necessary changes to the serial
communication
parameters.
After
making changes, be sure to click on the
OK button. Also, Be sure these
parameters match the parameters of the
serial device with which you are
communicating.
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Note: Some PC-based Control software
packages may automatically overwrite
settings selected here. Refer to the
documentation for your PC-based
Control software.
The OK button sends all the entries to the
module’s flash memory.
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EBC Settings>
Utils>Show Base
Contents
Clicking the Show Base Contents button in
the EBC Settings>Utilities box brings up
the Show Base Contents Window shown
below.
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This function queries the EBC for a list of I/O modules it has in its base. The Module
Type and the MODBUS 584/984 addressing will be listed as well. This will help
confirm that the EBC can recognize all the I/O modules connected to the EBC
controller. The Show Base Contents information can be saved as a (*.txt) file or
printed for reference or future use.
EBC Settings>
Firmware
The functions in the Firmware box are used
to update the selected module’s Firmware
and Booter versions. The Restore Factory
Settings buttons resets the selected
module’s IP address, ID, Name and
Description to factory defaults. Refer the
sections on the next page to determine if
updates are necessary.
Clicking on the either of the Update
buttons opens the appropriate EBC
folder within the Images folder, which
is created during the install of
NetEdit3. The Images folder is located
in the same folder as NetEdit3.exe.
Each module folder contains the
module’s firmware and boot loader
files. The next section discusses
keeping the firmware files up to date.
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FileMenu>
Live Update
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The Live Update will retrieve the latest firmware
and boot loader files from the Host Engineering
web site and place them in the NetEdit3 Images
folder that was created during the install of
NetEdit3. The feature requires that you have a
functional Internet connection (dial--up or
broadband). If the Images folder does not exist
on your PC, it will be created as part of the
retrieval process.
F/B/C
Columns
The “F” column will display an
asterick beside any device whose
firmware is older than its firmware file
in your Images folder.
The “B” column will display an asterick beside any device whose boot loader is
older than its boot loader file in your Images folder.
The “C” column will display an asterick beside any device that has a
configuration conflict with another device on the network. Duplicate module IDs
(that are non--zero) and duplicate IP Addresses (that are not 255.255.255.255)
will report as conflicts.
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The F, B, and C columns are provided
to signify potential issues with
devices on the network.
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When you click the Go! button
on the Live Update window,
NetEdit3 will compare the
version information of the files
on the Host Engineering web
site against the files you have
locally on your PC, and it will
download any newer files. Once
this process is complete,
NetEdit3 will rescan the devices
on your network and refresh the
“F” and “B” columns next to the
listed devices.
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Using NetEdit3 to Configure the H4--EBC(--F) Base
NOTE: The following configuration information applies only to the H4--EBC(--F) and
the DL405 I/O. The H2--EBC(100) and H2--EBC--F and associated DL205 I/O are
self-configuring and do not require this additional step.
EBC Settings>
Configuration>
I/O Base
Clicking the I/O Base button in the EBC
Settings>Configuration box brings up the
Base Configuration window below.
Configuring
Analog Modules
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The default symbol “----------” appears on the configuration screen where digital or
analog modules are present. For digital modules, you do not need to make any
changes. The H4--EBC(--F) recognizes the digital modules and is self-configuring
for the digital modules.
If you are using analog modules, you must let the H4--EBC(--F) know that by doing
the following. Click on the slot location where the analog module is located. Continue
clicking on the same slot location until the part number of your analog module
appears.
Once the correct part numbers appear for each of your analog modules, click the
Update Module button to save the configuration into flash memory onboard the
module. Leave the symbol “----------” wherever you have a digital module.
If you are using a High Speed Counter module, the word “Intelligent” will appear in
gray. The High Speed Counter module is configured automatically (see below). No
other action is required other than clicking on the Update Module button.
Configuring the
High Speed
Counter Module
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Locating the Ethernet Address Label
Factory-assigned Ethernet Address
Host Auto Prod
H2--EBC
00 E0 62 00 00 84
Ethernet Address
Host Auto Prod
H4--EBC
00 E0 62 00 00 85
A unique Ethernet Address is assigned to each module at the factory and cannot be
changed. It is a twelve digit number, and it is printed on a label permanently attached
to the EBC module. NetEdit recognizes the Ethernet Address
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