BECKHOFF FC90xx: Configuration

Adapter tab

FC90xx - Adapter tab 1:

Description

Shows the number of the LAN connection and the desktop adapter of the Ethernet channel used.

Device name

Shows the Windows device name of the Ethernet channel used.

MAC address

shows the unique MAC address of the Ethernet channel used.

IP address

Shows the IP address of the Ethernet channel used.

Free Run cycle

Here you can specify the cycle time for Free Run mode.

Locking I/O after link error

If this control box is activated, process data exchange is not automatically restarted after a link error has been rectified (e.g. after pulling and reconnecting the network cable). Instead, an I/O reset is required first.

Promiscuous Mode (use with Netmon only)

If this control box is activated, the TwinCAT Ethernet telegrams are also transferred to Windows and can therefore be analyzed with a network monitor (e.g. Etherreal or MS network monitor).

Verbose Mode (for testing only)

In development.

No Jitter Mode (for testing only)

In development.

Compatible Devices

Click on Compatible Devices for displaying the TwinCAT-compatible Ethernet devices found on your PC.

FC90xx - Adapter tab 2:

TwinCAT Ethernet protocol installed

This control box indicates whether the TwinCAT protocol driver is already installed.

Installed usable devices

For the fieldbus cards/fieldbus card channels displayed here,
- the TwinCAT driver for real-time Ethernet is installed and
- the TwinCAT Ethernet protocol is activated

These devices are ready for real-time Ethernet operation.

Installed devices without required binding to TwinCAT Ethernet

For the fieldbus cards/fieldbus card channels displayed here,
- the TwinCAT driver for real-time Ethernet is installed
- but the TwinCAT Ethernet protocol has not yet been activated

Activate the TwinCAT Ethernet protocol, in order to make these devices ready for real-time Ethernet operation.

Compatible devices with incompatible driver

For the fieldbus cards/fieldbus card channels displayed here,
- the TwinCAT driver for real-time Ethernet is not installed
- and the TwinCAT Ethernet protocol has not yet been activated

Install the TwinCAT driver for real-time Ethernet and activate the TwinCAT Ethernet protocol, in order to make these devices ready for real-time Ethernet operation.

FC90xx - Adapter tab 3:Warning The advantage that TwinCAT real-time Ethernet uses standard hardware comes with a small disadvantage: Windows knows this standard hardware, but during a Windows Update or during installation of a Service Packs it will try and install the latest drivers that it considers to be the "best" drivers for this hardware, which means that it may overwrite the TwinCAT driver for real-time Ethernet.

Remedy:
Automatic Windows Updates can be disabled. For manual updates, the suggestion to replace the Intel Networking Driver should not be accepted.
After the installation of a Service Pack, the TwinCAT driver for real-time Ethernet should be re-installed and the TwinCAT Ethernet protocol should be reactivated.

Readiness for operation of TwinCAT real-time Ethernet can be checked via the TwinCAT Ethernet compatible devices screen.