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Using FinsGateway To Set Non Zero Network Number For A CLK Network


Document reference : COMM0010, version 1


Simply getting on-line to a PLC via Controller Link (CLK) is quite straightforward, as to specify the local network you simply specify network 0 in the FINS address. However, in all but the simplest networks, it will be necessary to specify the network no. you wish to communicate over. The following example shows how to use FinsGateway to set up a CLK network with a PC and two PLC’s where the network no. is to be set to 2 (for example). This example shows the following configuration:

  • PC with 3G8F5-CLK21 card (set to CLK node address 32)
  • CQM1H PLC with CQM1H-CLK21 unit (set to node address 2)
  • C200HX PLC PLC with C200HW-CLK21 unit (set to node address 3)

Before we go any further, you must make sure that the appropriate routing table enable bit is set in all PLC’s on the network. For example, for CQM1H’s and C200Halpha’s (Level 0), this would mean setting DM6400 bit 12 ON. After this has been done, cycle the power on all PLC’s, then put all PLC’s into PROGRAM mode. You can now proceed with FinsGateway:



 

 

Run the FinsGateway Service Manager by right clicking on the FinsGateway Service Manager icon on the task bar, then click on Setting). Start the Route Viewer by clicking on the Route Viewer icon.


In the Route Viewer, make sure that the Local radio button is selected. The current network no. is shown in the dialogue box; this example is set to the 0 default. Go to the routing table by clicking on the Routing Table button.
 
 

In the Routing Table dialogue, right click-on the “Network” (shown highlighted here) and select Property.


In the Local Network Settings dialogue, enter your required network no. (2, for this example) then click on Apply. Back at the Routing Table dialogue, note that the network no. has been updated. That’s it for the CLK card in the PC, so click on Close to return to the Route Viewer dialogue to complete the settings for the PLC’s.
 
 

Back at the Route Viewer, we now want to talk to the CQM1H (node 2, in this example) and change it’s network number to 2. Select the Remote radio button and enter the local address for the CQM1H (network.node.unit = 0.2.0). Click on the Update button, and you should now see the route information for the CQM1H


Go to the routing table by clicking on the Routing Table button.
 
 

In the Routing Table dialogue, right click-on the “Network” (shown highlighted here) and select Property.


In the Local Network Settings dialogue, enter your required network no. (2, for this example) then click on Apply. Back again at the Routing Table dialogue, note that the network no. has been updated. That’s it for the CQM1H, so click on Close to return to the Route Viewer dialogue. For the C200HX on node 3, repeat the steps on this page, remembering that in this example, the local address for the C200HX is network.node.unit = 0.3.0.
 
   




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