Easier Network Linking

Nov. 1, 2003
The Allen-Bradley EtherNet/IP-to-DeviceNet linking device (1788-EN2DN) acts as a bridge for explicit (i.e. information) messages between EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet to allow data collection and configuration to take place from any PC with an Ethernet interface.

“The linking device provides a simpler alternative to using PC-based gateways and racks of communication cards for connecting EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet, cutting system costs and increasing data transfer rates,” says Thomas Sugimoto, product manager at the vendor. The linking device contains a simple-to-use Web interface, allowing the user to obtain DeviceNet diagnostics remotely and configure Ethernet parameters such as the IP address. One side of the linking device is a DeviceNet scanner with the capacity to handle 496 byte input words and 492 byte output words of data from DeviceNet-compliant devices such as sensors, drives and I/O blocks. The other side an EtherNet/IP adapter.