Prior to using this communication interface, you must perform the following steps:
Install an Ethernet card in your computer.
Configure the minimum TCP/IP Communications for your computer, including assignment of a name and TCP/IP address for the computer.
Assign a TCP/IP address for each Sharp programmable controller.
If you are on a company-wide or standardized network, obtain your TCP/IP addresses from your network administrator. Please refer to the PLC documentation for assistance in developing the needed ladder logic.
For each programmable controller communicating with CIMPLICITY software via Ethernet, assign a socket port number for the connection.
If you are on a company-wide or standardized network, obtain your Ethernet port number from your network or system administrator. If you need to receive unsolicited data messages, use port number 6000H, 6001H, 6002H or 6003H, depending on the channel configuration. Please refer to the PLC documentation for assistance in developing the needed ladder logic.
The CIMPLICITY project always initiates the TCP/IP connection. Configure all TCP/IP channels in the Sharp PLC used by CIMPLICITY software as TCP Passive.
Configure the Windows TCP/IP address for each programmable controller on your computer.
Use C:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts for the configuration.
In the hosts file, add one line for each programmable controller using the following format:
<IP address> <PLC Name> <Alias Name>
Separate the fields with at least one space. For example, if the IP address configured for a programmable controller is 220.127.116.11 and its host name is "SHARP", its line in the hosts file is:
18.104.22.168 SHARP sharp
About Sharp TCP/IP Communications.