Ping

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Overview

Product Overview

Not all Ethernet network devices are SNMP managed. To help monitor any system from within your HMI, the Ping driver automatically generates OPC tags for each unmanaged device defined. These "heartbeat" and "response time" tags provide a standardized and reliable way to monitor all devices in the Ethernet network. 

Performance

  • Monitors network devices via the ICMP protocol (Ping).
  • Designed specifically for use with 32-bit OPC server products.
  • Provides the ability to monitor the status of a network device and the time that it takes for the ICMP message to reach its destination and return a response (the round-trip time).
  • Provides communication timeout settings for Connect Timeout and Request Timeout, and an adjustable Retry or Fail After setting.
  • Supports Device Auto-Demotion for unmanaged devices. Users can adjust Auto-Demotion parameters to allow drivers to temporarily place a device off-scan in the event that it is not responding. This allows the driver to continue optimizing its communications with other available devices on the same channel and notify the client application of the event.

Protocols

  • Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP)

Supported Devices

  • Any device (IP or Host address) that can communicate via TCP/IP
  • Building Control Systems
  • Device Servers
  • Drives
  • Gateways
  • Hubs
  • HV AC Equipment
  • PCs and Servers
  • PLCs & Controllers
  • Printers
  • Scanners
  • Security Systems
  • Sensors
  • Switches (Unmanaged)

Available Languages

  • English

Application Support

  • DDE Format CF_Text and AdvancedDDE
  • NIO Interface for iFIX
  • OPC .NET Service (OPC .NET) Version 1.00
  • OPC Alarms and Events (OPC AE) Version 1.10
  • OPC Data Access (OPC DA) Versions 1.0a, 2.0, 2.05a, and 3.0
  • OPC Unified Architecture (OPC UA) Clients
  • SuiteLink and FastDDE for Wonderware

Documents

Release Notes

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Additional Tech Info

The Ping driver leverages the Internet Control Message Protocol (ICMP) to determine whether a defined IP or host address is reachable in the IP control network. Use the Ping driver to incorporate device availability status into your automation applications when target devices are not SNMP managed.

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