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How can I override inputs and outputs in my DL205?
The D2-240, D2-250, D2-250-1 & D2-260 CPUs support bit override.
The D2-230 does not support override.
You must use a K-Sequence or Ethernet Link to use overrides, a DirectNet link will not support overrides
FAQ ID: 49
How do I reset my processor back to factory defaults?
Resetting the processor to factory defaults is a two step process. First clear the processor memory by PLC>CLEAR PLC MEMORY. Next initialize the scratchpad by PLC>SETUP>INITIALIZE SCRATCHPAD. Be aware that initializing the scratchpad will reset the system V-memory to defaults. System V-memory contains parameters such as retentive ranges, DV-1000 setup parameters, etc.
FAQ ID: 50
When using the PID loops with my D2-250, my process variable doesn't look correct coming from my analog or temperature card. What's wrong?
The Setpoint Value (SP), Process Variable (PV), Bias (Integrator) and Control Output Value (CO) are in binary format. If you use the pointer method to bring the analog signals into the CPU be aware of the format you have specified. With the pointer method, if you do not precede the number of channels constant with an '8' the value is in BCD. You must do a BIN conversion before OUTing this value to Word+3 (PV). Also, make sure the proper format from the Word+5 (CO) is in the proper format when it reaches its module. It is in binary format when it leaves the PID loop. The loop table specifications are contained in the PID chapter of the User Manual.
FAQ ID: 51
Why can I not get any Control Output from my PID loop?
Most likely you haven't entered a high limit for your Control Output in the PID setup. The default is 0 and the maximum is 4095 binary. Your must enter something in this field (Word+31) from the PID setup or from ladder. You should also check your Control Output word (Word+5) to see if you are actually getting Control Output. If this value is changing then make sure you are writing this value to the physical output device. This will most likely be an analog card or Time-Proportioning ladder for a discrete output point.
FAQ ID: 52
Why does my Setpoint Value change in my PID loop when I go from Manual to Auto from the PID view or ladder?
You are probably in Bumpless Transfer Mode 1. In this mode, the Setpoint Value is forced to the Process Value on a manual to auto transition. You should be using Bumpless Transfer Mode 2 if you do not want this to occur. This is covered in the Bumpless Transfer section of the PID chapter in your User Manual.
FAQ ID: 53
Can the DL205 expand beyond the local rack?
The D2-250-1 and D2-260 CPUs can be expanded using the D2-EM and D2-CM modules.
See the DL205 User's Manual, Local Expansion I/O in Chapter 4 for details.
Another method the I/O can be expanded is by adding remote I/O with the D2-240, D2-250, D2-250-1 and D2-260.
FAQ ID: 54
Can the DL205 communicate to the DL305 or DL405 CPU's?
Yes, the DL205 CPU's can communicate with the DL305 and DL405 CPU's. The D2-230 can be a slave using the D2-DCM (Data Communications Module). The D2-240 can be a master/slave by using the D2-DCM or the H2-ECOM(-F) (Ethernet Communication Module). Also, the D2-240 can be a slave by using the bottom port on the CPU. The D2-250-1 and D2-260 can be a master/slave by using either the D2-DCM, the bottom port on the CPU or the H2-ECOM(-F).
FAQ ID: 55
Which DL205 CPUs support the Power Up in Run Mode feature?
Only the D2-230. If you set bit Bit 13 of V-memory 7633, the D2-230 will power-up in Run provided the CPU does not encounter any errors. The D2-250-1 AND D2-260 have a Run/Term/Stop switch. The D2-240 has a Run/Term switch. In the Run position the CPU is forced into the Run mode if no errors are encountered. No changes are allowed by the attached programming/monitoring device. In the Term position, Run, Program and the Test modes are available. Mode and program changes are allowed by the programming/monitoring device. In the Stop position (D2-250-1 and D2-260 only), the CPU is forced into the Stop mode. No changes are allowed by the attached programming/monitoring device.
FAQ ID: 56
Which DL205 CPUs support Manual Addressing capabilities in local bases?
The D2-250-1 and D2-260 only. The D2-230 and D2-240 are automatic addressing only.
FAQ ID: 57
Which DL205 CPUs support the H2-ECOM in their base?
The D2-240,D2-250 and D2-60. The D2-230 does not support the H2-ECOM.
FAQ ID: 58
Can the DL205 handle an encoder input and drive a stepper motor at the same time?
The D2-CTRINT cannot perform both input and output functions at the same time. The H2-CTRIO can handle both input and output functions at the same time. Please remember the D2-CTRINT MUST be in the slot next to the CPU (slot 0) and the H2-CTRIO CANNOT be in slot 0. Multiple H2-CTRIO cards are allowed per base, please check you power budget.
FAQ ID: 59
Is the DL205 base power supply fused?
Yes, with a 2A@250V slow blow fuse. However, the base power supply fuse is non-replaceable, so an external fuse is recommended.
FAQ ID: 60
I need to add another module to my DL205 9-slot base, but the rack is full. What can I do?
1.- D2-250-1 and D2-260 are the only CPUs supporting local expansion. You need to change the base D2-09B to D2-09B-1 if this is the case.
2.- You can use ERM/EBC system with all CPUs except D2-230.
3.- The bottom port of a D2-250(1) or D2-260 CPU can serve as a remote I/O master. The D2-RSSS serves as the remote slave and resides in the CPU slot of the remote base. Since this is true remote I/O, the scan is handled differently than local I/O.The D2-230 does not support remote I/O.
FAQ ID: 61
Can the DL205 be used on a Modbus network?
The D2-240, D2-250-1 and D2-260 can be used on a Modbus network. The D2-250-1 and D2-260's bottom port can be set to Modbus master/slave. Also, the DCM module can act as a Modbus slave when used with the D2-240 or D2-250 or D2-250-1 or D2-260. The Modbus RTU (hex) protocol is supported.
The D2-230 cannot be used on a Modbus network.
FAQ ID: 62
What is the accuracy of the PLC real-time clock?
D2-230: No clock/calendar feature
D2-240: +/- 1 minute per month
D2-250: +/- 1 minute per month
D2-250-1: +/- 1 minute per month
D2-260: +/- 1 minute per month
FAQ ID: 63
What is the manufacturer and part number for the potentiometers used in the D2-240?
Manufacturer: Nidec Copal Electronics
Part number: ST-4TG 2K
More information may be found at the Copal Electronics website
FAQ ID: 64
Is there a way to change the current count of a counter while it's counting?
Yes,all you would need to do is LD a value to the Current count of the Counter. I.E. If using CT0 you could LD the value to V1000. If using CT1 you would LD the value to V1001.
(Exception: CT174 and CT176 with CTRINT and counting functions of the H2-CTRIO)
FAQ ID: 65
Is Pointer addressing prohibited for analog modules located in Remote bases?
Yes - you cannot use the pointer method in remote bases that have analog cards.
FAQ ID: 66
Does the DL250 bottom port (port 2) support 2 wire + ground (RS-485) networks?
No, the bottom port of the D2-250 does not support 2 wires + ground (RS-485) networks.
FAQ ID: 67
Where can I find information on how to connect 205 I/O to a 405 master?
You will need to look at the D4-REMIO-M manual. There are no differences in the 205 and 405 remote; the setup is almost identical.
FAQ ID: 68
What is the torque specification for the terminal blocks on the 205 modules?
8-point modules: 0.882 Nm (0.060 lb-ft)
16-point modules: 0.3 Nm (0.021 lb-ft)
FAQ ID: 69
How often should I change the backup battery?
When using the backup battery (optional for the D2-230 and D2-240 CPUs), all of the units have an indicator that flashes when the battery is getting low. The typical life of the battery in these units is 5 years, but the battery should be checked every six months.
FAQ ID: 70
Does the DL205 series support DNP 3.0 protocol?
At this time, it does not.
FAQ ID: 71
How would we check this PLC to make sure that it is calibrated?
Our PLCs do not require calibration.
FAQ ID: 72
The D2-240 has no square root?
This example program shows how the square root of a value between 1 and 9999 could be calculated. The resulting value has 2 implied decimal points. The square root is determined by using an iterative approximation, and therefore this algorithm requires a long time to execute.
FAQ ID: 73
Will the DL205 series work in sub-freezing temperatures?
FAQ ID: 74
Can the D2-CTRINT do up/down counting with a single input?
No...it needs a quadrature encoder to do up/down counting.
FAQ ID: 75
How do I write ASCII code for inverter to comm port on a D2-240?
You cannot; we do not support ASCII in from the CPU except with a D2-260. Use a D2-260 or a F2-CP128.
FAQ ID: 77
Why does a timer keep counting after it reaches a setpoint?
You must reset the timer after activation.
FAQ ID: 78
What are the ratings on the internal power supply on D2-06B-1?
24VDC, 300 mA
FAQ ID: 79
How many outputs on a D2-CTRINT are analog?
None are analog.
FAQ ID: 80
Can I use a modem to bottom port of D2-250-1 using K-seq?
Yes, set the port parity to None or Even.
FAQ ID: 81
What do I need to read a barcode input?
Use a DL205 with an F2-CP128 module. The other option is to use a D2-260 CPU, which supports ASCII in on port 2. Barcoder scanners are typically ASCII out with 232 comm.
FAQ ID: 82
Can a D2-240 do ASCII in and out?
No, you must use an F2-CP128 for this case or a D2-260 CPU
FAQ ID: 84
Can you use an F2-04THM and another analog module in a local DL-205 PLC system?
FAQ ID: 85
Is the analog setup for D2-250, D2-250-1 or D2-260 pointer method the same as for D2-240?
FAQ ID: 86
Is there a DL-305 equivalent of the D2-CTRINT?
FAQ ID: 87
Will the H2-ECOM-F work with the D2-CTRINT?
FAQ ID: 88
Do you offer precision resistors?
At this time we do not.
FAQ ID: 89
Are the A NOT / B NOT functions available in the H2-CTRIO module?
FAQ ID: 90
Can the D2-240 and D2-250 do Directnet?
Yes on both ports, top ports are 9600 baud only though.
FAQ ID: 91
Is there a block-clear command for D2-240 CPU?
No, only in the D4-405.
FAQ ID: 92
What device can be used as master from DL205 to DL405 Slice?
Use a D2-RMSM module.
FAQ ID: 93
Using a D2-250, can you access a V memory through modbus?
Yes. There is a section in manual on pg. 4-20 that gives the equivalent.
FAQ ID: 94
How do you manually address with a D2-240?
You can't; only a D2-250, a D2-250-1 or a D2-260 can.
FAQ ID: 95
Can the DL205 family communicate via Ethernet?
Yes, you will need a H2-ECOM for this. Exception is the D2-230 CPU.
FAQ ID: 321
Does the D2-Ctrint need a load when testing the Pulse Output?
Yes, 500 Ohm should work fine.
FAQ ID: 322
Why am I getting an E206 from my F2-CP128?
Plugging the module in HOT can cause this problem.
FAQ ID: 323
Does the D2-Ctrint work with Think & Do?
No, but the H2-CTRIO does.
FAQ ID: 324
What type connectors are on the H2-ECOM?
Ethernet = RJ-45
FAQ ID: 325
Do we have Profibus protocol in the DL205?
Yes. We offer the H2-PBC Profibus Slave Base Controller. You can view the H2-PBC-M manual in the documentation section for details. This unit operates as a slave only and replaces the CPU in the DL205 rack.
FAQ ID: 326
Are the internal power supplies included on the DL205 family bases?
FAQ ID: 327
Will F2-DEVNET support the AB PLC?
FAQ ID: 328
Is the D2-12TR fused ?
Yes, it is fused and the fuse is replaceable.
FAQ ID: 329
Are the DL205 bases Din rail mountable?
Yes, they may be mounted on 35mm Din rail.
FAQ ID: 332
Can you configure a D2-250-1 port for remote I/O and other protocols at the same time?
No, when configured for remote I/O, it is dedicated to remote I/O.
FAQ ID: 386
Using the D2-250-1, is it possible to output a dc voltage pulse of 9 ms 13 times and a 13 ms pulse 10 times?
FAQ ID: 387
Do we recommend a UPS for the DL205 system?
A UPS may be used with our DL205 PLCs, but we do not recommend any particualr brand of UPS. However, the faster the switching capabilities of the UPS, the better.
FAQ ID: 388
Will the Dsdata server link to the H2-EBC base controller?
Not directly. The DSData Server can link to PLC CPU's. If the PLC has an ERM connected to an EBC, then DSDAta could get data derived from modules in the EBC rack.
FAQ ID: 389
Can you do 2 way ASCII on port 2 of the D2-250-1?
No. The 250-1 only supports ASCII OUT on Port 2. The DL06 and DL260 support ASCII IN/OUT on Port 2.
FAQ ID: 390
Will your H2- EBC work with Labview?
FAQ ID: 391
I forgot my PLC password, what are my options?
You must contact AutomationDirect Tech Support. We will request that you send in your CPU to have the password cleared. You will have to load the backup of your program into the CPU when it is returned to you, as memory will have been cleared along with the password. The program inside the CPU will be lost and irretrievable when we clear the password.
FAQ ID: 392
Where can I obtain the most current firmware for my CPU?
Go to the following Firmware Page on our website to check for availability of downloadable firmware: Technical Support -> Software/Firmware Downloads -> Firmware. You must download the Koyo Support Tool and the appropriate firmware binary for your CPU. Unzip these files to extract the firmware binary, and the Koyo Support Tool installation file. Install the Koyo Support Tool as you would any other software program. It will be listed as Firmware Update Tool under Start -> Programs. Run the Firmware Update Tool. It has a Wizard mode and a single page mode. Most users will find the Wizard mode easier to use. It will take you step-by-step through the process of updating the firmware in your CPU.
For CPUs that have their firmware on a PROM chip (D2-230 and D2-240), you must call AutomationDirect Tech Support for a new firmware chip. These will be sent to you free of charge.
FAQ ID: 393
Will the F2-UNICON support the D2-240?
Yes, using the bottom port.
FAQ ID: 464
Which WINPLC will allow me to load VB or C++ program to it?
For this subject please visit the website www.hosteng.com
FAQ ID: 466
My DL205 PLC won't recognize my I/O module(s). What could be the problem?
Itís very possible that your firmware is too old. For the firmware EPROM for D2-230 and D2-240 CPUs contact Tech Support via phone or e-mail and we will send you the current version free of charge. For the D2-250-1 and D2-260 CPUs, you can download the latest firmware from our Firmware web page .
FAQ ID: 467
Does the H2-ECOM module have SNMP support?
No. It only supports TCP/IP and IPX/SPX.
FAQ ID: 468
Is there a removable EPROM/EEPROM for the D2-250-1 or D2-260?
No. The D2-250-1 and D2-260 have fixed internal flash memory.
FAQ ID: 552
Is there a way to change the clock & calendar in the D2-250 with a D2-HPP?
Yes, this can be found on page 2-12 in the D2-HPP manual.
FAQ ID: 553
Can I manually address a module in a slave rack?
No, only in the master rack.
FAQ ID: 555
What is the smallest PLC that has Ethernet capability?
A D0-05 CPU with an H0-ECOM module. D0-06 and CPUs D2-240, D2-250-1, D2-260 and D4-440 and D4-450 are also capable of Ethernet communication using the appropriate Hx-ECOM module.
FAQ ID: 556
Are the commons on D2-12TR isolated from each other?
FAQ ID: 557
Does the 6 slot base have 2600mA and 300mA / 24VDC power supply?
Yes. It is the same as the 9 slot base.
FAQ ID: 558
Do we have any examples of how to connect a D2-250-1 or D2-260 to a printer?
Yes, on the web it is on our Tech Support page at
Technical and Application Notes -> PLC HGardware: Communications -> AN-D05-001. This example is for a DL05 PLC, but it will work for a D2-250-1 or D2-260 CPU as well.
FAQ ID: 591
Does your line of EBCs support thermocouple input modules?
FAQ ID: 592
What is the output voltage of the D2-CTRINT?
5VDC. This must be supplied by an external source.
FAQ ID: 593
Will any of your Counter Cards support WINPLC?
Yes, the H2-CTRIO is supported by the WinPLC platform in versions 5.4 and 6.x or newer of Think & Do.
FAQ ID: 594
How can I get more serial ports for my WINPLC?
Use the H2-SERIO.
FAQ ID: 595
Will the ISONET work with bottom port of the D2-240?
FAQ ID: 596
Can you write code to a DL205 CPU without any I/O?
Yes, I/O does not have to be present to write the code, but to troubleshoot properly, you must have it.
FAQ ID: 597
Using my laptop, Im having trouble linking up to port 2 on the D2-240 / D2-250-1 / D2-260 PLC. Where can I start trouble-shooting?
Start by trying Port 1 of the PLC. It has a fixed setup scheme and should be easier to troubleshoot. Once connected through Port 1, you can check the configuration of Port 2.
FAQ ID: 626
Do you have TTL level input signals on the DL205?
Yes, use the D2-32ND3-2 input module.
FAQ ID: 627
Can the D2-CTRINT count in the negative direction?
Yes it can, for example it will show 80000001 for negative one.
FAQ ID: 653
Will the D2-DCM function in an EBC base?
Not at this time.
FAQ ID: 654
Will a DL205 CPU lose the program if it doesn't have a battery?
No, it will not.
FAQ ID: 655
Can I use more than one quadrature counter on a D2-CTRINT?
No, if you need multiple quadrature encoders you will need to use the H2-CTRIO card(s).
FAQ ID: 656
What fuses can I use with the D2-12TR?
D2-FUSE-4 is the correct size.
FAQ ID: 657
Does the D2-250 have ASCII in capabilities?
No it does not. The D2-250-1 has ASCII OUT, and the D2-260 has ASCII IN/OUT.
FAQ ID: 658
What is the A/B switch on the D2-12TR used for?
It is used because there is not enough space on the D2-12TR for 12 LEDs. When the switch is in the A position, the LEDs indicate the status of the first bank of 6 outputs. When the switch is in the B position, the LEDs indicate the status of the second bank of 6 outputs.
FAQ ID: 659
Does the D2-RMSM module consume any I/O?
No, the D2-RMSM does not consume any I/O.
FAQ ID: 660
Can I use the D2-EE-2 to back up the user program in the DL205 series CPUs?
Yes. You can put a D2-EE-2 in your D2-HPP and copy the user program from the DL205 series CPUs.
FAQ ID: 661
Are there differential contacts in the D2-240?
No there aren't.
FAQ ID: 695
Can any ADC products communicate with Modbus Plus?
FAQ ID: 696
How man PID loops does the D2-250-1 have?
The D2-250-1 has four PID loops. The D2-260 has 16.
FAQ ID: 697
Can the D2-CTRINT control two stepper motors or only one?
No, only one.
FAQ ID: 698
Will the H2-ECOM support peer-to-peer communications?
FAQ ID: 699
Can the D2-CTRINT be manually addressed to other than X0-7 and Y0-7?
No it cannot.
FAQ ID: 751
Where can I find documentation on the PID functions for the D2-250 CPU?
Chapter 8 of the D2-USER-M.
FAQ ID: 752
In a D2-230 what register is the count accumulated in for CTRINT?
FAQ ID: 785
In a D2-240/250-1/260 what register is the count accumulated in for CTRINT?
A: CTA174 for Channel 1, CTA176 for Channel 2.
FAQ ID: 786
Is a D2-230 capable of analog inputs?
A: Yes you may use analog inputs with the D2-230.
FAQ ID: 787
Can I use a modem to top port of a D2-250-1?
Yes, but you need a modem that can be configured to use odd parity.
FAQ ID: 806
Is it possible to use the H0/H2/H4-ECOMS Ethernet modules with Routers on a network.
In general, assuming you only have a router or gateway, you need only give the ECOM an IP address that is valid on the remote side of the router. Sometimes you need to create a mapping in the router itself that allows IP traffic through the router to the ECOMs IP address, sometimes you need to specify the port number (0x7070), most of the times not.
Then, in DirectSOFT, when you create the link, you specify the ECOMís IP address, then your PC uses itís IP address, itís Netmask and the ECOMís IP address to determine that the ECOM is not on the local network, and it the goes to the Gateway to see if it can find the ECOMís IP address, which it can.
But let me stress that this process is most likely going to be different everywhere you try it. If you have a Proxy Server with the Gateway, youíll likely make a UDP mapping in the Proxy Server software to allow the traffic through. And each proxy software server package is going to be different.
It can be done, but the specific information on how to do it will vary with each particular situation. You will need to get the person who manages the network at each site to figure out how his/her network must be configured to allow this to work.
FAQ ID: 903
What is the maximum number of H2-EBC modules that the H2-ERM can support?
When Using a D2-250 or the D2-240 as the controller, the H2-ERM can support up to 16 H2-EBC units.
When the any of the Think 'N' Do Live or Studio WINPLC versions are used, the number of H2-EBC modules is limited to only one.
The WinPLC with Think & Do Live Software or Entivity STUDIO has the ability to support higher level functions such as peer-to-peer networking,PID loop control, data communications via OPC, high speed counter operations, as well as multiple serial ports via the H2-SERIO module.
As a result we request that any application that requires more than one H2-EBC base modules connected to an H2-ERM should be reviewed with the Entivity technical support manager. Therefore, the default support for the H2-ERM product is one H2-EBC per H2-ERM. While it is physically possible to go higher, there are some limitations and issues that must be understood prior to applying the product beyond one expansion base. The Entivity technical support manager can be reached at 734-205-5401.
FAQ ID: 910
What is the maximum altitude that your PLC can operate?
Our PLC can function at altitudes up to 5000 meters (16,404 feet). Page 2-7 of the D2-USER-M will show details of CPU Specs.
FAQ ID: 937
Can I control a servo motor with a DirectLOGIC PLC?
Yes. The DL205 PLC with its counter/pulse output module (H2-CTRIO) has four independently configurable timer/counter channels (up to 100kHz) and two pulse output generators (up to 25 kHz).
FAQ ID: 940
I have a new F2-DEVNETS-1 module, but the Think 'N' Do ConnectivityCenter (or IOView) displays an error upon connection. What is causing this error?
The F2-DEVNETS-1 is a newer model of the F2-DEVNETS module. In order for this module to be used in versions Live!v5.5 or before, or Studio v7.1 or before, you must put the module in the F2-DEVNETS compatibility mode (See appendix E in the F2-DEVNETS-1 manual).
FAQ ID: 953
Do you have an adapter for the D2-DSCBL and EZ-2CBL cables so that I can use them on port 2 of a DL06, DL250-1, or DL260 instead of on port 1? Iím using DirectSoft32 with the RJ-12 PLC connector cable (D2-DSCBL) and/or Iím using an EZ-Text/EZ-Touch panel with the RJ-12 PLC connector (EZ-2CBL) to connect to port 1 of my DL06, DL250-1, or DL260 PLC. I want to connect to port 2 of these processors, which has a 15-pin high density connector.
Yes, in any of the situations listed above, you can use the FA-15HD adapter to connect to port 2 of a DL06, DL250-1, or DL260. The FA-15HD adapter will work with DirectSoft32 and the D2-DSCBL, or with an EZ-Text or EZ-Touch panel and the EZ-2CBL cable to allow them to connect to port 2 of the DL06, DL250-1, or DL260. Since port 2 is configurable on these PLCs, you must make sure the protocol and port settings match on both devices. The FA-15HD adapter can be used with the D2-DSCBL, the EZ-2CBL, or the FA-CABKIT. The FA-15HD adapter can NOT be used with the DV-1000 or the D2-HPP.
FAQ ID: 1022
What is the format of the MWX/MRX exception buffer?
The instructions require 3 consecutive words.
If a Modbus slave device does not like something in a Modbus request it receives, it will respond with an exception response.
The exception response at the protocol level looks like:
FAQ ID: 1084
Can you update firmware on a a D2-250 using port #1?
No, you must use port #2 using a D2-DSCBL-1 (an FA-15HD adapter will not work)
Besure you read and follow the instructions.
FAQ ID: 1098
What is the screw size on the 15-pin D-sub for port 2?
It is a metric M2.6 x 0.45 pitch
FAQ ID: 1113
What port is used for Modbus TCP for the ECOM100 modules?
The ECOM100 has port 502 set by default, it can only be changed if the ECOM100 is used as Client(master).
FAQ ID: 1189
What is the SCCR rating for the DL205 PLCs?
Our PLCs are not power circuit components. The SCCR is not required for them. Please refer to UL508 177.1 and UL508A SB4.1 for details.
UL508 177.1 defines what the PLC is and UL508A SB4.1 covers the standard for the SCCR.
FAQ ID: 1195
Can I change the backup battery with power applied to my DL205 CPU?
D2-230 and D2-240 CPU - No. The battery is not accessible without removing the CPU module.
D2-250(-1) and D2-260 CPU - Yes. Open the flip cover of the battery compartment located next to the communications ports on the front of the CPU and insert a new battery.
FAQ ID: 1202
Can the Hx-ECOM use SMTP Authentication in EMail? and help in using ECOM100 Email)
(From HOST Engineering FirmWare notes)
4.0.1397 H2-ECOM100 & H4-ECOM100
Added Email Authentication to the web browser configuration page - you cannot access this feature via NetEdit3 or the ECEMSUP IBox at this time, those will be added later.
To access this feature, use a web browser to bring up the ECOM100's web configuration page, go to the Email Setup page, click 'Enable Authentication' and enter the username and password in the fields provided
Host Engineering has an excellent document for help using EMail from the ECOM100 here;
EMail Theory Of Operation
FAQ ID: 1295
What are the color codes for American/Canadian thermocouples?
All American/Canadian Thermocouples follow the ANSI color standard for wire coloration. Jacket color may sometimes be the main wire color, but it is not a dependable means of thermocouple type.
Type J - White/Red
Type E - Purple/Red
Type K - Yellow/Red
Type T - Brown/Red
Type N - Orange/Red
Red is always Negative.
FAQ ID: 1307
What causes a blinking run light on a D2-CM module?
FAQ ID: 1316
Can the F2-16TD1P or F2-16TD1P be used in an D2-RSSS base (Serial Remote I/O) ??
No, the modules are not supported.
FAQ ID: 1327
How do I use a variable as a timer preset?
In your timer box where you are currently typing 'Kxxx' for the preset you would put a V memory address such as V2000. Make sure that this address is only used for this purpose. Now open a data view and type in V2000. You would use this same V memory address for every timer that you want to have the same value.
Click the yellow E button with the red circle and slash in the upper left of the data view window to enable edits. Now you should have a column titled edits on the right of the V2000 you typed in. Enter your value in this column next to V2000 and press the middle of the three buttons at the top right of the data view.
Please note that you can use other V memory addresses than V2000. The full list of available addresses is available in the PLC -> Memory map menu item. Also you can find the list of available memory in Chapter 3 (or 4 depending on the PLC model) of the User manual.
FAQ ID: 1338
"CTRIO Workbench says my H2-CTRIO2 needs a firmware update" or "I updated the firwmare in my H2-CTRIO2, and now it's stuck in booter mode"
Older versions of CTRIO Workbench (2.1.x or earlier) will incorrectly identify a CTRIO2 as a CTRIO that needs a firmware update. Do NOT attempt this. You must get the latest CTRIO Workbench version from HostEng.com (2.2.x or later). Unzip and install this updated version of Workbench. IF you already attempted the firmware update and your CTRIO2 is now stuck in booter mode, you will need to do the same, PLUS, get the latest H2-CTRIO2 firmware from their website and try to update the CTRIO2 firmware again. Try several times, but if it still won't get out of booter mode, you will need to contact Returns Department.
FAQ ID: 1512
Can I use a reed switch on AC input?
We do not recommend this, as the inrush of the AC input can cause the reed switch contact to fail.
Also the reed switch can arc when opening causing a voltage higher than than your system supply.
This higher voltage can quickly damage AC inputs, which have a maximum rating of 132 vac.
Reed switch flutter or bounce can make this condition even worse.
FAQ ID: 1550
"I can't see my ECOM(100) with NetEdit. What do I do?"
If NetEdit3 doesn't see the ECOM module when you press "Scan Network", check the following:
1) Verify Link Good LEDs are illuminated on module and connecting devices like hubs or unmanaged switches.
2) Turn OFF any WiFi devices or other ethernet devices.
3) Firewalls need to be turned OFF for initial connection (see Windows Help). Also, turn OFF any antivirus or other protection software that can interfere with ethernet communication.
4) Try to PING the ECOM module to establish basic connection (see Windows Help, or search for resources on internet if not familiar with these steps).
5) You may need to disable any other network adapters besides the one physically connected to the ECOM or network the ECOM is on. If you get "Transport Protocol error", try the instructions in this link:
Go to Step 4, Item C. The latest version of NetEdit has the ability to select the specific network adapter, by going to the main Menu, select "Network", then "Adapter" and specifying which installed adapter you want to use ( it also lists the IP addresses of the adapters). We strongly suggest you download the latest version of NetEdit here:
6) If you have a network administrator, you may need to check with them to verify the configuration of the local network.
7) If you have Windows XP or earlier, and you still can't make a connection, you should consider trying the IPX protocol. Click the IPX button in NetEdit3. If you get the 10047 error, you need to install the NWLink/IPX protocol to your computer ethernet card.
See Windows Help for this procedure, or try this link
If you can't connect to an existing/unknown ECOM100 in a network, and the card is likely newer than 2007, by powering-down and putting dipswitch 6 ON, then powering up, the IP address will be reset to all 0's, and should become visible to NetEdit3. You must power down and turn this dip back OFF for card to be able to operate properly.
FAQ ID: 1575
How can I make the CTRIO2 output wave form more stable?
Due to the 10x higher speeds of CTRIO2 modules, the waveform isn't as forgiving as a CTRIO module was.
It might be necessary to use the following circuit if you notice differences between a CTRIO and CTRIO2 module being used as a replacement.
R: 10 to 50 ohms, C: 22nF (0.022 F)
Connect the R & C in series, then connect that across the CTRIO2 outputs (preferably at the stepper's inputs instead of just right at the CTRIO2's outputs).
FAQ ID: 1597