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Yogesh Pisal
10-22-2013 12:44 AM

difference between eternet, controlnet and devicenet

hi all can some one give the detail difference between eternet, controlnet and devicenet
10-22-2013 03:08 AM
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Daniel Sheldon
10-22-2013 03:08 AM
Try the following link

10-22-2013 05:45 AM
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Pablo Bassi
10-22-2013 05:45 AM
you MUST check this document


basically, all three networks (EtherNet/IP, ControNet and DeviceNet) use the same protocol which is the CIP protocol, but the three have different media, different configurations, and different purposes.
10-22-2013 08:15 AM
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Martin Larochelle
10-22-2013 08:15 AM
* Ethernet is mainly used for HMI, database acess, computer vs computer or plc data exchange (big volume & no time critical info)
* controlnet is mainly used for controller networking (field netfork) (plc to plc) (medium volume of info, deterministic network)
* device net is mainly a device information exchange (field netfork) (plc to sensors or remote IO) (low info, deterministic network, high speed)

but the use is not limited to what is described above. Ethernet is now taking more place is field networking with ethernet IP protocol that makes it deterministic.
10-22-2013 10:28 AM
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Kyusang Park
10-22-2013 10:28 AM
Those three networks use same application layer protocol, CIP, as indicated by Pablo. However, those three networks are based on different physical layer (media) and data link protrol/standards. They are all different in physical media (hence signalling) and data link (message/frame) protocol. So theoretically CIP can be implemented on any any network (physical layer/data link layer) you want.
10-22-2013 01:06 PM
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Corey Shebesta
10-22-2013 01:06 PM
A DeviceNet network is an open, low-cost industrial network used to connect industrial devices such as limit switches, photoelectric cells, valve manifolds, motor starters, drives, and operator displays to PLC processors and PCs.

Ethernet, on the other hand, is a higher level of network cabling and signalling specifications. Ethernet enables file and printer sharing among machines across a local area network (LAN). The networking of millions of PCs in offices and the proliferation of the internet across the world has made Ethernet a universal networking standard.

Control Net is not being further developed so I cant reccomend it. It is older technology.
10-22-2013 03:43 PM
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Binit Sahay
10-22-2013 03:43 PM
Ethernet uses the standerd IEEE 802.3 protocal through which u can communicate with all Window based appllication, pc and all other application which are follwoing this standerd.But Control net is quit a lot properitery network based on the control system (DCS or PLC) like Foxboro,Centum,Experion etc. Device net is again a universal accepted protocal that is exclusively used for communication between field device with control system (A dedicated I/O card (Modem) required like prfibus,fielbus card).
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