In this video we show the process needed to connect a Click PLC for remote PLC programming over the StrideLinx VPN cloud. This connection will allow you to remote access the PLC and to program the Click remotely.
You will need a Click CPU with an on board Ethernet Port, the Click PLC software, and a StrideLinx VPN router that has been configured. If you have not configured your router, please view the video below that corresponds with your version of router.
Initial setup videos:
Our FREE Practical Guide to Programmable Logic Controllers eBook: https://www.automationdirect.com/ebooks/plc-handbook
In this video, we will show the process of getting connected to a Click PLC through the Stridelinx VPN router. If you have not already setup your Router please see the videos for the initial setup that can be found in the description below, then continue on to this video. First, we must discuss the Click PLC IP address setup. This is IP address of the VPN router on the control side and to remotely program your click PLC it must be on the same subnet as the VPN router and have the IP address of the Router as it’s Default Gateway. This way the Click will be communicating through the router. Now, it is very important that everything is a static address, as one limitation of VPN networks is that Broadcast comms will not work and broadcast communications is what is used for auto discovery of these type of devices. Now, let’s set up the Click IP address locally for the first time. So, go to setup and then com port setup. Enter in the IP address as we discussed before. Now send that project to your PLC. Now that the PLC has been setup and shipped to the remote site, let’s make our first connection to the Stridelinx. Select your device and then connect. Once the IX client is connected. Open up the Click software and then select connect to PLC. For the network adapter select the Window Tapp adapter. This is the Driver that the VPN client uses for this virtual connection. Now select outside of the Lan and add a connection. Give the connection a name and enter in the IP address of the Click PLC. Here I will increase the timeout time to the max setting. Hit Ok and then connect. You will now be able to read in the Project from the Click PLC. Now you will be able to program as if you are local to the PLC. But a little Safety disclaimer. Before you make any changes to your PLC Remotely take into account what you are activating and deactivating remotely as it may cause an unsafe condition. It is always best to have local eyes on the equipment while making these changes. This is where the digital input on the VPN router can be useful. It will allow you to lock out remote changes until someone is there to monitor for safety purposes If you have any questions about the Stride VPN router please contact AutomationDirect’s support team during regular business hours. They will be glad to help. Click on this video to learn more about AutomationDirect’s many support options, click here to learn more or see more videos on our many products, and be sure to click here to subscribe to our YouTube channel for upcoming videos.