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In this video we show the process needed to connect a Productivity Series CPU for remote PLC programming over the StrideLinx VPN Cloud. This connection will allow you to remote access the PLC and also program the Productivity PLC remotely.
This setup will work for the Productivity3000, Productivity2000, and the Productivity1000 PLC.
You will need a Productivity Family PLC, the Productivity Suite 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:
In this video, we will show the process of getting connected to a Productivity CPU through the StrideLinx VPN router. If you have not already setup you Router please see the videos for the initial setup, in the description below. Once you have setup your router then continue on to this video. First we must discuss how the Productivity CPU’s IP address needs to be setup. This is IP address of the VPN router on the control side. To remotely program your Productivity CPU 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 CPU will be communicating through the router. It is very important that everything is a static IP address, as one limitation of VPN networks is that Broadcast comms will not work and broadcast comms is what is used for auto discovery of devices. So, let’s set up the IP address of the Productivity CPU for the first time locally. With your project open select Hardware configuration and then double click on the CPU. Now, select the Ethernet Tab. Here put in the IP address information we show from our example. Now send this project to your CPU. Now that the PLC has been setup and shipped to the remote site, let’s make our first connection through the StrideLinx. Select your device and select connect. Once the IX client is connected, open up your Productivity software and when this start wizard comes up close it. Now, go up to your tools and then options, and then select the connection tab. If you do not know your average ping time to your remote device, I would start with a 15 second remote CPU Communication time. This is timeout time for the connection of your Programming software to the remote CPU. Once you have set that Select Apply and then Ok. Now go to The CPU menu and then Choose CPU. Now select Add a connection. Here enter in the IP Address of the Productivity CPU and then select Ok. Now you will be able to connect. 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 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 subscribe to our YouTube channel for upcoming videos.