• Key Features
  • Standard Features
  • Advanced Features
  • Device Support
  • Protocols / Networks
  • Videos & App Notes
  • Help Files & Release Notes
  • Technical Blog
  • Additional Resources

AB Ethernet Key Features Include

  • Maximum Number of Channels & Devices: 
    • Channels - 256
    • Devices per Channel - 8192
    • NOTE: Practical channel/device limits will vary depending on your available system resources
  • All memory types and data types supported
  • Array Addressing Support
  • Multithreaded design for simultaneous messaging with multiple PLCs
  • 1785-ENET Support (may require PLC firmware upgrade)

Standard AB Ethernet Features Include

  • Open Address Range Support for Compatibility with all PLC 5 and SLC 5/05 controllers
  • Supports all File Types (Output/Input/Integer/Etc. - For Full Addressing List, please refer to Driver Help File)
  • Supports data types such as Float, Long Word, and BCD (File Type Dependent)
  • Uses standard Ethernet Network Interface Card for TCP/IP Communications
  • Automatic Tag Database Generation using CSV Import to build your tag configuration quickly
  • Tag configuration supports dynamic tags from your client application

AB Ethernet Driver Advanced Features Include

  • User Definable Block Request Sizes for Best Performance
  • Supports blocking of string addresses for increased performance
  • Configurable Inter-request delay
  • Optimized communications allow each device to have a separate thread/channel of communications when under separate channels (up to 256 channels)
  • Specify a Network Interface Card at the channel level
  • DF1/Data Highway Bridge Connectivity Support
  • SLC I/O Slot Configuration for Accessing Modular I/O with extensive list of pre-defined I/O Modules including generic SLC I/O module for ultimate flexibility

AB Ethernet Supported Devices

  • Hardbook SoftPLC
  • Micro SoftPLC
  • Smart SoftPLC
  • PLC-5 Family
  • PLC-5/xxE Models
  • SLC 5/05 Family
  • SLC 5/05 Open

For full details on models and networks supported visit the AB Suite Supported Devices page and consult the driver help file.

AB Ethernet Supported Protocols / Networks

  • Allen-Bradley Ethernet
  • TCP/IP Ethernet (including Ethernet Cellular Modems)

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To insure you get the most from your investment in TOP Server™, we provide a variety of application notes/guides and how-to videos, since we know that sometimes it helps to see someone showing you how to do things.

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Use the below links to access TOP Server release history and driver help documentation.

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