Finding and Connecting to a Device
In order to use the drive, you must be able to communicate with the device using WorkBench and a connection. Devices may use different communication channels, mainly TCP/IP. Both the device and the PC must connect through this standard or another in order to communicate.
The Communication view displays the protocol used to connect to a device.
Add New Device
New devices can be added from:
Automatic (Dynamic) IP Addressing
Dynamic addressing is performed using the Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol (DHCP). To put the drive in DHCP mode, set
The device will acquire its IP address from an external DHCP server if present in the network. If a DHCP server is not present the device will assume an Automatic Private IP address of the form 169.254.x.x.
If your PC is directly connected to the drive, and set to obtain an IP address automatically in the TCP/IP settings, a connection will be established with both devices using compatible automatically generated addresses. It can take up to 60 seconds for a PC to configure an Automatic Private IP Address (169.254.x.x).
When first communicating with the device, conflicts might exist with other programs or devices connected to your computer, which are competing for IP addresses. If you have a problem recognizing a device, try turning off other devices (especially wireless devices or remote network connections). If you still have problems connecting with the device, refer to Troubleshooting Connection and Communication Problems.
Static IP Addressing
Static IP addressing can be accomplished using four parameters:
IP.MODE: set Mode=1 for static IP
IP.ADDRESS: specifies the address of the drive
- IP.SUBNET: specifies the subnet mask of the drive
- IP.GATEWAY: specifies the gateway IP address
--> IP.MODE 1 --> IP.ADDRESS 192.0.2.100 --> IP.SUBNET 255.255.255.0 --> IP.RESET
These parameters can also be set using the TCP/IP View.
Recovering Communications with a Drive at an Unreachable IP Address
In some cases, if the address has been set incorrectly, you can no longer reach it.