Install EtherCAT Network for Execution

To install the EtherCAT® Network for execution using the target computer as master node, execute the following steps. For requirements, see Hardware Setup Requirements for TwinCAT 3.

  1. Record the PCI bus and PCI slot for the existing Ethernet cards in the target computer. For more on identifying and selecting Ethernet cards for linking the development and target computers, see Ethernet Card Selection by Index.

  2. Install a dedicated, EtherCAT compatible Ethernet card on the target computer.

  3. Record the PCI bus and PCI slot for the new Ethernet card. Check the PCI bus and PCI slot for the existing card. To select the Ethernet card required for the Ethernet link, update the Simulink® Real-Time™ environment settings.

  4. Connect your EtherCAT network to the target computer Ethernet port dedicated to EtherCAT. Turn on the network.

The next task is Configure EtherCAT Master Node Model.