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Ethernet Industrial Protocol (Ethernet/IP) is a communication standard in networks used for transferring large amounts of data with a speed ranging from 10 Mbps to 100 Mbps and at a rate of 1500 bytes per data packet. The network specification makes use of an open protocol at the application layer. Open DeviceNet Vendor Association and the Industrial Ethernet Association support the specification. Ethernet Industrial Protocol is one of the most proven, developed and complete industrial solutions for manufacturing automation and also helps users to benefit from the advantages of both Internet and open technologies.
Ethernet Industrial Protocol provides a range of functionalities by layering the Common Industrial Protocol over the protocols such as User Datagram Protocol and Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol. With such a combination of accepted standards, Ethernet Industrial Protocol ensures it can support control applications and information data exchange. In order to provide a cost-effective plant floor solution by means of understood and accepted infrastructure, Ethernet standard protocol makes use of physical media and commercial, off-the-shelf Ethernet components as well.
One of the biggest advantages of Ethernet Industrial Protocol is that it is easy to configure, operate, maintain and scale up. Again, it is compatible with many Ethernet switches. The protocol is one of the preferred protocols for network connectivity in enterprise systems. It also remains one of the best options when multi-device connectivity is required, and it serves as an economical solution for connecting multiple computers.
The protocol is used in a wide range of appliances such as robots, personal computers, programmable logic controllers, mainframes, input/output adapters and other similar devices.