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  1. bdr21
  2. PLCnext Technology & PLCnext Controls
  3. Friday, 24 July 2020

Hi all, I have just started using the axc f 2152 controller and I was wondering if it has the ability to connect to WIFI (because I looked it up online and didn't find any convincing answer).
If so, how do I configure it to connect to my WIFI network?

Thanks.

Martin PLCnext Team Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
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Hello,

The PLC does not have a WiFi adapter built in, so to connect to a WiFi network you will need an external WiFi adapter. Phoenix Contact has WiFi adapters suitable for industrial use, like this one:

(http://www.phoenixcontact.net/product/2702534)

... but these may or may not suit your project.

If you are able to connect the PLC to an Ethernet switch or router with a cable, then this would be a simpler and cheaper solution. For instance at home I plug my PLC into an RJ45 socket in the back of my Internet / WiFi router, which gives the PLC access to the internet and also to the WiFi network, so I can program it from my laptop over WiFi.

I hope this has been some help.

~ Martin

 

Phoenix Contact Electronics Headquarters - PLCnext Runtime Product Management and Support

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So it is possible to write programs to the PLC over WIFI. because when i tried it, it couldn't connect to the controller when i click 'write and start project'. Is there maybe a guide on how to do this?
Thanks.

Martin PLCnext Team Accepted Answer Pending Moderation
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There is a step-by-step getting-started guide in the Info Center:

http://plcnext-infocenter.s3-website.eu-central-1.amazonaws.com/PLCnext_Technology_InfoCenter/PLCnext_Technology_InfoCenter/PLCnext_Engineer/Getting_started_with_PLCnext_Engineer.htm

This includes a section on connecting to the controller:

http://plcnext-infocenter.s3-website.eu-central-1.amazonaws.com/PLCnext_Technology_InfoCenter/PLCnext_Technology_InfoCenter/PLCnext_Engineer/Connecting_to_the_controller.htm

It makes no difference if the Ethernet connection is via copper or wireless or any other media - you simply need to select the corresponding Ethernet adapter in PLCnext Engineer.

The IP address of the PLC needs to he reachable from the PC. For example, if the PLC and the PC are on the same LAN, then they should have IP addresses in the same subnet. You can check this from the PC, by using "ping" from a command window.

There are a few other things that could prevent comms from working properly, so if this doesn't work please let us know.

~ Martin.

Phoenix Contact Electronics Headquarters - PLCnext Runtime Product Management and Support

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All right, thanks so much for your help!

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