With the ET2000 multichannel-probe, Beckhoff Automation introduces a versatile piece of hardware for analysing any Industrial Ethernet solution.
With eight ports, this probe enables unlimited synchronised recording of up to four independent channels at a speed of 10 or 100 Mbit/s. All real-time Ethernet standards such as EtherCAT, PROFINET, etc. as well as conventional office Ethernet networks are supported.
Through its compact and rugged design, the ET2000 multichannel-probe is ideal both for local application on machines or in the laboratory.
The four channels enable recording and analysis of separate networks or different points within the same network.
All frames in transit in both directions are furnished with a high-precision time stamp in the probe hardware and copied to the Gbit uplink port.
The high time stamp resolution of 1 ns enables precise timing analysis of the connected network segments. The ET2000 probe is transparent for the connected buses. Due to the low cycle delay of < 1 µs, the influence on the system is small.
The device can be connected to any Gbit Ethernet interfaces on the PC side. It is supplied with a Windows driver based on the open WinPcap software interface. This means that the versatile ET2000 probe can be used with freely available network monitors such as Wireshark (Ethereal) or with special tools such as the EtherCAT analyser.
Network monitors are indispensable tools for implementing fieldbus and Industrial Ethernet devices.
They are generally not required for users, the built-in diagnostic options should suffice although in the event of timing problems or potential protocol discrepancies, it may be necessary to use trace tools for logging bus traffic.