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TwinCAT RT-Ethernet Intermediate Driver: Features and performance on Windows 7


<h1>What is TwinCAT RT-Ethernet Intermediate Driver and Why You Need It</h1>


<p>If you are working with TwinCAT, a software system that turns any PC-based system into a real-time control with multiple PLC, NC, CNC, and/or robotics runtime systems, you might be interested in using RT-Ethernet, a network protocol that enables real-time communication between distributed devices. However, not all Ethernet cards support RT-Ethernet natively, especially if they do not have an Intel chipset. In that case, you need an intermediate driver that can bridge the gap between your Ethernet card and your RT-Ethernet device. This is where TwinCAT RT-Ethernet Intermediate Driver comes in handy.</p>


<p>TwinCAT RT-Ethernet Intermediate Driver is a software component that allows you to use any Ethernet card that supports NDIS (Network Driver Interface Specification) as an RT-Ethernet adapter. It is an evaluation driver for laboratory and test operation, to be able to test TwinCAT also with other network cards that have no Intel chip set. It supports no hard real time and may cause jitter, but it can be useful for testing purposes or for applications that do not require strict real-time performance.</p>




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<p>Some of the benefits of using TwinCAT RT-Ethernet Intermediate Driver are:</p>


<ul>


<li>It enables you to use any Ethernet card that supports NDIS as an RT-Ethernet adapter, without having to buy a new hardware or change your existing network configuration.</li>


<li>It allows you to connect your PC-based controller with any RT-Ethernet device, such as EtherCAT devices, GigE Vision devices, or PROFINET devices .</li>


<li>It simplifies the installation and configuration process of the driver, as it can be done via the TwinCAT Adapter dialog or via TcRteInstall.exe in the TwinCAT directory.</li>


<li>It provides compatibility with different versions of Windows operating systems, including Windows 7.</li>


</ul>


<h2>How to Install TwinCAT RT-Ethernet Intermediate Driver on Windows 7</h2>


<p>Before you install TwinCAT RT-Ethernet Intermediate Driver on Windows 7, you need to make sure that you have the following requirements:</p>


<ul>


<li>A PC-based controller with an Ethernet card that supports NDIS.</li>


<li>The Beckhoff TwinCAT automation software installed on your PC.</li>


<li>A compatible RT-Ethernet device that you want to connect with your PC.</li>


<li>An Ethernet cable to connect your PC with your RT-Ethernet device.</li>


</ul>


<p>Once you have these requirements, you can proceed with the installation of the driver using one of these methods:</p>


<ol>


<li>Via the TwinCAT Adapter dialog: In the System Manager, go to Options Show Real Time Ethernet Compatible Devices. This will open a dialog that shows all the network interfaces on your PC. Select the interface that corresponds to your Ethernet card and click on Install. A Windows warning regarding the unsigned driver can be ignored. After the installation, the driver will appear activated in the Windows overview for the network interface[^1^ ).</li>


<li>Via TcRteInstall.exe: In the TwinCAT directory, run the TcRteInstall.exe file as an administrator. This will open a console window that shows all the network interfaces on your PC. Enter the number of the interface that corresponds to your Ethernet card and press Enter. A Windows warning regarding the unsigned driver can be ignored. After the installation, the driver will appear activated in the Windows overview for the network interface.</li>


</ol>


<p>After the installation, you need to restart your PC for the changes to take effect.</p>


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<h3>How to Configure and Use TwinCAT RT-Ethernet Intermediate Driver on Windows 7</h3>


<p>After you have installed TwinCAT RT-Ethernet Intermediate Driver on Windows 7, you need to configure some settings and use it with your RT-Ethernet device and your TwinCAT project. Here are some steps to follow:</p>


<ul>


<li>Settings: To configure the IP address, DHCP, and other parameters of the driver, you can use the Windows Control Panel or the TwinCAT Adapter dialog. In the Control Panel, go to Network and Sharing Center Change adapter settings. Right-click on the network interface that corresponds to your Ethernet card and select Properties. Select Internet Protocol Version 4 (TCP/IPv4) and click on Properties. Here you can assign a static IP address or use DHCP, as well as set the subnet mask, gateway, and DNS servers. Alternatively, you can use the TwinCAT Adapter dialog to adjust these settings by clicking on Configure in the System Manager.</li>


<li>Usage: To use the driver with an RT-Ethernet device and a TwinCAT project, you need to associate them in the System Manager. In the System Manager, go to I/O Devices and select Scan Devices. This will scan for all available RT-Ethernet devices on your network and display them in a tree view. Select the device that you want to use and drag it to your project. Then, right-click on the device and select Properties. In the General tab, select the network interface that corresponds to your Ethernet card from the drop-down menu. In the Advanced tab, you can adjust other settings such as cycle time, watchdog time, and frame size. After you have configured your device, you can download your project to your PC-based controller and run it.</li>


</ul>


<h4>Troubleshooting Tips for TwinCAT RT-Ethernet Intermediate Driver on Windows 7</h4>


<p>Sometimes, you might encounter some issues with TwinCAT RT-Ethernet Intermediate Driver on Windows 7. Here are some common problems and solutions that might help you:</p>


<ul>


<li>Problem: The driver does not appear in the TwinCAT Adapter dialog or in TcRteInstall.exe.</li>


<li>Solution: Make sure that your Ethernet card supports NDIS and that it is enabled in the Windows Device Manager. Also, make sure that you have installed the latest version of TwinCAT software on your PC.</li>


<li>Problem: The driver installation fails or causes a blue screen.</li>


<li>Solution: Make sure that you have disabled any antivirus or firewall software that might interfere with the driver installation. Also, make sure that you have enough free disk space and memory on your PC.</li>


<li>Problem: The driver does not communicate with the RT-Ethernet device or causes errors or delays.</li>


<li>Solution: Make sure that you have configured the IP address, DHCP, and other parameters of the driver correctly. Also, make sure that you have selected the correct network interface for your device in the System Manager. Additionally, check if there are any network conflicts or interferences with other devices or applications on your network.</li>


</ul>


<p>If none of these solutions work for you, you can contact Beckhoff support for further assistance. You can find their contact information on their website or in their documentation. You can also consult their online forums or their FAQs for more information.</p>


<h5>Conclusion</h5>


<p>TwinCAT RT-Ethernet Intermediate Driver is a useful software component that allows you to use any Ethernet card that supports NDIS as an RT-Ethernet adapter for your TwinCAT applications. It enables you to connect your PC-based controller with any RT-Ethernet device without having to buy a new hardware or change your existing network configuration. It also simplifies the installation and configuration process of the driver, as well as provides compatibility with different versions of Windows operating systems, including Windows 7.</p>


<p>If you want to try out TwinCAT RT-Ethernet Intermediate Driver on Windows 7, you can follow this article as a guide. We have explained what is TwinCAT RT-Ethernet Intermediate Driver and why you need it, how to install it on Windows 7 using different methods, how to configure and use it with your RT-Ethernet device and your TwinCAT project, and how to troubleshoot some common issues that might arise. We hope that this article has been helpful and informative for you.</p>


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