EIP is only available on devices that have been licensed to use EtherNet/IP. EIP is the object returned when the plugin is loaded. It is the starting point for configuring and using EIP.
The name of the plugin for loading 'eip'.
EtherNet/IP extends commercial off-the-shelf Ethernet to the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP), the same upper-layer protocol and object model found in DeviceNet and ControlNet. CIP allows EtherNet/IP and DeviceNet system integrators and users to apply the same objects and profiles for plug-and-play interoperability among devices from multiple vendors and in multiple sub-nets. Combined, DeviceNet, ControlNet and EtherNet/IP promote transparency from sensors to the enterprise software.
CIP provides a wide range of standard objects and services for access to data and for control of network devices via so-called "implicit" and "explicit" messages. The CIP data packets are encapsulated before they will be send with standard TCP or UDP telegrams on the Ethernet.
Ethernet/IP uses all the transport and control protocols of standard Ethernet including the Transport Control Protocol (TCP), the User Datagram Protocol (UDP), the Internet Protocol (IP) and the media access and signaling technologies found in off-the-shelf Ethernet technology. Building on these standard communication technologies means that Ethernet/IP works transparently with all the standard Ethernet devices found in today's market-place. It also means that Ethernet/IP automatically benefits from all further technology enhancements such as Gigabit Ethernet and Wireless technologies.