Module: eip

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.

EIP requires a memory map in order to start. A memory map is XML that describes how the memory is organized. When applied, the attributes described in the map become accessible to JavaScript. JavaScript can then write to the outputs and connect to changed events on the inputs. Memory maps can be created and edited using the memory map editor tool. See Memory Map for more detail. Settings up an EIP memory map is very similar to FLNet, except that EIP can also contain a CIP section. See FLNet Memory Map for an example of how to set up an FLNet memory map.

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.