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The VIM supports connecting to a limited number of IP addresses (System Specifications). However, there is no restriction to the number of DeltaV device that can point to a single IP address. This feature can be used to associate more than 16 DeltaV datasets to a single IP address. VIMNet Explorer attempts to make this configuration easier by defining a field device IP address once, and then additional DetlaV devices can just select the same address from the list.
When either Add or Edit button is clicked from the Field Device dialog, the dialog in Figure 1 will appear.
These parameters are common to all IP address definitions.
This is the primary IP address of the target field device. The VIM must be able to send ICMP Echo commands, send and receive UDP messages, or open TCP connections to the specified IP address.
The VIM has the ability to send multiple messages before waiting for a response (i.e., an application-layer transmission window). See Simultaneous Messages for additional information.
This firmware supports multiple Transport Class 3 connections to a single field device. This enables the feature and sets the number of connections. See Maximum Class 3 Interfaces for additional details.