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This represents a device on the network with which the VIM is going to communicate. The field device defines the target IP address and the device address that should be used.
The network device could represent a native network device or a protocol converter device. A native network device has an Ethernet interface directly attached and does not normally pass messages to other devices on the network.
The protocol converter, also known as a gateway or bridge, usually converts from Ethernet to a serial protocol. Examples include a Modbus TCP to Modbus RTU serial bridge, or a EtherNet/IP to DH+ bridge. When the field device is a gateway, there may be multiple field devices that use the same IP address, but have different DeltaV device addresses.
The maximum number of network devices is given in the System Specifications.
This will remove the field device placeholder from the configuration
This will launch VIMNet Diagnostics with this field device selected in the tree.
The properties of a field device define the Device Address, IP Address, and other device-level parameters. These device-level parameters are used for each dataset contained in the selected device. Each driver has slightly different parameters for the field devices. See the links below for driver-specific information.
This creates a comma separated values spreadsheet listing the Custom Modbus Mapping applied to this device. This only applies to Modbus TCP, and only when a custom mapping file is assigned to the selected device.
When using Custom Modbus Mapping on a Modbus TCP device, this option will re-read the mapping file. If the date stored in the file has changed, the register list will be refreshed.