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Field Device

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.

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