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Yamaha RCX series User Manual: Ethernet Unit Features

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2-1 Ethernet unit features

Ethernet unit features
Ethernet is the network most commonly used by office equipment today. This Ethernet unit is an
optional device for connecting to YAMAHA robot controllers over the Ethernet.
The communications protocol utilizes TCP/IP which is a standard Internet protocol so PCs and busi-
ness computers with Internet access or equipment incorporating TCP/IP protocols can easily ex-
change data with the robot controller.
Main features of this Ethernet unit for RCX series robot controllers are as follows:
■ The RCX series robot controllers can be connected to the Ethernet system using this unit. The
unit fits directly inside the controller and so does not require any extra installation space.
■ The Ethernet unit uses 10BASE-T specifications, so UTP cables (unshielded twisted-pair cables)
or STP cables (shielded twisted-pair cables) can be used. This makes cable and wiring instal-
lation really easy.
■ Several controllers can be connected on the same network so information can be processed in
one batch from a designated PC.
■ Utilizing a HUB having 10BASE-2 or 10BASE-5 connectors, robot controllers can be ac-
cessed even from offices located away from the factory. Using the Internet allows accessing
even robot controllers in remote locations.
■ The robot controller operates as a TELNET (socket) server, which can easily be accessed from
PCs used as TELNET terminals. (For details on how to install TELNET into PCs, see the
relevant instruction manual.)
Ethernet unit commands are the same as those handled through RS-232C, so even first-time
users will find it easy to use.
If information such as network settings on the PC or for detailed information on other equipment is
needed, refer to that particular user's manual or product instruction manual.
For information on operating the YAMAHA robot controller and robot programming, refer to the
controller user's manual and programming manual.
* Ethernet is a registered trademark of the Xerox Corporation (USA).


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