Other Parts Discussed in Thread: TIDM-02006, TMS320F28386D, C2000WARE
Good day. I am posting this inquiry on behalf of the customer.
"I have a doubt regarding etherNET and etherCAT networks. They are very similar and I don't understand if this difference is only to the software: is it possible to join the two networks with a gateway or a bridge? Or are the gateway or a bridge useless because, for example, in an etherNET network it is possible to route messages for etherCAT devices?
Let me explain, I want to connect my pc, through a LAN network (etherNET bus network) to the TMS320F28386D-Q1, from which to extend an etherCAT network. The PC controls other devices connected in the LAN, while the TMS320F28386D-Q1 is the master in the etherCAT network.
Can I connect the etherCAT port of the TMS320F28386D-Q1 to the LAN, so as to control it from a PC with etherCAT protocol? Or should I use the etherNET port of the TMS320F28386D-Q1 to connect it to the LAN, giving up the features of the etherCAT, and then extend the etherCAT network from it?
I am studying TIDM-02006 to finish designing my application on kicad, I have not yet written some code for TMS320F28386D-Q1 and I would like to have clear indications on how to develop the etherNET network in which to control various devices and unknown peripherals and the etherCAT network in the which to control a certain number of axes."
Thank you for extending your help. Your support is much appreciated.