FS–8700–104 – ControlNet X30 Adapter Driver

FieldServer Driver – Fieldbus


ControlNet X30 Adapter Driver



The FieldServer ControlNet X30 Adapter driver can be used to emulate a single slave station on a ControlNet network.  ControlNet scanners can open a connection of up to 450 Bytes in each direction to the FieldServer.  Data transfers are via Scheduled Communication and therefore the FieldServer has to be scheduled on the ControlNet network with the use of a Network Configuration Tool such as RSNetWorx or RSLogix.  The minimum supported network update time (NUT) is 5ms.  Connection to the ControlNet network is via two standard BNC connector ports.  The connection may be to either one or both of the ControlNet ports.  A connection to both ports provides dual redundant operation.  A Network Access Port (NAP) is also provided for the temporary connection of a Network Configuration Tool.

Fieldserver Mode Nodes Comments
Server 1 The FieldServer can only emulate one ControlNet Slave station


Formal Driver Type


Server Only


Compatibility Matrix

FieldServer Model Compatible with this driver
FS-x2010 No
FS-x2011 No
FS-x40 No
FS-x30 Yes


Connection Information

Connection type: Proprietary
Baud Rates: 5 Mbit/s
Hardware interface: Anybus-S ControlNet

Proprietary Physical Interfaces Supported

Fieldserver Model Adapter Model # Vendor Physical Medium
FS-x30 Anybus-S ControlNet HMS Networks 75W Co-ax


Devices tested

Device Tested (FACTORY, SITE)
SST-5136-CN-ISA FieldServer Technologies


Connection configurations



Connection Notes

Recommended cable is RG-6 quad shield Co-ax.


Communications functions – Supported functions at a glance:

Data Types Supported

FieldServer Data Type Description (or Device Data Type)
2-byte Integer ( Signed and Unsigned ) Buffer arranged as WORDS
8-bit Byte Buffer arranged as BYTES
4-byte Float Buffer arranged as DWORDS
Bit Buffer arranged as BYTES


Data Operations supported

FieldServer as a ControlNet Slave
Accept Output Buffer Data from a ControlNet Master (Scanner)
Provide Input Buffer Data to a ControlNet Master (Scanner)


Unsupported Functions and Data Types

Function Reason
Programming messages FieldServer is a data transfer device, and as such, programming messages are not required
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