Ethernet/IP (Ethernet Industrial Protocol) is a network communication standard capable of handling large amounts of data at speeds of 10 Mbps or 100 Mbps, and at up to 1500 bytes per packet. The specification uses an open protocol at the application layer. It is especially popular for control applications.
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Ethernet/IP typically employs active star network technology. This type of network is easy to set up, operate, maintain, and expand. It allows mixing of 10 Mbps and 100 Mbps products, and is compatible with most Ethernet switches. Ethernet/IP is used with personal computers, mainframes, robots, input/output (I/O) devices and adapters, programmable logic controllers (PLCs), and other devices. The specification is supported by the Industrial Ethernet Association(IEA), ControlNet International (CI), and the Open DeviceNet Vendor Association (ODVA).