EtherNet/IP™ provides users with the network tools to deploy standard Ethernet technology (IEEE 802.3 combined with the TCP/IP Suite) for industrial automation applications while enabling Internet and enterprise connectivity…data anytime, anywhere.  The Internet of Things is set to provide manufacturers with significant opportunity for innovation.  To capitalize on this opportunity and be able to connect all devices – not just those connected to controllers – industrial users must invest in networks that supports the Internet protocol. Through its reliance on standard Internet and Ethernet standards, EtherNet/IP is the only industrial Ethernet network that is proven, complete and ready for the Industrial Internet of Things. 

EtherNet/IP offers various topology options including a conventional star with standard Ethernet infrastructure devices, or device level ring (DLR) with EtherNet/IP devices so enabled. QuickConnect™ functionality allows devices to be exchanged while the network is running. Compliance with IEEE Ethernet standards provides users with a choice of network interface speeds — e.g., 10, 100 Mbps and 1 Gbps — and a flexible network architecture compatible with commercially available Ethernet installation options including copper, fiber, fiber ring and wireless. Options for industrially rated devices incorporating IP67-rated connectors with module and network status LEDs with device labeling provides ease of use. 

Like all CIP Networks, EtherNet/IP utilizes the Common Industrial Protocol (CIP™) for its upper layers.  CIP Networks follow the Open Systems Interconnection (OSI) model, which defines a framework for implementing network protocols in seven layers: physical, data link, network, transport, session, presentation and application. Networks that follow this model define a complete suite of network functionality from the physical implementation through the application or user interface layer.  CIP encompasses a comprehensive suite of messages and services for a variety of manufacturing automation applications, including control, safety, energy, synchronization & motion, information, and network management. As a truly media-independent protocol that is supported by hundreds of vendors around the world, CIP provides users with a unified communication architecture throughout the manufacturing enterprise. 

A variety of publications on EtherNet/IP can be accessed via the Publication Download link. Look for products compliant with the EtherNet/IP technology in the Marketplace.