Challenges

Two main challenges of EtherNet/IP:

  • Training
    EtherNet/IP requires knowledge of both IT and Automation. Because few people are educated in both, training can be difficult and time consuming.
  • Network Configuration
    EtherNet/IP is complex and can be difficult to monitor. Tracking loops, switches, and hubs are especially difficult.
  • Determinism (NOT!)
    In the past, EtherNet/IP lacked determinism. Intelligent switches have eliminated that challenge.

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