The Everyman's Guide to Properly Architecting EtherNet/IP Networks

Paperback – July 2022

by John S. Rinaldi with Gary Workman

Discover the 12 principles used by General Motors to architect hundreds of reliable and effective Ethernet/IP networks!


  • Print length: 348 pages
  • Language: ‎English
  • Publication date: July 26, 2022
  • Dimensions: 6 x 0.79 x 9 inches
  • Item weight: 1.31 pounds

In this one-of-a-kind book, John Rinaldi and Gary Workman provide a practical guide to the technologies, techniques and practices for designing and implementing high performing EtherNet/IP control networks.

EtherNet/IP Network Design

SKU: BK-EIP-Networks

There are many web sites, papers, books and other resources for learning the EtherNet/IP protocol. But there is no other resource that addresses the technologies and strategies that control engineers should consider for implementing practical, optimized and reliable EtherNet/IP control networks on the factory floor.

John Rinaldi is an expert in the EtherNet/IP protocol but no one is more qualified to discuss EtherNet/IP implementation than Gary Workman. Gary developed GM’s EtherNet/IP I/O networking strategy using linear EtherNet/IP I/O network segments. Gary, as the GM liaison to the ODVA, participated as a user expert on numerous DeviceNet and EtherNet/IP Special Interest committees. He was also actively involved in the formation of the EtherNet/IP Implementor Workshops and participated in the development of interoperability agreements and performance tests now used by vendors around the globe.

In this unique book, you’ll find the 12 specific strategies Gary used at GM, and a no-holds barred, behind the scenes look at how GM struggled to move from DeviceNet to EtherNet/IP. You’ll learn much from Gary’s war stories of overcoming technical limitations, solving redundancy issues, and his often heated, door-slamming, shouting matches with the GM IT department over factory floor security.

What our Customers are Saying

“It’s one thing to understand a technology or tool, and often another thing entirely to know how to make best use of it. Once again, John Rinaldi masterfully delivers a straightforward explanation of a tricky technical topic. The book’s from-the-trenches accounts of OT/IT network struggles at General Motors merely underscore the value of John’s wisdom and helpful guidance.”

John T. / VP & GM, Products & Solutions, TensorIOT

“Finally, EtherNet/IP explained in the context of how it can and should fit into automation systems. John’s decades of experience in industrial communication shine through and has culminated in his finest work yet. He masterfully guides us from the basics of EtherNet/IP to building networks and beyond to the all-important future of merging of OT and IT systems.”

Tom W. / Product Marketing Manager, Analog Devices, Inc.

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