How to control your Siemens PLC remotely over Ethernet with RUT240?


Need to access your PLCs remotely and securely? You came to the right place then!

Timestamps:
00:00 Intro
00:29 Remote PLC management benefits
01:26 Method 1 | Public IP
01:39 Method 2 | VPN
02:27 Practical example
04:17 Outro

Controling Your Siemens PLC Remotely Over Ethernet With The RUT240

Managing PLCs remotely is a feasible option. Modern PLCs utilize Ethernet for seamless communication with other equipment. While the conventional belief is to connect securely within a local network, this isn’t always necessary. Employing the right technology facilitates secure, efficient, and remote connectivity to your PLC.

The advantages of remote PLC management are numerous, spanning from cost and time savings to heightened efficiency, reduced downtime, improved data collection, and safe accessibility. For this purpose, a professional router like the IET240 is recommended. It’s designed to withstand industrial challenges and offers advanced security features.

Within the industry, PLCs vary—some support Wi-Fi or CLI, while others rely on specialized software for diverse tasks. In this tutorial, we’ll illustrate accessing your PLC using Ethernet communication. Usually, PLC programming and maintenance are executed using specialized manufacturer software, which can be costly. Having a remote access option can be a game-changer, eliminating the need to purchase separate software for each engineer.

Method 1: Public IP

Creating remote access to a PLC can be done using a public IP if available. However, this method has drawbacks, including additional costs and increased security risks.

Method 2: VPN

In the absence of a public IP, a VPN service is recommended for establishing secure access. For this task, the RMS VPN service is recommended, allowing secure remote access to PLCs with pre-configured IP addresses.

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A practical example involves using the RUT240 industrial cellular router for connectivity setup in a remote solution. While this router lacks a public AP, we’ll leverage our cloud management platform, RMS, to establish a secure VPN connection to reach the Siemens PLC remotely.

For RMS VPN setup here’s a simplified process:

  1. Connect to RMS and select RMS Hops.
  2. Add a new VPN hub and configure clients and devices.
  3. Set up routes to reach PLC devices on the LAN.
  4. Download the OpenVPN configuration file and import it into the OpenVPN Connect software.
  5. Connect to the RMS VPN hub.

Upon successful connection, you can access your remote PLC device using the manufacturer’s software.

We trust this information aids in successfully establishing remote PLC access. Share your experience in the comments, and feel free to ask any questions.

RUT240: The Industrial Cellular Router for Reliable M2M/IoT Connectivity

In the rapidly evolving world of industrial IoT (Internet of Things), having a reliable and secure connectivity solution is crucial. Introducing the RUT240, an industrial cellular router designed specifically for M2M (Machine-to-Machine) and IoT applications. With its compact design, robust construction, and powerful features, the RUT240 is built to excel in demanding industrial environments.

Compact and Robust Design

The RUT240 is engineered to withstand harsh industrial conditions. Its compact form factor allows for easy installation in space-constrained environments, while its rugged construction ensures durability in challenging settings. Whether deployed in manufacturing facilities, remote sites, or outdoor environments, the RUT240 is built to deliver consistent performance.

Powerful Connectivity Options

With two Ethernet ports and a wireless interface, the RUT240 offers versatile connectivity options for seamless integration into industrial networks. The Ethernet ports allow for wired connections to devices, while the wireless interface provides flexibility with hotspot functionality. This enables multiple devices to connect and share the cellular network connection, creating a wireless network that can be accessed by authorized users.

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Reliable Connectivity with WAN Failover

Maintaining a stable and uninterrupted connection is critical in industrial settings. The RUT240 addresses this challenge by incorporating WAN failover functionality. In the event of a primary connection failure, such as a wired Ethernet link going down, the RUT240 seamlessly switches to a backup connection, ensuring continuous connectivity and minimizing downtime. This capability is particularly valuable in mission-critical applications where a reliable connection is essential.

Robust Security with RutOS Software

Security is a top priority in the IoT landscape, especially in industrial environments where critical data is transmitted and sensitive systems are connected. The RUT240 is equipped with RutOS, a feature-rich operating system that prioritizes security. It incorporates various security measures, such as firewall functionality, VPN support, and secure remote management, to safeguard data and protect against unauthorized access. With RutOS, industrial operators can have peace of mind knowing that their network is fortified against potential threats.

RMS Compatibility for Centralized Management

For simplified and centralized device management, the RUT240 is compatible with Remote Management System (RMS). RMS allows IT administrators to monitor and control multiple RUT240 devices remotely, streamlining configuration, firmware updates, and troubleshooting. This capability is particularly valuable in large-scale deployments where efficient device management is essential for maintaining optimal performance.

In conclusion, the RUT240 industrial cellular router is a powerful and reliable solution designed specifically for M2M and IoT applications in industrial environments. With its compact yet robust design, versatile connectivity options, WAN failover capability, robust security features, and compatibility with RMS for centralized management, the RUT240 provides a comprehensive and efficient connectivity solution for industrial IoT deployments.

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RUT241 End Of Life Schedule

End of ordering: 2023 July 31
End of production: 2023 December 31
End of support: 2028 July 31
Replacements: RUT200 , RUT241

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