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Entry type: Application example Entry ID: 92346478, Entry date: 01/21/2019

Integrating HMI Operator Panels in TCP/IP Networks and access to a NAS or to a shared Windows folder

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Description how you can integrate an HMI operator panel into an existing office/automation network and access a higher-level file folder from the panel (e.g. shared folders or NAS).
SIMATIC HMI operator panels offer the option to archive process values and to generate protocols/reports.

The aim is to archive this production data not locally on the individual panels, but on the following stations.

  • Centralized on a PC.
  • On several PCs.
  • On a Windows Server operating system.
  • On a file server (NAS hard drives).

The protocols are furthermore to be printed out directly via a standard printer in the network.

Figure 01

Content of the application
The application is divided into two documents.

  • Integration into typical network configurations
  • Settings for "Folder shares" and "Access protection" (NAS or Windows folder shares)

The settings have been made on a PC with Windows 7 operating system. If you are using Windows 10 with version 1709 or higher, please refer to the "Windows 10" documentation.

1. Integrate HMI operator panels into network configurations

The first document describes how you can integrate HMI operator panels into four typical network configurations and what settings are respectively required on the following components.

  • on the panel
  • on the PC
  • an the router
  • on the printer

The following network configurations are described:

  • Default network
    There is one joint network in which all nodes are linked with each other.
  • Separate networks
a) Two separate networks that are connected with each other via a router.
b) Just as (a) together with a WINS server.
c) Just as (a) together with a server operating system as well as a DNS server and a WINS server.

  Integrating HMI Operator Panels in TCP/IP Networks (1,9 MB)

2. Settings for "folder shares” and “access protection” (NAS or shared Windows folders)

The second document describes the settings required for “folder shares” and “access protection” to access a higher-level file folder via network access from a panel.
For this, it is irrelevant whether a “Windows Server operating system” or a file server (NAS hard drives) is used.

Figure 02, File access via the network

The following topics are described in detail in the documentation:

  • Computer Management
    • Create users
    • Create groups
  • How to share a folder?
    • Get computer name and setup name of share
  • Settings on SIMATIC Panels

    Last changes
    Info about Windows 10
    2nd Document "" added
    Note on Firewall and links to further information added.

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