Introduction to RSLinx Classic

Learn Logix Part 4.1. In this article, we get an overview of RSLinx Classic, the software tool used to configure communications drivers with a Logix 5000 system.

Learn Logix is a series of articles designed to teach you everything you need to know to work with Rockwell Automation’s Studio 5000 Logix Designer and the Logix 5000 series of PLCs.

In the last part of the series, we learned about industrial networks and the components that make up industrial networks. You can find that part here or if you’re new to the series, you can find all of the previous parts here.

In this part of the series, we’ll get an introduction to RSLinx Classic, which is the software tool used to configure communications drivers in a Logix 5000 system.

RSLinx Classic is the software tool used to configure communication drivers with Logix 5000 systems. It is required to;

  • Configure communications drivers for Logix 5000 systems
  • View nodes on a configured communication driver

RSLinx Classic is tightly integrated with Studio 5000 Logix Designer and is opened automatically when any communication-related function is activated in Studio 5000 Logix Designer. These functions include;

  • Uploading a project from a controller
  • Downloading a project to a controller
  • Going online with a controller
  • Updating a controller’s firmware
  • Configuring Ethernet addressing for controllers and communication modules

RSLinx Classic Versions

RSLinx Classic is available in multiple versions and each version has different functionality. For example, some versions of RSLinx Classic can be used to establish DDE or OPC links to databases such as Microsoft Access.

If you launch RSLinx Classic without an activation file, then RSLinx Classic Lite is started. This version of RSLinx Classic provides the core functionality needed to work with a Logix 5000 system.

Conclusion

In this article, we learned about RSLinx Classic, the software tool used to configure communications drivers in a Logix 5000 system.

In the next part of the series, we will learn how to configure a USB communications drivers using RSLinx Classic to allow your computer to communicate with nodes in an industrial network. If you haven’t already, be sure to subscribe to the mailing list below to be notified when the next part is available.

Update: You can find the next part of the Learn Logix series, How to Use USB Drivers with RSLinx Classic, here. In this article, we learn how to connect to a Logix 5000 system using RSLinx Classic and a USB driver.

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