KUKA iiwa with company's network configuration

  • Hello,

    I would like to be able to connect an iiwa 14 R820 robot to my company's pre-configured laptops.

    Currently I am using a designated development laptop which I have admin rights on, so I was able to connect to the robot and I could change the robot settings if needed. In the long term though, the robot should be usable for non-admin users. Sunrise Workbench 1.16 will be installable through our company software center, but the users will not be able to change network settings. DHCP is active there.

    How can I make sure that regular users can connect to the robot without changing their network settings?

    Thanks in advance!

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  • [size=2]Not sure if DHCP is supported or not (it sure is on Mobility platform), but that is still a matter of network and user rights management in your company. [/size]

    [size=2]Networks using DHCP always have exclusion range for devices with static addresses. This is how any "fixed" resources like printers, file servers etc. get integrated into a network. Only certain type of nodes should get IP address automatically (office PCs for example).[/size]

    [size=2]For example if your office is small and uses mask[/size]
    [size=2]and network address range is 192.168.100.x[/size]

    [size=2]then one could leave address range - static[/size]
    [size=2]and use DHCP only for address range 192.100.41 -[/size]

    [size=2]then regardless how the IP addresses are obtained (static or DHCP) they are still in same subnet and can talk to each other.[/size]

    [size=2]Another option is to create separate network for production floor so robots, PLCs, etc are using that subnet, and router allows connection to main network (office or whatever). for small office or home use, router can be had for $20-30. They are cheap enough to put separate one for each and every robot if you like...[/size]

    1) read pinned topic: READ FIRST...

    2) if you have an issue with robot, post question in the correct forum section... do NOT contact me directly

    3) read 1 and 2

  • Thank you for your answer! It took me a while to anser, because I'm still in contact with company IT.

    The company is a MNE with >25.000 emplyees I don't have any influence on the network configuration (like those exclusion ranges). My team is trying to find a workaround so that we can use the robot with our company PCs.

    I also am no network specialist. My understanding from those automatic IP settings (DHCP) is, that my PC gets an IP from the (ethernet) network. Once I disconnect the PC from the "company ethernet cable" (aka my laptop docking station), the network adapter stays with this IP. If the robot would be in this IP range, I could connect to it. But once I put the PC back into my docking station, I might get a new random IP and the connection would no longer work. Is that correct?

    But all of this would be a topic for our beloved colleagues from IT support. I was just wondering, if there is any way to change the robot IP easily, so that you could connect any PC to it. Like, changing the IP on the smartPad ;)

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