You must establish a network connection from the host PC to a real-time
controller in the Live view of SystemDesigner before you can run code on the controller.
cannot connect to a real-time controller through a VPN connection.
Some devices appear on the Live view automatically. If your device does not
appear on the Live view, complete the following steps to add a device.
Open SystemDesigner and switch to the Live view.
On the document toolbar, click
Add hardware to open the
Add Hardware dialog box.
Locate your device in one of the following tabs.
You can find the IP address of a real-time controller using either of the following methods:
Discovered hardware—shows the devices that SystemDesigner detects on the same local subnet as the host PC. Click
Add to display the device on the Live view.
Add hardware by address—enter the IP address or hostname of the device to which you want to connect and click
Connect a monitor to the real-time controller and watch the system boot. The IP address appears in the console display at
the end of the system boot.
Connect a monitor and keyboard to the real-time controller, enter your log in credentials into the console display, and then
ifconfig. The IP address displays with other network configuration information.
Most controllers have multiple IP addresses. Make sure to identify the network port the controller uses to connect to the
If the device requires login credentials, enter them when you are prompted.
By default, the real-time system has the username admin and a blank
If the real-time target does not have a base system image installed, install an
image by clicking Set up in the
Actions column of the Add
Hardware dialog for the target. Follow the steps in the dialog
to install a base system image on the target.
After you establish a connection to the real-time controller, it is available in the Live Hardware palette category in the Design view.