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Configuring an IEC 60870-5 Channel

In addition to the channel mentioned below, ClearSCADA can support other types of IEC 60870-5 channels, using an IEC 60870-5 Extension Driver. For information on any IEC 60870-5 channels not listed below, see the relevant IEC 60870-5 extension driver guide.

ClearSCADA can communicate with IEC 60870-5 devices using either of two IEC 60870-5 protocols (see Supported IEC 60870-5 Communication Protocols).

For either communications protocol, you need to configure one or more IEC 60870-5 Direct Channel(s) in the ClearSCADA database.

To configure an IEC 60870-5 Direct Channel:

  1. Display the Database Bar (see Display an Explorer Bar).
  2. In the Database Bar, right-click on the System or Group folder to which you want to add the new item.
    A context-sensitive menu is displayed.
  3. Select the Create New option.
    A further context-sensitive menu is displayed.
  4. Select the IEC 60870-5 option.
    A further context-sensitive menu is displayed.
  5. Select the Direct Channel option from the further menu.

    A Direct Channel is added to the root of the System or to the Group (depending on your selection in step 1). It is selected automatically, ready for you to enter its name.

You configure the properties of each channel using the fields on the IEC 60870-5 Direct Channel Form.

The Form has several tabs.

Use the fields on the IEC 60870-5 tab to:

Use the fields on the Scan Parameters tab to:

The Scan Groups fields and the second set of Scan Parameters fields defined by the ClearSCADA advanced driver model are not used by the ClearSCADA IEC 60870-5 driver. Any configuration in these fields is ignored by ClearSCADA.

For information on configuring the fields on the Connection tab, see IEC 60870-5-101, or see IEC 60870-5-104, as appropriate.

The fields on the other tabs are common to channels on many advanced drivers—for information, see Tabs on Channel Forms in the ClearSCADA Guide to Advanced Drivers.

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