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Intel PCLink2 SPCLink2 8bit ISA Communications Card H1 Ethernet

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Vintage ISA Network Card
made by Intel in 1988-1990

based on the Intel P82586 P82C08 chips and the Intel A80186 CPU

USED but in very good condition.  WORKING.

Just the card, no software, no manuals, no cables

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To read and write data to a TI505 controller from Wonderware Intouch using H1.


Simatic TI555 Controller - Part number 555-1101
TI Power Supply - Part number 505-6660
Sinec H1 Communication Processor - 505-CP1434TF
Ethernet 10Base-T Hub - Addtron UTP8
2 Ethernet 10Base-T Cables
2 Ethernet 10Base-T Transceivers - Allied Telesis CentreCOM 210TS
PC - AST 486, 25Mhz, 4MB RAM
Intel PC H1 card - Part Number PCL2ANIA
Microsoft Windows version 3.1
Wonderware Intouch version 5.1
TISOFT version 5.0
Intouch H1 Server version 5.1a
505-CP1434TF Configuation Software
PCL2A Configuration Software version 3.1 (can be obtained from H1Server)


The CP1434TF module is placed in the rack of the PLC.  A transceiver is placed in the H1 port of the module from which a 10Base-T cable goes from the transceiver into the hub.  Another 10Base-T cable then goes from the hub into the second transceiver which is placed in the port on the PCL2ANIA card in the PC.


Using Tisoft, we can configure the I/O map of the controller and verify controller to H1 module communications.  It is extremely important to configure the I/O in the PLC as even though the H1 module may appear to be working correctly, it does not communicate with the PLC unless it is configured in the I/O map.  Basically what we need to do is apply power to the base and follow these steps:

1.   Ensure the H1 module successfully completes power up initialization.
2.   In TISOFT, access the Configure I/O function menu.
3.   Select the appropriate channel and base number.
4.   Execute the Read Base function.  The H1 module should appear as 4WX and 4WY with the next slot containing all zeros (this is because it is a double wide module).
5.   Assign the appropriate I/O addresses and write the completed I/O configuration to the PLC memory using the Write PLC function.  You can then write a ladder logic program in the PLC.


Before inserting the card in the PC, it is important to check the jumper settings on the card.  The default settings are:
      I/O Port Address      : 360
      Interface                   : V2/IEEE 802.3
      IPL Source               : Local
      Interrupt Setting    : IRQ2 or 5
It is claimed by Intel that Interrupts 2,3,4 and 5 can all be used by the card.  I would still only recommend that interrupts 2 or 5 be used.  After inserting the card, follow these basic steps:

1.   Install the configuration software, PCL2A, into the computer.  
2.   Go into the PCL2A directory and type Netbios.  This command runs the card driver and will give us important information about the PCL2ANIA card .  By running Netbios we can get the actual adapter ethernet address of the card which we require for the setup.  Be prepared for the computer to ìlock-upî; this is because the card is not configured yet and you will have to re-boot the computer.  If the computer locks up at Primary Adapter Detected, you probably have an IRQ error.  If it locks up at Adapter Ethernet Address, you have probably selected the wrong Communication Load File Name in the settings (see below).
3.   Go into the PCL2A directory and type Admin.  This runs the configuration software.
4.   Enter 1 - Modify Network Adapter Configuration Parameters.  You will then be asked for the following parameters:
      NIA Base Port                                                         : 360 (jumper setting on the card)
      NIA Base Address                                                  : CC (See below)
      NIA Interrupt Level (2/5)                                     : 5 (jumper setting on the card)
      Maximum Number of Netbios Commands        : 32 (default if using wonderware)
      Maximum Number of Netbios Sessions             : 32
      Communication Load File Path                          : C:\PCL2A\
      Communication Load File Name                        : INAR31.MEM or INAR31A.MEM
      For the NIA Base Address, whatever address we pick must be excluded in the CONFIG.SYS.  For example, if you select CC, then your CONFIG.SYS should have a line looking something like this:
            DEVICE=C:\DOS\EMM386.EXE NOEMS X=C000-CFFF
5.   Next we have to configure the nodes on the system.
      Go back to the main menu and enter 2 - Manage Spokesman System.
      Then enter 1 - Add a new Node to the Spokesman.
      You will then be asked for the following parameters:
      Node Name: PLC1 (any name)
      Host ID: 00 AA 00 07 BE E1
This is the actual ethernet address of the PCL2ANIA card (eg 00 AA 00 07 BE E1)
      TSAP ID: 5757
This is a selectable ID number for the card (eg.  0801).  For this example I am using Wonderware Intouch so I will make the TSAP ID = 5757 (ASCII =WW)
      iNA Rel.  No.  (1,2,3): 2

6.   After entering these values, hit the esc key and then enter 4 - List Nodes on Spokesman.  The node you just entered should be listed on the screen.  We can then exit out of the configuration software and run netbios; if we get Local Node Information Added, the card is installed and configured correctly.

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