FMD and Nano Extended File System User Manual

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12. Appendix A Extended File System b) If you really want to use the Filezilla FTP Server as a permanent server on a PC to receive files, and still want to have the Windows Firewall enabled, you can refer to the last section in this chapter which describes how to do it.

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15. Appendix A Extended File System A.7 Setting Up A FTP Server Behind a Windows Firewall. Please refer to the following Microsoft document describing issues and solutions related to FTP server behind the Windows Firewall. Microsoft focuses mainly on the FTP server in their IIS server (for obvious reasons) instead of Filezilla. If you are setting Filezilla as a permanent FTP server behind a software firewall you can try to make the following configuration setup: 1) You must specifically setup a range of por t number for Passive mode use. These are the port number that Filezilla will assign to the PLC to make a data channel connection when it attempts to transfer a file using passive m ode. The following is an example where two port numbers are assigned so that two PLCs may connect to the Filezilla simultaneously. You can add a larger port range if more PLCs may connect to the FTP Server simultaneously. Next, open up Windows Firewall and add to the Ex ception list the port 21 (command port) and ports 41000 to 41001 (or whatever range limit you have set to in the FileZilla Setup screen). This should allow the FTP Server to re ceive connection from these ports that the PLC will be using to make the command and data connections.

9. Appendix A Extended File System 8. Next click “Shared folders” page and you must setup a folder that is to be used to receive uploaded file. Click “Add” at the “Dir ectories” pane to add the folder. You can choose any folder on your PC to be us ed for the FTP upload an d you just have to remember the location so that you can look for the uploaded file later in the test. However, make sure that you check all the check boxes for “Read”, “Write”, “Append” etc as shown in the diagram. 9. Click “OK” to complete the setup. The FTP server should now be waiting for connection. A.5.2 Testing Connection To The FTP Server Using Telnet You can now test the FTP Server using the F ileZilla client as m entioned in Chapter 2.9 of the PLC User’s Manual.

8. Appendix A Extended File System program is using to interact with the FTP Server (don’t be confused with the FTP Server listening port which is by default = 21). 4. If this is the first time y ou run the program after setting up Filezilla FTP Server there will be no Administration password so you can leave it blank. Click OK to connect. 5. Click “Edit->Settings” and then “General Settings -> Welcome message ” – leave only one line of welcome message so that the PL C has less work to do. Then click OK to accept the change. 6. Click “Edit –> Users” in order to set up a user name and password for your test. The “ExtendedFileSystem.PC6” program uses a username = “PLC” and password = “1234” so for a quick test you may like to setup the same username and password: 7. At the “General” page of the setup screen, click “Add” button at the “Users” pane to add a username “PLC”. Since no group has been defined simply leave the default as “<none>” in the second text box as shown in the following diagram.

10. Appendix A Extended File System But a better way to test is to use the “Telnet” program on your PC (if you are running Windows Vista or Windows 7 you may need to enab le the Telnet program since it is disabled by default – do a quick Google search on how to enable the Telnet client software on your PC). Also you may want to find out the IP address of your PC that is running the FileZilla Server. If you have TLServer running on y our PC your IP address is reported on the TLServer’s front panel. You can also get the IP address from the Windows “Network Connection Status” as shown below. Our test PC has an IP address = which will be used in the following tests as well as used in the PLC program to connect to the FTP Server. 1. First open a command pr ompt window and then type “ telnet 21 ” - this will open a telnet connection to the FTP server on our test PC with IP address and listening at por t 21. Please replace the IP address with the actual IP address of your PC. The following screen shot capt ures the test sequence. Note that the same command/response se quence with the server is also shown on the FileZilla Server Interface program front panel:

3. Appendix A Extended File System 1. All files in the Extended File space can only use the file name “Zxxx.yyy”. 2. The xxx part of the beginning of the filename is a 3 digit decimal number which can be any number from 000 to 127. 3. The ‘yyy’ part of the file name is the “extension” , and only the following MIME extension are accepted by the PLC: HTM, JPG, GIF, CSS, JS, BIN, TXT, JAR, ZIP, XLS Any other extension names will be replaced with “???”. The MIME extension are respected by the web browser when you download a file from the built-in web server so you should always only store files with one of the above extension. 4. The file space is divided into 128 “slots ” with each “slot” occupying 2K bytes. The file “Z000.yyy” occupies the firs t slot, “Z001.yyy” occupies the 2 nd slot .., and the file “Z127.yyy” the last 2K slot. 5. Any file may occupy more than 1 slot so you can specify “Z000.yyy” to occupy the entire 256K bytes of t he file space. Or you ca n configure “Z000.yyy” to occupy the first 5 slots (10K total) and the next valid file should start from Z005.yyy which can occupy the next 10 slots ( 20K bytes total). i.e. If you want to allocate 10K bytes of file space to file Z000.yyy you cannot not use name any file Z001, Z002, Z003 and Z004, otherwise these file will corrupt the file space of Z000.yyy 6. This means that the pr ogrammer will have to design the file space carefully and determine how to best use the file structur e to provide the right balance between the number of data files and the amount of data space allocated to each data file. Note : The file name restriction only applies to files stored on the PLC’s internal file space. When you use the FTP upload func tion described later, you can specify any destination filename as long as they are acceptable to the external FTP server. A.3 Transferring Files To The PLC’s Web Server If you are only using the ext ended file space for the purpos e of storing additional web pages on the built-in web server, then you c an use the FTP client software such as FileZilla client to transfer the program to t he PLC. Section 2.9 of the PLC User’s Manual describes in details how to configure the File Zilla client to communicate with the PLC. Please take note that files that are name 0.yyy, 1.yyy......t o T.yyy are only stored on the PLC’s on chip flash memory. Only file s that are named Z 000.yyy, Z001.yyy....Z127.yyy are stored on the FRAM-RTC-256 as explained in the last section.

11. Appendix A Extended File System USER PLC PASS 1234 2. Once you get the “230 Logged On” message you know that the FTP setup is done correctly. Note that the welcome message fr om the FTP Server shows only one line “ 220 FileZilla Server Version x.xx ” which is what we have set it up to be. You can now disconnect from the FTP serv er by typing “Quit” at the command prompt. 3. There is one more things you need to do before you proceed to test the FTP upload features of the PLC to avoid connecti on problem – that is to temporarily TURN OFF the Windows Firewall and any software fi rewall setup by anti-virus software during your test. You can always re-enable y our software firewall(s ) after the test if you wish. PC operating system are designed to run client program normally instead of acting as a server so Windows Firewall by default is to block all incoming connections to the FTP Server. Thus it can give you a lot of headache when you are trying to connect to the FTP server operating behind the Windows Firewall. Notes: a) The main purpose of Windows Firewall is to protect your PC when you are connected to say a public wi-fi network. But if your PC is connected to the Internet via a router at work or at home, the router hardware itself would act as a firewall to isolate your PCs and a software Firewall is actually redundant. (If a hacker tried to connect to a port to your public Internet IP address what he reached would be the port on the router and he would not be able to reach your PC unless you have specifically set up to forward all TCP/IP messages sent to that port to a specific PC).

7. Appendix A Extended File System A.5 Setting Up The FileZilla FTP Server One important capability of t he new PLC with r77 firmware is the ability to upload file created by the PLC to an extern al server on a local area netwo rk or on the Internet via the FTP protocol. If you have access to an FTP username and password on your company’s server (or if the SysAdmin is au thorized to set up an account for you) you can certainly use your own account for testin g. If not, you can download the free Filezilla FTP Server and set it up for testing. The “ExtendedFileSystem.PC6” has an FTP upload demo and it was configured to work with a FileZilla FTP server. Using Filezilla has the advant age that you can see the logi n sequence performed by the PLC when it attempts to connect to the FTP Se rver so that it is easier to troubleshoot connection problem. (For professional grade troubleshooti ng, one handy program to have is the “Wireshark” program which is a TCP/IP packet sniffer that allows you to look at the actual TCP/IP packets sent betw een your PC and the PLC). However, it is important to setup the Filezilla server progr am properly to minimize connection trouble. A.5.1 Download and Setup FTP Server 1. First download the FileZilla server installer from the following website: 2. Run the “FileZilla Server Interface” program which is meant for managing the FTP Server settings. 3. If the FileZilla Server is running on the same PC that you are running the FileZilla Server Interface program then you can use the localhost IP address which is – the Port can be anything since this is a client port that the Interface

2. Appendix A Extended File System The data uploaded by the PLC to the external web server can therefore be viewed or downloaded into a PC using any web browser, anywhere in the world. This allows you to carry out analysis of past logged data file for performance or diagnostic analysis at any time without having to physically access the PLC to retrieve the logged data. Advantage of Data Uploading Although it is possible to directly access t he PLC’s internal web server to download the data file it has created, this r equire active action by the user and to ensure that the data are retrieved before the file is full and has to be deleted by the PLC to create space to log new data. By programming the PLC to upload the data per iodically the PLC c an delete the file after it has successfully uplo aded the data file to free up space to accept new data. In other words the PLC will never run out of data space to log data since it can store the logged files on any server including the Cloud! To directly access the file stored on the PL C from outside of the LAN, you will need to setup the router or firewall to “forward” t he PLC’s server port (e.g. 9080) to the PLC. If you have multiple PLCs logging data, t hen each PLC will need to have a different port number in order to properly fo rward the data. This not only complicates the setup, but also is often frown upon by System Admi nistrator and may not even be permitted by the corporate network security policy. The PLC is designed to upload data to an y web server via FTP passive mode by providing the login username and password. Using FTP passive mode allows the PLC to open a network connection to an external w eb-server to upload a file and then close the connection immediately. It does not require opening a port on your router to permit external access to the PLC fr om the Internet. Hence there is no complicated router setup involved as there is no port forwarding r equired. It also eliminates the security risk from someone trying to take control of the PLC from outside of your LAN and is generally much more acceptable to the System Administrator. If you have multiple PLCs in use, you can program each PLC to upload data to a different directory or append a diff erent file name prefix, or to different servers, and once programmed all PLCs will happily log data unattended indefinitely! A.2 File Structure and File Naming of The Extended File System All of the information in chapters 2.9 and 2.10 of the Nano-10 and FMD User’s Manual regarding the built-in 60K bytes of web se rver space will apply to the extended 256K bytes of data file storage on the FRAM-R TC-256, with exceptio n on the naming scheme which will be explained below:

1. Appendix A Extended File System EXTENDED FILE SYSTEM FOR FMD AND NANO-10 PLC Before you begin, please download a sample I-TRiLOGI program that will be referred to throughout this manual from our website: ogi/ A.1 Introduction FMD and Nano-10 PLCs with r77 or later fi rmware may be used with a new module: FRAM-RTC-256, which, aside from adding 11K words of FRAM and a battery-backed RTC module (likes its predeces sor: FRAM-RTC) , also adds 256K bytes of extended file space to the PLC. Without the FRAM-RTC-256, t he FMD PLC only has 60K bytes of file memory to be used for storing control web pages as descr ibed in Chapter 2.9 in the Nano-10 and FMD PLC’s User Manual. (Not e the default file space on FMD and Nano-10 PLC before firmware r77 was 64K bytes, but it has been reduced to 60K to make space for the new r77 firmware) . FRAM-RTC-256 adds an additional 256K bytes of file space to the PLC. You can use the extended file space for storing additio nal web pages. But more importantly, a PLC with a new r77 firmware can open a local data f ile in this file space and write/append data to it. The PLC can therefore log a large amount of data into one or more data files, which can be retrieved for analysis. There are two ways to retrieve t he stored data files from the PLC: 1. Download the file from t he PLC’s built-in web server: The file created by the PLC can be downloaded from the PLC’s built-in web server using any web browser. This allows the user to access the data file at any time of the day. 2. Automatic FTP upload from the PLC to an external web-serv er: You can program the FMD or Nano-10 PLC to make an FTP client connection to any web server on the local network or on the Interne t/Cloud and upload the data file it has created to the web-server using any filename. Imagine what the FMD PLC or Nano-10 PLC can do with this new uploading capability! The ability to log data locally and automatically upload the data to a web server transforms the FMD PLC into a potent dat a-logger! The PLC can be programmed to capture daily, weekly or mont hly data and then periodically upl oad the data file to an Internet web server with a unique, time-stamped filename (E.g. “temperaturelog2012- 01-01.xls”). This allows the PLC to log data completely unattended.

13. Appendix A Extended File System A.6 Uploading File From PLC to FileZilla FTP Server Directory A.6.1 Overview of The FTP Protocol The FTP protocol requires two socket-connections between the devices performing the file transfer. One connection is the “command” channel where FTP commands such as STOR or DELE and the responses are sent as plain ASCII text strings between the FTP client and the FTP server. The second connec tion is the “data” channel where only the file content or the file dire ctory data are being transferred. There are two transfer modes: “Active” mode and “Passive” mode. Active mode requires that the server establish a data connec tion back to the client. Passive mode on the other hand, requires that the client also be t he one to establish the data connection. i.e. For passive mode, both the command and t he data connections are performed by the client (the PLC in this case). The PLC has been designed to use only passive mode to transfer file to the FTP server. Passive mode is preferred because that is the only way to transfer file if the FTP Server is located on the Internet. The al ternative active mode transfer requires the server to make a data connection back to the PLC that is si tting behind a router firewall, and that can be problematic unle ss the router is sp ecifically configur ed to forward the data port to the PLC. A.6.2 PLC FTP Upload Procedure In order to upload file to the FTP Server, the PLC would use the PRINT #4 “<TCPConnect>” command tag to connect to the FTP server port 21 to establish the “command” connection to the FTP Server. T he PLC uses its PRIN T #4 to send and INPUT$(4) to receive ASCII te xt strings from the FTP se rver via the command channel. The PLC would then send the command “PASV” to inform the FTP server that it wants to transfer a file in passive mode. At this point you can use the PRINT #4 command to send any valid FTP command to the server, including changing directory (CWD command – make sure the directory exist), deleting a file (DELE command – beware of what you are deleting!) etc. When the PLC is ready to start a file transfer to the FTP server, the server will in turn provide the PLC with the port nu mber that it has opened for the PLC to connect to establish a data connection. Upon receiving this por t number the PLC will make a second TCP connection to the given port and then the actual file transfer will begin. A new, network service command tag named “FTPUPLD” handles the negotiation between the FTP Server and the PLC as well as handling of the data transfer from the PLC to the FTP server. The following is the syntax: PRINT #4 “<FTPUPLD Zxxx.yyy [destination file name]>”

6. Appendix A Extended File System by-line using the INPUT$(8) command. A line is either a string that is terminated with a Carriage Return character (ASCII 13) , or is a 70-character long string (which is the maximum length of any st ring variables A$ to Z$) without carriage return. In either case the return stri ng does not contain the CR character itself. The PLC can check if a file has been successfully opened for reading using the STATUS(2) function AFTER executing the PRINT #8 “<READ>” command. STATUS(2) will only return a 1 if a file has been successfully opened. The PLC can determine if the End-of-F ile (EOF) has been reached using the STATUS(2) function after every INPUT$(8) command has been executed. STATUS(2) returns a 255 if the EOF has been reached. The PLC should then close the file by executing the “PRINT #8 “</>” command. A$ = "<READ Z"+STR$(F,3)+".txt>" S = STATUS(2) IF S <> 0 SETLCD 1,1, "Failed to Open File" GOTO @100 ENDIF C = 0 PRINT #8 A$ SETLCD 1,1, A$ WHILE 1 A$ = INPUT$(8) S = STATUS(2) IF S = 255 EXIT : ENDIF ' S = 255 means EOF SETLCD 2,1,A$ DELAY 50 ' So that reader can read from the screen. C = C+1 ENDWHILE SETLCD 1,1, "Read ” +STR$(C) + " lines " @100 PRINT #8 "</>" ' close the opened file

4. Appendix A Extended File System A.4 Accessing The Extended Data Files Using TBASIC FMD and Nano-10 PLC with r77 firmw are can access the extended data file space (i.e. only file names from Z000.yyy to Z128.yyy) from within TBASIC. The PLC can open a new file for writing new data (essentially deleting the old file content), or open an existing file and append data to the end of the file. It can also open a file and read data from the file as ASCII strings. It can achieve this by using the PRINT #8 and INPUT$(8) functions, which will be described in details in the following sections. A.4.1 Open A File For Writing New Data Syntax: PRINT #8 “<WRITE Zxxx.yyy>” where “Zxxx.yyy” is the f ile name. If successfully executed, the “<WRITE>” command will open the file and set the file pointer to the beginning of the file. Thereafter the PLC can start writing ASCII data to the file using the PRINT #8 <string data> command. [Note: the PRINT #8 command automatically appends a carriage return to the end of the string data unless the string data is terminated with a semi-colon (‘;’) ]. When the PLC has completed writing data, it must close the file by executing the command: PRINT #8 “</>”. E.g. PRINT #8 “<WRITE Z005.TXT>” PRINT #8 “The current Greenwich Mean Time is” PRINT #8 STR$(TIME[1]);”:”;STR$(TIME[2]);”:”;”00” PRINT #8 “</>” The CPU should use the STATUS(2) command to check whether the <WRITE> has been successfully executed before b egin writing data to it. STATUS(2) command returns a 1 if “<WRITE>” operation is successful and returns a ‘0’ if the operation failed. The following are some possible reasons that could cause the “<WRITE>” command to fail: a) A previously opened File was not closed. The CPU can only write to a single file at a time so any opened file must be closed by the PRINT #8 “</>” command before another file can be opened for writing. b) The FRAM-RTC-256 is not installed. The PLC can only write data to the extended data file space (i.e. file name Zxxx.yyy) which are only available if an FRAM-RTC-256 is installed.

14. Appendix A Extended File System Where: Zxxx.yyy is the file name of the extended file that the PLC has access to. The [destination file name] can be any legal name acceptable to the server so you can attach a date or time stamp to the file name for easy identifications. When the above <FTPUPLD> command is run, the PLC wil l send the actual “STOR” command in the background to the FTP server and then obtain the port number from the server and it will then make a data connection to it, and file transfer can then begin. A.6.3 Monitoring The FTP Upload Progress Once the file transfer begins t he PLC firmware will handl e the rest of the f ile transfer until either the file has been completely transferred or the transfer is aborted due to a network or server trouble. You can monitor the progress of the file transfer using either the STATUS(4) or STATUS(20) functions. STATUS(4)= 0 : FTP client was idle or last FTP failed 1 : FTP data transfer just started 2 : 1st FTP segment transferred, now transferring the rest 3 : FTP data transfer completed. STATUS(20) > 0 : Number of bytes uploaded to FTP Server. Transfer is in progress. < 0 : Total number of bytes uploaded. Transfer completed. For example, If 2,345 bytes has been uploaded to the server and the transfer has ended, STATUS(20) will return the number = –2345. Since file transfer can take substantial amount of time to complete, it is not wise to run a loop to wait for the file transfe r to complete since this will block the PLC from processing any other part of the progr am. The demo “ExtendedFileSyst em.PC6” shows you how to setup a monitoring function to periodically m onitor the progress of the file transfer and report the transfer status on the LCD display. Please refer to the comments in the custom function “fnConnFTP” and “fnMonFTP” of the “ExtendedFileSystem.PC6” program for more detailed descriptions of each command involved in the FTP file transfer.

5. Appendix A Extended File System A.4.2 Open A File For Appending Data To The End Of The File Syntax: PRINT #8 “<APPEND Zxxx.yyy>” where “Zxxx.yyy” is the file name. If successfully executed, the “<APPEND>” command will open the file and set the f ile pointer to the end of the file. Thereafter any string data following a PRINT #8 command will be apended to the end of the file. When the PLC has comple ted appending data, it must close the file by executing the command: PRINT #8 "</>" . As per the “<WRITE>” command, the CP U should also use the STATUS(2) command to check whether the <APP END> command has been successfully executed before begin writing data to it. Since the sa me reasons that could cause a “<WRITE>” command to fa il would also cause the “<APPEND>” command to fail, please refer to the last section on a list of possible causes of failure. Example PRINT #8 "<APPEND Z"+STR$(F,3)+".txt>" S = STATUS(2) ‘ Status(2) returns 1 if successful. IF S <> 1 RETURN: ENDIF FOR I = 1 to 100 PRINT #8 STR$(I,4)+":This is the Appended first line" PRINT #8 STR$(I,4)+":This is the Appended second line" SETLCD 1,1, "Append #"+STR$(I,4) NEXT PRINT #8 "</>" ‘ close the file A.4.3 Delete A File Syntax: PRINT #8 “<DELETE Zxxx.yyy>” where “Zxxx.yyy” is the file name of the file to be deleted. There is no need to close a deleted file. A.4.4 Open A File For Reading Syntax: PRINT #8 “<READ Zxxx.yyy>” where “Zxxx.yyy” is the file name of the file to be open ed for reading. If the file has been successfully opened for reading a fter execution of the PRINT #8 “<READ>” command, the PLC ca n start to retrieve ASCII data from the file line-


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