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  1. I've been scratching my head with this one and am hoping someone has dealt with it before. My physical setup is a PC, CAT5 cables, a couple of switches, an Eaton HMI, and an Eaton PLC. I'm talking Modbus TCP to the PLC using the library on NI's website. I'm using Wireshark to troubleshoot other problems and found the PLC retransmitting the response to the PC very frequently (not every time). The PC is reads and writes 32 words to the PLC every 100 msec, but only performs a write when the data changes. The PLC transmits a response within 6 msec of a read message (function 3 in Modbus). The PC never responds with an acknowledgement of the message from the PLC. The PLC retransmits 50 msec later and the PC acknowledges that message. The write messages occur about every 1 second (my heartbeat to the PLC). I've tried switching to the second port on the PC, which goes to a second card in the PLC. That network has four drives, two air manifolds, a remote I/O block and an RFID system on it that are all talking to the PLC. The PLC sequences through all the remote devices, including the PC, so the response to the PC can take 75 - 150+ msec. The PC always acknowledges the first message with that network. Anyone have some thoughts as to what's going on? Tim Forgot to mention that I'm using LabVIEW 8.6.1 and have swapped all of the network components.
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