Quick guide

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Quick guide

RipEX2 is a widely configurable compact radio modem, more precisely a radio IP router. All you have to do to put it into operation is to connect it to an antenna and a power supply and configure it using a PC (tablet, smart phone) and a web browser.

RipEX2 radio router

Fig. 1: RipEX2 radio router


RipEX2 access is without default password: you have to set password for “admin” account.

Ethernet

RipEX2 default IP is 192.168.169.169/24, so set a static IP 192.168.169.x/24 on your PC, power on the RipEX2 and wait approximately 48 seconds for the RipEX2 OS to boot. Connect your PC to RipEX2s’ ETH interface, start your browser and type https://192.168.169.169 in the address line.

Before attempting to do any configuration, make sure your RipEX2 is the only powered-up unit around. Since all units coming from factory share the same default settings ex-factory, you could be accessing a different unit over the air without being aware of it.

USB/ETH adapter

When accessing over the optional “XA” USB/ETH adapter, your PC will get its IP settings from the built-in DHCP server and you have to type https://10.9.8.7 in your browser. You do not need to worry about other RipEX2’es, you will be connected to the local unit in all cases.

Wifi adapter

When accessing over the optional “W1” Wifi adapter, connect your PC (tablet, smart phone) to the RipEX2 Wifi AP first. Its default SSID is “RipEX2 + Unit name + S/N”. By default the WPA2 PSK secured connection with password “123456789” is used.

Your PC will get its IP settings from the built-in DHCP server and you have to type http://10.9.8.7 in your browser. Remaining steps are the same and you do not need to worry about other RipEX2’es, since you will be connected to the local unit in all cases.

SCADA radio network step-by-step

Building a reliable radio network for a SCADA system may not be that simple, even when you use such a versatile and easy-to-operate device as the RipEX2 radio modem. The following step-by-step checklist can help you to keep this process fast and efficient.

  1. Design your network to ensure RF signal levels meet system requirements.

  2. Calculate and estimate the network throughput and response times when loaded by your application.

  3. Perform a bench-test with 3-5 sets of RipEX2’s and SCADA equipment (Chapter 3, Step-by-step guide).

  4. Design the addressing and routing scheme of the network (RipEX App notes and RipEX App notes- Address planning)

  5. Preconfigure all RipEX2’s  (follow the SW manual).

  6. Install individual sites

    1. Mount RipEX2 into cabinet (Section 4.1, “Mounting”).

    2. Install antenna (Section 4.2, “Antenna installation”).

    3. Install feed line (Section 4.3, “Antenna feed line”).

    4. Ensure proper grounding (Section 4.4, “Grounding”).

    5. Run cables and plug-in all connectors except from the SCADA equipment (Section 1.2, “Connectors”)

    6. Apply power supply to RipEX2.

    7. Test radio link quality (follow the SW manual).

    8. Check routing by the ping tool (follow the SW manual) to verify accessibility of all IP addresses with which the unit will communicate.

    9. Connect the SCADA equipment (follow the SW manual).

  7. Test your application