Quick start

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Quick start

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, smartphone) and a web browser.

RipEX2 radio router

Fig. 1: RipEX2 radio router


Default password for “admin” account is “admin”. Change the password before signing to a network.

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 30 seconds for the RipEX2 OS to boot. Connect your PC to RipEX2 ETH interface, start your browser and type https://192.168.169.169 in the address line.

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 units, 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 units, 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 units 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 units.

  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 (e.g. using Monitoring tool).

    8. Connect the SCADA equipment.

  7. Test your application.