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Components such as [[Component:_Webserver_(GENERIC_ROM_FAT)_(Comms:_Networking)|Webserver (GENERIC)]], MQTT and Modbus TCP can connect to and control the network comms layer.
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Components such as [[Component:_Webserver_(GENERIC_ROM_FAT)_(Comms:_Networking)|Webserver (GENERIC)]], [[Component:_MQTT_Client_(Comms:_System)|MQTT]] and [[Component:_Modbus_TCP_Master_(Comms:_System)|Modbus TCP]] can connect to and control the network comms layer.
  
 
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Here is a simple example showing the component used with the Webserver (GENERIC) component.
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Here is a simple example showing the component used with the [[Component:_Webserver_(GENERIC_ROM_FAT)_(Comms:_Networking)|Webserver (GENERIC)]] component.
  
 
{{Fcfile|NetworkComms-Server.fcfx|Example Network Comms Web Server}}
 
{{Fcfile|NetworkComms-Server.fcfx|Example Network Comms Web Server}}

Revision as of 10:24, 19 September 2019


Author Matrix TSL
Version 1.0 (Release)
Category Comms: Networking


Contents

Image Network Communications component

A component designed to simplify the process of TCP/IP communications. Compatible with most of the Flowcode supported TCP/IP and WIFI components. A useful building block for creating components such as IoT and Modbus TCP.

Examples

Here are some examples showing the Network Communications component in action.

By itself the component provides a generic TCP/IP layer to drive the simulation runtime.

Here is a simple example showing the component used by itself to request data from a remote server on the internet.

FC6 Icon.png Example Network Comms Client


Library Components

Components such as Webserver (GENERIC), MQTT and Modbus TCP can connect to and control the network comms layer.

NetComms1.jpg


Here is a simple example showing the component used with the Webserver (GENERIC) component.

FC6 Icon.png Example Network Comms Web Server

Embedded Components

The Network Communications component can also be connected to embedded TCP/IP and WIFI style modules allowing for the abstraction to work with specific networking hardware modules.

NetComms2.jpg


Here is the current status of the Network Communications component with the various embedded modules.

Embedded Component Other Variants of Component Support Status
TCP/IP (Raspberry Pi) N/A Fully Supported
TCP/IP (W5500) N/A In Progress
ENC28J60 N/A On Hold
TCP/IP (NM7010A) TCP/IP (EB023v1) On Hold
TCP/IP (W5100) TCP/IP (EB023v2), TCP/IP (WIZ810MJ) On Hold
WLAN (ESP8266) WLAN (ESP-12S), WIFI (BL0136), WIFI (ESP8266) In Progress
WLAN (WIZ610WI) WIFI (EB069) On Hold


We are working through and adding support as and when we get chance so if you have a module that isn't listed or would like to try and prioritise a specific module then you can let us know via the user forums.

Downloadable macro reference

Connect

Connects to an IP address as a client on the specified port.

Some TCP/IP modules (RPI and ESP8266) will accept a URL instead of an IP address.

Returns: 0=Fail, 1=OK

Parameters

<- STRING Address
IP address as a string e.g. "192.168.1.1" or URL on some TCP/IP modules
This parameter may be returned back to the caller
UINT Port


Return value

BOOL : Returns true if the operation is a success, else false


Receive

Attempts to receive up to a specified number of bytes from the active connection.

Returns the number of bytes received.

Parameters

<- STRING Data
This parameter may be returned back to the caller
UINT Count
Maximum number of bytes to read


Return value

UINT


Send

Sends the specified number of bytes via the active connection.

Returns the number of bytes sent, 0=Fail.

Parameters

<- STRING Data
Array containing the data to send
This parameter may be returned back to the caller
UINT Count
Number of bytes to send from the data array


Return value

UINT


Listen

Bind the socket to a port on the local host and set to listen mode.

Returns: 0=Fail, 1=OK

Parameters

UINT Port


Return value

BOOL : Returns true if the operation is a success, else false


SocketOpen

Attempts to create a socket on the local device.

This must be succesful to allow TCP/IP communications with a remote destination.

Returns: 0=Fail / 1=OK

Parameters

This macro has no parameters


Return value

BOOL : Returns true if the operation is a success, else false


SocketClose

Closes the current socket connection

Parameters

This macro has no parameters


Return value

This call does not return a value


Simulation macro reference

This component does not contain any simulation macros


Property reference

TCP/IP Component

This property is of type Panel object and can be referenced with the variable name Component.

Property to point to the TCP/IP or WIFI component you want to use.

If unconnected then default to simulated TCP/IP network communications using the PC network adapter.

Status

This property is of type Line of text and can be referenced with the variable name Status.

Informs the user of the current status of support for the connected component.

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