Using DS Manager

The DS Manager utility is used to locate, setup, manage, monitor, and upgrade the firmware of compatible Tibbo devices. This utility is a part of the Tibbo Device Server Toolkit (TDST) for Windows.

More information on the DS Manager can be found here: http://tibbo.com/soi/software.html#ds-manager.

You can download TDST here: http://tibbo.com/support/downloads/tdst.html.

Configuration using the DS Manager is the primary method of setting up a Tibbo Modbus Gateway. This is because the DS Manager allows you to discover and configure all compatible Tibbo devices connected to a local LAN segment. This includes devices without valid IP addresses (devices with default IPs).

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How to use the DS Manager:

  • Make sure your Modbus Gateway is connected to the same LAN segment as your Windows PC.

  • Install TDST and run the DS Manager utility — it will automatically discover and display the list of compatible Tibbo devices found on your LAN segment.

  • If necessary, click Refresh to rescan the network.

  • If the DS Manager shows a large list and you are not sure "what is what", click on an entry in the list, then click Buzz! The red and green status LEDs on the corresponding devices will blink.

  • Double-click on a Tibbo Modbus Gateway displayed in the list (or select it in the list and click Settings). The Settings dialog will open. Notice how the settings are grouped into several tabs.

  • Edit the settings and click OK to close the dialog. New setting values will be sent to the Gateway, after which it will reboot.

  • To password-protect the settings of your Modbus Gateway, click on the Password button in the Settings dialog.

  • The main window of the DS Manager also has a button for initializing your Modbus Gateway (i.e. restoring all settings to their default factory values).

  • Finally, there is an Upgrade button for uploading new application (firmware) into your Modbus Gateway.

The first sensible step to take on a new Modbus Gateway is to configure its IP address. Either enable DHCP (it is found in the General tab of the Settings dialog) or set the desired (and valid) IP address manually. You can do this through the Settings dialog (the setting is on the General tab), or by using the Change IP button found in the main window.

note_warning-wtNote that the use of DHCP, although convenient, is not always a good idea: if the Gateway is going to route requests from Modbus TCP Masters, then these Masters will need to know its IP address. Since DHCP does not guarantee that the IP address stays the same, it is not advisable to enable DHCP for Gateways that will handle traffic from Modbus TCP Masters.

One other step you may want to take right away is setting the Owner name and Device name. These names are displayed in the DS Manager's device list next to IP addresses of discovered devices. Owner and device names greatly simplify device identification.