In the following example, use our RevPi Connect as a Modbus RTU master and connect an RFID card reader to it.
- RevPi Connect
- Matching cables with D-Sub 9 connectors
- Adapter (e.g. shop article 200018 oder 200019)
- Internet connection
- A web browser, e.g. Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
- RevPi Connect is located in your network.
Connecting the Slave to the RevPi Connect
- Connect a USB port of the RevPi Connect to the adapter.
- Connect the adapter to the slave via the D-Sub 9 socket.
- Connect your RevPi Connect to the power supply.
Determine Modbus RTU network data
In order to configure the slave, we need some data beforehand, so that we can address the slave via our RevPi Connect. We find this data in the user manual of our slave.
In this example we use the RFID card reader “Iveno RFID MODBUS Reader RFID-MB-10” as slave.
- Note the following data from the user manual of your slave:
|Data type||Value (Example data for the RFID card reader)|
|Modbus function||Read Holding Registers|
|Modbus register transponder code ||1000|
|Modbus register transponder code ||1001|
|Modbus register transponder code ||1002|
|Modbus register transponder code ||1003|
|Modbus register transponder code ||1004|
Enable ModbusRTU Master function
- Open your web browser.
- Enter the IP address of your RevPi Connect in the address bar of your web browser.
The login window appears.
- Log in with the username “admin”.
- Enter the password. You can find it on the sticker on the side of your RevPi Connect.
- Click “Login”.
You can now see the current device status of your RevPi Connect.
- Click the “Services” tab.
- Click “Enabled” in the Enable/Disable Modbus Master line.
- Click the “Save All” button.
Note! You can also activate the Master function on the command line. Enter the following command: “sudo revpi-config enable pimodbus-master”.
- Click the “Apps” tab.
- Click the start button behind the entry “PiCtory”.
ModbusRTU Master configuration
- Open the folder “Virtual Devices” in the device catalog.
- Select ModbusRTU Master.
- Hold down the left mouse button and drag the Modbus-RTU Master to your RevPi Connect.
Set the basic settings for your adapters in the “Device Data” window. This entry is optional. If you use a lot of devices and want to process the data later in another program, this input can be very helpful.
You define the settings for the serial connection in the “Value Editor”. We have already determined the values for our slave from the user manual of the sensor:
- device_path: USB device path (see lsusb –v und ls /dev/ttyU*)
- baud_rate: 9600
- parity: None
- data_bits: 8
- stop_bits: 1
- Right-click the Modbus RTU Master on the Configuration Board.
- A context menu opens.
- Select the entry “Extended Data” to open an input mask.
This is where we set the Modbus commands. In this example, we need a command to read the values of the RFID sensor. We have already gathered the necessary information from the sensor’s operating instructions:
Slave Addr: 1
Function Code: READ_INPUT_REGISTERS
Register Addr.: 1000
Quantity of Registers: 5
Click on „File>Save“ to save the file.
Click on “Tools>Reset Driver”. This activates the changes for the adapter.
Query values in the process image
- Open command line and enter following command:
piTest -v Input_Word_1
- You get the information of the location of your values in the process image:
variable name: Input_Word_1 offset: 11 length: 16 bit
The values are in the process image from address 16 onwards. We need to read 10 bytes.
We enter the following command and see our values:”piTest -r 11,10, h”. If we now hold the RFID card to the card reader, we can observe the change of the values in the process image.
piTest -r 11,10,h 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 04 00 00 00 1b 00 87 00 2b 00 04 00 00 00 1b 00 87 00 2b 00 04 00 00 00 1b 00 87 00 2b 00 [...]