Insite System Access

On startup of the Link Manager, the user will be brought into the Link Manager Console "Login" page. At this point, the user can select the installed certificate from the drop down list in the "Certificate" field, and select the "Login" button at the bottom if the password was saved.

Once logged in, the LinkManager will bring up the Domain/Site Manager management page. On the left is a tree with all of the domains that user has access to. The user's allowable domains are setup by the Gate Manager when the account was created. A Domain would represent perhaps a field location, Plant or other main location. Next, the user will then select the desired domain in the list on the left. Once selected, all of the Site Managers tied to that domain will appear on the right side of the screen. Each listed name represents a different Site Manager. The "+" symbol to the left of the Site Manager name will open up a subtree for that machine. This will list all of the Agents (represented by a "Gear" symbol to the left of the name) running on that particular Site Manager. Each Agent represents a single device tied into a DEV port on the Site Manager. When connecting, the Link Manager itself is connecting down through the UPLINK port on the SiteManager, and the devices are attached to the DEV ports. For example, "PLC1" would connect to the PLC named PLC1 on that Site Manager. Each Site Manager can have multiple devices attached, typically they can be devices such as a PLC's ethernet port, a PLC's serial port, an HMI's ethernet port, etc. Up to 50 agents can be present on a single Site Manager, if the Site Manager has that level of licensing available. These agents would be set up in the Site Manager Setup Guide shown elsewhere.

The user will then click on the desired device agent. Once connected, the connection page will come up. This page in real time will list all of the connections currently connected to the device as well as the IP address of the device, as well as the ports that are connected to. Packet status for each port, including successful and failed packets are shown here as well. Initially, these packets are zero, and "Idle" is shown. At this point, the user can connect to the device, just as if plugged into the device's local network. This includes the ability to "ping" the device from the CMD line, or similar connections. The user could then load his Programming software, and go on-line, download, or upload from the PLC as needed. The agent keeps the connection alive for slow network connections. When the user finishes with the connection, they would select "Disconnect" from the Link Manager Console page. This takes the user back to the device tree for that domain. Either a different machine or agent could be selected at this point, or the user could log off from the Link Manager access. This would be necessary in order for the floating license to be freed up for another user's usage.