Getting started with PROFINET Commander


PROFINET Commander is a software utility that allows for simple setup of a PROFINET device or network without PLC logic.   It can act both as a PROFINET IO controller and IO supervisor on a Windows PC.  This allows reading and writing of device IO data, parameters, and access to data record objects. Additional functions are assignments of the device name or factory reset among many others.  For a smooth transition with PROFINET Commander, please take into consideration the following points before getting started.

 

Differences Between the Free and PRO Versions of PROFINET Commander

There are two versions of PROFINET Commander.  The free version (unlicensed) and the PRO version which requires a license purchase.  The license can be registered to one PC station at a time and can be transferred if necessary between PCs.  The main difference is the PRO version has controller features where the free version has only DCP functionality.  You can find all of the differences between the free and PRO versions and purchase a license key here.

Configuration Tool (TIA) Requirements

If you are simply using the free version of the tool for DCP functions, such as setting the name, then a separate controller configuration tool is not required.  However, if you are using the PRO version, the controller setup requires the TIA Portal configuration tool.  TIA Portal free version is available without an additional software license.

Account setup

It is necessary to create a Siemens customer support account prior to downloading TIA Portal.  If needed, we recommend that you do this as soon as possible, since account creation can take some time to complete. Once the account is setup and you are able to log in, then you can start downloading.

TIA Portal Versions

Note that new versions of the  TIA configuration tool or service packs and updates are coming out regularly.  Therefore, it is recommended to check on the PROFINET Commander website installation page to determine which version is the latest supported in order to get the correct version.   At the time of this article, we are at V15.  When downloading the TIA files typically only the initial setup files are required (usually called DVD1).

TIA Trial Version

Do not be concerned with the “Trial version” mentioned on the TIA configuration tool. This is a time period for setting up PLC stations, but not for PROFINET Commander, as it is considered a PC station.  Therefore after the trial period expires PROFINET Commander will still continue functioning with all its features.

Help and more info

More information on PROFINET Commander can be found on the website under the support links including the user manual and a tutorial video.  Also, we do a lot of lab exercises in our week-long PROFINET Class if you need in-depth training and hands-on experience using a variety of PROFINET tools.