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  communication cycle as EtherCAT slave
Posted by: tad - April-15th-2021, 12:23 PM - Forum: Software - Replies (2)

Dear Armin,

Once I apply the following container to netPI and make it an EtherCAT slave.

In this case, is it possible to reliably pick up the data coming from the EtherCAT master with a communication cycle of 2ms?
I think the host OS (Linux) on netPI is not a realtime OS so that I can't judge whether netPI can receive the data of 2ms cycle 100% surely.

Thank you very much for your advice.
Best regards,

  activate Ethernet cifx0
Posted by: Christian_Rau - March-23rd-2021, 10:37 PM - Forum: Software - Replies (3)

On page 44 of the German user manual for the NetPi it says: "In the delivery state, the Ethernet interface cifx0 is deactivated. Section "Activate Ethernet interface cifx0" (see below) describes how to activate this interface. "However, how cifx0 is activated is no longer described below. How can I now activate the interface so that I can configure IP routing according to page 52?

Addition: I have newly installed version

  Touchscreen with DVI Port
Posted by: Dipro - March-23rd-2021, 09:37 PM - Forum: Software - Replies (1)


I'm trying to use the hdmi-container (https://hub.docker.com/r/hilschernetpi/n...sktop-hdmi) together with an touchscreen. The touchscreen unfortunately has only a DVI or VGA port. The touchscreen was plugged in during the container deployment, but there isn't any signal on the screen.

On multiple Raspberry Pi forums and tutorials I've seen some workarounds using the config.txt to add certain settings. Can this be done on a netPi? How else is it possible to use a display without a HDMI port (on a different screen with HDMI this was no issue)?

Thanks in advance

  Access to RTC from my own container application
Posted by: tad - March-19th-2021, 02:20 PM - Forum: Software - Replies (1)

Dear Armin,

netPI has a RTC so that I suppose Linux (host OS) always has accurate date & time from RTC.
That means I don't have to set date & time to Linux at the bootup of netPI.

Then, I would like to know how to get/set current date & time from/to RTC by my own container application, please.

- I should open Control panel of Web GUI if I need to set date & time, right? 
- I can just use 'hwclock' command from a guest OS (a container) to get current date & time, right?
- I don't have to access RTC directly via I2C interface, right?

I am not familiar with C/Python/,,, so I may be asking an incomprehensible question.

Thank you very much for checking my understandings above.
Best regards,

  QDID (Qualified Design ID) and Product Type for Bluetooth
Posted by: tad - March-15th-2021, 04:03 AM - Forum: Hardware - Replies (5)

Dear Armin,

Does a company has to register for EPL (End Product Listing, that is, final product registration) when using Bluetooth with netPI (in order to sell Bluetooth devices)?

I think that is yes so that could you tell me the QDID (Qualified Design ID) and Product Type for registering netPI as a Bluetooth product?
When registering the EPL, I will need the QDID information and the Product Type of the Bluetooth module.

Thank you very much for your support.
Best regards,

  instant power outage
Posted by: tad - March-15th-2021, 03:36 AM - Forum: Hardware - Replies (2)

Is there specification for how long netPI will continue to operate even if there is a instant power outage?

Thank you very much for your information.
Best regards,

  netPI setup procedure
Posted by: tad - March-15th-2021, 03:29 AM - Forum: Software - Replies (1)

Dear Armin,

How can I set up my own netPI environment on a brand new netPI in the shortest time?

Currently, I do the following steps.
If possible, I want to find more easy and quick procedure.

1. Executing a netPI recovery with a USB stick. (the system software version when validating my own application is applied.)
2. Setting up a new password, date&time and so on.
3. Import my own container images which are backed up before.
4. Deploy container images. Before deploying, some parameter settings (Privileged mode=on, drivers' designations,,,) should be done manually.

Thank you very much for your information.
Best regards,

Posted by: Alexandre - March-12th-2021, 07:23 AM - Forum: Hardware - Replies (2)


I would like to use Profinet to share data with the Siemens PLC. 
is the raspberry pi the only small PC I can use?

which Hilscher product would you recommend to me if I don't want to use raspeberry pi?

thank you in advance,


  2 MAC addresses for fieldbus RJ45 ports
Posted by: tad - March-10th-2021, 07:03 AM - Forum: Software - Replies (2)

Dear Armin,

I installed netpi-netx-ethernet-lan (network=bridge mode) to operate the fieldbus RJ45 ports as standard LAN interface.

There are 2 MAC addresses for Fieldbus are indicated on both of its packing box and the name plate (sticker) on netPI.
But, I can only detect 1 MAC address from an external PC.

The device '/dev/spidev0.0' is added when deploying the container.
But, should 2 device drivers be added for 2 MAC addresses?
That's why only 1 MAC address is detected...

My questions are:
- Does the container 'netpi-netx-ethernet-lan' enable 2 ports of Fieldbus RJ45s to standard LAN interface?
- Is there any measures to confirm 2 MAC addresses from an external PC?

Thank you very much for your support.
Best regards,

  Docker not enabled
Posted by: tad - March-5th-2021, 11:45 AM - Forum: Software - Replies (10)

Dear Armin,

I got information that Docker is not enabled (grayed-out) on the edge gateway manager (Web GUI) even the following settings were done.

In Services menu in Control panel:
- Operating status = Running
- Autostart = enabled is selected

A monitor is connected to netPI to get the attached log status.
Would you please refer to the attached file?
If you find anything wrong, it would be helpful for me.

Should I restore the netPI recover image?

Thank you very much for your support.
Best regards,

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