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Products: RP-V
Functionalities: Hardware
Product version: 2023, 2024
5/2/2023

RP-V Modbus

The RP controller Modbus RTU (RS-485) subnetwork allows standard Modbus devices and the KNX Modbus gateway (RP-C-EXT-KNX) to be connected to the controller. An adapter is required for converting the controller RS-485 Com port with RJ45 interface to screw terminals.

Note:

RP controller models with “-M” in the product name do not support the KNX Modbus gateway (RP-C-EXT-KNX).

The Modbus RTU protocol is used for the communication. The Modbus communications is characterized by communication between client device(s), which initiate communication and make requests of server device(s), which process requests and return an appropriate response. The RP controller acts as the Modbus client device and the connected (hosted) devices act as server devices.

For standard Modbus devices, a separate power supply unit (PSU) is needed to power the Modbus devices on the network.

For the KNX Modbus gateway, the RP controller provides both 24 VDC power supply and communications through the Modbus network connection.

It is recommended to use the Non-isolated RS-485 Adapter (SXWNISORS48510001) to provide screw termination of the Modbus device wiring and help avoid miswiring. The adapter converts an RS-485 RJ45 interface to screw terminals. For more information, see Non-isolated RS-485 Adapter .

For the KNX Modbus gateway, the RS-485 Power Adapter (SXWNISORS485P10001) can preferably be used to convert the RP controller RS-485 interface from RJ45 port to screw terminals because this adapter supports 24 VDC power supply from the controller to the KNX Modbus gateway. For more information, see RS-485 Power Adapter .

The maximum total length of the Modbus (RS-485) network is 72 m (236 ft).

The Modbus (RS-485) network cable should be routed in a continuous daisy-chain bus configuration without cable stubs. For more information, see Cable Routing .

Cable selection is important to achieve good performance and reliability of the Modbus (RS-485) network. The cable must provide twisted pairs and be specified for RS-485 data communications. It is recommended to use a shielded, low-capacitance twisted pair cable with an impedance of 120 ohm and a wire size (cross-sectional area) of 22 to 24 AWG (0.33 to 0.20 mm²). For more information, see Cable Selection .

The cable shield should be connected to earth ground at one location (preferred at the hosting controller) and should be connected through to the next segment at each device without additional connections to ground.

When the controller is installed in a space that handles conditioned air or return air, the Modbus network cables and IP network cables frequently must be plenum-rated to meet applicable building codes.

Notice

LOSS OF COMMUNICATION

  • Ensure that the total length of the Modbus network does not exceed 72 m (236 ft).

  • Use a shielded, low-capacitance twisted pair cable specified for RS-485 data communications, with an impedance of 120 ohm, a cross-sectional area of 22 to 24 AWG (0.33 to 0.20 mm2), and a rating that meets the requirements of the target environment.

Failure to follow these instructions can result in loss of communication.

You need to configure the RS-485 (RJ45) port on the RP-V controller to use for the Modbus network. The number of RS-485 (RJ45) ports differs between the different RP-V models.

  • Models with two RS-485 (RJ45) ports (Com A and Com B):

    • RP-V Advanced: RP-V-4A and RP-V-5A

  • Model with one RS-485 (RJ45) port (Com A):

    • EasyLogic RP-V (model with “-M” in the product name): RP-V-5C-M

For more information, see RP-V Communication Ports . The Modbus communication parameters can be freely configured regardless of which RS-485 port on the RP-V controller that is used for the Modbus network.

 
action_zoom_plus_stroke Location of the RS-485 port(s) on the RP-V controllers

Location of the RS-485 port(s) on the RP-V controllers

RP-V-4A and RP-V-5A

You need to configure which RS-485 (RJ45) port on the RP-V controller to use for the Modbus network. You can configure to use either the RS-485 Com A or Com B port, which by default are configured for the sensor bus and room bus respectively. For more information, see Communication Ports on RP-V-4A and -5A .

RP-V-5C-M

You need to reconfigure the RS-485 (RJ45) Com A port on the RP-V controller to use for the Modbus network. The RS-485 Com A port is by default configured for the sensor bus. For more information, see Communication Ports on RP-V-5C-M .

Restrictions for Connecting Modbus Devices to the RP-V Modbus

The restrictions for connecting Modbus devices to the RP-V Modbus network differ between the RP-V controller models only with regards to the types of Modbus devices supported.

  • RP-V-4A and RP-V-5A:

    • Standard Modbus devices

    • KNX Modbus gateway (RP-C-EXT-KNX)

  • RP-V-5C-M:

    • Standard Modbus devices

RP-V-4A and RP-V-5A

The maximum number of Modbus devices that can be connected to an RP controller depends on the type of Modbus device and the number of Modbus registers.

The maximum number of Modbus registers that can be connected to and managed by an RP controller depends on the communication capacity of the controller's Modbus network.

The RP-V Advanced controller Modbus network supports up to 10 connected Modbus devices with the following restrictions:

  • Maximum of one KNX Modbus gateway (RP-C-EXT-KNX)

  • Maximum of 250 Modbus registers per network

64-bit Modbus registers are supported, which can be used in energy metering.

 
action_zoom_plus_stroke Examples with one KNX Modbus gateway and several standard Modbus devices connected to an RP-V-4A or -5A controller in a daisy-chain configuration

Examples with one KNX Modbus gateway and several standard Modbus devices connected to an RP-V-4A or -5A controller in a daisy-chain configuration

The KNX Modbus gateway has the default Modbus address 1. The address can be configured through the ETS. For more information, see Configuring the Modbus Device Settings in the KNX Modbus Gateway .

RP-V-5C-M

The maximum number of Modbus devices that can be connected to an RP controller depends on the type of Modbus device and the number of Modbus registers.

The maximum number of Modbus registers that can be connected to and managed by an RP controller depends on the communication capacity of the controller's Modbus network.

The EasyLogic RP controller Modbus network supports up to 10 connected Modbus devices with the following restrictions:

  • No KNX Modbus gateway (RP-C-EXT-KNX)

  • Maximum of 250 Modbus registers per network

64-bit Modbus registers are supported, which can be used in energy metering.

 
action_zoom_plus_stroke Example with several standard Modbus devices connected to an RP-V-5C-M controller in a daisy-chain configuration

Example with several standard Modbus devices connected to an RP-V-5C-M controller in a daisy-chain configuration

  • Hardware Overview
  • RP-V Controllers
  • RP-V Models
  • Non-isolated RS-485 Adapter
  • RS-485 Power Adapter
  • Wiring
  • RS-485 Communications
  • Cable Routing
  • Cable Selection
  • RP-V Communication Ports
  • Communication Ports on RP-V-4A and -5A
  • Communication Ports on RP-V-5C-M
  • SpaceLogic RP-V Advanced
  • EasyLogic RP-V
  • KNX Modbus Gateway RP-C-EXT-KNX
  • RP-C-EXT-KNX
  • Configuring the Modbus Device Settings in the KNX Modbus Gateway
  • ETS Database for the KNX Modbus Gateway