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    Default Test station for a pair of protocols

    Hello all,
    I have a fee questions, and I hope someone can shed some light!
    I am using SICAM230, a scada software based on zenon copadata.
    I amusing this software to read the values from several devices that speak protocols 104 and 61850.
    I want to create a testing environment for said protocols. I got thw idea that it might be able to set up a PLC, have it speak the aforementioned protocols (obviously one at a time), meaning set it up as a slave device, so that I can see its values on the SCADA program.
    Is this at all possible to do with a PLC? I can buy any Siemens PLC.
    I looked into the S7-1200,which has an additional module for iec 104 bit it would seem not for 61850,and the S7-300,which seems to support both natively.
    Is it possible to do this with these PLCs for the respective protocols?
    Last edited by David27 : 14th March 2021 at 08:46

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    Hi David27,

    For me the S7 sounds very heavy for testing purposes. I recommend use simulation software.

    For 104 there is many possibilities and they are not expensive. Example The Vinci protocol analyzer is free for personal use.

    For 61850 I haven't found "cheap" software but Omicron IEDScout is one of the best (maybe most expensive too) but I have used also SCL Runner from Info Tech which is cheaper very good simulation software.   

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