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Configuring IPv4 / IPv6 communications settings using ION Setup

You can configure your device’s IPv4 and IPv6 address settings, such as stored addresses or address assignment mode, using ION Setup.

When configuring communications parameters, ensure you maintain at least one communication path that allows full access to your device; otherwise you may permanently lose the ability to change your device’s configuration and access additional data.

NOTICE
Loss of access
Ensure you maintain sufficient access to communicate with and configure your device.
Failure to follow these instructions can result in loss of access to the device.

Contact your network system administrator for your IP addresses and other Ethernet network configuration values.

  1. Start ION Setup.
  2. Open the Setup Assistant for your device.
  3. Select Communications > Basic Ethernet and click the IPv4 or IPv6 tab.
  4. Select the IP address then click Edit.
  5. Select your IP address assignment mode.

    IPv4

    Selection Mode Description

    Use DHCP to obtain an IPv4 address

    DHCP

    The meter acquires its IP addresses from your network’s DHCP server. The Device Name and Domain Name fields are used to define the meter’s fully-qualified domain name (FQDN).

    Use the following IPv4 address

    Stored

    The meter uses the IP addresses that you manually enter for IPv4 (address, subnet mask and gateway).

    For IPv6, select the IPv6 Enabled checkbox to enable IPv6 communications or clear it to disable IPv6 communications.

    NOTE: The IPv6 Link Local address itself is factory set and is read-only.

    IPv6

    Selection Mode Description

    Use DHCP to obtain an IPv6 address

    DHCPv6

    The meter acquires its IP addresses from your network’s DHCPv6 server. The Device Name and Domain Name fields are used to define the meter’s fully-qualified domain name (FQDN).

    Use the following IPv6 address

    Stored

    The meter uses the IP addresses that you manually enter for IPv6 (global address and default gateway).

    You can have different assignment modes for IPv4 and for IPv6.

  6. Configure the settings for the selected mode then click OK.
    The changes are saved to the meter. If ION Setup detects that the connection information is already in use, you are prompted to confirm the change.
  7. Click Yes to confirm the change or No to cancel.

    An example of an instance where you might want to confirm the change is if you are programming the meter to replace another meter already in service.

DHCP settings available using ION Setup

Parameter Value Description

Device name

Contact your local network administrator for parameter values.

The Ethernet device name is used by DPWS for self-discovery over Ethernet and as the hostname to uniquely identify your meter for DHCP and DNS.

By default, this is set to the meter model plus the last six-digits of the MAC address.

Domain name

Contact your local network administrator for parameter values.

The Ethernet domain name for the network that the meter resides on.

Stored IPv4 settings available using ION Setup

Parameter Value Description

IP address

Contact your local network administrator for parameter values.

The IP address of your device.

Subnet Mask

Contact your local network administrator for parameter values.

The subnet IP address of your network.

Gateway

Contact your local network administrator for parameter values.

The gateway IP address of your network.

Stored IPv6 address settings available using ION Setup

Parameter Value Description

Global Address

Contact your local network administrator for parameter values.

The Internet protocol address of your device.

Default Gateway

Contact your local network administrator for parameter values.

The address the meter uses to route communications to a different network or subnet.

If you do not set this or the address is incorrect, you may see slow communications or communications errors.

ION Setup reconnection

If you change the settings for the Ethernet connection method you are currently using to connect to the meter, ION Setup tries to reconnect to the meter using the updated information. You can view the process in the Device reconnection dialog box that appears.

  • If ION Setup can successfully communicate using the new setting, this setting appears in the IP Address dropdown list and the checkbox is selected. Click OK to copy this information into the IP address field in the Device Properties. ION Setup will now use this address to communicate with the device.

  • If ION Setup cannot successfully communicate using the new setting, the new address appears in the IP Address but the checkbox is not selected. Either select the checkbox and click OK (for example, you may want to use the new setting if you are replacing a meter in service) OR select another address option from the dropdown list. Click Test to check that ION Setup can communicate with the meter using the new address, select the checkbox, then click OK.

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