Sercos International offers a free testing tool to verify the correct implementation of the Sercos Internet Protocol Services (S-IPS).
S-IPS defines various services to access devices in Sercos networks by using common Internet protocols. Some of these services are also called S/IP and are based on the Transmission Control Protocol (TCP), as well as the User Datagram Protocol (UDP). These services include functions for device identification, network configuration, and access to Sercos parameters and diagnostics. In addition, the IPS defines a firmware update via the Trivial File Transfer Protocol (TFTP).
The speciality of IPS is that these services do not require a Sercos master or a running Sercos real-time communication. Even in cyclic real-time operation the specified services can be used. In this case the IPS telegrams are transferred via the UC-channel (Unified Communication Channel) of Sercos, without having a negative influence on the real-time behaviour of the network.