Anybus Communicator Serial to EtherNet/IP
(AB7072 with 2-TCP/IP Ports or AB7007 with 1-TCP/IP Port)


Integrate your serial RS-232/422/485 based industrial devices and equipment to an EtherNet/IP control system without the need for any changes to the device.


The Anybus Communicator is a proven and trusted protocol converter gateway that connects non-networked industrial devices and equipment to EtherNet/IP.


The Communicator is capable of converting almost any type of serial protocol such as Modbus RTU, ASCII, DF1 or any other type of proprietary Query/Response or Produce/Consume protocol.

The gateway performs intelligent protocol conversion and presents the serial data to the Master PLC/Controller as easily processed I/O data.


The Communicator is a slim stand-alone gateway designed for IP20 and DIN-rail mounting, requiring a 24-volt power supply.

Typical serial applications include variable frequency drives, sensors, actuators, human machine interfaces, barcode readers, RFID readers and industrial scales among others.


Features and benefits:

Saves machine builders and device manufacturers of integrating an EtherNet/IP interface.

Allows system integrators to retro-fit older automation devices into modern EtherNet/IP communication structures.

Requires no hardware or software changes to be made to the connected device.

Compatible with all PLCs with EtherNet/IP support 

Performs complete serial protocol conversion, no PLC function blocks required.

Intelligent I/O data mapping within the Communicator permits even devices with slow serial communication can be integrated without any restrictions to the upper network.

Possibility to connect up to 31 nodes via one Communicator giving inexpensive EtherNet/IP network connectivity for your devices.

Integrated Email client, FTP server and embedded webserver for diagnostics and data visualisation.

Additional support for Modbus TCP Class 0, 1 and partial Class 2.

Special Linking Device version available for Rockwell CompactLogix, ControlLogix PLC’s with seamless Studio5000 integration.

Quick Start Documentation.


Serial protocol configuration features

No high level programming skills are needed to set up the Anybus® Communicator as configuration is accomplished using the included, easy to use Windows™ based ACM (Anybus Configuration Manager)

Selectable RS-232/422/485 interface

Pre-defined 6-step Modbus-RTU configuration wizard

Selectable pre-loaded DF1 commands. No scripting or serial frame building required!

Ability to configure ASCII or vendor specific protocols (Request/Response or Produce/Consume via a visual frame building interface

Multi-language support for English, German, Spanish, Italian, French, Polish, Russian, Chinese and Japanese

Handy Save/Load function allows for a completed configuration to be re-used for many other installations

Password protection prevents unauthorized upload and download of configurations

Serial Line Listener and In-built Checksum calculations for diagnostic and troubleshooting


EhterNet/IP interface features


EtherNet/IP Adapter Level 2 and Level 3  I/O Server CIP

Max 509 bytes Input and 505 bytes Output data

10/100Mbit operation in full or half-duplex

Device Level Ring (DLR) functionality available (announce-based ring participant)

Per-user security framework

Quality of Service (QoS) available

TCP/IP settings can be configurable with web-page, Configuration Tool, DHCP or ARP
Integrated switch allowing for a daisy-chain topology
Dual RJ-45 ports available simultaneously


Technical specifications

Dimensions  (L•W•H) 120 x 75 x 27mm or 4,72 x 2,95 x 1,06"
Weight 150g or 0,33 lbs
Operating temperature 0 to +55 °C  or  0 to +131 °F 
Storage temperature -40 to +85 °C  or  -40 to +185 °F 
Power supply 24 VDC
Current consumption max. 300mA (Typical 100 mA)
Serial application Interface Selectable RS-232, RS-422, RS-485
Max stations   31 nodes via RS-422 or RS-485 
Galvanic isolation On both serial and BUS/Ethernet side
Mechanical rating IP20, NEMA rating 1
Mounting DIN-rail (EN 50022 standard)
Protocol: Modbus RTU   Modbus RTU Master - Request/Response              
Protocol: ASCII/Vendor Specific Request/Response or Produce/Consume    
Protocol: Rockwell DF1 DF1 Master 
Certifications CE, CULUSRoHS

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