TSX17 <=> 32bit PC Hookup


Introduction: TSX17 <=> 32bit PC Hookup

This instructable is exclusively for fun, home and hobby use only. It does not cover for industrial and commercial. For industrial and commercial use please follow instructions and hardware recommendations here https://www.schneider-electric.com.eg/en/faqs/FA144309/ and here https://www.schneider-electric.us/en/product/XGSZ24/rs-232-rs-485-line-adaptor---for-xgs-k%2C-xgs-d.

Step 1: What You Need to Have and to Know

  • You need experience with the use of PC's, interfaces, basic electronics and have knowledge about differences between RS232 and RS485. Study it if you don't.
  • A 32-bit PC running XP capable to boot from a USB stick. You will have to try if with your own operating system if you don't have XP but 32-bit it MUST be. Schneider Electronics claims a more than 500Mhz PC will not work but my DC7600 motherboard with dual core 3Ghz Pentium CPU did work. Schneider Electronics bought Telemecanique years ago: https://www.schneider-electric.com.eg/en/search/T...
  • A USB stick.
  • An RS232/RS485 interface. Don't make your own. Buy a ready made one. I can tell SINTECHI and STM485S CONVERTER both work fine.
  • A twistedpair cable. Such a pair you can rip out from an old LAN cable. Twisted pairs are able to carry high baud signals up to 50m and 100m. Non twisted only a few meters. 1m length wire on your table no need to twist.

Step 2: Prepare the Twisted Pair

1. Strip the twisted pair at the TSX17 side 5 mm.

2. Push the blue (or your choice of first colour) in contact #7 of the TSX17 DB15 programming terminal. Make sure it makes contact.

3. Push the white (or your choice of second colour) in contact #14 of the TSX DB15 programming terminal. Make sure it makes contact.

4. Strip the twisted pair at its other end 10 mm and bend the naked length double. These will go into the RS485 side of the RS232/RS485 converter. The white into RS485Data +A. The blue into RS485 Data -B. No Vcc and GND wires needed. My twisted pair was 50 m and it worked that way even without a terminal resistor.


FOR INDUSTRIAL PURPOSES use ONLY what Schneider Electric recommends in combination with XGS-Z24 RS232/RS485 converter (https://www.schneider-electric.us/en/product/XGSZ24/rs-232-rs-485-line-adaptor---for-xgs-k%2C-xgs-d).

Step 3: Prepare the USB Stick

1. The USB stick you will format and make bootable using RUFUS (https://rufus.akeo.ie/) with the settings shown in picture.

2. Unrar 4G_TSXDOS.rar onto the desktop.

3. Copy the ALL contents including invisible and system files of the'4G TSXDOS' folder into the USB stick as shown in picture. See folder options to make all files visible. If you only can boot from a floppy then use what Schneider Electric provides: https://www.schneider-electric.com.eg/en/faqs/FA144309/ but that's a tad complicated to prepare your PC and you'll need a harddrive to run it. Instructions can be found from the first pages of the PL7-2-17 manual available here https://www.schneider-electric.com.eg/en/download/document/TSXDMUSRV5E/ or further down this instructable.

Step 4: Reboot From USB Stick

1. Restart your PC and boot it from the USB stick you have prepared.

2. First screenshot: Enter the TE command to get the second screen.

3. Second screenshot: Select PL7-2-17 and press enter to get the third screen.

4. Third screenshot: Press F1 key and then down arrow key to get fourth screen.

5. Fourth screenshot: Press enter to get to the fifth screen.

6. Fifth screenshot: Go to https://www.schneider-electric.com.eg/en/download/document/TSXDMUSRV5E/ to download and study the PL7-2-17 software beginning at page 3/1 or get the manual from below.



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    After all the Chinese SINTECH RS232/RS485 conversters ARE NOT RELIABLE. Both stopped working suddenly after months of impeccable performance. THEY ARE NON-ISOLATING which makes them susceptible to voltage differences that can go beyond maximum ratings of connected devices. I measured 76 volts AC between TSX17 pins and converter pins. This goes quickly down once bodily skin touching between nodes so you do not feel anything. However the circuitry inside the SINTECH converters are most probably not clamped. The SINTECH converters are worthless.

    Thanks for the compliment.

    This is a very well put together first Instructable. You should think about entering it into the First Time Authors contest.