[Etherlab-users] Running a large number of slaves

Richard Hacker ha at igh.de
Mon Mar 29 14:09:14 CEST 2021

EtherCAT and the master are not limited to the ethernet packet size. 
EtherCAT frames are automatically divided into smaller ethernet packets 
as required. As long as you're not exceeding physical limits, (like 
sending ~1,5kb at a rate of 1kHz), you should be fine.

Physically EtherCAT can address ~64k slaves on a network.

On 2021-03-29 13:22, Geller, Nir wrote:
> Hi There,
> I’m trying to setup one ethercat master with a very large number of 
> ethercat slaves.
> The first obstacle I’m thinking about is a very large amount of data 
> sent over PDO each cycle, that will definitely exceed 1500 bytes.
> In order to address this issue I want to understand if it is possible to 
> send more than one frame each cycle?
> Another method could be using jumbo frames. Does the ethercat master 
> support that?
> Does anybody have practical experience with such a setup?
> Thanks,
> Nir.

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