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Configuring WebPort Connects

A WebPort may be managed remotely by a secure connection through the Internet via a management application called WebPort Connects. You use this application to access WebPorts and the PLCs that are connected to one or more WebPorts on the network. You may connect one or more WebPorts to this service using a WAN or an optional cell phone modem installed on the WebPort. You use Web Connects to access data from the WebPorts and your PLCs or other controller devices.

The connection process creates a virtual private network (VPN) tunnel, and uses end-point authentication certificates, WebPort identification information, and server credentials to protect the communications between the server and your devices. The communications take place using the Secure Socket Layer (SSL) protocol.

For information about setting up your Connects software in the cloud, see About the Cloud

To configure Connects for the WebPort:

  1. From the Configuration Work Area, select the following icon: This is a picture of the dialog.

    The Connects Setup dialog appears:

    This is a picture of the dialog.
  2. View or specify the following Connects Settings options:
    • URL. Specifies the URL you use to access Connects. You can click on the following link and it will open the website for you. Spectrum Controls WebPort Connects
    • Port. Specifies the user-defined, outbound port to use when connecting to the Connects server. Example: 80
    • WebPort ID. Shows an address that is unique for this WebPort. For information only.
    • Auto-connect. Specifies whether to keep the WebPort continuously online with the service. Keep in mind that if this is via cell phone, you may run up a very large cell bill unless you have alternative options chosen when you configured cell modem service that limit connectivity time.
    • Submit. Saves the entered connection data on WebPort. The software informs you that the data settings were successfully modified. Click OK.
    • Cancel. Exits from the WebPort without saving data.
    • Register WebPort. Registers the WebPort on the online service. After you have entered the data in the setup field, click the Register WebPort button to start the registration process.
    • Connect To Cloud. Connects the WebPort to the online service. After you have entered the data in all the setup fields, click the Connect To Cloud button to start the connection process. The WebPort status changes to show ONLINE: This is a picture of the dialog.

      WebPort connection status messages that appear here are:

      • OFFLINE. The registered WebPort is not connected to the cloud. This is the default status when the WebPort is not connected to the VPN. If you see this status repeatedly when trying to connect to the cloud, it is likely that the WebPort has an error. Check the operational status of the device by viewing the Error Log. You may also check to see if you see an ERROR status flash briefly when trying to connect.
      • WAKING UP. The registered WebPort has started talking to the web server for a connection, but the VPN connection has not been established yet.
      • ONLINE. Your registered WebPort has established a VPN connection to the cloud and is ready.
      • CONNECTING. A connection has been requested by a client but not established yet.
      • CONNECTED. Once a client connects from a personal computer, the status changes to CONNECTED.
      • SMS SENT. For a cell-enabled WebPort, an SMS requesting connection has been sent.
      • DISCONNECTING. When the WebPort Connects service requests to disconnect, this state tells the WebPort to disconnect.
      • PENDING REGISTRATION. The WebPort is connected but not registered.
      • NOT REGISTERED. The WebPort is not registered with the Connects service and is offline.
      • CONNECTION ERROR. This indicates that an error occurred when trying to get the status from the server.
    • Disconnect From Cloud. Disconnects the WebPort from the online service. If already connected to the online service, click to disconnect from the service.

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