Install EtherCAT Network Tools TwinCAT or EC-Engineer
To configure and diagnose your EtherCAT network, install third-party EtherCAT software. Example vendors and products are:
acontis technologies GmbH, EC-Engineer
Beckhoff Automation GmbH, TwinCAT 3
For TwinCAT 3 requirements, see Hardware Setup Requirements for TwinCAT 3. To install the TwinCAT 3 network and configuration software:
Install a dedicated, EtherCAT® compatible Ethernet card on the development computer.
Download or buy the Beckhoff® TwinCAT® 3 configurator (www.beckhoff.com).
Install Microsoft® Visual Studio® on your development computer.
TwinCAT 3 uses the Microsoft Visual Studio IDE desktop as its user interface. For the required version, see the TwinCAT 3 documentation.
Install the TwinCAT 3 software on your development computer.
The next task is Configure EtherCAT Network by Using TwinCAT 3.